Monday, June 19, 2017
Death Bed Confessions and the REAL Truth of Roswell with Donald R. Schmitt
The UFO phenomenon has sparked the interest of America since the 1940s, and ever since the saucer-like sightings were made by Kenneth Arnold over the state of Washington in 1947, this UFO phenomenon has gone global. Books, magazine articles, movies, TV shows, and congressional hearings have focused on UFOs, alien life, and Earth visitations; but no single event has become part of the American lexicon as the Roswell case has. In this new book carefully written and documented by Donald Schmitt, we now learn not only about the detailed sequence of events that occurred in July 1947, but also how witnesses have been intimidated into silence regarding the nature of their sightings and their hesitations to report what they saw.
The Roswell case always intrigued me and I am sure many others owing to the number of eyewitnesses. The U.S. Air force flip-flops on what really happened in the New Mexican desert, and the sincerity of intelligence officer Major Jesse Marcel when he was interviewed on TV in the early 1980s about his direct involvement in this case. And of course, reading about the deathbed confessions from people like Major Edwin Easley and pilot “Pappy” Henderson about what they witnessed in terms of their alien encounters at Roswell.
It was just the day before when he handled a few pieces of the strange wreckage at the office of the Chavez County Sheriff, George Wilcox, 65 miles away down in Roswell. Now he fully grasped the magnitude of the rancher’s concern. “Who’s going to clean up all that mess?” complained foreman Mack Brazel. From the start, that was becoming the least of anyone’s concern as Marcel and his counter-intel partner became a bit uneasy over the growing situation. If it wasn’t ours then whose was it? What was this stuff? Neither of the two officers had ever seen anything like it before. Their minds raced as to the possibilities. And there was so much of it....
At sunrise on Monday, July 7th, 1947, Major Jesse Marcel, head of intelligence of the 509th Atomic Bomb Wing stationed at the Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) and Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) officer Captain Sheridan Cavitt would arrive at what would become the central focus of the U.S. military for the next three days. Brazel and the two men had just spent the night at the old Hines House after the rancher led them there the prior evening. They would spend the better part of the next day examining, collecting, loading, and containing what they couldn’t fit into two vehicles. Marcel would send Cavitt on ahead to report directly to Colonel William Blanchard, the commanding officer back in Roswell. The major would check over the area one last time. Much of the remaining debris was gathered in an area about the size of a football field. Before, it had extended for almost a mile. Marcel would recommend a full-scale recovery operation and the need for many more troops; 50 to 60 would swarm the area by the time the next morning had ended.
Non-military people were threatened into submission by unknown agents of the federal government. Physical evidence that was not secured at the debris site was systematically tracked down from home to home, barn to barn, person to person—all with the authorized intent of covering up one of the greatest discoveries to befall humankind: the concept that we are not alone and that visitors from another inhabitance had arrived on our speck of Earth and tragically met their demise on an obscure parcel of desert in the high country of New Mexico. The truth be damned; no one was to ever know the full breadth of what had fallen out of the sky that fateful night in July 1947. Troops would spend more than two full days preserving that evidence. Industrial vacuums removed the final traces. All that remained was a long gouge from the initial impact of a larger piece of the descending unknown object. Tire tracks covered the terrain. Just as the desert floor had been stripped naked of all of its secrets, so too had the local residents.
Former presidents, senators, congressmen, governors, along with the highest-ranking officers in the military have all lamented their failure in getting the truth about Roswell. What personal knowledge do any of the self-proclaimed skeptics have about the matter that supersedes all of these? These remain the same people who claim to have won the fight against Roswell, yet still are compelled to rage the war. The sixth man to walk on the moon, Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, stated, “Make no mistake, Roswell happened! I’ve seen secret files which show the government knew about it—but decided not to tell the public.” For those of you who remain curious as to the true nature of potentially the biggest event of the millennium, read on. Know that you are in high-level company still thirsty for the driving force behind this 70-year cover-up. And as General Wesley Clark personally commented to the author in December 2014, “If they had any answers [about Roswell] I’m sure they would have told him [Bill Clinton] while he was in the White House.” Let us proceed; let us find the answers together....
Donald R. Schmitt is the former Director of Special Investigations for the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies in Chicago. He is a cofounder of the International UFO Museum and Research Center in Roswell, New Mexico, where he serves as an advisor to the board of directors. Don is a six-time best-selling coauthor. His most famous title, Witness to Roswell, was the top-selling UFO book in the world in 2007 and 2008. It has been optioned by Stellar Productions for the feature film Majic Men.