Having received some limited commentary to my
initial article on this subject from fellow UFOlogists of
various persuasions, I now offer this follow up piece with the
hopes that my attempts at “clarification” will serve to solidify
everyone’s grasp on the meaning of these essays, while also
curbing the objections of self-appointed experts who have
embraced the woefully errant notion of saucer crash recovery and
cover up reality.
The first thing I’d like to mention concerns the mysterious tin foil-like
material allegedly discovered and handled at the debris field. One top Roswell
expert contacted me to point out that some of the pieces were larger than small
scraps of foil I spoke of in my essay, and indeed, this is a consistent feature
of the Roswell myth.
However, Bruce Hutchinson, webmaster of “Roswellfiles.com” has advised me
“The descriptions [of Debris] from those who allegedly handled it was pretty
consistent, in that the foil had a “Fabric backing” which, was not in heavy use
in 1947,” so, the silvery material was very much like that of the damaged radar
reflector shown in the now famous General Ramey telex photographs, not at all
like thin, mysterious metallic foil which flowed out like water after being
crumpled in one’s hand. Not at all like the metallic debris which withstood
repeated sledge hammer blows and welder’s torches. It was some sort of fabric
with a silvery single-sided surface, nothing other worldly at all.
Therefore, if I am correct about the Aztec, NM, saucer crash/landing story of
1948 being not only a very clumsy hoax (Which has been resurrected from time-
to-time by several self-appointed “UFO Experts” and given starting “New” details
and embellishments) I would not be proving anything new regarding the case which
started out as a pathetic con game
However, by pointing to the distinct probability the hoax story of 1948 was
the “Format” upon which the Roswell case was also resurrected and embellished
with startling new details of similar variety is more than obvious to those who
are willing to approach the topic with objective reasoning, the application of
basic logic and good old down-to-earth common sense.
Perhaps, the fact that both the Aztec hoax and the Roswell myth may be rooted
in the subconscious fantasies spawned in our youth by tales of crashed airships
of the late 1800’s and the bodies of their little pilots being buried in
unmarked Texas graves was the cryptogenic nucleus of this sort of science
fiction (?) You know, the very best science fiction stories seem to have been
written when we were about 12 years old - no matter how old we actually may be
today - not to mention a similar romantic fondness for sci-fi motion pictures
like “War of the Worlds” “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and “The Thing for
another world” which may have impacted us on levels of our psyche we never
realized or imagined. (?)
Perhaps, this is way so many of saucerdom’s more vocal movers and shakers are
elderly children of the 1940’s and 1950’s generations. Kids weaned on Buck
Rogers and Flash Gordon adventures in the Sunday morning funny papers and
Saturday afternoon Matinee serials.
However, subconscious links between the mysterious airships of our great
grandparent’s day and the modern-day flying saucer craze lack the key elements
of conscious and subconscious “Fears and “anxieties” associated with the
emergence and unchecked usage of the aerial arsenals of the mid-twentieth
century. The age of modern-man had suffered a severe psychological shock which
“rekindled” long-latent fears and superstitions, much like those of our ancient
forbearer’s concerning awesome and terrible things coming from the skies.
Did you know, as late as the mid-eighteenth century Colonial American fire
companies allowed houses struck by lighting to burn to the ground because it was
believed to be “God’s Will.” Benjamin Franklin’s invention of the lighting rod
ended that practice and curbed the wide spread superstition. However, the
superstition involving the anticipation and expectation of fantastic space craft
traversing the cosmos piloted by alien intelligences who are keeping a
“benevolent” eye on us has yet to be properly addressed.
You’ll note, a marked “Shift” from the long-held belief and anticipation in
“Divine Intervention” regarding human fears to an “Assumed” Technologically
Advanced savior based entirely upon the mathematically established statistical
probability of alien civilizations probably existing somewhere in the vast
reaches of the cosmos. To date such a civilization’s existence has not been
established, and the reason for statistical probability is because of things
which lie outside of the norm. Does this mean there are no alien civilizations?
No, it simply means one hasn’t been found yet by our astronomers. Moreover, if
one does exist we have no way of incontrovertibly determining they’ve detected
our presence with their technological devices..
Compounding the issue still further, is the fact IF there are alien
civilizations flourishing somewhere in the vast cosmic soup, the chances of them
finding us is like two grains of sand searching for one another on Atlantic and
Pacific coast beaches. The statistical probably in this case is a double-edged
sword. In other words, “yes” an alien civilization probably does exist but, it
is probably “not” coming here.
Indeed, the “dark side” of our own technological weaponry advancements are
being psychically offset by the” light side” of assumed swollen-headed little
creatures (Or techno-angels) saucer crash myths and the finding of little alien
bodies which have become the “Foundation” of this new age religiosity. There is
absolutely nothing new in this estimate of the UFO situation and I am not alone
with my convictions
Dr. Carl G. Jung (1875-1961) world-famous Swiss psychiatric pioneer who gave
us the psychological concepts of “Introversion and Extroversion” pointed it out
quite clearly in his landmark 1958 book “Flying Saucers, a modern myth of things
seen in the skies.” Unfortunately, Dr. Jung died before the Roswell and Aztec
myths were fully-endowed with the alleged finding of relics like techno-angel
cadavers and the cries of suppression of the modern-day religion’s saucer
evidence by unscrupulous government and military operatives. Indeed, the very
dark forces responsible for the development of nuclear weapons which threaten
These fears were not developed in an instant. It took years of cold war
antagonism, mistrust and international tensions to imbed them in our psyches.
Yes, we won the cold war by out-spending the Soviet Union but, did nothing to
rectify the psychological damage of the protracted stressful ordeal.
Naturally, this psychical affliction was not passed on to the younger
generations of UFO enthusiasts. Rather, they have been caught up in the
fantasies of the self-appointed “experts” concerning the UFO phenomenon because
those fantasies are exciting, mysterious, sci-fi like and romantic. That these
decades old fantasies have developed into a lucrative cottage industry for some
UFOlogists is also self evident!
Many of today’s young UFO enthusiast’s lack the living experiences necessary
to formulate a well-informed estimate of the UFO situation and the saucer crash
myth. Instead, they suffer the compounded infliction of saucer dogma espoused by
fringy promotional elements of the UFO sub-culture who present their distorted
arguments as scientific evidence. While some of these individuals may be
self-promoters and charlatans, others are obviously sincere and well-meaning
folks. However, “misguided” good intentions are of little value in the real
world and provide noting toward the advancement of our collective knowledge on
I am not completely alone with my thoughts and empirical observations on this
matter. Let’s discuss the Aztec, NM, hoax for example. It is UFOlogy;s Dracula -
as one Internet writer aptly points out - Aztec simply will not die no matter
how many staked are driven through its heart! It has been resuscitated many
times over, propped up and given a fresh spin. Yet, despite all the creative
folly, the sad facts remain like tell-tale bones found at an archeological dig.
It was and always will be a hoax.
Even several proponents of the Aztec UFO Crash have their doubts and have
expressed them in Internet posts, on TV and while speaking at UFO symposia.
Stanton Friedman in 1999 agreed with arch-skeptic, Dave Thomas, Technical
Consultant to CSICOP (Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of
the Paranormal) about the Aztec case being a hoax. While appearing on
Albuquerque television station KOAT-TV channel 7, Mr. Friedman stated “There was
no UFO recovered at Aztec in 1948.” However, by 2001 Mr. Friedman wasn’t sure
and then changed his mind completely on the matter a bit later. Mr. Friedman
sent me an unsolicited e-mail suggesting I read the recent researches of Mr.
Scott Ramsey on the Aztec crash… presumably, after reading one of my essays on
the hoax posted at the Alien’s Ate My Buick Blog.
Source: New Mexicans for Science and Reason “The Aztec UFO
scam” ForteanTimes #81 – Mar.2004
I followed Mr. Friedman’s advice and did read a posting by Mr. Ramsey about
his much touted DVD presentation on the Aztec, New Mexico, crash. It opened with
the following …“Unfortunately, as with so many issues, information on UFOs can
get lumped together, distorted or mistaken. The Authenticity of the Aztec UFO
crash/landing of 1948 a debatable topic.” I interpreted Mr. Ramsey’s carefully
chosen words to be a “disclaimer” of sorts.
Source: Scott Ramsey presents the Aztec, New Mexico
Crash DVD “www.ufocongressstore.com”
Indeed, FATE Magazine (long-time publisher of proponent UFO articles) had this
to say about Mr. William Steinman’s 1987 investigative book “UFO Crash at Aztec”
[The book] draws on speculation, rumor, unnamed informants and unbridled
paranoia to defend and elaborate on the original story.” A very polite way of
saying Steinman has echoed Frank Scully who was allegedly sucked into a con game
by the originators of the Aztec hoax, Silas M. Newton and Leo A. GeBauer, a.k.a.
the infamous Dr. Gee - Scully was the first to write about Aztec in 1950.
But wait, there’s more. Paul Kimball who is a well-known UFOlogist and the
nephew of Stanton Friedman made a documentary film about the Aztec case, of it
he wrote… “I made a film about Aztec, which gave both sides their kick at the
can. At the time, I thought it was worth a second look, so I gave it one,
nothing to see, folks- move on to better cases.”
Source: “Strangegrub.blogspot.com/2007/03/symposium “
Even one Nick Redfern attempts to resurrect Silas Newton’s well-tattered
reputation by asserting Newton’s diary indicates, the military and FBI knew the
Aztec crash was bogus but, nevertheless, requested Newton continue to spread the
story for “unexplained” government reasons.
Thus, opening the door to suggesting the case remains anything but closed and
adding a smattering of “conspiracy” to the yarn. Redfern’s article goes into
quite a bit of detail about Newton and GeBauer (an anti-Semite and Hitler fan)
the pair were considered as, and convicted of being unbridled con artists. Yet,
in the close of his piece Mr. Redfern ponders the “assumed” reliability of Silas
Newton’s self-serving and unsubstantiated statements to news people concerning
his lack of knowledge about UFOs, as well as, similar entries found within the
pages of his diary. However, the accuracy of Mr. Redfern’s detailed and
conspiracy-laced article is marred a wee bit by misidentifying the 1974 Aztec
yarn spinner as John Spencer Carr, when his first mane was actually “Robert” for
those who may wish to perform a computer search on him.
Moreover, there is a 1970 FBI report which Mr. Redfern cites concerning Mr.
Newton’s character. Nick Redfern writes: “Newton was currently under indictment
in Los Angeles, California for fraud, returned to Silver City, New Mexico in
1970, and began to organize what appears to be a mining swindle.’
So, it seems, if one cannot save the crash story itself, one might be able to
salvage the conman’s veracity…that is “IF” one closes ones eyes and nostrils. I
suspect this may be a kind of backdoor approach to promoting the myth. The
absolutely amazing thing is the lengths these writers go to keep the Aztec story
Source: Nick Redfern “Incident at Aztec” ForteanTimes
Post - Mar .2004
The flip-flopping of positions on the Aztec matter by the upper crust of
UFOlogy is both revealing and strange. It may represent a shift towards the
Paranormalist view of seeking the truth they “want” rather than accepting what
is learned and established through evidence gathering, witness interviews and
historical documentation. It is a kind of “feel good” approach to UFOlogy - one
in which “self-confirmation and self-deception” supersedes facts, common sense
and years of acquired investigative insight - It has even branched into the
sub-cultural popularity of ExoPolitics!
Of course, this sort of thing passed off as “Research” is totally unacceptable
but, as “UFO entertainment” I suppose it does share a place with other works of
science fiction. However, in my view, it’s really modern-day folklore, little
And so, there you have them! My thoughts, observations and opinions on the UFO
crash myth’s recent reincarnations. You may agree, disagree or be left
scratching your head…but, if you ponder what I’ve offered you may reach your own
conclusions in the light of “objectivity” sparked by what Dr. Jung called “A
Shock of Recognition.”
.... Matt Greaber