The Problem with Bessie- Bessie (Brazel) Schrieber  


Kevin Randle and Donald Schmitt, in Roswell On-line Vol 1 no. 2, attacked Karl Pflock who has abandoned the crashed spaceship explanation, and explain why they don't consider Bessie Brazel's tale worth repeating in their books:

"Bessie was 14 years old at the time of the incident and recalls accompanying her father, Mac Brazel, to the debris field. She describes the wreckage as resembling parts of a kite. This certainly doesn't sound other worldly, but it does sound a lot like a balloon.

The problem is that only Bessie can place herself on the scene at that time. Her brother Bill has never mentioned her specific presence, and Pflock neglects to interview him for clarification. Furthermore, the Stricklands and Proctors, Mac Brazel's neighbors, don't place her on the scene either. This does not mean that Bessie is fabricating her story. Since Mac Brazel had collected one or two weather balloons before the crash in question, Bessie may simply be associating one of those with it. What's important is that her presence within the critical time frame cannot be corroborated, and her testimony cannot be considered conclusive."
(ROSWELL REPORTER, On Line Volume 1, No. 2)

So no one can place Bessie at the ranch at this time, and her presence cannot be corroborated?

Well, what about the Mac Brazel interview?

"Brazel related that on June 14 he and 8-year-old son, Vernon were about 7 or 8 miles from the ranch house of the J.B. Foster ranch, which he operates, when they came upon a large area of bright wreckage made up on rubber strips, tinfoil, a rather tough paper and sticks.

At the time Brazel was in a hurry to get his round made and he did not pay much attention to it. But he did remark about what he had seen and on July 4 he, his wife, Vernon, and a daughter Betty, age 14, went back to the spot and gathered up quite a bit of the debris."
(Roswell Daily Record - July 9, 1947)

So, according to Mac Brazel, Bessie was at the ranch and helped pick up the debris. Which is exactly what she claims. 

(1) That is the trip in which he reported to Wilcox:

" ...(Brazel) told the sheriff he didn't know just what the disc was, but that at first it appeared to be a weather meter. The sheriff's office notified the army, which sent intelligence officers to pick up the object. Then today the army announced possession of a disc.

"The sheriff quoted (Brazel) as saying the object 'seemed more or less like tinfoil.' The rancher described the disc as about as large as a safe in the sheriff's office. The safe is about three and one-half by four feet."

(The Wyoming Eagle - July 9, 1947)

What about Randle and Schmitt's claim that... "Her brother Bill has never mentioned her specific presence" ?

"Dad was in the ranch house with two of the younger kids ... so the next day he rounded up the two kids and took off for Roswell..." (1)
(The Roswell Incident, pg 85 & 86)

So according to Bill, and contrary to what Kevin Randle and Donald Schmitt claimed, Bessie was at the ranch with her father and mother and her other brother Vernon! Which agrees with what the newspaper said back in 1947!

Still, Randle quotes Bill a lot, but he forgets that Bill definitely wasn't at the scene!

And what about the Stricklands and the Proctors?  They weren't at the scene either!

So the only person who was interviewed, and we can really place at the scene, is Bessie, based on her father's account of the story and her brother Bill's account!

Then there are Randle and Schmitt's comments on Bessie's age:

"Bessie was 14 years old ..."

Well, Jessie Marcel, Jr. was only 11 years old! Yet, they quote him extensively!  And why doesn't Randle quote Bessie- the only person whom he has talked with that was actually on the scene?

Because, what Bessie said was:

"The debris looked like pieces of a large balloon which had burst. The pieces were small, the largest I remember measuring about the same as the diameter of a basketball. Most of it was a kind of double-sided material, foil-like on one side and rubber-like on the other... Sticks, like kite sticks, were attacked to some of the pieces with a whitish tape. The tape was about two or three inches wide and had flower-like designs on it. The 'flowers' were faint, a variety of pastel colors... The foil-rubber material could not be torn like ordinary aluminum foil... I do not recall anything else about the strength or other properties of what we picked up. We spent several hours collecting the debris and putting it into sacks. I believe we filled about three sacks... We speculated a bit about what the material could be. I remember dad (Mac Brazel) saying 'Oh, it's just a bunch of garbage.' "

When Bessie was shown the November/December 1990 issue of the International UFO Reporter (IUR), Pages 6, 7, and 8 of that issue showed the Roswell photographs. She later wrote:

"The debris shown does look like the debris we picked up."
(Jan 10, 1994 letter from Bessie Brazel Schrieber)

Even Randle admits that those photographs are of ML-307 radar target(s) and weather sounding balloon(s).

So the debris from a supposed crashed alien spaceship looks exactly like ML-307 radar targets and weather sounding balloons!