|In Randle and Donald Schmitt’s
first book, Kaufmann wasn’t an active participant but an only an
observer. When talking about the interview with Kaufmann, Randle and
Schmitt (page 166, UFO Crash at Roswell) stated:
"Kaufmann had been on the outside from most of it. His friend, a warrant
officer named Robert Thomas, had come in on a special flight from
Washington, D.C., and seemed to be involved in the retrieval in some
fashion. Thomas let Kaufmann know a few things. He talked about the
debris field and suggested that there was a search in progress for the
flight crew. .... When asked if he knew anything at all about the
recovery of the debris, he (Kaufmann) said, "I know that one crate was
taken to a hanger and left there overnight. ...."
He didn't know what was in the crate, only that it had gotten
special treatment: lots of guards around it and no one being allowed to
approach it. He also said that he had been sworn to secrecy although he
didn't know that much....
The only thing he (Kaufmann) was sure about was the crate that had
spen most of one night in the hanger with MPs watching it."
But in Randle and Schmitt’s second book, Kaufmann was an active
participant to the point that he was one of the most pivotal players!
Of course, they changed his name from Kaufmann to Steve MacKenzie.
Supposedly they made the change of name because "a former CIA employee,
who in November 1992, injected himself into the Roswell case…."
Karl Pflock, the person Randle and Schmitt are referring to, is retired
and did at one time work for the CIA. He is also a UFO researcher and
didn’t approach Kaufmann at the behest of the CIA. So why did Randle and
Schmitt bring in the former employment by Pflock at the CIA? Could it be
to make Kaufmann’s tale seem more believable?
In Randle and Schmitt’s first Roswell book, Kaufmann wouldn’t tell them
the nature of his work. But he did admit that "I didn’t work on radar, I
wasn’t a mechanic. I wasn’t a pilot."
So he didn’t work on radar. In fact, Kaufmann wasn’t trained on radar.
Yet, in Randle and Schmitt’s second book, Kaufmann claimed that he
"received a call from Brigadier General Martin F. Scalon of the Air
Defense Command, ordering him to report to the radar at White Sands. A
mysterious UFO had been detected on its radar. "MacKenzie (Kaufmann) was
to monitor the objects movements and report them directly to the
general. MacKenzie could not leave the scope unattended for even the
shortest of times. In fact, once his watch had been established, he set
up a system of mirrors so that he could see the screen even when he
needed to use the latrine(2)."
So, Kaufmann didn’t work on radar, wasn’t radar trained, but he claims
he was sent to monitor the radar at the direct orders of the general!
MacKenzie/Kaufmann was supposedly told to abandon his watch on the
radar and to return to Roswell. According to Randle and Schmitt only
nine men "with the highest clearance and real need to know" were allowed
full access to the crash site. Mackenzie (Kaufmann) was supposedly one
of these men.
Yet, at this time, Kaufmann was only a civilian clerk in the
personnel office at Roswell Army Air Field!
Still, Randle claims, "I find Frank Kaufmann to be credible
because, to this point no one has demonstrated that he has lied about
anything. There are those who don't like his testimony because of what
it does to their personal beliefs and agendas, but the fact is, he
hasn't been caught lying."
(United Kingdom UFO Network Saturday 11th April 1998 IRC meeting on #UFO)
Randle claims that no one has shown that Frank Kaufmann has lied. Yet
the stories told by Kaufmann to Randle and Schmitt contradict each
(1) In the 1st edition of The Truth About the UFO Crash at Roswell, Randle changed
Frank's name to Steve McKenzie at Kaufmann's request.
Frank said that he feared retaliation if "they" found out he was talking. But this alias was quickly smoked out by other researchers and
seeing that no reprisals occurred, Frank's true name was restored
in all future printings. In the same vein, Frank became "Joseph
Osborne" in other Roswell books.
A man of many names and
stories is our Frank Kaufmann.
(2) Randle later (in 2012) rather sheepishly
admitted that he (Randle) had made up the mirrors to the latrine bit.