Hoax or Easily Explainable / Misidentified
For months, the world has waited for the release of alleged “Roswell Alien” slides that were teased in 2014. Of course highly controversial, these slides were believed to have been the “Smoking Gun” – with irrefutable proof aliens exist and have visited Earth.
After months of waiting, researchers attached to this story (which include Donald Schmitt, Tom Carey, Richard Dolan, and Jaime Maussan) decided that May 5, 2015, or Cinco de Mayo, was the right day to reveal to the world what was on these slides.
Well, that is, if you wanted to fork over some money to watch the reveal.
Curious onlookers paid $20 to login to view the presentation, which quickly became a joke to many who paid.
Social media roared with the fact that many paid money, and saw a screen with an error, as the stream was not working. Others who did get in, waited for the moment they finally revealed the slide. But, as many put it, it was “underwhelming” at best.
Those who have promoted this slide for months, say experts from Kodak confirmed it truly was from decades ago, and was unaltered. But does that prove anything? At first glance, I, along with quite a few others, get the “museum” vibe from this. Not “alien.”
To further prove this point, I did some analysis on the highest resolution slide I could find.
First, I highlighted what appears to be a gorilla or ape head, in the same case as the “alien.” Would this make any sense whatsoever? It would in a museum — not if this was an alien.
In addition, it should be said that the original film should have much more detail than what was released to the public. If they were to release the higher resolution photo, my guess is you would see additional details, and possibly even the words, on the piece of paper resting near the “alien.” This would, in my opinion, be the details of what was in the museum case.
Some claim this “card” is not a card, but rather, a reflection of an overhead light. Clicking on the two photos above, you can see the distinction between what are obviously reflections, and the “card”. With the analysis, you can also see, what appears to be, details that resemble text on the “card” while the more obvious reflection stay solid white in the center.
Further, the following image clearly shows (and it can be seen with NO adjustments on the photo whatsoever) that the ape-like head in the same case, also has a similar card.
Another detail overshadowed by the “alien” focal point of the slide, is the other person, on the other side of the glass. They appear to be standing there, just like another observer at a museum, looking at the other items in the case. I will let a fashion expert figure out the time frame of their clothing, but it does not have feeling of a secret installation housing an alien body.
And lastly, looking at the cabinet that houses the “alien” reveals there are other objects, just like a museum.
It is the opinion of The Black Vault that evidence of alien life, should it actually exist, should be released to the world, for free, without hesitation. To build up hype, sell tickets for months, then release a single, grainy, photo claiming evidence of extraterrestrials, is evidence enough for me this was nothing more than a scam. That, and if you want to know more, there is a “movie” coming out which we all will undoubtedly have to pay even more to see.
When I woke up the morning of May 6, 2015, I expected to at least see 10, maybe 20, maybe even 50 headlines about this. What did I see? At 8am in the morning, well after the first news cycle… there were about 3. And those articles ripped apart this story, and profiled it as the joke it was.
Here is a sampling from The Mirror profiling the greed for money:
Two photographs of a “dead alien” were unveiled at a big money event last night – and immediately dismissed as fake.
A series of ‘UFOlogists’ appeared at the Be Witness meeting last night to reveal images of an extraterrestrial who supposedly crashed to Earth during the infamous Roswell incident in 1947.
The images were found by former journalist Adam Dew, who reportedly turned down interviews with magazines that wanted to cover the story because “they were not offering any compensation”.
He claimed to have taken steps to verify the pair of alien snaps and said Kodak experts had dated the film to 1947.
But the rest of the world has not had the chance to test the rigour of his methods, because high resolution images of the alien are not yet available.
They are likely to be sold through his production company Dew Media alongside a documentary about the discovery of the slides.
The photos were supposedly found in Arizona, hidden in a collection of snaps owned by oil geologist Bernard Ray and his wife Hilda Ray, who have both died.
Nick Pope, a researcher who headed up a UFO investigation wing at the UK Ministry of Defence, told Mirror Online he was “underwhelmed”.
“It could be a model, or it could simply be a fake image, dressed up to look like a Forties slide,” he said.
Others took to social networks, and quickly were able to find nearly identical looking ‘bodies’ right here from human civilizations. This, even further, supports the theory this is nothing more than a museum artifact.
Unfortunately, what SHOULD have been one of UFOlogy’s biggest days, turned out to be a large joke to the media.
This event, in my opinion, has done more damage to UFOlogy than anything else, and those behind it should be questioned on what their true motives really are. To decline interviews because they aren’t paying, speaks volumes.
Such a shame.
UPDATE: John Greenewald’s Statement – 5/8/2015
Earth’s, scratch that, HUMANity’s history is full of relics and artifacts that look nearly identical to the “alien” revealed to us on Cinco de Mayo.
The bottom line is, it does not matter if those that are skeptical on this, find a photo or video or a resting place of the EXACT mummy, or child, or whatever is depicted in this photo. The burden of proof does NOT fall on us that have questions on what is being dangled in front of us. There is OVERWHELMINGLY enough evidence to PROVE that there are nearly identical looking bodies here on Earth, and have been for a long time. So, I think the ball is in the court of those behind this to give something, anything, of value that proves otherwise. If not, it’s time to move on.
This is, in my opinion, all you need to remain skeptical and weary of even entertaining the idea this story deserves attention: https://repository.si.edu/bitstream/handle/10088/22464/anthronotes_33_1_2.pdf?sequence=3&isAllowed=y
Is it the same? Probably not, but it’s darn near identical.
- The decomposition of the body, the state of the skin, color, etc., is nearly identical to this Egyptian mummy.
- The wrapping underneath, looks nearly identical, with the same color, and a similar looking material to this Egyptian mummy.
- The FOLDING of the wrapping underneath, is nearly identical to that of what you would see in a museum, like this Egyptian mummy, unwrapped and on display.
And so on…
The burden of proof is seemingly on those, skeptical, of this case. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work like that. The burden of proof does not lie on those skeptical, but rather, on those making the claim. The only one who has spoken to us (that I’ve seen at this point) about it, was Mr. Richard Dolan. And his underlying statement, was he isn’t convinced it’s alien, just that it warranted additional investigation. If he was there, and he sat through the 5+ hours of ‘testimony’ and ‘evidence’, and he met with the ‘scientists’ that spoke, and he saw, first hand, the photos, etc., and he isn’t convinced? Then simply put: the evidence isn’t there.
That means – those promoting this and “selling tickets to the sideshow” at this point, have a lot more work cut out for them.
The silence, is deafening. Although part of me wants to be frustrated at being ignored with my questions now for months (I posted questions well before the reveal), why should any of us give it the time of day at this point? I believe my questions, and comments, and observations (which are shared by many), deserve an answer and should be addressed. If not directed at me, direct them at someone so answers can be given. If you make us wait for the DVD, or book, or whatever to reveal another nugget – my guess a mass boycott is coming, and sales will be virtually nothing.
Although the fate of this field does not rely on their evidence, and it will continue on for years to come, the silence, lack of evidence to this grandiose claim, and unwillingness to address concerns make it a heck of a lot harder for us trying to make a real difference in this field.
UPDATE: 5/11/2015 – Does this put the entire case to rest as a case of mis-identity?
Recently, my friend and colleague Paul Kimball released two videos on how the placard can be deciphered. Paul is part of a new team, that started a website called www.roswellslides.com and took the information presented here one step farther, and have claimed to have been able to decipher the placard that I proposed above could hold the true identify to what this being truly is.
These videos are linked from Paul’s YouTube channel, and are here for reference purposes. I will, as time permits, install this software to verify the process, but I do not have many reservations or doubts that this may be the nail in the coffin:
CAPTION: Tim Printy provides a demonstration of how easy it was to decipher the writing on the placard on the “Roswell slide”. Note that there is no manipulation of the image going on here other than an enhancement of the original – which in this case is the “drum scan” provided by slides promoter Adam Dew on his own website.
CAPTION: Lance Moody provides a demonstration of how easy it was to decipher the writing on the placard on the “Roswell slide” using the simple process first initiated by Research Group member Nab Lator. Note that there is no manipulation of the image going on here other than an enhancement of the original – which in this case is the “drum scan” provided by slides promoter Adam Dew on his own website.
UPDATE: Tom Carey’s Statement On Behalf of the Group, 5/12/2015
As promised, I put out the notice to all of those involved with the Roswell Slide reveal that I would post, unedited and in full, their response to the critics. Although I have been ignored, this was forwarded to a list I am on for dissemination. I take Tom Carey’s request that this dissemination applied to me as well, and is put here. This is not been touched or edited in any way:
We believe that the recently released “reading” of the placard by the so-called “Roswell Slides Research Group” was faked. Some of the names in this group, in itself, should give pause and raise red warning flags do damage to anyone actually searching for truth. Ever since Don Schmitt and I became aware of the slides three years ago, our modus operandi has been four-fold: (1) to authenticate the age and integrity of the slides; (2) to obtain professional anthropological and forensic opinion as to what the body on the slides represented; (3) to find out as much as we could about Bernerd and Hilda Blair Ray, the long-deceased owners of the slides; and (4) to “read” the placard located at the foot of the body on the slides.
We physically took the slides to Kodak’s historian, who is an expert regarding Kodachrome., and, using several parameters of interrogation, he determined that the slides dated from the 1947-49 time period (manufacture to exposure). For the most part, the American anthropologists we contacted did not want to even look at the slides when they learned that they might be “UFO-related.” Those who did, however, did so “off the record.” They all concluded that the body on the slides was not that of a mummy but possibly that of a congenitally deformed child. Fortunately, we were able to secure Canadian and Mexican anthropologists and forensic anatomical experts who went “on the record” at our May 5th “beWitness” event in Mexico City. In short, their detailed presentations concluded that the body on the slides was: not a mammal, not a primate and not human. One, Richard Doble, after a detailed morphological examination, concluded that the creature on the slides did not evolve on earth. You already have Doble’s report, and the report of the two Mexican authorities is still in translation.
The Rays had no children or close relatives we could interview who could shed some light on their activities. Bernerd was an oil geologist whose whose zone of activity was the Permian Basin of west Texas and eastern New Mexico. He was also the President of a geological society in west Texas. Hilda was an oil attorney in Midland, Texas and an amateur pilot who, according a friend in the nursing home where Hilda passed away in 1988, was also friends with Mamie Eisenhower (General and later President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s wife). There are a number of color slides in the collection that do appear to show Mamie Eisenhower in various situations. Prior to her death, Hilda Ray bequeathed almost $1M to the American Association of University Women.
Regarding the placard, we quickly determined that (1) its content would be key to interpreting the slides; and (2) we could not read it. So, we sent copies to Dr. David Rudiak and Dr. Donald Burleson. Both had done exemplary work in trying to decipher the so-called “Ramey Memo” – a situation very similar to placard issue here. Both responded to us that the placard was “unreadable.” Through a contact, we had the Photo Interpretation Unit at the Pentagon in Washington, DC take a look at it. They said that it was “unreadable.” A copy went to a company in New York now requesting anonymity that conducted the analysis on a major historical artifact. That company’s response to us was that the placard was “unreadable.” Another copy went to the people at Adobe, Inc. (manufacturers of Adobe Photoshop and the Adobe Reader on your computer). Their response? “It’s unreadable.” A copy also was also sent to aggressive Roswell researcher Anthony Bragalia who also reported to me that it was “unreadable.” (Bragalia has now aggressively joined in with our critics). Our own computer guy says that he applied the “SmartDeblur” software to the placard over a year ago without any success. He did so again this week to an enhanced, sharper version of the placard with the latest edition of the “SmartDeBlur” program, again without success.
Now, we are told (not asked) to believe that a cast of characters, one of whom has clearly become unhinged and was himself party to a known UFO body hoax some years ago, has used the same program (SmartDeBlur) on a distorted,”screen-grab” of the placard and is somehow able to “read” it when all of the above, some of whom had much more sophisticated equipment and techniques at their disposal, could not. I ask you, what’s wrong with this picture?
Finally, lost in all of the vile invective being hurled our way by the members of the RSRG and their fellow travelers, is what the analysis of the physical body on the slides is saying. The RSRG has used a note from an obscure late 1800’s journal to weave their tale that the slides show the “mummified body of a two year old boy” (the word “mummy” or “mummified” appears nowhere in their alleged de-blurred “reading” of the placard). In their excitement to play “Gotcha!,” it apparently has not crossed their thought processes (I’m being charitable here) that a mummy of a two year old boy several thousand years old would be less than half the size of the body shown on the slides!
So, what are we to make of all this? Jaime Maussan relied upon Tom Carey and Don Schmitt, who relied on all of the above to reach the conclusions that were reached. We have, at this point in the proceedings, have sent out additional copies of the placard image to third parties whose opinions we can trust to run the SmartDeBlur application on it and are prepared to abide by their findings, wherever the chips fall.
UPDATE: Mesa Verde Museum the Location of “Alien Slide”? – 5/13/2015
This may be one of the final updates to this case file, simply because the information is overwhelming that this is either a) a hoax or b) a case of mistaken identity. But, the question is, why in the “years” of research was no one able to achieve what those on the internet did in just days?
It appears that there is strong evidence to support the alien body came from the Mesa Verde Museum in Arizona. According to a 1939 National Park Service publication:
A splendid mummy was received by the Park Museum recently when Mr. S.L. Palmer Jr. of San Francisco returned one that his father had taken from the ruins in 1894. The mummy is that of a two year old boy and is in an excellent state of preservation. At the time of burial the body was clad in a slip-over cotton shirt and three small cotton blankets. Fragments of these are still on the mummy. (Source)
This coincides with the de-bluring of the slide, and references a “two year old boy” and it came from “San Francisco”. In addition, reference this:
In addition, reference this:
It would certainly appear to me, with the above information, that this case be closed.
UPDATE: Don Schmitt’s Statement, 5/14/2015
This statement was released by Don Schmitt, and has not been touched or edited in any way:
It would seem like I’ve been here before… Asking my friends and colleagues to accept my sincerest apology for my participation in the recent event in Mexico City. I accept full responsibility for the fact that I allowed myself to be drawn into this situation, albeit with the best of intentions, I sacrificed my better judgement by being overly trusting when I should have known better. As one strives to make up for the mistakes of the past, there are times that emotions cause one to outrun their headlights. In my case, I ran it right off the road. Through the years I have worked hard to earn back your respect and confidence in my work only to presently jeopardize it all. For that I am especially remorseful. I am afraid that after spending almost half of my life devoted to one specific investigation, I allowed the allure of final resolution cloud my skeptical nature to be replaced by a false vision of hope. I now realize that the image in the slides is a mummy as specified by the display placard. At this time I consider the matter concluded and intend on moving forward. My only desire is that you try to understand that I never willfully did anything to mislead or misrepresent what I thought was the truth and I only acted with the best of objectives. Still, if I have offended or hurt anyone through my participation in this event, you have my deepest apology and have every right to hold it against me. When the truth finally was made known to all of us, I realized that I could only blame myself for not only failing you, but more sadly, failing myself. I must do better. And with God’s help and your understanding, I promise I will.
Donald R. Schmitt