Thursday, March 05, 2015

Adam Dew... Wrong Again!

"Roswell slides" promoter Adam Dew. Photo by Robert Sheaffer.

Roswell slides promoter Adam Dew has been doing a fair bit of media lately to gin up interest and sales for the May 5th reveal event of the slides in Mexico City, hosted by paranormal con promoter Jaime Maussan, and along the way he has made a number of statements that are simply wrong. For example, he identified the military "witness" to the dead alien as a Lieutenant in his film trailer when in fact he was a Private First Class, Eleazar Benavides.

Another egregious example can be seen in Dew's oft-repeated statement that nothing in pop culture looked like the small bodied big-headed alien prior to 1947. In a recent interview with Open Minds, Dew states, "People in the late 40s were not staging aliens, as far as I can tell. That image of the big head and skinny body didn’t become popular in pop culture until the 60s. So we know that it is not a fake staged alien, as far as I can tell.”

This is Dew responding to a straw man of his own creation. Nobody is suggesting that the bodies depicted in the slides were faked in 1947. Therefore, his argument is irrelevant. Making matters worse, however, is that it is also incorrect. In fact, big-headed small-bodied strange creatures were indeed a staple of science fiction and pop culture well before 1947. If someone had wanted to fake an alien body in 1947, they could have easily drawn upon this meme.

As just a couple of examples, here are two covers from the popular pulp magazine Thrilling Wonder Stories, both from the 1930s, and both featuring alien creatures with big heads and much smaller bodies.

Thrilling Wonder Stories, Vol. 8, No. 1, August 1936

Thrilling Wonder Stories, Vol. 13, No. 3, June 1939

There are plenty of other examples for anyone willing to look. Here are two from 1940.


Thrilling Wonder Stories, March 1940

Thrilling Wonder Stories, August 1940

Again, this is all an irrelevant sideshow to the basic question of whether the slides were hoaxed or not, because when people talk of a con or hoax they are invariably referring to either someone who created the slides much later than 1947, a la the "alien autopsy" film of Ray Santilli, or of someone who has used actual slides of a mummy-like human figure that may have been taken around the late 1940s and represented them as space aliens today. But Dew and his fellow slides promoters want you to focus on the straw man suggestion that what skeptics are saying when they talk of a hoax is that someone hoaxed them in 1947, which is not the case at all. However, even if it was what skeptics were suggesting, then it is clear that Dew is wrong in his assertion that there was nothing in pop culture that a hoaxer in 1947 could have drawn upon to come up with such a hoax.

In short, even when Dew is making irrelevant arguments, they seem to have a tendency to be flat-out wrong. The only question people are left to determine is whether this is the result of incompetence, or dishonesty. Given the crowd with which Dew has chosen to associate himself, either option is plausible.

Paul Kimball

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Eleazar Benavides Strikes Again!

For a man who supposedly cherishes his privacy, Eleazar Benavides, aka Pfc. Eli Benjamin aka The Mystery Lieutenant in Adam Dew's Roswell Slides film trailer, sure gets around. He can be seen starting at 10:20 in this episode of the new Canadian television series UFOs Declassified.

 

Not only does he appear in this episode, but so does his photo from the Roswell base yearbook from 1947 - you know, the one that Anthony Bragalia went ballistic about when Tim Printy sent it to me and I published it a few days ago? You know, the one that specifically identifies "Benjamin" as Benavides? Yeah... that one.

As usual, I'm the bad guy here, but that's because I happened to be first out of the gate with what was already known to many privately, and what was easily discovered by anyone with a little spare time on their hands and a commitment to the whole truth, and not the skewed self-serving version that Bragalia and his cohorts choose to present. Bragalia is also upset that I published a photo of Benavides' house, which anyone can find with Google Earth, and says that it served no journalistic purpose. I beg to differ - it was important to show that Benavides and the "witness" in Dew's trailer are one and the same. It was Dew, after all, who filmed in his driveway. I could have published Benavides' address and phone number as well, but did not (even though those are also publicly available), as there was no reason to do so. The photo of his home was enough to establish the link that, given their track record, one could reasonably expect the Dream Teamers to otherwise deny.

Meanwhile, in somewhat related news, the Halifax Police Department are still waiting for that complaint from Bragalia to be filed against me. I know, because I checked. I assume the police in Tim Printy's neck of the woods are also still waiting. Perhaps Bragalia hasn't filed his threatened complaints yet because he's so been so busy, what with virtually everyone outing Benavides now, including Bragalia's research partner and fellow "Dream Teamer" Kevin Randle. I presume the charges are on the verge of being filed in Randle's hometown of Cedar Rapids as I type.

Paul Kimball


Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Benson Saler - Evidence and The Roswell UFO Case



In this clip from an interview I conducted with him in 2001, anthropologist Dr. Benson Saler discusses the concept of evidence and how it has been applied to the Roswell UFO case by both believers and skeptics. With all the bluster from the "Dream Team" about the "Roswell slides," it's always nice to remind oneself of how a proper academic approaches the subject. 

 Paul Kimball

Monday, March 02, 2015

The Roswell "Dream Team" and the "Slides"


From my friend Jose Antonio Caravaca, who is part of the group of skeptical researchers looking into the Roswell slides. It sums things up nicely. From left to right, Bragalia, Randle, Carey and Schmitt.

Paul Kimball

Saturday, February 28, 2015

East Coast Paracon 2015


Just an FYI that I'll be speaking at the 2015 East Coast Paracon here in Nova Scotia this coming August. You can get the lowdown at their website. Whilst I was sorely tempted to talk about the Roswell slides, my actual presentation will be about my ghost investigating exploits from my 2009 TV series Ghost Cases, as recounted in my book The Other Side of Truth: The Paranormal, The Art of the Imagination, and The Human Condition.

Hope to see you there!

Paul Kimball

A Reminder of Anthony Bragalia's Hypocrisy



Read here for a reminder about Anthony Bragalia's previous position on the anonymity of elderly alleged Roswell witnesses. The comments section is illuminating as well, as Bragalia happily takes kudos for his work.

A quote:
This author has identified and located Annie Jacobsen’s anonymous source. I have also decided, after much consideration, to “out” him. In this article I will openly name him. I have also contacted him very recently. He reluctantly spoke with me for some time. 
David Rudiak wrote in the comments: "You are to be congratulated for figuring out Jacobsen's source and interviewing him, even though he told you bupkis."

I would expect to see Mr. Rudiak offer the same congratulations here... but I won't hold my breath.

Meanwhile, I trust that everyone can now see Mr. Bragalia for the base and delusional hypocrite that he really is.

Paul Kimball

The Double Standards of Anthony Bragalia (and Roswell researchers in general)



Below is the text of an e-mail just sent to me from Dream Team member and all around nut-case Anthony Bragalia (I have kept the spelling errors and bolding to show you how it looked). Remember, folks, that all I did was publish the name of a witness to a fantasy tale so that people who are less inclined than Bragalia et al to accept every word uttered from someone who confirms their belief system could, should they want to, check this witness out and not have to rely on the Dream Team to filter the information. But for Bragalia, that goes too far.

" Kimball-
How dare you make public the name and location of an elderly man who was a witness to Roswell?
You have no filter- no care for others. This is an old man who does not need this. A pseudonym was used in the Witness book to shield him from unwanted calls.
If he begins to receive phone calls from strangers or visits to his home by strangers- we are calling the police and providing them your name.
Your actions are reprehensible and I swear that I am going to authorities if this man is harassed. Are you mentally ill? What do you not understand about publishing this man’s name and home? Are you trying to incite him? Harm him?
Why do you want to make this man miserable. He is nearing 90- you are really of-the-chain, and I am going to do something about it.
Tony Bragalia"

Apparently it's just fine for Roswell believers (and I use that term very, very loosely) to contact people, and to question them about their claims (and I use the term "question" very, very loosely as well), but not for skeptics to do the same. It's fine for them to demand to know everything, whether it's from the government that is supposedly hiding the truth, or from witnesses that know the truth, but they wish to keep their own secrets for themselves.

Let's remember that Mr. Benavides agreed to appear on Sci Fi Investigates, a network television show. He agreed to appear in Adam Dew's forthcoming film. His identity was known to these people. But they did not want you to know it. It is not as if the man has been hiding away in his house. He's been on television, for crying out loud.

No, this has nothing to do with them wanting to protect a frail old man from the  harassment of evil skeptics. Instead, it has everything to do with the true believers wanting to control the narrative that they are spinning.

An artist's representation of a typical Roswell "researcher," hoarding their secrets.

I suppose I don't blame them. Every time an independent, objective researcher looks into the witness claims out of Roswell, those claims (from Glenn Dennis to Frank Kaufmann to Jim Ragsdale to Gerald Anderson, and all point in between) fall apart. The claims have never withstood close scrutiny. The same kind of sturm and drang was raised when Robert Todd got access to Jesse Marcel's military records, and found discrepancies in his stories about his background. These "researchers" only want you to know their version of the story - a story that is worth a fair bit of money. The one thing they absolutely don't want you to know is the truth. Mr. Bragalia and his fellow travelers want to stifle dissent, and avoid at all costs having their claims cross-examined. They are the very antithesis of true researchers, and are as far away from being honest seekers of the truth as one can get.

Paul Kimball

Friday, February 27, 2015

The "Roswell Slides" Witness

Much has been made by the Dream Teamers of a military witness who confirmed for them that he saw the same body that is depicted in the two "Roswell slides," and that it was at Roswell in 1947 and it was alien.

Here is Adam Dew, the filmmaker behind all of this, talking about the "slides" on WGN 9 News in Chicago. The relevant part is at 4:42 when Dew states, "We did show them to a Roswell military veteran who was on site in 1947 who says he saw bodies and he says that the slides look like what he saw in July of 1947."


In the trailer for his Kodachrome documentary, Dew refers to the witness as a "Lieutenant." At 2:38 Dew states: "And then there's this guy, who was an army lieutenant at Roswell air force base in 1947."


That veteran does indeed exist. A source provided me with the name - Eleazar N. Benavides. He currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Here is a photo of where he lives (the house on the right), which matches the location you see in the film trailer above (apparently interviewing witnesses standing in their driveway is Dew's style).



Thanks to researcher Tim Printy, who is part of an ad hoc, sub rosa group of skeptics who are looking into the slides (of which I am also an associate), here is a photo of a much younger Mr. Benavides in the Roswell base yearbook from 1947.


As you can see, at the time of the Roswell Incident, Benavides was indeed stationed at Roswell, so that much is true, but he was a Private First Class in the 390th Air Service Squadron. He was not, as Dew erroneously claims in the trailer, a Lieutenant.

In fact, he is also not a new "witness." He is the "Pfc. Benjamin" referred to in the book Witness to Roswell by Roswell slides promoters / "Dream Team" members Tom Carey and Donald Schmitt (see. pp. 209 - 217 - "Eli Benjamin" was a pseudonym used by the authors). He can be seen in an episode about Roswell on the short-lived Sci-Fi Investigates series in this clip:


Benavides is repeating the same sort of story that "witnesses" to the "creature" have repeated before. Is he lying, as other "witnesses" like Glenn Dennis were, or did he actually see a body that had been injured somehow, and after all of these years (and no small amount of prodding from Roswell researchers) he has conflated what he saw at some point in the past into the Roswell space aliens narrative? Who knows, although history and hard experience tells us that the former is by far the most likely possibility. The idea that he would be afraid he was going to lose his pension (ergo the pseudonym), but was willing to show his face on national television (and now in Dew's film) seems... well, let's just say that it requires a great deal of "belief suspension" to buy it. But it sure adds to the mysterious and secretive nature of the story that the Roswell myth-makers have used over the years.

Either way, Benavides, aka Benjamin, is the man that the Dream Team is hanging their hats on as a witness to validate the space alien nature of the "Roswell slides." Without him, they just have a couple of slides. Make of that what you will.

Meanwhile, the work of skeptics continues in terms of debunking this con. Perhaps we should schedule a big reveal with the real story... on May 5th.

Paul Kimball 

Safe Journey, Leonard Nimoy

RIP to Leonard Nimoy, most famous for his portrayal of the iconic character Mr. Spock in Star Trek, who has passed away at age 83 after a life very well lived.

One of my favourite Nimoy moments actually comes from The Simpsons. In this 21 second clip, he encapsulates the truth about crashed flying saucer tales - and Roswell in particular - better than anyone else has ever done.


Pure gold.

Safe journey, Mr. Nimoy, and thank you for the memories.

Paul Kimball

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Latest Trailer for the Dream Team!



Breaking news - I was just sent a super-duper advance look at the next trailer for the Dream Team's My 5th "Roswell Slides" release in Mexico City. What make this interesting is that all of the members are in it.

Enjoy!

Paul Kimball 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Walter Haut & Glenn Dennis - The Roswell UFO Museum and Stan Friedman


Stepping away from the "slides" imbroglio for a bit, but remaining with Roswell, here is a clip from an interview I conducted with Glenn Dennis and Walter Haut in 2001 wherein they discuss the Roswell UFO museum and their relationship with Stan Friedman.

Paul Kimball

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Adam Dew - A New Ray Santilli for the 21st Century



Yes, I recognize that by posting this I am helping Dew's viral marketing campaign, but it's all so amusing from a cultural studies perspective that I can't resist. I actually admire his chutzpah. The only question that remains is whether or not the "Dream Team" are actors in the play that is unfolding, or whether they are merely props. 

 Paul Kimball

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Steve Hudgeons of MUFON on the "Roswell Slides"




Steve Hudgeons is the Director of Investigations for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), an organization that is not exactly a paragon of skeptical thinking, as can be seen by the fact that it employs the likes of John Ventre and Roger Marsh in leadership positions (where they serve as de facto public spokespersons), and by the organization's involvement in the ridiculous television series Hangar 1. In short, MUFON is an organization that buys into the extraterrestrial hypothesis hook, line and sinker, no matter how much they might claim to pursue a scientific and objective stance when it comes to looking into UFOs. So while Hudegons might be a more reasonable sort than Ventre or Marsh, it's important to remember that in MUFON reasonableness is a sliding scale... it's like marking on the curve. The point is that Hudgeons is a key leader of an organization that is intellectually and institutionally committed to the notion that space aliens have visited Earth, and that a spaceship crashed near Roswell in 1947. He himself adheres to these beliefs. In short, he is part of the key foundational target market for the purveyors of the Roswell "slides".

Which makes what he wrote about the Roswell "slides" in a series of recent posts on the MUFON Facebook page most interesting:
two items red flag me……one it is “blurred" and...it is looking at the camera........
- not the eyes….the head…face....is pointed toward the camera.....that alone is a dead give away that it is fake to me
- you dont TOUCH an alien body…….unless you are well covered
- you dont pose an alien body for a camera……..to photo what you have…as it is....you want a different pose...you move the camera
- humans are not….special………a dead alien is.......you dont move them around
- a dead alien body will be frozen away out of any sunlight
- if you are of the opinion that this is real…..great…tell me why you think so
- if this is real…..great......
- also of note………look at the mouth…….this mouth is open.........all witnesses of Greys say the mouth is a small slit
- can you show me ONE witness that says the Alien they saw was ready to eat a foot long hotdog?
- Im not saying Aliens in general are non existant …I am saying that IMO this photo is fake
  
[editor's note - all typos are from the original text]
It is important to note that Hudgeons doesn't say that the slides couldn't represent aliens because there is no evidence that aliens have never visited Earth (which is what a hard-core skeptic might lead off with) - indeed, as is clear from the exchange, he not only believes that aliens have visited Earth, but that they have crashed here, that the government has retrieved their bodies, and that there are procedures and protocols in place for handling those bodies.


In short, here you have a guy who is absolutely committed to the belief that the government is hiding alien bodies from the crash of a spaceship in 1947... and even he doesn't buy the Roswell "slides" story!

For anyone still wondering why the Dream Team hooked up with Jaime Maussan and is taking their dog-and-pony show to Mexico City in May, here is your answer in a nutshell - because they are so far out of the mainstream within pro-ETH, pro-Roswell American ufology that even someone like Steve Hudgeons can see that it's all bogus.

As Bart Simpson would say: "Ay caramba!"

Paul Kimball

Friday, February 13, 2015

BREAKING NEWS - "Roswell Slides" in Shocking Video Footage


A secret source of mine within the NSA just sent this above top secret video clip of one of the aliens from the Roswell slides group - apparently one died in the crash, but his co-pilot survived and was integrated into American society without anyone in the general public knowing it. 

Shocking!!

Paul Kimball

"Hacking" the Roswell Slides


My good friend Nick Redfern has a new column written at Mysterious Universe wherein he discusses the alleged hacking episode of the broader Roswell slides story. Nick maintains that it's "impossible" that a Dream Teamers would be involved in the hacking, largely because, he says, they wouldn't hack their own e-mail and then call law enforcement. And yet, I know people who have done exactly that, from first-hand experience.
When I was stationed with the RCMP in northern Cape Breton years ago, we were called to investigate a crime - property destruction - where the owner wanted us to believe that his neighbour had done it. Indeed, many of the indications pointed to the neighbour, with whom the complainant had a long-running feud. The only problem was that unbeknownst to the complainant, the neighbour had an air-tight alibi for the night in question... at which point we started to smell something fishy. Eventually, the complainant admitted he had done it himself to try and get his arch-enemy in trouble.
Stupid? Perhaps. But it happens, particularly when one has a motive and potential reward that they judge outweighs any risk. It's a question of a cost-benefit analysis.
Which brings us back to the "hacking" case with the slides. Nick rightly dismisses the idea of government involvement. Unless you're the truest of true believers, then I'm sure you do as well. His prime suspect is some other UFO researcher. But that strikes me as unlikely. There's no motive, other than the possibility of finding the slides and then... what? Posting them? As soon as that happened, he would identify himself as the hacker, or if someone else did it for him it would be traced back pretty quickly. That would be truly stupid given that the payoff would be so penny ante.
No, the people with motive and opportunity would have been the Dream Teamers, because something like having your e-mail hacked is gold if you're trying to build a con based on a conspiracy narrative, which is what the slides story is really all about at its core. The payoff is potentially huge (that 10,000 seat arena in Mexico City just being the lucrative start). Given that, then someone on the Dream Team - and let's recall that Donald Schmitt has a proven record of underhanded activities, and now they have linked up with one of the most disreputable hucksters out there, Jaime Maussan - could easily have judged it worth any risk.
A report to the FBI might have been an unintended consequence, or maybe it was all part of the plan, to add a little extra juice. Because here's the real truth - unless the hacking involved terrorism or corporate espionage, the FBI was highly unlikely to do anything other than a quick pro forma "investigation" and then move on to more important things... particularly when they realized it was UFO nuts (in their eyes) making the complaint. And that seems to be exactly what happened, at least to me. When I conduct a cost-benefit analysis, the risks are just as low for Dream Teamers as any ufologist (and probably lower), while the rewards are the highest.
My friend Nick? An unwitting part of it all, who is giving the "hackers" even more of what I have no doubt they were after all the time. - publicity. They are no doubt sitting back and saying, "mission accomplished" as they plan their trip to Mexico City.

Paul Kimball

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Jon Mullane EPK clip from Roundabout



A clip from the EPK for my most recent film wherein Jon Mullane, one of the musicians featured on the soundtrack, discusses his interest in UFOs, and how that mutual interest first brought us together. Bless the Space Brothers!

Paul Kimball

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Roswell Slides - You Decide!


The Roswell slides are out now. Have your say - what do they show! I'll leave the voting open until the end of February. If you pick "something else," please leave a comment with what you think that "something else" might be.

The Roswell slides are:
Pictures of a dead extraterrestrial being from Roswell in 1947
A hoax
Pictures of a human body with some form of physical deformity
Something else (please leave a comment)

  

Personally, when push came to shove I voted for a hoax, but that's because I think the slides represent a human body with a deformity that the Dream Team are purposefully representing as a dead alien despite knowing better, which to me ultimately makes it a hoax, in a "meta" sense. I look forward to hearing what you think.

Paul Kimball

Saturday, February 07, 2015

2014 Zorgy Awards



After a few years the Zorgy Awards have returned, as Aaron Gulyas joined me and Greg Bishop on Radio Misterioso to discuss the best (mostly) of the paranormal subculture in 2014, and what might be in store for the year to come. You can tune in to the podcast here.

Paul Kimball

Friday, February 06, 2015

Meet Jaime Maussan, the Ringmaster of the Upcoming Roswell Slides Circus



Behold! Here is the man the Roswell Dream Team will be appearing with in Mexico City to reveal the earth-shattering, proof-positive-of-aliens Roswell slides - Jaime Maussan, seen in this video on Mexican television endorsing one of the worst and most obvious frauds in UFO history, "Jonathan Reed"

If the Dream Team had any self-respect, and any intellectual integrity, they would walk away from this now. But they won't. Schmitt and Carey will be there in person. Randle and Bragalia will continue to support them, and through them Maussan and his circus. The potential payday is too great, the depths of their belief too deep, the lure of the stage and a moment of cheap and fleeting fame impossible for them to resist. Like moths to a flame, they are being drawn for different reasons to their doom. 

The Reed video is instructive. Reed had already been exposed in the US - Mexico and Maussan were his last stop, his last cash in. That's what I think we're seeing here with the Roswell slides - it's the end of the road for Roswell, and the Dream Team are off to Mexico for various reasons (profit, ego, true belief... a mixture of all three in some cases) because they just can't bring themselves to get out. They're in too deep. Mexico City isn't the beginning that they're promising; it's the end, for both the Dream Team... and for the Roswell story.

Paul Kimball

Countdown to Roswell Slides Extravaganza!!




And the countdown is on (Eastern Standard Time)!!

The end is nigh!!!!

Paul Kimball

The Face of "Disclosure" and Roswellism


Roswellism and "disclosure" are subjects that appeal to our greatest minds - the Newtons of the 21st century. Pathetic and poignant at the same time, as Bruce Duensing noted at my Facebook page.

Paul Kimball

Tim Hebert: The Holy Relics of Roswell


Tim Hebert has penned an acerbic, witty and completely spot on take about Bernerd Ray and the Roswell slides.

An excerpt:
As of yesterday, Ufology was on the verge of canonizing a new saint, Bernerd Ray. The blessed Ray had descended from a holy mount, not holding two tablets, but possessing two photos. This precious gift would change the destiny of humanity...turn the cosmos on its eternal axis. The truth was to be shown to the faithful.
Roaming a desolate desert, a prophet was calling out to the UFO faithful, "Rejoice...Rejoice...for the alien photos have arrived from on high" "Do not ask questions of me for I am not worthy to reveal the truth...for I am a mere messenger."
You can read the entire column at Tim's excellent blog "Did It Really Happen?" .

Paul Kimball

Roswell Slides - When The Heart Rules The Mind


Today's puzzler - who wrote this about the Roswell slides:
"I’m sure that I don’t have to tell you the problem with these slides… oh, and the man who has them now and who has approached a number of media outlets attempting to sell them, is a graphic artist... I really don’t believe the photos to be real. This is the alien autopsy without the motion, without the photographer, or without a chain of custody."
Dream Team member Kevin Randle wrote that to me in 2013. Those quotes are not taken out of context, and have been published here before, much to the chagrin of true believers, but given the latest media blitz by the slides promoters, and the short memory that people have, I thought I would offer them as a reminder that even Dream Teamer Randle could see this whole mess for what it really is. I genuinely feel sorry for him, in the sense that he is so psychologically attached to the Roswell case that he could't bring himself to divorce himself from this seedy episode, and the seedy people involved, even when he knew beyond any reasonable doubt that he should. After all, according to Randle, the whole thing started out much differently, at least for him:
"Two years ago we had a meeting (and a few others since then) about doing the ultimate Roswell book. I told him [Carey], and Schmitt after Tom invited him aboard, that for this to work, we’d need to come up with something new and exciting. I said that we could review the data as presented, weed out the crap, and present the case as dispassionately as possible, but we needed something beyond the witness testimony and the few documents held."
Is a carnival show in a 10,000 seat auditorium in Mexico City, hosted UFO huckster Jaime Maussan, the dispassionate presentation that Randle claimed he was looking for? Are the breathless postings by Anthony Bragalia that Randle still presents at his blog in line with what he claimed he wanted out of this? Of course not. But instead of taking the opportunity to walk away at any time when things started to go off the rails, or to expose the shenanigans taking place behind the scenes, Randle kept silent and stays publicly supportive. 

The 1980s rock supergroup GTR summed it up perfectly in their hit, "When The Heart Rules The Mind":
When the heart rules the mind
One look and love is blind
When you want the dream to last
Take a chance forget the past 
In May, the Roswell slides promoters (Maussan, Schmitt, Dew, Carey, and whomever else jumps aboard the gravy train headed to Mexico City) - just as was the case with the MJ-12 document creators, and Bob Lazar, and Steven Greer, and Ray Santilli in years past - will hope that everyone is poor Kevin Randle: people willing to forget the past in an attempt to make the dream last just a little bit longer.

Paul Kimball

P.S. Don't worry, folks - your comments are welcomed here, even when they are critical of me or my views (so long as they don't cross the line into libel or contain profanity)... and they won't disappear on you without warning.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The Roswell Slides Carnival - 5 February 2015



It continues. After watching this, I expect someone to lead me to a tent with a bearded lady or a two-headed goat, followed by the hall of horror and then some cotton candy.

As if Schmitt and Maussan weren't bad enough, now we have Carol Rosin as well! They might as well invite Greer and Bassett and call it a Mexican X-Con.

A Dream Team, indeed!

Paul Kimball

Ghost Cases on Amazon Prime

My Ghost Cases co-host Holly Stevens and yours truly at the 2009 Atlantic Film Festival.

And now, a bit of shameless self-promotion. Looks like my old series Ghost Cases is finally available in the United States. It's not the greatest show ever made, but my co-host Holly Stevens and I approached our task with diligence and honest skepticism, and I'm proud of that. Plus, we had a rollicking good time and got paid for it. I call that a "win"!

You can find it here.

Paul Kimball

The Roswell Slides - DOA



Competent researchers, whether they are historians or physicists or lawyers or anything else, make sure they have their ducks in a row before they go public. Modern UFO true believers / con-men (take your pick when determining motivation) like Anthony Bragalia, Donald Schmitt, and the rest of the Dream Team almost always do not. The Roswell slides are the perfect example.

The story is already Dead on Arrival thanks to claims made by Bragalia et al that the people who supposedly took the pictures of the alleged alien bodies in 1947, Bernerd and Hilda Ray, had a close connection to all sorts of people, including General (later President) Dwight D. Eisenhower. Now, as I pointed out just a few hours ago, if you are going to make such a claim you better have the evidence to back it up - things like letters between Eisenhower and the Rays, and records of meetings in Eisenhower's appointment book, and multiple photos of them together in something other than a purely public setting. Preferably, you should have all of the above, particularly when much of your case hinges on establishing that connection, which would show that the Ray's were perhaps important enough to Eisenhower to be granted access to the alien bodies. I know, I know... it's a ridiculous stretch to believe that even if they were close Eisenhower or anyone else would allow the Rays to see the dead aliens and take photos (remember, this is the biggest secret in the world according to Roswell proponents), but we're talking about just the ground floor here of erecting a foundation. They should at least be able to get this basic question of Eisenhower and the Rays right.

But they can't. The claims of Bragalia et al that the Rays were important and had a close connection to Eisenhower rested on two slides that they alleged showed Bernerd Ray next to Eisenhower at a public event. That's it. 

As I noted in The Roswell Slides and Bad History, this would not have been nearly enough - in his career, Eisenhower stood next to thousands of local functionaries, party supporters, well-wishers and so forth at campaign stops and other public functions. Two slides of Bernerd Ray next to Eisenhower would only establish that Ray was one of those thousands of people; nothing more.

That was bad history on a theoretical basis by Bragalia et al, but it gets even worse when you get to the practical matter at hand, namely the question of whether or not that is actually Bernerd Ray in the photos with Eisenhower. While I didn't have time to look into the matter further last night (I posted just before I went to bed), others did, as I knew they would (that's the great thing about the Internet - someone will always step up to the plate when you raise an issue), and in a piece of very basic, actual research by Tim Printy of SunLite, it turns out that the man next to Eisenhower in those two slides isn't Bernerd Ray at al, but rather Milton Eisenhower, the younger brother of Dwight D. Eisenhower. 

Holey moley, Batman! Not only did Bragalia and the Dream Team commit bad history from a theoretical perspective, but they committed blundering, basic "fail first year history 101" from a practical perspective. A simple matter to check, which I presume took Printy perhaps an hour or so, was screwed up the Bragalia et al. 

This is why I say that the "Roswell slides" are Dead on Arrival. After years of looking into these things, Bragalia et al couldn't even get the identity of the man standing next to Eisenhower in the slides correct. Instead, they just went ahead and claimed that it was Bernerd Ray, and then made the unfounded leap to a conclusion that Ray and Eisenhower were closely connected. Not only did they not have their ducks in a row on this basic point... they had misidentified the ducks altogether.

Any objective person should at this point lose all confidence in the research abilities of the Dream Team. If those abilities ever existed (and when you look at their body of work I don't think they ever did, but people can debate that amongst themselves), they have clearly been completely compromised by either true belief or a profit motive (again, take your pick - in the case of Bragalia I think it is true believerism, which is less egregious, whereas with someone like Schmitt or Maussan I have little doubt it's profit mixed in with ego). Jaime Maussan won't care, and neither will the Dream Team - they will shrug this off and charge forward to Mexico City on May 5th with their big, 10,000 seat auditorium dog-and-pony show. But for anyone else besides the most gullible of Roswell true believers, the story must end here.

Paul Kimball

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The Roswell "Slides" and Bad History


Much ado is being made today about the Roswell "slides," which proponents such as Anthony Bragalia and Donald Schmitt claim show a dead alien body in 1947, supposedly the victim of a crash near Roswell, New Mexico. A big reveal is being staged on May 5th in Mexico City presented by UFO huckster Jaime Maussan, which should tell you all you need to know about the authenticity of the slides. But I'll leave it up to others to deal with Maussan. As someone who has an actual degree in history, my particular beef is with claims made by everyone from Bragalia to Kevin Randle that the people who allegedly took the pictures, a geologist named Bernerd Ray and his wife, a lawyer named Hilda Ray, had significant connections to important people, including Dwight D. Eisenhower. Presumably they think this is important, because then they will be able to say something along the lines of "well, Ike let them see the body, which is how they got the photos," because, well, that's what a security conscious former 5-star general and future President would do with the world's biggest secret. 

Anyway, it's all moot, because no evidence has been offered of any substantial connection to Eisenhower. What we have been given are two slides that Bragalia et al claim show Bernerd Ray near Eisenhower at what appears to be some sort of whistle stop in what I presume is the mid to late 1940s. So far as I can tell, that's it. Assuming for the moment it is indeed Ray in the photo just for the sake of argument (others are working to determine if it is so I'll leave it to them to report back), we have the important question, from the basis of historiography, of whether you could determine anything about the nature of the relationship between Ray and Eisenhower From just these two slides. The Roswell "Dream Team" clearly believe you can - they have jumped to the conclusion that the Rays were connected to Eisenhower, and presumably others. But they are wrong on principle, and in practice.

Here's the problem (as any first year history student would be able to tell you): Eisenhower made literally hundreds of campaign stops and victory tour events during his career. Was every single person who might have stood near him "closely connected"? Hardly. What one would need to see in order to establish that would be things like correspondence from the Rays to Eisenhower and vice versa, which in Eisenhower's case shouldn't be hard to find, as well as entries in Eisenhowers's appointment schedule for times when he would have been with the Rays. Again, shouldn't be hard to find. Do those things exist... Or do we just have these slides?

Eisenhower and hundreds of "close connections" in 1952.

In short, there has been no evidence presented of any true significance of a connection to Eisenhower other than a couple of slides which Bragalia et al claim show Ray near him at some public function. And given that things were much freer back then and all sorts of people could and did get close to even Presidents, particularly at very public rallies, this is meaningless. If you want to make the claim that the Rays were connected to Eisenhower, fine - show us proper evidence that makes the case. A couple of random slides don't allow you to make that leap in logic. 

Real historians know these things, and they know enough to place things in context and to demand more proof than a couple of slides to establish any kind of meaningful connection; amateurs do not.

But as my friend Gilles Fernandez would say, "that's ufology."

Paul Kimball

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ufology Unplugged - Rev. Barry Downing: The Bible and Flying Saucers



The third episode of Ufology Unplugged features an interview I conducted with Rev. Barry Downing in 2001. Downing is best known as the author of The Bible and Flying Saucers, one of the earliest and most influential works in the "ancient aliens" ouevre. In this interview he discusses his work and his theories, particularly the idea that the stories of the Bible may not be supernatural in nature but rather may represent tales of human contact with advanced extraterrestrial civilizations.

Paul Kimball

Friday, November 07, 2014

The Shag Harbour UFO case - What the people involved thought it was






Most people within ufology have seen the headline in the Halifax Chronicle Herald from Saturday, 7 October 1967, which read: "Could Be Something Concrete in Shag Harbour UFO - RCAF," largely because it is the more sensational one. But here is the follow-up reportage a few days later - still rife with speculation and uncertainty (understandable all things considered), but also showing that an ET spacecraft was the furthest thing from anyone's mind. The explanation that most people credited was a secret American craft of some sort... which is what Laurie Wickens, the first person to see the UFO and report it, still thinks it was, all these years later - and I agree.

Paul Kimball

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The New York Times' Roswell coverage in 1947




I was doing some archival research today on non-UFO related history at Acadia University, and I took the opportunity to check the New York Times on microfilm for their version of the Roswell "crash"... and here it is. What I found particularly interesting was the coverage the "flying disc" phenomenon was getting in the week before the Roswell incident, stemming from the Kenneth Arnold sighting in June, 1947. Flying saucers were certainly in the news, and imaginations were working overtime, which is probably the biggest reason why the people who jumped the gun and released the press release about the "Roswell crash" got it wrong... and then had to retract their error shortly thereafter and use the weather balloon cover story for what they had really found - the top secret Project Mogul. Anyone who thinks those kinds of things can't happen to even the best of us just doesn't understand human nature.

Paul Kimball

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Ufology Unplugged - Steven Greer: Disclosure


The second episode of "Ufology Unplugged" consists of a 2001 interview I conducted with Steven Greer, the controversial founder of the Disclosure Project, intermixed with a clip of Greer speaking at the 2001 MUFON Symposium press conference. Greer talks about the disclosure of what he claims is the cover-up of the reality of ET visiting Earth and reverse-engineered free energy that is being withheld from the human race by a secret cabal of government and corporate insiders. 

Paul Kimball

The Bookshelf



Most of my "weird" books are in boxes in a storage locker (at over 150 paranormal-related ones, it's just too much for my apartment) - these are some of the ones I have on hand. It's an eclectic bunch, that's for sure.

Paul Kimball

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ufology Unplugged - Randy Barnes: Contact Experiences


In this episode of "Ufology Unplugged" I present a 2003 interview I conducted with American contactee Randy Barnes in Aztec, New Mexico. Barnes describes his long history of what he claims are "contact" experiences with extraterrestrials, and offers some thoughts on what it might all mean. Besides his "contact" experiences, Barnes was one of the key research partners of Scott Ramsey in his re-investigation of the 1948 Aztec UFO hoax.

Paul Kimball

Monday, October 20, 2014

Rob Swiatek - FUFOR and "Final Report on Operation Majestic 12"


Rob Swiatek of the Fund for UFO Research talks about the early days of MJ-12 research and how FUFOR came to fund Stan Friedman's "Final Report on Operation Majestic 12" in the late 1980s. An excerpt from an interview I conducted with Rob in Aztec, New Mexico, in 2003. 

Paul Kimball

Dr. John Mack - Alien Reality and Humanity



From my video vault - John Mack speaking at the 2001 MUFON Symposium press conference about the media and UFOs, and anthropocentric humanism and how an alien reality would change the way we view ourselves, and the society that we have created. Stan Friedman makes a cameo appearance at the end. 

 Paul Kimball

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ufology Unplugged - Episode 1.2: Kevin Randle - Cattle Mutilations


UFO researcher / author Kevin Randle (The Abduction Enigma, The Government UFO Files, Case MJ-12, The Truth About the UFO Crash at Roswell) discusses the cattle mutilation phenomenon, which he investigated in the 1970s for APRO.

Having looked into the cattle mutilation stories myself several years ago, I agree with pretty much everything Randle says here. The more interesting take-away for me from all of this is that most of what Randle says about cattle mutilation investigations, and investigators, is equally applicable to every other type of ufological investigation, whether it be "alien abductions" or crop circles... or Randle's own bread and butter, crashed flying saucers. His great failing is the blind spot that he has always had when it comes to that latter subject.

But as Karl Pflock always said, and it is a sentiment that Randle ironically echoes in this episode - belief can be a powerful thing.

Paul Kimball



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ufology... Unplugged - Pilot Episode


Feature films are my thing now, and I really enjoy it (my two latest films just screened at the Atlantic Film Festival last month to a great reaction and after a couple minor tweaks we'll have done by early November they'll be headed out to the broader festival circuit), but a small part of me remains fascinated by the subculture of Ufology. Fortunately, I've got hundreds of hours of interview footage that I accumulated over my years making documentaries, and I have some free time, so... behold - Ufology... Unplugged! A project I've been meaning to get to for some time. 

In the pilot episode I pull excerpts from two separate interviews with Stan Friedman. The first was in September, 2001 - Stan discusses his thoughts on Steven Greer and the Disclosure Project, which was the "big thing" in ufology at the time (and one could argue that it still is). In the second, which was conducted in 2003, Stan talks about his relationship with his former research partner William Moore.

Lots of interesting nuggets in here, but there are three that stand out for me. The first is Stan's line in the Greer interview that "I think that there should be plenty of secrets in the world," which might come as a surprise to some (particularly the forcefulness with which he delivers it here),. Second are his remarks about his disagreements with Moore about UFO Cover-Up Live and the failure of Moore to honour his commitments to people who ordered things from him via mail. Both point to Moore's intrinsic dishonesty (as does Stan's admission that Moore could be "tricky"), and yet he continues to maintain, in the face of everything we know about Moore and Doty, that the MJ-12 documents are bona fide because Moore could not have faked them. Finally, Stan offers a firm denial of the charge leveled against him over the years by Karl Pflock, Kevin Randle, and Brad Sparks, that Stan had discussed the prospect of faking documents with Moore and Shandera.

Paul Kimball

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Stanton Friedman - William Moore and MJ-12


In this excerpt from an interview I conducted with him in 2003, Stanton Friedman talks about his relationship with fellow ufologist William Moore, who was his research partner on Roswell and MJ-12 for a decade from the late 1970s through the 1980s.

Much grist for the mill here, most of it centering on the cognitive dissonance of what Stan says about Moore's honesty - "Bill was a tricky guy," "He liked to float proposals, run them up the flag pole and see how people would react," he was committing mail fraud - and his blithe brushing off of the prospect that Moore created the MJ-12 documents by saying that Bill couldn't have know certain details so he couldn't have created the documents. What Stan ignores is the probability that Moore was working with someone else (or a small group of people) who could have found all the needed information, namely Moore's other "partner" in the 1980s - Rick Doty.

As for a motive, Stan details that as well, even as he ignores its implications - Moore's financial problems in the 1980s. Nothing like some fake documents to gin up interest in his cash-cow story (Roswell) which was starting to grow cold.

The MJ-12 story really is that simple. Stan has all the facts at his command, but he just can't see the forest for the trees - a triumph of belief over reason and common sense.

Paul Kimball

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Kevin Randle - Alien Abductions


Kevin Randle (co-author of The Abduction Enigma) outlines his views on the "alien abduction" phenomenon in this short clip from an interview I conducted with him in 2001.

Paul Kimball

Friday, October 10, 2014

Kevin Randle - Ufologists as part of the Roswell story



In this excerpt from an interview I conducted with him in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in September 2001, UFO researcher Kevin Randle responds to the assertion by anthropologist Dr. Benson Saler that ufologists have inserted themselves into the Roswell story and therefore become as much a part of the story as the witnesses themselves.

Paul Kimball

Nick Redfern - MJ-12 and the FBI


In this excerpt from an interview I conducted in 2003 with my good friend, author Nick Redfern, he talks about the interest that the FBI had in the MJ-12 documents, and the possible reasons for it.

Paul Kimball

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Stanton Friedman - UFO frauds: Bob Lazar and Philip J. Corso



In this excerpt from an interview I conducted with Stan Friedman in 2001, he discusses frauds in UFO research, and focuses on two of the most egregious examples in the past thirty years - Robert Lazar, and Philip J. Corso.

Paul Kimball

Karl Pflock - The creation of the MJ-12 documents



In this excerpt from an interview I conducted with him in 2003, my friend the late Karl Plock (author of Roswell: Inconvenient Facts and the Will to Believe) discusses the MJ-12 documents, and who he is convinced was responsible for faking them.

Paul Kimball

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

New Billy Meier "beamship" photo!!

This just in - a new "beamship" photo from Billy Meier!


Clearly this is further indisputable (and tasty) evidence of the Plejaren reality!

Paul Kimball

Bruce Maccabee - The UFO Cover-up



In this excerpt from an interview I conducted in 2003 with Dr. Bruce Maccabee, author of The UFO - FBI Connection, he talks about why he is convinced that the government knows more about the UFO phenomenon than it has told the public.

Paul Kimball