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What Really Happened In Roswell?

The incident set off a worldwide fervor for UFOs.

Roswell NM

Used with permission.

The problem with the story of the Roswell crash is that the publicized information we’ve all been given is conflicting, to say the least. I’ve gathered the main details, so we can look them over.

On Tuesday, July 7th, 1947 as Dan Wilmot, Roswell resident, and business owner, sat with his wife on their front porch he spotted something in the sky shaped like a saucer. It sped toward them then suddenly disappeared from sight. He reported it to the Roswell Daily Record the next morning.

Also, on July 7th, 1947, W.W. “Mac” Brazel, a local rancher, told Sheriff George Wilcox that on J. B. Foster’s Sheep Ranch—northwest of Roswell, he found “a large area of bright wreckage made up of rubber strips, tinfoil, and rather tough paper, and sticks.”

Sheriff Wilcox contacted Colonel “Butch” Blanchard at the Roswell Army Airfield, who reported the incident to his superior, General Roger W. Ramey. Then Blanchard sent Intelligence Officer, Major Jesse Marcel, to investigate the crash site and collect any debris left from the incident. Years later, in 1978, UFO researcher Stanton Friedman interviewed Marcell, who basically told him he didn’t believe the materials he found came from a weather balloon or for that matter from anything on earth.

After that, Public Information Officer, Lt. Walter Haut, wrote a press release that in essence said they believed they had found a “flying saucer”. And, on July 8th, the Roswell Daily Record’s front-page headline was “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region”. 

Then another press release was issued with the correction that it turned out it was just a weather balloon that had crashed. On July 9th, the Roswell Daily Record ran a story with the headline, “Army Debunks Roswell Flying Disc as World Simmers with Excitement”.

Years later, Lt. Walter Haut stated the weather balloon photo was staged and the materials shown in it weren’t from the crash site. And, in 1994, the government acknowledged a cover-up but said it had nothing to do with extraterrestrials, instead the weather balloon was part of the 1947 top secret Mogul project, which used microphones and balloons to detect sound waves from bomb tests at long distances. And, as if this news wasn’t mysterious enough, it was also discovered that all Roswell Air Force Base records from, from January to October of 1947 were destroyed.

In 1947, Roswell radio news announcer, Frank Joyce, interviewed the rancher who discovered the crash site, Mac Brazel. He told Joyce he saw alien bodies at the crash site. However, the FCC and a US senator called the radio station and asked them not to air the story. Other witnesses also described the alleged extraterrestrials’ bodies as short, with large heads, large eyes, and a hole in place of a human type nose.

In 2008, a flight engineer, who had been stationed in a debris receiving hangar at the Roswell Army Airfield back in 1947, came forward and stated that it was a spaceship that crashed. Also, there was a rumor that an alleged “memory metal” that was thin, smooth, weightless, and couldn’t be cut, scratched, or burned, though it could be temporarily manipulated was found amongst the crash debris.

In 2011, the FBI released a report dated July 8, 1947, in their online “Vault” for public viewing. It was from the Cincinnati office about a phone call they received which said, “an object purporting to be a flying disc was recovered near Roswell, New Mexico. The disc is hexagonal in shape and was suspended from a balloon by cable, which balloon was approximately twenty feet in diameter.”

So that’s the basic information. The incident set off a worldwide fervor for UFOs. But 72 years later we’re no closer to discovering the truth of what happened July 7th, 1947. The Roswell crash remains a mystery.

I think the only one of my characters who gets to go to Roswell, is in SteamrolledBut the hubs and I are planning a road trip there in the RV if not this summer, then the next. What about you? Believe? Don’t believe? Been there? Tell me about it!

Perilously yours,


P.S. I have (to me) a funny story about my research of Roswell for Steamrolled


  1. Edie Stevens says:

    If you need a place to stay besides the RV, there are great hotels in Roswell. I’m the sales director at one of them! Let me know 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! How nice of you. 🙂

  2. Christina says:

    Let me know when you’ll be here and you get the tour of the Roswell Daily Record and the town 😉

    1. Thank you! Fingers crossed we can do it this summer, but Life Happens. lol

  3. Be sure to let me know if you come down to New Mexico this summer!

    I’ve known and worked with a number of individuals who lived in the Roswell area when the incident occurred. Some swear up and down it never happened. Others swear up and down it certainly did. I understand that the area north of Roswell marked as the crash site isn’t actually where it came down. The real site was much closer to a little town called Corona about 100 miles to the northwest, but Roswell was the nearest military base that could receive the wreckage (and bodies, if you believe that part), so it eventually became known as the Roswell Incident. (Strangely enough, some accounts claim there were two crash sites–the other being west of Magdalena, on or near the spot where they later built the Very Large Array satellite dishes that were made famous in the movie Contact. (Hmm, wonder why they chose THAT particular spot. LOL)

    I actually have a tentative connection to the Roswell incident. I used to oversee the utility consumption for several military buildings right in the same area–and I’ve seen the infamous, long-neglected hangar firsthand–the one where the ship and bodies were supposedly stored (Hangar 13 or Hangar 37 depending on who you talk to) before they were whisked away by the government. Anyway, it was the most forlorn looking structure I’d ever seen. Strangely, one of the buildings that I managed started using horrendous amounts of water one summer, and no one could explain why it was happening. There was a lot of speculation, and joking, that the alien visitors had returned and were somehow tapping in to the water supply. LOL The answer turned out to be much more mundane, but I was inspired to write a fictional short story based on some of the speculation at the time.

  4. Mae Clair says:

    I would love to take a road trip there! Lucky you getting to head there in an RV.
    The whole Roswell incident fascinates me. Excellent post!

    1. I’m so hoping we make it this summer! I want to drive the alien highway in Nevada, too! Thank you!

      1. Mae Clair says:

        Would love that as well. I enjoyed your post on Area 51 too. I left a comment but I don’t think it went through. UFOs and folklore have always fascinated me.

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