Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"The Roswell slides"

Add another bizarre twist to the Roswell UFO incident.

There is quite a bit of controversy over a set of images that have colloquially come to be known as "the Roswell slides." Said slides were allegedly found in an attic belonging to Bernard Ray, a geologist who once lived in the Roswell area, and his wife, a lawyer named Hilda. The slides in the envelope are from the 1940s and are pretty much what you might expect. Travel shots, vacation spots, family, etc. right on up until a few jarring slides jump out at you.

First, there are rather close and candid shots of then President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Hilda Ray was supposedly good friends with the general/president. Then there are the final two slides in the group...

These depict a small body, stretched out on either a slab or a gurney. It has a spindly form and an enlarged head. You guessed it. It's supposed to be the corpse of an alien recovered from the Roswell crash in 1947. A so-called "smoking gun" according to several UFO sites.

There is going to be a big reveal of all the evidence on May 5th in Mexico City. That will also mark, shocker, the release of a documentary about the slides called Kodachrome. Here's the trailer:

Researcher Anthony Bragalia seems pretty convinced:

"What is depicted is really there, accurately reflected in the emulsion as an actual moment in time in 1947. Science has weighed in and has determined that these are real slides that are really from 1947. The Only Conclusion: This humanoid is not a deformed person, mummy, dummy, simian or dead serviceman."

Other Roswell investigators seem on board with it as well, namely researchers such as Don Schmitt and Kevin Randle.

Me? Well, I fall squarely in the camp of Paul Kimball at The Other Side of Truth.

First of all, there is no real evidence here, just a few images on slides. How did Bernard and Hilda Ray come into possession of such highly classified material? Well the prevailing explanation seems to be: "They were buddies with Ike, so of course they got copies of the top secret Roswell.pictures." Not only is this flawed reasoning, Paul Kimball points out that there has been yet any evidence produced that establishes any kind of relationship between Eisenhower and the Rays. True, there is one slide that purports to be of Bernard Ray with President Eisenhower, but that has yet to be authenticated. Is there any written record such as correspondence or appointment book dates to corroborate these slides? Or was it a quick snap at a campaign stop with a couple hundred other people? Are there any other photographs that of a more exclusive nature? A meeting with just them? Perhaps being commensal? Or anything? As Kimball says, it's bad history.

Like so many other claims ufological, there just isn't any good evidence here. Not yet, anyway. Maybe that will change after "the big reveal" on May 5th. Somehow I doubt it. In the meantime, allow me to rip off even more from Paul Kimball and pose the following four possibilities for what we see in the slides:

1.) A complete hoax.
2.) A human body with a deformity.
3.) An actual alien from the Roswell crash.
4.) Something else.

If you vote "4" then please leave your idea in the comments section. Otherwise, I'm betting heavy on "1." And should that be the answer...and I can see few reasons why it wouldn't be...the field of ufology will have taken yet another slash in credibility.

Just what it needs.

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