Date: December 11, 1999
Source: Badger Herald - U. Wisconsin
By Katie Harbath
, Wis. - UFO expert and author
Don Schmitt spoke Wednesday night at the University of Wisconsin about
his experiences investigating the alleged crash of an extraterrestrial
vehicle near Roswell, N.M.
Schmitt, who is from Milwaukee, has been investigating
the crash for 10 years through the Senate For UFO Studies, a privately
The Roswell incident occurred on July 3, 1947, after
a rancher by the name of Mack Brazel stumbled upon a debris site three-fourths
of a mile wide, Schmitt said. There was also a gouge 10 feet wide and 500-feet
long with a big chunk of debris at the end. When Brazel observed the debris
it was unlike any other substance he had ever seen.
Schmitt said witnesses described the material as four-and-one-half
feet in diameter and paper-thin. Yet, when a sledgehammer or drill would
be taken to it, nothing would happen to the material.
"There wasn't even a scratch on it," Schmitt said.
Schmitt said other debris was found at the site, including
beams with hieroglyphic symbols. While fiber optics had not been invented
yet, Schmitt said silken strands similar to the modern technology were
There was also a malleable substance that returned to
its original shape once it was put down on a table, "just like water,"
Schmitt said once Brazel took this information to the
sheriff, it was forwarded to the No. 1 military intelligence officer located
in Roswell at the time. A statement was released later to the press "declaring
the capture of a flying saucer."
However, within seven hours the military changed its
explanation of the incident, claiming a weather balloon had been recovered
at the site, Schmitt said.
Schmitt compared this to a similar incident that had
happened a few days earlier. Another family in Ohio had found a weather
balloon, and the military told them to keep it because it was of no use
Schmitt asked why the Roswell case was any different
if it too was just a weather balloon.
During the military's two-and-a-half day excavation,
Schmitt said 50 to 60 men cleaned up the debris site to recover all the
pieces they could.
"All for some balloon, right?" Schmitt asked.
Schmitt said this explanation sufficed for 30 years before
the military came up with a third explanation in September 1994 and a fourth
explanation in June 1997.
The military's third explanation maintained that the
debris was from a weather balloon but it was part of a secret mission called
"Project Mogul." The fourth explanation stated that the victims
recovered at the site were wooden crash dummies, Schmitt said.
Schmitt said Brazel had discovered a second site soon
after he found the first.
At the second site Brazel described the scene as "horrible."
Schmitt said Brazel claimed what he saw was "not human."
Schmitt said all of the men who were a part of the case
were threatened by the military to keep quiet or else face harm to their
Schmitt said his organization has 600 witnesses so far
for the case, 100 signed affidavits and nine deathbed testimonies. All
of them support the first explanation that it was a flying saucer recovered
"None of the other explanations have any witnesses,"
(C) 1999 Badger Herald via U-WIRE
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