Roswell Autopsy A Tale of Two Sittings
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Roswell Autopsy: A Tale of Two Sittings by Peter Fotis Kapnistos (2008) The Roswell Incident involved the recovery of wreckage near Roswell, New Mexico, on July 7, 1947. Many UFO believers argue that a crashed alien craft and bodies were recovered, and that the US military imposed a cover-up. Stanton T. Friedman brought Roswell to the attention of the mainstream media with numerous interviews and documents that he claims describe a secret government agency hiding information on recovered aliens. In 1989, Glenn Dennis, a former mortician, claimed that “alien autopsies” were carried out at the Roswell base. When it was disclosed that photographs or film footage of the autopsies had also leaked out, a frantic maneuver of “damage control” was allegedly put into motion. The alleged government scheme was to promote an elaborate hoax and to then debunk it, in hopes of discrediting the entire Roswell Incident. Without doubt, the biggest Roswell hoax was the “Alien Autopsy” film, which Fox-TV producers aired twice before debunking in a third special. Yet, what remained hidden from the public was that the Roswell autopsy was essentially “a tale of two sittings.” The so-called documentary, promoted by a British marketing agency that handled Walt Disney products, was aired on the Fox network. But video entrepreneur Ray Santilli and fellow producer Gary Shoefield claimed that their film was a reconstruction of an actual alien autopsy film that Santilli viewed in the early 1990s, and “a few of the frames” embedded in the video were from the original. In other words, there were two sets of alien autopsy photos: One was real –– the other was not. (The spiral phone cord in the above photo was an obvious scam because such cords weren’t used during the 1940s.) The contentious film was quickly branded as a hoax by the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), headquartered in Amherst, New York. Articles about Roswell were even published in “Popular Mechanics” magazine along with other increasingly elaborate published accounts as evidence of a myth in the making. CSICOP chairman Paul Kurtz, Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York at Buffalo, commented: “The Roswell myth should be permitted to die a deserved death. Whether or not we are alone in the universe will have to be decided on the basis of better evidence than that provided by the latest bit of Roswell fakery.” Kurtz added: “Television executives have a responsibility not to confuse programs designed for entertainment with news documentaries. They ought not to present sensationalized and fictionalized accounts as factual claims and thus mislead the public.” Bringing in various “experts” to repetitively debunk the alien autopsy film is nothing more than pomposity. It is a full-blown waste of time and, in reality, a false claim to virtue. Why? Because, Santilli himself announced that his film was not genuine. Santilli made the announcement in the TV documentary Eamonn Investigates: Alien Autopsy, made by British Sky Broadcasting. In the documentary, Eamonn Holmes referred to the film as a fake, while Santilli claimed it was a restoration, because his film was a reconstruction of an actual alien autopsy film that he viewed in the early 1990s but had subsequently been lost. Santilli also claimed that “a few of the frames” embedded in his video were from the original, although he was unable to identify which ones. To complicate matters, a few alien autopsy photos (shown above at left) had apparently already “leaked” behind the Iron Curtain and uncomfortably emerged in the Asian press. Santilli and Shoefield stated that they had "restored" the damaged footage by filming a simulated autopsy on a fabricated alien, based upon what Santilli saw in 1992, which consisted of twenty-two rolls of film, averaging four minutes in length. Were the Iron Curtain press photos the “few frames” that Santilli said he based his controversial film on? No comment.