See a detailed account of the Roswell Crash, HERE.
Near Corona, New Mexico, early July, 1947: After a hot, humid afternoon, a violent thunderstorm filled the night skies. Sheep rancher Mac Brazel was used to the sound of the lightning, wind, and thunder, but this night something was different. Mac heard a sound that frightened him, an extremely loud sound... it was like a crash. He retired for the night, and slept through the rest of the storm. Shortly, this quiet, soft-spoken working man would enter a world he neither desired, nor endured well. He would begin a story that has continued to this day.
The day after the storm, Brazel headed back into the pastures to check for any damage. He was startled to find a large debris field. The debris seemed strange to him. He took some of the strange materials to a nearby neighbor who urged him to report his find. After talking to the Roswell, N. M. authorities, he is questioned by the local radio station reporter Frank Joyce, who also reports the Brazel find to Roswell Army Airforce Base. The information is relayed to Intelligence Officer Jesse Marcel Sr. Accompanied by a security officer, Marcel meets with Brazel, and the debris field is examined. Marcel is equally confused by the find, and loads the debris up, taking some of it to his house. His son, Jesse Jr. vividly recalled the strange properties of the material his father brought home that night.
Colonel William "Butch" Blanchard ordered the debris field cordoned off, and began the investigation. On July 8th, Blanchard ordered the release of a press statement. Lt Walter Haut would write the famous story confirming the Air Force had a "flying disc" in it's possession. Shortly, the statement would be corrected, the saucer was now a weather balloon. Major Edwin Easley was ordered to shut off all roads to the crash site, and blackout information from the crash field. The debris was removed and flown to Eighth Air Force Headquarters in Ft. Worth, Texas, under the command of General Roger Ramey.
Colonel Dubose in Houston receives a phone call from a "very high" authority ordering him to devise a cover-up story. The weather balloon cover is created. Marcel Sr. would later state that the material he brought from New Mexico was switched with other so-called balloon material. The photographs were taken by James Bond Johnson. Meanwhile, back at Roswell, Mortician Glen Dennis of the Ballard Funeral Home is contacted by Roswell for 4 "hermetically" sealed coffins that would fit children.
A nurse friend of Mortician Dennis tells him a remarkable story. While working at RAAF, she is called by doctors to assist in an "alien autopsy". She is sworn to secrecy, but must confide in someone. She later meets Dennis, and draws him a sketch of what she saw. She shortly is transfered, and never heard from again. The news of the "flying disc" makes headlines world wide, and Mac Brazel begins to regret the day he found the strange debris.
A number of people have now seen the UFO wreckage, and even alien bodies. Frank Kaufman gets a first hand look at the crash site, and the alien bodies. The wreckage and alien bodies are stored at Roswell temporarily, but are then flown to Wright-Patterson field in Ohio by "Pappy" Henderson. Jim Ragsdale, along with his girlfriend, both testify that they stumble across the wreckage of a disc-shaped object in the desert of New Mexico.
The Roswell UFO Museum, and picture of Lt. Haut, Glen Dennis, and Jesse Marcel Jr.