Transcript of the "Alien Autopsy" Cameraman Interview
Editor's Note: Due to the controversial nature of the "Alien Autopsy" affair, this transcript is posted solely for the purposes of public commentary, review and debate. The videotape from which this transcript was drawn is copyrighted by Orbital Media, Ltd.
Alien Autopsy Cameraman's On Air Statement
Transcribed by Mark Center from the UNCUT Direct Sale Video of the Fuji TV Show, Japan/December 19th, 1996.
This transcript was taken from the uncut video tape of the original Fuji TV Broadcast. This tape is available to anyone willing to buy for it through a North American-based, Japanese video distributor. The questions were asked in Japanese and were later translated using a publicly-available Japanese-language text printout of all the questions. The stilted nature of the wording is due to the verbatim Japanese-to-English translation. There was no Japanese voice-over on the uncut version, making the cameraman's words much easier to decipher. This interview runs about 12 minutes long; the broadcast interview ran about 6 minutes. Taking into account all available information, we think this is the complete Alien Autopsy Cameraman Interview.
Ready? Okay. I have here some notes, and on these notes I have answers to precise questions. My son is here to help me with this interview. You will excuse me, this is the first time I have been in front of a camera and I am a little nervous. And, I will use my glasses, and I have prepared a statement before we go on with the interview. I am the person who shot the film. I will not tell you my name, but I want you to know that I am not happy that I have betrayed my country. Our United States of America is the greatest country in the world, and I am proud to be an American. I do not want that to change.
Question #1: What made you to become an army photographer?
It wasn't my decision to become a cameraman in the military. They found out that cameras were something I understand and do best. And that's why I was given the job.
Question #2: What instructions did you receive from the army concerning UFO in 1947?
Question #3: Why did you fly to New Mexico and did you receive any special instructions from the army?
Yes, I remember I got a call from McDonald telling me to immediately report to General McMullen. When I got to McMullen, I was told that a plane had come down just outside Soccoro, New Mexico. A flight was being laid on to go down there and I was to be on it. I was told to film the crash site and stay with the team, nothing else.
Question #4: Please tell us anything that you saw when you arrived the crash site in New Mexico. Where and how did you get there?
Now let's see... I flew out of Andrews with the team, mainly medical I think. We stopped at Wright Field to pick up other officers and men, changing planes and flew down to Roswell air base. Ah... we had a lot of equipment with us. After the flight we traveled by road and dirt track to the site.
Question #5: What instructions did you receive when you arrived at the site and what was your impression?
There were injured creatures lying around, obviously in pain, but the men at the site were too scared to get close. Oh there was a great deal of confusion until we arrived. My authority allowed me to operate as an independent as long as I didn't interfere with the clean up. When I arrived, I set up my tent and equipment and once I had light, I started shooting. How did I feel about it? I was concerned about potential contamination, but I had no choice.
Question #6: Who else did you see at the location? Photographer? Scientist? Solider?
Even if I could remember, I wouldn't give you names! Yes, there were scientists, military brass, and medical experts, even Truman's team got down there, it was the full works.
Question #7: How was the situation of the site?
We were told nothing and ordered not to discuss what we had seen. We all knew it was not a spy plane or any other type of plane we had seen before. No one knew how it crashed or where it came from.
Question #8: What did you take at the site?
I filmed the crash site also the poor freaks and we were told to keep back. I filmed the vehicle itself and the area around it. I felt nervous of something I could not understand or explain.
Question #9: How did you communicate with the spacemen?
The freaks kept crying out and the men were scared, but they were trained and they were ordered to go in and treated it like a war situation. Their first job was to recover the objects the freaks were holding just in case they were weapons of some kind. I filmed the assault on the freaks to get these objects. It turned out they were not weapons, but control units of some kind. The freaks didn't want to let them go, but they didn't stand a chance, we got'em. Once the units were secured, the freaks were removed.
Question #10: How did you keep the film after shooting and who developed it?
I kept all the film with me, went back to the base and I processed it.
Question #11: What happened to the remain of the UFO after delivery? Where did it go?
Give me the question again. Now the freaks were taken by the medical team to a lab that had been set up at Fort Worth, the debris and craft were taken to Wright Field.
Question #12 When was spaceman cut up after crash?
The first autopsy took place about three weeks later. I filmed some at a small lab in Fort Worth.
Question #13 Under what instructions did you take pictures of the dissection?
I was never given orders on how to shot film, my brief was the same, film everything, but stay out of the way which is what I did.
Question #14: Who else was there for the dissection of spacemen?
What do you think I am? I can't give names.
Question #15: What were difficult points in shooting of dissection?
The protective suits made my job very difficult. Also the air feeds into the feet kept tripping me The surgeons were always getting in the way, but I expected that.
Question #16: How did you develop the film?
[garbled] away I developed the film myself back at the base.
Question #17: What are problems after developing the film?
Most of the processing took place around August, by the time the military as we knew it, ceased to be, the Air Force and the Army were about to split and my unit was about to be disbanded for a time anyway (laughs out loud). In fact, you could say I was in a strange position for a time of not belonging to either one service. Then eventually they found a home for us.
Question #18: Why could you take back the film proving the existence of spacemen home with you?
I took all the film because I had no one to report to. My orders were not to discuss the situation with anyone unless they brought up the subject first. The first batch had been delivered, then the department folded and I had no one to deliver to. I tried to contact McMullen, but I couldn't get through. In the end I couldn't leave it laying around, so I took it home which is where it stayed.
Question #19: Why did you keep the film after 50 years?
I didn't present film to an eager buyer, it didn't happen that way. One thing lead to another and I felt that there was no reason to keep hold of it any longer. Also I needed money at the time.
Question #20: How did you meet Ray Santilli?
He was in Cleveland looking for music film. I had some footage I shoot in '55 when I was freelancing and he was interested in buying it for a documentary. In fact I wouldn't have met him if it hadn't been for my son who discovered that a British company were in town looking for old film.
Question #21: Is there anyone that has seen the film in the past 50 years?
Question #22: How did you keep the film and protect it for 50 years?
Now the film was kept safely hidden for about 40 years. I never got to handing back and just didn't want it in the house. Keeping it secret was never a problem, as it was among other film cans, most of the time I didn't give it a thought.
Question #23: Was there any reaction from the US government to release of such secret film of dissection, which influences the history of human being?
I don't know. Thank heavens I haven't heard from them.
Question #24: [first sentence, the Japanese letters are illegible] Some people think that you are used for global physiological test to see how much the world can be controlled through the existence of spaceman. What do you think?
A test lasting 50 years! People can think what they like, all you have to do is look at the film. I can't tell you what these freaks are or where they came from, but it happened.
Frankly, I wish I had never sold the film. He kept after me until I sold him the film. I sold 'em the film because I needed money. I'm not proud of it. Santilli took about 25 reels. That's it. I'm going now. No more questions. Turn it off. No more questions.
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