The public finally got to see a slide, but only one, of a set that has been allegedly traced back to 1947, and purportedly shows an alien body on display. After a blurry version of the photo was extracted from a promotional video for an upcoming documentary on the slides, many suspected that what was actually on display was a child sized mummy. Now that the original photo has been revealed, many feel that it only reinforces the mummy theory.
When the existence of a set of slides from the 1940s that supposedly showed an alien body that had been recovered from the alleged alien space craft that had crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico, was announced, it was proclaimed to be “smoking gun” evidence of the existence of extraterrestrials. The announcement did not include actual pictures of the slides, but the world was promised they would see them a few months later. A few months have passed and one of the pictures was presented yesterday, but most agree, a smoking gun it is not.
Some have called the photo unveiling an epic fail, a term which made it to the headline of the story posted by the UK’s Daily Record: “Roswell Slides unveiled: UFO fans left heartbroken by Area 51 ‘alien’ photo unveiling which was ‘an epic fail.'”
In their story, Nick Pope, who formerly conducted UFO investigations for the UK Ministry of Defence, said he was “underwhelmed” by the picture and evidence presented yesterday.
Pope told the Daily Record, “It could be a model, or it could simply be a fake image, dressed up to look like a Forties slide.”
The image was shown late in the day long presentation that was held in Mexico City. Mexican journalist and UFO researcher Jaime Maussan has been publicizing the event for weeks, calling it “the event that will change the history of UFO research.”
Most of the history of the slides had already been revealed. They were found by a woman who was hired to clean out a house and get it ready for an estate sale. Among the items to be thrown out, she found a box of photographic slides. She retrieved them, took them home, and put them in her garage. She then forgot about them for about 10 years.
Once she finally got around to looking at them, among touristy pictures and pictures of famous people, she found a couple of pictures she thought looked strange. Her brother took the pictures to their mutual friend, Adam Dew, who runs a video production company, and they began to investigate who the owners were and what the pictures were of.
Dew told OpenMinds.tv in an interview in March, “When most people see the slides first hand, they think the slides look like what we think, what we have been conditioned to think, an alien would like.”
Dew took the slides to Roswell researchers Tom Carey and Don Schmitt, and they felt Dew might be on to something.
After months of research, some of which had been leaked on the internet, in November, 2014, to an audience at American University, Carey announced that they had “smoking gun” evidence that aliens are real.
Carey told the crowd, “It’s original 1947 images, and it shows an alien who’s been partially dissected lying in a case.”
In a press conference in February of this year, Maussan, along with Carey, Schmitt, and Dew, announced that on May 4, 2015 they would reveal their evidence and the slides of the alien. The unveiling was to take place at a large auditorium in Mexico City, and the public would be able to buy tickets to the “historic” event.
Along with the announcement came the story about how the slides were obtained, ending months of speculation, and a trailer for a documentary Dew’s company, Slide Box Media, is working on about the slides. However, the slides themselves were still under wraps.
That did not stop several UFO researchers from digging further. Some noticed that in the documentary trailer researchers are seen looking at one of the slides. Several people zoomed in on this slide, adjusted it for the odd angle it was in, and produced a fuzzy image of a humanoid in a display.
Immediately, researchers began comparing the slide to child sized mummies, taking some of the wind out of the sails of the Mexico inveling.
In our interview with Dew, we asked him about the mummy theory. He responded, “To me it is obviously not the same thing, but maybe that’s just me.”
He pointed out that in one of the mummy pictures suspected to be what was found in his slide, there was a hole in its side. Dew said there is no hole in the side of the body in their photo.
Dew says he did ask scientists if they could identify the body in the photos. However, he says, when you ask a person of science about it, “if you show them something with a head, two arms and two legs, they are going to default to ‘it is human’ no matter what.”
Although the Mexican presentation yesterday included experts who said they could not identify the body, apparently some of the experts Dew talked with disagreed.
Many in the public, besides Pope, also disagreed. In fact, many feel that the unveiling of the photo supports the mummy theory. In particular, many, including the Daily Record picked up on an image that was discovered by an anonymous, but well known among the skeptical, UFO researcher that goes by the name Isaac Koi.
The image is of a mummy which was discovered in Thebes and collected by John Hamilton Slack in 1856. The mummy spent time at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia before being transferred to the National Museum of Natural History in 1958.
An article about a study of the mummy was written by Physical Anthropologist David Hunt in 2012. It was hunt that provided Koi with the black and white picture. It is hard not to admit the Thebes mummy does have a striking resemblance to the mummy in the “Roswell Slides” image.
While researching the story, I ran across a video about child mummies on the Smithsonian Channel which shows similar shelving in the catacombs of the Smithsonian in which samples are held.
John Greenewald of the Black Vault also made several valid observations about the image. He notes that along with the humanoid body, there appears to be other artifacts displayed. It is difficult to make out what they could be. Although one looks like the head of an ape. He also notes that the body in question, along with the “ape or gorilla like head,” have placards. Like at a museum.
Greenewald also points out that on the other side of the display there appears to be a woman in a skirt.
In our interview with Dew, he said that there were other pictures of people in the stack of pictures with the “aliens” that they were trying to identify. One of these shows a woman in a museum with a similar skirt. Could this be the woman on the other side of the display?
Unfortunately, the people who are believed to have taken the photos are now deceased. So unless someone in the public can shed some more light on the picture, we may never know.
The Daily Record used a quote from our interview in their story. They wrote, “The images were found by former journalist Adam Dew, who reportedly turned down interviews with magazines that wanted to cover the story because ‘they were not offering any compensation.'”
As we have reviewed, it wasn’t Dew who found the pictures, but he did make that statement about compensation. However, Dew justified his interest in raising funds for the project. He explained, “This has been a process that has cost me money out of my pocket, and I would certainly like to tell my wife that we at least broke even on this in the worst case scenario.”
Many felt the sensationalistic way in which they chose to reveal the photographs was just a ploy to raise a lot of money, and that it was an intentional hoax. However, Maussan told the Daily Record, there was no money to be made at the event.
Maussan said, “I lost about $100 thousand in the event, even though we had six thousand people in the auditorium and a few thousand watching on the Internet.”
“I never did it for money, I knew I was going to lose cash even before started the organisation of the event, but I didn’t care,” claims Maussan.
The online buzz has been overwhelming negative regarding the whole affair. Some feel duped. If you search for tweets using the hashtag #Roswellslides, you will get an idea of the online sentiment.
Those who read OpenMinds.tv will understand that the search for answers when it comes to the unexplained is hard to come by. Many have been left with a bad taste in their mouth over these slides, and there are few, if any, that seem to agree that the slides are a “smoking gun.” However, thus far, there is also little evidence of a premeditated hoax, leaving this another case of mistaken identity. Or, of course, an alien body that looks a lot like a mummy.
May 7, 2015: The second slide has been revealed, and it may have been shown at the conference in Mexico, it was just overlooked.
At 1 pm, Jaime Maussan tweeted the second slide because many, including us, reported that the second slide was not presented. The image provided is very small, and is even more blurry than the first. However, it appears the writing on the plaque for the “alien” is more visible, but still illegible.
Andreas Müller, who runs the website Grewi.de, pointed out that the slide actually was put up on the screen towards the end of the event. He sent me a screenshot.
The image is not much different, just much more grainy. It also appears that the picture Jaime tweeted was a cropped version of the full image. There are supposedly still higher resolution versions of each image available that have not yet been made public. Perhaps the full version of the second picture will reveal the writing on the placard. We will have to wait and see.
May 19, 2015: Read the latest here: Roswell Alien Slides placard deciphered, says it is a mummy