The flying object that landed on a ranch near Roswell sixty years ago, has quickly become an event that triggered the imagination of people and kept the papers and the public fascinated throughout time. Whether it is a whole conspiracy involved or nothing but rumors, no one but the Government really knows for sure. All we can do is think about the Roswell Case and look upon it carefully for a while because it is after all the event that gave life to the age of the UFO.
The first man who became unwillingly involved in this story was a ranch foreman named Mac Brazel. While checking his sheep after a stormy night, Brazel came across a large amount of strange materials that appeared to be the remains of a "flying disk". After keeping a few pieces to show his neighbors, Brazell reached George Wilcox, the sheriff. The military immediately shut off the area for several days and the wreckage was retrieved and taken to Roswell Army Air Field. On July 8th, the local newspaper stated that the wreckage of a "crashed disk" had been recovered and soon, stories about the Captured Saucer made headlines in over thirty U.S. newspapers. However, by the end of the day, the Army Air Force had examined the debris and stated that it was in fact a high altitude weather balloon that had been mistook by military officers at Roswell. From that moment on, two different approaches of the incident had emerged. The first one that approves whatever the Government puts forward and the second one for which the weather balloon story was unconvincing. Most of those close to the incident pushed their investigation over the years, saying that the Government was covering up the truth.
Another very important witness was Major Jesse Marcel, the head of intelligence at an Army Air Field. He was the second military officer who arrived at the actual crash site. According to Marcel, the holding remnants of a weather balloon shown in the pictures he had to take for the press, were not the debris that he had found that night.
Nowadays this event has become a modern cultural myth with a life of its own. It is very possible that over the next years, even more information will be revealed. One can only hope that in the end, the truth will emerge and we will know for a fact what really happened on July 2, 1947 in the southwestern desert of the United States. Although the versions are confusing, Roswell remains today the most disputed case in the literature of UFOs.
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