In June, the famous dispute over reports of a crashed UFO near Roswell, NM in 1947 got a new lease on life from a dead man. One important witness to those controversial events, whatever they were, had previously refused to talk, but now he has, from beyond the grave.
Lieutenant Walter Haut was the public relations officer at the Roswell Army Air base in 1947, and was the man who issued the original and subsequent press releases after the crash on the orders of the base commander.
Haut died almost two years ago, but left a sworn affidavit to be opened only after his death.
In the text released in June, Haut adds several details to the familiar story, including an assertion that the famous claim by the air force that the wreckage was merely a weather balloon was simply a cover story, and that the real object had been recovered by the military and stored in a hangar. Haut described seeing not just the craft, but alien bodies as well.
The affidavit has been the subject of considerable media attention, and researcher John Kettler has looked further into the case. Here is his report. ED.
Haut’s supposed “deathbed” affidavit turns out, despite the recent sensational coverage, to not be quite what it seems. In reality, the affidavit was sworn and notarized five years earlier and was held by his attorney with instructions to release it only upon his death.
Why it took two years more (Haut died in December 2005) is unknown, but his original stated goal was to fulfill a promise he had made to then Roswell Base Commander, Colonel William Blanchard, not to reveal certain highly sensitive experiences while Blanchard was still alive.
It would appear that Haut erred on the side of caution and waited until he himself had left the scene to set the record straight and to provide what had carefully been left unstated in his public affidavit. The differences are major and highly significant. Indeed, they add some explosive new angles to the familiar Roswell story. The confirmation of ET bodies at Roswell is hardly new. Haut’s swearing he saw them personally, though, is. The real shocker is that Haut explicitly describes the famous press release he wrote, the one which caused a global sensation in July of 1947, as a deliberate diversion and coverup of something much more important than ET craft wreckage strewn on Mac Brazel’s ranch.
A Tale of Two Affidavits
According to Roswell researcher David Rudiak (http://roswellproof.homestead.com/Haut.html) here’s what really happened. Not only did Haut have an expurgated and unexpurgated version of his affidavit, but he also spilled the beans earlier privately in 1989 to Robert Shirkey, Sr., a good friend and the former Assistant Operations Officer at Roswell (attested by his son, Robert Shirkey, Jr.; audio clip at site) and also gave a lengthy personal oral history in 2000 to researchers Wendy Connor and Dennis Balthauser, people he knew well and could absolutely rely upon to keep their promise not to release the interview until he died.
The 1993 Affidavit
If we dispense with the boilerplate, Walter Haut basically says five things: 1) While serving as the PIO, Col. Blanchard called him, informed him of the existence of the “flying saucer or parts thereof,” origin, a ranch NW of Roswell, and that the Base Intelligence Officer, Major Jesse Marcel “would fly the debris to Fort Worth;” 2) Col. Blanchard ordered him to write a press release and deliver it first to local radio and newspapers; 3) he reports reading in the newspaper the following day General Roger Ramey’s weather balloon explanation; 4) he believes not only that Col. Blanchard saw the original debris, would never have confused the actual crash debris with a weather balloon, and neither would have Jesse Marcel; Haut confirms Jesse Marcel personally told him that what he recovered wasn’t what was shown to the press; 5) Haut is convinced “the material recovered is from some craft from outer space.”
His first affidavit, while ostensibly confirming many elements of the now well-known Roswell standard story, is hardly inflammatory or world-stopping. What did he swear really happened, though, when he knew he wouldn’t be around to deal with the aftermath of his truth telling?
The 2002 Affidavit
In the new affidavit, things start out innocuously enough, then head rapidly into high strangeness. Instead of five principal points, we now have fifteen (the link given earlier has all the details, together with full sourcing for the two affidavits):
1: Haut restates his official job at Roswell, but adds that he spent the 4th of July weekend at home.
2: By mid morning, July 7, he already knew of a downed vehicle report and that Major Jesse Marcel was detailed by Col. Blanchard to investigate.
3: By late that afternoon, he had civilian reports of a second site just north of Roswell (Brazel’s ranch was 75 miles NW of the base; the second site was 40 miles N).
4: Tuesday, July 7, 1947 saw a most unusual “usual” staff meeting held, with the long hard-to-identify Capt. Sheridan Cavitt of the Counterintelligence Corps (CIC), Col. James I. Hopkins, the Operations Officer (Robert Shirkey, Senior’s boss), and the Base Supply Officer, Lt. Col. Ulysses S. Nero, to which were added Blanchard’s boss, Brigadier General Roger Ramey, his Chief of Staff, Col. Thomas J. Dubose, both from Carswell Army Air Field in Fort Worth, Texas (where Marcel and other sources say the crash debris was flown). The main topic was the debrief of Marcel and Cavitt on the Brazel ranch site, with a preliminary report by Col. Blanchard on the second site. What’s said is so strange it bears quoting. “Samples of wreckage were passed around the table. It was unlike any material I had or have ever seen in my life. Pieces which resembled metal foil, paper thin yet extremely strong, and pieces with unusual markings along their length were handled from man to man, each voicing their opinion. No one was able to identify the crash debris.” All of a sudden, the number of people who handled the crash debris and are identifiable by name goes up from a handful to a roomful. They’re describing the same items Jesse Marcel, his son, Jesse Marcel, Jr., and several others have previously reported handling.
5: Here we find ourselves face-to-face with a veritable smoking gun, in the form of discussion regarding the use of a Cover & Deception plan to hide “the more important site north of town by acknowledging the other location” as part of the larger issue of whether to “go public or not with the discovery.”
6: Haut reports that after the meeting (9:30 a.m.) was when Col. Blanchard called him and dictated the soon-to-befamous and later notorious press release. Distribution was as above.
7: Haut says the press release generated such enormous reaction (calls from around the world) that Col. Blanchard suggested he go home and “hide out.”
8: Here, Haut drops a bombshell, stating that Col. Blanchard took him to Building 84 (known to ufologists as Hangar 84, but actually Hangar P-3, where he was shown the “object just recovered north of town. “It was approx. 12 to 15 feet in length, not quite as wide, about 6 feet high, and more of an egg shape. Lighting was poor, but its surface did appear metallic. No windows, portholes, wings, tail section or landing gear were visible.” One can see why the government was willing to admit what was already widely known by civilians, in order to protect this stunner. Haut confirms the multiple reports by eyewitnesses of heavy inner and outer guards. The apparent craft recovery’s only part of the story.
9: Haut says he saw bodies outlined under a tarp, with “oversized heads protruding.” He guesstimated size as that of a “10 year old child,” going on to say that Col. Blanchard, by holding his arm four feet above the floor in his office, indicated the height of the beings.
10: Haut confirms that a temporary morgue was set up, which nicely dovetails with the call to Glenn Dennis wanting several child coffins and dry ice for apparent preservation.
11: Fortunately for all concerned, none of the recovered material was radioactive.
12: Right after he got back from Carswell, Major Jesse Marcel personally and irately informed Haut of the switcheroo from real crash debris to the prosaic weather balloon wreckage done by General Ramey while Marcel was briefly out of General Ramey’s office. Thereafter, the matter was never discussed again.
13: Haut mentions that he would be permitted to “make at least one visit to one of the recovery sites during the military cleanup.” Further, he’d be allowed to collect some of what was recovered and display it in his office. Weirdly, he doesn’t say whether he actually did either.
14: The thoroughness of evidence retrieval and site cleanup is evidenced by his statement that two separate teams were used and revisited each site months after the primary cleanup.
15: Where in the 1993 Affidavit Haut mentioned only a craft, here he used an expanded formula, “craft and crew.”
Thus, by comparing the two affidavits, it is readily evident that Walter Haut not only knew all along there was a coverup regarding the craft debris littering Mac Brazel’s ranch, but was directly involved in creating and disseminating a cover story which hid the far more significant, maybe even vital information of the recovery of a separate, mostly intact craft at the second site. Further, Haut constitutes another primary eyewitness to many hotly disputed prior aspects of the story, such as the bodies, their size and characteristics.
From a historical standpoint, Haut has greatly broadened the research possibilities regarding Roswell, for we now have a whole new batch of people and their survivors to interview, documents to pore over.