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No event in the UFO community has caused as much controversy as the 'alien autopsy' film. The film, showing a purported autopsy performed on a crashed alien in Roswell, New Mexico, offers a unparalleled view into what a real alien could possibly look like. The film first surfaced in 1995 on a British television talk show. Later aired on the Fox network in the United States, it produced an audience of over 10 million people.
Ray Santilli, the purveyor of the film, will not disclose the identity of the filmmaker although it is believed that Ray may have slipped up in a public Usenet post and revealed the name of the cameraman - Jack Barrett, a 82 year old male from Florida. Ray mentioned the cameraman as 'Barnett', a typo on Ray's part, in a public newsgroup post after which Ray continued using 'Barnett' as a pseudonym for the cameraman. In the post, Ray described how he had been searching for early film of Elvis Presley when he was contacted by 'Barnett' regarding the sale of a early Presley film. After making the sale, 'Barnett' told Ray of another film that he may be interested in. He commenced to describe the alien autopsy file and explained that he had been a cameraman for the U.S. Army.
Ray took a look at the film and was finally convinced of its authenticity when the cameraman was able to produce proof that he was indeed a cameraman for the Army. 'Barnett' convinced Ray to not reveal his identity since the information that Barnett was releasing was highly confidential. Barnett produced 22 canisters of 16mm film claiming that the films were 'outtakes' from a filming session shot in 1947.
The film, appearing to be a black and white home-type movie shot in the 1940's, shows in graphic detail the autopsy of an alien being - presumably a victim of the Roswell Incident. Barnett further elaborated on what happened the day the film was shot. Barnett claims he was called to White Sands, New Mexico to film the crash site of a Soviet spy plane. Barnett states that upon arriving at the site, it was apparent this was no Russian spy plane. The object was shiny and disc shaped, resting upside down. Barnett claims that 3 of the 4 occupants were still alive when he arrived. Calling these visitors, 'freaks', Barnett stated that military men beat some of these creatures in order to force them to release 'boxes' that they held tightly clutched to their chests.
It took a few days for the craft to be transported to Wright-Patterson air base in Ohio. Barnett claimed that the air in the craft was 'thick' and difficult to breathe in. Once the wreckage was cleaned up a little, the craft was loaded on a truck and taken to the base. Barnett went along and filmed the wreckage over a period of 3 days. Afterwards, he was sent to Fort Worth, Texas where the body of the 4th creature was stored. It was at this location that Barnett filmed the alien autopsy. Interestingly, Barnett claimed that one of the other creatures must have died since he filmed 2 autopsies during his stay in Fort Worth.
Barnett claims he processed his own film. He shot hundreds of rolls which he processed and promptly sent along to Washington. Several of the rolls required special processing and after the film was readied, he notified his superiors. After hearing no reply he once again notified the officials of the remaining, highly classified films he had in his possession. Upon still hearing no reply he kept the films to himself.
Santilli's presentation of the films came about in a rather strange way too. Rather than grandly presenting the earth-shattering films to the public, the films had to literally be pried from Santilli's hands. Rumors of the films circulated for a couple of years before Santilli was finally convinced to show them at a British UFO convention. Prior to that only a handful of persons had seen the films (including Reg Presley, lead singer for the 60's rock group The Troggs). At the convention, attendees had to sign special releases and were frisked to assure they were not carrying any photographic equipment.
Some UFOlogist debunk the film's authenticity offering the following reasons for their beliefs:
Supporters of the film believe the Roswell cover-up is continuing and debunkers are simply furthering the cover-up. Supporters indicate that authenticity can be proved by:
So is the film a fake or the real McCoy? The general consensus to date is that the film is a fake. But who shot the film and how they managed to create such a realistic procedure has yet to be solved.
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