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Roswell Slides: Is That a Smoking Gun, or a Steaming Pile of Shit?

  • Jason McClellan

Real alien photos were recently revealed to the public at a hyped-up spectacle in Mexico. At least that’s how the people involved with these photos are desperately trying to convince you to see them.

These photos come from two Kodachrome slides that were part of a slide collection found in the garage of a home in Clarkdale, Arizona (near Sedona) in 1998 when the house was being prepared for sale. The 400+ slides contain some cool shots of old airplanes and famous people, including Dwight Eisenhower. The slide box started coming apart, which revealed two slides wrapped and separated from the others—the “Roswell Slides.”

The slides were given to Adam Dew, a former journalist who has a video production company. He decided it would be cool to investigate the slides and make a documentary about them.

Dew determined that the slides belonged to a deceased couple, Bernard and Hilda Blair Ray. Bernard was a geologist and Hilda was an attorney. They were apparently well connected. Like BFFs with the Eisenhowers connected.

Dew had the slides examined by various experts, including a Kodak specialist who dated the slides to the 1940s, and he noted that it would be very hard for a hoaxer to replicate the film and sleeves.

The existence of the slides was announced at a UFO panel discussion at American University in Washington, DC in 2014. Tom Carey, one of the leading researchers of the famous 1947 Roswell UFO incident, declared that the slides were the “smoking gun” that would prove aliens are real. At the event, he described that the body seen in the slides is “3 and a half to 4 feet tall, the head is almost insect-like. The head has been severed, and there’s been a partial autopsy; the innards have been removed, and we believe the cadaver has been embalmed, at least at the time this picture was taken.”

That’s some seriously detailed info to pull from an old photo, but whatever.

Because the slides are dated to the 1940s, and because the strange appearance of the body in the slides matches descriptions given by people who allegedly saw aliens at the 1947 Roswell UFO crash, Carey and others concluded that the body in the slides must be an extraterrestrial from the Roswell incident.

Dew met with Mexican TV personality and UFO researcher Jaime Maussan who agreed to hold a big event at the National Auditorium in Mexico City to reveal the “Roswell slides” to the world.  

This hyped up event took place on May 5, 2015 (yes, on Cinco de Mayo . . . in Mexico City . . .). Reportedly more than 6,000 people were in the audience to see the slides, and thousands more watched live online. Although several jerks proudly admit to hacking the stream or watching illegal streams, I paid my twenty bucks to see what could possibly cause researchers to make such bold claims about a photo being Earth-shattering, undeniable proof of anything.

The nearly four-hour event was seeping with speculation. The researchers kept harping on the time period when the photos were taken, and how much the body looks like an alien. They even showed 3-D renderings—more speculation—to illustrate what this thing might have looked like when it was alive.

Some “experts” claim that the body in the slides has weird characteristics, like too many ribs and fingers to be human. They also point out the weird-looking big head and eye sockets—all this from blurry seventy-year-old slides.

UFO researcher Anthony Bragalia tries to make his case:

This humanoid is not a deformed person, mummy, dummy, simian or dead serviceman. It is not a creature that finds its origin on Earth. And given that the slides of this creature were taken the very same year as the Roswell UFO crash; that the appearance of the creature matches the reported appearance of the Roswell crash aliens; and given that the person who was in original possession of the slides was a geologist working the New Mexico desert throughout the 1940’s, it is not a jump or stretch to then conclude that these slides indeed show the corpse of one of the creatures found fallen at Roswell.

But Michael Heiser, an Egyptologist who is a scholar in the fields of biblical studies and the ancient Near East with an M.A. in Ancient History, doesn’t see anything alien about the body in the slides. “I’ve seen the Kodachrome slide. I thought immediately it was a child mummy (it’s in some sort of display case).” He continues, “I’ve shown the photo to several Egyptologists. They said the same thing . . . the ‘features’ that folks will say point to alien origin (in a slide no less!) are not unusual — especially if the specimen is a child mummy. None of the skull shenanigans put out on the web by ancient alien theorists are unknown. Anthropologists and medical specialists have been all over that stuff for years.”

And many researchers agree with him. The body in the slides looks like a mummy in a museum. It’s clearly in a glass display case with an informational placard (there are other artifacts on the shelves behind the body too, like something resembling a hairy gorilla head). During the unveiling in Mexico, Dew explained that several attempts were done to read the writing on the placard, but no such luck. 

I’m not a privileged member of the secret government controlling all the UFO/extraterrestrial secrets. But I find it highly unlikely that the holders of alien bodies would put them on display, with placards no less, for others, like the Rays, to casually observe and photograph. But maybe things were different in the 1940s.

I completely agree that the creepy body seen in these slides is just a mummy. Mummies look freaky, especially mummies of kids. And even if the body in the photos does have abnormalities, there are plenty of abnormal humans. And guess what? Humans love freak shows.

Is there a chance this thing is an alien? Sure, why not? But it’s a big fucking leap to say something is definitively an alien because a body looks weird in a photo. It’s an even bigger leap to say it’s an alien recovered from the Roswell crash.

And, despite Dew’s claim of failed expert attempts at deciphering the placard, other researchers have taken a stab at it since the slides were released to the public. The results? The placard appears to describe this alien as a “mummified body of a two year old boy.”

With this new information, Bragalia has gone on record stating that this hyped-up alien “is a serious case of mistaken identity, the consequences of which I fully accept.” Major kudos to Bragalia for admitting he was wrong! He also suggests that a 1938 publication of the National Park Service references this mummy and identifies its origins from ruins in Mesa Verde, Colorado.

But Dew’s not backing down. In fact, he’s fired back at those who claim to have deciphered the placard, accusing them of faking their work.

Despite what some haters are screaming, I don’t think this is any kind of hoax. Sure, the event provided a sweet platform for Carey and his Roswell research partner Don Schmitt to announce their new book (which is in Spanish and was likely created to cater to this Mexico City event). But I don’t think Carey, Schmitt, or the other people involved with the slides or the event in Mexico are trying to fool anyone.  They genuinely believe they have conclusive evidence of aliens. But how much of their opinions are based on what Dew told them? And is Dew on the up and up? These are questions that will fuel battles between believers and skeptics.

The bottom line is this: Slides from the 1940s exist that show a weird looking body on display. It’s probably a mummy, but it could be an alien. Cool, right? But that’s all. They are just photos. And, while photos can provide supporting evidence, they aren’t definitive proof of anything.

I want it to be an alien. But, guys, it’s a mummy.