The mummy’s body was displayed in a similar position as the body in the photograph
The abdominal cavity was empty.
Two members of the RSRG contacted Dr. David Hunt, a physical anthropologist at the Smithsonian who had experience with mum- my 2397. He was shown the blurry image of the slide and made the following observations:
The positioning of the body as seen in the boy mummy, and in the ‘alien’ body are what is seen as the common positioning of the body during mummification in Ptolemaic and Greco-Roman period Egypt. The arms along the side,, the head at the angle with the chin on the chest, most all individuals were not eviscerated and the abdomen would be collapsed (not stuffed)and the chest (ribs cage) would be collapsed (not stuffed); the feet would sometimes be positioned ventrally, or sometimes to one side or the other.
So as is seen in the “alien” body, the positioning is highly consistent with the position of the Egyptian boy mummy. If you were to do searches on unwrapped commoner (or lower status) Egyptian mummies from the Ptolemaic or Greco-Roman periods, they all will have that similar position. Thus I feel that even if it is not the same mummy, it is strikingly similar since this was the convention for positioning the body during the cultural practice period.38
Several of Anthony Bragalia’ s arguments were also posed to Dr. Hunt. His response was what one would expect from a professional, who was faced with conclusions made by an individual with no knowledge of the subject:
Two comments, what does the ‘erector-set’ and non-professional setting have to do with his argument....? NMNH has used minimal type supporting systems before for cost savings and as selection by the design artist for their desired effect, so this does not hold.
As you can see in the images, this child did not suffer from hydrocephaly, and child heads are NORMALLY larger than the body proportion of an adult. So this is not an argument.
I have seen three Egyptian child mummies and two adult mummies from this time period (this one being one) where there is separation of the neck vertebrae from the positioning of the head in the chin-down orientation. Damage can occur to the bones and if the body has had a bit of time to decompose (and this often happened) , the head may begin to separate from the body and the embalmers would have to “reunite” the head by means of wooden rod. So there is no argument on this either.39
The team had good reason to suspect that mummy 2397 was the culprit but several of us had our reservations. I felt that it was hard to prove without a clearer image and there were certain aspects of the photograph that suggested 2397 might not be the source. I think the most important thing to take from the research so far are the observations of Dr. Hunt regarding this being typical of what one would see in mummies that were displayed. Is it just a coincidence or can we consider his opinion something important to consider?
Even more disturbing for the slide promoters was the fact that their planned extravaganza alienated them from some in the UFO- logical community. Jaimie Maussan would state that, other than Kevin Randle and Robert Hastings, he never heard of any of these individuals. Tom Carey would state such individuals were “jealous” of the promoters.40 This group of “jealous” UFOlogists included some prominent names that I did not expect. Some were turned off by the manner in which the slides were being presented and others, who had seen enough of the slides to make a personal judgment, felt they were not as compelling as the promoters were stating.
It is rather unusual to see quite a few UFOlogists react to the Mexico City extravaganza in a negative manner. Robert Hastings wrote a scathing article about the slides, where he referred to them as a “ticking time bomb”.
...that is likely to become one of the most embarrassing missteps in a seven-decade-long effort by ufologists to gather and publicize data pointing to the reality of the UFO phenomenon and its probable extraterrestrial nature....41
He also talked to Tom Carey about the placard. According to Hastings he contacted both Carey and Maussan about deciphering the placard. Carey told him that“not a single word” had been deciphered. Less than a month later, Carey would tell Maussan that enough words had been deciphered by experts that “debunkers” are going to be “disappointed”.42
I will conclude by predicting, perhaps redundantly, that this affair will end badly for the Roswell Slide promoters. If, as I contend, the body in the slides is the mummy of an Inca child, or some such, then Carey, Schmitt and Maussan will owe the whole world an apology. They should also seriously consider returning whatever money they made as a result of their unfortunate, unfounded and misguided claims.43
Meanwhile, Kevin Randle wrote that he had problems with the research and questioned just about everything to do with the slides. His article about provenance was critical.
Without the important questions of provenance and chain of custody answered, there is no real reason to assume the being on the slides
has anything to do with the Roswell case, or that it is an extraterrestrial creature. This is basically the same stumbling block that so many of us interested in the case have encountered before and there is no reason to assume that anyone outside of the UFO community is going to care about this... and there might not be that many inside who do.44
This brings us to all the other UFOlogists, who Maussan claimed he never heard of before. Frank Warren, of the UFO Chronicles, referred to this as “The Roswell slides fiasco” and expressed skepticism about the slides in several forums:
For the record, there’s no doubt in my mind that the image represents a human cadaver, a child, either a mummy, or a mummified/pre- served pathological specimen. I’m confident that this will be proven to everyone’s satisfaction in short order.45
Alejandro Rojas, of “Open Minds”, was a bit less skeptical and simply stated that
...the most we will have is some interesting pictures. Nothing provable46
Several individuals, who are not unknown in UFOlogy, from MUFON would also chime in with their opinions. Rich Hoffman noted:
Even if you see the film has what looks like an alien, it still could be a fake. How do you qualify it without a body?47
MUFON’s photo expert, Marc D’Antonio, would comment:
... the Roswell slides are going to be promoted and shown first by Jaime Maussan ... Such a move on the part of Carrie (sic) and whoever else will only remove credibility from an already tenuous claim...48
Writing in his blog, Paranormal Way point, Jeff Ritzman commented:
-It’s a non-story as far as what it tells us about the UFO phenomena. It says nothing about the phenomena, and really can’t say anything either. Dead end is a good term.
-It represents a new, depressing turn for UFO inquiry: the presentation of ‘evidence’ that can’t be dis-proven, or proven.
It’s a non-story for this reason alone: a photo of a supposed alien is absurd. There is no benchmark for authentication. Where’s the com- parison? Where’s your yardstick for such a claim? Right. There isn’t one. It’s an utterly, and completely useless discussion from the get-go – and it’s certainly not ‘evidence’.49
In order to drum up support, the Maussan team decided to bring in high powered UFOlogists to speak at the presentation. Not sur- prisingly, Richard Dolan gladly accepted the opportunity to appear on television. However, Stanton Friedman did not and publicly stated:
I could find no convincing information that there is any connection between the slides and Roswell...I don’t want to appear to add legiti- macy by my presence in Mexico City in the absence of serious evidence of the slides being what is being claimed they are.50
What this means is that the Roswell team has failed to convince very many people, outside their inner circle, that the slides show an alien body recovered at Roswell or, for that matter, any other spaceship crash. The desire for secrecy so they can all make some sort of financial gain or notoriety has been their undoing in drumming up support for their cause.
Circling the wagons
Partly because of the UFOlogical revolt, Jaimie Maussan and Tom Carey decided to launch a publicity campaign to protect their interests. Instead of addressing the commentary by UFOlogists, they chose to vilify those proposing possible explanations for the body in the image. They used the tried and true tactic of “Us against them”. That means calling anybody, who suggests that the body is not an alien a “debunker” and that the “debunkers” were trying to stop the event from even happening! Jaimie Maussan would imply that the debunkers were so powerful that, if the slides were not shown in Mexico city, they might not be shown at all:
We are blessed for having this event in Mexico... No one can stop us here.51
Maussan then suggested that skeptics/debunkers were being financed by outside sources to destroy him and the May 5th event:
Well, I’ve been threatened, they’ve told me not to do this, that I’ll be destroyed...They’re very angry that this should be shown, that it’s a fiasco, that it isn’t true, that it’s a hoax...I’m not sure who’s financing these people, if there’s money involved, but they want to destroy the case and keep it from having any significance....52
I am unaware of anybody involved with the RSRG ever receiving a single penny for their efforts. We were doing this all “pro bono” and we were not the ones making money off the slides.
Tom Carey would echo Maussan’s complaint about a conspiracy but concludes the motivation is not money:
....no matter how hard the debunkers try to destroy us and that is what they are trying to do. They are on a seek and destroy mission to take down Roswell, to take down this event, because out of petty jealousy....53
Probably the biggest blow to the Maussan madness was the fact that Stanton Friedman chose not to participate. Don Schmitt stat- ed that it was the “noisy negativists”, who were able to influence Stanton Friedman:
Let it be noted, that even though we accept Stanton Friedman’s reversal regarding the presentation in Mexico, we totally disagree with his reason for that decision. Upon his initial acceptance, Stan was offered an opportunity to be briefed by us and ask whatever questions
he felt necessary. As of this posting he has never accepted that privilege. Failing that, we are left to conclude that the only source of in- formation in making his decision was someone outside of our group. It should also be noted that we were not the ones to label the slides as the “Roswell Slides” or register an Internet domain under that same name. That was done by other individuals who apparently did persuade Stan to pre-judge without knowing all the facts. In the same context, we have never suggested that the slides have anything to do with the Plains of San Agustin or Aztec. On May 5, we will allow the actual slides and the entire battery of scientific analysis weigh in as to the authenticity of this discovery. Regretfully, Stan has allowed the “noisy negativists” influence his better judgement and that he also declined a thorough briefing on the situation from those individuals who extended the invitation in the first place. Unlike true scientific methodology, science by proclamation is not true science...something Stan should know as well or better than most.54
If Schmitt and company really wanted Friedman to come, they would have trusted him and shown him the slides. Instead, their secrecy was their undoing and Friedman was unimpressed with what had been presented to him.
Schmitt’s comment about his group never calling these the “Roswell slides’ is not accurate. Anthony Bragalia has been essentially stating this for over a year and a half. As early as September 2013, Bragalia has been implying that the slides were associated with Roswell.55 While he did not call the “The Roswell slides”, he did start using that term openly in February long before the RSRG web site was developed.56 So, when Schmitt says “we” did not label them as “Roswell slides”, he is not being honest unless “we” means everyone BUT Anthony Bragalia, who has claimed to be part of this “inner circle” of Roswell investigators.
It was not only Bragalia’s writings that indicated these slides were associated with Roswell. In a Maussan Skype conference, Schmitt implied that they were evidence of the Roswell event.57 Maussan has been peddling the idea that the slides showed an alien from Roswell since his original “BeWitness” videos in February!58 To imply that skeptics/debunkers/noisy negativists were the only ones giving them the “Roswell slides” label is nothing more than semantics. Schmitt, in this statement, is employing the same propa- gandist trick Carey and Maussan used. He is trying to vilify those with a differing opinion instead of relying on the strength of his evidence. It makes one wonder if they have their doubts about the outcome of May 5th. On May 6th and beyond, the true verdict will be cast.
Get your popcorn
May 5th is only a few days away. Based on what Adam Dew59 and Anthony Bragalia60 have stated, images and reports will be made available for everyone to examine. However, I have my doubts. Like movie theaters, cameras are not going to be al- lowed at the program, which means the owners of the slides do not want any copies of the slides being made or distributed to protect their financial interests. Once the slides are made available, nobody is going to want to tune into television programs or buy “Kodachrome” DVDs. It will be interesting to see what kind of restrictions they will attempt to employ to prevent the images reaching the Internet. Will the May 5th event be nothing more than a bait and switch, where the high resolution images will not be allowed to be seen? After all the promotion and promises, such a move will result in more negative responses from the UFOlogical and skeptical communities.
I am also skeptical of the promise that extensive reports documenting the research of the group will occur. If they do present anything in writing, it will probably mirror most of the writings we find in the Schmitt/Carey books and Bragalia’s bloggings. A lot of flashy stuff will appear that sounds great but, after closer examination, will probably be anecdotal data, biased interpretation, quoting out of context, or just plain inaccurate information. I am sure that, whatever they produce, it will be closely scrutinized by those in the UFOlogical and skeptical communities.
The power of belief
When the dust settles on the slides, we are going to learn something about human behavior. Bragalia criticizes skeptics for our “interference” in his organization’s “research”. If they did not want people to check up on their claims, they should have kept their mouths shut and let the chips fall on May 5th. Instead, their promotional efforts dared skeptics to prove them wrong.
In my opinion, outside observers probably could not find fault with our skepticism and efforts to discover more. The odds are in our favor that the claims will be shown to be less than convincing. If the evidence is as convincing as the slide promoters state, then they will stand up to scrutiny from outside and the skeptics will have to admit they were wrong. I am not aware of any skeptic, who would not willingly accept the evidence if it is good. The problem remains that what has been presented to date is not very good and it does not look like it will be getting any better.
The opposite will be the case, if the promoters are shown to be wrong in that these slides show an alien body. Outside observers will find fault with the promoters for allowing their beliefs to interfere with critical evaluation of the evidence. Based on their behavior the past three months, the Maussan/Dew organization appeared to d