Conspiracy Theories, UFOs

Roswell – witness intimidation, suspicious deaths and Majestic-12

Majestic-12 as depicted in the TV series 'Dark Skies'
Majestic-12 as depicted in the TV series ‘Dark Skies’

The last article I wrote about the Roswell UFO Incident assessed the claims that alien bodies were recovered from the crash sites. Now I’m looking closer at why people believe there was a government cover-up…

The Ragsdale burglary and the death of Trudy Truelove

Remember Jim Ragsdale? He’s the one who said that he and his girlfriend, the wonderfully named Trudy Truelove, discovered a crashed spaceship in the desert in the Roswell region in 1947, together with alien bodies. They gathered up some of the wreckage and tossed it into their truck, before speeding out of the vicinity when a huge military recovery team turned up.

The debris didn’t spend long in Jim and Trudy’s hands. Apparently Trudy had some of the debris in her car and months later, her car hit a bridge and she was killed. When the car was brought into town, the debris from the spaceship was gone. Did someone bump her off? Jim also alleged that his truck, which still contained some of the debris, was stolen, and his house, where he kept the rest of it, was broken into and ransacked. The burglars stole the debris and a gun.

Did the government get wind of Jim and Trudy having possession of pieces of the spaceship and decide they needed to get it back?

Or did Jim – who has since been widely discredited by researchers – make up this story to explain why he had no debris that could be tested? That there never was any debris, any crash, any alien bodies or any Trudy Truelove?

Glenn Dennis’ mysterious nurse

Let’s not forget Glenn Dennis’ mysterious nurse, identified by him as Naomi Self. Self told Dennis she had taken part in an alien autopsy and then, according to him, she was killed in a military plane crash.

The problem with Glenn Dennis is that research proved that Ms Self didn’t exist. No records of this plane crash were found. Dennis proceeded to change his story multiple times. Faith in his story evaporated.

But is it quite as clear-cut as that? Apparently David Wagnon, a Roswell base medical technician in 1947, signed an affidavit saying that he remembered the nurse that Dennis described…

So did the government go to elaborate lengths to erase her existence?

The suicide of Miriam Bush

At the time of the Roswell incident in 1947, Miriam Bush was employed as a medical secretary in the hospital wing of the RAAF base. One day in the summer of 1947, her relatives recalled her returning home in a terrible state. She said she had witnessed a number of “little bodies” on gurneys in a base hospital room. Bodies that were childlike but had massive heads and eyes and did not look normal at all.

After the incident, Miriam left New Mexico, cut off contact with her family, became an alcoholic and committed suicide in 1989.

The intimidation and coercion of William ‘Mac’ Brazel

Mac Brazel is the one who first discovered the wreckage of what the military said was a weather balloon on his ranch. He did an interview with the Roswell Daily Record, published on July 9th 1947, describing what he’d found and expressing regret at receiving so much attention.

Mac Brazel
Mac Brazel

However, there is evidence that Mac Brazel was actually detained by the military at the RAAF base for a week during this period, and that his testimony to the Roswell Daily Record may have been coerced.

Brazel’s son Bill Junior said his father had expressed bitterness and upset about being “put in jail” for a week for doing a “good deed”. Other family members said he was particularly angry that the military had forced him to undergo a head to toe physical examination before they would release him. Some family members said he’d been sworn to secrecy about what he really saw at his ranch, and that his family had been threatened.

Neighbours and friends also attested to Brazel’s incarceration. Marian Strickland said he had moaned to her about being detained by the military, and that he wasn’t supposed to talk about what he’d found.

His nearest neighbour Floyd Proctor also confirmed that he had been detained for a week, and that Brazel was cagey about talking about it afterwards. He preferred just to repeat what he’d said to the Roswell Daily Record. Proctor actually said he had seen Brazel in Roswell during the period of his detention, walking down the street accompanied by half a dozen military escorts.

The problem is, all of this is hearsay, which means it’s very difficult to know what’s true and what’s embellished to make the whole thing look like a government cover-up. Plus, if the military dictated what Brazel said to the Roswell Daily Record, why would they let him make the following statement in his interview?

“I am sure that what I saw was not any weather observation balloon.”

Was a cover-up orchestrated by Majestic-12?

The real Majestic-12?
The real Majestic-12?

Controversial documents that came to light in the 80s detailed that President Harry Truman had authorised the creation of Majestic-12 for the purposes of investigating and concealing alien activity. The documents listed its members and mentioned that a UFO had crashed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. I wrote about this group a few months ago, in my article about the ‘real’ Men in Black, suggesting Majestic-12 as a possible source of some of the Men in Black sightings.

The Majestic papers spoke of how the Roswell UFO crash had been concealed (see below). They also talked of how the government could exploit the alien technology that was recovered, and discussed future US engagements with extraterrestrials.


Fascinating stuff, but the consensus amongst virtually everyone – including ufologists – is that the Majestic-12 documents are part of an elaborate hoax (well, apart from the website, Majestic Documents, which continues to stand by their authenticity).

Then again, if Majestic is nothing more than a hoax, who are the hoaxers? To this day, no one knows who wrote the Majestic documents…

The only thing that seems clear to me from all this is that the witness intimidation stories and cover-up allegations are steeped in lies and hearsay.

But that doesn’t mean to say there isn’t some truth in there somewhere… After all, a lot of Mac Brazel’s family and friends contend that he was incarcerated by the military and coerced. There is still some support for the story of Glenn Dennis’ mysterious nurse. And what of Miriam Bush, who was, according to her family, deeply disturbed when she saw bodies with oversized heads and eyes at the RAAF base?

My final article next month will look at the most recent Roswell revelations…

Sources: The Roswell Files, ‘Mack Brazel Reconsidered’ by Thomas J. Carey and Donald R. Schmitt, UFO Casebook

Next week: a Valentines special…

1 thought on “Roswell – witness intimidation, suspicious deaths and Majestic-12”

  1. Hello Christopher Berry and BEHIND THE CURTAIN Readers;

    I have enjoyed reading your work to date on the 1947 Roswell Incident and would like to add in a little content for your next writing, if I could.

    From my review of other investigator’s work on this story, the Foster Ranch near Corona, New Mexico where Mac Brazel found pieces of wreckage has been called the Debris Site. This is because only pieces of wreckage were found there and not a complete UFO or what could be considered any type of components required for a UFO to fly and there were no bodies. My take on the Debris Site is that some type of accident occurred at that location where some of the outside skin and structure of a UFO were left behind as it flew on to a crash site.

    From my same review of that event in New Mexico, July, 1947, I have read of 4 different crash site locations in the areas of the Plains of San Agustin, Corona, Roswell and Boy Scout Mountain (in the Capitan Mountains). 3 of these locations are in desert and the 4th is in a forest. I do not think that 4 UFO’s were present and went down at the same time, so 3 of the 4 locations may not be accurate for this story. I am however open to the concept that maybe 2 UFO’s collided at the Foster Ranch leaving a debris site and then went their separate ways to 1 or maybe 2 crash sites.

    Yes, Jim Ragsdale was certainly given a beating for his 2 UFO stories, that of seeing a crashed UFO in the desert and then in a forest. I read both stories and it was his forest story that really got my attention, as it was his death bed story to his daughter, Judy. Are you really going to lie to your family on your way out? Some might, but I would think that most would not and Judy believes that her dad has never lied to her.

    My interest in this 1947 event is my ongoing review of the Ragsdale crash site in the forest, near Boy Scout Mountain. It is an area like many others in the U.S. that has had many different aerial photos taken of it over the years. I and others have been reviewing what photos were taken and when and it appears to have some mystery to it. A Nov., 1946 photo is available to the public to buy and view but some others after that date might not be…. This is where I point you to my web site to look further into this at UFOTRIANGLE.COM.

    Thank you for your time and interest on this subject.

    My best regards to you all,

    Andrew Oien


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