Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Roswell Nuns - Again

It has come up again, that is, the case of the Roswell nuns seeing something in the sky late on July 4, 1947, and recording it in their diaries. I have reported on this several times on this blog as I attempted to clarify the problem. This all came about in a footnote I had provided in The Truth about the UFO Crash at Roswell. Lance Moody has suggested that if you “googled” Roswell nuns you would see many references to them on the Internet and I suspect he believed them to be positive.

Since I am responsible for the entry, and since I have arrived at the conclusion that if the diaries existed they might be beyond our capability to recover them, or worse still, they might never have existed, I thought I would discuss it once more. However, I see, by an Internet search that the first entries encountered are my blog postings about how that footnote came to be and then describing how this latest search for the diaries had failed to produce any documentation. I didn’t see anyone who gave much weight to this tale at this point.

 Given all this, I’m not sure that another posting is necessary. However, to make it clear for everyone, there were nuns in Roswell in July 1947. They kept diaries that were eventually sent on to Oklahoma and later to Wisconsin.  However, as near as I can tell, no one ever saw an entry that related to something falling out of the sky on July 4, 1947, and if the diaries existed, I do not believe they will be found now. I suspect they do not exist, or rather that specific entry does not exist, and the source of the information is a man who claimed to be a Special Forces captain but who was not. He pointed us, meaning Don Schmitt and me, to a nun in Roswell who said that she had seen the entry, and while she may be telling the truth, there is no way we can prove it now.

If I was chasing footnotes here, I could take this back to that Special Forces captain and at the point the trail ends. There is no documentation for this tale and, as I have said repeatedly, nothing to suggest it is true. My hope here is that those chasing the story using the Internet will arrive here and realize the problems with the tale. They will then remove any reference to the nuns and Roswell from whatever database they are using and we won’t be bothered by it again.


Lance said...

Hi Kevin,

Ok agreed.

Your mea culpa does seems to have overshadowed sites who present the tale uncritically.
It wasn't always that way.


Bob Koford said...

Good work on this one, Dr. Randle, and to all": Whatever you believe in, or celebrate, I hope this Holiday Season finds you well, and brings you much peace and happiness.


Chris Woodyard said...

The question of what two nuns might or might not have seen on that night in 1947 aside, I'm wondering about the use of the word "diaries." The nuns running St. Mary's Hospital were Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, a Franciscan order. Franciscan nuns of the modern era do not, as a general rule, keep diaries unless ordered to write something about their spiritual life by their superior. They do not keep a diary in the sense that we think of writing down daily activities. Possibly the hospital had a day-book logging patient information/administration details. The convent might also have kept a chronicle of activities and significant events, which might have been sent to the Motherhouse for safe-keeping. Whether the nuns' lights would have been included in such a chronicle is also very much open to debate: the focus of such writings was on the convent, its inmates, and events. It was usually written in a brief, time-line format and always with an eye to the service of God. Here is a list of locations of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother's ministries. Roswell is not among them--this is a website updated as of 2015, by the way--but many Catholic hospitals no longer have nursing orders running them.