After Douglas Johnson’s revelation last week, based on an interview conducted by and taped by Tom Carey (seen below), I reached out to Dr. Jacques Vallee. The Carey interview told a story of the San Antonio UFO crash that differed significantly from that written about by Vallee and Paola Harris. I asked Vallee if he was aware of the Carey interview.
To my surprise, he not only responded, but did so rapidly. He confirmed that he knew of the interview, but made it clear that Reme Baca’s desire to make money off the sighting did not mean it was untrue. Many people in the UFO community were
making some money off their sightings or expertise. They wrote books and attended conventions and almost no one was criticized for it.
I had to agree with this. I have been accused many times of only being in it for the money. Didn’t matter that some of those slinging that allegation were writing books and giving interviews and were making some money off the field. I often wondered if we couldn’t say that about nearly everyone. They were in it for the money. Pick a vocation and wonder if the person involved was doing it for the love of the work or because there was money for doing it. But I digress.
Vallee’s response only covered that one, small aspect of what Baca had said to Carey. And, that wasn’t what I was interested in. I sent a second email, this time hoping for a more in-depth response. I mentioned some of the discrepancies in the two stories as told by Baca. I pointed out that Baca told Carey he was in a truck with Jose Padilla, not riding horses when they came across the downed UFO. I mentioned that Baca said they had taken the bits of debris from a back of an Army truck and not from the inside of the craft as told in the published version. I was just pointing out some of the real problems, the ones that would sink the San Antonio crash tale unless there was some way to massage the two versions into one.
It’s a week later, I have received no response. When you think about it, what can be said. The story changed in several radical and significant ways. Minor changes in a story that is decades old is not a major problem. However, when you go from stealing debris from the back of an Army truck to climbing into an alien craft and peeling that debris off the wall, that smacks of a lie.
When you go from driving a truck out in a search for a missing cow to riding horses, you have a major problem.
Couple this to all the other issues, such as claiming that a State Police officer named Eddie Apodaca came out to the site but there was no one by that name in the State Police in 1945, it is a real problem. Once again, I will note, much of this is laid out in Johnson’s reports which can be read here:
The real point here is to note that Dr. Vallee was quick to respond with an email that didn’t address the main issues. He selected one minor problem with which I agree. That Baca wanted to know how to exploit his sighting is unimportant. But, when I pressed for more information on the major issues, there was no response.
And, in case you missed it, I believe the tale to be a hoax. It is not based in fact… well, that’s not exactly true. There is a New Mexico town named San Antonio and there were a lot of facts borrowed from the Roswell case.