One of the problems we
face after David Grusch began his whistle blowing campaign is that he provided
almost no information about his sources, about the UFO crash retrievals he
alleged were real and provided no documents to support his claims. All that was
coming but given the rules, regulations and laws, he was unable to produce any
of the required information that would allow us to vet anything he said and
validate his tale.
However, we can deduce
some of this by comments he has made, especially during the interview that was
broadcast on one of the fledgling all-news cable channels. I’m going to ignore
his comment about “The Program,” which might or might not be the real name of a
clandestine program because there just isn’t enough information about it to
make any analysis meaningful. I will say, however, that we know about Project
Moon Dust that had a UFO component, and that after the name was compromised in
the mid-1980s, the name was changed and we were told that even the name was
classified. Not that the project had been cancelled, only that the name had
been changed and was still gathering UFO related material under umbrella of
|David Grusch and his military resume.
Grusch did name two UFO
crashes. He mentioned both a crash in Italy in 1933 and, of course, Roswell.
There was no danger in mentioning Roswell because of the controversy wrapped
around the story. While the government explanation was Project Mogul, the available
documentation eliminates that answer. I have written about that explanation of
Roswell for, literally, decades, and believe there is no viable, terrestrial
explanation for what was recovered. For those who wish to pursue my reasons for
that, I suggest typing Mogul into the search engine here, or read either Roswell
in the 21st Century or Understanding Roswell.
The real trouble comes
from the reference to the 1933 crash in Italy. I had not heard about this and I
have spent decades researching claims of UFO crashes. The Italian story comes
from documents, received anonymously in the mail by Italian researchers. This
smacks of the tales of MJ-12, documents that were received anonymously in the
mail by American researchers. Those documents are considered to hoaxes by the
majority of UFO researchers today.
Briefly, Grusch said
that the UFO was retrieved in northern Italy in 1933, and was recovered by
Mussolini’s fascist government. The Pope learned about it and told the US
government. The material was recovered by the US after the end of the Second
The story of the 1933
crash, as told by Roberto Pinotti, an Italian journalist and UFO researcher,
was that the object fell in Magenta, Lambardy, Italy, on April 11, 1933. The
object was described as “saucer-like” and the event resulted in an
investigation by an Italian intelligence unit called RS/33 Cabinet. The UFO was
stored in the hangars of SIAI Marchetti in Vergiate. Mussolini believed the
craft was a secret weapon of either the Nazis or the Allies.
Pope Pius XII learned
of the craft and may have been told about it by Mussolini himself. When
Mussolini signed a treaty with Hitler, the Pope worried about the craft and
told the US about the object. It was after the war that the craft made its way
to the United States.
Lue Elizondo, who was
involved in UFO investigations, said that he had seen documents from
Mussolini’s office that he found, “compelling.” He seemed to suggest that the
craft might not have been alien but was some sort of advanced craft using jet
engines that had been developed by the Nazis. The timing, however, doesn’t seem
to fit. April 1933 is too early for the development of the jet engines and the
design might have been something created by the Horten brothers attempts to
build a “tailless” aircraft.
There were tales of
bodies that made their way, and I say allegedly here, to Wright Field. They
were badly mangled, looking as if they had been in a car wreck, but whose heads
were fairly intact. They were seven feet tall, had long blonde hair, clear blue
eyes, small noses, small mouths, thin lips and no signs facial hair. The conclusion, based on the examination of
those bodies was that they were not human.
|One of the gates to Wright-Patterson AFB. Photo by Kevin Randle.
Now here is a
connection that will raise a few eyebrows. There is an account from another
source to corroborate some of these details. William Brophy, said that his father,
who was a lieutenant colonel, had seen the bodies at some point and told him,
the son, about them. Yes, this is the same Lieutenant Colonel Brophy who
supposedly flew over, or landed near, or was somehow a witness to the 1945 UFO
crash described by Jacques Vallee in this book about the San Antonio (Trinity)
crash. The younger Brophy’s entry into this case taints it,
just as it has the San Antonio crash.
At any rate, this is
the tale of the 1933 crash, not cluttered up with any sort of corroboration except
for those documents that have been floating around for decades. The trouble there,
according to an Italian researcher, Giuseppe Stilo, writing in UFO Rivista di
Informazione Ufoligica, those documents are faked. The documents arrived anonymously
and were reported to have originated in “archival sources that no one has been
able to identify and verify.”
Another problem is that
those holding what has been termed “The Fascist Files,” is that disinterested
third parties, in this case the CISU (Centro Italiano Studi Ufogici, an
Italian research group) requested an opportunity to examine the documents but
that has not happened in more than twenty years.
Also disturbing, is the
lack of citation of the sources. We have dealt here, on this blog, with
anonymous sources in various public arenas and more often than not, when the
original source is identified the information attributed to that source has
been distorted, or worse, the source denied the information.
A second article, “Fascist
files” Under Scrutiny, by Massimiliano Grandi, published in UFO Rivista
di Informazione Ufoligica (number 29) provided more information on these
documents. Published with the article are photos of the documents which
demonstrates there are documents, but that doesn’t mean they are authentic
because the originals have not been subjected to independent forensic
examination. This is the same problem we had with the MJ-12 documents. The
originals were not available for disinterested third party examination.
additional arguments about the authenticity of the documents and the failure
to corroborate any of the sources or other information. He concludes, however:
…we would like to firmly reiterate
that despite the critical tones – the intent of those who want to study such an
affair cannot be to try to prove the ‘falsity’ of those papers. This would be
illogical. This falsity is not proven now, but it was intended to point out
that there are numerous serious weaknesses in the reasons made to support the
importance of the documents.
On the basis of the evidence so far
produced, we believe that an Abrahamic faith is indeed required to condition
the conclusions drawn by Pinotti and Lissoni about the contents of these
Or, in other words,
they found nothing to indicate that the documents were authentic and without
additional information, the case for the 1933 crash and retrieval is not
proven. It is up to the supporters to provide that proof and for more than
twenty years they have failed to do so.
If this revelation
about the 1933 Italian UFO crash is accurate, then it casts a shadow over the
whistle blower who suggested that he learned it from his inside sources. It
means that he accepted the original publication of the material without
critical thought or even making a basic Internet search because he assumed that
the information was accurate. It would seem that an insider, with access to
what must be highly classified information, would have been aware of the
controversy surrounding this case. He wouldn’t have mentioned it as one of two
that he believed to be authentic.
Since he didn’t mention
the names of any of his sources, we are unable to vet them and their
reliability. We now enter an area of speculation. I have run into information
that Grusch had spent time at the Skinwalker Ranch. Jerry Clark had mentioned
to me that linking Grusch to Skinwalker as a way of questioning his credibility
was unfair. Many have traveled to Skinwalker. But my point wasn’t about the paranormal
research going on there, but who conducted the research and who had visited
there. That put Grusch in touch with some formerly high-ranking government and
military officials, not to mention Bigelow Aerospace. Remember, Grusch had
talked about some of the evidence of the crashes and the recovery of material
from those crashes had been provided to corporate America. One of those
specifically named by sources other than Grusch was Bigelow Aerospace.
Given that connection,
then it follows that we can deduce some of the names of those involved, and we
can deduce some of the other crashes that might have been mentioned. Given
where some of the information has recently surfaced that included the names of
Leslie Kean and Ralph Blumenthal, I believe that one of those crashes is the
1945 claim of the recovery of a craft near San Antonio, New Mexico. The story
was told by two men, who had been boys in 1945, who saw the craft crash, saw
the wrecked craft on the ground, the alien creatures that flew it, and the Army
Although the story has
been accepted by some very smart people, some of them who have been around the
UFO field for decades, Douglas Dean Johnson, in a comprehensive investigation
that does cite sources and does provide documentation, has thoroughly debunked
the tale. The shifting nature of the important features of the story suggest it
is untrue. Tom Carey recorded an interview with Reme Baca, one of those witnesses,
before the story received any wide spread treatment and the recording is of an
event that doesn’t match much of the later story. You can read Johnson’s
research and listen to Carey’s interview and analysis by other, disinterested
third parties here:
Given the direction of
all this, I wonder if the Del Rio UFO crash in northern Mexico, just across the
border from Texas, isn’t on the list. This tale appears in the MJ-12 Eisenhower
Briefing Document as one of the authentic crashes, though they have moved it
from Del Rio to the south, in the area of El Indio/Guerrero. There are those
who believe the story because a retired Air Force colonel was the one who told
it and he signed an affidavit attesting to the authenticity of his information.
However, it turned out the witness, Robert Willingham, was not an Air Force
colonel and his story had more changes than that of Reme Baca. You can read
about how it unraveled here and that will also provide links to other
Willingham and MJ-12 analysis:
I would guess that
another of the crashes that Grusch might promote is the Kecksburg,
Pennsylvania, event of December 9, 1965. Stan Gordon has spent decades in
research of this case and is convinced that it was an alien spacecraft that
crashed. Leslie Kean, along with Gordon attempted to recover records of the
crash from NASA. Gordon has found many people who saw part of the final flight
of what he thinks of as alien spacecraft. I too, thought that this was one of
the best UFO crash stories, and Gordon has produced some compelling evidence.
However, in the world today, the answer for that event might be a meteor. A
bolide, which is a very bright meteor, fell about that time, with remnants
found in southern Canada.
|Stan Gordon of Kecksburg UFO Crash fame.
I wonder if Shag
Harbour might not be on the list. This case had many witnesses who saw
something fall into Shag Harbour in 1967. There was both a law enforcement
response as well as a military one. The object was not recovered, and the
evidence seems to suggest that it eventually managed to leave the harbour for
deeper waters. Not so much of a crash as an emergency landing. There are many
witnesses, as I noted, and there are many official documents about it. Chris
Styles and Don Ledger are responsible for finding the documentation and the
other information that suggests that this was an anomalous event.
These are some of the
obvious tales of UFO crashes that had received mention in various books,
magazine articles and TV documentaries. These are the prominent ones that many
accept as authentic crashes. There are some lesser known crashes that might
make the list such as the one over Las Vegas in April, 1962.
There was a report of a
“brilliant red explosion” over Las Vegas that was witnessed by dozens, if not
hundreds. Couple this to events in Utah of an oval-shaped craft landing and
then taking off, and there is a hint of a “forced landing,” if not an actual
crash. Sheriff’s deputies told me of a search for the downed craft that was
never located. At this point, my investigation suggests that the Las Vega end
of it was a bolide that exploded in the upper atmosphere.
I suppose I could go on
with this speculation, but without Grusch telling us what specific events he
had encountered, what he had heard from those highly-placed sources, and what
is on those documents that he has seen but hasn’t produced, all we can do is
What I do know at this
point is that Grusch’s mention of the Italian crash calls part of his story and
one or more of his sources into question. Insiders would know the truth about
this case, if they had heard about it. That casts something of a shadow over
his whistle blowing.
However, those of us
who have been around the UFO field long enough have been fooled by sources that
seem to have inside information, only to learn that their sources were no
better than ours. The UFO field is littered with the tall tales that,
originally looked good but have fallen when better research was presented. Four
of the most recent examples are the MJ-12 documents, the Alien Autopsy, the
Project Mogul explanation for Roswell, and what I have called the Roswell Slides.
The truth about all these has been published and you can read about it on this
blog by typing in the keywords, or read about in my latest books about Roswell
At this point, I’m
hopeful that Grusch will be able to provide the information we need to vet his
tales, but as we said in the military, “Hope is not an option.” All I can
really say is there are a few red flags but these simply are not enough to
reject the information that Grusch has provided. As Jerry Clark said to me, we
do need to wait to see how this plays out and where the truth finally is found.