Roswell believers took a serious hit in terms of credibility when it was discovered that the pictures were not at all of any alien life. In fact, an outright confession from the original photographer, and one of the leaders within the original study group, pointed out that it wasn’t just a hoax, but something that would have been received as deeply offensive to Native Americans. The photograph was a picture of a mummified child. The child was apparently from the ancient city of Mesa Verde.
Tony Braglia was the individual issuing apologies and so much more as the work that he claimed throughout his entire life seemed to come crashing down at his say. While many have said that this entire ordeal has been a strange one, to say the least, especially given the timing of the statements – he has since gone entirely silent. He has refused to comment and has gone completely silent on social media, sparking even more curiosity.
He said, “I must offer my sincerest and deepest apologies to the Native American people of the Southwestern United States. One of their children, a dead child from well over a century ago, was made a spectacle. Whoever you are, you deserve to be extended dignity and respect.” He went on to point out that the individual who took the original photographs played a role in the entire ordeal as well. Braglia added, “My guess is that Hilda hid the slides of the mummy child within the chest because she felt some guilt that they were in some way exploitive. She was a childless woman.”
Nigel Watson who authored the UFO Investigation Manual pointed out, “It is a shame this has tarnished the reputation of all the so-called experts who attended this event. … This must be considered the lowest point UFO research has ever descended to, but it won’t stop some saying that this was deliberately staged to undermine ufology, or from others believing these are images of an alien whatever anyone says.” Ultimately, this is one of the biggest problems with the confession and the findings. We’re not talking about something that happened recently, or that can be easily retracted.
This spawned decades of research and ultimately gave credibility to the research of extraterrestrial life. Now though, the issue become regaining that trust and credibility in a space where more than 50 years of research and work has been done to gain said credibility. It will be interesting to see how research groups who are working on these types of projects recuperate now that the fundamentals of their research have been called into question.