Rio Rancho ufologist takes his case to Roswell for the annual festival

  • Famous RR UFO researcher David Marler seeks space to house his growing collection of UFOs

    David Marler at home, surrounded by a small part of his collection. (photo Heron)

Rio Rancho’s “resident ufologist” David Marler is among a dozen guest speakers who will travel to Roswell for its annual UFO festival July 1-3.

What’s cool about the event, Marler said, is that it marks the 75th anniversary of that famous “Roswell incident” of July 1947, when pieces of a UFO that crashed near Corona, NM, were recovered, up to four “alien bodies”. gathered and sent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, and the US government has vehemently denied that such a thing happened.

It was a weather balloon. Don’t worry, the citizens said. After all, why else would the Air Force have cordoned off the area and suppressed all evidence?

But nearly 30 years later, the USAF released a 25-page report saying alleged UFO material found on a ranch not far from Roswell was part of a special, top-secret balloon project designed to detect nuclear activity. Soviet.

Coincidentally, in the last two weeks of this June, hundreds of UFO sightings have been reported from as far east as Glens Falls, NY, to Yakima, Washington.

Marler has a huge, and ever-growing, collection of UFO material and sighting reports – but he’s not just a collector, he’s a historian and researcher.

“Quite often we talk about archives – documents, records, books, journals – but the other thing I try to do, I’m not just an archivist, I’m a researcher… and I try to find these witnesses. ,” he said.

He has never seen a UFO and: “I have more questions than answers. I am interested in facts and data.

Collectively, he said, ufologists “always take a conventional approach to an unconventional subject.”

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From his research on a March 1950 incident, the subject of one of his presentations at Roswell, seems hard to refute.

“Multiple eyewitness cases definitely raise the bar for credibility, as opposed to a lone witness,” he said.

Marler will talk about what happened over a three-day period in Farmington, NM 72 years ago. Marler believes the incident was basically ignored for decades, which he called a “glaring oversight.”

He said that UFO researchers, himself included, prefer cases that have collaborative testimony rather than an eyewitness report – and the Farmington incident had hundreds, if not thousands, that were witnesses of bizarre events.

More than a thousand locals witnessed what was described as a fleet of “flying saucers” – 200 to 500 in all – hovering and maneuvering in the sky.

One of them, Marlo Webb, was interviewed by Marler in 2016, who told him that despite being over 90, he still had a sharp mind.

In March 1950, Webb worked in the parts department of the Perry Smoak Chevrolet garage. One morning he saw a handful of people outside, looking up and pointing to the sky. Webb was curious so he got out, looked up and saw 15-20 silent “objects” moving east to west.

Webb told Marler there seemed to be an intelligence to them as they stayed in a determined and tight formation, sometimes making extremely tight turns.

He said he was then interrogated by soldiers over the next few days. Rumors of bullying and warnings to “shut up” circulated.

An edition of Farmington Daily had a story – with the title, “Huge ‘saucer invasion’ rocks Farmington” – about the first-day incident, but no follow-up stories. The newspaper’s business manager was quoted in the article as having seen “about 500” objects in the sky.

“Farmington ‘invaded’ By Saucer Squadron” was the title of the banner in the March 17 edition of Santa Fe New Mexicanwith the caption, “Citizens see ‘hundreds’ above the city.”

Then, just after 10 a.m. on March 17, reports of a group of “flying saucers” flooded the police switchboard, with reports ranging from five to nine objects apparently heading northeast. Within 30 minutes, “hundreds of objects” were visible west of downtown. A few reports have referred to some of the objects being in a “battle” or “air combat”. Numerous reports have referred to the objects as “silver discs”, and a few have stated that a larger red disc was an obvious leader of this cosmic squadron.

Another eyewitness said the objects traveled “10 times faster” than modern jet planes and “attacked head-on”, only to avoid each other at the last moment.

Similar UFO reports indicate that Mars came from Tucumcari, Las Vegas, Los Alamos and Santa Fe, as well as Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque – plus Colorado, Texas and Mexico.

And Marler found – six decades later – another eyewitness, at the time an Aztec elementary school student, who vividly recalled seeing objects in the sky for three consecutive days while he was on the playground. He said they were stretched across the sky and lined up in a quilt pattern like double-six dominoes.

There is “no shortage of eyewitness testimony in this case,” Marler said.

Marler had occasion to review unclassified U.S. Air Force “Spot Intelligence Reports” and found references to the sightings on the Smoak garage and became aware of them on April 25, 1950.

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Marler will also talk about the “Battle of LA,” which took place on the West Coast at the start of World War II.

“In my view, the most compelling cases are multiple eyewitness cases involving radar,” he said. “Of course, skeptics will tell you that – and I agree; I’m willing to meet them halfway – eyewitness accounts can be sketchy.

The February 25, 1942 Battle of LA involved not only thousands of eyewitnesses, but also military radar.

It happened shortly after a Japanese submarine bombed oil fields near Santa Barbara, not far from Los Angeles. Second, it was widely accepted: “It’s not a question if the Japanese are going to attack the West, it’s just a matter of when.”

“Here you have tens of thousands of witnesses to something. Hysteria was an element, because we have a lot of conflicting reports from that morning,” Marler said. “A lot of skeptics will dismiss it as hysteria. It was one of two official explanations for what happened…one was nervous sinews and the other was that there were airplanes or something in the greater Los Angeles area.

After World War II, Japanese officials, including the commander of the submarine that bombed the oil fields, denied any involvement in what people saw in the sky.

“I would say, by far, that the whole battle of LA created a lot more hysteria than the bombing of that dark little oilfield… If anything, you would have taken the credit even if you didn’t. hadn’t done.”

Marler has a legitimate photograph, showing shells exploding from US anti-aircraft guns from below at a large object. More than 1,400 rounds were fired.

“We have objective data, in the form of a photograph, and we have objective data in the form of three separate radars that were tracking an incoming target for 120 miles, moving towards the Los Angeles area,” he said. -he declares. “That’s what precipitated the blackout.

“They never really investigated thoroughly,” he said. “They never came up with a single solid, conclusive explanation.

Navy Secretary Frank Knox claimed it was a false alarm caused by war nerves, Marler said, citing official accounts from 80 years ago. “Secretary of War Henry Stimson says 15 spy planes flew over LA; that there were one or more enemy aircraft in operation,” citing the Herald-Express Account.

It was moving too slow to be an airplane and too fast to be an airship, and, if the latter, how could it not have been shot down – as no remains were seen falling from the sky or onto the ground.

“I spoke to a witness living in the 1990s and he said it looked like there were direct hits on or around this thing,” Marler said.

Marler did the real CBS Radio show that week 80 years ago.

The object changed direction and was fired upon again…before “disappearing again” over the ocean.

“We can’t say for sure it was the same,” Marler said, given his disappearance from radar screens.

“Other damage was caused by our own shrapnel: piercing ceilings, roofs and cars. But it is a fact, (neither the United States nor Japan) had planes in the air.

“No shots were fired, and no bombs were dropped by the ‘invaders,’ and no wreckage was found either,” Marler read in official US military documents. “They weren’t thinking about UFOs at the time, and it doesn’t consider any other possibility.”

Worse, “Five people died that night from traffic accidents and heart attacks. … Some people tried to drive during the blackout without their headlights on and hit things.

These are two of his favorite UFO stories, both hard to disprove.

Marler’s most difficult research is ongoing. He’s trying to find space, like an empty storefront, to house his huge collection, hopefully in Rio Rancho, where it could be a destination for seekers and even families who want to see something other than the hokey green men. which you can see in Roswell.

This spring, Marler went to Arizona to give a presentation and returned with a rental truck full of more gear. Upon his death, the entire collection will be bequeathed to the University of New Mexico.

Lately it has received donations from older ufologists, who don’t want their widows to dispose of what they have accumulated, or truck it to the dump.

Marler is a grateful recipient, but his house and garage are overcrowded.

“It’s sad; I wish I could say there’s a lot of young people coming on board, but they want to do podcasts – they want to talk about what’s new,” he said. podcasts are a dime a dozen I just posted on my website, I’m no longer accepting podcast requests because I was getting them every week, spending too much time on them I had to say ‘stop’.

If I’m constantly talking about the research I’m doing, I’m not doing any research – I’m a researcher first. … My goal is to do historical research and preservation.

You can learn more about Marler and contact him through his website, davidmarler ufo.com.

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