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The New Mexico Alien – with a zipper


ufo16capa"In 1947, New Mexico, a UFO crashed and was retrieved by the military. Immediately, the debris and bodies of several extraterrestrial beings were taken to maximum security installations, at the Wright Patterson Air Base, in Ohio – where Hangar 18 is located. The fact was kept in secret for 30 years, when some members of the medial team decided to tell what they knew. On that occasion, some black and white photos were presented to a few American ufologists, and they promised to keep them in secret for more than a decade. Now, the photos have been released and are being published in the ufological press.” [Brazilian UFO magazine, vol. 4, n.16, p.13, Aug/Sept 1991]

The photo illustrated the cover of the flying saucer mag, with the headline “Finally! Secrets about the aliens who crashed in Roswell, 1947, released”. It seems familiar. But the released information were confusing:

"Unfortunately, [the photos] are terrible in quality. Therefore, photo experts and sculptors created a wax doll based on an analysis of the original photos. They set the doll over a table, exactly as in the 1947 photos, and took new shots, this time in color. Although they are not the original photos, the image above [below] is exactly as if they were and shows an alien from the New Mexico crash, just a few hours after dying.”


Well, was the photo of a wax doll or of one of the aliens shortly after death?

I assume they meant the original black and white photos were of a real alien, and this colored one was an exact wax reproduction. Be it as it may, the magazine congratulated itself for being “the first to show these photos, the result of an absolutely complete and exact study”.

Actually, the claim is absolutely and completely false. The images had originally circulated in a few magazines a few months before, including in a Soviet one, Technika Molodezsi, with the following caption:

“It is said that the being represented in this photo is the body of a UFO pilot that crashed in the USA. In fact this is the photo of a model shown at an international fair. The explanation given in the caption read: ‘This is the representation as to how the Americans think the humanoids are’.”

That is, from the beggining it was known these images were of a doll displayed at an international fair. The version published by the Brazilian UFO mag in 1991 in fact is the same one published at the back of James Moseley’s, "UFO Crash Secrets at Wright Patterson Air Force Base". The book actually had an appendix by Antonio Huneeus with more actual information as to the origins of the photos.

The back and white pair came from Russian Marina Popovich, who showed them first at an UFO conference organized by Michael Hessemann in Munich, Germany, June 1990. She in turn got them from fellow Felix Ziegel, who in turn got them from a Canadian. And Canada was the home country of this alien (wax doll).

Shortly after the publication in Moseley’s book in 1991, Huneeus finally established with Canadian Richard Glenn that it was indeed a doll created by artist Linda Corriveau for an expo in Montreal.


None of the stories about Roswell, Hangar 18 and Wright Patterson were true. In 1998, Corriveau herself would tell her story, revealing that the sculpture was created from descriptions published in popular magazines such as Omni, and much of her own intuition, though she had never seen an alien. Ironically, she does believe in them and it was clearly a work of love. She called it “Man of My Dreams” as it “came from the deepest of my unconscious”.


The sculpture was indeed made of wax, with the body of a child’s mannequin and a common diving suit painted in gold. Even in the original images a zipper could be clearly seen, a bizarre element from a visitor from an advanced civilization (we hope their zippers don’t get jammed). The sculpture was shown at the "Strange, Strange World" pavillion in Montreal from 1978 to 1981, being seen by thousands and thousands of visitors. Curiously, it was seen there by J. Allen Hynek and even Stanton Friedman, who when originally asked by Huneeus about the images, didn’t remember it and just mentioned how “the very large eyelids of the humanoid coincided quite well with eyewitness descriptions he had of ‘oriental eyes’”.


In retrospect, one can see that in the colored image rumored to be real, or a reproduction of a real alien, one can see part of the white text displayed above the doll’s head.


Also in retrospect, it’s clear that from the beginning it was known it was only a wax doll, but dubious ufologists, from Popovich to Moseley’s editor, down to the Brazilian UFO magazine, worked hard to both claim it was a doll but at the same time it was real, an alien dead “a few hours before”.

The fact it was a doll was a small detail in the art of insinuating it was real alien.

In the March/April 1992 issue of the Brazilian UFO mag, in a furious reply to criticism by fellow Brazilian Philippe Van Putten, who correctly pointed the month before that the published images were from the doll at the Montreal Expo, editor Ademar Gevaerd claimed the Canadian wax sculpture was only similar and that many other wax dolls were alike, “but not as perfect as the photo we present”.

It’s very similar to the explanations given by Penthouse’s editor Bob Guccione a few years later. And that’s from a ufologist.


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  4. Alien Photos February 23rd, 2010 8:55 am

    To be fair, the original two photos that were in circulation do look very different to the appearence of the model in the images below in this post. I take it that this can be put down to the lighting of the sharp and elongated features of the face and the angle they are viewed from?

    Is it certain, then, that the black and white photo has no public history before 1990?

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