If some of you have read "Witness to Roswell", by Casey and Schmitt, what do you think of the sheer amount of witnesses ? We have already discussed that quantity is not quality, but they have so many testimonies that align quite well, most often by USAF personal. How could a simple balloon cause so much stories ? I get people lie or fantasize, but this is a lot.
Most of the witnesses have mundane stories, and some of the more scandaous claims simply don't make sense. Witnesses may have believed or still believe that something unearthly crashed in Roswell (a lot of people seem to), but very few people claiming to be witnesses actually recall specified details which support that belief. The more alien-compatible the claims are, the less the claimant has any verifiable connection to the events.
Here is an example of individuals who were put to me recently as people whose claims support there being a huge military coverup incompatible with Project Mogul debris being found on the ranch. When I looked into what they actually said, it didn't support anything of the kind - just that there was likely a few army people at the Foster Ranch debris site for a couple of days after Marcel and Cavitt collected most of the debris, and at some point they stopped letting people wander around and check it out. That's how it tends to go when you look into these things.
1st Lt. Chester P. Barton
Claims to have seen the debris site (likely after Marcel and Sheridan Cavitt collected most of it), said it was a football-field size and little debris was there. Said the materials were "exotic" but provided no detail. Believes it was a crashed B-29 carrying atomic bombs.
Lewis Rickett, Counter Intelligence Corps member under Marcel
Described something different from others, “very thin, very light sheet material” which “looked like metal” but “could not bend”. Said the debris area field covered a tiny area, “not bigger than [an] apartment”.
S/Sgt. Earl V. Fulford
Said he was at the site at Foster Ranch and was ordered to direct people to leave if they showed up wanting to look at debris based on the local rumours or reporting. Saw a foil type material, no bodies, was told to keep quiet in some way.
William M. Woody
Recalled as a 14-year-old in summer 1947 seeing something pass overhead and military on road near Roswell. No clear connection to Foster Ranch debris. Direction doesn’t line up with something crashing on Foster Ranch.
C. Bertram Schultz
Recalled in summer 1947 seeing military along a road and blocking off some other road or roads, perhaps in a training exercises. No clear connection to Roswell incident.
Went to the debris site at Foster Ranch because he wanted to try to grab a piece, two soldiers sitting in a truck at the site turned him around. No threats.
Also said he tried to go to the site but the military turned him around once he arrived.
An AP wire technician, he went to the site with AP reporter Jason Kellahin and said there were 3 or 4 army officers looking around. The atmosphere was casual, they were not asked to leave, and no one seemed bothered by the press being there.
PS: Schmitt was exposed in the mid-1990s as having fabricated his educational credentials, employment, various biographical details, and some of the evidence in the books he co-authored at the time with Kevin Randle. Randle stopped working with him at that point, but Schmitt has re-emerged with a new co-author and continues to put out sensationalist Roswell books. I would not trust him to accurately characterize or reliably vet witness accounts (covered in Pflock, 2001).