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The Aurora 1897 probable hoaxed UFO crash:

An alleged crash with an alien body, a story too good to be true, and most probably an elaborate hoax, although it is not really a proven hoax.

One of the strangest cases involving alleged crashed UFOs, occurred nearly 100 years ago in the town of Aurora, Texas. Many people believe this to be one of many hoaxes started around this time. The year was 1897 during which the U.S. was besotted with hundreds of sightings of strange airships.

The story first appeared on 19th April 1897, and claimed that a strange airship had appeared over the town of Aurora. The craft then apparently crashed into a windmill tower and exploded. Some of the material recovered had strange hieroglyphic symbols on it.

Also amongst the wreckage was that of an 'alien' life form which the townsfolk buried in the local cemetery.

Several UFO researchers have tried to uncover some supportive documentation with vary success. A few witnesses were still around when the incident was investigated around 1966 - 1977 and some of these gave evidence stating that the story was essentially true.

However, most of the evidence uncovered by researchers indicates that the story is nothing more than an elaborate hoax used to drum up interest in the town. In fact researchers discovered that no windmill had been at the site in question and that the site was owned by the local mayor.

Although most researchers regard this as a hoax, there are still some who pursue the case. In fact, around 1996 a researcher tried to get the grave where the alien is supposedly buried exhumed. The request was denied to him by the local council.

A researcher wrote this summary containing additional information:

"A mysterious airship is said to have crashed in this town, exploding into many small fragments. Reportedly, the occupant was child-size and greenish, and the craft contained papers covered with hieroglyphics. The pilot's body is supposed to be buried in the local cemetery. Although the case was widely regarded as a hoax, new investigation brought to light a peculiar alloy that was eventually analyzed by the McDonnell Aircraft Company."

A skeptic research association considers that the case has many witness, that objects were found, but that the story and is a hoax to attract tourists. It sure does attract tourists nowadays.

The Aurora crash in the daily Press:

Dallas Morning News USA, April 17, 1897 "Aurora, Wise County, Texas", the original newspaper article about the crash of an airship and its supposedly Martian pilot in the small town of Aurora.
The Star Telegram USA, August 17, 2002 "New spin on UFO story".
Dallas Observer USA, April 3, 2003 "Heavenly Hoax - Texas town has its own brush with a UFO"

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