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Stupidities in 2018 again about the "Aurora crash":

The Sun is one of these British tabloids well known for their sensationalist articles, and particularly stupid when it comes to UFOs. The latest BS (April 24, 2018) tells this:

TAKE ME TO YOUR GRIEVER

Bizarre claims US government has dug up Aurora ‘alien’ buried after crash-landing 120 years ago

Novelist Kerry Haggard says residents of Aurora, Texas, found a pilot who was 'not an inhabitant of this world' when sifting through the wreckage

The alien is thought to have been buried in Aurora, Texas

Kerry, 53, who also runs his own vintage car restoration company, said: "During my extensive three year research in relation to the event, I discovered that in the early morning hours April 17th 1897 a single alien spacecraft lost control over the sky's of Texas.

"It clipped the edge of a fast moving windmill above the small town of Aurora just north of Fort Worth.

"It veered into the path of the town's only water tower and crashed with a terrific explosion which awakened many of the residents.

"Reported in both Dallas and Fort Worth newspapers of the time, the story of the downed Aurora TX "Traveller" was not the first of such occurrences to be sure.

"There were hundreds of UFO sightings witnessed and documented in newspapers throughout the old west beginning shortly after the Civil War from San Francisco to Louisiana coming to a head in 1897.

"Our government is ruthless and corrupt as I more than most know all too well so maybe they have slipped in there and carted him away.

Kerry claims to have had his own close encounter with a UFO aged just nine while growing up in Georgia.

He has since written a book about the incident, which tells the story of a news reporter tasked with finding is to find the alien's final resting place.


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There is with the article a Press clipping too small to be readable of a US newspaper telling how ufologists had investigated the case:

And The Sun also published a "photo" of the alleged "alien":

See: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6127496/bizarre-claims-us-government-has-dug-up-aurora-alien-buried-after-crash-landing-120-years-ago

Bien entendu, ceci est repris sans aucune recherche ni vérification sur des sites "OVNIS" y compris en France.

In reality:

In 1896 and 1897 in the United States, a wave of stories in the Press occurred, reporting sightings of mysterious airship - there were still no usable airship in the United States at that time. The "airship" was generally considered to be the still-secret invention of some unknown inventor, but some of these stories were about visitors from another planet. Most of the stories were journalistic inventions, totally usual then, other stories were sincere but were classic misinterpretation just like it happens in modern ufology (Venus, Chinese lanterns etc.). There may have been some really interesting cases during this wave, but it is very difficult to establish anything, because of the antiquity of the stories, the impossibility to find witnesses and to carry out any thorough investigation.

One of these stories, published in the Dallas Morning News for April 19, 1897, reported that a craft allegedly struck J. S. Proctor's windmill on April 17, 1897, around 6 a.m. in Aurora, Texas. The pilot, considered to have been a "Martian", was reportedly killed in the accident and buried by the locals in the local cemetery. The remains of the machine were thrown into a well in the vicinity of the mill, and some others parts were put in the grave - allegedly!

Needless to say, for a while, the Aurora cemetery was clandestinely "explored" by modern ufologists hoping to eventually find some remains of the "Martian". But nothing was found. Of course, some researchers said that they found some "UFO fragments" in the area, but their nature was that of bits of scrap with no probative value.

A former mayor of Aurora, Barbara Brammer, had been interviewed, and said that in the month of the incident, her town had gone through a number of tragedies: the destruction of cotton, the burning of several buildings with several victims, measles decimating the population of the city, etc. In 1979, Time reported that one of the modern investigators had learned by interviewing city elders that the story was a hoax by local journalist S. E. Haydon to attract attention to the city as it was on the verge of disappearance.

The April 19, 1897, Dallas Morning News article said:

A Windmill Demolishes It

Aurora, Wise Co., Tex. April 17. -- (To the News) -- About 6 o'clock this morning the early risers of Aurora were astonished at the sudden appearance of the airship which has been sailing around the country.

It was traveling due north and much nearer the earth than before. Evidently some of the machinery was out of order, for it was making a speed of only ten or twelve miles an hour, and gradually settling toward the earth. It sailed over the public square and when it reached the north part of town it collided with the tower of Judge Proctor's windmill and went into pieces with a terrific explosion, scattering debris over several acres of ground, wrecking the windmill and water tank and destroying the judge's flower garden.

The pilot of the ship is supposed to have been the only one aboard and, while his remains were badly disfigured, enough of the original has been picked up to show that he was not an inhabitant of this world.

Mr T. J. Weems, the United States signal service officer at this place and an authority on astronomy, gives it as his opinion that he was a native of the planet Mars.

Papers found on his person - eveidently the record of his travels - are written in some unknown hyeroglyphics, and can not be deciphered.

The ship was too badly wrecked to form any conclusion as to its construction or motive power. It was built of an unknown metal, resembling somewhat a mixture of aluminum and silver, and it must have weighed several tons.

The town is full of people to-day who are viewing the wreck and gathering specimens of the strange metal from the debris. The pilot's funeral will take place at noon to-morrow.

S. E. HAYDON.

As can be seen, the article says the craft's pilot was "badly disfigured". The ridiculous photo of a "little gray" shown by the "novelist Kerry Haggard" shows a perfectly intact being... Haggard, and/or The Sun, did not even bother to read the original story!

Here is also Kerry Haggard in an official photo, which The Sun obviously did not show. Haggard is selling his book on the "Aurora crash", with behind him "the Aurora alien" stands in his coffin:

As for "novelist Kerry Haggard", he was recently sentenced to 6 years prison for manufacturing fake hooro movies posters he made with modern equipment. He was trying to sell his fake movie posters as authentic posters from the 40s and 50s, as these are very popular among collectors.

As The Sun says, "We pay for your stories!" ...

Below: excerpt from the FBI Press announcement, on their website, on Kerry Hagard's conviction, in 2012, for making fake collectible movie posters:

Source: https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/newyork/press-releases/2012/georgia-man-sentenced-in-manhattan-federal-court-to-78-months-in-prison-for-selling-fake-vintage-horror-movie-posters-and-lobby-cards-over-the-internet

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