Monday, December 10, 2012

Roswell Officer Speaks from the Grave: Taped Confession of ET Recovery Revealed

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Walter Haut

Editor's Note–Please see my commentary (rebuttal) at the end of the articleFW

By Anthony Bragalia
The UFO Chronicles

      A Lieutenant Colonel and Press Officer at Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) in 1947 left a testament to the reality of fallen ET in a rare audio recording that was meant to be heard after his death. A portion of it is revealed here publicly for the first time.

It is in this taped message that Walter Haut (a decorated bombardier and Purple Heart recipient) first openly acknowledged his personal witness to an alien-piloted craft found on the desert floor in New Mexico. And people who knew Walter well have now come forward about what he had said about the matter very early on- and why he did not release all of this information until the winter of his life.

Walter would of course go on to sign a notarized declaration in December, 2002 of his full knowledge of the Roswell incident as a piloted, extraterrestrial event. This was famously reported in mainstream media based on the publication of the bestseller Witness to Roswell and the work of the book’s authors Tom Carey and Don Schmitt.

But it was four years before this in 1999 that Walter Haut had admitted for the first time to someone outside of a small circle what he knew about the entirety of the Roswell event. And he allowed it to be recorded.

Like the notarized affidavit, Walter did not wish this 1999 recorded confession released until some point after his death, which occurred in 2005 at age 83. This enabled him to honor his oath during his life to the ultimate secret: the recovery and retrieval of beings not from earth.

A Walter Redux

As Press Officer at RAAF in July of 1947, Walter Haut composed the famous Press Release that was dictated to him by Colonel William Blanchard, Base Commander and close personal friend. Walter was made to state that the “flying disc” reported crashed near Roswell earlier was now known to be merely an errant weather balloon, initially confused as something more. The release was carried in the Roswell papers and the world over.

In 2002 Walter elected to come clean for history about what really had happened. None of the press reports he was made to distribute were true. Walt said that there was in fact a small craft that was piloted that had crashed. He saw it and the debris and one of the extraterrestrial beings. This announcement made headlines and brought Roswell back in the news like never before in the preceding 60 years that the crash had occurred.

A Snippet of the Actual Haut Recorded Confession

In 1999 pioneering New Mexico researcher Wendy Connors interviewed Walter in-person for the record about Roswell. She was tenacious in her questioning. She was accompanied by one of her associates at the time, Dennis Balthaser.

Wendy is now in poor health but has graciously and generously entrusted me with access to her years of research materials, now in the care of an archivist located in the Pacific Northwest.

In the interview, tape running, Wendy Connors asks Walter about his knowledge of any beings that may have been associated with the craft that fell at Roswell. Walter hesitatingly replies to her:

“To the best of my remembrance there was one body.”

“It was a relatively small body, comparable to, oh, maybe to an 11 year old or a 10 year old child.”

“It was pretty well beat up.”

He then seems to pause as if he had said too much and pulls back:

“I cannot give you (illegible) to be honest anything other than that.”

In other parts of the tape (hopefully to be released in its entirety at a later date) Haut does say just a bit more.

He speaks of the childlike body having been partially covered by a tarp.

He also speaks of having personally witnessed the craft wreckage from the crash stored in a hangar at the base after the crash and offers details on this.

He makes mention that the bodies may have been taken to Lovelace Clinic afterwards.


What Walter Privately Hinted to Others

Very little known is that Walter did give hints to the ultimate secret that he had held- to a very select few.

Robert Shirkey was the Base Operations Officer at RAAF in 1947. Before he passed, Shirkey told his son that back in 1989 Walter had personally confessed to him that he had he has personal knowledge that the object that crashed in the desert could only have been from another world, and that he had seen it.

Lloyd E. Nelson was a PFC who clerked for Haut in the RAAF Public Information Office in 1947. He remembers Walt coming into their office at the time and showing to him small pieces of wreckage debris including an I-Beam that was small and had writing on it. He was also shown a ceramic type piece of material that appeared broken off. Both Officer Jesse Marcel who was confirmed at the site and Walter told Nelson to say nothing.

This confirms details of Haut’s much later signed confession in 2002. In the early 2000s, Nelson called Walter to find out more about the material. Nelson said, “To my dismay, Walter would not confirm to me anything. He knew that I was there but he would not admit it, not even to me.”

Base Finance Officer Richard C. Harris told Roswell researcher and author Kevin Randle in the mid-1990s that Haut did know about the bodies from the crash having been stored in the base hangar. He knew this because Haut asked Harris at the time of the event if he would like to see them. Harris, apparently not wishing such a sight, did not.

Fred Wilcox (a civilian employee at Roswell Army Air Field in 1948) was an acquaintance of Haut. In 2000, Wilcox said that in 1955 a mutual female friend of theirs’ told him that Walt had confided in her privately that he was actually at the crash scene and that there were alien bodies.

Why Walter Didn’t Talk Until the End

Walt’s wife “Pete” Haut said that for years after the crash incident that Haut received visits from an Air Force Intelligence officer that he knew from his days in the service. Pete states, “Anytime that there was a ‘flap’ about UFOs in the news anywhere in the country, he would show up. He would always manage to talk about hos the Air Force had explained away this sighting or that.”

Towards the end of his life, Haut himself said that he would receive regular phone threats for many years after the incident. He said to one researcher, “There were so many calls I lost track of them- about 20 years of it.” One of these calls was from the retired Colonel son of a late General who told Haut, “Lieutenants should know how to keep their mouths shut.”

Among Walter’s personal affects were found Christmas cards from the former head of the CIC intelligence at Ft. Worth, TX, Milton Knight. One of the cards read, “I still say that there were no bodies at Ft. Worth.”

Walter’s Truth Finally Revealed

We hear in his own words here (with more to follow) that Walter admits his personal witness to the ET reality of Roswell. And we see here that others from his far past were privilidged to know his secret. This shows that Walter Haut was not in any way “coached” about his 2002 affidavit, as some critics suggest. It shows that he was of sound mind and that he offered the final secret of the found bodies willingly, if not reluctantly.

Bragalia Drops The Ball On This One
Please note this is a hasty, brief response to the above article

Oh my! Where to begin?!

Actually, since this has all been hashed and rehashed years ago, I'll begin by repeating what I said then:

Re Walter: I have the highest regard for him, and believe him to have been a person of good character, and I applaud his service during the war and all of his life's achievements thereafter, including of course being one of the co-founders of "The Roswell Museum."

That said, probably the most significant matter of fact in reference to what Tony has "labeled" a taped confession (aside from that being an erroneous description) is that the interview that Dennis & Wendy conducted with Walter was "VIDEO taped" (in November 15, 2000) and performed under the auspice of “Oral History” about “Walter’s life” (not just Roswell).

I was one of the researchers to get a full, unedited copy of the interview after Walter's passing and it was not at all what I anticipated, nor is it anything akin to what Tony describes herein–quite the opposite in fact.

To state the obvious, the merits of a "video" interview far surpass that of just audio alone, and for anyone to properly interpret it, or offer an informed opinion they need to watch it in its entirety; for research purposes—absorbing it several times while taking notes is prudent (as I did ).

To be clear and to put things in their proper context, Walter Haut for over 50 years (although endorsing the ETH for the Roswell Incident and repeatedly describing his part in the events, i.e., being the base PIO and writing the now famous press release and disseminating it to the civilian news organizations in Roswell) denied ever seeing bodies, wreckage etc., or being more involved then he was in his capacity as base PIO. In 1993 “he” wrote and signed an affidavit affirming said facts.

In the “2000 video interview” rather then being a confession or smoking gun as suggested here, for me in the most positive light it confused the issues and in the worst case scenario it affirmed what Walter had said all along as “HE SAID 4 TIMES THAT HE DIDN”T SEE ANYTHING in the very same session!”

Moreover, during the interview in response to direct questions, he couldn’t remember where he did his basic training; he couldn’t remember where he was stationed after the war; he couldn’t remember certain words; he often repeated himself, as well as contradicted himself—one time within a few sentences and didn’t seem to be cognizant of it. I later had my wife watch the interview with me (without any advanced input from me); at the end, we both felt that we might be watching the early onset of either Alzheimer's and or some form of dementia.

In 2003 Walter appeared on the Larry King Show; again, he appeared very confused and in this instance could not finish the segment. Prior to unexpectedly exiting the interview, King asked:

"Did you, Walter, ever see any of the wreckage?"

Walter replied, "No."

In 2007 Schmitt & Carey’s book was released with what was exalted (like now) as smoking evidence and or a death bed confession in the form of another affidavit; in reading it . . . this clear, concise, meticulously written document, inclusive of precise dates and times etc., it gave me great pause (to be polite), as the man that I saw in the video, (two years prior) didn’t seem capable of crafting such an elucidation. Quite frankly, I was dumbfounded!

I was certainly curious to know just how the affidavit was prepared; my prurience was satisfied with Don Schmitt’s admission that “Walter did not write the affidavit–he (Schmitt) did.”

I don’t mean to be rude; however, none of what is presented in the article is new; this was beat to death 5 years ago, and quite frankly as evidence is worthless:

• By text book definition, Walter had dementia of some sort, whether from old-age or otherwise.

• We have two (or more) conflicting affidavits, one Walter wrote himself and one Schmitt wrote.

• We have a “video-taped interviewed” where Walter seemed confused, very forgetful and contradictory; again he repeatedly said (4 times he didn’t see anything).

At the end of the day, for one to assess the Haut debacle properly, studying the video in its entirety (along with everything else) is essential; however, barring that pay heed to the a fore mentioned facts weigh it accordingly.–FW


  1. I interviewed Walter Haut for 2 hours at the Roswell museum in August 2001 and I strongly disagree that he was a man suffering from dementia at that time, so I seriously doubt he had dementia only 9 months before when he had a taped interview. When I spoke to Walter, he didn't tell me anything earth-shaking, but he also was not confused, didn't repeat himself, didn't fumble for words, didn't ramble, was perfectly coherent, etc., i.e. exhibited none of the typical signs of dementia.

    The interview had been arranged by Don Schmitt, hoping I could get something explicit out of Haut, but I was a complete stranger to him and he viewed me with suspicion. He eventually warmed up to the interview and told me a few things non-sensational, but my point is he was a reluctant witness reluctantly giving an interview, probably one of hundreds he had done. I interpret his reluctance the previous year to come out and say anything damning when interviewed by Wendy Connors the same way. He was cranky with me at first and sounded cranky with Wendy Connors as well. Wendy had to pull confessions out of him, practically putting words in his mouth.

    I can't personally say about Walter's mental state the following year when he carefully read and then signed the affidavit written for him. A lot can happen in a year to somebody that age, but his sound mental state at the time was verified by a doctor.

    I have a more complete transcript of important sections of Wendy Connors' interview with Haut at my website and note the differences and similarities between details in the interview and later affidavit:

  2. So in essence some life form travelled three thousand light years, at the speed of light, in what must be some super sophisticated vehicle and...wait for it.....crashed! OMG!
    Think about it folks, anyone with this kind of technology don’t do 'crashing'! How many times did the Enterprise crash? They fortunately had Scotty! My suggestion is to get one of these 'aliens' on that wanker piers morgan's silly show and quiz him about this stuff so we can all stop guessing?

  3. Hi David,

    Thanks for taking time to make comment.

    Since this has reared up again, I took time to watch 1 1/2 hours of the pertinent "Roswell portion" of the video. There he did: fumble for words, reverse himself, as well as variate previous descriptions (in the same session) and even discussed his failing memory, citing his age.

    Setting that aside, in the same session he said he agreed that he saw bodies, and then shortly thereafter point blank said he didn't. My argument back then as it applies to Tony's article, is (strictly speaking) as evidence it's worthless. At the end of the day we have: contradictory statements by Walter all in the same session; contradictory affidavits (one he didn't even write himself as it turns out) and of course the memory issues.

    As I noted elsewhere:

    If one chooses to believe his memory wasn't a concern, then fine–he said he didn't see anything (bodies or vehicle) on a number of occasions–you can't have it both ways.

    Others might say, or infer (and have) "you have to read between the lines!" That's fine too; however, that's a far stretch from painting the whole scenario as smoking gun evidence or a confession.



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