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Alien Autopsy

Yes, it’s still October so it’s still hoax month on my blog! This one is one of the most elaborate hoaxes of the twentieth century. In 1995, Ray Santilli, a British music and video producer, released footage of an autopsy on an alien that he claimed crashed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1945. Supposedly, he bought the film–contained on 22 film reels–from a retired military cameraman.

In 2006, Ray Santilli confessed to the hoax (the same time that he released a comedy movie based on the hoax called Alien Autopsy). The alien body was created by sculptor, John Humphreys, who also played the part of a surgeon in the film. The innards of the alien consisted of sheep brains, raspberry jam and chicken entrails.

Although autopsy experts weren’t fooled by this hoax, many UFO believers were. This film propelled the notion of aliens at Roswell into popular culture.

References: http://hoaxes.org/archive/permalink/alien_autopsy, http://www.livescience.com/742-story-alien-autopsy-hoax.html

 

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