What’s the Deal with Roswell?

Mexico is a strange state for many reasons. However, we have more paranormal-related incidents than most states, making us a really strange place. If you’ve heard of anything weird happening in New Mexico, it likely stems from the notorious Roswell UFO incident in 1947. Here’s what happened.


On June 14th, 1947, William Brazel was working as a foreman on the Foster homestead. Looking north, he noticed clusters of debris approximately 30 miles away from Roswell, New Mexico. He and his son told the Roswell Daily Record that they saw a large area of “bright wreckage made up of rubber strips, tinfoil, and a rather tough paper and sticks.” Several weeks after seeing the debris, Brazel, his son, his wide, and his daughter returned to the site to gather some of the material. The next day, he heard about reports of “flying discs” in the sky. He contacted the sheriff to tell him about the material, and the sheriff contacted RAAF Major Jesse Marcel.


Several weeks later, on July 8th, 1947, the Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) public information officer issued a press release stating that personnel had recovered a “flying disc,” which had crashed on a ranch near Roswell. The release was picked up quickly by several news outlets. After widespread publication, the military decided to conceal the true purpose of their crashed device—nuclear test monitoring—and instead told the public that the crash was a weather balloon. Though the incident faded from public interest, it was picked up again in the 70s, 80s, and 90s by UFO enthusiasts and researchers.


Though there is no evidence that a UFO crashed at Roswell, UFO enthusiasts hold firm to the belief that one did, in fact, crash. To this day, visitors to Roswell can see UFO memorabilia and the occasional truth-seeker.