UFO Conjectures

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Wilhelm Reich and Roswell

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Nick Redfern in his latest book, For Nobody’s Eyes Only (reviewed here October 17) notes in Chapter 5: UFO Dossiers Denied and Disappeared the deletion or destruction of the FBI files on psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, who was investigating his idea of “a strange and eerie life force, a kind of primordial cosmic energy.” [Page 55]

Nick, on Page 56, reminds readers that Dr. Reich was in Roswell in 1955, but Nick goes on to write that Reich could not have known anything about the so-called Roswell incident of 1947, as “the Roswell link to UFOs was not on anyone’s radar – the events of 1947 having long been forgotten by those who got briefly excited by the press release suggesting a UFO had crashed on the Foster Ranch.”

I consider this a rare lapse on Nick’s part, and his friend, Greg Bishop, who is a Reichian devotee of sorts, and referred to by Nick in connection with Reich and the loss of the FBI files.

Colin Wilson’s critical biography of Reich, The Quest for Wilhelm Reich [Anchor Press/Doubleday, Garden City, NY, 1981] cites, in Chapter Eight that Reich was interested in the Roswell area in the 1940s and particularly 1947 because of his concern about radiation poisoning – Roswell was the hub, as you know, of the atomic bomb aircraft that delivered the lethal bombs upon Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Reich concluded that radium and radiation poisoning was exacerbated by the orgone energy that propelled or was expelled by flying saucers.

And Reich’s interest in flying saucers wasn’t just instigated by Kenneth Arnold’s iconic 1947 sighting. Reich was intrigued by Keyhoe’s books but, more importantly, by the report in Nicholas Roerich’s 1930 book, Altai-Himalaya wherein Roerich (a Russian painter and archaeologist) “describes, looking in the sky at an eagle … seeing ‘in a direction from north to south, something big and shiny reflecting the sun, like a huge oval moving at great speed … we even had time to take our field glasses and saw quite distinctly an oval form with a shiny surface.’” [Wilson, Page 236]

In the now missing FBI documents on Reich, one would find reference to the Roswell 1947 incident.

The files were online, Nick notes, for eight years, 1999 to 2007.

That someone downloaded that material is grist for the ill-named and ongoing Roswell Dream Team.

Reich, I contend, from the Wilson insights and that of W. Edward Mann, in his book Orgone, Reich, & Eros: Wilhelm Reich’s Theory of Life Energy [Simon and Schuster, NY, 1973] that Reich heard of and knew about the alleged flying saucer crash near Roswell, and his trip through Roswell and work in the area in the 1950s derives from that knowledge.

The missing files, if located (from their online presence) will confirm the Reich/Roswell connection.