Roswell and The Golden Helmets
In reading Kevin Randle’s new Roswell book, I found a number of asides (many among the plethora of footnotes, where one usually finds insightful gems in scholarly books),
One that caught my eye was the implanted note in James Ragsdale’s account of the supposed Roswell bodies he came upon, July 4th, 1947, during a hedonistic outing with a lady friend of his:
Randle write, “Using quotes lifted from the January 26, 1993, interview with Ragsdale and conducted by Don Schmitt, McAndrew wrote: Testimony attributed to Ragsdale, who is deceased, states that he and a friend [Trudy Truelove] were camping one evening and saw something fall from the sky. The next morning, when they went to investigate, they saw a crash site.”[Page 112]
The McAndrew cited by Kevin is James McAndrew, the “author” of the Air Force’s book The Roswell Report: Case Closed [Barnes & Noble, NY, 1996, Page 1]
McAndrew included part of a Ragsdale affidavit:
“One part [of the craft] was kind of buried in the ground and one part of it was sticking our [out] of the ground.” “I’m sure that [there] was bodies… either bodies or dummies.”
Kevin goes on to explain how McAndrew’s attempt to use Ragsdale’s “dummies” identification falls flat.
Ragsdale included this in his affidavit, used by McAndrew:
“In his affidavit, Ragsdale would provide more description of the alien creatures he claimed to have seen. He said, ‘The bodies of the occupants were about four feet or less tall, which strange looking arms, legs and fingers. They were dressed in a silver type uniform and wearing a tight helmet of some type. This is positive because I tried to remove one of the helmets, but was unable to do so. Their eyes were large, oval in shape, and did not resemble anything of a human nature.’” [Page 114, Randle]
Yet later, it seems that Ragsdale elaborated on the above:
“There had been some very interesting and exciting information offered in Jim Ragsdale’s tale of seeing the object fall from the sky to the point where he had seen the bodies in the distance. Later he would claim there were sixteen of them wearing helmets made of solid gold which is a tip off. Gold is a soft, heavy metal that is unsuited for helmet. The Air Force would use his descriptions of the bodies as a way to prove their anthropomorphic dummies theory, never realizing that if Ragsdale was making up his tale, then their explanation failed at that point.” [Page 197, Randle, bold print mine]
Now there’s the interesting item: “helmets made of solid gold.”
Ragdale said he buried the helmets he recovered but couldn’t find them when he went back to retrieve the things.
Ragsdale was an uncouth man, a truck driver inclined to partying and frivolity. You can read more about him via these links:
But what caused him to claim the alleged bodies he found were crowned with “solid gold helmets”?
Gold helmets figure in some mythologies:
The Tarnhelm, a gold helmet giving the wearer the ability to change form or become invisible. used by Alberich in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen:
And in this famous painting by Rembrandt:
Ragsdale wouldn’t know, I surmise, the mythological tales and very likely never saw the Rembrandt painting.
So, why the fabricated reference by him?
Wouldn’t a common man “find bodies” with military-like helmets, popular in movies, comics, and seen in many newsreels of World War II soldiers?
I find the observation and inclusion of such an arcane item to be fascinating.
(Ancient Astronaut theorists could make much of this I bet.)
Ragsdale’s Roswell attributions are bogus, seemingly, but precious in some odd way.