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Thursday, February 02, 2017

The Sonny Desvergers UFO Encounter (per Edward Ruppelt)

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While going through my UFO clutter I found an article clipped from the April 1956 issue of Pageant magazine (pictured). Pageant was a Readers’ Digest-like magazine.
The article was by Blue Book’s Captain Ruppelt and dealt with the Sonny Desvergers 1952 incident that this blog provided some material on in 2014:

Ruppelt, in the Pageant piece, expressed his ambivalence about Desvergers’ account:

“While he [Desvergers] was giving me a brief personal history, I had the immediate impression that he was telling the truth.” [Pageant, Page 61]

Eventually, ufologists seem to have dismissed Desvergers story as a concoction (created for notoriety or some kind of fame).

But as Ruppelt presents the blue Book findings, one can’t toss the tale into the hoax bin; there are too many odd and interesting aspects that ring true and conform to other UFO sightings and encounters in later UFO reports, one being the “sharp” and “pungent” odor Desvergers described:

“Ozone gas is ‘sharp’ or ‘pungent.’ To quote from a chemistry book, ‘Ozone is prepared by passing air between two plates which are charged at a high electrical potential.’

“Breathing a high concentration of ozone gas will also cause you to lose consciousness.” [ibid, Ruppelt Page 65]

Both the smell and loss of consciousness were intrinsic to Desvergers experience.

This early flying saucer [UFO] tale fascinates, whether real or a contrivance.



  • The importance of the Scotmaster case, as you well know, is the burned grass roots UNDERNEATH the ground where the alleged UFO hovered. Ruppelt presents a theory on how it could be accomplished (microwave induction) but hoaxing that aspect of the case is clearly impossible. So, Zoam and all you professional skeptics, aside from just wishing the facts away, how was that anomoly accomplished conventionally?

    By Blogger Dominick, at Friday, February 03, 2017  

  • And in the article, Dominick, Ruppelt provides his "amazement" at the burnt grass roots, offering a specialist's view of how difficult that would have been to hoax,

    (I was going to include the material but it's lengthy and complex.)

    Ruppelt had mixed feelings about the Desvergers incident.

    The mixed feelings derive from the "fact" that the event is flummoxed by some of Desvergers bad behavior in his past, causing one to view his account with skepticism.

    This has been a problem with many UFO accounts: some of the players have, shall I say, corrupted backgrounds.

    Such lapses allow skeptics and even those with open minds, to be wary of witness reports.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, February 03, 2017  

  • Agreed, Rich, some of the "players" in these cases have, as you put it, corrupted backgrounds. BUT, to be "wary of witness reports" has NOTHING to do with the fact that the roots were burnt. That's not a witness report; that's an objective fact discovered by the Air Force analysis. You are always admonishing the quality of so-callled UFO research. Well here is the solid evidence for something extraordinary. And if it is not extraordinary, let the critics and skeptics enlighten us and explain it all in proasic terms. I've been waiting for that in this case for more than 50 years.

    By Blogger Dominick, at Friday, February 03, 2017  

  • Yes, Dominick, the facts are incontrovertible...

    But that one's being is marred by ethical/moral lapses allows skeptics to take a jaundiced view of that person's testimony.

    That's a cavalier, illogical stance, but there it is.

    You've seen my friend Zoam's frenzy about UFOs. It's not amenable to calm discussion.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, February 03, 2017  

  • > all you professional skeptics

    Who is paying the UFO skeptics, Dominick?

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Tuesday, February 07, 2017  

  • That's a interesting point you make, Terry. I had thought of that, just didn't comment...........

    By Blogger Daniel, at Tuesday, February 07, 2017  

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