Shortly after an
UNSOLVED MYSTERIES television show about Roswell, a man from Springfield, Missouri called
the show's producers on the 800 number that they had set up. Gerald Anderson announced
that he had additional information about the crash at Roswell and that he was willing to
talk about it. This message was passed along to Roswell researchers Kevin Randle and Stanton Friedman.
Wall of Shame
It appears Gerald Anderson,
in still another vain attempt to enhance his status, has claimed-
falsely- that he was once a member of the US Navy's elite
The SEALs take
enormous offence when people try to cash-in on the reputation
the real SEALs worked so hard to earn.. They have put up a web
site to publicize those who falsely claimed membership in this very
cyberSEAL Web Site
Note: Early in 2005, the SEALS running the "Authent-i-SEAL"
closed the site due to lack of funds, age, and an ever
increasing workload. The above link will take you to
an archived copy of that site, and the page where our Gerald Anderson
On Feb 4, 1990, Kevin Randle was the first to do a phone interview with Anderson. Randle
did not find the story told by Anderson to be very credible. However, Stanton Friedman
later interviewed Anderson for the first time on Feb 16, 1990, and Friedman thought his
tale was very convincing.
Randle claims that Gerald Anderson was five years old in July 1947. (Friedman says that
Anderson was really six at the time.) Despite the years since the event and his extreme
youth, Anderson said he still remembered everything in fantastic detail.
The story he told Randle and Friedman was that he, his brother Glenn, his father, his
Uncle Ted and his cousin Victor (all of whom have passed away) had gone out to the Plains
of San Agustin, New Mexico to find some moss agates. He gave the date as July 5th, 1947.
It was there that they came across a crashed "spaceship". Lying next to the ship
were it's four passengers- two of them were not moving, one was having trouble breathing,
and the fourth appeared to be unhurt.
His descriptions of these beings were that they were small, with eyes that were
"oval-shaped, and very, very big. They were a bluish color. Not blue like in human
eyes. sort of a milky blue." He said he had felt the spaceship, and found that was
quite cold- he said it was freezing.
Almost immediately after finding the crash, he went on, five college students and their
professor, who Anderson identified as "Dr. Buskirk", came upon the scene. They
had been working on some cliff dwellings only a few miles away. Shortly after they got
there, another man named Grady "Barney" Barnett joined them, and he was closely
followed by the military, who appeared to be following Barnett.
(The second-hand stories from Barnett don't mention Anderson or his family. Something
which Friedman, who believes both stories, chooses to ignore.)
In December 1990, Anderson gave an interview to the Springfield New Leader. In this
interview, he revealed that he had a diary written by his Uncle Ted that had been passed
on to him when his father died. This diary contained further details about the crashed
saucer. Curiously, Anderson had neglected to mention this diary to Randle and Friedman
when they first interviewed him.
Then on March 24, 1991, Anderson appeared on the "21st Century Radio's Hieronimus and
Company" radio program hosted by Bob Oechsler. Anderson repeated his story, and again
described the finding of the ship, the aliens, and the arrival of the military. But now,
some changes appear in his memories.
Now, the arrival of the college students and Dr. Buskirk comes about 45 minutes later, not
"shortly" as he had earlier remembered. He was able to remember now that they
came from the University of Pennsylvania. And the alien's appearance had altered
considerably. Anderson had first told Randle that the eyes were "milky-blue".
Now he said "They (the alien's eyes) were enormous. They were very black and very
large." Other changes to his earlier testimony appeared also.
Anderson's story became the centerpiece of the book Crash at Corona, by Friedman
and Don Berliner in 1992. He also commanded almost thirty minutes of the 105 minute video
"Recollections of Roswell II" made in 1992.
Stanton Friedman arranged for Anderson to take a polygraph test, which was paid for by FUFOR. Robert Riggs, a member of the American Polygraph
Association, was the examiner.
One of the questions asked was if Anderson had seen Dr. Buskirk since the incident- when
he was 5 (or 6) years old. Anderson replied no, and Riggs did not see any deception in the
reply. Indeed, Riggs informed Friedman that he had not found any evidence of deception by
Gerald Anderson, nor any of pathology.
Meanwhile, Tom Carey, a researcher living in Pennsylvania, began an effort to look up the
archaeologists. Carey reasoned that he would have written about the trip and the results
of his studies of the cliff dwellings. When he found Dr. Winfred Buskirk, it turned out
that he had been working on his PH.D dissertation in the summer of '47, which was
later published as The Western Apache. Dr. Buskirk denied ever being in New Mexico in
1947. "I was in Arizona all of July 1947. I was certainly too busy on the reservation
(Fort Apache Indian Reservation) to be engaged in any archaeological sideshow."
Anderson had earlier produced a "indentikit" sketch of the man he called Dr.
Buskirk. This sketch was shown to Dan McKnight and his wife, who were friends of Dr.
Buskirk. They easily identified the sketch as "Win Buskirk". When told about Dr.
Buskirk's summer in Arizona, Anderson altered his story somewhat, saying that the
archaeologist's name was Adrian Buskirk. But the description he had given, the indentikit
sketch, and other details all fit Winfred Buskirk perfectly.
It was then that it was found out that Gerald Anderson had attended Albuquerque High
School at the same time Dr. Buskirk was a teacher there. Anderson at first denied this,
claiming he couldn't even remember what high school he had attended.
When Kevin Randle
showed beyond any doubt that Anderson had attended Albuquerque High, he asked Anderson to
provide him with a transcript, but Anderson refused. Instead he gave a copy of his
transcript to John Carpenter. Friedman had previously arranged for psychiatric social
worker John Carpenter to work with Gerald, which he did for more than a year. Carpenter
was highly impressed by Anderson, and had become convinced that he was telling the truth.
The transcript Anderson gave Carpenter showed that he had taken a Sociology course at
Albuquerque High, not Anthropology. He steadfastly refused to give this transcript to
anyone else. But Dr. Buskirk was able to learn from friends he had at Albuquerque High
School that "Gerald Anderson was in my Anthropology Class the 1st semester, then,
according to the transcript, took a French class the second semester."
Gerald Anderson first revealed the existence of his Uncle Ted's diary in his interview
with the Springfield News Leader. He later turned over portions of the diary to the
researchers, who found out that Uncle Ted was not very accurate. For instance, he recorded
the Official Explanation that the Roswell Saucer Was Just a Balloon appeared in the
Albuquerque newspapers on July 5th. The military gave
this explanation out on July 8th, but most papers did not publish this
until their July 9th editions. And Uncle Ted's diary identified the location of the
crash as near Magdalena, NM. Gerald later insisted that the site was near Horse Springs,
NM, some 60 miles away.
The diary was then submitted to Richard Brunelle for forensic tests. Brunelle wrote a
letter to Friedman on October 18, 1990, saying that while the paper could have been
available in 1947, the "combination of dyes present in this ink was not used until
Gerald's explanation was that his brother Glenn and Uncle Ted had occasionally copied the
diary. Unfortunately for this story, Uncle Ted had passed away before this ink was made!
No other copy of the diary has since come to light to back up Gerald Anderson's claims.
As the discrepancies were being revealed,
Kevin Randle was
becoming a vocal critic of Anderson and his story. In response, Anderson produced a
phone bill, which he claimed showed that Randle was lying about the length of the phone
interview he had given back on February 4, 1990. Randle had said that it lasted more than
50 minutes, but the phone bill Anderson was showing said it lasted less than 30 minutes.
Trouble was, Randle had a tape of the phone interview, which was clearly over 50 minutes.
John Carpenter, who had been a staunch supporter of Gerald, checked with the phone
company, and was able to produce the original statement, which clearly indicated that
Anderson had altered the phone bill he was offering as "proof". Carpenter wrote,
"I finally was able to learn that Gerald had indeed had a friendly 54-minute phone
call, just as Randle had claimed."
Anderson finally had to admit that he had indeed altered his statement.
(A more detailed account of the hoaxed phone bill, including photocopies of the phone
bills, can be found in the Jul/Aug 1992 International UFO Reporter.)
John Carpenter added "We now knew four things about Gerald Anderson: (1) He was
capable of constructing a clever fake phone bill. (2) He had admitted lying to us about
the first phone bill. (3) He had just been caught lying to all of the gathered researchers
about this 28-minute phone bill (which means that he had just constructed another phony!),
and (4) Gerald was now avoiding us."
Stanton Friedman and Don Berliner finally were forced to disavow their star witness in a
letter to the editor published in the Jan. 1993 issue of the MUFON UFO Journal. They publicly stated that they
"no longer have confidence in the testimony of Gerald Anderson, who claims to
have stumbled upon a crash site with members of his family. Anderson has admitted
falsifying a document and so his testimony about finding wreckage of a crashed flying
saucer near the Plains of San Augustin in western New Mexico, can no longer be seen as
However, Friedman and Berliner went on "This does not mean (we) feel there was no
crash at the Plains of San Augustin; There is considerable impressive testimony to such an
event. Nor does it mean that everything reported by Gerald Anderson is without value."
The editor of the Journal, Dennis Stacey, rightly commented: "Although, it strongly
Five year later, there appeared this Repudiation of the Repudiation. In 1998, Stanton Friedman wrote:
"However, despite the negative comment by Don
Berliner about some problems with Gerald, at the beginning of the 2nd Edition of Crash at
Corona, I am still a Gerald Anderson booster.. though not so much of a Don Berliner
Booster. I saw Gerald in Roswell in 1997, I think. I was in his home with an
Argentinean reporter arranged by me.
"I was disappointed about the phone bill business as Gerald knows. But I have still
defended him to various and sundry including fiction writer and anti abduction
propagandist Kevin Randle."
When it was pointed out that this was indeed different than
what had been published before, Friedman wrote:
"I had forgotten the MUFON JOURNAL letter. in
1993. Yes I have definitely not fully accepted that position. and yes, I do have problems
with some of John Carpenter's activities. The phone bill was the fraudulent document. I
was probably at fault for keeping Gerald appraised of the nefarious activities of
Randle... which would have made anybody ready to trick Randle."
"I perhaps should add that I like Gerald and that Berliner wrote the letter and
almost all of Crash at Corona. There were well over 20 pages that I had written and wanted
in. No such luck. I also wanted more in the extra chapter in the 1997 50th anniversary
Edition of Crash at Corona. No luck. He was furious with me about TOP SECRET/MAJIC because
the SOM 1.01 report was partially included."
Additional sources of information:
- Crash at Corona by Stanton Friedman and Don Berliner, Paragon House, New York,
- The Truth About the UFO Crash at Roswell by Kevin Randle and Donald Schmitt, M.
Evans and Company, Inc., New York, 1994
- A History of UFO Crashes by Kevin Randle, Avon Books, New York, 1995.
- Skeptics UFO
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