Jim Ragsdale's first Crash Site: (This is the
site, now owned by Miller "Hub" Corn, which was originally owned by the
McKnight family. It is about 35 miles North-by-Northwest of Roswell.)
Jim Ragsdale was a truck driver living in Carlsbad at the time of the
Roswell incident. His story begins:
''We (Jim and his girl friend, the aptly named Trudy Truelove) were
lying in the back of my pickup truck, buck naked, drinking beer and
having a good 'ol time when all hell broke loose.''
(Later stories, including the version in The Truth About the UFO
Crash at Roswell
by Randle and Schmitt, changed the pickup truck into a World War II era
jeep. But that doesn’t have a bed with sufficient room to lie "buck
naked, drink beer and have a good 'ol time". So when Randle and Schmitt
used the jeep, the reader is left wondering what Jim and Trudy were
doing while camping. The book also changed it into a wild night with
lightning and thunder, with a 30 to 40 mile an hour wind driving dust
About 11:30 P.M., Ragsdale said he saw an object roar overhead and
slammed into the ground a mile or so from where Ragsdale was
entertaining his young companion.
After the rain ended (I’m not making this up you know!),
Ragsdale and his girl friend got dressed (well, his testimony never
says this, but it seems logical that they got dressed rather than drove
around while buck-naked.) and drove across the rocky terrain to the
edge of a short cliff. Using a flashlight in which the batteries were
failing, they saw a ship stuck in the side of the cliff. As the
flashlight was failing, they decided to go back to where they had been
and to return in the morning.
Why they never decided to drive the relatively short distance to town
to report the crash and to try to get aid for any possible survivors has
never really been answered.
When the Sun came up, Ragsdale and Trudy Truelove left where they had
been parking and returned to the cliff to examine the crash site.
Ragsdale and Truelove then got their first good look at the crash scene
and, according to Ragsdale, Truelove wanted to "get the hell out of
They went down and examined some of the debris that was lying all over
the ground and marveled at the characteristics. "You could take that
stuff and wad it up and it would straighten itself out." Near the
craft, Ragsdale saw "bodies or something laying there. They looked like
bodies. They weren’t very long… four or five feet long at most."
Ragsdale and Truelove didn’t check to see if any of them were alive or
in need of help. They decided instead to gather up some of the wreckage-
and were throwing it into their truck when they "heard all of them
coming… It was two or three six-by-six army trucks, a wrecker and
everything. Leading the pack was a ’47 Ford car with guys in it. MPs in
While they watched, the trucks fanned out and parked. Now Ragsdale said
he got worried along with Truelove. He pulled his truck (or was it a
Jeep?) into a copse of trees and watched as the MPs began to cordon off
the area. They watched long enough to know that "they cleaned everything
all up. I mean they cleaned it. They raked the ground and everything."
Ragsdale and Truelove decided to get out before the MPs searched the
area and returned to the site of their amorous adventures of the night
So- according to Ragsdale’s story, the MPs and the other soldiers
cleaned up everything, including, apparently, the bodies, and raked the
ground prior to searching the area.
Although Ragsdale is one of Randle’s and Schmitt’s star witnesses,
and said he was at or near the crash site until the Army cleaned it up,
he never mentioned seeing any archaeologists prior to the Army’s
arriving. Yet, Randle and Schmitt insist that the archaeologists arrived
prior to the Army.
(page 6, The Truth About the UFO Crash at Roswell by Randle and
What About the Debris?
Since Ragsdale took some of the debris, why can’t it be tested? In his
most recent sworn statement, Ragsdale claims:
"Unexplained to this day is the disappearance of the material. My
friend (Trudy Truelove) had some in her vehicle when (many months later)
she was killed hitting a bridge and it was gone when the wreckage was
brought into town. My truck and trailer was (sic) stolen from my home,
again with material in the truck, never to be heard from anywhere. My
home was broken into, completely ransacked, and what was taken was the
material, a gun and very little else of value."
Wait! The Story Gets Better:
As time went on, Ragsdale’s story altered some. In his early tale, he
hadn’t looked inside the craft or known how many bodies were there.
But now, he claims he looked inside and tried to remove their helmets.
In other versions of his tale, he took a whole load of "golden helmets"
from the scene and buried them. The number of these "golden helmets"
varied somewhat. Jim cannot remember where he buried
these helmets however- another 'mystery' that lingers on.