Today is the anniversary of the Roswell UFO incident (you may have noticed the adorable Google doodle on your homepage). In 1947, debris was found in a field near Roswell, New Mexico. The incident would later become an object of fascination, conspiracy theories, and pop culture references. The U.S. government reported (and reports) that the debris was from a research balloon, but speculation and interviews led some to believe the crash was an extraterrestrial being.
Many years later Congress ordered the Air Force to conduct an internal investigation, which explained the strange accounts that had been circulating and reported on for years. Nonetheless, conspiracy theories still thrive. Oh, and every year there’s a UFO festival in Roswell.
We just missed it! But don’t worry, it’s an annual event and the mystery surrounding Roswell isn’t going anywhere.
Read more about the mysterious and unexplained with these Joe Nickell titles from UPK!
Adventures in Paranormal Investigation, by Joe Nickell
In Adventures in Paranormal Investigation, Nickell presents the case files of his examinations of claims ranging from alien abductions to zoological enigmas. He investigates snake charmers, alien autopsies, crystal skulls, a Russian girl with X-ray eyes, Jack the Ripper, and a haunted gas chamber at Dachau, among many others. He even reveals how intuition has changed his life, causing him to meet the daughter he never knew he had. Nickell brings his trademark skepticism to each investigation, carefully observing each claim and using scientific methods honed over many years to discover the real stories behind these fascinating tales.
Real-Life X-Files: Investigating the Paranormal, by Joe Nickell
Nickell turns his considerable investigative skill toward the paranormal, researching the most well-known and mysterious phenomena all over the world—spontaneous human combustion, UFO visitations, auras, electronic poltergeists, and many, many more—with an eye toward solving these mysteries rather than promoting or dismissing them.
The Mystery Chronicles: More Real-Life X-Files, by Joe Nickell
This new casebook reveals the secrets of the Winchester Mystery House, the giant Nazca drawings of Peru, the Shroud of Turin, the “Mothman” enigma, the Amityville Horror house, the vicious goatsucking El Chupacabras, and numerous other “unexplainable” paranormal phenomena. Nickell has traveled far and wide to solve cases, which include a weeping icon in Russia, the elusive Bigfoot-like “yowie” in Australia, the reputed power of a headless saint in Spain, and an “alien hybrid” in Germany.
Secrets of the Sideshows, by Joe Nickell
Secrets of the Sideshows reveals the specific methods and tricks behind the performances, the showmen’s tactics for recruiting performers and attracting crowds, and more. Nickell also examines the behind-the-scenes secrets of sideshow life, including details of the remarkable personal lives of those men and women billed as “freaks.”