Just suppose for a moment that Frank Scully was telling the truth in 1950, and that Charles Berlitz and William L. Moore were also telling the truth about him in 1980 in their book 'The Roswell Incident'.
It was in the re-reading of Berlitz's and Moore's important book recently that I went back to Scully's book which I had never read - because I had always been told it was a ludicrous yarn, or sort of an old-fashioned, poorly-researched, crude, early thing; and wasn't worth bothering with. We in our hip New UFO Age should only laugh at it. I was born in 1947 so I remember the old Flying Saucer comic books well, and, well, the cover of this one looked about on that level. But when Berlitz and Moore made some good comments about it, and I looked around and saw Stanton Friedman also had some good things to say about it, well, I'd give it a look too.
I was also intrigued by statements Berltiz/Moore made in their book, implying Scully had his New Mexico towns mixed up and his account of the 1948 Event at Aztec was, well, really 1947 (or so, maybe even earlier) at Roswell. "As it was impossible to cover up the incident completely, a lively legend, if legend it is, has persisted to this day and it was to be expected that a book would be published about it as close as possible to the time of the incident. Such a book - 'Behind the Flying Saucers' (Holt, 1950) - was written by Frank Scully, an author and syndicated columnist who based his information on the original report of a saucer crash in New Mexico and the alleged recovery of the ship and the dead bodies of its alien crew by the U.S. military. It appears, perhaps because of his haste to finish the book while the subject was 'hot', that Scully plunged into print without sufficient checking. . . Scully placed the area of the crash near Aztec, in the upper western corner of the state, hundreds of miles from Roswell, and this mistake is still evident in UFO and other books published throughout the world." [pp. 49-51, 'The Roswell Incident']
A lot of research has been done since then, of course, and several studies have come out with more details of Aztec, and the local library there has been hosting an annual event with guest speakers and eyewitnesses. This volume by Conspiracy Journal has added other analysts as well to the full text of Scully's book.
By why, really, did Berlitz and Moore think Scully was wrong with his location?
I have to say I was genuinely amazed at how good it was, to start with. If this was a fuller report on the Roswell Incident I was thrilled by the wealth of new information, which of course was over 60 years old and published in a popular bestseller close to the time the incidents happened. It was not that there was a blackout on the stuff. People knew a lot about it, if only from Scully's book, and a few important articles in magazines. It would be truly astonishing, and disturbing, if those hokey old 1950s I remember so well were more truthful and faithful than what we're getting today in all our so-called technological sophistication and erudite education. There were other books like Capt. Ruppelt's 'The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects' and Daniel Fry's 'Incident at White Sands' and even films in the early 50s like 'Invaders from Mars' which look crude to us now, but, doggone it, they were still a lot more honest than all the blockbuster torture porn we're getting now in the name of Art and Science Fiction.
Scully personally shocked me as well, when his book starts in Denver in 1950, with a lecture at the University of Denver where my father had just graduated with a B.A. in aeronautical engineering. Dad had been an AAF pilot at Roswell from 1944-47, where he and Mom got married and I was their oldest kid to come along right then. I covered our personal involvement in my 2008 Memoir 'Abduction at Roswell' [revised and expanded as 'Flagstaff'], as well as my mother's family's close connection to Percival Lowell in their hometown of Flagstaff, Arizona, where a lot of the idea of Martians first got started in the 1890s. We always had a close connection to the story, and I wouldn't doubt that my father was in the audience that day. (Scully even writes on p. 45 that the mysterious lecturer's name is "Mr. Sears"!)
"It happened on March 8, 1950, in Denver, Colorado. On that day at 12:30 P.M. 350 students of the University of Denver skipped lunch to hear a confidential scientific discourse delivered by what the press described later as 'an unidentified middle-aged lecturer'." Scully skillfully begins the story like a dramatic novel to keep your interest, but it's in Chapter 2, 'What the Scientist Said', that he gets to the heart of the book. "He was saying that four of these flying saucers had actually landed on this earth. Three of the four, he added, had been captured and had been inspected by men with whom he was currently identified in geophysical research. Thirty-four men, measuring between thirty-six inches to forty inches in height had been found dead in three of the saucers discovered.
"The first saucer to land on this earth, he said, landed less than two years previous to his talk, 'on a site within 500 miles of Denver'."
Landed. Not crashed. Both Roswell and Aztec are roughly within 500 miles of Denver, and I've lived all around that area, in Colorado and New Mexico and have known it well, as have my ancestors who go back in the same region at least 125 years. The only authentic, contemporary reports we have of Roswell are on the newspaper stories of July 8 and 9, 1947, and they say, in the official AAF press release sent by Lt. Haut from the Roswell Base, quote, "The flying object LANDED on a ranch near Roswell sometime last week. Not having phone facilities, the rancher stored the disc . . . " [pp. 24-25]
Scully goes on in great detail that everyone should read, if they're interested at all in the truth of what's going on. He also covers in a lot of detail the history and science of it in anything but a comic book style, even though he has a healthy and irreverent sense of humor throughout about the government-types. Whatever relationship these authors may or may not have had with covert Intel-types can be read between the lines. But it really comes back to a belief based on knowledge, facts, serious study, and not just ignorant ridicule of things far behind the flying saucers.
[Seals has other books on the subject, in paperback and kindle on Amazon: 'Invaders from Mars Hill', 'Martians: The Flagstaff Observations of Percival Lowell', 'The Herodeia Decalogue - Poems of the Pagan Revolution', and sections of 'The Creation Myth: Science and Poetry']