Ufologist who made Roswell a household name remained convinced in UFO cover-up until his death

A civilian investigator and a nuclear physicist, Stanton Friedman was the man who made the 1947 Roswell incident a household name. He once addressed the US House of Representatives on the topic and was later inducted into the UFO Hall of Fame in Roswell, N.M.

The famed Ufologist passed away at age 84 on May 13, 2019. He was returning home to Fredericton from his last speaking engagement in Columbus, Ohio and passed away at the Toronto Pearson Airport on Monday night. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Although he had never personally seen a UFO, he worked for half a century exposing the people he called, “UFO debunkers” as a leading authority. He believed he had “more than ample evidence” to believe in extraterrestrials, remaining skeptical until he had ample evidence. Much of the data he found was buried in U.S. government documents.

“I have never seen a flying saucer, and I have never seen an alien. But remember, I chased neutrons and gamma rays for a lot of years as a physicist and never saw one of them either,” he told The Canadian Press in 2007.

“In fact, I’ve never seen Tokyo, but I’m convinced it’s there.”

Below, he discusses the anniversary of the alleged UFO crash at Roswell:


Friedman wrote dozens of papers about UFOs and authored or co-wrote several books on the subject. Kathleen Marden, who co-authored three books on UFOs with Friedman, explained why he enjoyed debunking the debunkers so much:

“When he knew the truth, he told the truth,” she said Tuesday from her home near Orlando, Fla. “He was the original civilian investigator of the Roswell crash. Stanton was a man who did his homework. He always criticized the debunkers because they hadn’t done theirs.”

At a talk before the 2011 International UFO Congress, Friedman said:

“There’s a difference between a skeptic and a debunker, and unfortunately the field has more debunkers than skeptics, I think,” said Friedman. “The skeptic says, ‘You know, I don’t know. Let’s study the evidence.’ The debunker says, ‘I do know. There is no evidence to study.'”

The avid researcher understood that people who have seen UFOs often don’t come forward for fear of ridicule, and worked to “lift the laughter curtain” for them.

“Despite the false claims of a small group of nasty, noisy negativists, most people accept ET reality even though they think most others don’t,” he said.

He would often say he was not an “apologist Ufologist.” After a lifetime of study, he believed unequivocally that Earth is being visited by “intelligently controlled extraterrestrial spacecraft.” He believed that a few people in government continue to hide the knowledge of ETs from society for more than 60 years, part of what he called “the biggest story of the millennium.”

Friedman traveled around the world into his 80s, although he “officially retired” last year. His daughter, Melissa Friedman, said he continued to go to speaking engagements “because he loved talking about UFOs.” He gave lectures entitled “Flying Saucers Are Real” across the US, Canada, and 20 foreign countries at hundreds of colleges and professional groups. He was a father of four and left behind his wife of 44 years, Marilyn.

Friedman’s major conclusions

After five decades of work, Friedman said that he had arrived at some major conclusions:

“Firstly, that ‘the evidence is overwhelming that Planet Earth is being visited by intelligently controlled extraterrestrial spacecraft. In other words, SOME UFOs are alien spacecraft. Most are not and I don’t care about them.'”

“And second, that there was a cover-up: ‘There is no doubt that a small number of people in governments both in the United States and overseas have been actively covering up the truth about these visits. There really is a ‘Cosmic Watergate.'”

“He was ‘absolutely confident that he was right, even though he personally never observed a UFO in his lifetime: There are no good arguments against these conclusions; only people who haven’t studied the relevant evidence.’”

Even though he had never seen a UFO himself, he remained confident that they exist and was an effective debater. According to the Daily Star:

“He won a $1,000 (£780) bet with UFO skeptic Philip Klass over the existence of papers relating to UFO cover-up agency Operation Majestic 12, and he won several debates against UFO hoax debunkers.”

See Stanton Friedman in a talk before the UFO Congress below:

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