WHO THE HECK IS ALEXANDER HAMILTON?
Alexander Hamilton is widely believed to be responsible for the world’s first publicised UFO sighting.
In 1897 Hamilton, of Yates Center, Kansas, claimed that he came out of his house and discovered a cigar shaped UFO hovering above his farm.
Hamilton further claimed that aliens, appearing as humanoids, were in the spaceship and had attached a rope to one of his calves and that they were trying to winch it aboard their vessel.
The story was published in the Yates Center local newspaper alongside statements from local residents who vouched for Hamilton’s honesty.
For close to a century Hamilton’s account of events was believed to be one of the best ever documented UFO incidents.
THE LIAR’S CLUB
Unfortunately for those who want to believe, Hamilton’s UFO sighting was nothing more than a hoax.
Alexander Hamilton was part of a group know as the ‘local liar’s club’ whose purpose was to outdo each other with ever grander fabricated tales and stories.
As Hamilton’s tale was so convincing it was submitted to the local newspaper as a joke.
None of the local liar’s club could have envisaged how seriously the story would have been taken, or how far the news would spread.
The compelling story stood for 80 years until 1977 when Jerry Clark investigated the story for FATE magazine.
Clark published the results of Robert Schadewald’s work which showed that dry cleaning bags, candles and balsa wood had been used to orchestrate the hoax.
The candles were used to provide the hot air required to lift the bags in addition to contributing a strange glow which added considerably to the effect.
Despite the number of alleged UFO sightings around the world, very few have ever been confirmed as hoaxes.
Does this mean UFOs really do exist, or are the experts just wary of trying to debunk stories when they may not be able to prove their falsity?
Do you believe in UFOs, aliens or other unexplainable events?