Apr 17, 2015 I Nick Redfern

The Roswell UFO and “Randy” Lovelace

The late Kathy Kasten was a feisty and outspoken contributor to the now-defunct online discussion forum, UFO Updates. Much of Kathy’s research was focused on the ever-controversial Roswell affair of July 1947. And, as Kathy's investigations progressed, she found herself looking more and more into a certain installation in New Mexico that, she came to believe, was directly connected to the Roswell enigma. Its name: Fort Stanton, which is located in Lincoln County, New Mexico - the same county in which the Roswell affair occurred, at the Foster Ranch.

During the final stages of the Second World War, Fort Stanton served as a place where more than a dozen Japanese internees were held (along with various Nazi POWs). Kathy's papers make it very clear that, as she saw it, Roswell represented some kind of dark and disturbing experiment, one in which Fort Stanton played a still-classified role.

After Kathy’s death in 2012, I inherited (from her family) all of her files, notes, correspondence with UFO researchers, documents and much more, including hundreds and hundreds of pages and boxes and boxes on her Roswell/Fort Stanton research. And then there is Kathy’s unpublished book on her Roswell research, too, which makes for fascinating reading, and which, one day I hope, will see the light of day and get published. But there is something else, too.

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William Randolph "Randy" Lovelace II

Kathy's notes show that between the mid-1990s and the early-to-mid-2000s, she spoke with a number of "interesting" characters of a somewhat shadowy nature who advised her that if she wanted to know what they termed the real story of Roswell and Fort Stanton, she should direct her studies to a certain William Randolph "Randy" Lovelace II.

That Kathy's dossier on Lovelace is about three inches thick demonstrates that she carefully followed the advice of her sources and left pretty much no stone unturned when it came to the matter of trying to uncover a possible Roswell-Lovelace connection. Of course, for those who aren't aware of the man himself, there is a big question that needs answering: who, exactly, was William Randolph Lovelace II? Well, let's take a look.

To say that Lovelace was a fascinating character is an understatement. Born in 1907, he was a physician who graduated from the Harvard Medical School in 1934, and, in 1938, took up a position with the Aeromedical Field Laboratory at Wright Field, Ohio (today, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base). It was at Wright Field that Lovelace undertook groundbreaking research to understand how exposure to high-altitudes could affect the human body and nervous system. Experiments with new and novel oxygen masks and parachutes were the order of the day.

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Lieutenant Colonel William.R. Lovelace II, M.D., Medical Corps, United States Army, receives the Distinguished Flying Cross from General Henry H. Arnold, Commanding General, U.S. Army Air Forces.

A colonel with the Army Air Corps in the Second World War, Lovelace was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and - in 1947 - helped to establish the Lovelace Foundation for Medical Education and Research, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Then, in the late 1950s, NASA invited Lovelace to chair its Special Advisory Committee on Life Sciences.

Such were his skills in aviation medicine, Lovelace worked closely alongside the original NASA Mercury astronauts. Then, in 1964, Lovelace was appointed to the position of NASA's Director of Space Medicine. The Lovelace Crater, on the surface of the Moon, is named in honor of the man himself. William Randolph Lovelace died (along with his wife and the pilot) in a plane crash in December 1965, in Aspen, Colorado.

Kathy Kasten's files suggest there was another side to Lovelace - nothing less than a highly-classified connection to the analysis and study of the Roswell bodies. I'm still digging deeply into Kathy's massively extensive papers on the Lovelace-Roswell connection, but I can tell you that she made some fascinating, eye-opening discoveries. It's an important story that will surface in the future. But, until then, I can also tell you that this seldom-discussed aspect of the Roswell controversy is definitely going to raise eyebrows. Stay tuned.

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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