When it comes to the matter of the strange events that occurred on the Foster Ranch, Lincoln County, New Mexico in the summer of 1947, there are widely differing opinions on what was found. And for those who may be wondering what I'm talking about, it's the "R Word." Roswell. I'm not going to go into detail about all of the various theories that have been offered to try and explain the still-enigmatic event (you can find my 2-part "theories for Roswell" article here and here). Instead, I'm going to focus on the words of one man who likely took to the grave what he really knew about the Roswell affair. That man was the late Sheridan Ware Cavitt. In the summer of 1947, he was Captain Sheridan Cavitt, an officer with the Counter-Intelligence Corps, based at the old Roswell Army Air Field.
Getting people to agree on the intricacies of Roswell is like getting people to agree on their favorite food, movie or band. But, there is one thing that just about everyone - believer, disbeliever, or skeptic - agrees upon when it comes to Roswell. Namely, that Sheridan Cavitt was at the crash site of whatever "it" was that came down. Even Cavitt himself admitted to that - albeit sometimes grudgingly and hesitatingly. The big questions are: What did Cavitt see on the Foster Ranch? What did he know? And, did he keep a deep and dark secret until his dying day? Let's see.
Over the years, Cavitt was interviewed by a number of UFO researchers, including Bill Moore, who, with Charles Berlitz, wrote the first book on the case, The Roswell Incident, which was published in 1980. Other interviews were done by Stan Friedman and by the former team of Don Schmitt and Kevin Randle. Cavitt provided very carefully worded statements that essentially played down the matter of what happened at Roswell and - indeed - suggested absolutely nothing untoward occurred. Cavitt was equally careful to note that his role in the matter was minor.
Back in 1985, Bill Moore delivered a lecture to a packed audience at the annual symposium of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), which, that year, was held in St. Louis, Missouri. During that same presentation, Moore revealed what happened when Stan Friedman brought up the matter of "bodies" at the Roswell site with a man named Lewis "Bill" Rickett. It turns out that, in July 1947, Rickett drove to the crash-site with Cavitt, who was Rickett's superior. Even Cavitt admitted that the two were on-site - together - at the Foster Ranch, as we shall see in part-2 of this article.
Moore quoted Friedman's words on Rickett's response when he, Friedman, brought up the matter of bodies: "...Rickett clearly reacted and indicated that this was an area he couldn't talk about. He indicated there were different levels of security about this work - that a directive had come down placing this at a high level. He went on to say that certain subjects were discussed only in rooms that couldn't be bugged."
Kevin Randle interviewed Sheridan Cavitt on January 29, 1990. Randle notes: "During that interview, he [Cavitt] was only nervous once and that was when we began talking about the bodies. He looked at me, leaned forward and picked up a magazine, sat back, tossed the magazine to the table and asked 'Bill Rickett tell you that?'" Randle continues: "When I said, 'No,' Cavitt visibly relaxed."
Then there is the very strange and intriguing affair of what happened in 1991. Quite out of the blue, Rickett got a phone call from Cavitt. It initially appeared to have been nothing stranger than birthday wishes from an old colleague. And "initially" is the key word in all of this. It quickly became apparent that Cavitt had another motivation for calling. He asked Rickett if he had spoken with "...anyone about what happened back in 1947?"
Rickett reportedly "...identified one specific investigator who Cavitt knew as well." Cavitt then demanded to know what Rickett had been saying, adding that, "We both know what really happened out there, don't we, Bill?" Rickett agreed: "We sure do." That odd exchange, in 1991, was Rickett's last contact with Cavitt. Rickett died two years later, in 1993. This was not the end of Cavitt's involvement in the Roswell controversy, however. In part-2 we'll see what he had to say when he was interviewed, in 1994, by none other than the U.S. Air Force, as it sought to try and uncover the truth of Roswell. It's an interview that only increases the air of mystery that surrounded Sheridan W. Cavitt.