Apr 15, 2021 I Nick Redfern

The Roswell Controversy of 1947 and a “Deformed Man”

The late Kathy Kasten was a UFO investigator/writer who, like me, came to conclude that the Roswell events of July 1947 had nothing to do with aliens, but everything to do with top secret, human experimentation. Today, I'll share with you one fascinating part of Kathy's discoveries. She had a notable breakthrough when it came to the issue of Roswell and what was known as the Woman in Space Program. It came in 1994. Frustratingly, the source of the account is listed in Kathy’s papers only as "Danni. "It must be said at this stage that, at times, Kathy got quite paranoid about her Roswell research and its implications, which probably explains why she was so careful not to place too much information on her sources in her extensive files. That, on a couple of occasions, certain files of Kathy’s were stolen, makes her approach understandable. In fact, in her final years Kathy told me of how she believed she was being followed, that her phone was monitored, and that her mail had been tampered with. She also told me she had received several menacing and threatening phone calls, as a result of her Roswell research. You can find the details of many of Kathy’s run-ins with government-types in my 2015 book, Men in Black – which includes lengthy statements from Kathy on such matters and which collectively run to fourteen pages.

The site of the Roswell event of July 1947 (Nick Redfern)

It could be for those specific reasons, and combined with an understandable degree of paranoia, that Kathy elected to hold back from placing all of her findings on her hard-drive. Or even in print, such as articles. And that includes information on Danni. Now, back to the story. When, in 1980, the Berlitz-Moore book, The Roswell Incident, was published, Danni’s mother told her a strange story; the implication being that with Roswell now in the public domain, it seemed okay to talk about things a bit more. At the time, Danni was in her late teens. The original source of the story, Kathy discovered, was a woman who joined the astronaut program, and who was a cousin to Danni’s mother. Under circumstances that Danni did not wish to reveal to Kathy, her relative told the family a strange story concerning the inspection of a "deformed man" held at "an Army hospital in New Mexico" in the late 1940s. The man was short in stature, had an oversized head, and was severely mentally handicapped. Not only that, the man was the solitary survivor of the crash of some kind of "airplane" that had come down relatively close by.

Danni - who, in 1994, was then thirty-two - was well aware of the Roswell story, and told Kathy that the man had suffered a number of injuries, that he was "picked up at the ranch" (a reference, almost certainly, to the Foster Ranch, where the Roswell events occurred) – and was rushed by military personnel to the aforementioned "Army hospital." It quickly became clear to Kathy that the installation Danni was describing was none other than Fort Stanton, which is very close to the Foster Ranch. As for the other members of the crew, given that they were all dead when the military got to the crash-site, their remains were hastily taken to "the Roswell base and preserved," as Danni worded it. According to the dark, family secret, a team was brought in to assess certain aspects of the man’s injuries, such as major damage to his spine and neck. A detailed report was prepared for the military. Reportedly, the man died less than a week later. Incredibly, Danni’s family heard that the body of the curious-looking man was quickly buried in Fort Stanton’s huge cemetery. And when I say huge, I mean it.

Fort Stanton, 1913

Interestingly, researcher Martin Cannon says: "'Coincidentally' or otherwise, the Brazel ranch is located quite near Fort Stanton Mesa, an old military outpost commanded by Kit Carson during the Indian wars. By the time of the Spanish-American War, this facility was converted to use as an army hospital. During World War II, soldiers suffering from combat fatigue and other psychological ailments were remanded here. Researcher Kathy Kasten visited Fort Stanton Mesa, and toured the facility's cemetery. She noted with great interest the sharp increase in deaths in the 1947-51 period [italics mine]."

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.

Join MU Plus+ and get exclusive shows and extensions & much more! Subscribe Today!