The “Enigma” of “The Roswell Rock” (Solved)
ADDENDUM 8/29/14: And yet another. This one not as nicely done as “The Roswell Rock”, but nonetheless shows that other examples of crop circle rock art exist and are not of ET origin. Thanks again to John for giving of his time and effort to enlighten us.
“Hi Richard…enclosing the photo of our friend’s rock. He lived in NYC, and is recently deceased. A friend is “archiving” his belongings and managed to find this photo for us. Our friend was blind, and we bought him this rock so that he could feel it and get an idea of the crop circle shape it represented.”
ADDENDUM: 8/27/14 I received this note and these 2 photos from John regarding an engraved rock that he purchased in 1998, in Roswell, at the “Alien Encounter 98” festival. The company’s name was MLennium Productions. “The (Mlennium’s business) card has the copyright date of 1998 on it. They sold “Crop Circle Stones” with a Trademark logo following (TM). Their listed phone number, 888-818-8248, appears to be out of service and I cannot find a listing for them on the Internet. It has been 16 years now, so not unreasonable to assume they went out of business.”
Richard…here are a couple of quick snaps showing the rock I purchased from the company whose info I left on your website in the reply section.
There were other crop circle designs in higher relief, but I chose this low relief design because I carried it in my pocket for awhile and didn’t want the high relief of some other designs rubbing a hole in my pocket.
I’m a tad under the weather today, but will take a snap of the company’s little folder that accompanied the rock when I feel better. As I said the pertinent information from the folder I already posted on your website in the reply section.
My wife has also asked our friend in NY to provide a photo of his stone if he can find it.
If you watched the show about the rock you know that a man was able, in only 30 minutes time, to create an exact replica of the “Roswell Rock” and stated he could have done much better given a bit more time. There’s nothing exotic or alien about the carving technique on this rock.
So, this provides further evidence that “The Roswell Rock” was, very likely, a man-made curio purchased in Roswell by an individual from now defunct Mlennium Productions, and was either dropped by, or purposefully left by, some individual who was out in the area relatively nearby the 2nd Roswell crash site. “The Roswell Rock” was subsequently found by Mr. Ridge in 2004. Enough about “The Roswell Rock”. It is not of “alien origin”.
If you follow the Crop Circles, then you should know about this. My interest in this case was renewed after watching The History CHihannel’s H2 special presentation of In Search of Aliens that featured Giorgio Tsoukalos and The Roswell Rock’s discoverer, Robert L. Ridge.
On September 4, 2004, Robert L. Ridge, a 56 year old owner of an auto body shop in Roswell, NM, claims that he found this rock, “The Roswell Rock” (TRR) at around 2 PM, in a remote area, while he was out bow hunting.Ridge’s claim of, specifically, bow hunting, fits with his claimed TRR discovery date of September 4, 2004, because bow hunting season in the area of NM where TRR was discovered by Ridge opens on September 1. The area where Ridge found the rock was relatively nearby (within 25 miles of) what researchers believe to be the second alleged Roswell UFO crash site (see map below). Engraved on the rock, and, by the way, incredibly well done, is a precise (Correction: after reading Colin Andrews comment (see below), I now realize that the image engraved on TRR is not “precise”. The 2 points of the crescent moons do not meet together as closely in the center of the design as they did in the original Chiseldon crop circle which, according to Andrews (and he would know) was created by Julian Richardson and friends) reproduction of a Crop Circle that was discovered in the U.K. at Chiseldon on August 2, 1996, shown here:
Mr. Ridge states that he found “The Roswell Rock” (TRR), covered with dirt, and immediately realized that the rock was something special. In fact, Ridge stated that he felt that the rock had been machined so perfectly that he had the impression that the rock had been produced “by the hand of God”. Ridge “fell in love” with the rock, and claims that he held on to it for 4 years before he ever decided to go public with his discovery. That is when he contacted Linda Moulton Howe, who publishes the website Earthfiles, in 2008. It would be helpful to know, if Ridge can recall, whether or not he was walking on a well-established trail when he spotted TRR and, if so, just how far off of the trail TRR was found. If Ridge was walking in an area without a trail when he discovered TRR, then it would seem to make it less likely that TRR was deliberately planted where he found it.
Consider the following:
1.I, and probably you, have picked up a beautiful rock before, admired it, and put it in my pocket to take home. One time I picked up a 10 pound rock at Crow Creek Falls, put it in my pack, walked out with it, had it engraved with the word LOVE, and I gave it to my wife for her birthday. I know that if I had found TRR, then I, too, would have felt that I had found something extremely special, especially given the general area (relatively nearby the alleged Roswell UFO crash site #2) where Ridge found TRR.
2.When Ridge was interviewed about TRR by Linda Moulton Howe on July 11, 2008, 4 years after Ridge claims to have found TRR, he still had TRR in his possession. He made no offers to sell TRR to the highest bidder.
3.Now in 2014, 8 years after he found it, Ridge still has TRR which he states he keeps in a safe-deposit box most of the time. Ridge hasn’t tried to sell TRR. He agreed to allow Giorgio Tsoukalos (of Ancient Aliens) to do some testing on TRR during a recent August 15, 2014 presentation of The History Channel H2 “In Search of Aliens”. When geologist Bill Doleman suggested that Ridge allow he and Tsoukalos to apply a grinder to the back side of TRR in order to collect some TRR dust for analysis, Ridge reluctantly agreed, but he became emotional, even tearful, during that process. It is clear to me that Ridge does in fact have a deep emotional attachment to TRR, but appeared to be cooperating with The History Channel H2’s / Tsoukalos’s efforts to try to learn more about TRR via light microscopy, magnetic testing, CT scanning, and spectroscopic elemental analysis of TRR.
If Ridge is on the level and he did just happen to find TRR, then we are left with the following conundrum.
Either TRR was machined by human hands, or it wasn’t. I do not dispute that it could have been (and probably was) sculpted by a person, a human being, skilled in the art of sand blasting. After all, during H2’s program In Search of Aliens, a professional sand blaster did a reasonably good job of fabricating a reproduction of the TRR in 30 minutes. But, if TRR wasn’t machined by human hands, then it must have been made by the same race of ETs whose UFO crashed outside of Roswell in 1947. As for me, I accept as unequivocal fact that an ET UFO did crash outside of Roswell in 1947. My friend and colleague, Dr. Jesse A. Marcel, Jr. told me this, straight up and face-to-face, and I believe him. He saw the debris with his father and held it in his hands, so I have zero doubt about this. Plenty of people who live in Helena will attest to the integrity of Dr. Marcel, and this will be seen in an upcoming documentary about Dr. Marcel’s life.
If TRR was made by a person, then TRR was left out in the middle of nowhere, either deliberately, or by accident, to eventually be discovered by Ridge or someone else. A deliberate planting of TRR as a prank seems less likely, given that a prankster would need to be willing to wait, perhaps for several years, for TRR to be discovered, with a small chance that it might never be discovered. This assessment is dependent on knowing if there was a trail present, and how close to that trail, if there was one, TRR was discovered.
I suppose that it is conceivable that some UFO/Crop Circle enthusiast could have deliberately left TRR with its Crop Circle design in this location, nearby where they presumed was the location of the Roswell UFO crash site #2, as a “tribute” to the ETs that died there during the Roswell UFO crash and not expecting that TRR would be found by anyone else.
If TRR was made by a person, then it is also conceivable that TRR might simply have fallen out of the pocket or pack of an individual who was out searching in the area they presumed to be the Roswell UFO crash site #2, looking for some smoking gun “memory metal” crash debris, but ended up losing TRR instead. However, to my knowledge, nobody has approached Ridge claiming that they lost, or deliberately planted, the TRR in that area prior to Ridge finding it. If this is in fact what happened, then it would be nice if they would come forward and let us all know this.
If TRR was made by ETs, which to me seems highly unlikely but cannot yet be ruled out, then we can surmise that TRR was either in the Roswell UFO when it crashed, and was not discovered until Ridge happened to find it, or it was deliberately planted there by the ETs, after the fact, perhaps as either a marker for the true 2nd Roswell UFO crash site and/or, perhaps, as a tribute to their fallen comrades from 1947. (This implies that what has been assumed to be the 2nd Roswell UFO crash site has been incorrect all of this time). That the TRR could have been spilled from the 1947 crashed UFO, yet not discovered until 2004, 57 years later, seems unlikely. If the presumed location that we accept as the 2nd Roswell UFO crash site is correct, then WTF is TRR doing in a location some 25 miles away from the 2nd crash site if ETs have anything to do with this? That makes no sense.
In summary, I come up with the following conclusions, in order of likelihood:
1. Ridge is telling the truth, and TRR was accidentally lost by some UFO/Crop Circle researcher who was out looking for residual Roswell crash debris, but was looking in an area somewhat distant from the presumed 2nd Roswell UFO crash site. Perhaps they might have thought that the presumed original site had been combed by others too many times already, and that they might have a slim chance of finding some debris in this area distant from the presumed 2nd Roswell UFO crash site.
a. If someone previously lost TRR in the area where Ridge found it, will you please come forward and let us know when and where you acquired TRR, and who made it! Mr. Ridge did find your lost TRR, so I would apply the “finders, keepers” rule. I will have another one made for you, and I would like to have one made for myself, by the same artist who made TRR. It is incredibly well done!
2. Ridge is lying. Despite Ridge’s convincing behavior during the In Search of Aliens presentation of August 15, 2014, he in fact had TRR made, or made it himself, and then presented it to Linda Moulton Howe, along with his story, as a prank. This would be sociopathic behavior.
a. Others in Roswell who know Ridge might lend some insights in helping us to determine whether or not Ridge has ever demonstrated other behaviors consistent with an anti-social personality disorder. Going to Roswell and speaking with others who are acquainted with Ridge might be helpful. If you know Ridge well, please respond to this.
b. If Mr. Ridge volunteered to undergo a polygraph test, and through that test it was demonstrated that he was most likely telling the truth, then we could, with more confidence, surmise that the conclusion that Ridge is lying is incorrect.
3.Ridge is telling the truth, and some other unknown sociopathic prankster planted TRR beside the trail where Ridge found TRR, knowing that some “victim” passing by would eventually find TRR. The area where Ridge found TRR is relatively nearby, but still distant from, the presumed original 2nd Roswell UFO crash site. If this were the case, why would such a prankster not have left TRR AT the presumed 2nd Roswell UFO crash site? Many more potential “victims” go there to see the presumed crash site for themselves.
a. Again, it would be helpful to know if Ridge was walking on a well-established trail when he found TRR and, if so, how far off the trail TRR was found.
4. Ridge is telling the truth, and TRR was made by and planted by ETs, sometime after the Chiseldon Crop Circle of 1996, but before 2004, either as a marker for the true 2nd Roswell crash site, or as a tribute to their fallen comrades.
5. Ridge is telling the truth, and TRR was spilled from the crashed Roswell UFO in 1947, but was never found until Ridge happened to find TRR in 2004.
What We Need
A. We need for Mr. Ridge to volunteer to undergo a polygraph test covering the details of his claim of finding TRR.
B.We need for anyone who may have lost TRR, or deliberately planted TRR for someone else to find, to now come forward and tell us about it.
C.We need for anyone who sculpted TRR to come forward and tell us about it.
Like the Chiseldon Crop Circle, we will remain in the dark about who made TRR unless and until people of good character come forward and tell us what they know to be the Truth about TRR. Perhaps Robert Ridge has already done this, and perhaps he has not. If TRR was lost by someone, then let them come forward and state this. If TRR enigma has been set up by someone trying to fool the world, then they have have failed in this quest because we cannot draw any conclusions about TRR based upon the information presently available. The Roswell Rock simply remains a mildly interesting enigma, but one that is probably not worth much more of our time.