More than 60 years after the infamous UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico, The History Channel is producing a documentary about one of the primary witnesses in the case, Jesse Marcel Jr.
The documentary is titled Roswell: The First Witness, and it focuses on Marcel's private journal, which has never been revealed to the public before.
Marcel was the US Air Force intelligence officer who led the investigation into the reported UFO crash in 1947. In his journal, Marcel said that the wreckage at the crash site was clearly "not made by human hands."
On July 8, 1947, Roswell Daily Record infamously reported that, ‘The intelligence office of the 509th Bombardment Group at Roswell Army Air Field announced at noon today, that the field has come into the possession of a Flying Saucer."
However, shortly after the incident was reported on the news, US Air Force authorities took over the investigation and changed the story, stating that the wreckage was from a weather balloon that was released by Columbia University in New York.
According to Marcel’s grandchildren, Jesse Marcel III and John Marcel, their grandfather had completed training in weather balloons and thought that it was "preposterous" to suggest that the wreckage found near Roswell was a balloon.
"He had examined the debris in the field and determined it was not made by human hands," Jesse told the Mail Online.
Marcel's grandchildren say that the debris found on the scene was incredibly strong. They say that Marcel tried to melt small pieces of the wreckage with a lighter but it had no effect on the material.
He also attempted to drill through the materials but he ended up breaking the blades. He believed that these materials were much stronger than those that were being used to make weather balloons at the time.
He said that the material was much lighter and stronger than anything man-made he had seen at the time.
"He said there were glass fibers and fiber optics that may have been from the computers on the ship," John said, describing his grandfather's research.
Marcel’s wife, Linda, told The Guardian that he was told to keep quiet about the incident.
"He was credible. He wasn’t lying. He never embellished, only told what he saw. They were told to keep it quiet and they did for years and years and years," Linda said.
In the new documentary, Marcel’s claims will be investigated Ben Smith, a former CIA operative.
Smith has seen the journal and believes that Marcel could have been speaking in code at times.
"There are breaks in the journal that are not clear, but it could be a secret code,’ he said.
Smith has not made up his mind on the incident, but he is fairly confident that whatever crashed in the New Mexico desert was not a weather balloon.
"He was an intelligent, capable officer who knew the value and importance of secrets. Why did he make statements and hold onto them for so long?" Smith asked.
Hopefully, the answers are revealed on the show.
Below is an old interview with Marcel where he visits the crash site.