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Maccabee on Becker - 3

From: Jean van Gemert <jeanvg@dds.nl>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 1997 13:51:34 +0200 (MET DST)
Fwd Date: Sat, 04 Oct 1997 08:36:53 -0400
Subject: Maccabee on Becker - 3

Comment 1:   it would appear from this overall history that someone
got the blueprint paper from Ed's trash and made a model.   Then
said person managed to enter Ed's old house while it was on sale
and often open for inspection and (a) crimp the pipe and cut off the
valve and (b) place the model near the small water pipe in the attic
where it would be found by someone feeling along the pipe to find a
valve.  This hoax probably would have "worked" if Ed had thrown
away an old blueprint from a house that he had built before late
1987.  Too bad for the hoaxer, he got a blueprint made several years
AFTER the UFO photos were taken.
Comment 2:  Craig Myers told me he was "canvassing the
neighborhood" to find out if there were other witnesses.  However, I
learned from others that he visited only one house, Menzer's.  He
also told me and others that he had not been given any secret
information that led him to ask about a model.   When challenged to
take a lie detector test on whether or not he had prior knowledge of
a model, he declined.  Ed, on the other hand, took a carefully
administered voice stress test - a type of "lie detector" - which
indicated that he had not made the model.)

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COMMENT:  It is true that only "Bill" and "Jane" sent to the
newspaper photos that show the identical UFO.   As for no one ever
seeing the UFO at the time Ed photographed it, this is untrue.
Frances saw it several times and their children saw it at the time Ed
videotaped it (December, 1987) and his daughter was present when
Ed got the photos of Frances and the blue beam (Feb. 1988).
   Of more importance regarding other witnesses is a sighting that
occured on January 8, 1990.   This sighting was not reported in
TGBS (it was too late for inclusion), but is reported in my 1991
MUFON Symposium paper, GULF BREEZE WITHOUT ED (GBWE)
and in UARHTP.   This sighting began when Ed and Frances were
walking in th evening and saw a UFO silhouetted against the uniform
cloud cover (backlit by a bright moon).   They ran back to their house
to get a camera.   Ed called several other people before returning
the to street to take pictures.   During the sighting half a dozen other
people arrived, saw the UFO and several took their own photos.
This sighting is described in detail starting on page 163 of UARHTP.

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COMMENT:  The exact times of Ed's photos and the Somerby's
sighting cannot be determined to the minute.  Ed's photos could
have been taken after sunset.  According to Duane Cook, Dori
Somerby and Charlie Somerby, when they first saw the photos while
they were in the Sentinel newspaper office (the day before
publication), recognized the object immediately.   This was
BEFORE the UFO investigators knew about the photos.

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COMMENT:
    Hank Boland (a.k.a. "Patrick Hanks") went public with his
testimony in the early summer of 1990.  He denied ever being
involved with UFO photo hoaxing.
    Becker refers to "seances" held at Ed' house.  These were games
intended to give the kids a thrill but were not real seances in which
anyone seriously expected ghosts, spirits or whatever to appear.
However, the use of the term "seance" has become important for the
debunkers of Ed's sightings because their use of the term seems to
give a "justification" for their reference to the photo with the unusual
faint blobby "images" as a "ghost photo."

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COMMENT:  The Journal story was wrong here, as in several other
places.   Both Ed and Frances searched. The local investigators did
not have enough time to check and recheck the story before it was
published and Ed tried to leave Frances out of involvement as much
as he could.  The story is presented correctly in A History of the Gulf
Breeze Sightings (AHGBS).

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COMMMENT:    Is this a potential "error in the story" or is this Ed
honestly reporting a typically stupid, illogical action which
sometimes people do "in the heat of the moment?"

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COMMENT: the investigators slightly mixed up the beginning of the
first event with the beginning of the second.  Ed did not try to
sneak out of bed the second time.

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COMMENT:   Again, the investigators writing for the Journal mixed
up the beginning of the first sighting with the beginning of the
second.

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COMMENT:  again, the investigators got the story wrong.  Had
Becker used AHGBS as her reference she would have read: "He got
up and walked to the glass French door at the end of the bedroom...
He pulled the venetian blind...expecting to see the UFO once again
hovering over the field."

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COMMENT: again the investigators got the story slightly wrong.  In
AHGBS I wrote "When Ed screamed his wife sat up in bed and she
saw the creature, too."

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COMMENT:  When Ed first told this story to the investigators he left
Frances out of it as much as possible to minimize the possible
impact on her if the press or general public found out who Ed really
was.  I did not mention that Frances helped Ed when I wrote
AHGBS, because Ed wanted me to leave her part of the "leg pulling"
out of the story.

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COMMENT:  The answer to the above question is somewhat of a "no
brainer." The MUFON team (primarily Donald Ware, USAF, ret., and
Charles Flannigan, a real estate agent) conducted the investigation
part time.   They were not "professional" investigators. They based
their report primarily on a single taped interview with Ed in early
January.   The fact is that they didn't get the story completely
correct.  My version in AHGBS was better because I did a more
detailed interview and I had their interview as a starting point.
However, my interview was done in the middle of February, too late
to impact the MUFON Journal articles.   (Besides, they didn't submit
their manuscript to me for review, so I didn't know what they wrote
until I saw the published version.)  AHGBS is not a perfect history
either.  I didn't put all the details into AHGBS that Ed put into TGBS
because (a) I didn't know everything and (b) many things I knew had
to be left out to save space (the article was very long).   There was
just too much to investigate, not only Ed's sightings but others, with
the result that many things were unmentioned in AHGBS.

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COMMENT: Here Barbara is making the cardinal mistake of assuming that
that newspaper or journal reports are perfectly accurate.   It should
be emphasized that Ed and Frances took several months to write the
book and they wrote it with some painstaking care, whereas the journal
articles were written in a couple of weeks in order quickly get the
basic story out to the interested public.

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COMMENT:   The preceding "it would seem..." statement by Becker
is pure conjecture on her part.  She refers to the 8 hypnosis
sessions carried out by Dr. Dan Overlade in the summer of 1988.
Overlade was convinced by the results of several standard
psychological tests he administered that Ed was basically a normal
person, i.e., sane, and certainly not a sociopath.  Overlade was
convinced that Ed really was in a state of hypnosis as he recounted
earlier events (abductions).   Of course, at the time of this writing
in 1990 the content of these sessions was only partially known to a
few people.   (They were published in Abductions In Gulf Breeze in
1994.)  So, would it be "easy" for Ed to make up a story under
hypnosis?  That is a matter for conjecture with no evidence other
than the UFO related information itself.
     Becker seems to think it would "easy" for Ed to spin out a yarn
while Duane Cook was riding in the truck at the same time.   This is
"easy for her to say," because she hasn't seen the videotape of that
trip.   However, the fact is that it would be very DIFFICULT for an
actor (Ed) to create this story while reacting to someone (Duane
Cook) who was not aware of the "script."
    Finally, a storyteller is no more able to pass lie detector tests
than anyone else, unless the story teller happens to have a sociopathic
personality (and can't seem to distinguish reality from fantasy).  As
Dr. Overlade and also Harvey McLaughlin (who administered 2 lie
detector/polygraph tests to Ed) stated emphatically to me, Ed does
not have a sociopathic personality.  (Neither I nor any of the other
investigators have found Ed "carrying on" the way a sociopath
would, confusing demonstrable fact with fiction and amplifying on
stories, etc.)

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