Possibly no event in the UFO community has triggered as much debate as the 'alien autopsy' film. The film, showing a purported autopsy performed on a dead alien from the Roswell, New Mexico crash, offers a unparalleled view into what a real alien could possibly look like. The film first surfaced in 1995 on a British television talk show. Later aired on the Fox network in the United States, it garnered an audience of over 10 million people.
Ray Santilli, the purveyor of the film, will not disclose the identity of the filmmaker although it is believed that Ray may have slipped up in a public Usenet post and revealed the name of the cameraman - Jack Barrett, a 82 year old male from Florida. Ray mentioned the cameraman as 'Barrett', a typo on Ray's part, in a public newsgroup post after which Ray continued using 'Barnett' as a pseudonym for the cameraman. In the post, Ray described how he had been searching for early film of Elvis Presley when he was contacted by 'Barnett' regarding the sale of a early Presley film. After making the sale, 'Barnett' told Ray of another film that he may be interested in. He commenced to describe the alien autopsy file and explained that he had once been a cameraman for the U.S. Army.
Ray took a look at the film and was finally convinced of its authenticity when the cameraman was able to produce proof that he was indeed a cameraman for the Army. 'Barnett' convinced Ray to conceal his identity since the information that Barnett was releasing was highly confidential. Barnett produced 22 canisters of 16mm film claiming that the films were 'outtakes' from a filming session shot in 1947.
The film, appearing to be a black and white home-type movie shot in the 1940's, shows in graphic detail the autopsy of an alien being - presumably a victim of the Roswell Incident. Barnett further elaborated on the events that occurred on the day the film was shot. Barnett claims he was called to White Sands, New Mexico to film the crash site of a Soviet spy plane. Barnett states that upon arriving at the site, it was apparent this was no Russian spy plane. The object was shiny and disc shaped, resting upside down. Barnett claims that 3 of the 4 occupants were still alive when he arrived. Calling these visitors, 'freaks', Barnett stated that military men had beaten some of these creatures in order to force them to release 'boxes' that they held tightly clutched to their chests.
After a few days, the craft was transported to Wright-Patterson air base in Ohio. Barnett alleged that the air in the craft was 'thick' and difficult to breathe in. Once the wreckage was cleaned up a little, the craft was loaded on a truck and taken to the base. Barnett went along and filmed the wreckage over a period of 3 days. Afterwards, he was sent to Fort Worth, Texas where the body of the 4th creature was stored. It was at this location that Barnett filmed the alien autopsy. Interestingly, Barnett claimed that one of the other creatures must have died since he filmed 2 autopsies during his stay in Fort Worth.