Most of the UFO cases we cover here on this site are based on some sort of fact – some sort of documentation or ‘so-called’ evidence.
The Spitzbergen UFO case that we are covering today is a little different. Although many ufologists believe the incident to be true it does have an element of legend or conspiracy to it.
Let’s take a closer look at the events of 1946…
The General Went to Sweden…
This strange case starts off in 1946 when General James H. Doolittle was sent to Sweden by the Shell Oil Company. They wanted the General to investigate further into the mystery of the Ghost Rockets.
There is little information on why the Shell Oil Company had such a high interest in the subject of UFO’s or aliens. Most believe they thought they could turn profit out of the technology.
When Doolittle arrived in Sweden he stumbled upon a recent UFO incident that had taken place in Norway. He decided to pack his bags back up and travel there to investigate further.
What’s My Line?
This is where the whole case seems to get a little weird at best. General James H. Doolittle is only ever mentioned at the start of the incident…and then seems to vanish from the records.
The only redeeming part of this particular incident is that it was covered by Dorothy Kilgallen. She was a celebrity that used to appear on the What’s My Line? TV game show.
She actually came out and claimed that one of the members of her social circle had informed her that the British government were fully aware of the crash. Not only were they aware of it – they had joined forces with American military to investigate further!
Kilgallen was known to have been close with Lord Mountbatten – many believe this was her informant on the case.
Kilgallen spent a lot of her career in journalism, contributing to gossip columns throughout the media.
She was well known for jumping head first into hard current events – she found fame covering the headline-grabbing Lindbergh kidnapping case and the Sam Sheppard murder trial.
In the 1960’s she was handed an interview by the Los Angeles Examiner. This controversial interview involved the man who killed Lee Harvey Oswald – Jack Ruby.
On 8th November, 1965, Dorothy Kilgallen’s dead body was found fully dressed in her bed. The official report claims that she overdosed with a severe mix of alcohol and barbiturates.
All of the information she had gathered for the Jack Ruby interview had somehow disappeared into thin air!
Unfortunately the Spitzbergen UFO case seems to have died with her but the conspiracies surrounding her death have helped keep it somewhat alive.
Her sources on the case will never really be verified…
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