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                 Filmmaker Spyros                        every aspect — the props, the costumes, every — however, authorities said it had been a
                                                         little detail,” the 56-year-old told The Sun.   regular weather balloon.
             Melaris Reveals Secrets                             “I was fortunate to have access to             But in the ’70s interest surged again after
                                                         professional filming and editing equipment. a series of conspiracy theories started to do the
            Behind Roswell Autopsy                       More importantly, I also had access to a handful rounds, with many claiming it had been an alien

                          Footage                        of very talented people.                        spacecraft that had crashed — and that aliens on
                                                                 “For me, The Alien Autopsy film was a board the craft had been captured by the
                                                         challenge. Could it be done? As a magician, I military, and the incident covered up.
                                                         wanted to create the biggest illusion ever             In the ’90s, the military released new
          IN  THE 1990s, this video convinced
                                                         performed on a global stage.”                   reports claiming the object had been a nuclear
          millions that aliens existed. Now the
                                                                 Sculptor John Humphreys, a close friend  test surveillance balloon from Project Mogul.
          man behind it has revealed how he              of Melaris, was paid to create the alien’s body        But the worldwide circulation of the
          pulled off the forgery.                        and act as the surgeon performing the procedure, autopsy footage caused the alien conspiracy
                                                         while another friend played the role of a soldier theory to regain popularity once more,
          THE man behind one of the most convincing      in the film.                                    prompting a string of documentaries and even
          hoaxes the world has ever seen has finally come        Melaris’ former girlfriend conducted inspiring the teen sci-fi drama Roswell featuring
          clean about how he pulled it off.              medical research and starred as a nurse in the Katherine Heigl in 1999-2002. []
                 In 1995, the imaginations of people     footage, while his brother helped behind the
          around the globe were captivated by 17 minutes  scenes.                                                Police: Paranormal
          of grainy, black and white footage of what             Together, the team shot two versions of
          appeared to be an alien autopsy.               the “autopsy” as the first version contained        Investigator Arrested For
                 For millions of believers, the infamous  inaccuracies, and the footage was spliced onto a       Shooting At 'Ghost'
          Roswell Autopsy Footage provided proof that    1947 newsreel to create a clip authentic enough
          aliens had landed on Earth in the 1947 “UFO”   to fool experts at Kodak.
          crash in Roswell, New Mexico.                          The contents of the alien’s brain were
                 The footage was sold to dozens of       actually a combination of three sheep’s brains
          television stations by entrepreneur Ray Santilli,  and one pig brain cast in gelatine.
          who claimed to have discovered it by chance            Melaris said the intention behind the film
          while looking for old footage of Elvis.        was to entertain, and that a series of clues
                 But last year, filmmaker and ex-        revealing the hoax were littered throughout the
          magician Spyros Melaris announced he was       video — including the word “video” spelled in   TOLLAND, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man
          behind the footage — and that it was entirely  hieroglyphic-like letters on a piece of UFO     who told police he was a paranormal
          fake.                                          wreckage seen in the clip.                      investigator faces several charges after firing
                 And now, he’s revealed new details              The team shared a payment of $18,046    shots in his house at what he told police may
          about how he orchestrated the decades-long     and never received any royalties, while Mr      have been a ghost.
          hoax, and how it came about in the first place.  Santilli is believed to have made millions.          Christian Devaux, 25, of Tolland, is due
                 Speaking with  The Sun, Melaris                 Mr Santilli admitted the video had been  in court on Sept. 11 on charges including the
          revealed he had been given a $54,000 budget by  recreated in 2006, but insisted it was based on  illegal discharge of a firearm, making a false
          Mr Santilli to make the video, which was shot in  real footage from 1947.
                                                                                                         statement to police, second-degree reckless
          the filmmaker’s ex-girlfriend’s London home                                                    endangerment, misusing an emergency call, and
          using a foam alien dummy and animal organs.    THE ROSWELL UFO INCIDENT
                                                                                                         disorderly conduct.
                 The video appeared to show a team of
                                                                                                                Devaux put two bullet holes in his wall
          medical professionals dissecting an alien’s body  In 1947, an US army balloon crashed near the  on July 26, initially reporting the incident as an
          and removing body parts.                       small town of Roswell, New Mexico.              attempted break-in, police said. He later told
                 “It was not an easy task and, apart from        Many witnesses described it as          police he believes the intruder was actually a
          the look and feel, the film had to be correct in  resembling a “flying disc”, sparking UFO mania  spirit.
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