As I have been digging deeper into the history of the UFO era and it’s connect ions to the Northwest, I remember the first X-files episode and it too began in the Northwest with a series of abduction cases. Agent Dana Scully and Fox Mulder have to fly to Oregon to investigate the occurrences which my opinion gives a nod to the rich history of intrigue and conspiracy that has its roots in the Northwest.

On June 21, 1947, the beginnings of the cold war UFO era began when it was reported that six unidentified flying objects were seen in the skies over Maury Island, situated near Tacoma in Puget Sound area of Washington State. The recorded eyewitnesses to the incident were Harbor patrolman Harold A. Dahl who was piloting a boat in the bay, his two crewmen, his teenage son and a dog.

The UFO’s were doughnut-shaped and were seen hovering over the boat. They were reported to be about 2000 miles up and one of the six craft looked like it was in trouble. It began losing altitude and was being circled by the other five. Each of the objects were estimated to be about one hundred feet in diameter.

The disc that was having trouble suffered an explosion and spewed hot metal in to the air. Some of the hot metal or “slag” hit the boat, killing the Dahl’s dog, damaging the boat and injuring the teenage son. Dahl began taking pictures of the objects, which soon took off. He claimed that the craft were heading towards Canada. Dahl radioed for help but the radio was having trouble getting any message out to anyone.

He decided to head to land back to the city of Tacoma. He rushed his son to the hospital to have his burns treated.

He decided to speak to his boss about the incident. He grabbed the slag samples and his camera and spoke to Fred Lee Crisman. It turns out that Crisman was a very interesting man and for years his name would be spoken of by Conspiracy theorists for some time.

Crisman had wanted to investigate Dahl’s claims but Dahl apparently had been warned off by what could be described as a Man in Black or G-man. No one except Dahl or Crisman knew that the incident had happened and so it was rather odd that this strange man showed up and warned to avoid the incident and to forget it ever took place.

Undaunted, Crisman finally returned to Maury island only to find some broken glass and what appeared to be thin metal. He also claimed that he saw another flying machine but the case was only a small town incident and really didn’t gain any momentum, authorities had hoped that it would be forgotten.

Then comes the big news story of pilot Kenneth Arnold and his sighting of strange craft flying over Mount Rainer. This begins to kick the Flying saucer story full throttle and the United States begins to see these flying saucers everywhere.

Kenneth Arnold arranges to meet Harold Dahl in Tacoma, Washington at the request of Raymond Palmer who is a pulp fiction writer and friend of Fred Crisman. Palmer is well remembered as the man responsible for the magazines, “Amazing Stories,” and “FATE” and wants to give a 200 dollar advance on the story of the Northwest UFO’s.

Arnold goes to Tacoma to meet with Dahl but finds out that all of the Hotels there are booked. He then finds out that there is a Hotel room booked in his name at a fancy hotel in town. The room is booked by someone anonymously.

He finally meets up with Dahl. However Dahl becomes a bit paranoid because he claims that the man in Black frightened him and told him not to speak with anyone. However Arnold is motivated by the Cash Advance and wants the story so he presses Dahl for more information on the Incident.

Dahl had no evidence of the encounter, didn’t have photos or anything else, just a piece of rock that he claimed fell from the Flying donut object.

Dahl then claims that he also received a letter stating that the objects he saw were piloted by alien beings that have decided to show themselves now that we have been using atomic weapons.

The question is who wrote the letter? Many believe it was Crisman.

The entire transcript of their discussion winds up on the desks of the editors of United press International. It was all becoming clear – someone was targeting Arnold, booked him a room, bugged it, and had the story.

There was an all out attempt to discredit the story – for reasons no one could fathom.

Turned out the Crisman was part of the OSS the group that existed prior to the CIA and was also involved with Operation paper clip, where German scientists were filtered in after World War II to work on secret space programs, bombs and some people believe secret saucer technology.

Crisman knew too much, however at the time he seemed to be the observer watching every part of the UFO lore fall into place.

Kenneth Arnold was debriefed by the Military and did an Interview with Ted Smith on radio station KWRC in Pendleton. He decided that he would turn over some of the evidence form Maury Island to Lieutenant Brown and Captain Davidson. They agreed to fly out to Tacoma immediately to see what Arnold had. It was rumored that someone had already tipped them off that the event was a hoax; however they flew out anyway.

At the airport, Crisman, the man the intelligence officers seemed to think was lying, turned up and gave the men a box which he said was filled with the slag from the damaged UFO. Arnold thought that all that was in the box was rocks. The men stowed the box in the trunk of their car and left for the airport, catching their flight.

They were killed in route as their B-25 plane crashed somewhere in Kelso Washington. What was really in that box?
It was a week later the Roswell Crash happened and the world was awakened to the possibility of a flying disc crash and the rest is history.

On July 11th, 1947 another flying disc crash was reported from Fort Douglas Utah, the Disc crash was in Idaho and was investigated by known FBI asset William Guy Bannister. Bannister was a resident of Idaho and worked out the FBI office in Montana.

He was the man in charge of investigating all UFO cases in the west and northwest.

Declassified FBI files from 1947 show a number of telexes initialed WGB , all pertained to UFO phenomena, they had the designation ‘Security Matter -X’ or simply ‘SM-X,’ – could it be that the FBI did have an X-files and that they were being headed up by Banister? Was he the Man In Black that warned off Dahl and did he know Crisman?

Coincidentally both men were implicated in the JFK assassination.

On the afternoon of November 22, 1963, the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Banister and one of his investigators, Jack Martin, were drinking together at the Katzenjammer Bar, located next door to 544 Camp Street, New Orleans. On their return to Banister’s office, the two men got into a dispute. Banister believed that Martin had stolen some files and drew his .357 magnum revolver, striking Martin with it several times. During the altercation Martin yelled: “What are you going to do — kill me like you all did Kennedy?” Martin was badly injured and treated at Charity Hospital.

Over the next few days, Martin told authorities and reporters that Banister and anti-Castro activist David Ferrie had been involved in the assassination. He claimed that Ferrie knew Oswald from their days in the New Orelan Civil Air patrol, and that Ferrie might have taught Oswald how to use a rifle with a telescopic sight. Martin also claimed that Banister had often been in the company of Ferrie, and that Ferrie drove to Texas on the day of Kennedy’s assassination, to serve as a getaway pilot for the assassins

Now in a great coincidence Fred Crisman was one of the three tramps arrested in Dallas immediately after JFK’s assassination. Many people believe that Crisman was the gunman on the Grassy Knoll.

Crisman is also named in New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison’s 1968 investigation into the Kennedy assassination, in which Garrison maintained that Crisman may have been an assassin working on behalf of aerospace concerns to kill Kennedy.

The loose ends of this whole case have been tied together by Investigator Kenn Thomas who is the noted authority on the connections of the UFO’s of the Northwest, the Man In Black, Banister and the go between alleged CIA asset Crisman.

Thomas has said that most of his evidence comes from declassified documents said that one of the recently surfaced MJ12 documents suggests that Crisman turned samples of the debris over to Clay Shaw, one of the three people that Garrison attempted to indict in the alleged conspiracy to kill Kennedy.

Shaw was acquitted of any wrong doing but he also was a CIA operative. One of the strange twists about Crisman that is never explained is that his strange connection to Ray Palmer. He had written many short stories about his encounters with underground beings called the DEROS. Chrisman’s accounts were similar to the reports of the modern known alien grays. The creatures mostly noted in the Betty and Barney Hill case and the Communion books written by Whitley Strieber. Crisman had claimed that during World War II he fought the DEROS in caverns located in Burma

The case has many twists and turns and when examined is only part of the complicated mosaic that is the modern UFO phenomenon