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CE: Schmitt On Haut Affidavit

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 09:05:50 -0400
Archived: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 09:05:50 -0400
Subject: CE: Schmitt On Haut Affidavit

From: Francis Ridge <nicap.nul>
To: current-encounters.nul
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 05:00:38 -0500
Subject: Details On Haut Affidavit - Finally

As you may or may not know, I don't believe anyone spent more
time and effort attempting to get Walter to provide more
information than we publicly did. Each and every trip to Roswell
and all the personal phone conversations slowly but surely
tricked what eventually would become his final affidavit.

Previously we had even tried hypnosis with Yvonne Smith in the
presence of Mark Rodeghier and Mark Chesney. Walter was a most
resistant candidate for regression.

Next, we tried a sworn statement in the presence of a government
official from Chavez County. He would only state what he had in
two previous affidavits, 1991 and 1993.

When Walter was video taped on his "historic record" by Wendy
Connors and Dennis Balthaser, he never was told in advance that
they would ever touch on the subject of Roswell. The agreement
was to discuss the pre-Roswell years from his youth up till that
time. When they crossed that line it is abundantly clear that he
was getting more agitated by the second and wanted no part of
it. Mark Rodeghier was quick to point out "how pressured Walter
was and how he finally succumbed to leading questions." Walter's
demeanor becomes more and more perturbed as he looks down and
his fingers tapped faster and faster across the chairs armrests.
Rodeghier felt that the video was worthless on those merits
alone. We agreed.

The late Sheridan Cavitt's son Joe, a practicing attorney
provided us a solution. Prior to his own father's passing, we
discussed and attempted to get his father to write a sealed
statement for posthumous release. Joe will verify that all his
father would say for weeks leading up to his passing, "I'm not
ready." As you know, he never was. But for us and Walter it
proved to be the answer. But timing was critical.

In more and more private conversations through 2002 between both
Walter, Tom Carey and myself, Walter was close to signing a
prepared affidavit. All through that time, we were in complete
cooperation of the Haut family and his personal physician
monitored his physical and mental condition as to any changes or
urgency we needed to consider.

With Tom's full input and final approval I drafted the affidavit
just as we had prepared affidavits in the past - and just as
Fred Whiting had drawn up many, including Walter's in 1991.

In December, Walter underwent another full physical examination
and his doctor informed the family and us that aside from his
deteriorating hip joint and diabetes, he was completely mentally
stable and alert. We immediately acted and Walter agreed that he
was ready.

The draft was sent to his daughter in Roswell, and the day after
Christmas in 2002, Walter, in the presence of three people,
including Julie, read each line word for word and reread and
reread each point for any changes or additions. Julie would ask
him repeatedly if anything at all needed to be amended in any
way. To Walter, it was just as we had previously discussed. All
of the information contained within the document was all that he
would admit to us - nothing more - nothing less. He next signed
the sworn statement. Julie was quick to point out, "If my father
disagreed with anything on that piece of paper he never would
have signed it." If anyone knew better what was in the man's
heart, it certainly was her and that's good enough for me.

We would not even start writing the new book until about 4 years
later and Julie honored all of us at that time by asking if we
would "like to include Padre's statement in the book?"

I was an honorary pall bearer at Walter's funeral and she didn't
have to ask twice.

Don Schmitt

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