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Another One Bites The Dust

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2007 10:00:29 -0400
Archived: Fri, 07 Sep 2007 10:00:29 -0400
Subject: Another One Bites The Dust

Source: Billy Cox's Blog DeVoid


September 06. 2007

Another One Bites The Dust
Billy Cox

For Sarasota Film Festival fans who enjoyed the screening of
Alien Autopsy in April, another twisted chapter wrapped up in a
Virginia courtroom last week.

Alien Autopsy was a clever, darkly comedic dramatization of how
British scam artist Ray Santilli parlayed a cheesy re-enactment
of the dissection of a space-alien dummy into a multi-million
dollar property. One of the suckers was Fox Network, which aired
the hoax in 1995 to a ratings bonanza.

Santilli sold investors on the premise that he'd acquired the
footage from an old U.S. Army photographer who'd been ordered to
record an examination of an alien cadaver recovered from a
flying saucer crash near Roswell, N.M.

Among those attempting to establish the authenticity of the
images was photographer Bob Shell, editor of Shutterbug
magazine. In 1995, shortly before Fox aired its schlockumentary,
veteran UFO researcher Don Ecker interviewed Shell on his radio

"Shell told me he'd personally spoken to the photographer,"
recalls Ecker from his home in California. "As it turns out, he
was lying through his teeth, and I called him on it. Shell was
shilling for Santilli. I don't know the details, but I've been
told by reliable sources they had a financial arrangement."

Last week, a jury in Roanoke, Va., convicted Shell of
involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 19-year-old model
named Marion Franklin. Displaying bondage and nude photos of the
teenager, prosecutors convinced jurors that an enfatuated Shell
had given Franklin a fatal overdose of morphine in 2003. Jurors
recommended a sentence of more than 32 years in prison.

Moral of the story? Ecker isn't sure there is one. He extends a
farewell instead: "Good riddance to that SOB."

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