Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2012 06:35:47 -0800 (PST)
From: michael swords <mswords@att.net>
Subject: April 28, 1964; Albuquerque, New Mexico / Stull Case
To: fran ridge <nicap@insightbb.com>



This is a "damaged" case. It is one of those things which could have a genuine initial stimulus belonging to the UFO phenomenon, but which is tarnished by human actions thereafter.

What we have here are two phases of reporting on the incident by the mother of the girl. Initially we have a somewhat straightforward report of an object with attendant "sunburn" CE2p effect. This COULD have happened, as the family physician said that those burns were pretty severe for any normal playing around outside.

This is followed up four weeks or so later by the mother going to the newspapers with the claim that her daughter was now growing over an inch a week and had changed from a little girl to a young woman, even behaviorally, essentially overnight. This added element of the case obviously did not impress Blue Book and they, somewhat kindly, did not go into the case and wrote the thing off as "imagination".

Popularizing goons such as Brad Steiger [Flying Saucers Are Hostile] and Timothy Beckley [SAGA UFO Report] happily promulgate the precocious growth aspect of the story, thus ruining its credibility further.

Sanity arises in the story due to the good offices of Coral Lorenzen. She bird-dog's the case and gets finally to see all the important parties in the drama. The family doctor confirms the "sunburn" severity, and does not confirm the growth spurt. Coral senses that the mother is trying to parlay this opportunity into cash, piggybacking onto the Socorro incident.

Coral writes this up in the APRO Bulletin of May 1964 [attached]. This latter document may be the only one worth counting upon, and I believe that the USAF read it themselves.

Mike Swords