THE FOLLOWING IS A VERBATIM COPY OF THE OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION BY
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
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.