Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The April 12, 1941 Cape Girardeau crash/retrieval story (the reported crash actually having occurred most nearest to Chaffee and Rockview, Missouri) mirrors other similar "alien visitation" stories that have surfaced over the decades (such as Roswell), but predates them. Alleged accounts from locals and military personnel relate the classic saucer crash tale: a metallic disc-shaped craft crash-lands in a rural farm field, the strange object/debris (and deceased "beings" - usually typical "grey aliens") are discovered and authorities are alerted, the military cordons the site and threatens local witnesses, the crash site is scoured clean of any evidence, the debris and bodies are shipped out from the nearest base to a secret military facility (usually Wright-Patterson AFB), a subsequent cover-up/denial ensues which persists for decades, and the murky incident fades across time and becomes an urban/folk legend in UFO lore and the popular culture.

The Cape Girardeau Saucer Crash story originated with Charlette Mann, who in the 80s, began to recount her family's twice-told tale to UFO researchers. According to Mann, her grandfather, the Reverend William Huffman of the Red Star Baptist Church, was called one night (believed to be April 12, 1941) to provide religious comfort at what was initially thought to be an airplane crash. Driving with local authorities to a rural location outside of Cape Girardeau, near the town of Rockview, the Reverend arrived at the burning crash of a flying saucer with three alien beings. The Army soon arrived and began to cover up what may have been the first crash of an alien craft from Another World. Others have since come forward to give their accounts of the tale: confirming that "something" crashed in 1941 and that, perhaps, the Reverend was not alone in believing that "We Are Not Alone." Michael Huntington - April, 2017

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