Muray Island Inciden

Muray Island Inciden

First modern  UFO sighting in the history

In the tranquil waters off Maury Island, nestled within the breathtaking Puget Sound, a routine day of logging turned into an extraordinary encounter that would etch itself into the annals of UFO lore. It was the summer of 1947 when Harold Dahl, accompanied by his son Christopher and a couple of workers, set out on their usual excursion. Their mission? To gather floating logs for the lumber mills that dotted the coastline.

But on that fateful June 21st afternoon, the mundane rhythms of their work were shattered by a spectacle that defied all explanation. At the stroke of 2 o'clock, the sky above their vessel was suddenly pierced by the presence of six mysterious objects. Saucer-shaped and eerily silent, they hovered ominously overhead, casting an otherworldly glow upon the water below.

Then, in a scene straight out of science fiction, one of these enigmatic craft met a violent fate. With a deafening roar, it exploded in a burst of light and debris, raining down a strange, metallic substance upon the astonished onlookers. Amidst the chaos, tragedy struck – their loyal canine companion perished, and young Christopher bore the painful scars of burns upon his arm.

As news of this extraordinary event spread, it captured the imagination of a nation already reeling from reports of similar sightings elsewhere. But for those who bore witness to the strange events off Maury Island, the truth remained as elusive as the UFOs themselves, leaving behind a legacy of mystery that endures to this day.


Dahl and Crisman : Center of the incident

Despite their initial intention to keep the incident under wraps, Harold Dahl, accompanied by his son and colleague Fred Crisman, found themselves at the center of a burgeoning tale that would soon captivate the entire city of Tacoma. Dahl recounted how their routine outing turned into a harrowing encounter with the unknown, resulting in the tragic loss of their faithful companion, damage to their boat, and injuries to young Christopher.

Upon returning to Tacoma, Dahl confided in Crisman about the inexplicable events that had transpired off the coast of Maury Island. Intrigued by Dahl's account, Crisman embarked on his own investigation, determined to uncover the truth behind the strange occurrences. However, their attempts to keep the story quiet proved futile as whispers of their extraordinary encounter quickly spread throughout Tacoma, turning them into unwitting figures in a tale that would soon capture the imagination of the entire region.

Kenneth Arnold in to picture

Dahl's sighting in 1947 marked the onset of a series of UFO incidents, setting the stage for a remarkable era of extraterrestrial intrigue. Just three days later, on June 24th, private pilot Kenneth Arnold added another chapter to the unfolding saga. As he navigated the skies near Mount Rainier, Arnold was astonished to witness nine gleaming unidentified flying objects slicing through the air at incredible speeds, clocking in at an estimated 1,200 miles per hour.

Arnold's credibility as an experienced pilot and respected businessman lent weight to his startling account, catapulting it into the national spotlight. The public, already captivated by Dahl's earlier encounter, now found itself engulfed in a whirlwind of speculation and debate. The implications of these sightings stirred concerns about potential threats posed by these enigmatic visitors, sparking a widespread conversation about UFOs and their implications for humanity's future. With each new report, the mystery deepened, propelling the phenomenon of unidentified flying objects to the forefront of public consciousness.

The third sighting

On July 4, 1947, Captain E.J. Smith, along with his co-pilot and a stewardess, made a remarkable report of witnessing unidentified objects darting across the skies of the Pacific Northwest. This sighting occurred just a week after Kenneth Arnold's renowned encounter and less than two weeks following Harold Dahl's incident. Notably, Captain Smith's observation marked the first official documentation of a UFO sighting by a professional airline pilot.

The significance of Szmith's sighting was profound, prompting him and the curious investigator Kenneth Arnold to form a collaborative investigative partnership. Together, they embarked on a journey to Maury Island in Puget Sound, driven by a shared determination to uncover the truth behind Dahl's perplexing encounter with the mysterious objects, which had captured the attention of the nation.


Story of Ray Palmer

Before revisiting Puget Sound, another crucial figure enters the narrative: Ray Palmer, the publisher of Amazing Stories. This pulp magazine specialized in fantastical tales blending high fantasy and science fiction, often presented with a veneer of pseudo-factual authenticity. Palmer held a particular fascination for stories involving extraterrestrial visitations facilitated by advanced technology. He keenly observed his readers' fervent beliefs in impending attacks from both earthly adversaries like Russia and potential extraterrestrial invaders, and he sought to immerse himself in the excitement of a genuine UFO sighting.

Palmer sought to personally engage with Dahl, but also aimed to ensure a credible individual conducted the interview. He thus enlisted the expertise of Kenneth Arnold, urging him to journey to Tacoma to commence an investigation. After transferring $200 (equivalent to $2,720.74 in 2023, a significant sum indeed) to cover expenses, the wheels were set in motion. Dahl recounted to Arnold:

        “ On June 21, 1947 in the afternoon about two o'clock, I was patrolling the east bay of Maury Island [...] I, as captain, was steering my patrol boat close to the shore of a bay on Maury Island. On board were two crewmen, my fifteen-year-old son and his dog. As I looked up from the wheel on my boat I noticed six very large doughnut-shaped aircraft. “


Is this all fake? ( Probably)

To Arnold, the most captivating aspect of Dahl's account was the substance ejected from the center of one of the crafts. He remarked:

“ [One of the objects] began spewing forth what seemed like thousands of newspapers from somewhere on the inside of its center. These newspapers, which turned out to be a white type of very light weight metal, fluttered to earth. “

The mysterious death of Davidson and brown

Despite their disappointment regarding the aluminum, Davidson and Brown diligently conducted interviews and collected fragments of evidence in preparation for their return flight from McChord. Tragically, in the early hours of August 1, their journey took a devastating turn as the B-25 Mitchell aircraft they piloted crashed just outside Kelso, Washington, while en route to California. The fatal crash claimed the lives of both officers, casting a somber shadow over their mission.

As subsequent events unfolded, the narrative grew more intricate. Crisman and Dahl, in later confessions to Air Force investigators, admitted to fabricating the original story. Nevertheless, the tale that sprang from their initial account endured, remaining entrenched in the collective memory for decades. Notably, some writers, among them Arnold and Palmer, authors of a book on the case, subtly suggested a darker truth, hinting that Davidson and Brown met their untimely demise due to their purported knowledge of undisclosed secrets.

The day following the tragedy, a series of leaked telephone calls reached McChord, alleging that the ill-fated plane carried UFO-related materials and was deliberately downed to conceal this otherworldly evidence. These leaked calls sparked a storm of controversy and spawned accusations that the government was actively involved in suppressing the truth, fueling speculation of a large-scale cover-up.

Involvement of the FBI

Following the initial reports by Crisman and Dahl, the FBI assumed the responsibility of uncovering the truth behind their assertions. After an extensive investigation, the FBI concluded that the sightings recounted by the two individuals were indeed a hoax. Their files documented Dahl's admission, wherein he confessed his intention to declare the incident a fabrication to avoid further complications. Furthermore, the investigation revealed Crisman and Dahl's interactions with several local newspapers and media platforms, wherein they shared alternative versions of their story. It was determined that their motive was to garner attention and publicity, with hopes of securing a lucrative deal with Fantasy Magazine based in Chicago, Illinois.

Is Men in Black real?

As Dahl's tale gained traction across the Pacific Northwest, he found himself thrust into the spotlight as a local figure of interest. During a visit from a journalist to Dahl’s residence, an altercation between Dahl and his wife ensued regarding the UFO incident. Allegedly, Dahl's wife urged him to dismiss the story as a hoax. The journalist, sensing skepticism surrounding the story, opted not to pursue coverage. However, regardless of the journalist's decision, the story had already permeated public discourse.

The subsequent day, Dahl received an unexpected visitor—a mysterious figure dressed entirely in black. This enigmatic individual refused to disclose his identity or affiliation but warned Dahl that they were aware of the story and advised him to remain silent. Implicit in the encounter was a threat: should Dahl choose to divulge further information, there would be repercussions.



Down in the rabbit hole : is all things a hoax?

The truth about the Maury Island UFO sighting remains a subject of debate. While many fervent believers insist it was a genuine encounter, others point to the government's reticence to discuss the incident as evidence of its authenticity. However, in 1956, Air Force officer Edward J. Ruppelt offered a damning assessment:

"The whole Maury Island Mystery was a hoax. The first, possibly the second-best, and the dirtiest hoax in UFO history."

Following the Maury Island incident, the U.S. government seriously contemplated prosecuting the individuals involved for perpetuating a story that resulted in the loss of two lives and a B-25 plane. Instead of pursuing charges, the government opted to distance itself from the affair altogether.


Disappearing of the dahl : rising of the crisman

In the January 1950 edition of Fate Magazine, Crisman penned an article detailing the Maury Island incident. Despite the initial agreement with Dahl to publicly dismiss the event as a hoax, Crisman appeared to have a change of heart.

“Why, if we were such blackguards and deliberately caused the deaths of two Air Force Pilots and the loss of a $150,000 airplane did not the government or some agency there attempt to seek justice through the courts of the state and federal government.”

The Death of crisman

Before his death in 1975, Crisman altered his narrative regarding the Maury Island UFO incident. He claimed that instead of encountering a UFO, he and Dahl witnessed a military aircraft engaged in the illicit dumping of radioactive waste into the Sound. While many of Crisman's tales may seem far-fetched, his account involving government-sanctioned illegal dumping is not entirely implausible.


Unburied story of muray island UFO sighting 

ite being discredited by authorities, the Maury Island Incident had already solidified its place in the earliest UFO and Men in Black lore. In 2017, the Washington State Senate even passed a resolution commemorating the 70th anniversary of the event, underscoring its enduring significance. Over the decades, the island community has maintained a keen interest in their connection to the UFO phenomenon and the pivotal role they played in its emergence.

Both the Air Force and the FBI conducted extensive investigations into the Maury UFO incident, resulting in comprehensive reports. These reports highlighted numerous unresolved aspects of the story and ultimately concluded that the claims made by Dahl and Crisman were likely part of a hoax masterminded by Crisman himself. It was posited that Crisman's motivation behind concocting the fabricated tale was to peddle sensational UFO articles to Palmer's magazine. However, the lingering question remains: Could Dahl and Crisman have genuinely encountered a UFO?