|Regan Lee is author of the UFO blog The OrangeOrb, and has a monthly column in UFO Magazine by the same name. She is also a contributer to the Binnall of America website, writing her 'Trickster's Realm' column. Drawing on her life long relationship with UFOs and the paranormal, Regan writes about UFOs and Forteana in Oregon , her home for many decades, and is also a UFO witness and experiencer herself. Regan is also an aritst, and author of Two Oregon Tales: UFOs and Bigfoot, soon to be available as an e-book. Email Regan Lee.
Hoaxing the Trent Hoax Theory
by Regan Lee
Posted: 17:00 March 23, 2008
In going over some of my articles and data on the Trent flurry, (The Trent Tempest) I discovered something.
Awhile ago, the somewhat trollish UFO-Dadaists at the UFO Iconoclast blog posted an article about a “third, lost” Trent photo. Allegedly this photo, submitted by someone in New Mexico, was taken by Paul Trent in 1950.
A little bit of background on the Trent case:
Paul and his wife Evelyn saw a UFO above their farm in McMinnville, Oregon; Paul ran inside their house, took two snapshots of the craft before it zoomed off. Despite efforts of persistent debunkers, the photos stand up to this day as appearing legitimate. Adding support to the possibility what the TRents saw was a “true UFO” (either military or from outer space) is that there was a UFO flap in 1950 that was not just national, but global. At the time, the story made both national and international news; Life, Look and Popular Mechanics did pieces on the event, and the Trents appeared on the television program. The Trents never received money from their story and had their home searched by FBI and Air Force personnel on more than one occasion.
Anyway, it turned out that this so-called third, lost “Trent” photo was not taken by the Trents, or anyone else in McMinnville or Oregon. Nor was it taken in 1950. The photograph was taken in 1977 in Hamburg, Germany by Walter Schilling.
When I wrote the articles on the Trents, and this attempt at hoaxing, I noted the source of the third photo -- to a point. A comment left on the UFO Iconoclast blog led readers to the UFO Evidence website, where one can view the photo. End of story. But in going over my notes, I realized i hadn't looked deeply enough.
The photo seems to have originally appeared in Michael Heseman’s 1988 "The mystery of the Unidentified Flying Objects", though the photo can be found on many sites, including
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