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Hoaxing the Trent Hoax Theory
by Regan Lee


This is the item that provided the inspiration and entertainment for the hoax attempt:

Because the close up indicates at least some resemblance to the famous Paul Trent photographs in McMinnville, 1950, this resemblance with the McMinnville photograph is sometimes quoted as reason to believe the picture is a hoax or on the contrary that it is not a hoax. (italics mine.)

The news surrounding this gets even more interesting, as well as tragic:

Actually, Michael Heseman, a highly controversial german character who published UFO literature "as journalist, not ufologist," admitted in his book "The mystery of the Unidentified Flying Objects", 1998) that Walter Schilling had sent him a good dozens "primitive Fotocollagen" in 1981 and 1983. In June 1982 Heseman had already learned Ground Saucers Watch's opinion that the photograph show a small model. It was not easy to contact Schilling in 1984, because he was in a psychiatric hospital following legal charges for sexual misbehaviour, however, it seems that on August 11, 1983, he met with Michael Heseman and told him that the photograph show a small model he built and photographed, adding that it was "a very good joke, my friend."
(Source: http://www.euroufo.net/content.asp?contentid=521M)

So it seems that hoaxed photo from 1977 that showed a resemblance to the Trent photos was the inspiration for yet another stunt performed by the fringe dwellers of UFOlogy. These performances cause distraction, which is the goal. Any time energy is taken away from exploring personal experience and sharing data is a good thing in their eyes. But itís not as much of a waste of time as one might think. In fact, Trickster like antics like this are a given in things UFOlogical and Fortean. It just canít be escaped. And in taking time off for a bit to peruse things like this, you often find the man behind the curtain. In this case, not only was there no ďthird, lost, TrentĒ image, but the inspiration for the obvious prank was discovered. A hoaxed photo, stated that itís similar to one of the classic, famous UFO cases that still holds up (in spite of the relentless efforts of debunkers to prove that it was a hoax), is used in a blog post in 2008 to attempt to cause a swirl of controversy and excitment in the UFO field. Nice try.

Trickster reminds us here that itís good to dig a little and not take things so seriously. Despite the intentions of the pranksters.


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