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"The Billy Meier “Hoax” Exposed?

The Wedding Cake UFO Controversy - Posted June 28, 2006

by Michael Horn

There has been almost no end to the attempted debunking of the photos of the so-called Wedding Cake UFO (WCUFO) by what, frankly, can only be called inept, illogical skeptics. Now I’m not being harsh on people just because they are critical of the case or the evidence. I am being harsh on those people to whom much evidence has been given, and of whom many important questions were asked, who have absolutely failed to do their homework – but nonetheless continue to make completely unsubstantiated attacks on Meier as a hoaxer.

Ritzmann’s Model © Jeff Ritzmann
For comparison with Meier’s WCUFO photos that follow, here is the best effort of professional model maker/photographer Jeff Ritzmann, a (formerly) very vocal critic of the Meier case and the WCUFO photos and video in particular:

Ritzmann took four months to produce this model, forever effectively debunking his own “cake pan” theory, and has also failed to present his video version of the WCUFO craft that he also boastfully promised…somewhere back in 2005.

WCUFO 1. © Genesis III/FIGU
Compare his model to the detailed object photographed by Meier, first in nighttime conditions:

As James Deardorff ( pointed out regarding the above photo, “Notice how out of focus that bush is in front of the WCUFO and compare it with how much less out of focus the car is in its photo. But if it were a model car, to make it appear so big, it would have to be a lot closer to the camera than the bush is.”

WCUFO 2. © Genesis III/FIGU
And here are Deardorff’s candid comments about the photo above, “The one that's been the hardest for me to explain is the WC craft at night with the out-of-focus car in front of it. I tend to assume that Billy had the diameter wrong -- it was the 14m craft, not the 7m craft. Then it would be about twice as far away from the camera than the car, and if the depth of field was narrow, as with a nighttime photo with nearly wide-open lens, that might explain the WC craft being in good focus and the car in very poor focus.”

WCUFO 3. © Genesis III/FIGU
I am the first to admit that the WCUFO UFO is unusual to the point of extreme strangeness, and that some of the nighttime photos of the craft look like it “must” be some kind of a model, as many of the skeptics allege. And while the skeptics are quick to scream, “model car, model tree, model UFO!” there are many problems with such accusations that they have simply refused to address.

To begin with, here is an excerpt from a recent email I received from Wendelle Stevens, the lead investigator in the case, regarding one of the technological challenges of Meier – or anyone else - making the WCUFO:

“I thought, if one was trying to make such a model, it would take a master welder to get all those shiny balls in perfect alignment, because they have to be welded "out of alignment" so that when they cool the balls will be drawn into perfect alignment, and one would have to agree that the alignment is flawless. Certainly, Meier with one arm and no other equipment could not possibly have done the job. If there was another artisan involved, sooner or later he will be identified and blow the story. In 30 some years none has ever been identified.

It is true that that model is not my ideal of a spacecraft, but that does not make it any less real.”

WCUFO 4. © Genesis III/FIGU

WCUFO 5. © Genesis III/FIGU

WCUFO 6. © Genesis III/FIGU

WCUFO 7. © Genesis III/FIGU
Now look at these very clear close-up photos of the WCUFO UFO, taken during the daytime, where the ship is a distinct silver color, as opposed to having a golden color at night:

In this series, we see several angles of the WCUFO and progressively more of its structure, including the bottom or underside of it. Please also notice that, had this been a model, the camera and cameraman would have been visibly reflected in the metallic balls.

Now here are two recent photos, taken with a modern digital camera, at the same location but at a slightly different angle and position:

© Michael Horn

The man in this photo is about 6’ tall. Now look at the photo below where the box (which is about 30” long) is in the foreground and sitting on top of another box:

© Michael Horn

I am not a professional photographer or photographic expert but it certainly appears that the WCUFO is considerably larger (higher, wider, longer) than the box and, even considering the slightly upward angle of the WCUFO photos, closer in height to the size of the man/men in the recent photos above. You can only imagine how well Ritzmann’s model would look in any of these environments – because he failed to provide photos backing up his assertions that he could duplicate Meier’s WCUFO photos and video.

Here we see the WCUFO high up in front of a tree:

WCUFO 8. © Genesis III/FIGU

This photo was taken from a little farther away:
WCUFO 9. © Genesis III/FIGU

Then from some 300’ – 500’ feet away (as seen in the video):
WCUFO 10. © Genesis III/FIGU

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