Alleged 1947 St. Joseph, MO
'UFO Crash' Piece Offered
For $69,000

Sarah Prall
The Arizona Daily Star
Ron Ruiz is selling this hunk of purported UFO crash debris for $69,000
`Alien' debris is just slag, skeptic says
By Jim Erickson The Arizona Daily Star
Ron Ruiz says the potato-sized gray and green rock he holds in his hands came from a liquid-hulled alien spaceship that crashed in St. Joseph, Mo., in 1947.
Ruiz, owner of the Oro Valley-based Stone People Products, is selling the hunk of alleged UFO crash debris at one of the Tucson gem and mineral shows for $69,000.
About two dozen smaller pieces are available for $100 a gram, and at least four small fragments already have been sold, he said.
``It seems like an awfully high amount, but there is very little of it,'' Ruiz said from a booth at the Congress Street Expo, 710 W. Congress St.
But Tucson astronomer and self-proclaimed skeptic James McGaha says the ``debris'' looks a lot like slag, the fused refuse separated from a metal during the smelting process.
McGaha examined the rocks and supporting documentation supplied by Ruiz, and he concluded that ``they are making very extraordinary claims with no evidence to support those claims.''
``The sad thing is that there are nutty UFO people out there that might buy it for $69,000,'' said McGaha, chairman of Tucson Skeptics and a consultant for CSICOP, the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal.
``There have been lots of scams in ufology, but this is the first time I've ever seen a piece of a UFO for sale in my 25 years of investigating UFOs,'' he said.
``Lots of people have shown up at conferences saying `This is a piece of a UFO.' But it's never been for sale, and usually they won't even let you touch the stuff - or they show you pictures and say it's locked away in a vault somewhere.''
According to Ruiz and the paperwork he provided, a Missouri farmer and his wife were eating breakfast one morning in July 1947 when they saw a glowing object flying toward them from the east.
The ``glowing molten mass'' moved horizontally at about 20 mph, shearing treetops and setting them ablaze. Then it came to a dead stop and fell 30 or 40 feet to the ground.
It took three days for the crashed spaceship to cool down so the farmer could get close to it.
He decided to bury his find, rather than report it to authorities, because he wanted to avoid publicity.
It remained buried until 1996, when the farmer's son inspected his land for damage from a recent flood.
He found green and gray material sticking up from the mud, then remembered what his parents had told him years earlier about burying a flying saucer on the farm.
The son collected the ``debris,'' which later came into the hands of New Mexico gemologist David Shoemaker. Ruiz said he obtained his samples from Shoemaker.
In biographical material supplied by Ruiz, Shoemaker is described as a jeweler, photographer, lecturer, humorist and dealer of metaphysical stones.
``In metaphysical circles Mr. Shoemaker is known as a Half-ling Wizard who is beloved by the spirits,'' the biographical profile states. ``He is also a friend of the Jaguar King, Maker of the Bear Fetish and Keeper of the Dream.''
Ruiz said he had samples of the gray and green rock analyzed at two laboratories. The results convinced him that the material is UFO debris.
Specifically, the Missouri debris is part of an alien mother ship, Ruiz said.
Before it disintegrated, the mother ship sent out an escape pod that crashed in Roswell, N.M., in July 1947, he said.
``These are from the mother ship,'' Ruiz said, pointing to the polished shards spread on the table in front of him.
He provided results from a test at the Excalibur Mineral Co. in Peekskill, N.Y. The lab concluded that the gray vesicular (bubbly) mass is mostly quartz and cristobalite, a mineral identical in composition to quartz.
``Based on the vesicular habit, it is probable that the material is residual glass/ash from a fire or similar process,'' the report states.
Ruiz said the results support the crash-and-burn UFO scenario.
McGaha said the findings indicate the ``debris'' is simply slag or a slaglike material.
``I think they are grossly deceiving the public and playing to the gullibility of people when they sell material that is fairly obviously not material from a UFO crash,'' he said.
``If you thought you had a piece of a real UFO, it would be priceless.
``It wouldn't be $100 per gram,'' McGaha said. ``You wouldn't cut it up into little pieces and sell it.''
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