On December 9, 1965, a UFO was sighted by thousands of eyewitnesses in six U.S. states and parts of Ontario, Canada as it streaked towards, and eventually crashed near Kecksburg, Pennsylvania. Witnesses in Kecksburg who saw the object, both in flight and after the crash, described it as a bell-shaped object, about the size of an automobile, with a string of strange hieroglyphics around the bottom edge. A local newspaper, the Tribune-Review reported the next morning, "Unidentified Flying Object Falls near Kecksburg — Army Ropes off Area".
John Murphy, the news director for local radio station WHJB was on the scene before the military arrived, and snapped photographs of the object, but claims his photos were confiscated by the military. He later produced a radio documentary called "Object in the Woods," but just before the documentary was to air, he was once again visited by two mysterious men who warned Murphy not to air the documentary. A WHJB employee, Linda Foschia, claims the meeting lasted 30 minutes, after which the men confiscated Murphy's audio tapes, leaving Murphy agitated, and despondent. After that incident, Murphy refused to discuss the incident again. He died in February, 1969, run down in a mysterious, and to this day unsolved, hit-and-run accident while crossing a street.
One has to admit, it's a great story. It has everything - evil Nazi mad scientists, UFOs, a sleepy Pennsylvania village, ruthless government agents, and even the unfortunate news reporter who knew too much and paid the ultimate price. It's tempting to say you couldn't make something this crazy this up, except someone could, and in fact did.
There's also the inconveniently coincidental re-entry of the Soviet satellite Cosmos 96, which just happened to be bell-shaped, and which re-entered Earth's atmosphere on - you guessed it - December 9, 1965, the same date as the Kecksburg incident. An official U.S. government report claims that the Kecksburg object couldn't possibly have been Cosmos 96, because Cosmos crashed in Canada 13 hours before the Kecksburg incident. Personally, I just find it a easier to believe that the report is a lie, than to believe that everything else surrounding this "UFO crash" is a coincidence.
The question then remains, where did Igor Witkowski get his story of a secret Nazi wonder-weapon, shaped like a bell, with strange hieroglyphics around the lower edge of the device, capable of defying gravity and even time itself? Witkowski, a Polish journalist and author who specializes in writing about World War II, has likely visited the Berlin Olympic Stadium, where coincidentally, there stands a gargantuan bell the size of a small automobile, complete with unique raised lettering in an archaic font along the lower edge.
Another astonishing coincidence? I think not. I love a good Nazi UFO story as much as the next guy, but I believe it's time to put this one to rest.