With most of the UFO attention from 1947 going to Roswell and the remainder being allocated to the Kenneth Arnold UFO as few weeks prior to the alleged flying saucer crash, the Maury Island UFO case gets somewhat over looked.
On June 21, 1947, just three days before the Kenneth Arnold UFO case and two and a half weeks before the infamous Roswell incident, the late Fred L. Crisman and Harold Dahl reported a UFO incident on Maury Island in South Puget Sound, the southern reaches of Puget Sound in Southwest Washington, USA.
Crisman’s story came mostly from the information he shared with Kenneth Arnold, who was investigating reports in the Pacific Northwest after his own experience on June 24th, 1947.
Arnold interviewed Crisman and Dahl who falsely claimed to be patrolmen and with Crisman being the one to share the majority of the story, he told Arnold that the duo had witnessed debris falling from the sky. They claimed to have seen doughnut-shaped craft that was responsible for dropping the material on the beach of Maury Island.
Crisman then told Arnold that they were approached by ”men in black” the following morning who threatened Dahl, stating: “I know a great deal more about this experience of yours than you will want to believe.”
Ultimately, the FBI investigated the case and concluded it was a hoax, but that didn’t stop the duo from contacting multiple media outlets to share and build up their story. It’s believed they did this to try get a deal with Fantasy Magazine, Chicago, Illinois, but their imagination didn’t manage to achieve their target.
Over the years, the story was slightly altered, giving more validity to it being a made-up sham and now the UFO report lives on in the archives, but are widely considered as nothing more than a hoax.