Fact of Faked Takes on the White Sands UFO

The Fact or Faked team returns tonight with the first of six new episodes where they try find out the secrets behind some very compelling video footage.

First up is a famous UFO video from White Sands, New Mexico. In the video, which you see below, a saucer-shaped object speeds through the air, bounces off the ground then rises up only to crash completely.

The video was taken in 1996 and though many would like to believe it’s an actual UFO, the more likely answer is that it’s some kind of missile test from the White Sands military base. Tonight, the Fact or Faked team puts several theories to the test in an attempt to recreate the actual footage.

In one attempt, they use a model flying saucer on a set of guide-wires then force it to bounce using gravity and a spring release. It’s quite an elaborate set up and it’s unlikely that an amateur could have faked the footage that way. Still, it’s fun to watch, because it’s similar to the method used to create the Jupiter II landing in Irwin Allen’s Lost in Space. FBI agent Ben Hansen, journalist Jael and tech-specialist Devin are like little kids when it comes to rockets and blowing things up, so they have a great time working out the origins of this video, even though they had to be roasting in the desert sun.

The second half of the episode is devoted to a ghostly apparition captured at the Tonopah Cemetery in Nevada. At the turn of the century, Tonopah was a prosperous mining town. They even had a luxury hotel with baths, steam heat and elevators. But in 1911, tragedy struck. A small fire broke out at the bottom of a mine shaft and 17 men were killed from either breathing the toxic fumes or falling to their deaths when they tried to escape. The victims were all buried in a lonely little cemetery which is said to be haunted by the spirit of man who died trying to rescue others.

The video in this case, is a moving figure caught on a full spectrum camera by a ghost hunting crew. The figure pops up from behind a tomb, moves a few yards then vanishes. At the same time, there is a growing glow at the far end of the frame, which corresponds with the site of a nearby highway.

Lead scientist Bill Murphy, joins stunt expert Austin Porter and photographer Lanisha Cole as they attempt to recreate the footage on a dark and spooky night. They start with the most likely scenario, that of another person walking around in the dark, then proceed to a hypothesis that requires a convoy of emergency vehicles with full-on lights and sirens.

Both cases are fascinating both from a historical and paranormal perspective but are the accompanying videos fact or fakes? Find out when you tune in to Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, tonight at 10:00 on Syfy.

FACT OR FAKED: PARANORMAL FILES — “Humble, Texas” — Pictured: (l-r) Devin Marble, Lanisha, Bill Murphy — Photo by: Kim Christensen/Syfy. © NBCUniversal, Inc.

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