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'Alien' killed by a car in 1953... or was it ?

By T.K. Randall
December 2, 2019 · Comment icon 12 comments

What did the men actually encounter on the road that night ? Image Credit: CC0 Pixabay
Three roommates made headline news when they knocked down an 'alien' on a remote stretch of road.
On July 8th, 1953, Edward Watters, Thomas Wilson and Arnold Payne had been driving along Highway 78 west of Atlanta when Watters, who was driving, was forced to slam on the brakes.

The trio described a remarkable sight - two humanoid creatures standing nearby while a third, which had been in the road prior to the car stopping, had been knocked down and lay lifeless on the tarmac.

The two remaining entities ran to a red craft waiting nearby and promptly took off into the night.

The story would go on to make headline news, prompting stories of alien visitation and government cover-ups while keeping the three witnesses in high demand for media interviews.

The body of the third creature, which was disturbingly human-like, was recovered by authorities and examined by Dr. W.A. Mickle of Emory University who made a rather interesting analysis.
"The lack of hair I cannot account for," he said. "By our criteria, it fits into the simian picture, and the body characteristics are closer to those of the Rhesus monkey than anything else."

There was a good reason for this... the 'alien' actually was a Rhesus monkey.

It didn't take long for Watters and his friends to admit that the whole thing was a hoax - Watters had taken a $10 bet during a card game that he could get his picture in the papers.

The trio had acquired a monkey for $50 from a local pet store and bribed the cashier to keep quiet. They killed it, shaved it and removed its tail before laying it on the highway.

After appearing in court, Watters was fined $40 for violating Georgia health and sanitation laws, however there were calls for him to be further prosecuted for the stunt.

He ultimately ended up having to move his barber shop out of town to escape the backlash.

Source: Washington Post | Comments (12)

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Comment icon #3 Posted by onlookerofmayhem 4 years ago
Just a stupid prank taken too far. It one thing trick some people for a laugh, but when you resort to murdering animals to help the gag, it's going to far. As the article says : " Watters found little peace following his brief notoriety. He was the target of such mockery that he moved his barbershop to Birmingham, Ala. only two months after his ploy was revealed. He waited a few years before attempting to show his face again in Atlanta, but the ridicule showed no signs of dying down.   “How would you like to be known as the Monkey Man?” Watters asked a reporter at one point. “It got to ... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by stereologist 4 years ago
Amazingly easy to fool people.  
Comment icon #5 Posted by Desertrat56 4 years ago
I think that's getting off easy!
Comment icon #6 Posted by cathya 4 years ago
Well, they'd be in big trouble today since Trump signed into law last week, a law  making it a feloney  offense to mistreat animals.  
Comment icon #7 Posted by Matt221 4 years ago
What a night that must of been Honky Tonking around and bowling an alien over 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Desertrat56 4 years ago
But it wasn't, it was killing a monkey, shaving it and pretending to have hit it.  Then telling people it was an alien.
Comment icon #9 Posted by HSlim 4 years ago
I'm from Georgia. Sounds about right for our local rednecks.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Scholar4Truth 4 years ago
I can't believe they have the monkey still on display as an exhibit. 
Comment icon #11 Posted by freetoroam 4 years ago
What makes people stoop this low to create a hoax?  Sheer utter stupidity,  idiotic and warped minds.   
Comment icon #12 Posted by Seti42 4 years ago
Wait. They spent $50 to win a $10 bet? AND committed some horrible animal abuse? Too bad it was the 50's. At least now, there'd be jail time for such a crime. Not enough, but still...

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