Eamonn Investigates the Alien Autopsy
  Extraterrestrial Being or Hoax?

  Eamonn Investigates: The Alien Autopsy
Extraterrestrial Being or Hoax?

Ray Santilli hit headlines with filmed 'evidence' of surgeons doing an autopsy on an alien. Under questioning by Eamonn Holmes, Santilli reveals the truth for the first time on camera. Some say it's the greatest proof of alien life on other planets and others say it is the greatest hoax of all time.

Within the UFOlogical community, an alien autopsy, a medical examination of an extraterrestrial being is supposed to have occurred in 1947 in Roswell, New Mexico.

The supposed autopsy first gained prominence during the 1990s when Ray Santilli, a London-based video entrepreneur, promoted a 17 minute black and white film purporting to be footage of the autopsy.

In 1995, the film was sold to television networks internationally and broadcast with high viewer ratings in more than 32 countries.

In 2006, Santilli admitted the film was not entirely authentic, claiming that it was a reconstruction of lost footage of an actual alien autopsy film that he viewed and that a few of the frames embedded in his video were from the original. After this admission, Santilli's film is largely considered a hoax.

While dismissed as fantasy by most people, belief that alien autopsies have been carried out forms a core component of a number of UFO conspiracy theories, though the term itself is used within UFOlogy, fiction, and in popular culture, regardless of the factual status of the imagery that is being presented.

In 2006, the events surrounding the release of the footage were adapted as a feature film, Alien Autopsy, a British comedy directed by Jonny Campbell  and written by William Davies.

The film gave a humorous reconstruction of the making of the Santilli film based on Santilli's statements, without giving a clear judgement about the veracity of his claims.

On April 4th, 2006—two days before the release of the film—Sky broadcast a documentary, Eamonn Investigates: Alien Autopsy, presented by Eamonn Holmes.

In this program, Ray Santilli and fellow producer Gary Shoefield admitted that their film was only partially real (a "few frames," in their words) and stated that the rest was a reconstruction of twenty-two rolls of film, averaging four minutes in length, which Santilli had viewed in 1992 but which had subsequently degraded from humidity and heat. They said that only a few frames of the original were still intact by the time they had raised enough money to purchase it.

In the documentary, Eamonn Holmes repeatedly refers to the film as a "fake," while Santilli patiently insists it is a "restoration," because he maintains that his film is a reconstruction of an actual alien autopsy film he viewed in the early 1990s but has subsequently been lost.

Santilli and Shoefield stated that they had "restored" the damaged footage by filming a simulated autopsy on a fabricated alien, based upon what Santilli saw in 1992, and then adding in a few frames of the original film that had not degraded.

They have not identified which frames or footage is original.

According to Santilli, a set was constructed in the living room of an empty flat in Rochester Square, Camden Town, London.

John Humphreys, an artist and sculptor, was employed to construct two dummy alien bodies over a period of three weeks, using casts containing sheep brains set in raspberry jam, chicken entrails and knuckle joints obtained from S.C. Crosby Wholesale Butchers in Smithfield meat market, London.

Humphreys also played the role of the chief scientist undertaking the examination, in order to allow him to control the effects being filmed.

There were two separate attempts at making the footage. After filming, the team disposed of the "bodies" by cutting them into small pieces and placing them in rubbish bins across London.

Alien objects, supposedly items recovered from the crash site, were depicted in the footage. These included alien symbols and six-finger control panels, which Santilli describes in the Sky documentary as being the result of artistic license on his part.

These artifacts were also created by Humphreys. The footage also showed a man reading a statement "verifying" his identity as the original cameraman and the source of the footage. Santilli and Shoefield admitted in the documentary that they had found an unidentified homeless man on the streets of Los Angeles, persuaded him to play the role of the cameraman, and filmed him in a motel.