In stark contrast to Guccione's breathless tale of Roswell secrecy, the actual story of the photos is this: the photos were taken by none other than Mr. Johsen Takano, whose name will be familiar to anyone acquainted with the ill-fated Hakui, Japan "UFO Museum."
Takano, a functionary in the Hakui city government and a self-styled promoter of the "UFO Museum," admitted in a recent letter written to Jun-Ichi Takanashi that he had in fact taken the photos himself while visiting the Roswell UFO Museum in Roswell, New Mexico.
According to Takanashi, Takano said he had taken four photos of the alien dummy displayed in the Roswell museum. In one of the photos, Takano says, he stood next to the dummy, proving that he did not intend to create a hoax. Subsequently, however, he gave his photos to a Mr. Chiang in Taiwan, who published them with accompanying text suggesting they were authentic photos of an alien. In Chiang's publication, the photo showing Takano with the alien dummy is not included.
This led to the first appearance of the photos in the West -- the so-called "Chinese alien" from a Chinese tabloid newspaper which circulated on the Internet a year ago. How the photos then came into the hands of Bob Guccione -- and why he created an utterly absurd story of their origin -- has not yet been revealed.
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