Interested in a little light reading about such topics as Roswell, the death of Notorious B.I.G., Marilyn Monroe, the so-called 9/11 "Hijackers Timeline," and more? You're in luck, because the Federal Bureau of Investigation has recently made it easier than ever to delve into their X files with a new section of their website dubbed 'The Vault.'
Earlier this month, the FBI released an updated version of The Vault, which contains records and documents from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The database houses more than two thousand documents that have been scanned from paper into digital copies, and the revamped site now helps you search exactly what you're looking for.
Naturally, you'll want to put on your tinfoil hat before surfing. For protection.
New to the Pop Culture section are documents associated with an FBI investigation that ran from 1997 to 2005 about the death of rapper Christopher George “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, who was murdered on March 9, 1997. While none of this is newly public information, the ballistics evidence that links a corrupt former LAPD officer to the murder is mighty interesting reading.
Is your I WANT TO BELIEVE poster still firmly attached to your bedroom wall? You may be particularly drawn to the Unexplained Phenomenon section, which includes info on UFOs and cattle mutilations.
One document is from Guy Hottel, a special agent in charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office, who sent a memo concerning flying saucers to the FBI's director in March 1950.
In Hottel's own words,
An investigator for the Air Force stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico. They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only 3 feet tall, dressed in metallic cloth of a very fine texture. Each body was bandaged in a manner similar to the blackout suits used by speed flyers and test pilots.
Hmmmmmmmm. What was it that Fox Mulder used to say? "Sometimes the only sane answer to an insane world is insanity"? Okay, I don't really know what the means, but I, too, want to believe. I think my skeptical self will enjoy clicking around in the The Vault, where apparently new content will be added each month.
*dons tinfoil hat*
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