Freedom of Information Act request for FBI files on a figure at the center of dozens of 20th century conspiracy theories reveals a rare glimpse into the Bureau's real-life "X-Files" -- which the agency had long maintained don't exist.
And while there's
no evidence yet of Mulder or Scully, the files do include a story of
flying saucers and secret assassins stranger than anything on the show.
the documents detail the FBI's 1947 investigation into "flying discs"
reported by early conspiracy theorist Fred Lee Crisman, describing "the Maury Island Incident"
(picked up by U.S newspapers) which helped popularize the legend of UFO
witnesses being detained by "men in black."
Ironically, Crisman was
later linked to one of the CIA's anti-Castro groups, connecting him
another popular topic for conspiracy theorists: the assassination of