- The SF Gate Chronicle didn't fall for the teens' claim
of hoaxing the Rockville, CA formation, nor did local law enforcment.
- "I think their story is as big a hoax as the crop
circles," said Solano County District Attorney David Paulson.
- Erin Hallisey, the SF Gate reporter, didn't fall for
it either. She checked an obvious, but important detail of the teens' claim:
they claimed there was a full Moon the night before they supposedly made
the formation - a lie. The Moon was in New Moon phase, and there was no
moonlight that night.
- Link: <http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/07/12/CIRCLES.TMP>SF
- Thanks to Paul Anderson of CCCRN for sending me this
article - Jeff
- Hoax Claim teens hold press conference
- Two of the teens involved in claiming they created the
Rockville formations held a press conference with one of the kids' mother
standing up for them.
- They demonstrated their hoaxing technique in wild grass,
while admitting it didn't look as good.
- The farmer, Balestra, invited the kids to come back to
the field and demonstate another formation.
- They again claimed they made the formation by the light
of the Moon - even though this is a total lie (no moonlight that night).
- The kids have changed their story about the length of
the tow rope to 75 feet (and the reporter changed HER story about the 30
foot tow rope, saying it was originally reported as being 60 feet - another
- Steve Moreno, of PsiApplications, reported that the 'practice'
formation claimed by the kids to have been made before the Rockville formation
- was not there when he took pictures of the Rockville formation. The reporter,
trying to discredit this detail, pointed out that Steve has no photographic
evidence of this (even though the teens have no photographic evidence for
- And on, and on. . . this story is not going to go away
anytime soon. Fortunately, this has not deterred anyone from visiting the
formation - just as many people were reported still streaming into the
site to decide for themselves.
- Link: <http://www.timesheraldonline.com/articles/2003/07/12/news/news04.txt>Times
- Bored teens try to claim crop circles
- SF Gate chronicle has another article from the press
conference of the 'demonstration' in wild grass which includes a photo.
SF Gate chronicle Article
- Skeptics community blames media
- SF Gate Chronicle has also run an article devoted entirely
to the Sketptics' community claims that 'all crop circles are hoaxes' and
blames the media for inciting an 'outbreak' of 'crop circle mania'.
- The usual culprits are quoted spewing their tar and feathers
all over the landscape, but not supplying any proof of THEIR claims: Joe
Nickell from CSICOP being the most prominent.