Hansen Versus Sandow on The Most Unbelievable Yet Well-Documented UFO Claim of All Time
I blogged about it 3 years ago.
This case came up again as I was reading this book: George Hansen's "The Trickster and the Paranormal"
It's an interesting book for sure-- a scholarly and almost philosophical dive into all sorts of strange histories and paranormal events. There's a lot of important and unique ideas explored at length in the book. Hansen's a bit odd in that he believes in the reality of paranormal events, but he also shows how much (supposed) fraud is associated with paranormal events (is a complicated topic). But what's even more odd is how downplays the idea of UFOs and ETs as being real. In the same vein, Hansen completely dismisses the Cortile case as a hoax.
So it's worth revisiting this excellent Greg Sandow rebuttal to Hansen's criticism. He does a great job in pointing out how strong the Cortile case is and taking down Hansen. And it does seem like Hansen acted unethically in dealing with Cortile by publishing her real name, and it's sad and weird that Hansen does this and it makes me doubt his motives, even though his book is quite good otherwise.