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OFFICER TIMOTHY RUSSELL
"The Newmarket Incident"

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Binoculars This student interview is with Officer Timothy Russell of the Newmarket Police Department was recorded on April 23, 1980. He was then 30 years old and had lived in the Seacoast, NH area all his life. Ruseell is not included in the 1965 book "Incident at Exeter", but spotted a UFO years later as reported in the Exeter News- Letter as "The Newmarket Incident." High school student David Baker conducted the interview. --- JDR

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STUDENT:
Could you tell me what your UFO looked like?

RUSSELL:
The shape is hard to describe; it just was round in shape, okay? And it was pulsating. It was just hovering. I don't know how to say it, just hovering. It wasn't moving at all. There were three of us there, myself, Al Marcoux, and Dave Paquette.

STUDENT:
About what time was this?

RUSSELL:
This, I believe, was around 9 o'clock. It definitely wasn't moving because we picked up an object in the cruiser. I think it was the tip of the radar and kind of lined it up so we could tell if there was nay movement because we weren't sure what we were seeing. We wanted to be sure we weren't seeing some type of fire blast from an airplane or something like that. And I mean there was no change in the size of it or anything. Just had that pulsating.

STUDENT:
Do you know Patrolmen Bertrand or Hunt over to the Exeter police station?

RUSSELL:
I know Bertrand, not well, but I know him.

STUDENT:
And did you ever meet, John Fuller, the guy that wrote "The Incident at Exeter"?

RUSSELL:
No, not that I'm aware of.

STUDENT:
What color were the lights?

RUSSELL:
They actually would change. It's really hard for me to remember, but they went red, yellow, purple, a kind of mixture of all of them. Not predominantly red, not a predominantly yellow, not a predominantly purple. Just a kind of mixture of all of them.

Well, all I can say is I'm familiar with one of the police officers (in the Exeter UFO report) and I don't believe that any two police officers would put themselves up to some of the ridicule that these guys were put up to -- that I was put up to, as a matter of fact, when I saw that thing. What they've been put up to I do not believe that two police officers of good character would make this up. There's no reason to; we get involved in enough stuff when we're on the street as it is. We don't have to come up with that kind of stuff.

STUDENT:
How do people react to you when you tell them that you have seen a UFO?

RUSSELL:
Well, I got off to a bad start because I wrote something in the police log when I saw the thing, right? A newspaper reporter came down here the next day and the chief made kind of a joke about it. And when it appeared in the Exeter News-Letter as a headline, it said "The Newmarket Incident" or something. I felt a little foolish about it then. I don't feel foolish about it today because I know I saw something that was different, but I felt kind of embarrassed or ridiculous about it. I think if I saw something again, I wouldn't say anything.

STUDENT:
Did it make any sounds?

RUSSELL:
No. No sounds at all. That's another reason why I don't think it was anything from an airplane because we had the windows down, You could have heard an airplane.

STUDENT:
Do you think the "Newmarket Incident" is related to the sighting in Exeter?

RUSSELL:
Couldn't say that it would be the same type of UFO sighting because I couldn't give a definite shape to what I saw. It was more like a round ball. The only thing that I remember distinctly was the pulsating effect it had.

STUDENT:
Did you believe in the existence of UFOs before this sighting?

RUSSELL:
I would have to say that I was a heck of a lot more skeptical in my belief about UFOs than I am right now. One of the officers with me, Mr. Marcoux was -- oh boy -- he must have been at that time around 52, and he has lived in this area most of his life, and he hadn't seen anything like that. And other officer, Mr. Paquette, has lived in this area all of his life also, and he had not seen anything like it. So we saw something definitely different, there's no question about that. Whether it was a UFO? I don't know what it was.

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Originally published in The Talon
Exeter Area High School, October 1980
J. Dennis Robinson, Faculty Advisor

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