January 14, 2018

Special Cases – The Long Island File (70): Questions (QA #4)

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John submitted another questionnaire to Apol, and included the response in his file. Apol (I suppose channeled by Jaye Paro) replied in crude red pencil; John transcribed the answers on these carbons.

A few notes: On page 2, the questions about people in caverns refer to Richard Shaver’s claims of underground cities, frequently discussed in UFO circles. Long John Nebel’s nightly radio show often focused on UFOs; Apol identified him as a contactee in an earlier questionnaire. John Lester wrote a series of articles on UFOs for the Newark Star-Ledger in 1958. I can’t identify Tom Everett Hilliard or “Charlie.” Gordon Evans wrote for Fate, Flying Saucers, and other magazines; Joseph Henslick was a contactee, according to John a confessed hoaxer; Don Estrella was a friend of John’s, mentioned in Chapter 9 of The Mothman Prophecies.

As I said about an earlier questionnaire, John’s questions are probably more interesting than the answers.

(Incidentally, I accidentally deleted the last dozen or so comments on this site while deleting spam. Sorry! No offense intended!)

January 7, 2018

Special Cases – The Long Island File (69): An Operation and a Letter

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On September 14, 1967, John noted that Jaye Paro underwent a kidney operation. I wondered if her condition, or some medication to treat it, might cause vivid dreams or hallucinations, but a physician I asked (Dr. Mamie Caton) said it was unlikely, particularly over several months.  Sodium pentothal, in addition to its reputation as a truth serum, was once a common sedative.

The same day, John wrote another letter to Paro’s aliens (Tim’na is Paro), sending another questionnaire and taking them to task for their behavior. Does anyone know who “Mr. Alexander” was? Googling turns up many, but I don’t know which one fits the context here.

January 2, 2018

Special Cases – The Long Island File (68): A Red Top and the Petersons

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Happy New Year! Here, we continue with John’s “Special Cases” file. To anyone who hasn’t been following this, these are John Keel’s notes from 1967, which he later used for his book The Mothman Prophecies. Most of the notes are about Long Island, rather than Point Pleasant; I’m posting the files as he collected them. His primary contactee this year was Jaye Paro, a radio host at WBAB, who provided him with an avalanche of strange reports, mostly about her contacts with two aliens or androids named Apol (or Appell) and Agar. John found her stories credible, at least at the time.

The next installments concern a strange phone call and a report from Paro about a confused couple she met on Mt. Misery (long rumored to be haunted). John did own a small top, which he said a friend had given him; Paro’s aliens had asked about it before.

December 24, 2017

Whitewashing Hogwash

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To close out the year, here’s a Keel rarity: a peppery editorial against censorship and government boondoggles. It appeared in an odd little newspaper called the New York Column, on September 25, 1970. The paper was only 16 pages, and edited by a certain N. H. Mager, who apparently also edited several dictionaries. It contained an assortment of syndicated features (Ann Landers, Hints from Heloise, bridge, horoscopes), TV listings, and very little news. I found nothing about it online; maybe it didn’t last long. At any rate, here’s John’s opinion on the controversial National Commission on Obscenity and Pornography, whose expensive report had just been rejected by President Nixon.

December 18, 2017

Special Cases – The Long Island File (67): Events on Long Island

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Jaye Paro’s aliens had told him he would be contacted, possibly even abducted, on September 3. He wasn’t, of course, but he did note a lot of activity in Long Island that week.

Gladys Fusaro was a UFO buff; she was in touch with James Moseley, and occasionally contributed to UFO newsletters. Gerda was John’s girlfriend, a dancer who had little or no interest in UFOs.

December 12, 2017

Special Cases – The Long Island File (66): Background on the Principal Witness

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At the beginning of September 1967, John paused in the onslaught of high strangeness to set down his impressions of his principal witness, Jaye Paro. For those who have been following this often bizarre investigation, please remember that this whole thing had taken only four months, from May through August. Although I post once a week, there were often only a few hours between entries. It does seem longer, since there was so much going on.

I find these pages more useful as a record of what he thought of Jaye than as an objective portrait. His impressions naturally affect his assessment of her supposed experiences, and what he chose to do with them, whether they were accurate or not. They may tell us more about John than about Jaye.

Although John says Paro’s radio show was popular, I haven’t been able to find any references to it. I’d love to see a WBAB program guide, if there was such a thing. And I’m certainly sorry there’s no tape of that show with John!

I posted a picture of Jaye Paro here, and examples of the articles she wrote for Beyond magazine here.

December 4, 2017

Special Cases – The Long Island File (65): A New Set of Developments

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As we continue into September, John now expects Jays Paro’s aliens to contact him directly, perhaps even abduct him. Ivan Sanderson tells him that his (Sanderson’s) wife is dying (she revived, and lived until 1972). He has more strange reports from Paro and from Vicki Hayes, and is disturbed when an Indian man asks him for directions (I assume because Paro said her contacts looked Indian). As he says, “Ordinarily, I would not have given such an incident much thought,” but he’s obviously on edge.

November 26, 2017

Special Cases – The Long Island File (64): Strange Lights and Strange Behavior

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September 1967 begins with a flurry of reports, including a couple of UFO sightings, a couple of sudden departures, and some strange behavior from one of Jaye Paro’s friends. Gerda was John’s girlfriend; I don’t know who Rowdie was. John also traces a map of the Pleiades, speculating that some of the aliens came from there; he was apparently still considering the extraterrestrial hypothesis at this point.


November 21, 2017

Special Cases – The Long Island File (63): A Letter to the Aliens

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John wrote to the supposed aliens on September 2, 1967. Among other topics, he mentions that Jaye Paro is tired of being a messenger, proposes setting up a communication center in an abandoned farmhouse, offers to let them possess him, and muses on his time in India. And, as he says at the end, “September promises to be a busy month for all of us.”

A few notes: John sent several questionnaires to Apol/Appell, receiving usually evasive answers; the library is the Lucis Trust library; Tim’na is the aliens’ name for Jaye Paro.

November 15, 2017

Another Picture of the Silver Lake Hoax

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In a local thrift shop I found a copy of The White Woman and Her Valley, by Arch Merrill. Merrill was on the staff of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle for many years, and wrote hundreds of articles on New York history and folklore, which he then turned into books. One of the chapters in this collection concerns the so-called Sea Serpent of Silver Lake, to which John devotes a chapter in Strange Creatures from Time and Space (later republished as The Complete Guide to Mysterious Beings). For those who mislaid their copies, a hotel keeper in John’s hometown of Perry, sometime in the 1850s, built an inflatable lake monster, which caused some excitement for a while. The “Sea Serpent” is still remembered fondly in Perry. Merrill’s account is rather brief, but he does present another version of what seems to be the only illustration of the hoax, which I posted here. Merrill’s picture is obviously the same, but many details are either lighter or darker, so I’ll post it here for lake monster hoax fans.

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