And here’s the next part of John’s original report on Tiny’s visit to the Christiansens. It includes a strange detail omitted from the version in The Mothman Prophecies: Tiny recites a long poem about piddling dogs. It reminds me of a traditional verse called “Runt, or the Piddlin’ Pup,” often reprinted in collections of bawdy songs and verse, and set to music more than once. I’ve posted an old version I found in an antique store, after John’s report. It’s not really a riddle, unless Tiny wanted them to guess the punchline.
November 16, 2015
November 9, 2015
Here’s the third installment of John’s original report on Tiny’s visit to the Christiansens, as later described, in less detail, in The Mothman Prophecies. Read on…
November 4, 2015
Here’s the next part of John’s original notes on Tiny’s visit to the Christiansens, as shared with other researchers in 1967. Read on…
October 31, 2015
The story of the Christiansen family and their encounter with the disturbing Man In Black, Tiny, has baffled many readers of The Mothman Prophecies. Soon after John interviewed the Christiansens, he wrote a report on it, which he sent to fellow researchers, including Charles Bowen and Ivan Sanderson. It was not intended for publication, and goes into more detail than the account in the book. I’ll post it in a few sections, and follow it up with some of his colleagues’ reactions. I’ve crossed out the addresses and phone numbers of the witnesses, just in case anyone is still living there.
October 6, 2015
Mary Hyre died on February 15, 1970. Here are a telegram to John from Gray Barker, a letter from Mabel McDaniel (Linda Scarberry’s mother, and herself a Mothman witness), and two obituaries. The first is from the Ohio Messenger; I don’t know where the second came from.
September 28, 2015
Linda Scarberry wrote John on January 26, 1970, to tell him that Mary Hyre had been admitted to the hospital. She also catches him up on her budding romance with John Franzen, her mother’s odd nocturnal bruises, a bedroom visitant, a puzzling odor of cigar smoke, and her daughter Danielle. I’m not posting the pictures of Danielle, unless someone really wants to see them. Linda wrote John two more letters, telling him about Mary Hyre’s worsening condition, and urging him to write, call, or visit. (He did write and call, but couldn’t visit.) I don’t think I’ll post those either. But here’s the letter.
September 21, 2015
This is probably Mary Hyre’s last letter to John. It was written Dec. 15, 1969; she died two months later. She mentions the dedication of the Silver Memorial Bridge, which had taken place that day, and some gossip about their mutual friends. Linda is Linda Scarberry, one of the first Mothman witnesses; Mabel and Parkie are Linda’s mother and father. It’s written in light ink, and is hard to read, so I’ll transcribe it.
Well, the big day is over, it was so bad only about 5,000 people attended, also the President didn’t make it, so that cut the crowd down a lot.
Sending you clippings of special we had Sunday, will send the dedication story after it comes out tomorrow.
It was nice talking with you Saturday night.
Linda said that John had called her, and that he was coming to the United States. I hope she doesn’t disappoint him, you never know about these young kids today, today they are in love with someone and tomorrow it is someone else.
I date this man some, and he wants to get married, and Sharon and John like him very much, and want [me] to marry him, but I told them I was the one who will be living with him.
He is jealous, and that I could never take. I went with [him] before I was even married, and [he] sure hasn’t changed, and you know me. I know too many people not to be friendly, and most certainly would never let anyone tell me not to speak with people.
I don’t have a clipping of my story of Moth Man, but will get one and send it [to] you.
I think Brenda is pregnant, of course Linda thinks she is too, but Mabel and Parkie do not know that. Mabel will go out of her mind. Her nerves is all that is wrong with her.
Well, it is time to back to work. Hope you are feeling better. Mary
September 18, 2015
I thought that I’d posted all of Mary Hyre’s letters, but I turned up another couple, in a folder containing letters and clippings about her death. This one is from November 4, 1969; there’s more on Roger and Linda Scarberry, a contactee who thinks he’s a Man In Black, and some strange experiences shared by Linda and Mary. Her handwriting is difficult if you’re not used to it, so I’ll transcribe it.
On the back of the last page she notes that the name of the man from Lorraine was Pat Matna. She gives an address and phone number, but I’ll leave those off.
Well, as you already know, I never write letters, but promise myself every day I will write to you. The weather has been just beautiful here, but rather cold.
You will be surprised to hear this, but John the Swede was back this last week. If you talk with the MacDaniels don’t tell them, let them tell you.
He has fallen in love with Linda, and she plans to go to Sweden as soon as she can get a divorce. They keep asking me to give my opinions on this, and that is something I will not tell her to do.
Roger is no good, and she and the baby went hungry half the time, and [I] think he stayed away for days, and I do not blame her for leaving him. She is back home now.
Linda will make a man a good wife if they treat her half-way right. I think John would be good to her and make her feel like she is someone.
This is a funny world! I have been contacted by a man who says he has been contacted by the men in black, and has been told that he is one of them, and for him to start wearing black, and that they are lovable people.
He said that I am one of these people and that I will be contacted later, and my life will be changed – – they are not going to hurt me. He says you are of the same group.
He called me again this morning. He lives in Lorraine, Ohio. I have his name and address at the office. I don’t [know] what to think about this guy.
He was at the convention, and said he looked for three days in Pt. Pleasant and couldn’t find me, that’s not true because I am not that hard to find.
Well, I stopped and made some peanut
cookies for the kids.
Sharon’s husband leaves for the Navy Nov. 18 and will be stationed at Great Lakes for 10 weeks, and then he could be sent most anywhere.
Perhaps she will go with him when he is in port for a while and can be with him, I think it will be nice for them to live different places. I sure would like to be able to travel abroad, I get so tired of working but might as well like it.
My back still hurts me a lot, but maybe it will feel good when it stops hurting.
How are you feeling? Hope your book is coming along OK.
Well, it looks like when Linda and [I] go into the TNT area things just happen. We just about got the life frightened out of [us] the other night at the power house. Sharon and John, her husband, were with us, but they didn’t see what we did. I thought it was going to stop my heart. I will explain it to you later. Linda and I have been about to go to pieces with hearing the heart beat at the same time, and our right ear feels like it is going to burst.
When [we] hear this it usually is about 1 am or later, and we can call one another, and before either one says what’s wrong, we know it is happening to the other.
The bridge opening is set for Dec. 15.
Hope you can get here for it. That would be the second anniversary of the collapse of the Silver Bridge. I have some strange dreams. Maxine and I were the first two women to walk the bridge.
Write me a line when you have time, and try and come to see us.
You can stay with us.
As ever, Mary
August 25, 2015
The Great International Sex Conspiracy, to be written under John’s preferred pseudonym, Randolph Halsey-Quince, was to be a humor book about sex, in the form of a mock conspiracy treatise. It had another working title:
He got as far as an incomplete table of contents and the first chapter.
The first chapter follows, on another page. The conspiracy is revealed at last!
August 18, 2015
I thought I’d posted everything about the New York Fortean Society, which John directed from 1987 to 1994, but I just came across this sheet. It’s the invitation to the first meeting, on September 19, 1987. A historic occasion!