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January 17, 2017

Special Cases – The Long Island File (22): “She Needs Thy Help”

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As we come to July 1967, Jaye Paro’s messages from Apol/Appel are becoming more Biblical in tone. She is identified as their “messenger” (whoever “they” are), and John is told that she needs his help, and that he should believe and trust. This sounds more like classic channeling than hoaxing to me; but, as always, it’s a “confusing situation.” John notes Paro’s claim that the Montessori schools are infiltrated by aliens (the schools, by the way, are not Catholic), and responds to the messages with a letter in similar tone and style.

January 8, 2017

Special Cases – The Long Island File (21): Questions and More Phone Trouble

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We continue with John’s “Special Cases” file. For those coming in late, it contains his running notes on UFO and contactee activity in 1967, some of which he used in The Mothman Prophecies. He was getting many more reports from Long Island than Point Pleasant, much of it about Jaye Paro, a radio personality at WBAB in Babylon, N. Y., and her supposed contacts with two figures named Apol and Agar. It’s not clear if they’re aliens, but they’re apparently not quite human. Many of her stories are ridiculous, all are strange, and John is trying to keep up with them. I should point out that he doesn’t necessarily believe them; he’s intrigued by their similarities to other contactees’ tales, and suspects she may be passing on information from another source.

In these next few pages, John notes some questions for Paro’s contacts, and discovers that none of his calls to her showed up on his phone bill. Rivalino da Silva was a Brazilian prospector; his son Raimundo reported that his father was abducted by two floating spheres in 1962. Revelation 1:19 is “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter.” 20:7-8 is “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” John also pastes into his record a clipping about the Pope; on June 19, Paro had passed along a prophecy that the Pope would soon be assassinated.

So, follow along with John as he tries to figure out what’s going on…

January 2, 2017

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! Here’s a calendar John printed up for his New York Fortean Society back in 1989. It works for 2017 too, so you can put this historic artifact to use!

December 26, 2016

Special Cases – The Long Island File (20): The Census Taker

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It’s July 1967, and John keeps being barraged with weirdness. In just two days, Jaye Paro passes out and receives a telegram from Agar, her friend Richard is contacted by mistake, she’s visited by an odd “census taker” asking about UFOs, and Princess Moon Owl shows up on the TV news. The first page below is a letter from Paro, giving John more info from Apol and Agar. She also drew a little picture of Mickey Mouse.

 

December 18, 2016

Special Cases – The Long Island File (19): Lia Appears

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John’s year of concentrated high strangeness continues. Among other things, Jaye Paro passes along more prophecies (“utter bilge,” in his opinion), a neighbor’s apartment is broken into, there are more odd phone calls, Paro’s new contact Lia makes her first appearance, and an ad about Helgoland piques John’s interest.

 

 

December 11, 2016

Special Cases – The Long Island File (18): A Visit and a Convention

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John’s daily notes continue, as Jaye Paro buys salt for Agar and Apol, refuses to steal items from the drugstore, and visits their home. Sex rears its ugly head, and Princess Moon Owl covers Petula Clark. It’s best to keep in mind John’s all-caps parenthesis. He also takes some notes on the 1967 Congress of Scientific Ufologists, with appearances by Gray Barker, Long John Nebel, and Vivenus. Frank Edwards dies during the convention, apparently fulfilling a prophecy from Barker, and John is accused of being a CIA agent. (By the way, I posted some material about Vivenus here.)

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December 4, 2016

Special Cases – The Long Island File (17): The Plot Continues

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At this point in his record, John includes an article by Charles Bowen, from Flying Saucer Review, about two men in Rio de Janeiro, found dead with “strange leaden masks” beside them. (This is known as the “Lead Mask Case,” and there’s a lot about it online, if you’re curious.) John marked a paragraph about a note found with them, directing them to take unspecified “capsules.” One of the theories about the men is that they took psychedelics to contact spirits; John was probably interested because pills are reported by a number of contactees, including Jaye Paro.

He then goes on with his daily reports: Paro claims another meeting with Apol and Agar, and an unpleasant interaction with two men in gray. (John apparently forgot to finish the sentence at the end of the page; there’s no page missing.) He also notes a rash of odd phone calls, some of which he suspects might be due to Gray Barker. And Princess Moon Owl calls to announce her departure. Two busy days for a hard-working reporter…

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November 29, 2016

Special Cases – The Long Island File (16): John Visits WBAB

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At this point, John decided to visit Jaye Paro at radio station WBAB in Long Island. She shows him the disk and the intercepted envelope, and passes along a prophecy from Apol and Agar. John, ever thorough, notes and dates the prophecy, just in case…

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November 22, 2016

Special Cases – The Long Island File (15): Colonel Dalton

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We pick up the thread in John’s ongoing investigation of Jaye Paro. This time, she claims to have been visited by a certain Colonel John Lewis Dalton, who questioned her about UFOs and asked her to fill out a long questionnaire. Meanwhile, Princess Moon Owl is calling up contactees. As usual, John takes notes on it all, with increasing exasperation, adding, “So things are getting more and more involved.”

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November 15, 2016

Mothman Turns 50

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Mothman’s first official sighting took place fifty years ago, on November 15, 1966. On that night, Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette reported that they saw a large winged creature in the TNT area in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, touching off a very peculiar year indeed. Here is Roger Scarberry’s sketch, and the first two editions of John’s book, both published in 1975 by the Saturday Review Press. The design for the first, by the way, is by Peter Parnall, better known for his wildlife drawings. There’s no better way to mark this anniversary than to read The Mothman Prophecies!

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