JOHN KEEL NOT AN AUTHORITY ON ANYTHING

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.

November 5, 2017

Special Cases – The Long Island File (62): Louise, Gladys, and the Palluccis

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In the next two entries in his notes, John receives more strange stories from his usual informants, Jaye Paro, Louise, and Gladys Fusaro. John remained dubious about Gladys’s stories; the alien who visited the Palluccis certainly seems unlikely.

A couple of notes: John’s name, was, in fact, not “John Keel,” but “Alva John Kiehle.” And why shouldn’t he reveal the existence of the Lucis Trust library? It’s public, after all.

October 31, 2017

Special Cases – The Long Island File (61): The Lucis Trust

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At the end of August (we’re still in 1967), Jaye Paro tells John to look for a book in the Lucis Trust library. He does so, and finds passages underlined in red pencil. Apol’s letters were written in red pencil. Did Jaye mark up the book? Did someone else, and then tell her to tell John? I suspect the former, but I guess we can’t know.

The Lucis Trust was founded in 1922 by Alice Bailey and her husband Foster Bailey, to publish her books, which are apparently influenced by H. P. Blavatsky (I’ve read some Blavatsky, but no Bailey).

And we have more stories from Jaye: this time, an attempt to gas her, and a frozen phone.

October 22, 2017

Special Cases – The Long Island File (60): A New Threat!

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John’s daily record continues with more drama from Jaye Paro: a new alien, Rodan, threatens to murder four people she knows if she doesn’t stop her contact with “those people.” Apol/Appell had previously given Paro the name “Tim’na” in a letter to John. Of course, if she actually wrote the letter, she would know about her new name. More puzzling, perhaps, is the report from John’s girlfriend Gerda, about a small disc outside her window.

October 15, 2017

Special Cases – The Long Island File (59): Gerda, Joe, and a Letter from Apol

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John’s notes continue with some odd reports from his girlfriend Gerda, followed by a call from Joe Henslik. Gerda was a dancer, and, as far as I know, not particularly interested in UFOs. Henslik was a contactee; elsewhere in his notes, John dismissed his story as a hoax.

There’s also a letter from Apol/Appel/Appell, as well as a second questionnaire. I posted the questionnaire over here; John kept a separate file on Apol.

October 8, 2017

Special Cases – The Long Island File (58): Funny Things

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In the middle of August, 1967, John’s primary contactee Jaye Paro is out of town, so “things have been generally quiet.” Then she returns, and has more “funny things” to report. There are also reports of phone hoaxes from ufologists Joan Whritenouer and June Larson, and the puzzle of Gray Barker’s envelopes turning up in Philadelphia. Ivan Sanderson says that the vitamin supplements Apol recommended have made him feel better. He was not, by the way, a transvestite, but did often wear a robe.

October 1, 2017

Special Cases – Long Island File (57): A Letter to Jerome Clark

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In the midst of all the confusion that surrounded John in 1967, he wrote a letter to fellow researcher Jerome Clark, summarizing his understanding of the UFO phenomenon at the time. Much of it (in retrospect, too much of it, I’m afraid) was based on the information he was getting from Jaye Paro. A couple of notes: Charles, I presume, is Charles Bowen, editor of the British Flying Saucer Review; Lucius F. is Lucius Farish, tireless collector of UFO data.

September 24, 2017

Special Cases – Long Island File (56): I Am in Your Hands

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Early in the morning, June 5, 1967, John types out a heartfelt letter to the aliens that he’s come to believe are contacting Jaye Paro. He has, at least for this morning, decided that Jaye is not hoaxing, and places himself in their hands.

 

September 17, 2017

Special Cases – The Long Island File (55): Frank Davis Is in Trouble

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John’s record continues… Jaye Paro reports on her last broadcast from the Burning Embers restaurant. Frank Davis, an Air Force lieutenant who had once questioned her, and who occasionally showed up at her shows, is taken off by two men in a “large, expensive car.” Jaye says that she had received a letter in red pencil; John notes that she never saw Apol’s red penciled letters, although all of Apol’s correspondence came through her. Jaye also found a Gideon Bible with her initials in it, just as John had found his name in one. She also asks about Mt. Echo, WV; the town does exist, although I don’t know what was going on there then.

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