July 25, 2016

Special Cases – The Long Island File (1): A Letter to Charles Bowen

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1967 was an especially busy year for John, and he kept a running record of his activities. He called it his “Special Cases File,” and it included correspondence, clippings, and diary entries, collected into a series of binders. I’ve posted material from the first one, and I’ll now head into the second. I’m sorry to disappoint Mothman fans, but there’s more here about Long Island than Point Pleasant.

John’s daily life became extremely strange at this time, as he did his best to keep up with a barrage of weirdness, mixed in with hoaxes and dead ends: all in the hope of finding out what was happening, and getting some salable copy from it. A lot of it seems crazy now, but he was following leads with his usual thoroughness, and, apparently, enjoying the excitement.

Below is John’s note at the beginning of the file, followed by a letter to Charles Bowen, editor of the British Flying Saucer Review. The letter sums up John’s research at that time, and goes into some interesting details, including his ambiguous opinion of Woodrow Derenberger.




July 18, 2016

A Letter from Mary Hyre, June 7, 1967

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Mary continued to keep John informed on the sightings in Point Pleasant. This letter reports on a Mothman encounter and two UFO sightings. I apologize for cutting off the top of the letter; John stapled several of these sheets together, and I wanted to keep them intact.



July 11, 2016

A Letter from Mary Hyre, June 2, 1967

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I thought I’d posted all of Mary Hyre’s letters, but I just found a couple that John put in his “Special Cases” files. (For those unfamiliar with her, she was a reporter in Point Pleasant who kept John up to date on Mothman and UFO reports; The Mothman Prophecies is dedicated to her).

This letter reports on three UFO sightings, including one of hers, and an odd dream. As always, I apologize for the quality of her typewriter.




July 3, 2016

Has It Been Seven Years?

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It’s been seven years since John died, on July 3, 2009. I’m sure he’d be glad to know he was still remembered and read, but I can hear a faint voice from the afterlife, adding, “Yeah, but where’s the money?”

John is shown here with Gray Barker and Jim Moseley, from the Fall 1967 issue of Saucer News.

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