December 4, 2012

The Wooden Plugs

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In Chapter 10 of The Mothman Prophecies, John discussed the curious wooden plugs that he found in a woman’s telephone in Point Pleasant.

He did indeed keep the sliver of wood in a plastic box.  In fact, there are two of them, along with a card noting the woman’s name and the date.

They’re 10 mm long, and, as you can see, whittled from some light wood.  Are they really cigarette loads?  I’m not going to put a match to them; judging from the reviews I checked on Amazon, many are duds anyway.  Here’s a photo of some contemporary loads for comparison.


Whether they’re cigarette loads are not, what were they doing in Doris Lilly’s phone?


  1. Hello, Doug:

    You know, I’ve wondered about this probably too many times. Ruling out (God knows why) voodoo or some other fetishistic magic, I ponder the possibility the loads dropped out of the shirt pocket of some assembly-line worker?

    Best-Guess Bill G

    Comment by William ("Bill") J. Grabowski — December 5, 2012 @ 6:41 am

  2. That’s a good guess. It’s always possible they’re not cigarette loads, though I still have no idea what else they would be.

    Comment by Doug — December 5, 2012 @ 10:41 am

  3. In Mr. Keel’s books I remember him stating the phenomenon would seem to fit a person’s belief system. What if these where placed in the phone just to validate his belief that the phones were tampered with. Was someone playing a big cosmic joke on him so he would start another belief system? Then again it could be a simple coincidence and nothing more.

    Comment by Mike Nemeth — December 7, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

  4. Maybe Gray Barker got there first. He was a trickster and I know John wasn’t happy with him for a long time.

    Comment by Bo — December 11, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

  5. That’s another good guess. Barker was certainly up to mischief in the area. I think he was responsible for some of the odd phone calls and hotel messages John reported. John, though, didn’t care for that idea…

    Comment by Doug — December 11, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

  6. Brilliant, thanks Doug, for maintaining this site and posting all these fascinating pieces from the John Keel archive. Much appreciated!

    Best regards,


    Comment by Theo — December 11, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

  7. Thanks, Theo!

    Comment by Doug — December 12, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

  8. I also wanted to send a thank you Doug for keeping this site going… Mr. Keel is missed but at least we can all come here and see the fantastic work you are doing posting all these interesting tid bits… Keep up the great work…

    Comment by Dave — January 11, 2013 @ 11:24 am

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  10. Thanks, Dave! There’s more to come…

    Comment by Doug — January 11, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

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