April 24, 2014

A Letter from Mary Hyre, May 11, 1967

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Mary Hyre’s next letter to John was from May 11, 1967.  She talks about her own UFO sighting, her phone troubles, a strange heartbeat sound reported by Mothman witnesses Roger and Linda Scarberry (and which she too heard), and the theft of John’s papers from his car.  She scrawled the letter on cheap paper (while sitting under the hairdryer, she adds), so I’ve added a more legible transcription after the scans.  The clippings she mentioned were not in the envelope; John must have filed them elsewhere.





Pt. Pleasant

Dear John:

Well the UFOs were really out last night!  I was driving out 22nd Street about 11 p.m. and suddenly the brightest object was right in front of me very low and just to the north of it was this orange colored one.

I haven’t seen one just like this bright color before.

Many others reported sighting also last night (I was sober, although I had a very big day, celebrating my 25 anniversary).

It seems I can never think of half the things that happens to me when I write or talk with you.  Friday night the same night I seen the thick-lens glasses man.  My telephone on 695-1560 line performed a strange thing.  When I call out I use the 695-4543 phone, Scotty called me on that phone as it not listed and said my 1560 phone was out of order.  I picked phone and dialed the 1560 number and the operator said the line is busy, well the operator don’t tell the line is busy unless she calling long distance, I told it was right on my desk and most certainly was not busy.  The operator gave me the service department and she said it was OK and for to dial again, but the same thing happened, and again gave me the operator and we went through the same thing… It was near midnight I gave up and went home, and called from home and the same thing happened.  The next morning it was the same thing and told the phone was not busy and said Wait a minute and in about five minutes the phone rang and no one answers, but dialed the number and answered it and believe or not it was OK.

I guess the best thing for me to do is give up or should I stay with it?

Linda and Roger one night heard the noise or sound like a heart beat.  I too heard this (sound) and thought it was my heart pounding although I never have in ill effects from heart.  Not saying that I won’t, but I thought it very strange and was about the same hour 3 a.m. in morning.  I still say if they want me — come and get me!

I haven’t had time talk with Mrs. Boucea [?].  This is a busy week, I have lot of meetings the first week of the month, but I shall do it soon.

I have received so many calls congratulating me on my 25 anniversary.

Sending you a clipping of the tribute the Messenger paid me, of which I am very proud.  When I die I don’t need flowers as I have received mine while I live.

My house looks like a flower shop with the beautiful arrangements I received, I hope am worthy of the praise I received.

Without my friends I could never have accomplished it.

Also sending a clipping of a UFO in today’s paper.

John if I have any clipping you need please let me know, even if only have one you can always send them back after you make a copy.

Do you feel that someone knew what you had in your car and wanted it for information or to destroy it?

It has worried me, I really don’t see what they would want with your note books and clippings, or perhaps they just took everything and didn’t give a damn what they took.

I am writing this letter while sitting under hair dryer.

As ever, Mary



  1. Having read and reread The Mothman Prophesies several times I find this kind of back story really interesting. I can see the Keel had to trim the information he had at hand to keep the book on track. I wonder what, if anything, he made of the “heart beat” sounds mentioned here? Thanks Doug for posting this. This blog is one of my regular stops.

    Comment by Clarence Carlson — April 28, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

  2. Well, thanks for reading. It’s good to know that John is remembered. I don’t know what he made of that heartbeat. He wrote “phones” on the envelope for this letter, which may just mean that he was writing about phone interference at the time.

    Comment by Doug — April 29, 2014 @ 11:10 am

  3. Fascinating Doug, and my eternal gratitude, as always, for you making all these unique documents available. I am wondering about the role of Mary Hyre in the Mothman saga, I think she may have been more instrumental than what has formerly been perceived. Someone should do an article on her, she deserves it.

    Also, I am wondering, what was up with her phone? Was she influenced by this ‘Keelian awareness’, was it perhaps the other way around or was her phone actually ‘tampered’ with from the outside, to use a Shaverian expression? From this letter we may infer that Keel and Hyre had a mutual level of understanding, perhaps only reached by many discussions.

    Are there any records of how many times Keel met with Hyre?

    How interesting would it be to be able to listen in.

    Again, thank you!



    Comment by Theo — May 6, 2014 @ 8:48 pm

  4. Mary Hyre was covering the events as they happened, where they happened. And she was also regularly in touch with John: as you can see by these letters, she wrote every few days. I don’t know how many times John visited Point Pleasant, but it’s a good question…

    I suppose she could have had phone trouble for all the ordinary reasons; it’s also possible her phones were being played with, since some parts of the government were suspicious of journalists in those days. Obviously, John was intrigued by her phone problems.

    Comment by Doug — May 7, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

  5. John was one of the few people in this world I would have loved to have met. The first time I picked up the Mothman Prophecies and read it in 2009, I was glued to it. I couldnt not put it down. I havent had the same experience with a book like that for a long time. Unfortunately I wasn’t aware at the time that he had passed away.
    Never met the man, but I’ll never forget him either. Been browsing this site for a few years and I’m so glad it’s here. Thank you very much for all that you shared that John couldn’t.
    I’d like to get my hands on a couple more of his books as well, very enjoyable to read.

    Comment by Christopher — May 13, 2014 @ 9:58 pm

  6. This reminds me, Doug, of why I keep coming back here.

    Comment by William J. Grabowski — May 14, 2014 @ 5:58 am

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