March 12, 2017

Special Cases – The Long Island File (30): The “Gray Barker” Hoax

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As John was trying to figure out what Jaye Paro was up to, he was contending with hoaxes from his fellow researchers. He noted this strange phone call from Gray Barker, or at least someone who sounded like him. Frank Edwards had died June 23. A contactee had told Barker that a famous ufologist would die soon, and much was made of this at the UFO convention John and Gray attended that weekend.


  1. Did Keel later think it was Barker? Did he have a reaction to the articles that ran in Skeptical Enquirer?

    Comment by Tim — March 12, 2017 @ 9:56 pm

  2. What did Keel make of all this later–10, 20 years later? Rather than paranormal activity, this mostly sounds like he was being played by hoaxers and cranks.

    Comment by Paul B Thompson — March 14, 2017 @ 8:36 am

  3. John was frustrated by the hoaxers like Barker and Moseley, since he was doggedly trying to figure out the UFO phenomenon. His relationships with both of them were ambivalent; he seems to have trusted Barker more. At the time, despite his suspicions, he thought Jaye Paro was incapable of inventing all of her material. I don’t know what he thought later. He did say that he had to get away from the subject, because it was ruining his life. I don’t recall any reaction to the SE article…

    Comment by Doug — March 15, 2017 @ 2:54 pm

  4. Another great article! This highlights one aspect of Keel’s numerous experiences of “high strangeness” that is difficult to understand in today’s world- caller ID [along with *69, the break-up of AT&T, the rise of cellphones, and the disappearance of payphones] changed almost everyone’s daily life. It used to be a major expectation that you always answer the phone, because you had no way of knowing who was calling and there were no answering machines or voicemail. Also, “The Phone Company” was a huge, intimidating organization that was practically an arm of the government.

    Comment by Vincent Treewell — March 17, 2017 @ 10:32 am

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