May 29, 2017

Special Cases – The Long Island File (40): Jaye Paro’s Notes

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 8:50 pm

Jaye Paro kept notes on her supposed meeting with “The Ten Men,” and John included them in his file. There are ten pages, apparently hastily written, with many misspellings and abbreviations. She doesn’t mention her more sensational stories (like the dead bodies and blood drinking), but notes John’s request for a public UFO demonstration and the response. There are also repeated appeals for John to believe and trust the androids (although they admit they’ve done nothing to earn it), apologies for their nonsensical behavior, and passages from the Bible. The last page is signed “Appell,” and closes with, “And now I am going to him who sent me. A word of comfort – Let not your heart nor your mind be troubled. Believe in God and Believe in me. For in my father’s house there are many mansions. I speak more words tomorrow for the M[essenger] is not well & must rest.” Under this, Jaye has written “Prennial.”

This, like much of Paro’s material, sounds to me like channeling, or automatic writing. Back in 1967, John continued to try to figure it out.

I’ve posted the first three pages below. The date in the margin on the first page, March 25, 1930, was John’s birthday.


  1. Interesting. I must ask this question, though. In the decades after the publication of “Mothman”, has anyone every verified Ms. Paro’s employment at WBAB? What was the name of her show? Are there any promotional materials from the station with her name? I’ve searched through several databases as I cannot find anyone named “Joanne Perranno,” either. Of course, as she vanished from print around 1971, and was a young woman at the time, one can assume she simply got married and gave up her career, or wrote under another name.

    Comment by Cat — May 29, 2017 @ 9:12 pm

  2. Good questions! She often wrote John on WBAB stationery. I posted a photo and some articles she wrote for “Beyond” magazine in the ’60s. John may have misspelled her real name.

    Comment by Doug — May 29, 2017 @ 10:42 pm

  3. Blood drinking and dead bodies?

    Comment by VA — May 30, 2017 @ 5:55 am

  4. Yes, see the last post.

    Comment by Doug — May 30, 2017 @ 8:37 am

  5. It would be interesting to find out more about Jaye Paro’s past and current life. I trust John no doubt checked out her claimed employment and would have noted if something was amiss there. The last page (and some of the other messages) sure sound like channeling to me, especially from that era. How much is real and how much is fantasy is still a puzzling question for me.

    Comment by Marsh Cook — May 30, 2017 @ 11:50 am

  6. Note the handwriting with the letter from the “an elderly Italian woman” posted on May 14. It’s the same handwriting it seems to me. Also, as far as I can tell her name is Joanne Piraino, born December 1938, and she still lives on Long Island. There were two articles in a Tuscon newspaper in 1971 about her helping Indians (one referenced here earlier in a comment by patti g, April 9). In the second article she says she lives in Dublin California. There’s no record of her there, though. But the organization is in Farmingdale Long island. She’s most likely alive in the same area of Long island. As far as WBAB, I also can’t find anything about her being an employee or on-air personality, but I think if there’s anything to it, the radio station probably sold time and I guess she was involved in a local Catholic Church that bought time for a weekly broadcast.

    Comment by Tim — May 30, 2017 @ 9:39 pm

  7. In the previous post it is mentioned that a thick liquid was served at the meeting, which is an interesting point as John often noted that contactees were offered a thickish liquid to drink. Villers-Boaz in Brazil was given something similar to drink during his contact. How would Paro have know about this if her story is made-up?

    Comment by Al — May 30, 2017 @ 10:20 pm

  8. Thanks, Tim. The spelling you give keeps coming up in my searches also. It would be interesting to hear what the lady would say about this today. Being near 80, it’s probably an embarrassing incident of youth. After reading all these notes, I think Ms. Paro was simply infatuated with Keel and was simply trying to bag a husband. Though the UFO angel is out of the ordinary, women have done stranger things.

    Al, Ms. Paro probably simply read about the incident. Villas Boas happened in 1957, and was in print by 1961. By 1968, I’m sure the tale was in circulation.

    Two last ruminations: 1)was the professional name, Jaye P. Paro a riff on singer/actress Jaye P. Morgan? She was popular during the 50s and 60s, long before The Gong Show; 2) I’ve always wondered if reporter Carl Kolchak on Kolchak the Nght Stalker was based a bit on the adventurous John Keel?

    Comment by Cat — May 30, 2017 @ 11:57 pm

  9. I don’t know if Jaye wanted to marry John, but she did seem to want his attention. At one point, the androids told her that she and John should have children, so I suspect there was a sexual undercurrent. John, by the way, was not interested. Her show was probably a small local show, and may not have left much of a paper trail. John did describe and analyze her personality in more detail in his notes, but I plan to post those in chronological order.

    The drink shows up in contactee lore, as well as in fairy folklore. It was the kind of detail that kept John curious. Did she know the literature? Did she have an experience similar to others? Is it a common dream motif?

    I’ve heard that John was the model for Indiana Jones, Kolchak, and other fictional characters. I don’t know if it’s true. The Men In Black in the “Men In Black” movies, however, were indeed named J and K in his honor.

    Comment by Doug — May 31, 2017 @ 12:06 pm

  10. Perhaps, not marry, Doug. It could have been mere infatuation and just “keeping company ” with John.

    Comment by Cat — June 17, 2017 @ 6:28 pm

  11. Oh, I’m sure that was part of it!

    Comment by Doug — June 18, 2017 @ 9:32 am

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