December 12, 2017

Special Cases – The Long Island File (66): Background on the Principal Witness

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At the beginning of September 1967, John paused in the onslaught of high strangeness to set down his impressions of his principal witness, Jaye Paro. For those who have been following this often bizarre investigation, please remember that this whole thing had taken only four months, from May through August. Although I post once a week, there were often only a few hours between entries. It does seem longer, since there was so much going on.

I find these pages more useful as a record of what he thought of Jaye than as an objective portrait. His impressions naturally affect his assessment of her supposed experiences, and what he chose to do with them, whether they were accurate or not. They may tell us more about John than about Jaye.

Although John says Paro’s radio show was popular, I haven’t been able to find any references to it. I’d love to see a WBAB program guide, if there was such a thing. And I’m certainly sorry there’s no tape of that show with John!

I posted a picture of Jaye Paro here, and examples of the articles she wrote for Beyond magazine here.


  1. Wow this really makes Jaye more of a dimensional character.I guess she was to shy of a person to become public about her experiences.

    Comment by Joseph — December 12, 2017 @ 5:01 pm

  2. I searched for “Perranno” and it’s variant spellings (Perrano, Peranno and Perano) on google and several other databases, including and cannot find a single hit that is remotely close to a person named Joanne Perranno. A search for Jaye P Paro seems to lead to John’s writing. Anyone ever come up with anything about her?

    Comment by Clarence Carlson — December 13, 2017 @ 3:34 pm

  3. No it’s like she disappeared.

    Comment by Joseph — December 13, 2017 @ 8:23 pm

  4. Was Jaye consciously naive… acting dumb to further her involvement with John, and to cover for her ability to create this hoax? A “bad memory” could be an excuse for missteps, or could have been just the inability to remember all these details she was spinning, occurring within a short and hectic time period. If she contradicted herself, a bad memory was a good excuse. If she was hoaxing, she would be unlikely to leave ufo publications and books out for John to see. She knew enough to contact Jim Mosley after all, why wouldn’t she know about Sanderson, and maybe see an informal picture of him in a magazine or book jacket? She had many contacts in bizarroland, certainly they would have been sources of information too. And with a radio show that covered the unusual, it doesn’t make sense she would have so little knowledge about UFOs, or John’s work and writings. Doesn’t Jaye’s horrible story of the girl in childbirth point to issues about birth? When she gets up to reporting that aliens are threatening to kill her relatives, combined and layered on top of everything else, she definitely seems schizo. You are right in saying how he perceived Paro might tell us more about him than Jaye. He needed to deal with issues of her weight, her physical attractiveness, her intellect, her being a “non reader.” These are all ways that men superficially begin to evaluate and categorize women. His attitude was, she was fat and dumb, and therefore unable to trick and manipulate a smart, well traveled man such as himself. Yet that i what she did.

    Comment by patty g — December 13, 2017 @ 8:35 pm

  5. Joanne Piraino, born in 1938, seems the most likely person who is Jaye P Paro. But the birth date is different than John writes. But I wouldn’t expect the birthday given to John is necessarily her actual birthday. I agree, if she knew Moseley etc…she could well know about Ivan Sanderson. I think, Patty, you are absolutely right in saying this; “His attitude was, she was fat and dumb, and therefore unable to trick and manipulate a smart, well traveled man such as himself. Yet that i what she did.” As for her radio show, I can find no record anywhere she had a radio show on WBAB. She did have the stationary to use, and this entry indicates John was on the show, but there are no details. The most info I could find on WBAB in the 60’s was at the following link (which is archived now). She is not mentioned anywhere. I find the sexual dynamic interesting in that she made her big statement that the aliens wanted John and Jaye to procreate. After that, she seemed to distance herself a bit and it wasn’t long before she was telling John that she is getting married.

    Comment by Tim — December 13, 2017 @ 9:17 pm

  6. Tim, i was able to find some information on a man named Joel Martin, who began working in 1969 at WBAB, originally in the news, but he began a year later to do a weekly paranormal investigation show. Would he have been the replacement for Paro? Would he know, i wonder, what became of Paro? His paranormal themed show began a whole new career for him, and he continued to work and write about paranormal and spirituality.
    The site was last updated 2014, here is the web address:

    Comment by patty g — December 13, 2017 @ 9:34 pm

  7. Hi Patty, I’d say that seems as good a potential source as anyone.

    Doug, how long did John stay in touch with her?

    Comment by Tim — December 14, 2017 @ 1:44 am

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  9. I guess Jaye’s radio career didn’t last long. Seems like she quit after getting involved with John.

    Comment by Joseph — December 14, 2017 @ 10:57 am

  10. If she was such a dullard why would a magazine be publishing her articles month after month?

    Comment by 8th Street — December 14, 2017 @ 10:20 pm


    scroll to page 21. no author credited, but Jaye is mentioned as a mount misery authority/historian with a popular radio show on WBAB

    Comment by patty g — December 14, 2017 @ 11:01 pm

  12. Thanks Patty that was a useful link. I guess John was being to harsh on Jaye for whatever reason. People have complained about his ego a couple of times.

    Comment by Joseph — December 15, 2017 @ 12:21 am

  13. She apparently didn’t want to publicize her experiences, like other “silent contactees.” John notes several times that she was distressed by them, and didn’t like her role as “messenger.”

    Comment by Doug — December 15, 2017 @ 7:45 am

  14. The more I puzzle over Paro’s stories, the more it seems to me that she was experiencing visions or hallucinations, rather that just mounting a hoax. After all, some people do, and apparently always have. She may not have been a reader, but if she had a deep interest in the occult, she probably listened to Long John Nebel’s radio show, and probably talked with other people who shared her interests. She could also have seen Sanderson on TV; it’s also possible she didn’t remember his name. I find it hard to believe that if she interviewed ufologists on her show, she wouldn’t have picked up some of the lore. John’s psychiatric assessment of her should be taken cautiously; he had no training for it. His other assessments about her are, I think, more useful as background on his own attitude as a researcher. It’s too bad we don’t have Jaye’s superficial evaluation of him!

    Comment by Doug — December 15, 2017 @ 8:05 am

  15. That may be her. There is a definite sexual dynamic; not only because of the aliens wanting their kids, but because of all the other material about childbirth too.

    Comment by Doug — December 15, 2017 @ 8:14 am

  16. John’s “Special Cases” file continues through April 1968, and Jaye is in there throughout. They usually talked over the phone, rather than wrote, so there’s no record after that.

    Comment by Doug — December 15, 2017 @ 8:23 am

  17. She obviously wasn’t a dullard! In John’s defense, he did say she was intelligent but not intellectual. She was articulate and ambitious enough to have a radio show and to write for “Beyond.”

    Comment by Doug — December 15, 2017 @ 8:25 am

  18. That was in 1972, so her show may have lasted that long. My guess is the piece was written by Timothy Green Beckley, who’s listed as contributing editor, knew Keel and Moseley, and was a likely guest for her show.

    Comment by Doug — December 15, 2017 @ 8:29 am

  19. By the way, yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the Silver Bridge collapse.

    Comment by Tim — December 15, 2017 @ 5:22 pm

  20. Yes, it was. A terrible anniversary.

    Comment by Doug — December 18, 2017 @ 10:44 am

  21. Disappointing. Keel seems to be saving face after being played by Paro. And what does her weight and looks have to do with anything? Unless he actually met her “aliens” this is, again, hearsay and meaningless

    Comment by Catrena Hall — December 18, 2017 @ 9:53 pm

  22. There are no aliens! Inevitably, ufology is about people, and their experiences, beliefs, and stories; it’s really about folklore and religion (and psychiatry), not people from other planets. John’s notes were his private jottings, as he tried to figure Jaye out. Either her appearance affected him, or he was trying to make the description complete. As I said before, it tells us more about John than Jaye.

    Comment by Doug — December 20, 2017 @ 7:37 am

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