June 15, 2011

“Anomalous Mail”

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In the third issue of his newsletter Anomaly (December 1969), John printed what he called “Three Letters of Undetermined Origin.”  Here’s how he prefaced them:

“During the past three years we have received many ‘crank’ letters and pieces of ‘anomalous mail.’  Some of these made direct threats against our person, while others were cleverly and carefully composed.  We turned a few of the more serious-sounding items over to the F.B.I.  We attempted to investigate other items through Postal Inspectors.  A total of four proved to be the work of mischievous ‘UFO buffs.’  The remainder are still unidentified or unsolved.  Individuals involved in our investigations also received unusual letters which we added to our collection.”

He published this letter with the apology “The letters on this paste-up were in various colors and do not reproduce well.”  They are, in fact, almost illegible; so here is the original, as well as the envelope, which John did not print.  He added the following note:

“This is a classic ‘crank’ letter.  In 1967, a young man on Long Island, a student at a New York Police Academy, was involved in UFO investigations and several ‘Men In Black’ cases.  He appeared on an interview program on station WBAB (Babylon, L.I.) under the pseudonym of ‘David Kimble.’  This letter, postmarked from Farmingdale, N.Y., Jan. 14, 1968, was sent to ‘David Kimble’ in care of WBAB.  Both the address on the envelope and the letter itself were composed by letters cut from magazine advertisements and attached to the paper with strips of scotch tape.  The letter was on a sheet of standard “Sphinx” bond.  We were unable to trace it.”

WBAB was, of course, the radio station where Jaye Paro worked; she probably passed the letter on to John.


  1. Hi Doug:

    It’s great to see these items posted.

    Any idea if Jaye Paro is still around? I’d love to ask her a few questions about the whole Mount Misery series of events.

    Keep up the good work!


    Comment by Ray Boeche — June 15, 2011 @ 11:43 am

  2. really really really nice…. and I love that it was sent with postage due.

    Comment by Angela — June 15, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

  3. Ray — No, I don’t know what happened to Jaye Paro. That was her professional name, by the way; her real name was Joanne Perranno. If you find out anything, let us know!

    Comment by Doug — June 15, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

  4. Thanks, Doug. I’ll keep you posted.

    Comment by Ray Boeche — June 16, 2011 @ 11:14 pm

  5. It looks like Babylon, NY is written on the bottom- any chance it has another address underneath the letters?

    Comment by John — June 17, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

  6. Nope; I peeked. I assume that was a correction by the post office.

    Comment by Doug — June 17, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

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