Mothman’s first official sighting took place fifty years ago, on November 15, 1966. On that night, Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette reported that they saw a large winged creature in the TNT area in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, touching off a very peculiar year indeed. Here is Roger Scarberry’s sketch, and the first two editions of John’s book, both published in 1975 by the Saturday Review Press. The design for the first, by the way, is by Peter Parnall, better known for his wildlife drawings. There’s no better way to mark this anniversary than to read The Mothman Prophecies!
November 15, 2016
November 6, 2016
The story continues! John sends Jaye Paro a page of questions for Apol and Agar; she sees them in a restaurant, and they answer some of them. Princess Moon Owl is acting up, and a man from Air Force Intelligence wants to meet with Paro. Or so she says…
October 30, 2016
I think John made these up around 1970. I posted the corresponding bumper sticker here. Vote!
October 23, 2016
John’s investigation into Jaye Paro’s supposed contacts continues. She reports that Apol and Agar visited her apartment, and ate an enormous amount of salt. They also gave her a sulpha tablet, which made her very ill. John plans to drive to Long Island an investigate in person…
October 16, 2016
John’s account continues, with his notes on Jaye Paro’s taped interview with Princess Moon Owl. He’s troubled by both the interview and Paro’s suggestion that they lie about it.
The Princess tried to call John; he kept the phone message his roommate gave him. And there’s another odd development: the caller apparently did not have the Princess’s exaggerated Southern accent.
John’s eventual response to Paro’s claims was simply: “Let’s see what she comes up with next.”
October 11, 2016
John’s daily record of 1967 continues. Jaye Paro reports that she had a strange visitor at the radio station: the “kind of nutsy” Princess Moon Owl. Much of the Princess’s story is patently ridiculous, leaving John even more baffled as to what all this means.
The notes on the tape will follow…
October 2, 2016
John had sent back the disk Jaye Paro claimed her contacts had given her, with a letter asking to meet with one of them, Mr. Apol. Ms. Paro reports that the letter arrived, apparently opened, and that the disk was damaged. She also tells John that Apol and Agar have been spotted by other people around town.
September 25, 2016
In the midst of his continuing drama with Jaye Paro and her unusual contacts, John answers a letter from Jerome Clark. He touches on many aspects of his and others’ research, assesses government interest in UFOs, reports on a radio show he did with Jim Moseley and Tim Beckley, and touches on the material he’s getting from Paro.
September 18, 2016
In the next selection from John’s “Special Cases” file, he follows through on the information from Jaye Paro’s supposed contacts. He notes the Biblical associations of their names, analyzes and returns the disk they gave her, and writes a letter requesting a meeting with Mr. Apol. He is, as usual, thorough.
September 11, 2016
The strange events of 1967 continue to get stranger, as chronicled in the “Special Cases” file. Jaye Paro meets “Miss Xeno” (as John had dubbed her) stealing rags from the basement of Paro’s apartment building. Miss Xeno reveals that her name is “Agar,” and appears frightened at being caught. John is perplexed by all this, and continues to try to figure out what’s really going on.