Mary Hyre’s next letter to John was actually a clipping, looking back on her 25 years at The Messenger, in Athens, Ohio. It’s a somewhat morbid article, but I suppose she had a lot of “grief, tragedy or loss” to cover. It appeared on Monday, May 8, 1967, and was mailed the same day.
April 15, 2014
April 11, 2014
I’ll return to posting Mary Hyre’s letters, sent to John during the Point Pleasant flap of 1967. The last was from May 2; this one followed on the 4th. She catches him up on more UFO sightings, and mentions that she will soon celebrate 25 years at the Messenger. For those who have trouble with Hyrean longhand, I’ve transcribed it below. I looked up Camp Conley, by the way: it’s not a camp, but a road near the TNT area.
Well it has been so rainy here this week and I haven’t been out, but hope to go out for a while tonight. Mrs. Lilly said they had seen two tonight.
Do you recall Mrs. Lilly telling that a Mrs. Mary Wheeler had seen something in Camp Conley, well I saw her today and ask her about and described it to me and it identical of the same thing I seen on the river that night. She said the thing went around-and-around with a white light enclosed was a orange light.
I sure wish I had stayed that night I saw it on the river bank, but guess I wasn’t brave enough to stay by myself.
A man told me last night that we should build a UFO port and maybe one would land on it.
Maxine is using the typewritter tonight and you will never read this writting. She and one of the police are going out to see if they can see a UFO, I told them I doubt if they look.
I am going with Dr. Oliver and one of the police I will never get back, because none of us ever know the time of day.
If anything exciting occurs I shall let you know.
As ever, Mary H.
P.S. Guess we are going to celebrate my 25th year with the Messenger next Tuesday. MH
April 3, 2014
A while ago, I posted a photo of a “creature” (or a man in a coat) that John mentioned in Strange Creatures, and which illustrated an article by Jaye Paro in the magazine Beyond. I also posted the photo of her that accompanied it, since she made several appearances herself in The Mothman Prophecies. She was, as I’ve mentioned here before, one of John’s primary contactees around 1967, and practically deluged him with weirdness. She was the contact for the enigmatic Mr. Apol, and was also the contactee “Jane” in The Mothman Prophecies.
She worked as a radio personality at WBAB; but also, I found, contributed several other articles to Beyond. She lived in Farmingdale, in Long Island; Beyond was published by Bernard S. Adelman in Hicksville, also in Long Island. The articles below are from 1969 and 1970. The first issue of Beyond was September 1968; I don’t know how long it was lasted. It was one of those imitations of Fate that occasionally surfaced in the ’60s.
Appropriately, her first article (or, at least, the first I’ve found) was a catalog of strange occurrences in Long Island, on the aptly named Mount Misery. It appeared in the July 1969 issue, and reported hauntings, creature reports, UFO sightings, strange silences, trees growing overnight, mysterious buildings, abandoned and disappearing cars, and other oddities. It also included the photos I mentioned above.
In the next issue, August, she returned with a story somewhat farther afield, about Marian visitations in Spain.
Beyond switched to a larger format sometime between her last appearance and this one (January 1970), devoted to the practice of firewalking in different countries.
She returned to more local (and more primary) reporting with a ghost story from Huntington, also in Long Island (February 1970).
And the last article I’ve been able to find (March 1970) is about the evil eye and other Italian folklore and practices. I don’t know if she wrote more for Beyond, or for other magazines. And whatever happened to Jaye Paro, anyway?
March 25, 2014
John Keel would have been 84 today. The best way to celebrate, I think, is to read one of his books. Here’s a picture of him, taken by the filmmaker George Kuchar.
March 13, 2014
This is the last of John Keel’s dossier on “Organized Harassment of Individuals.” He conducted a bit of an investigation into some of his own phone problems, with some unexpected results. I did, by the way, do some digging, and found that a James F. Ahern, the chief of police in New Haven, was convicted of illegal wiretapping from 1968 to 1970; his brothers, Stephen, John, and William, all police officers, were also implicated. Apparently both criminals and political dissidents were targeted. The elderly William Ahern that John found seems to have been much older. A search for Joseph Tittel only turns up a contemporary medium, certainly an odd coincidence.
March 5, 2014
John Keel’s dossier on “organized harassment” of UFO witnesses and researchers continues, with a section on “photographic incidents” and a summation. The Fate article he mentions, “UFO Report: The Sinister Men in Black,” does discuss those photographers, but, as the title indicates, is mostly devoted to MIB reports.
Following the summation, John included two photocopies, badly faded now: a memo on “Impersonations of Air Force Officers,” from Lt. General Hewitt T. Wheless, March 1, 1967, and a newspaper column by John from February 3, 1967. I’ve darkened them; the column is legible, but the memo has pretty much evaporated. I’ll post it anyway, so you don’t have to take my word for it. This is not the end of the dossier; there are three more pages on John’s investigation of phone problems in NYC. I’ll post them next time.
February 24, 2014
We continue with John Keel’s private dossier on “Organized Harassment of Individuals.” The third part describes direct physical harassment, often by people impersonating military officers, salesmen, or missionaries. He doesn’t name any of the witnesses; I suppose because he’s looking for patterns, either for his own clarification or that of other researchers, and not marshaling evidence for a general audience.
February 17, 2014
As a footnote to the last post, here are a couple of enigmatic pieces of mail from John’s files. The first was postmarked January 24, 1968, the second the 25th. They seem to come from the same person. Is it relevant that John never went to college? And what was the meaning of all this?
ADDENDUM: Well, imagine that. I took another look at that cipher and figured it out. If you read the third letter of each group (as the underlined “3” suggests), it reads: Friday Feb 2 at St Patricks 9 PM J. Huh!
February 14, 2014
We continue with John Keel’s file on the harassment of ufologists; here’s more of his outline on unusual and intimidating mail. An example of one of his letters from the “International Bankers” is here; a paste-up letter is here.