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Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report
Anomalous object hovering in the sky over the OKC-Edmond boundary, near the railroad tracks.
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EDMOND, Okla. – It was lunchtime and I was on the north side of this Oklahoma City suburb dropping some copies of my new book, Rock Catapult: 1966 – The Launch of Modern Rock & Roll, off at an independent bookstore.

Hungry, my companion and I were eager to get a noontime meal. But instead of hopping into one of the many options in that area, I drove west and south, finding myself, once again, on Broadway Extension. And, as if someone else was driving, I was pulling into the parking lot of the On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina at the intersection of 33rd and Broadway Extension.

I had not planned on going there for lunch. In fact, I was in the mood to try something new. But here I was, once again. And there is a reason this location resonates so much with me: it has a very eerie feel about it.

Here at Dust Devil Dreams, I have written multiple times about a September 2013 reported sighting of a “jellyfish” at this very Edmond intersection by a mother and daughter while waiting at the light. In the the past five-plus years I have kept my eyes on the skies over this area along the OKC-Edmond boundary, in an area that is commercially ordinary, save for the light industry nearby and an adjacent railroad line, something that may play into the peculiar quality of this location.Back in October, I wrote a DDD post titled "Mystery train" about this location, noting the 2015 article (and here) I did on a mysterious archaeological site in the vicinity (dug up in 1969, where a warehouse now stands) and a dream a family member had about this very same area, but unrelated to my investigations.


In any event, as we park the car at On the Border on this overcast day, I get out. And as I always do, I take random pictures in the sky, aiming at the white-colored sun, or the cloud cover. Usually, nothing shows up.

So, sitting in my booth here at On the Border, I scroll through the pictures taken in the parking lot. And nothing.

Our server takes our order and while I’m sitting there sipping on my cup of water I glance out the window next to our booth. Behind a tree in the parking lot area, high in the sky, was a dark-colored object that slowly moved along. I watched it for a few moments and while I thought it might be a bird, it was high enough that it simply looked too large to be a bird from this area, visible against the cloudy backdrop, a haze of sun peeking through.

Were there wings? I had to find out. I told my companion I’d be right back and I took some quick pics with my smartphone, with only one picture capturing the object.

I was stunned upon seeing it. And then I lost sight of it. It was simply gone.

When I checked the picture more closely, there seemed to be a haze around the object. I sent it to my IT guy, a computer and image expert. When I asked him about it, speculating what would cause it, he said: “Pixelation? Force field?

I felt like Richard Gere’s flummoxed Washington Post reporter character in The Mothman Prophecies (2002) where the John Keel-esque paranormal investigator/writer tells him that he is having these exceedingly anomalous experiences in rural West Virginia because “you noticed them and they noticed that you noticed them.”

"Chicago Mothman" artwork by S.W.J.G.

What was equally strange is that our server, a nice woman I’ll call “Vivian,” saw me looking at my phone and at the picture and I asked her if she knew what this was and was she aware of any strange things in this particular location.

She was instantly intrigued and said she felt “chills.” We actually talked for a bit and she was quite aware of a world beyond our own.

While she was talking and I was thinking about what this object might have been, which was sort of “making lazy circles in sky” (to borrow a line from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s famous song ‘Oklahoma!’), she said some weeks or months back, a hawk had swooped out of the sky and slammed into the north-facing window of the On the Border restaurant. A hawk? Really? Recall that the full line from that "Oklahoma!" lyric is: "Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk makin' lazy circles in the sky." A hawk!

Perhaps it was a hawk. Or maybe it was more in line with the "Etheric" sky-creatures that both Trevor James Constable and Meade Layne talked about during the 1950's "contactee" period. In fact, I have a review of Greg Bishop and Adam Gorightly's new book, "A" is for Adamski, all about the quirky contactee-related characters of that era. 

Additionally, I felt compelled, upon arriving back at my office, to crack open Meade Layne's The Coming of the Guardians: An Interpretation of the Flying Saucers as Given From the Other Side of Life

I pick up the book and randomly open to page 70. My eyes fall upon these lines (also found here): 

"Conversion to ultra-sonic frequencies affects all parts of the human body at the same instant and the Etherians experience no ill effects. They travel as conscious living light waves where the ‘crossing’ of inter-stellar distances is concerned. More correctly, there is no transit of space, but only the change of frequency which is equivalent to a change of location.

An aeroform at rest is surrounded by a super-sonic field; when in flight it produces an ultra-sonic or vibrasonic field. These craft pass easily through each other and through other objects, and can penetrate the sea and the seeming solidity of the earth, merely by converting their frequency rate as the situation may demand."

That makes sense to me on a certain level. Layne's aforementioned contemporary, the late Trevor James Constable, who died in 2016, was given a wonderful tribute by Thomas Brown on his website shortly after his death. 

A classic photo of an etheric "critter" hovering over Giant Rock in the California desert.

Constable was controversial in Ufological circles for his unconventional take on the subject, tending to reject the "carcass in a tin can" ("nuts and bolts") view of flying saucers. Layne called them "aeroforms." Reports of "jellyfish"-like critters darting around in the atmospheric ocean seems to be on the increase.

Constable became “psychic,” Brown writes, as time went on. And entities, he writes, “poured confusing rubbish” into his mind. It was troubling until his friend Dr. Franklin Thomas, a UFO lecturer and publisher, helped him sort things out, by clarifying certain aspects of the phenomena, such as being able to photograph the entities and craft on infrared film and that "there is a spiritual war in progress which will determine the course of evolution."


Communicating with the unknown in the 2019 documentary "Hellier." (Planet Weird)

Perhaps I was primed to see something - or drawn to it - because I began watching the first three episodes of Planet Weird's investigative documentary Hellier. Now, this sort of investigation is right up my alley, but a lot of the "ghost hunting" TV shows leave me, well, cold. I'm not particularly interested in ghost hunting, per se, but if it links to other paranormal phenomena, I'm usually interested.

And when the reviews started rolling in from trusted sources in the synchromystic community, I had to watch it. And let me tell you, Hellier will creep you out to the marrow. In fact, the first word spoken on screen is "synchronicity." Already I was interested in this team's research and how a series of unsolicited and very eerie emails to a team member trigger an investigation into alleged "goblins" terrorizing a family in remote Hellier, Kentucky, deep in isolated coal country near the border with West Virginia.

And right off the bat Hellier goes deep into Keelian territory, with the continued synchronicities, odd experiences, "coincidences" and the "unseen hand" of some force out there seemingly guiding this Scooby-Doo-ish crew deep into the Appalachians and into what seems to be another world. It's like The Mothman Prophecies for the 21st Century and seems to involve Indrid Cold - the spectral voice and overseer of all the high weirdness plaguing West Virginia's Ohio River Valley back in 1966-67, leading up to the Silver Bridge collapse at Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

In fact, at the beginning of the film, they note a Tweet sent out (back in September 2016) about the Kentucky Goblins case - and at the same moment - 12:37 - their Week in Weird Twitter account randomly sends out a similar Tweet related to the phenomena. I mention it, because 12:37 has been coming up ALL THE TIME for me. Additionally, the Hellier case seems to be connected to the 1955 Hopkinsville, Ky. UFO and alien case. Right now I happen to be reading a biography of "sleeping prophet" Edgar Cayce. He was from Hopkinsville and died a decade before the 1955 sightings in his hometown. 

So, early in Hellier, when Greg Newkirk is talking about a strange individual who seems to be inviting him and others to Hellier, Ky. to make sense of the Kentucky Goblins mystery, it seems there is clearly more going on here. And in one of the emails this strange character sends to Newkirk, there are some map coordinates and I noticed a scrap of paper or something from a book that says "etheric." 

This jumped out at me in light of the research of Constable and Layne. And the "etheric" word comes from the esoteric philosophies related to Madame H.P. Blavatsky and Theosophy, specifically referring to other planes of existence. I found it interesting that I witnessed this dark-colored object while at an "On the Border" eatery. Trevor James Constable was working with the Borderland Sciences Research Foundation. 

Back to Hellier ... just last night Newkirk and his wife appeared on Coast to Coast AM to talk about the film and their discoveries. What was so interesting to me is that their research and findings line up to a certain degree with the information I've gathered in my year-and-a-half-long investigation into The Stilwell Enigma

And we are sure to have more in an upcoming Dust Devil Dreams post. Stay tuned!

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