All the dirt, news, culture and commentary for Oklahoma's second century.

Forget it, Jake ...

Fertile Ground Compost Service
Help support Red Dirt Report

OKLAHOMA CITY – Following yesterday’s Dust Devil Dreams post “Upsetting the apple cart,” I realized I had failed to include some of my thoughts about that “apple” sync that had been spinning out of reach, like forbidden fruit.

This synced with the alien entity “Apol” (or “Apal” or “Appell” – all pronounced “apple”) that was harassing Babylon, New York disc jockey Jaye P. Paro in 1967 and a curious woman who was communicating with this mysterious “Mr. Apol.” This entity seemed to be trying to warn Paro and Mothman Prophecies author John Keel that the “mothman” was a bad omen. (We should note that the annual Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, West Virginia takes place this very weekend - all, while Hurricane Florence churns northward, in that very direction!)

Babylon is on New York’s Long Island. And near a grim locale known as “Mount Misery.” This place, that Paro was investigating in the 1967-70 time frame, was written about by her in Beyond magazine, noting Mount Misery’s “uncanny silence, strange noises, history of murders, and secret Indian rites” all of which created a “sinister atmosphere.”

It was amidst this time that John Keel got to know Paro and to learn of Apol. So, while I was looking into that name, I found that "Apol" seemed to be a shortened version of "Apollo," the sun god. Curious, right? And this, in a week when the the Sunspot Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico is closed indefinitely due to some unnamed "security issue." This is the National Solar Observatory, which watches Ol' Sol there on Sacramento Peak, according to the Alamogordo Daily News.

This, near the Jornada del Muerto and only 107 miles from the Trinity Site, where the first atomic bomb was tested on July 16, 1945 - forever changing life on Earth. Weird things happen in this general area. Cloudcroft is one such place known for high weirdness. This corner of the Land of Enchantment seems to have more than its fair share of strange activity. Odd things are attracted to it. I am attracted to this area.

Days after the first story on the Sunspot mystery first percolated, national news outlets have taken notice as well. And the feds are still mum about what is really going on, and why a nearby post office was also closed. Otero County Sheriff Benny House was noted in the Alamogordo Daily News as saying his deputies were pulled out of the area after no "identifiable threat" was detected. 

And so it goes.

According to "Apollo is the Olympian god of the sun and light, music and poetry, healing and plagues, prophecy and knowledge, order and beauty, archery and agriculture. An embodiment of the Hellenic ideal of kalokagathia, he is harmony, reason and moderation personified, a perfect blend of physical superiority and moral virtue. A complex deity who turns up in art and literature possibly as often as Zeus himself, Apollo is the only major god who appears with the same name in both Greek and Roman mythology."

Odd, in light of Christopher Knowles' latest post at The Secret Sun - "Apocalypse Like Sugar" - crammed this particular post with all sorts of pop-culture-flavored occult syncs and such, ranging from Liz "Our Lady" Fraser (of the Cocteau Twins) to the symbolism linked with ongoing Hurricane Florence to our pal ("a pal"?) Apollo. 

As Knowles posted: “"Above anything else (Apollo) was a god of oracles and prophecy - and the oracles he gave out were riddles, full of ambiguities and traps.”

It seems that John Keel (and the enigmatic Jaye Paro, for that matter) never really found out who Mr. Apol was, indeed if he ever even existed over 50 years ago in the haunted woods on Long Island.

This reminds me of Chinatown. The brilliant 1974 film by Roman Polanski, starring Jack Nicholson and John Huston (he, of Nevada, Missouri - on the 94th meridian). Recall that one of Jake's investigators overhears Noah Cross mention the word "apple core." (Apple Corps?) He misheard the name. It's "Albacore." As in the Albacore Club, a spot on Santa Catalina Island, off the California coast. Jake looks into this mystery, involving very powerful men in 1930's Los Angeles. But the film is like a riddle of Apollo. What happened, really? And why?

However, one thing did attract my attention. Paro wrote a story in February 1970 headlined “Manifestations of Indians Appear to Huntington Family.” This is interesting in that it was in "The Apple Room" in 1975-76 that I witnessed that "Indian" appear in that basement room.

Does it sound like a lot of supernatural baloney? Perhaps it is supernatural. Baloney? Perhaps not.

Enjoy this? Please share it!

About the Author

Andrew W. Griffin

Editor & Owner.

Andrew W. Griffin received his Bachelor of Science in Journalism from...

read more

Enjoy this? Please share it!

About Red Dirt Report

Red Dirt Report was launched July 4, 2007 as an independent news website covering all manner of news, culture, entertainment and lifestyle stories that affect and interest Oklahoma readers and readers outside of our state. Our mission is to educate, promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, government and politics. Our experienced journalists provided balanced in-depth coverage of news stories that affect Oklahomans. Our opinion/editorial stories come from a wide range of political view points. We carry out our mission by reporting, writing, and posting news and information. read more

Member of the Oklahoma Press Association
Member of Investigative Reporters & Editors
Member of Diversity Business Association
Member of Uptown 23rd
Rotary Club of Bricktown OKC
Keep it Local OK