I am currently proofreading The Mothman Speaks II, which should be out sometime this summer. One of the letters I was reading today struck me as something that might be of benefit as we approach 2012. Certainly it is during these crisis times that the Mothman-Thunderbird-Garuda makes his presence more known. Perhaps the change represented by this archetypal deity is exactly what is needed to counter the stagnation proferred by the Saturnist/Nazi types, who desperately want to keep things the same – who want to bind compassion and continue exploiting millions of souls. The Heyoka, or Thunderbird witness, becomes a contrarian who – knowing that social reality is an artificial construction – simply refuses to submit to domination in any form.
It started as a sighting that only later took on a great deal of spiritual significance for me. When I saw the Great Bird, I was sure that it was as real as anything I had ever seen. But thinking back on it, I am not sure now if it was a vision in which I entered another space/time dimension, or if it really was a part of our own natural world. I don’t know if another person standing next to me on that day would have seen the Great Bird as I saw it.
Several years ago, I was working as a counselor in a family mental health clinic in downtown Toledo. I was taking a break, eating my lunch in the car when I noticed a beautiful storm was forming. I love storms and I got out of my car to enjoy the cloud formation and the thunder and lightning. As I was looking off to the west, I noticed a giant bird flying maybe 500 feet above the downtown buildings. I was stunned since this bird was larger than anything I had ever seen in my life. At the time I lived along the banks of the Maumee River, west of Toledo, and I had a few times seen bald eagles. I was always amazed at their massive size. But this bird was so much bigger.
This bird was an extraordinary large bird that looked as big as an airplane. Its wingspan looked 2 to 3 times bigger than that of a bald eagle. Now, when you are looking in the sky, it is very difficult to say for certain how large an object is, or how high up it is. But I can say with certainty that this bird was fantastically large. This great bird was all black. It did not have a pterodactyl or prehistoric appearance. It was just a massive bird that was heading west, gliding effortlessly into a storm while barely moving its wings. As I stood amazed, a thought came to me: “Why is this bird flying into a giant storm?” From what I understand of birds, they usually take cover during bad storms. I thought, “Why isn’t it at least flying away from the storm?”
Gradually, the bird made its way west as it followed the path along the Maumee River and into the storm. The lightning could be seen in the distance, and the bird seemed somehow drawn to it. So, as I watched the bird fly into the storm, the weather started to get very bad, with the wind blowing and the rain starting. I left the parking lot and headed into the building and I told as many people as I could about my sighting. Obviously, I was the subject of a few jokes and giggles. I decided that the “Great Bird” story had best be kept to myself.
It was right at this time that I was about to experience a life-changing event… I got a call, out of nowhere, from a high school principal on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico to apply for a counseling job there. He said he had been reading my application on an Internet site for New Mexico teachers and administrators, and he thought I would be good for the job. Well, I told him I didn’t remember applying for any jobs in New Mexico. But I decided to go through the interview process. The principal called back after a few days and said that he would like to hire me. But just one thing… He said that he couldn’t remember how he had found me. I told him that he said he found me on the Internet site. He said yes, but he had gone through the site and my application was not there. He told me that I had to go through and fill out the application (quite lengthy) if I wanted to be hired.
I talked to my family and they said they would be willing to make a change. So, I filled out the application and, in a very few days, I was on my way west to New Mexico. But before I left, the vision of the Great Bird kept going through my mind. Suddenly, it hit me like a lightning bolt. That bird was a Thunderbird! It shouldn’t have been too hard to figure out, since the bird headed into a massive storm with lightning all around it. But something else also struck me: that bird was heading west and, in a few days, I would also be heading west.
Later, I learned of the great significance of the Thunderbird to the Native peoples of the Americas. The plains Indians believed that if you dreamt or had a vision of the Great Bird, then you were a Heyoka, a “contrary.” Heyokas do things contrary to established tradition, in a way to get people to see things differently in their own lives and in the tribe. Through their “backward” deeds and actions, they serve as sacred clowns that show the tribe a better way. They are not afraid to break tradition and the things thought of as sacred. They often use laughter as a way to buffer the suffering of life. The Thunderbird represents a powerful spirit and can signify great change. To the plains Indians, the Thunderbird is seen as representative of Wakan Tanka or the Great Spirit.
My Thunderbird sighting signified a time of great change in my life, a time when I would be called to help the Navajos in northern New Mexico. In a larger sense, though, the Thunderbird signifies a great spiritual power that is available to all who seek out the truth and honor the good and holy. The plains Indians also believed that those who had the Thunderbird vision were called to be holy people. I believe the Thunderbird represents the Thunder Beings that emanate the spiritual power of the Great Spirit. I also believe that the Thunder Beings are presently calling all those that have hearts to become more holy (whole), and to be contrarian or Heyoka.
In this age when lies are called truths, slavery is called freedom, war is called peace, and the good and helpful are despised, it is important that a great many are able to think, speak, and act contrary to this, and to live as Heyokas. To live according to the power of the spirit and the power of truth is not easy, but it is a necessity to bring some sanity to an insane world. It may mean that we appear funny, odd, or even foolish, but it is the Heyoka spirit that must be embraced now for the benefit of our world.
So, now I have settled into a town that is the unofficial capital of the Navajo people. It has as its symbol the Thunderbird. Whenever I see my former principal, he always brings up the fact that he can never understand how he found me. So, in my mind, it was meant to be. The Thunder Beings had plans for me here. The Thunderbird was their messenger. But, I believe the Thunderbird spirit has a message for all of us. It is time for us to be the great change that we expect in others. This requires a great deal of commitment, compassion, and understanding. But I believe that there are those holy ones, like the Thunder Beings, who are there to help us along the way. Still, ultimately, we are the ones who must continue on. May the Thunder Beings assist you in your “contrary” spiritual life.
-Grant Lawrence 1/4/09
Wow. Today marks the 30th anniversary for my band, the Interdimensional Vortex League. I didn’t realize the connection to 1/11/11 until now. I suppose this means that the Mothman is behind us from now on. This is good, because the music business can be tough…
We are planning on keeping up with the times, however, by releasing our music and videos on iTunes. Hey, if the Beatles can do it, why not us?
Below is a band bio put together by our old friend, music historian Ben Camp, of Taos Public Radio. Hopefully I will be able to get a couple of new songs posted somewhere in the next few days. It’s always nice to have something to click on…
In the meantime, check out the reviews on Amazon for our Powerdump CD. They are pretty funny:
Interestingly, there are Mothy connections here. First off, Harriet showed up in my life, after an 11 year absence, the same month that we started the band. I will have to check with her on the exact date but, at that time, she informed me that my deceased father had come through at a seance she had attended; it was for an article on spiritualism she was writing for the Ohio State Lantern. The message had to do with a “Protector.”
Also, the description below mentions an infamous incident in Austin that may relate to Mothman in the sense that the arrival of a demon in a creek might also be a “call-out” to the Garuda, who is known to “subdue planetary spirits.” It could be that I wasn’t harmed by the entity that assaulted Daniel Johnston and Johnny Martinez because I was immunized – already “Heyoka” – due to my childhood Mothman experiences.
It also makes me wonder if protective Mothy frequencies have found their way into our music. One of the reviewers on Amazon (identity unknown to us at Team Vortex), said exactly this same thing when he describes how the music protects you from all sorts of psychic, “alien” attack. Certainly Johnston’s “eyeball bat” character, found throughout his art, reflects such an idea. In general, it appears that Mothman aids the lives of those who see him. The Native Americans say that those who see the Thunderbird will become healers and artists, and will be rewarded materially in this life.
The Interdimensional Vortex League (sometimes called I.V. League for short) is an experimental band made up primarily of visual artists, whose goal is to make visually evocative music in an atmosphere completely free of commercial constraints. The band’s output patiently averages about one release every five years. As such, their musical reach has steadily matured and broadened to the point that they now cover almost every genre of music, from the purely experimental to something almost resembling pop. Using an array of musicians from around the world, the band has made forays into grundge, punk, country, jazz, rap, funk, electronic, ambient, sound collage, spoken word, folk, acoustic, trance, and rave. These are multi-talented folks, folks…
The Interdimensional Vortex League records exclusively on location at various “power spots” around the globe, such as mounds, caverns, canyons, and paranormal sighting spots; acoustically unique manmade spaces are also fair game. Some of their more recent “Mothman” songs were recorded entirely on laptop, without the use of external devices. Their sound can range from the extremely polished to the extremely raw. At times, both qualities may appear in the same song, creating a binaural experience that is hard to forget. According to the band’s literature, embedded “mind control” tones elevate the experience to the “Tantric level.” However, this necessitates care because, apparently, “unrestrained kundalini” experiences have been known to spontaneously occur in some listeners, resulting in the occasional “blown pineal gland.”
Before you laugh, it IS true that in published reviews from the 1990s, in magazines like The Austin Chronicle, Option, Factsheet Five, and Sound Choice, listening to Interdimensional Vortex League is consistently described as being both soothing and shocking at the same time – akin to “being in a concentration camp where the voice of Mr. Rogers comes over the loudspeakers.” At the height of its popularity in the late 1990s, the band was labeled “America’s most underground band” by Lisbon’s hip rock magazine, Blitz.
I.V. League was first birthed in January 1981, at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, when two students, Andy Colvin (now known for his films, books, and art on Mothman) and N. Mindrum (elusive arts magnate), began doing a series of field recordings on a handheld Radio Shack cassette tape recorder. The two began adding textured guitar and synthesizer sounds, creating mysterious aural vignettes. With the addition of drummer Matt Baughn (current creative director at design behemoth Deskey) and keyboardist Dave Scott (owner and founder of the Cincinnati Gallery of Conceptual Art), the band was set to make an impact on the local scene. Originally the troupe performed longer, more abstract installation pieces, sometimes playing for hours at a time in museum settings. Soon thereafter, the group went mobile, often playing from the back of a van at prearranged times and locations. The band was way ahead of its time in this regard, as “flashmobbing” wasn’t to come into fashion for another three decades.
The I.V. League’s southern division was formed in the early to mid-1980s when Colvin became a fixture on the Austin, TX music scene. His newly created side project, Ed Hall, became known for its raucous shows, often involving Colvin pulling stunts like singing through dead animal carcasses or tying himself to a doghouse by the neck. More than once, Colvin was forced to physically defend himself against enraged right-wing skinheads, who disliked his political commentary. The band’s appearance in the film Slacker cemented its reputation as a legendary act. Ed Hall’s higher profile allowed Colvin to gain the assistance of several talented Austin artists in League projects, such as renowned Los Angeles painter Marc Trujillo (contributor to the El Mariachi soundtrack), Douglass Randel (founder of the shockingly outlandish Austin band, Queen Penis), actor/filmmaker Luke Savisky (Slacker), keyboardist Scott Van Horn (co-founder of Austin’s freakiest band, Hug), guitar king Gary Chester (co-founder of Ed Hall), mixmaster Nick Maffei (of the infamous Nick and Ed Show), projectionist/filmmaker Bill Daniel (Spectres of the Spectrum), celebrated “celebrity” photographer Bruce Dye, and several members of Squat Thrust, an Austin institution that is still playing “anti-establishment” gigs today.
In one of the most notorious I.V. League experiments, performed in the creek running through the U.T. Austin campus, the help of famous singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston was enlisted. Unfortunately, after the introduction of hallucinogenic substances from an outside source, Daniel found himself rambling in the middle of the creek, at the wrong hour, trying to drive out the demons aroused by the League’s acrobatic performance artist, Johnny Martinez (who had been practicing faux rituals in the creek, in conjunction with Colvin). This late-night exorcism scene was so intense that it found its way into the recent Sony film “The Devil and Daniel Johnston.” The events left Martinez visibly frightened. He was convinced that there really WAS an evil spirit in the creek, and quit the production; the upcoming weekend-long performance had to be aborted. All was not lost, however, as Johnston’s career skyrocketed shortly afterwards… Although Colvin continued making recordings in the creek and elsewhere, he decided to leave Austin in the late 1980s, after disagreements over the musical direction of Ed Hall and the League’s southern branch arose.
Despite these temporary setbacks, Mindrum and Colvin continued to push the envelope on the West Coast in the 1990s. In Seattle, Colvin brought additional Leaguers into the fold, such as the multi-talented brother-sister guitar duo from New Mexico, Andrea and Aaron Chang, world-musician John Schwartz (master of several instruments), East Coast drumming guru Dave Elvin, and Seattle rap savant D.J. Novocaine. Moving beyond the grundgy sound of the Austin days, the band began making spacey, atmospheric music with looping tracks, samples, and a danceable beat, while still retaining the thought-provoking lyrics for which they had become known.
To mark their 30th anniversary in Jan. 2011, the Interdimensional Vortex League began work on iTunes releases of several old and new favorites, accompanied by videos from several phases of their career. People may not have heard of this band before, but rest assured, that is all about to change. As they say in the biz, “When you put in the work, you eventually get noticed.” Already, if one privately asks “alternative music” insiders which bands have stretched the boundaries the most, the name Interdimensional Vortex League inevitably comes up. Try it. I did – that is why I decided to write this bio.
Hold onto your hats, folks. We’ve got another Mothy bombshell – what seems to be a fairly solid link between the Mothman events, UFOS, JFK, and the MIBs. While these have been alluded to by John Keel and Gray Barker, we have always had difficulty matching names and faces. We knew the name of Indrid Cold, for instance, but we couldn’t put a face on him. While I do have a possible photo of him, it still lacks definitive corroboration.
While it is rumored that Indrid Cold had a wife and kids, and that several Ohio Valley families joined his “Lanulos” cult, perhaps it is more important to look at those who may have been involved with Team Cold in their various covert ops. Prior to attending the 2010 Mothman Festival in Pt. Pleasant, we had already ascertained that Cold was probably taking orders from ex-Nazis out of Argentina. They may have given him an antigravity craft, left over from WWII, to fly around in. Several reliable witnesses saw him flying over Pt. Pleasant. It may have been no problem to fly back and forth from S. America very quickly in such a craft, especially if military pilots along the way were pressured to lay off of them (which they apparently were).
First, consider the fact that Indrid made his first appearance on the same night that a gold-encrusted metallic sphere, which was impenetrable to drillbits and heat, fell from the sky about 10 miles away from Pt. Pleasant, in Ripley, WV. Since this story obviously involves an aircraft, and something wrapped in gold, my suspicions immediately went toward the famous Maury Island UFO participant and JFK conspirator, CIA pilot Fred Crisman.
Crisman lived in Tacoma and was known for infiltrating various organizations in the Pacific NW on behalf of defense intelligence. He was also a pilot for SwissAir who was busted for flying gold illegally across international boundaries. Anything involving the Swiss and gold leans in the direction of Nazis, of course. And those of you who have studied the history of nuclear power know that the best way to ship uranium is to wrap it in gold. The item Cold was searching for could have been nuclear, or it may have been a component in the Nazi Bell weapon. The Bell Weapon may have been ensconced somewhere in WV after it – or something similar – fell at Kecksburg, PA in 1965.
Second, consider the fact that an auto accident occurred behind Woody Derenberger just before he met Indrid Cold. This accident would have allowed the road to be blocked while Cold hypnotized Derenberger. After being hypnotized a couple of times, Derenberger was taken to Lanulos, which sounds like a Weimar Republic “jewel in the jungle.” Modern, hi-tech appliances abounded in Lanulos, like the moving walkways we now see in today’s airports. People there went around in the nude, just as the Bohemians had prior to the arrival of Hitler…
While at the Mothman Festival in Sept., I heard the story of a Pt. Pleasant man who was abducted by “aliens” after he stopped to help at the scene of a car wreck. Now really… Why would aliens need to set up a car wreck in order to abduct people? Clearly I had stumbled upon a clear case of terrestrial mind control, one that followed a template used during WWII: setting up roadblocks in order to waylay people.
So, at the festival, I had photos of some of my suspects out on the table. Sure enough, I got verification there – from someone who actually met Indrid Cold – that Crisman, as well as the mysterious turtlenecked MIB photographed by Allen Greenfield in 1969 (at the Charleston, WV UFO convention – see photograph) were BOTH involved with Indrid Cold.
Not only that, but one of my witnesses on Woodward Drive also identified the Greenfield MIB as being present on Woodward throughout 1967 and 1968. This ties the MIBs in Pt. Pleasant to the MIBs in Charleston, and also ties them to the various assassinations that Mothman warned people about.
These assassinations have been linked to NASA by various researchers. And the linkages don’t stop. For instance, Oswald’s next job was going to be with NASA. And Charles Manson, whose Family had tangential links to the RFK assassination, was an ex-Woodward Drive resident. Now we have a better idea why he carved a swastika into his forehead! Sirhan Sirhan, by the way, is rumored to have been flown “east of Lake Michigan,” possibly to Toronto or to Ohio, for his final programming.
Even today, Sirhan does not remember firing wildly into the Ambassador Hotel ceiling. Manson and Sirhan are rumored to have known each other, having partied together at the Spiral Staircase house. Woodward resident Sara Jane Moore, who experienced several bouts with “missing time,” was also in the mix. She suddenly appeared in 1966, just in time for the MIB and Mothman, after being totally off the grid for ten full years. Neither law enforcement, nor her family, could locate her after she abandoned her kids in 1956. We still don’t know where she was and, perhaps, neither does she.
Incredibly, I have heard a report that Mothman was seen flying over Houston’s Johnson Space Center in the early 1980s. And something looking like him was apparently seen at the 1942 Battle of Los Angeles, the nation’s first modern UFO story, which probably involved a Nazi saucer (that just happened to be flying over the Bush family’s adopted neighborhood in Culver City). The military shot thousands of rounds at the Los Angeles UFO. A winged humanoid was also seen flying alongside Nazi “foo-fighters” at that time but, as Keel noted, this aspect was edited out of the mainstream news. Clearly, it seems Mothman has been wanting us to look at this Nazi-NASA-UFO angle for a long time. Does this mean the ex-Nazis had something to do with the Silver Bridge collapse? Perhaps, when one considers that the Bell weapon sends out deep vibrations that can work bolts loose from any structure. Even if it were deep underneath the TNT Area, it still could have affected the aluminum bolts of the Silver Bridge which, coincidentally, were designed by J.P. Morgan’s American Bridge company.
While Morgan had a history of hiring saboteurs like Aleister Crowley (followers of whom were present in Pt. Pleasant during Mothman), it is unlikely that the bridge collapse was purposeful. It was probably just a byproduct of secret weapons development, like so many other of our social ills…
Even today, we hear stories of strange Mothman-like sightings. We have had them most recently in Parkersburg, WV (above the Blennerhassett Island Mound and the Oil and Gas Museum), in Nuremberg, Germany (right after I first blogged about the Nazi connection to Mothman) and in Los Angeles. The timing of the L.A. sightings may relate to the errant “missile” that was seen recently. These errant L.A. missile sightings go back at least until 1972, when Gemstone File author Bruce Roberts related them to the activities of the Watergate “plumbers” (assassins) and their ex-Nazi bosses – the developers of modern terrorism and Al Qaeda. Bank of America and GM were amongst Roberts’ favorite Gemstone bogeymen. Today, these two companies are still causing mischief, by milking the treasury and stealing homes. In fact, BoA is said to be the subject of the next Wikileaks leak. In 2004, Mothman witness Harriet Plumbrook, along with several thousand other people, saw a missile get shot down with a laser above San Francisco. Mothman sightings were seen all over the West Coast that year, including in Malibu, CA (near a shrine to the goddess Kali).
In an amazing synchronicity, Roberts’ father died just two or three weeks before my own father died in 1972. Roberts claimed his father had been given cancer by the Watergate plumbers, who must have been associated in one form or another with David Ferrie. The primary methods for causing the cancer were 1) needle stick with uranium, 2) needle stick with cancer causing virus, and 3) inhalation of nickel dust. My father worked in the rare metals division of Carbide, which handled pure nickel. Carbide and its subsidiary in Germany, Linde, were primarily responsible for the Manhattan Project and our massive plutonium production after the war, so uranium was readily available, too. Linde also developed synthetic gems, such as the ones Roberts claimed to have invented. In fact, the inventor of the laser, Maiman, claimed that Roberts, a former OSS officer, worked for Linde when he gave Maiman the particular synthetic rubies that finally worked in the laser. Roberts, upset over his father’s murder and the fact that he never received proper compensation for his inventions, spent the rest of his life trying to expose the military industrial complex.
It is said that the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever is based on the events that inspired Roberts’ Gemstone File: the surreptitious takeover of the Howard Hughes empire by Aristotle Onassis. Those wanting to an easy-to-understand outline of how such things work can also check out the new Mel Gibson film, The Edge of Darkness. Just change the location of the movie from “Massachusetts” to the “TNT Area” and insert the name “Carbide” instead of “Northmoor,” and you will understand how and why the MIB wreaked havoc on the town of Pt. Pleasant during Mothman. Unfortunately, there is no Mothman in Edge of Darkness to save the day. We therefore should be thankful that we had Mothman in WV, and that he is still around today, throwing wrenches into the wicked plans of the international mafia.
Nicole Brodeur of The Seattle Times recently wrote an interesting column about the death of Subpop Records executive Andy Kotowicz, who was killed in a fiery auto accident in Seattle. It seems that after he died, Kotowicz appeared and spoke to the shop owner who rescued Kotowicz’s daughter from the burning car wreckage. Such stories are common to those of us who investigate the paranormal:
Kenny Johnson is a hero. This is a fact. This we know.
Chris Cartier recently wrote an interesting article in The Seattle Weekly about a Seattle man who has witnessed an unusual number of deaths. One could say that this falls within Forteana:
About 20 minutes after Michael Yohannes was shot and killed on the corner of Second Avenue and Pike Street a week ago Tuesday afternoon, in what may have been a gang-related incident, eyewitness Paul Hamilton was standing nearby looking more annoyed than shocked. Turns out that Yohannes wasn’t the first person Hamilton has seen get killed downtown—it was, he says, the sixth.
The first deaths that Hamilton, a 40-year-old housing agent at Quick Switch Rentals, says he witnessed involved three people in 1986. He was standing between Pike and Union Streets when a car came crashing out of an upper story of a parking garage, landing on another man below. The crash apparently killed the driver, who had just suffered a heart attack, causing him to accelerate out of the building. It also killed his wife, who was riding shotgun. “All of a sudden this car comes though the wall,” Hamilton recalled. “It decapitated the man it landed on. It was the first time I’d ever seen a head roll down the street.”
The next death, he says, was in 1999: He and his wife were at Westlake Center when they saw two men arguing. One pulled out a gun and shot the other several times. “It just dropped him to the ground, dead,” he says.
The fifth fatality occurred, he says, just two years ago while he was waiting for a bus home. He says that all of a sudden a man pushed a woman in front of a bus, killing her instantly. “There was a big commotion and you could hear the woman’s head get crushed,” he says. “It was terrible.”
After the latest death he witnessed on Tuesday, Hamilton says it’s starting to “get annoying.”
“I had never really thought about it before, but after this last time, the bodies started piling up in my head,” he says.
Luckily Hamilton seems to have a strong stomach. He says that immediately after last week’s shooting, “my wife [and I] just looked at each other, ’cause we were supposed to be getting some dinner, and said ‘Where are we gonna eat now?’” All the commotion and blocked-off streets limited their options: “We had to settle for Subway.”
Before revealing my latest, somewhat earth-shattering revelation about Indrid Cold, I would like to thank the Cali crew of LOWFI for being so gracious when I was in L.A. Skylaire went out of her way to see that I had a place to stay and things to do. Greg Bishop, Adam Gorightly, and Walter Bosley were also a ton of fun. It is nice to hang out with interesting people who are always gathering new information, trying to piece together the “big puzzle.” It was also nice hanging out with Mick Farren, the brilliant English writer. We had a lot of fun dissecting the meanings behind various foreign films and and TV shows, such as “Have Gun Will Travel.” In my younger days with the Austin Film Society, I was totally engrossed in films and filmmaking. At some point I decided I be a lone wolf and shoot my own little ethnographic films. But here I am today, talking about a rare, “phenomenal” series of events that occurred while shooting a documentary (on Mothman). One of the blurbs for my new book, “Mothman Speaks,” states that the Mothman events are beginning to seem as important as those at Fatima. Time will tell, I suppose…
Ironically, the Mothman events originally took place in the “West,” in the sense that the Western edge of the USA ran right through Ohio and Pt. Pleasant at the time Cornstalk’s curse was first enacted in the late 1700s. Not more than a hundred years later (in the early 1900s),various I.G. Farben front companies had set up shop in the area, and most had forgotten about the Cornstalk Curse. But then, in came the MIBs, Mothman, and UFOs, and all hell broke loose. We are still sifting out the rubble today, wondering what was going on. Were UFOs being built in the area? Was the Silver Bridge brought down using focused meditation from occultists in league with ex-Nazis? What sort of atomic weapons were being secretly built in the area? Were attempts being made at quantum implosion, i.e. “cold fusion” or “propellantless,” “free” energy?
We have uncovered several tidbits supporting the various angles mentioned above, and many more, including some surrounding the mysterious Indrid Cold.
I mentioned some of these in my earlier blog about Indrid, where I discovered a possible Tibetan Buddhist/Garuda meaning to his name, and a possible connection to Union Carbide. Because Indrid lived near the Winfield Locks in WV, and because he liked to land his spaceship in Ohio, near another set of locks along the Ohio, we can speculate that he had some sort of multi-state jurisdiction. He may have been a federal agent with the Dept. of Energy, or a federal agent working for the Defense Intelligence Agency. Or he may have worked for the power company, which means he may have worked directly of indirectly for J.P. Morgan. Morgan owned the company, American Bridge, that manufactured the – at the time – high-tech link rods that went into the ill-fated Silver Bridge. Morgan is known to have financed Aleister Crowley, who is now thought to have been a saboteur, particularly with regards to large “transportation” structures like ships and bridges – typical WWII activities. Since the Cold War was stimulated, according to Joseph Farrell, by the ex-Nazis because it gave them “space” in which to operate, the heightened Cold War tension of the Valley probably indicates a high level of ex-Nazi involvement there. The word “spaceman” takes on another meaning…
Which brings us back to Indrid, or to his name. The ex-Nazis were known to have set up a colony in Bariloche, Argentina for the purposes of plastic surgery and atomic research using electromagnetic plasma implosion. Bariloche, alas, is likely to have been “Lanulos,” the planet to which Indrid Cold took Woody Derenberger. Why? Because Lanulos spelled backwards is “solunal,” which refers to the sending of electromagnetic shockwaves through plasma. Bariloche was one of the few places in the world at that time doing this type of research.
And not only that, but “Indrid Cold” itself refers to an implosion technique! It was developed by an ex-Nazi naturalist/physicist, Victor Schauberger. When you send air “Inward” on itself, and implode it within a turbine, while also making it extremely “cold,” you get: LIFTOFF! Literally… This is the method Schauberger developed for the early flying saucers! The inward implosion and cooling of air creates propellantless flight from a spinning turbine. Subatomic changes occur when air molecules are forced to annihilate themselves at a pinch point which, in this case, is at the lower edge of such saucers. Schauberger discovered this technique while watching fish sitting motionless in a rapid stream. It turns out that fish can lower their body temperature to a point where most of the friction goes away.
So there you have it, folks. Indrid Cold was telling us that he is linked to ex-Nazis in Bariloche working on flying saucer propulsion. This makes sense within the total context of events. After the war, it took about twenty years to redraw and redesign the lost saucer prototypes, many which had been destroyed on purpose by the Nazis while fleeing. But most wanted to work for America, not Russia. This is why the UFOs exploded back onto the scene in the middle to late 1960s in the Ohio Valley. They had to be rebuilt from scratch. They were probably being built there, in one of those former I.G. Farben plants. Maybe even in the TNT Area itself…
Not only was Indrid Cold real, but he may have really been flying around in a saucer. Gray Barker was right the whole time!
It’s been a while since I posted, as I have been feverishly finishing up my fourth and fifth books. The fourth one, The Mothman Speaks, has been sent off and will be available soon. I did an interview about a month ago with Keith Hansen at Think or Be Eaten, where we update current Mothy events. It was the longest show ever on his program, I believe, but don’t let that scare you off:
I also will be making an appearance at the Forteanswest events in Los Angeles this weekend. Looking forward to that Manson reunion and, of course, meeting some of my old relatives, the mummies.
In lieu of squeezing what little conceptual matter I still have out of my brain, I am posting the introduction to The Mothman Speaks, which is actually an interview:
The following interview took place in October of 2008 at the Lowe Hotel in Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia. RAI, the large European broadcasting corporation, was filming a special called “American Mysteries” for their big-budget paranormal show, Voyager, which has an audience of 5 million viewers. Interestingly, the producers decided to focus on an unusual mix of American mysteries: the 9/11 conspiracy, Mothman, Marconi, and Marilyn Monroe. Popular conspiracy writer Jim Marrs was the main guest, along with mainstream ufologist Linda Moulton Howe. Marrs and Howe were interviewed on the balcony of a skyscraper in Manhattan, seemingly in an effort to recall the feelings of 9/11. The first segment, which was about 9/11, seemed to focus on various conspiracy theories that the U.S. media usually ignores. One historical conspiracy mentioned was the Nazi plan to bomb lower Manhattan during WWII; this can be seen as a precursor of sorts to 9/11, thus raising the question of whether or not former Nazis had anything to do with the 2001 WTC attack. Marconi’s U.S. radio company was accused of being a spy operation just before it was seized and incorporated into RCA by the Rockefeller syndicate, which itself was secretly supporting the Nazis through financial conduits like Herbert Hoover and Ohio’s Prescott Bush…
In the Mothman segment, the focus eventually fell onto Mothman’s foretelling of 9/11, which was first communicated to a childhood friend of mine in 1967. This precognition allowed the Mothman segment to dovetail nicely with the 9/11 segment. Before and after station breaks, “teaser” montages seemed to connect 9/11 with Mothman. In fact, there seemed to be an implied thread connecting all four seemingly disparate stories… In my interview with RAI, I was asked to paint a broad picture of my Mothman experience, one that would be easily understood by those unfamiliar with the story. The resulting discussion therefore serves as a good introduction to this book… Interestingly, the day I first edited this section, Feb. 26th, 2009, I received a synchronistic email from Austin, TX ufologist S. Miles Lewis, which referenced Marilyn Monroe. I hadn’t received an email from Lewis in several years, so it got my attention. For some strange reason, he playfully chided me about the stage name I had used in the 1980s Austin music scene: “Merlin Monroe.” At that time, my band was performing take-offs on pagan “occult” music, so I was sometimes depicted in posters as a wizard or reincarnated pharaoh. This turned out to be prophetic because, years later, I discovered that my family, the Colvins, had married into the Montauk tribe, the purported descendants of the Egyptian pharaohs. Why Lewis chose to email me at that time about the Monroe persona remains unclear.
RAI: What is the strangest Mothman sighting you have heard about?
Andy Colvin (AC): Well, I can say that I have interviewed a few people who have seen Mothman in their homes and even in their bedrooms, floating above their beds. This is something happened to Mothman Prophecies author John Keel and to the nephew of Gray Barker. Barker was a UFO investigator from West Virginia who first coined the term “Men in Black.” He wrote the first book on Mothman, The Silver Bridge, which came out in 1970. Interestingly, most witnesses see Mothman in slightly different ways. Mothman will often look a little different to each person. In my case, it was a dark silhouette flying behind our car. Then, years later, I saw another silhouette seemingly coming out of a tree. I saw it on the property of a friend who had received a precognition of 9/11 from Mothman… Here in Point Pleasant, people were often chased in their car by Mothman. Some, like Marcella Bennett, had face-to-face encounters with the creature. Marcella described to me how she was pulled by some hypnotic force to be in the spot where she saw Mothman. Oddly, she said her brother was being hypnotized by a UFO at the same time. She seemed to think that the UFO was trying to keep him from meeting Mothman! It may sound hard to believe, but I have heard similar things from other witnesses about disagreements flaring up between UFOs and creature entities. As time went on, Marcella became more and more psychic, but not her brother…
RAI: So, the Mothman experience seems to open up people’s minds…
AC: Yes, they can better access their own unconscious, as well as the collective unconscious. They can see what is going to happen next. I have found this to be true in my own life. I will get glimmers of things that are about to occur… As I mentioned, when I was a child, my friend saw a vision of 9/11 that he attributed to Mothman. He said, “If you go stand in this spot in my yard, you will see it, too.” I was incredulous, of course. But, I did stand there and, sure enough, I did see brief images of exploding buildings in what Tommy said was “New York City in 2001 – the beginning of WWIII.” At that time, I also received some type of “download.” It happened very quickly. It was sort of like “seeing your life pass before you.” I almost got killed by a rockslide once, so I have experienced seeing my life pass before me. The two experiences, seeing the future and seeing the past, are very much alike… When I got this download, I picked up pieces of information about my life to come. Even now, this process is still in effect. For instance, I just turned 49 today. Believe it or not, I got a message back when I was a kid that something important in my personal life would happen when I turned 49. I’ve already discovered what that was. It actually happened today; being on your show facilitated a reunion with someone important in my life… A similar thing happened when I was 47 as well. As my life goes on, the messages from that original download continue to play out, although I have the ability to influence them in certain ways. They seem to be possibilities from which I can choose. Tommy was also told things about his future life, such as working at NASA and so forth, which later came true.
RAI: Do you think it’s a mental vision or projection? Where do they come from, these visions?
AC: I think it is the collective unconscious at work. We’re telepathically plugged into each other, and to nature. At some level, all of our consciousnesses are linked. Reality is alive. We are in separate bodies, but we’re also linked “nonlocally.”
RAI: Very interesting point: the concept of global consciousness…
AC: If you look at the core of each of the major religions, there is this prevailing idea that consciousness is what creates the universe, not the other way around. Most of us, in the modern, “scientific” world, think that the physical world creates consciousness, but the older beliefs say the opposite. This consciousness underlying reality is what links us from the get-go. You have global – actually, “universal” – consciousness manifesting through each person. Each person is born and reveals a seemingly “separate” piece of that whole consciousness. In certain situations, you can plug back into the group consciousness and receive messages from other parts of it.
RAI: What is your explanation of the Mothman phenomenon?
AC: I don’t know that there really is a tidy explanation for Mothman. It’s a process, and it extends into subconscious realms. Reality is physically made up of electromagnetic frequencies and waves, which John Keel called “the superspectrum.” Our brains process these waves as best they can. It is difficult because we sense only a sliver of the superspectrum. This disconnect, this inability to understand all of the signals, causes us to occasionally experience overloads and glitches. When this happens, our minds try to interpret the tangle of frequencies through a process of visualization. The visions that people see are an interesting blend of the “physical” and the “mental.” They are partly hallucinatory and partly real, a temporary manifestation of something that can be identified as both physical and nonphysical. Certain places on Earth seem to manifest a higher number of sightings. The dynamics of how it works are not well understood, but it appears that these beings can become “real” during the short timeframe that the event is happening. They can leave physical traces; they can dent your car or give you a sunburn. Scratches have appeared mysteriously on witnesses’ bodies upon waking up in the morning. Something “nonlocal” comes into our locality for a short time, and then it goes out. While it’s here, it may or may not create a linkage with one’s mind. In some folks, that linkage may become more solidified afterwards. A lot of the Mothman witnesses I’ve talked to feel that they’ve been linked to the creature ever since they saw it. They feel like he’s always around the corner, quietly watching, standing guard. They feel that Mothman is a protector, not a demon. If you look at the symbologies of similar birdmen like the Thunderbird, Garuda, and Piasa, they all have positive aspects. They give us a “heads up” when and if something bad is about to happen.
RAI: There is one explanation that says Mothman is just a “big bird.” Why is this an impossible explanation?
AC: It’s not impossible; it just doesn’t explain why people see Mothman as having humanoid characteristics. You have to realize that there are large religious and governmental organizations that don’t like the idea of “unauthorized” angels or protector deities. If everyone started viewing Mothman, or any other unsanctioned entity, as a beneficial angel, it might cause problems. It might undermine the established organs of Church and State. The major religions have a need to spin interpretations of the paranormal. If unauthorized angels really were visiting us, it would be logical and necessary for such bureaucracies to write them off as “big birds” or something else. The interesting thing is that in the ancient world, large, “normal” birds were often thought to have supernatural qualities as well. Even today, in places like New Guinea, the aboriginals believe that human souls go into the bodies of birds upon death. In Egyptian lore, cranes could be “activated”; they could become temporarily supernatural. Like genies, supernatural cranes are said to emanate from caves and fly around the countryside. I grew up here in WV. You rarely see very large birds flying around here, other than chicken hawks and vultures. But, if someone does see a large bird, it could, according to the Egyptians, still be a supernatural event… Similarly, Mothman has a shapeshifting quality. Even though the moniker “Mothman” is a media creation, it shares etymological roots with the winged Egyptian goddess, Mut (pronounced “Mott”). “Mut” links to the word “mother,” and to the symbologies of goddesses that came later, like Isis and Mary. “Muth” bears a relationship to the words “mouth” and “mound.” The mound is a gateway, or mouth, to other dimensions. Our English word “mutt” refers to a mixture, a state where hybrid forms like Mothman exist… The earliest known UFO sightings were in Egypt, in 1500 B.C., and they occurred at a temple dedicated to Mut; even “random” arisings in the Mothman world have symbolic meaning.
The very act of having a “moniker” (a “mon” word) denotes a second identity, which is something necessary for hybrids. These creatures seem to be able to appear as female or male, wrathful or protective, aerial or earthbound, depending on the witness’ state of mind.
AC: Horus and Seth were Egyptian birdmen who took on other forms; they were hybrids. Horus was an emanation of Osiris, just as Buddhism’s Dorje Shugden, who rode aboard the Garuda, was an emanation of the archetypal Tibetan deity, Je Tsongkhapa. Horus was associated with downriver Egypt, while “Seth,” whose name later developed into “Satan,” was associated with upriver “Sudan.” “Satan” thus became a word for the enemy, the “other.” In Charleston, the Mothman had more of a dog face, like Seth. Downriver in Pt. Pleasant, he had more of a bird face, like Horus. In Asia, the dog and bird versions of the Garuda are called “Barong” and “Bonaspati,” respectively. Basically, any river system with a lot of mounds is prone to these sightings. The Ohio and Kanawha valleys once had hundreds of mounds that were later torn down. Chemical plants were placed on top of those spots. There were a lot of mounds and Indian burial grounds here. Most people think that all mounds were built by the Indians, but most were not. The Natives claimed that they did not build them. The mounds may be naturally created energy nodes, sort of like pimples on the earth. They have energy running up into them. They store energy nicely because of their shape. They are very potent places for creatures to be seen. The word “monster” seems to be a combination of the words “mound” and “star.” If you see an anomalous light around a mound, you may likely see one of these temporary monsters. In Point Pleasant, we have these munitions storage mounds. These domes are very similar to Indian mounds in shape and size. In Native lore, you could build a specific type of domed tent to call in monsters and spirits. Shamans would enter them and see into the future. Sparks were said to have flown out of the tents as the shamans accessed the psychic world. I myself have twice encountered strange creatures immediately after building a tent. Mounds and domes were said to have attracted dragons in the Middle Ages, and the same appears to be true today… In WV, people have seen invisible entities with glowing red eyes. Until the body comes into view, you don’t know if it’s Mothman or Bigfoot. As it passes into our physical dimension, it goes through somewhat predictable color shifts. These “chimera” are an ancient pattern. The very name “chimera” refers to “khem,” the land of Egypt, as well as to “alchemy” and to “mer,” the Moorish people who traveled north to the British Isles and then to America.
RAI: In 1966 and 1967, there were a lot of sightings of UFOs in the sky. Many people say these were connected to Mothman. Do you think that they are manifestations of the same thing?
AC: In some cases, yes. In The Silver Bridge, Gray Barker mentions a witness here in Point Pleasant who actually saw Mothman change into a ball of light. He also reported on a 1922 sighting in Nebraska where a UFO turned into a birdman. In the Buddhist lore, it is said that high lamas can shapeshift into balls of light and into birdmen; they travel around that way. People have seen them go from ball of light into birdman, and from birdman into ball of light. There is a lama named Samudranath who claims to shapeshift into a birdman; this is how he ministers to his “flock.” There is a picture of him on the back of his book. One witness, whom I have known since childhood and trust, claims that Samudranath has visited her in dreams and visions. The picture of his face looks very much like a creature that my sister took a picture of in 1973. It was looking in our kitchen window. That was the same week I was chased by the dark silhouette that came out of a tree. The thing in the photo looks very much like a Garuda mask from New Zealand. It also looks very much like a Wakashan Thunderbird mask from the NW coast of America. “Wakashan” is very similar to “Wakinyan,” the Lakota name for the Thunderbird. From his refuge “within earth and stone,” the Natives’ birdman, the Thunderbird, is still thought to influence life today. You see similar names for these entities across the world, across languages.
RAI: What do you remember about the Silver Bridge collapse?
AC: The collapse was very tragic. It was extremely cold that night. I was at home with my parents when the news came across. It was very shocking. A lot of people still haven’t gotten over it. I suppose one “silver” lining is that the bridge collapse brought more attention to Mothman and to the mystical process that seems to be going on here. Mothman has helped revitalize the town to some degree, reversing the economic losses caused by the bridge collapse. The Mothman story is, frankly, one of the most important stories ever. You’ve got angels, UFOs, aliens, creature entities, prophecies, and top-secret conspiracies. Reality – our collective unconscious – seems to create situations to learn from. It creates an order to the universe at varying levels. No matter what sort of “evil,” conspiratorial things might be hatched, an opposing message of “truth” will get out, via the psychic feedback loop. In a way, it is a self-regulating mechanism that allows society to right wrongs, balance energies, and heal wounds through the application of justice. Mothman can be viewed as a crime-fighting superhero or as a cosmic, metaphysical process – or anywhere in between. Ancient birdman symbols depict the nervous systems of human beings as being connected. The Garuda is an archetype that allows one to stabilize spiritual advances in one’s life. These may be linked to jumps in creativity or intelligence. The Garuda keeps you from “backsliding” into ignorance and isolation. He keeps you linked with others.
RAI: Why did you start to paint the Mothman? I know you have some paintings…
AC: I don’t necessarily paint the Mothman. But after I saw the Mothman, I suddenly had the ability to draw and paint. I also bought a camera and started taking photos. For many years, I did mostly drawings and paintings, but then I shifted more into photography. I’ve found that my work over the years seems to unwittingly symbolize aspects of the Mothman story. For instance, in the early 1980s, I traveled around the U.S. to different national monuments, taking pictures of myself as a flying man who came out of the earth. Even then, I wasn’t consciously aware that it was connected to Mothman. Most of this process has occurred subconsciously… Before the 9/11 attacks occurred, I wasn’t paying close attention to it. But after that event, I suddenly realized that “Mothman” was capable of sending messages from the future. Nowadays, all of this makes sense to me. I can do my art and recognize the surrounding percolation of symbols. They support each other. It’s a vast topic… What I’ve said here today is just the tip of the iceberg.
RAI: Can we see some of your images?
AC [gestures]: This is a photo for an article I recently wrote in Paranoia magazine. In 1982, I went to New York for the Anti-Nuke Rally. It was the largest rally ever held in New York City. I helped carry this float that looks like a “big bird” or Mothman. We carried it past Rockefeller Center and into Central Park. I often get caught up in things that involve bird symbology. [shows book] This is my second book, The Mothman Photographer II, which talks a lot about synchronicities. One such synchronicity is that the Kanawha River, which the Mothman flew along between Pt. Pleasant and Mound, is called the “River of Death” by Native Americans. And Natives just happen to associate death with the Thunderbird. In fact, they place Thunderbird totems in their graveyards. [points to photos] This is the Space Needle in Seattle. It was once an Indian burial ground. It’s quite haunted, in fact… The Christ symbol, the cross on a mound, is very similar to the Garuda symbologies in India. The Garuda is an emanation of energy; there seem to be male and female versions. Just as humans manifest as male and female, these entities also manifest as male and female. [gestures] Here is an ancient statue of Garuda carrying Vishnu. The Garuda provides support for the awakening process. One of the older Hindu statues shows the birdman connecting two cobras, each representing the human spinal column. The birdman symbolizes the spaces between – the background, the sky, the breeze upon which things fly… Here we have a Native American totem pole. The figure on the bottom is a female Bigfoot, and on top is the Thunderbird. Therefore we see, in ancient lore, an amazing connection drawn between Bigfoot and Mothman.
RAI [points]: Is this the photo for which you are famous?
AC: Yes, this is a high-resolution copy of the picture that was taken in 1973 by my sister. It was a random shot of me in the kitchen drinking from an upside down 7-Up glass. Uri Geller apparently once heard a voice coming from such a glass. The witness to Geller’s experience, CIA scientist Andrija Puharich, was a follower of the British UFO cult “The Nine” and a possible agent of Standard Oil. The emblem on my shirt in the photo is “West Virginia Tech,” which is close to where Union Carbide, a subsidiary of Standard Oil, has its famous Alloy plant. That plant has been polluting the air in the Kanawha Valley, at a level equal to the entire New York City metropolis, for decades. Over the years, a lot of conspiratorial things have happened in the Kanawha Valley. For instance, the family behind Jim Jones and Jonestown, the Laytons, were from Alloy. The family patriarch, Dr. Lawrence Layton, married the daughter of I.G. Farben’s stockbroker and became head of U.S. Army Biowarfare between 1956 and 1963. Layton’s son was one of the doctors at Jonestown. There were a lot of links between Standard, Carbide, and I.G. Farben. It is rumored that the Nazi’s flying saucer program was real, and that it took place on I.G. Farben property. The saucer program may have been transferred to WV after the war, to a Carbide location, which would explain all of the UFOs in the TNT Area… Anyway, when my sister sent this kitchen picture to me, my 3-yr. old son pointed to the window and said “Garuda.” Even though he didn’t know what a Garuda was, he immediately recognized something in that face. If he had not said anything, no one would have ever noticed it. It looks like a reptilian bird. In the Mothman world, the clues come large and small… [gestures] Here is an interesting image… When we were doing the cover for the DVD, the designer made a mirror image and overlapped them. When she did, all of these bird faces appeared. One of them looks like a terrorist, actually. You can even see a skull face, the symbol of death. Mut, the aforementioned Egyptian goddess, is said to weigh the hearts of men after death. The Tibetans say you will meet a Heruka, or wrathful deity, after death. The Garuda is one of these Heruka. A person who sees the Thunderbird is considered to be a “Heyoka” by Native Americans. Again, the names are similar across great distances. There appears to have been a global religion and language at one time, most likely emanating from Tibet and Mongolia. The religion was first called “Mon,” then “Bon.” Today, remnants of it can be seen not only in Hinduism and Buddhism, but in Islam and Christianity. The imprints this early religion made on the human psyche still seem to resonate today.
This happened a while back, in late March, but I am posting it for those who may have missed it. Seattle, having the largest percentage of “managers” per capita in the country, is the most “frocked up” town in the world – everyone is narcissistically righteous about their own importance. There is a trickle-down “copycat” effect, too, whereby artists, bohemians, and even transients and mental patients feel the need to concoct haughty personas that will bring the attention necessary to “make it.” Here is a brief conglomeration of different articles on the Werewolf Hunter, aka the “C.H.U.D. Hunter” (yes, it’s good to have two personas, not just one). C.H.U.D. is an acronym for “Cannibalistic Human Underground Dweller,” also known (to those of us old enough to remember) as a “troglodyte”:
Werewolves and C.H.U.D.s, he allegedly told them, in many cases take the form of humans.
Concerned about their safety, police took the man to Harrison Memorial Hospital for evaluation.
The incident started Tuesday about 1:45 p.m. when an off-duty Bainbridge Island officer advised dispatchers of a man armed with a sword in the parking lot of Pro Build, a business for contractors and builders.
Officers found the shirtless, 35-year-old man standing at the front door of the business waving a large sword, Lt. Sue Shultz said. He had multiple scrapes and cuts on his body.
The man disarmed himself without incident, but officers also allegedly found several throwing knifes and other sharp weapons.
“Following the incident at Pro Build, several individuals contacted police and advised that the subject had been seen in the area of Ace Hardware,” Shultz said in a statement. “They reported the male had been approaching customers and staff displaying and demonstrating his sword and throwing and knifes.”
A man wearing what appeared to be a pipe bomb was kicked out of a Seattle homeless shelter Friday morning after claiming to be a vampire, then arrested by police. Was this man one of the “real” vampires from Forks, WA, who sprang up after the filming of “Twilight?” A coworker of mine in the film business, who worked as a set designer on the “Twilight” films, tells me that rumors abound about a sect of “believers” in the NW who claim to be real vampires. Could this be another example of the “Copycat” phenomenon that I first theorized about in the 1980s, where the viewing public sees a piece of entertainment and tries to copy it? Or is this an example of the film being set in a place that already was known for its vampire cults? Or, is this particular incident just another cryptozoological “terror hoax” designed to cover up occult activity? You decide…
Below is an article that I wrote during the filming of my video series on Mothman. It explains one entertaining methodology for trying to figure out what “Indrid Cold” – a name that is most likely an alias – really might mean.
The meaning of “Indrid Cold” is simple. In order to approach such Mothman riddles all one needs, it seems, is a basic knowledge of any spiritual tradition – Hindu mythology, Buddhist mythology, Celtic mythology, Judeo-Christian mythology, Aboriginal or Native American mythology. In this case it turns out to be a particularly Hindu case, or at least one that uses Hindu terminology. But all of the above traditions provide ample clues for deciphering symbolic codes and “name-game” mysteries. The “superspectrum,” as John Keel termed it, has embedded itself into our very consciousness. This is reflected in our religion, our language, and our mental coding, which is itself essentially a binary electrical circuit. This loop tends to “spin” conceptual thinking toward dualistic poles such as “good” or “bad,” angelic or demonic, and so on.
After having a basic understanding of one of the above mythologies, one then needs either a few coincidences to occur, or something else in one’s experience that one can draw from, in order to gain insight into the riddle. Luckily (or not), these kind of “coincidences” seem to occur fairly often in the lives of Mothman witnesses. This may be one of the reasons this phenomenon exists: to give us feedback from the universe.
For some this is a blessing, for others it is a curse. Some witnesses get so many psychic pieces of information coming at them that it tends to make them a bit paranoid; others make fast decisions and judgments, internally, which baffle others. Others cannot sense the same input… I am reminded of the fact that the Indians initially couldn’t see the ships of Columbus because their brains couldn’t process it. A shaman had to spend many days looking at where the ships were said to be in order to finally see them. Words really cannot really express… At times, when I am trying to explain my Mothman experiences and everyone is shaking their heads and thinking I am nuts or unduly obsessed, I feel like that shaman. In addition to having seen the creature myself, I have a long string of synchronicities and seemingly profound, symbolic events in my life. I sometimes wonder if Mothman witnesses aren’t each given individual “clues” to a larger puzzle. The dreams, precognitions, telepathic messages, and unusual meetings get us to closer to what is going on within us and around us. My discussions with witnesses reveal such a pattern. Witnesses such as Faye DeWitt and Marcella Bennett speak of “hunches” alerting them to potential dangers. The universe appears to be sending out information regarding specific, powerful human events. This information comes in the form of visions, sounds, messages, random coincidences, and codes.
I interviewed Keel for my documentary on Mothman, and asked him about Indrid Cold. Keel seemed to feel that much of the Cold story is fabricated. He suspects that some of the strange phone calls were a result of Indrid Cold speaking through Woody Derenberger.
Having interviewed a Bigfoot contactee who feels that Bigfoot speaks to and through him, I can attest to being put off by the thought that a witness might create his own “evidence.” Still, looking at it another way, I think that it is worth trying to figure out what is behind a phenomenon whose experiencers feel that they need to “channel” for, or “telepath” to, a creature or entity. I personally feel that Derenberger may not have been a hoaxer, but perhaps a victim of a hoax. He may have even been a victim of mind control. The Air Force involvement in his case – the psychiatric interest, the weeklong “debriefing” at NASA headquarters – is a possible indicator of this.
In looking at this Indrid riddle, though, the first thing I did was to see the name “Indrid Cold” not as a name, but as a descriptor. The main word appeared to be “Cold,” with “Indrid” as a modifier. I ran some anagrams of “indridcold” and got lots of interesting little references to things from the Mothman story. But nothing solid. Then, I turned it around 180 degrees and started looking at “indridcold” not for its constituent parts, but looking at it as a constituent part of a even bigger word. I asked myself if there might be any relevance to the word “indridcold” being spelled out of larger words, and could those larger words represent potential leads, or “name-game” clues? I got a couple of odd pieces of information using these offbeat methods. Knowing that Keel had observed, in the 1960s, that most of the entities channeling through contactees had names that sounded like “synthetic fabrics,” I decided to try and fit “indridcold” into some names of petrochemical companies.
One company that I found was a subcontractor to Union Carbide. It’s acronym was IRPCO. It had employed many of the men in my neighborhood in WV. I myself worked there; I was good friends with the owner’s son. The company has now been sold and has moved its headquarters. The company’s original location was at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers, where a bridge collapsed on Dec. 15th, 1904 – the same day of the year as the Silver Bridge collapse. The owner’s family lived on a bluff overlooking the confluence. The bluff was a lover’s lane spot that also doubled as a place to go if you wanted to see Mothman flying above the city. Psychic abductee Harriet Plumbrook had dreams of the bluff prior to ever seeing it, and feels the location is a geomagnetic source for the phenomenon. I was reminded of a story my mother told me when I was a little boy: that Magic Island, at the confluence of the Elk/Kanawha Rivers, was haunted by the ghost of a dead girl who had drowned.
Another odd reference I found was that “indridcold” fit into the full name of the Canadian wing of the chemical company that leased land on both sides of the I-64 bridge in Dunbar, WV, where the famous Tad Jones sighting occurred. That company: Union Carbide (Union Carbide Canada, Ltd.). When I “googled” Carbide’s Canadian facility to check, one of the first links to come up was in Melanson’s book about the Martin Luther King assassination. This reference stated that Union Carbide was the only entity from which James Earl Ray could have gotten the classified personnel information he used to construct his famous “Eric S. Galt” alias. The real Eric Galt was a security-cleared employee of Union Carbide, at a time when the company was making top-secret “proximity fuses” for missiles at its Canadian facilities.
Union Carbide was known for its pioneering work in handling not only “hot” materials like uranium (The Manhattan Project was fueled by Carbide, and many of the uranium mines in the Four Corners area are operated by Carbide), but extremely “cold” technologies. Carbide could “super-cool” metals like no other company of the time. It was the premier “chemical factory” in a valley where Keel was told (by Mothman witnesses) that a “chemical factory” might blow up. In the early 1960s, Carbide already had a complete simulation of the Martian landscape built so that they could test various substances and materials. Could they have a had a hand in any hoaxed moon landings? Conspiracy theorists have speculated about the role of Union Carbide in the Jonestown massacre, which occurred on land previously owned by Union Carbide, and the supposed role of Jonestown’s mind-controlled “zombie killers” in political assassinations. John Keel was told by psychics beforehand that MLK would be shot, and tried to alert MLK to that fact. The prophecy accurately predicted the manner of the actual shooting, yet was off by one month.
I decided to do another turnabout and look at “Indrid” as the subject, and “Cold” as the modifier. This would prove to be much more beneficial at getting at the root of the “real” Indrid. The trouble, however, is that “Indrid” is not a word we know in America. I had to look for words that were similar to Indrid. After reading Ted Holiday’s work connecting dragons to flying saucers and earthworks, it popped into my head that the Hindu god “Indra” (the god of fire) might be the connection. I looked and found that, throughout the eons, “the Garuda puts out the fire of Indra.” The birdman literally consumes the fires of Indra, rendering them “cold.” The two, Garuda and Indra, are closely associated in Hindu literature. When one sees this relationship, one sees that probably the only thing on Earth that can be a cooled-down form of Indra is: the Garuda. And since Indra is no longer the real, bonafide “hot” Indra when he is cooled down and in Garuda form, he can only be properly termed something that is “like Indra” – something “Indrid” or Indridic. In essence, Indrid Cold seems to have been telling us that he was Garuda operating as Indra in “cold” form.
Of course, nothing can really prove that Indrid Cold was not a hoax. If John Keel sensed a hoax there, there probably was. But, is the Cold story a regular hoax, or perhaps a “reverse hoax” intended to leak accurate, inside information? Regardless of whether Derenberger was manipulated by a disinformation hoax or by a truth-leak hoax, such a hoax had to perpetrated by someone who knew something about Hinduism. Was this a cryptozoological intelligence operative helping the CIA guide the Dalai Lama over the mountains to India? Very few people in the West knew much about Hinduism back then. Keel certainly knew it, since he originally put the term “Garuda” in the title of his Mothman Prophecies book. But the early cryptozoologists knew it, too. Those who traveled to Nepal to “search for the Yeti” with the Tom Slick/CIA Bigfoot expedition would have known. Slick had roots in Mothman country… Many of the UFO contactees of that era were given messages pertaining to the White Brotherhood of Tibet and the Thule Ultima, both standard fare for Nazi occultists involved in Tibetan research.