It was early April 1967. New York journalist John A. Keel, 37, a former self-described “hard-boiled skeptic” of things of a supernatural flavor, was confronting increasing evidence that his original support for the UFO-ET theory was in need of major revision (not to mention his views pertaining to the paranormal).
Little doubt his initial investigations in and around Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in March and April 1967, came to truly alter his overall perspective on the whole UFO question ver-ry dramatically.
Keel, the author of Jadoo, published back in 1957, a book that he admitted “sneered at the occult”, took a dim view of the reality of anything presumably supernatural. In Jadoo, he recounted his personal explorations and adventures in the Orient, where he repeatedly exposed the magic tricks of fake mystics, fakirs and snake charmers who catered to the superstitious locals and tourists in that part of the world. Keel, after all, was an amateur magician, and the wide-spread belief system of Jadoo, a Hindu word that meant black magic, intrigued him and was the kind of high adventure this self-described cliff-hanging journalist was addicted to. In the fall of 1954 it led Keel out of Egypt, where he had been studying the legendary gali-gali magicians, to exotic India, which was rife with practitioners and believers in Jadoo.
Those Mysterious “Voices”: Where do they come from?
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