This won’t actually be in my book, but it’s quite odd nonetheless.
The original “Mothman” sightings took place in Point Pleasant West Virginia, starting almost at Paul’s so-called death on November 15th 1966 and lasting until the Silver Bridge collapse of December 15th 1967 that killed 46 people.
I’m not really sure why I connect this with the Beatles, but somehow the timings and the exact 13 months of the sightings hooked me a tad, maybe because there was supposedly quite a bit of precognition in the stories about the sightings.
In reality, 46 people died on the Silver Bridge but for some unknown reason it was all changed to 36 people for the movie the Mothman Prophecies starring Richard Gere in 2002.
This led to the film’s signature line, “wake up number 37” which in the film was the almost drowning of the police chief.
Of course if you add 13 to December of 1967 you get 1980. If you add 37 you get 2004.
John Lennon was killed on December 8th 1980. Dimebag Darrell Abbott was shot and killed onstage by Nathan Gale at the eerily named Alrosa on December 8th 2004 in Columbus Ohio, the first major city on the other side of the Silver Bridge.
OK, that’s a bit odd but maybe I’m reaching with this one.
Now look at this.
Susan J. ”Minga” Wilcox, 53, of Columbus, died of an extremely rare form of brain tumor, ependymoma, which mostly strikes children under 12, at Mt. Carmel East Hospital, December 8, 2002. Wilcox had only been diagnosed with the condition two months before. Wilcox saw a black “batlike” bedroom invader in her Columbus, Ohio, home in February 2001, went on to be a Mothman investigator, traveled to Point Pleasant several times in 2001 and 2002, and created a personal website: “Mothman: A Life Changed Forever.” She left behind a large envelope of her investigative logs for her son, Brent Fair (also a researcher on such matters), on which she had penned a note to him that read: “”B.R. Do not open until December 2002.” He found the date chilling and prophetic, in light of when she passed away.
If you play Wake up Number 37 backwards, you get “Reverse the earth for a month, fuck you.”