The Philadelphia Experiment From A-Z

The Newspaper Article Fact or Fake

Carl Allen gives reference to two newspaper articles in his letters to Jessup in 1956. In his third letter sent on May 25, 1956 he states;

“Check Philadelphia Papers for a tiny one Paragraph… of an Item describing the Sailors Actions after their initial Voyage. They Raided a Local to the Navy Yard “Gin Mill” or “Beer Joint” & caused such Shock & Paralysis of the Waitresses that Little comprehensible could be gotten from them, save that Paragraph & the Writer of it, Does Not Believe it, & Says “I only wrote what I heard & them Dames is Daffy. So, all I get is “Hide-it” Bedtime Story.” – Carl M. Allen

William Moore

William Moore

William Moore states that an unknown source sent him one of the newspaper articles photocopied with no reference to the paper name or date. The column width was also greater than that used by any paper in the Philadelphia area in the 1940’s. Further no reference to the name of the tavern was given. In a letter to Gray Baker, Joseph J. Merenda writes;

“The favorite watering hole of the Philadelphia seamen was the ‘Big House,’ which is no longer in existence. It was located at Broad Street and Oregon Avenue. It was a favored watering-hole of the Philadelphia sailors.”

I think that there was a chance that Carl Allen himself could have manufactured and mailed the article to Moore, to further the mystery, and keep Moore’s interest. Although Carl Allen himself accuses Moore & Berlitz of outright fraud on the FABRICATION of the “newspaper clipping”

Gray Barker stats without providing any details;

“..this appeared in a Camden, New Jersey newspaper (which we were able to find).” – Gray Barker

“UNDER NARCO-HYPNOSIS I CAN BE ENABLED TO DIVULGE THE NAME, DATE & SECTION & PAGE NUMBER of that Paper & the other one. The Name of the REPORTER who skeptically covered & wrote of these incidents (OF THE RESTAURANT-BARROOM RAID WHILE INVISIBLE & OF THE SHIPS SUDDEN AWOL) AND WHO INTERVIEWED the Waitresses CAN THUS BE FOUND, thus HIS and the Waitresses testimony can be added to the Records.” – Carl Allen’s 2nd Letter to Mr. Jessup

“Strange Circumstances Surround Tavern Brawl”

“Several city police officers responding to a call to aid members of the Navy Shore Patrol in braking up a tavern brawl near the U.S. Navy docks here last night got something of a surprise when they arrived on the scene to find the place empty of customers. According to a pair of very nervous waitresses, the Shore Patrol had arrived first and cleared the place out–but not before two of the sailors involved allegedly did a disappearing act. “They just sort of vanished into thin air…right there,” reported one of the frightened hostesses, “and I ain’t been drinking either!” At that point, according to her account, the Shore Patrol proceeded to hustle everybody out of the place in short order.”

“A subsequent chat with the local police precinct left no doubts as to the fact that some sort of general brawl had indeed occurred in the vicinity of the dockyards at about eleven o’clock last night, but neither confirmation nor denial of the stranger aspects of the story could be immediately obtained.”

“I am a sixty-seven year old retired executive. I was in the Navy from 1942 through 1945..”

“I was in that bar that evening, we had two or three beers, and I was one of the two sailors who are said to have disappeared mysteriously. The other fellow was named Dave. I don’t remember his last name, but he served on the DE 49. The fight started when some of the sailors bragged about the secret equipment and were told to keep their mouths shut. Two of us were minors. I told you I cheated on my enlistment papers. The waitresses scooted us out the back door as soon as trouble began and later denied knowing anything about us.” – Edward Dudgeon [1]

To this date (2016) no one has come forward with the exact newspaper and date the article appeared in. Not even a copy of the original mailed clipping has appeared anywhere.


[1]“Anatomy of a Hoax: The Philadelphia Experiment Fifty Years Later” Pre release copy mailed to me by Jacques Vallée.

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