The Babalon Working

I call the above type of flying saucer the most clearly photographed saucer there is. It is the truth. There is more than one picture of the same domed saucer. It was photographed over South Africa, Germany, sketched while it sat on a beach in Australia, and snapped over Corsica. It was definitely in operation over 2 decades. But I have my doubts it is “alien.”

Within the fringes of the occult there was a group of rocket scientists and avionics pioneers.  John Whiteside Parsons was one of them. He was considered quite brilliant until he blew himself up by accident in Pasadena. He engaged in a witching experiment in 1946 called The Babalon Working. According to the beliefs of occult members, its purpose was to produce a moonchild or homunculus– “a synthetic” human who would impart magical powers to its creator. Officially, he was supposedly incanting the goddess Babalon, and she would give him wisdom.

It sounds far out, I know. But Parsons deeply believed in ritual magic and its powers. How it sounds to us is really not the issue. People act according to their beliefs and their convictions. When trying to unravel a mystery we must consider the possible motives of those who might be involved, not our reasons. It is a fact that Parsons was saturated by ritual magic and surrounded by other highly qualified aviation and rocket experts who were loosely a part of one of the lodges of the O.T.O. (Ordo Templi Orientis) or ephemeral to them.


Others within the occult believed Parsons was treading in dangerous territory. Parsons’ “Working” disturbed even Aleister Crowley, who condemned Parsons and his associates as “louts” for trying to bring about what they were doing. In any case, The Babalon Working was completed over a protracted period of time in 1946. What it produced, we do not know. I for one doubt anything real, but it may have been enough to convince Parsons and his associates that something substantive happened. The belief in higher powers and dimensions, however, might need a little more help. One coincidence might have inspired them. It may have been considered a delayed answer: flying saucers.

Come forward now. The flying saucer phenomenon took the nation by storm in the summer of 1947. Parsons and his associates were interested in the phenomenon. Most people were. But there is a curious evolution. The original flying saucer reports described “lentils”– mere discuses whirling through the air. Nothing more. Within a couple of years there was the report of a saucer very different from this. It has


become the model for our popular image of all flying saucers. It was about 20 feet in diameter that had a dome on top and a flat bottom.  It was seen more than once and photographed rather well over various locations on earth, as I note above. It didn’t vary. It was seen so clearly that two different grays of the metal it was made out of could be described. It was, in fact, 2 flattened cones. The lower, flatter disc was darker gray and spun around the central dome, which was a lighter metallic gray. There was a hole in the top of the dome.

Corsica, 1971


This type of saucer appeared early enough in the phenomenon that it was mentioned by Donald E. Keyhoe in his 1949 True Magazine article, so it appeared pretty quickly on the scene after the discovery of flying saucers in 1947. This same saucer was later photographed near Darmstadt, Germany in August 1953, South Africa Summer of 1956, seen sitting on an Australian beach in July 1965, and off Corsica in 1971. It liked to fly in summer. It was thus active for about 20 years in summer and no more.

Canadian scientist and electrical engineer Wilbert Smith was also a devotee of the occult and later claimed telepathic communication with alien entities. His occult beliefs apparently grew out of his deep interest in the subject of saucers. But early on he approached them from a  purely scientific point of view. He discussed the possible energy source of flying saucers at length with Donald Keyhoe, basically describing the saucer as pictured above. He explained that the rotating disc could take in the energy of the Earth’s magnetic field through a magnetic sink in the dome.

It seems more than coincidence that Parsons and a few Cal Tech chums were heavily into both the occult and saucers, which the occult viewed as significant at the time. Parsons death is still shrouded in mystery, but somehow by accident he blew himself up in his lab in 1952 working on something.

Lo and behold by 1953 we have our first picture of the such a saucer as Smith described. The question is: Which came first– The chicken or the egg? Are we looking at the true flying saucer or are these disturbingly clear photographs of a domed saucer the product of a group of scientists in the occult who had the money and facility to put it to the test? In other words, are they a “Working,” not of ritual occult practices but of physical engineering? What would be their purpose?

It seems ludicrous, of course, to think they so succeeded and remained mum. Avro Canada tried to create a flying saucer but failed. But they were also using basic engineering and not a magnetic sink with a rotating disc.

My ultimate point is: this saucer looks manmade.

The search for its creators must start with those who had the ability and the inclination. There also had to be another motive for them than saying: “See, we can do it.” They never went public. There had to be an ulterior motive for designing this 20 foot disc and setting it aloft over a 20 year period. If it survived, where could it be parked today?

If I am right, this is the product of a different type of occult working than swishing about magical wands.

The hypothesis is that the saucer was manmade. How to test this hypothesis?

The Babalon Working is only a guidepost, directing us to and from a select group of scientists who believed deeply in magic and the occult “Great Ones” who could impart knowledge. The advent of flying saucers would have sent one or more of them to secret “workings” to try and uncover this power for themselves.

Fundamentalists would have us believe that such men were really in communication with evil entities– demons– but those of a more secular leaning are still faced with trying to explain why a group of men– occult adherents– would create a flying saucer on the principles which Wilbert Smith described, fly it about for 20 years, and not go public about it.  Both must face explaining an ulterior motive to the creators, and it seems that looking into the occult is the starting point to answer this question.

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.


A Summer Triangle

Just an update for you all– June 12 is the street date for my second installment in my Bermuda Triangle trilogy. It is 280 pages. It will be out in hardcover and paperback. It has 8 pages of photos and many, many illustrations. Much is refined and discussed. There are many new cases. Trends are noted, even locations where certain types of disappearances seem to predominate.

Those along the Gulf Coast I find intriguing. They occur along a track line almost reminiscent of something out of JAWS indicating the feeding path of a large creature– but in this case a track line for a phenomenon. Since the What’s Left? in 2003 a number of derelicts have happened here which suggest very much the unusual– murder by drug runners perhaps, but there are still unusual elements to them.

For instance, the case of the What’s Left? is hard to put together. The hydrosport had drifted close to 400 miles in order to beach off Cape Canaveral. But how did it get so far into the Florida Straits to do so? The throttle was found fully engaged. This is one possibility, but it doesn’t seem it was helmed. Inside the cabin was the dead body of the owner, Gary Lisk. He had apparently been dead for the two weeks the boat had drifted. Somehow the boat had capsized and drifted that way. It was never spotted by as massive Coast Guard search.

Moreover, Lisk’s spine had been transected, something which could not have happened from merely capsizing. One shoe was on, the other off. No sign was ever found of his passengers– Neil Eddleman and his son, Neil Jr.

This has become quite a mystery in south Florida. They were supposed to have been cruising along to the wreck of the California for diving in late October 2003.  Then the boat vanished. A Coast Guard search found nothing. Then two weeks later the What’s Left? turns up capsized and beached at Cape Canaveral, with Lisk’s body inside, throttles fully engaged. It apparently had drifted that way, and because of its aquamarine colored bottom had gone unnoticed in a search.

Beached at Cape Canaveral


So what is the scenario that best fits? It seems that whatever happened did so when Lisk was below. It equally seems it caught him while taking his shoes off. It wiped off the deck Neil Sr. and Jr. and flung the boat around and killed Lisk inside . . .but no, that doesn’t seem to fit. The transected spine. The throttles fully engaged.

It seems as if the What’s Left? was fleeing something. If so, why was Lisk below and where were the Eddlemans? How did he get a transected spine?

This and other mysteries along here are just a few within the 21st century Triangle. Derelicts found in the Bahamas or off Florida’s east coast are found shipshape. Those found further out in the Atlantic in the Sargasso Sea or east of the Windwards and Leewards are found a shambles. It is time to start regionalizing the mysteries.

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.

Citizen Sleuth– Cold Case and Kolchak

Americans don’t know how to catalog me. I rejoiced when a reporter dubbed me the “real life Kolchak” because it could encompass what I do in a positive way, one that people could easily get a handle on.

But stalking serial killers is not something that Kolchak did, and I am not an irascible journalist. Miss Marple, Sherlock, Lord Peter Wimsey, Father Brown– they solved murders . . .and they are also British. The Brits understand the Citizen Sleuth. They praise the Citizen Sleuth.

Americans?  They don’t fully understand the genre. The rogue cop they understand. The journalist uncovering too much and getting rubbed out for doing so they understand. The hardboiled PI. But these are all professionals. I am the Citizen Sleuth. Hard thing for Americans to get their minds around.

Officialdom not so much. I write like a geek, sometimes even like an attorney. So the legal eagles get it. Detectives get it. College profs and other academic things get it. A good attorney tells you once. Then they tell you twice. Then they tell you what they mean.

This isn’t an article about me, though. Kinda. This is an article expressing perhaps a conundrum at what I do. I have to tell people sometimes what my hobby is. Why I’m in a neighborhood. At the smirk and “Oh” I must respond. Over time it has gotten easier. It took me 10 years to be dubbed “Kolchak.” Only a fraction of that to gain recognition in cold case. It’s all about reputation, and often this comes down to being encapsulated by a moniker. By a concept.

He’s Q-Man, you know. Huh? He’s a writer, isn’t he? Kinda. He writes about some of the stuff he investigates. He likes some weird things. Ah, that vestige of my X Files reputation. He’s a PI, right? No, he’s painfully free. He’s a journalist, right? Not exactly. He’s an investigative historian . . .also kinda. What the hell? He’s famous, right? Sorta . . . in a seedy way. Do we let him pack heat? Some places.

Ah, the Citizen Sleuth. But it is very satisfying. I quench my quest to solve mystery and I am doing something constructive and helping lives. I am now hunting another diablo. Can’t confess who it is, but another section of my site will showcase the result and be used to unmask him. No book. This is purely a presentation on the web like with EAR/ONS.

I have turned down starring in my own TV series, at least that’s how it was presented to me. Stardom is not in my future, but I don’t think “reality TV” is conducive to marketing the real and very ambiguous me. I would have done it for a season, but I could not make the scheduling for the presentation reel and I discovered I would have no control.

But the future is an exciting one for the Q Files, my literary self, and for Cold Case.  The Gruen Zumzum rides again. Yes, that’s my car. I can’t have a hornet. I can’t sting. I gather and analyze data. I’m the Citizen Sleuth. I think when I get bolder I will get a nice Italian motorcycle– green of course– and give it a very appropriate name for someone who can at least bite and cause fevers in the McNasties of this world.

I learned writing by writing screen and teleplays back in the 1980s. This summer I start again. I have many plots to write and I will start pounding on agent doors. I’m a middle aged man with long hair. Gimme a break. As a screenwriter I don’t have to promote anything. They don’t care if you don’t walk the red carpet. Who cares about the writer? They give you lots of money, too! This way I can remain the citizen sleuth behind the scenes and support my hobby. Yes, I think that a good plan.

HorrorScope is still scheduled to be out Fall/Winter this year. BT II is at the door, by June 1. Cold Case and Kolchak here we come. Can you dig it?

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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester or Q Man. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.