High Strangeness: May 2020

Sunday, May 3, 2020

The Trouble WIth Hellier

I was going to take a week or two off from blogging, but I just watched the first episode of the paranormal TV show Hellier and I feel compelled to write down my thoughts.

First of all, it's a 30-minute show passing as a 60-minute show. Really, it's waaaaay too long. Watching the first episode I was bored, then annoyed, then kind of angry. I perked up a little when the host started talking about the 1955 Kelly-Hopkinsville, Kentucky "alien invasion" case, a famous incident in which a family was besieged by "little green men" that kept appearing outside their farmhouse. It's a great story, and I wrote a chapter about it for my book The Close Encounters Man, but the whole chapter had to be cut for space. Sad :( But you can read the deleted chapter here.

Artist's rendition of a Kelly-Hopkinsville "goblin"
Anyway, I got interested when the Hellier host started talking about the case. But interest turned to disappointment when the show's host started getting important facts about the case wrong. He claimed that local police saw a UFO -- that's not true. He claimed numerous times that a UFO crashed outside the farmhouse -- also not true. He then claimed that the police made drawings of the creatures that appeared outside the farmhouse -- dead wrong again.

It was obvious that the hosts of the show couldn't be bothered to do any research into the case, and if they can't do basic research into a case that they are presenting as being central to their whole argument, why would I trust them to do any research into anything else they talk about?

That was my first problem. My next problem came up when the hosts are hiking up a mountain in North Carolina with Micah Hanks to look for a cave, or something. What they find is a huge pile of rocks and this is their reaction to finding a huge pile of rocks:

"This seems like it could be the entrance to a secret base." 

Guess what, kids? I have a pile of rocks in my back yard that seems like it could be the entrance to a secret base, too! I invite you to come here and do an episode about it.

Next problem: the key witness to the phenomenon in Hellier requests anonymity, and the hosts respect his anonymity by blithely mentioning that the witness is a doctor who lives or lived with his family in the town of Hellier, KY, pop. 2350. By the end of the episode they're openly using his name.

And the end of the episode is a doozy. The hosts arrive at the general store in Hellier and commence to interviewing locals without informing them that they are recording the interviews. They soon learn that nobody has ever heard of this "doctor" who is the prime witness.

So... the hosts have no idea where this doctor might have lived because no one they interviewed in secret at the general store knows who he is or was and the hosts aren't smart enough to do the obvious thing and go the county courthouse and check the records. So, what do they do instead? They go driving down a random road until they find a random house that they immediately decide must be where the doctor and his family lived. How do they deduce this important fact? One of the hosts remarks that there's shed in the yard and other host screams, "There's a fucking shed in the yard!!!"

Well, I guess it's all true then.