Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 29th, 2011
On March 18, 2010, Justin Massler, 27, of Reno, Nevada, was arrested for stalking Ivanka Trump. In April 2010, Massler, free on $10,000 bail, said that he had reconfigured his plan to gain her love without actually contacting her.
“I’ve got a stalking charge, so that means I can’t contact her. I won’t, like, try to ever visit her directly,” Massler told the Daily News when reached at his mother’s home in Reno.
“Instead, I’ll become like a big-time millionaire, real estate mogul so that she’s the one who contacts me,” Massler said. “It will be more indirect, like, let the girls come to me.”
Fast forward to March 2011. Now Massler has brought up Mothman:
The man who is accused of stalking Ivanka Trump was in court [on March 22, 2011], where he pleaded not guilty to continuing to stalk her while out on bail for those very charges. Justin Massler, aka Cloud Starchaser, faces four counts of criminal contempt in addition to the stalking and harassment charges, and a judge ordered he take a psychiatric fitness exam.
Many of the dallies have pointed to a YouTube video Massler made which blames aliens and Mothman for his current situation as proof of his mental instability (you can see the video below). The Gothamist
In the YouTube video, Massler can be heard talking about the Matthew J. Pellowski-directed film, Eyes of the Mothman. The blog Ghostly Cast noted some of the bad luck that has befallen the filming of this documentary:
Enthusiasts familiar with the Mothman story are quick to bring up the rumored “Mothman Death List,” an internet based theory which states that anyone who chooses to involve themselves with the mystery are often subject to ominous encounters, uncanny incidents, and sometimes even meeting a sudden unexplainable death. Many are already arguing that this extension of the myth has already been felt by the filmmakers of this new program. “Eyes of the Mothman,” was not an easy film to produce. Shortly after production wrapped, Matthew Pellowski, the film’s director, fell ill to a severe pneumonia that had him bed ridden for 8 months and delayed the post production stages of the project. “I remember it starting out as a joke right when I got sick, oh it must be the Cornstalk Curse, then 7 months go by and numerous doctors are telling me they don’t understand why I’m not getting better and that curse stops being a funny anecdote.”
The alleged Curse not only may have targeted the crew during production but perhaps even the equipment used to produce the film. During post-production, editors named each hard drive after subjects discussed in the film and soon witnessed the “Cornstalk hard drive” become corrupted three separate times, causing nearly a year in delays of the special effects used in the program. The wildest story to have emerged is that of crew member Justin Massler, who suffered identical symptoms to many of the Mothman eyewitnesses shortly after production wrapped. As odd as it may sound, Massler claimed that he experienced an ongoing contact with what he believed to be an alien being. Massler would struggle with these paranormal experiences for years until he was arrested for stalking celebrity Ivanka Trump, allegedly, under the guidance and instruction of this being. “He went down to West Virginia to help shoot this thing and came back a completely different guy; it was like invasion of the body snatchers,” states Jeremy Massler, his brother. “I’ve heard the rumors about the curse on the production team involved in making ‘The Exorcist,’ said Neil Stephens, director of Photography on Eyes of the Mothman. “It’s one thing to hear or read about a curse but it becomes very frightening and all consuming when you feel yourself becoming involved in one.”
“Eyes of the Mothman,” has been hailed by paranormal researchers and investigators familiar with the subject as being an authority on the Mothman case and the first extensive feature documentary to explore all aspects of the story. “I was a fan of the Richard Gere film from 2002 and as a filmmaker who had also read the John Keel book, understood that the multitude of crucial side stories found there could only be properly addressed in documentary format,” states director Matthew J. Pellowski. “We went deeper into the subject, even though there were a number of people who warned us not to.”
As the one who created the concept and researched the “The Mothman Death List,” I am a bit taken aback by this new twist on the “curse.”
Mothman and Other Curious Encounters. NY: Paraview, 2002. Produced in conjunction with Sony/Screen Gems and their film The Mothman Prophecies, in a mutual publicity/marketing campaign.