For those of you up late at night…..and listening to Art Bell on the radio, you may remember “Mel’s Hole”, a supposedly bottomless hole in the ground near Ellensburg Washington. Mel Waters was a guest on Art Bell several times, the last time was in 2002. Mr. Waters claimed he was visited by government goons in black SUV’s after making the hole public. Mel Waters has been missing since 2002. Rather suspicious, don’t you think?
Wikepedia says the following of Mel Waters’ claim:
While speaking on Coast to Coast AM, Waters related several stories about the hole and its properties. He also claimed that he had discovered that the hole was in excess of 15 miles deep, which he figured out by spooling out 18 reels of 20lb test fishing line, tied end on end, into the hole. Waters claims that he attached a “triangular, one-pound, standard lead fishing weight” to the end of the fishing line.
Waters also told a story of a local man who dropped the remains of his deceased dog’s body down the hole. Later, the man saw his dog while out hunting and attempted to call it, however, it appeared to belong to another hunter. Waters also speculated that the hole’s properties might be tied to some cosmological events, including unspecified alignments of the moon.
On the September 18, 2008, edition of Coast to Coast AM, guest Red Elk, an intertribal medicine man, recounted the time he visited Mel’s hole. He recounted the hole as “around 9 ft. in circumference and somewhere between 24 to27 miles deep” and said that it was a blow hole for Mount Rainier.
As you might imagine after reading the deceased dog story in the above Wikepedia citation, Mel was later quoted, “Throw my dead body down that hole, please?”
Mel reported that after he first broke the news about the bottomless hole on Art Bell’s show, the next day went to the hole and found heavy earth moving equipment and people in fatigues. They told him to keep out that an airplane crash had occurred here. No hole…no sign.
Mel Waters has gone missing and Red Elk can’t find the hole again. And now 10 years has gone by, we may never know the whole story.
Whatever the truth about Mel’s Hole or Mel’s fate, there has been a single worthy consequence of the whole controversy; A short movie clip on YouTube. This short bit of serious cinema celebrates both a baseball legend and Mel’s Hole nicely woven into a crime plot. Click on the YouTube.