What is a family? Is it the blood in your veins? The diseases you share? Certain genetic markers that make you likely to enjoy foods? Or is it proximity? The nights spent hearing each other cry through the walls? The number of times you’ve breathed each other’s carbon dioxide? Or is it neither of these—is it something else entirely?
The interview was published on September 15th, 1982. Nearly a full year after Janet first experienced the disembodied sound. In fact, when the reporter from the Eastern Daily Press finally made his way around to the Wilstead’s home to ask if either of them had noticed any strange noises over the last few months, Janet was astounded to learn that it was not, in fact, all in her head.
For thousands of years, the goat has stood as a powerful symbol. Its unnatural, rectangular pupils, the strong curve of its horns, have evoked the imaginations of humans for generations. But though it’s clear the goat has a deep symbolism, when finally the residents of Inver Grove Heights were forced to come face to face with one, this certainty was joined by a new and unexpected question: A symbol of what?