So what is it then, that allows time to stand still in Liverpool? Is it the significance of the event in question, unique forces associated with a particular geographical region, an honest error in perception clouded by heightened stress, a deliberate hoax or sheer coincidence that offers the best explanation of a timewarp. As is typically the case, there are two polarized views that tend to emerge in such controversies. On the one hand there are those who seek to explain the mysterious through the assistance of science. On the other, less rigid thinkers hold the view that there is no such thing as a coincidence.
For those who are prepared to accept the validity of the accounts of October 1940 and March 1961 as reported by Slemen, the two most likely explanations are perhaps best explained as the "Significant Region" and "Significant Event" hypotheses.
There can be little argument but that the City of Liverpool is a "Significant Region." Throughout modern history there have been numerous examples of people being drawn to this region of the world. Not just "any port in a storm", Liverpool is renowned as a famous international shipping hub and as a safe haven for hundreds of thousands of Irish immigrants at the time of the potato famine. These are but two examples that spring to mind. In the cosmic sense, what forces draw people to such places? Arguably there is an emotional or spiritual pull to this region that transcends the social and political. Perhaps the writing of this article is evidence for such "Mersey Magnetism." The vicinity in which these unexplained events have taken place is relatively small. Speke Airport is just around the corner from Otterspool. Likewise, Bromborough is virtually opposite Otterspool and Speke Airport. Why these areas have become paranormal magnets that allow time to stand still remains a mystery. Of all areas, why should the time-warp settle within this small region and not another?
What may be said of the "Significant Event" hypothesis? Many signficant events, whether they be positive or negative in nature have left a lasting impression in the minds of those who have witnessed them. There can be no doubt that the bombings of Liverpool in 1940 and 1941 left indelible marks on the memory of all those present. That tragedy challenges ones beliefs and forever affects the perception of humankind is self-evident and needs no elaboration. The night of October 8, 1940 is a case in point. During the month of October 1940 alone, as Bruckmann and his crews bombed the City, 106 residents were killed and 90 seriously injured. If the collective tragedies of these events did not permanently alter ones understanding of the universe, it is hard to imagine what would.
There is another event of significance that began as the German bomber was circling Liverpool for the first time on the night of October 8, 1940. The next day would bring the birth of a child in Liverpool that would have his own impact on music history - John Lennon. John Lennon would be born into this community that, was significant for its region and its events. In his own words he himself felt different from the earliest days of his childhood. He has been quoted as saying
"In one way, I was always hip. I was hip in kindergarten. I was different from the others. There was something wrong with me, I thought, because I seemed to see things people didn't see. I always saw things in a hallucinatory way."
It is ironic that Bruckmann would be born in Hamburg and become famous in Liverpool, while Lennon born in Liverpool would initially gain his notariety in Hamburg. Is it possible that the paths of these two personalities may have become entwined during the 8th of October 1940 in the early stages of World War II. Would a time-warp be responsible for their lives crossing again on future occasions. Bruckmann would crash near the landing-strip at Speke. Today the propellers of his bomber are still heard near what is now known as Liverpool John Lennon Airport with a slogan that reads "Above Us Only Sky." Finally, Lennon would eventually move to the United States and become scrutinized by government authorities in Washington, D.C. Bruckmann also had a United States connection, being promoted to Colonel in 1961 and transferred to the German Embassy in Washington D.C. as an air attaché.
Is it only coincidental that John Lennon was born near the time and place of Bruckmann's crash in Liverpool in October 1940? Is it only by chance that Lennon was playing the Iron Door Club the evening that Maureen describes being caught in time? Is it purely happenstance that Lennon's name would one day be chosen for an airport near the site of Bruckmann's crash. Is it purely coincidental that Lennon would get his musical beginnings at The Iron Door Club and then find fame in Bruckmann's birthplace of Hamburg? Don't you believe it. Perhaps John Lennon said it best, "You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."