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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mountain Monsters Tonight

Some old reruns of Mountain Monsters (before they got to "Bigfoot Edition and that other crap) are on tonight on Destination America.

"Kentucky Hellhound of Pike County" is on at 7 o'clock.

"Werewolf of Webster County" is on at 8 o'clock.

"Fire Dragon of Pocahontas County" is on at 9 o'clock.

"Sheepsquatch of Boone County" is on at 10 o'clock.

Afterwards they repeat...

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Secret History of the Jersey Devil - A New Book

Following my last post on the Jersey Devil, just by coincidence, I saw something on this new book on the subject!

The Secret History of the Jersey Devil: How Quakers, Hucksters, and Benjamin Franklin Created a Monster is a brand-new book by Brian Regal and Frank J. Esposito. Below is the book description:

Legend has it that in 1735, a witch named Mother Leeds gave birth to a horrifying monster - a deformed flying horse with glowing red eyes - that flew up the chimney of her New Jersey home and disappeared into the Pine Barrens. Ever since, this nightmarish beast has haunted these woods, presaging catastrophe and frightening innocent passersby - or so the story goes. In The Secret History of the Jersey Devil, Brian Regal and Frank J. Esposito examine the genesis of this popular myth, which is also one of the oldest monster legends in the United States.
According to Regal and Esposito, everything you think you know about the Jersey Devil is wrong. The real story of the Jersey Devil's birth is far more interesting, complex, and important than most people - believers and skeptics alike - realize. Leaving the Pine Barrens, Regal and Esposito turn instead to the varied political and cultural roots behind the Devil's creation. Fascinating and lively, this books finds the origins of New Jersey's favorite monster not in witchcraft or an unnatural liaison between woman and devil but in the bare-knuckled political fights and religious upheavals of colonial America. A product of innuendo and rumor, as well as scandal and media hype, the Jersey Devil enjoys a rich history involving land grabs, astrological predictions, mermaids and dinosaur bones, sideshows, Napoleon Bonaparte's brother, a cross-dressing royal governor, and Founding Father Benjamin Franklin.

Sounds like an interesting book… I will be getting it sometime!

Jersey Devil Explained… by Bigfoot?

Trying to explain an unknown with another unknown is never good…

From the Bucks County Courier Times:

That time you and your friends saw the Jersey Devil in the Pinelands? It was probably Bigfoot.
 The theme for the annual Lines on the Pines festival was the Jersey Devil, so it was a surprise to see Mike Familant's Bigfoot booth.
"I think a lot of Jersey Devil sightings are really Bigfoot," he said.
Say again?
"I'm serious. There are tons of Bigfoot sightings in New Jersey," Familant said, standing at a table with a selection of plaster Bigfoot feet and video from "In the Shadow of the Big Red Eye," which is his YouTube show documenting his hunts for the woodlands-dwelling creature.
All around him at  the Stockton University Campus Center, where Lines was held Sunday, was a celebration of "JD," as some locals call South Jersey's best-known cryptid. There were pictures, books and even a flower arrangement depicting the Jersey Devil in his winged glory. Just feet from Familant's Bigfoot booth was a Jersey Devil, which growled and flapped its wings as it posed for photos with visitors to the show.
"I get it. The Jersey Devil has been around a long time down here. He's popular," Familant said.
It's not that he isn't open to the existence of the Jersey Devil. Nevertheless, he said his research persuades him that, in many cases, JD is really BF.
Familant is a field investigator for Sussex County Bigfoot, in Sparta, where he lives and works as an EMT. The group leads expeditions in search of the elusive sasquatch, described as 7 feet tall, with glowing red eyes and a terrifying shriek. Though Familant has never seen the thing, he believes he had a close encounter on a camping trip in Florida.
"We heard tree knocks," he said.
Tree knocks?
"Tree knocks. It's how Bigfoot communicate with each other," he said.
Rocks were mysteriously hurled into camp. A search discovered the closest matching rocks were almost a half-mile away.
"No human can throw a rock the size of a small boulder 850 yards," he said.
"When I first came down to the Pine Barrens, I was thinking, this is Jersey Devil country. But the more I've looked into it, the more it's a misidentification. You have this mythical story that, I think, turned the Jersey Devil into something really odd, with bat winds and is flying around."
The 18th-Century legend began in Atlantic County with the birth of a 13th child to Mrs. Leeds, who cursed the baby as the devil's own. The baby morphed into a winged phantasm, killed a midwife and flew up the chimney. It has frightened kids and moonshiners ever since.
 "The Jersey Devil is reported to be 7 foot tall with glowing red eyes," Familant said. "Well, that's also a Bigfoot. 'Glowing red eyes' is more common to a Bigfoot than a Jersey Devil. The scream, too. That's a Bigfoot characteristic.
"To me, Bigfoot is an undiscovered intelligent bipedal primate that lives in dense forests in North America," he said. "I've never seen one in person, but I have done some studies specifically in New Jersey you might find interesting.
"Every third year, (Bigfoot) sightings increase 70 percent. Now these sightings run in a counterclockwise motion around the state, as I said,  every third year. Bigfoot are nomadic. They travel. When I'm looking for Bigfoot, I look for what they need. They need food, shelter, water and a travel path. The Pine Barrens fit that. There's a train track that runs right through the middle of the Pine Barrens that's not used anymore. It's a Bigfoot highway."
Several people were bemused to learn that the Jersey Devil could be mistaken for Bigfoot, among them V. Scott Macom, a lawyer who lives in Smithville. Macom was at Lines selling copies of his novel, "Devil Leeds." His book's story line about the Jersey Devil is informed with original research into the phenomena, he said.
Macom said he first heard about the Jersey Devil on a YMCA camping trip at Camp Ockanickon in Medford.
"The camp counselors said if we left camp after dark, we'd be eaten by the Jersey Devil," he said. "Did I believe them? Hell yeah. I was 12."
In his novel, he never describes the Jersey Devil, because there have been so many eyewitness descriptions that, added up, don't make sense. (Put them all together and you have a demon that looks like a flying kangaroo.)
"In the book, I just leave it up to imagination, except for two blood red eyes that stare at you from the woods," Macom said. "Let your imagination fill in the rest. The gap between what we think is real and what is real is what scares us. It's the unknown, like the Jersey Devil."
Linda Stanton, founder and president of Lines on the Pines, was surprised anyone could confuse either specter.
"The Jersey Devil has cloven hooves. Bigfoot has big feet," she said. "There's a difference."

First of all, the Jersey Devil cannot be a real thing, since descriptions of how it looks have varied wildly over the years. The whole thing is just folklore that has survived for many, many years.

Second of all, you can't try to explain something that is a mystery with something else that is a mystery. How does Familant know the Jersey Devil sightings must be Bigfoot? How does he know what Bigfoot is like, if it even exists? He talk about "Glowing red eyes" and "screaming" as being Bigfoot characteristics… but how do we know that if it is not known to be real, and not accepted by science?

The Jersey Devil is no Sasquatch.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Mysterious 'Monster Fish' Washes up in Queensland

A "sea monster" fish was recently found on a beach in Queensland, Australia, and has people baffled as to what species it is.

What is this fish?
Some say it could be a coelacanth

The UK Express reports:

A MYSTERIOUS 'monster fish' has left experts dumbfounded over its identity - with some online theorists speculating that the sea creature could be an ancient species that had previously been declared extinct. 
The huge unidentified creature has prompted an international quest over what the creature could be - with several experts saying they have "never seen anything like it."
John and Riley Lindholm came across the creature on a beach at Bundaberg in southern Queensland this week.
The couple took several pictures of the sea beast, which they posted on social media, requesting help in identification.
However, adding to the online theories, the fish had "vanished" when the couple returned to the spot the next day.
The deceased creature was nearly two metres long and weighed 330-pounds,
Mr Lindholm, who has spend his life around fish working as a charter skipper, said he had no idea what it was.
He explained: "I've seen a lot of fish, and a lot of big fish, but I've never seen anything like it.
"I thought it might have been a groper, but looking at the head shape it still may be a groper, but it just doesn't seem to fit with what other people up here have told me.
"It was almost as tall as me - Riley's disappointed she didn't get me to lay down bedside it so she could get a better photo. It was a big, big fish.
"I've seen whales wash up on the beach but the size of this and the kind of fish it was, it took my breath away."
He remarked that the discovery was one of the "most unusual things" he had ever come across.
Some online viewers put forward the theory that the fish was a coelacanth - an ancient fish long thought to be extinct until it was discovered again in 1938.
Officials on the case, including Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Officer Geoffrey Fergusson, said the most likely culprit was a Queensland Groper.
However, despite the theories surrounding the creature, the patrol body said the "condition of the fish made a definitive identification difficult."
A spokesman said: "How the fish came to be washed up on the beach and its cause of death also could not be determined."

First of all, the fish is not a coelacanth. It doesn't look like one, and coelacanths do not live off Australia. (The photo of a "coelacanth" on the Express website is also an ichthyosaur - a prehistoric marine reptile).

I have to agree that it is a grouper - and it's not too hard to tell.


Monday, March 12, 2018

The Story Behind the Lake Worth Monster

WFAA 8, out of Tarrant County, Texas, has a new article up called "Tracking Goatman: The story behind the Lake Worth Monster."

Rob Denkhuas holds the only photo of the
Lake Worth Monster

It reads:

It was July 1969, and a crowd people at Lake Worth witnessed something they had never seen before: A seven-foot creature on top of a cliff. Then, a few months later, there was the photo.
Rob Denkhaus pointed to a patch of brush on the north side of Lake Worth, across from Greer Island, and help up the grainy black-and-white photo.
Denkhaus, the manager of the Fort Worth Nature Center for the last two years and an employee there for the last 20,  was about to shed light on a legend.
"I think it was probably in this area," he said. "Because it had the brush, and the was this vegetation is, it's not going to change much over time... You gotta have some open ground. You gotta have some short vegetation in front."
This spot, Denkhaus explained, was probably where Lake Worth's most infamous photo - of a furry, white something rising from the grass - was taken nearly 50 years ago. 
Now what was actually in that photo is more of a mystery.
But at the time, there were plenty of people who believed - or wanted to believe - in the Lake Worth Monster, also known as "Goatman."
Witnesses described the creature as half man, half goat, towering seven feet tall and weighing 350 pounds. Hairy, horned and covered in scales, the beast was reportedly seen running across a cliff and tossing a pickup truck tire 500 feet.
A story about the uproar appeared in the Star-Telegram in July 1969, and WFAA followed up with a report the next day. 
 "Just about the time man, in all his wisdom, decides that he has this world and everything in it all figured out, along comes something he can't explain," WFAA reporter Jerry Taff relayed from the scene, his time wavering between tongue-in-cheek and grave concern.
In the clip, Taff asked a witness if the monster had a scaly lizard-like skin, as other had reported.
"I was so scared, I didn't see nothing like that," the man said.
At the time of Taff's report, the legend was pure hearsay. The rumors, though, were enough for police to fear that a mob of rifle-toting citizens would try to take the matters into their own hands.
The rumors also inspired a short book, written by Benbrook's Sallie Ann Clarke.
Clarke's "The Lake Worth Monster of Greer Island, Fort Worth, Texas," part of which has been posted on the Tarrant County Historical Journal website, featured a picture of Greer Island and an ominous warning:
"Somewhere deep in the thick under brush the lake Worth Monster hides. What he could write about the people that chased, followed, tracked and shot him, may be as interesting as what the people have said and written about him."
Clarke, who died in 2009, interviewed more "witnesses" to the monster.
Five people claimed they saw the monster break the limb of an oak tree.  Clarke's book had a picture for that, showing a thick limb snapped like a toothpick. Another man, Jim Stephens, claimed the monster, "real big and human like with burn scars all over its face arms and chest," jumped on the hood of his Mustang one night, hanging on until Stephens crashed into a tree.
But the lasting image of the mysterious creature came that fall, in November, when a man named Allen Plaster snapped a grainy picture of what appeared to be a wooly beast walking through high grass.
Plaster, in an interview with the Star-Telegram in 2006, dismissed the legend, talling the newspaper that the "monster" was probably just someone playing a prank.
His picture, though, became famous in certain circles, said Denkhaus, who still receives questions about it from people in the "Bigfoot/Sasquatch community." 
And the legend itself has been passed down over the years. Children on field trips and summer camps at the Nature Center will often ask Denkhaus and his staff about the monster.
The Nature Center, which sits on more than 3,000 acres of woods and prairie along the lake, has fun with it, holding a "Lake Worth Monster Bash" every four years. The next one will be next year, on the 50th anniversary of the sighting.
"The Nature Center is full of mystery," Denkhaus said. "This is just the biggest one... maybe the most over-the-top one."

Not a bad bit of coverage on the Lake Worth mystery. It got video coverage as well, and you can check that out below.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Yowie Photographed?

Has a Yowie been spotted and photographed in Australia?

The Daily Mail reports:

A hiker has taken a suspicious photo at an ancient massacre site, with some swearing he's captured an image of the elusive yowie.
Kingaroy photographer Christian Anderson captured the photo at Maidenwell's Coomba Falls, about w200km northwest of Brisbane this week.
Mr Anderson said he showed the image to Maidenwell locals who believed he netted an image of the age-old folklore creature.
'Tell me what this is?! I'm curious,' he said.
 Speaking to Daily Mail Australia on Tuesday, Mr Anderson said he always got a 'spooky' feeling when he visited Coomba Falls.
'This place is a spiritual place and whenever I take a photo there I always capture something,' he said.
Coomba Falls was home to a massacre of 300 Aboriginal people in the 19th century.
European settlers reportedly killed hundreds of Indigenous people, including women and children.
Some reports say the bodies of those killed were thrown into the water hole, and were never uncovered.
Legend has it Coomba Falls is a bottomless hole.
As a result of the massacre, local aboriginal people avoid the water hole, as Coomba Falls has become known as a place of deep sorrow.

Is there a yowie in this picture?
(Daily Mail)

When Mr Anderson posted the suspicious photo to his Facebook page, it garnered mixed reaction from his followers.
'Oh wow! I'd be staying away, freaky,' one woman said while urging Mr Anderson to 'be careful'.
'Scary, definitely has a feeling at Coomba Falls,' one man said.
Others thought it could be the ghost of someone who list their life at the sight. 
 'It would be one of the local ghosts before a yowie,' one woman wrote.
Others threw doubt, saying it was nothing more than a shadow or a person in the distance.
'I see a man with a backpack on one shoulder. You may not have been alone. Fellow hiker?' one woman said.
Another man suggested it was just a 'blurry shadow'.
Mr Anderson vowed to go back to the site with a better camera to get 'clear photographic evidence' next time.

(Daily Mail)

Did Anderson really photograph a Yowie while at Coomba Falls? It's really hard to tell, though it looks like it could just be a person to me. I also find it suspicious that he said he "always captures something" while at Coomba Falls… could he just be thinking he photographed a yowie or ghost because of that?

What do you think?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

"Beast of Walney" or Feral Cat?

A big cat has been reported from Walney Island, England.

The Mail reports:

"SPECULATION about a 'black panther' spotted on Walney has been refuted by nature reserve staff who insist the animal is just a 'fat and fluffy feral cat'.
"A couple visiting South Walney Nature Reserve were left in  shock after spotting what they believe was a big wild cat near to the coastline.
"Retired couple Lesley Stenhouse and her partner Gary Sweetman were on a five-day break in South Cumbria last month when they decided to take a trip to the Walney beauty spot.
"As Mr Sweetman, from Coventry, recalled, as the couple wandering through the dunes they came across something that shocked them both.
"'We were walking down the path not far from the lighthouse by one of the hides,' the 60-year-old said.
"'Lesley said, 'what's that down there' and we saw a fairly big black thing slinking along. It went up the brow of a small sand dune, it turned to its side and when I saw its profile I could see it was a cat.
"'When it stood up it was next to a tuft of grass and you could tell how big it was; I'd say it was about half a metre in height.'
"Both Mr Sweetman and Miss Stenhouse, who lives on the Wirral, are certain their sighting was of a big cat and not a domestic cat or dog.
"They tried to take a picture as the animal ran away but the image turned out to be rather grainy. They found a pawprint which they took a photo of with a £2 coin placed next to it to illustrate its size.
"Sadly their sighting of the Beast of Walney was quickly refuted.
"Staff at South Walney Nature Reserve said: 'Very sorry but this looks like the very fat and fluffy feral cat who's been living on the reserve! We're aware of him and trying to catch him and rehome him elsewhere.'
"Miss Stenhouse has since responded and said: 'I saw it fairly close and it certainly wasn't fat and it  wasn't fluffy; it was far too big to be a feral cat.
"'When we spoke to the warden on duty that day he seemed very coy and never suggested it could be a feral cat.'
"Meanwhile the sighting has encouraged others to come forwards with their own experiences.
"Pam Harper said: 'My granddad lived outside Dalton. 20 years ago he saw a big cat more than once and he'd been a countryman all his life. He knew what it wasn't if you see what I mean.'
"A number of others said they have spotted a fox on the island.
"Ange Carter said on Facebook: 'Not seen a cat on my night round but a large grey fox stood next to my car. It was very long, on Earnse Bay sid,e it scared me and would not move and I'm no the only one to see it.'
"There have been more than 40 reported sightings of the so-called Beast of Cumbria in recent years, with a midwife saying she spotted a 'panther-like creature' while hiking near Ambleside in 2016.
"Danny Bamping from the British Big Cats Society, which receives reports of sightings and and does research into big cats, said in an interview with i at the time: 'There has been a lot of data coming from Cumbria of sightings in the last few months. We had reports of a big cat encounter last year, which we investigated.
"'The landscape, and the availability of food in Cumbria would be ideal for a big cat. It would be like going on holiday for a lynx.'
"The Beast of Cumbria is among a long list of supposed sightings of phantom cats in the British countryside, although some doubt whether the mysterious felines exist.
"Reports of sightings first began making headlines in the 1960s, amid claims that exotic zoo animals had escaped or been released into the wild.
"There were more than 2,000 sightings between 2004 and 2005 - mostly in the South West - according to a survey by the British Big Cats Society.
"The most famous phantom cat by far is the Beast of Bodmin, which has been making headlines for three decades and is said to have savaged local livestock."

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

"Whatchamacallit Hunt on in Southern Part of Ohio"

An interesting article from the Mansfield News-Journal (Ohio) of January 2, 1936, headlined "Whatchamacallit Hunt on in Southern Part of Ohio - Strange Tracks, Hog Clawed to Death Evidence of Lion, Puma or 'What You Will' at Large, Claim:"

"CINCINNATI -- (U.P.) -- Capt. Charles (Bring-'em-Back-Dead) Coddington of the Hamilton county patrol, six deputies, special deputies and an army of volunteers, set out today to hunt the Whatchamacallit.
"It may be a lion, a puma or a bobcat, depending on who saw it and how frightened he was.
"Capt. Coddington is convinced that it is something, all right, because, as he sagely points out, a hog does not commit suicide. The hog, belonging to Dr. Henry Miller, was clawed to death and partly eaten last night.
 "Further evidence that the strange beast exists outside of wild imaginations are the facts that something bigger than a dog sprang on the back of William Holtke, chief of the Anderson and Columbia township police, and that that something that didn't walk like a dog crossed a highway in front of a bus.
"Padded footprints, showing one long toe, have been discovered in a creek bed at Miami Grove and from that point Bring-'em-Back-Dead Coddington's party was to start the hunt today.
"All members of the group were armed and were under the captain's orders to shoot when they see something the likes of which they had never seen before."

That is all there is to that accounts, most likely of a mountain lion or bobcat. I thought I would share this one after I found it while working on a project concerning a different type of cryptid…. more on that later!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Crypto-Kid: Tim Renner Tonight

Tonight at 8, Colin Schneider has Tim Renner as a guest on his Crypto-Kid show. They will be talking about Renner's new book Bigfoot: West Coast Wild Men.

Listen live on WCJV Radio.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

A New Project

I've started work on a new project, one that I hope will not take too long to complete.

More later…

Friday, March 2, 2018

When Monsters Come Ashore

Roland Watson, who runs the Loch Ness Monster blog, has a new book out on a specific aspect of the mystery - the land sightings of Nessie.

The book is called When Monsters Come Ashore: Stories of the Loch Ness Monster on Land. As far as I know, this is the first book to focus fully on the land sightings of the LNM.

Below is the book description:

"For centuries, people have claimed to have seen a strange creature swimming in the murky waters of Britain's biggest body of water - Loch Ness. However, a small but sensational number of these witnesses have claimed to have seen the same creature lurking on the beaches, lying on the fields and crossing the roads surrounding the loch. What are we to make of these extraordinary accounts of a normally aquatic beast? Hoax, misidentification or the real deal? What do they tell us about the nature and habits of this most mysterious of animals? In this first work dedicated to this aspect of the Loch Ness story, Roland Watson takes a fresh look into this mystery within a mystery."
You can get the book here.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Book Review: Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America by Michael Mayes

At the end of January, Anomalist Books published a new title from cryptid investigator Michael Mayes, who runs the Texas Cryptid Hunter blog. The book is Shadow Cats: The Black Panthers of North America, and, as the title suggests, it is an examination of sightings of anomalous big cats in the United States, primarily focused on the American South and the author's home state of Texas.

Mayes starts off his book by going over the anecdotal history of "black panthers" and the history of the term. He notes that, in the South, the term "panther" is always used to describe black cats, and differentiates from normal-colored pumas or jaguars. Several chapters are also devoted to historical and contemporary sightings and reports of large black cats in the American South.

Chapters 6-10 examine the possible suspects. Mayes goes over the biology and diversity of several cat species that could possibly be misidentified by witnesses as black panthers. These cats include pumas, jaguars, jaguarundis, escaped/released exotic cats, like tigers and lions, and possible large feral cats.

After going over the suspects, Mayes goes into the science behind melanism, which causes cats and other animals to be all black in color. This is done to see if melanism occurs in any of the species Mayes thinks may be behind (part of) the black panther mystery.

Two chapters are devoted to photographs of possible black panthers and hair samples Mayes received from someone who claimed they hit one of the cats with their car. Mayes also asked several experts of big cats about what they think of the black panther mystery and what animals could cause the sightings.

To know what Mayes concluded on the mystery of anomalous black panthers of North America, you'll have to check out the book yourself. This is one of the only books I know of that examines the North American black panther mystery as a whole, and it is an excellent resource to those interested in the subject.

You can get Shadow Cats here.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Crypto-Kid - Jon Downes Tonight

From Colin Schneider:

"Tonight on The Crypto-Kid I will be joined by the one and only Jonathan Downes. We aren't sure what we will be discussing so if any listeners have a topic they want discussed, please comment below."

Tune in live on WCJV Radio. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

"King-Sized Hares" in England?

The UK Express is running a new article on gigantic rabbits… and magic...

It reads:

"EXCLUSIVE: King-sized hares could be stalking the British countryside, it has sensationally been claimed. 
"Louise Hodgson is convinced she saw a hare the size of a roe deer surrounded by normal-sized hares in a Dorset valley.
"Louise, who now runs sacred site tours in Dorset, said she was on the nearby downs when she met a small group of Romany Gypsies with some lurcher dogs.
"She said: 'We came to a blind valley and it was early September, so it was an unusual sight for that time of year, but there was a group of 10 to 13 hares with what we thought was a deer.
"'But it wasn't, it was a hare the same size as a deer. It was a wonderful experience. It shows there are still some secrets in nature.'
"Louise said the 'magical' experience was in 1976, during a country trek she took from the Cotswolds to Dorset, but the vision has haunted her ever since.
"She recounted the tale during a question and answer session with Marian Green, 77, at the annual Occult Conference in Glastonbury Town Hall, in Somerset, which ended yesterday [Feb. 18th].
"She said: 'Has anyone else come across that?'
"Marian, who was explaining about magic in the natural world, replied: 'In the countryside many things happen, the 'king' or 'queen' hares are out there.

"'So are fairies, elemental spirits, and ghosts. 
"'If you want things to happen, if you let them happen, they can if you are open about it.'
"Earlier in her talk, Marian had said fairies and sylphs, small mythological elf-like creatures, were real.
"She said: 'Sylphs, and all living beings, are around us. Some want to speak to us again, connect with us again and we can be oblivious to what is going on around us.'
"After the lecture Louise told she had been near the village of Uploders, near Bridport, in Dorset, when it happened.
"Asked if she could have actually seen a deer, she said: 'No, they were proper Romany Gypsies, so used to the country and I was used to the countryside. It was a hare with the ears and everything. It was extraordinary.'
"Marian told she had heard of one other person seeing a gigantic hare in the countryside.
"She said: 'If you are open to seeing these things, it can happen.'
"According to Dr Karl Shuker, a cryptozoologist, who is aware of Louise's sighting, it is not the only one, but there have been more sightings of giant rabbits.
"Cryptozoologists research the existence of mythical creatures and if extinct species are still alive.
"Dr Shuker said there have been two giant rabbit sightings in Banbury, Oxfordshire, and another one in Felton, Northumbira.
"In a blog post he also said there have been many giant rabbit and hare sightings in Ireland since the 1970s.
"However, he is not convinced there is anything supernatural about the sightings.
"In a blog post on his website, he said large rabbit sightings are likely to be escaped domesticated large species such as the Flemish Giant, the Continental Giant, which can grow up to 55lbs and the size of a cocker spaniel.
"He added: 'But what of the king hares? The British Isles is home to two indigenous species of hare.
"'The most common, widespread, and familiar of these is the brown hare Lepus europaeus.
"'One of the world's largest species of hare, it can attain a body length of up to 30 inches, plus a tail length of up to sixches, which means that individuals at the upper end of this species' size range can be as much as 3 feet, and can weigh up to 11lbs, i.e. as big as a decent sized dog.
"'As many people do not realize that hares in Britain can attain such notable dimensions, the sight of an exceptionally large hare coupled perhaps in some cases with less than accurate size-estimation skills on the part of its observer may be sufficient to 'create' a king hare.
"'Moreover, there might be individual hares possessing a mutant gene that expresses extra-large body size, or even suffering from a hormonal imbalance that results in gigantism, comparable to various endocrinologically-based conditions recorded from humans.'"

Karl Shuker

What are we to make of sightings of the "king hares?" I would side with Dr. Shuker and think that they are probably just extra-large individuals or perhaps escaped or released Flemish Giants...

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Flatwoods Monster - Movie Review

One of the most famous UFO cases of all time is one that occurred in Flatwoods, West Virginia, in 1952. The witnesses at the time claimed to have seen a strange craft land, and then encountered a terrifying being that has become known as "The Flatwoods Monster" when they went to investigate.

Small Town Monsters is tackling the story in their new documentary The Flatwoods Monster: A Legacy of Fear. The film will be released in April, and I recently got an opportunity to check it out early.

The tone of the film is like that of a 1950s B-movie sci-fi film. When scenes are filmed in this way it really works well since the case occurred during the time when UFOs and aliens were a popular thing on the silver screen.

The Flatwoods case occurred on September 12, 1952. On that day, many UFOs were seen flying over the US and Canada and the state of West Virginia. Witnesses saw one of these UFOs land. Two of the original witnesses, Ed and Fred May, are interviewed about the incident in the film. UFO sighings in general are featured as well.

The influence the story has had on the town is also a big focus of the movie. Several residents and other people who live close to the area talk about what they think of the story and how it has brought a little bit of fame to Flatwoods for being "Home of the Green Monster."

An interesting bit is when an old recording of Ivan T. Sanderson is played. He looked into the incident after it occurred and tells about what the witnesses said happened that night.

Since this documentary only focuses on one incident, it is not quite as long as some of STM's other films like The Mothman of Point Pleasant or Boggy Creek Monster. This does not mean the content is not as good, however.

The Flatwoods Monster is an excellent documentary and one of Small Town Monster's bests. The story is interesting, the visuals are fantastic, and while examining the tale of the monster, it feels like a fun 1950s sci-fi movie. I highly recommend this movie to those interested in the Flatwoods Monster mystery and the unexplained in general.
Kathleen May, one of the witnesses,
with a drawing of what they say they saw

The Flatwoods Monster
will be released on April 6th. It can be pre-ordered here.