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Sunday, November 30, 2014

400 Pound Sasquatch Statue Stolen, Then "Reunited" With Family

There's an article from last week on Fox19.com about a Sasquatch statue. It kinda surprised me, because you don't usually see articles on bigfoot statues. Apparently, a man in Delhi Township owns a sasquatch statue nicknamed "squashy", and it was stolen recently. Later, the 4-ft. tall, 400 pound statue was returned, wearing a green sweater and a baseball cap.

For he whole story, click here. 

The Beast of Bladenboro, Part 2

*This post is a continuation of a post I wrote yesterday. For that post, see The Beast of Bladenboro, Part 1*

After the Kinslaw incident, newspapers picked up the store about the beast and hunters rushed to Bladenboro. Some people thought the beast was a panther, others thought it was a stray dog. No one went out a night. On January 13, a local farmer shot a very large bobcat, and hung it on a flagpole in the middle of town, with a sign under it that said "THIS IS THE BEAST OF BLADENBORO."
The mayor of Bladenboro(right), the bobcat
said to be the beast, and the farmer who shot it(left)

It seemed that the beast was gone. Was it really only a large bobcat that had terrorized the town? Maybe, except that strange attacks started up again fifty years later!

In 2003, goats and dogs started showing up dead and drained of blood. People thought the beast was back. This time, however, animals were found dead in a 120 mile radius of Bladenboro. People started finding strange tracks.

In 2007, 60 goats were found dead with their blood drained and their heads crushed near Lexington. In Bolivia, Bill Robinson found his Pit Bull dead. He buried it, and the next day it was  moved back to the spot where he found it dead the day before! Four days later, Leon Williams found his Pit Bull, also dead. Other places found ten dogs dead in just two weeks!

In 2008, the History Channel show MonsterQuest did a search for the creature on the episode "Vampire Beast". They thought the beast may be a cougar(although cougars aren't supposed to live on this side of the country), but they didn't really find anything, like always.
The Beast of Bladenboro on MonsterQuest
Whatever the Beast of Bladenboro is, it remains a mystery, and probably won't be solved anytime soon.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Happy Birthday to Cliff Barackman!

Today is apparently Cliff Barackman's birthday. Happy Birthday Cliff!

Cliff giving a casting demonstration at the
Ohio Bigfoot Conference back in April


I had the great chance to meet Mr. Barackman at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference back in April. This guy is seriously into Bigfoot.

Here's the links to his blog and Website. 

The Beast of Bladenboro, Part 1

In the 1950s, residents of Bladenboro, North Carolina, began encountering a bizarre beast. On December 29, 1953, a woman heard her neighbor's dogs barking wildly. She went out to see what they were barking at and saw a cat-like creature. On New Year's Eve the police went to a farm where two dogs had been killed by something. More reports of the creature, now called the Beast of Bladenboro, started coming in.
Drawing of the Beast of Bladenboro

Bladenboro is located in Bladen County, NC. All across the county, reports of dog attacks surfaced. Residents said they saw something "like a bear or panther"(although I don't think bears and panthers really look alike). They said the thing, whatever it was, was about three feet long and twenty inches high. They said it had a cat's face and a long tail. Some people said they had heard it scream and said it sounded "like a woman with a knife stuck in her back."

On January 1, 1954, two more dead dogs were found, and their bodies had been drained of blood. Professional hunters were brought in to hunt down the Beast of Bladenboro, and the police chief accompanied them. The only things they found are silver-dollar sized tracks. On January 5, Mrs. C.E. Kinslaw heard dogs whimpering outside and went out to see what was wrong. She saw the beast, a cat-like creature, creeping towards her. She screamed and her husband ran out, scaring the beast away.

Check back later for Part 2 of this post!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Cryptids of the Week: 11/23 - 11/29, 2014

This is the third "Cryptids of the Week." To see the first two posts about Cryptids of the Week, click the label. These are the two Cryptids of the Week for November 23 thru 29, 2014.

Thunderbird

Native Americans always told stories of giant birds that could carry off deer, and people! They called these creatures Thunderbirds and believed that they caused thunder when they flapped their wings and could bring bad storms with them. These might not just be indian legends, though, because people still see giant birds today! 
Some people who have seen T-birds say they look like a huge black bird, almost like a condor, but others call creatures that look like living pterosaurs Thunderbirds. In 1977, a "flap" of Thunderbird sightings happened in Illinois, and one of the huge birds being seen swooped down and picked up a ten year old boy named Marlon Lowe. The bird carried Marlon across his yard but eventually dropped him.    A Thunderbird was seen in Alaska in 2002. There have been several sightings of the huge birds this year. 
Thunderbird on a Native American totem pole


Goatman

When somebody sees a Goatman, they usually saw it looks like a real satyr. It may be extremely hard for some to believe, but tales of creatures that look like a half-man half-goat are told all over the country. Most Goatman stories involve some sort of "Lover's Lane" legend. Some famous examples are the Maryland Goatman, the Pope Lick Monster, and the Lake Worth Monster, although the latter is sometimes described as a Bigfoot-like creature. Some say the Goatmen came about as failed genetic experiments, but there are lots of other theories. 
In October, 2014, J. nathan Couch published a book on the subject called Goatman: Flesh or Folklore? The book discusses many different legends of Goatmen from across the United States. For more on the book see here or here. 

Goatman


Those are the cryptids of the week for this week. The next CotW will be posted sometime next week.
Hope everybody had a Happy Thanksgiving yesterday!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Jurassic World Trailer is Here!

The first trailer for Jurassic World, the fourth movie in the Jurassic Park series, came out yesterday. It comes out in June 2015.


SOSBI on Nite Callers Radio



Awhile back some of the folks from the Southeastern Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigation were on Nite Callers Bigfoot Radio. I know that the head of the group, Doug Waller, was on and I think some other members were as well.

Doug is the author of the book Standing in the Shadows: Bigfoot Stories from Southeastern Ohio, which came out last year. I have a copy and I think that it is very good.

Nite Callers Bigfoot Radio: S.O.S.B.I. from Ohio

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Masked Monkey Village - Yes, it's Real, and those Monkeys are Creepy!

Nick Redfern posted on Cryptomundo awhile ago about "Doll-Headded Monkeys of Jakarta." The post was a link to another post written by Brent Swancer at Mysterious Universe. The people there apparently put doll heads on the faces of monkeys and are apparently supposed to help get money. These things are really creepy, and that's why I'm not putting a picture of any of them here. Click here if you dare to see the rest…. 

ShukerNature: The Missing Thunderbird Photograph

Native American Thunderbird Drawing


Karl Shuker has a new post on his ShukerNature blog about an old Thunderbird photo taken in the 1880s. It is a very interesting article, and starts like this:

"One of the most perplexing sagas in the fascinating chronicles of cryptozoology is the long-running search for the thunderbird photograph, supposedly missing, presumed lost, for over a century. Here is an investigation that I conducted quite a while ago with regard to this mystifying picture, which has never previously been published in full, but is presented here now as another ShukerNature exclusive."

Thunderbird


For the rest, click here.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Karl Shuker's New Book The Menagerie of Marvels is Now Available!

Some of you may have seen my earlier post about Karl Shuker's new book The Menagerie of Marvels: A Third Compendium of Extraordinary Animals. Well, the book is now out! It is Dr. Shuker's 21st book. Maybe I'll have written that many books someday, but for know I'm just trying to publish 1.

The Menagerie of Marvels is now available! 


 Here's a description Dr. Shuker gives on his blog:

"Welcome one and all to my Menagerie of Marvels! Where else would you encounter venomous bis-cobra lizards from India and a never-before-documented flying dragon-lizard from Zimbabwe, minuscule fairy armadillos and clamorous go-away birds, genuine roc feathers and a veritable werewolf paw, whale-headed pseudo-pterodactyls and hammer-headed lightning birds, a park of monsters in Italy and mystery beasts in the Vatican, beech martens in Britain and winged toads in France, an invisible catfish and a dicephalous kestrel, the cryptic comadreja and a controversial Caribbean racoon, reverse mermaids and the music of Ogopogo, Africa's missing marmot and Vespucci's vanished mega-rat, earth hounds, vampire shrews, moonrats, nandinias and Nandi bears, undiscovered ajolotes, bemusing bristle-heads, monumental mammoths, gorilla-sized man-eating baboons and giant rhinoceros-eating terror birds, some fishy lake monsters and duplicitous sea serpents, Rift Valley mystery reptiles, vermiform rock-slicing laser gazers, and so much more too, all within the scenic yet comfortingly-secure confines of a single book?"

For more on The Menagerie of Marvels, click here. 

MonsterQuest on H2 Today

MonsterQuest: "Vampire Beast" is on right now, until 10 o'clock.

The "Swamp Creature" episode is on from 10 to 11 o'clock.

The "Sierra Sasquatch" episode is on from 11 o'clock to noon.

I actually haven't seen two of these episodes before! If you want to watch them tune into H2!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cryptids of the Week: 11/16-11/22, 2014

This is the second "Cryptids of the Week". I posted last week's earlier this week, and these are the two cryptids of the week for Nov. 16 thru 23, 2014.

Loch Ness Monster

The Loch Ness Monster(also called Nessie) seen in Loch Ness, Scotland, is probably the best known cryptid after the Sasquatch(Bigfoot.) The first sighting of this monster occurred in 565 AD, when St. Columba drove it away as it tired to eat one of his followers. Sightings of Nessie really took off in the 1930, and several famous photos were taken. the most famous of these, the Surgeon's Photo, turned out to be a hoax. 
Lots of people started looking for Nessie in the '50s and '60s. The people included Constance Whyte, Roy Mackal, Tim Dinsdale, and others. To this day no one really knows what the monster is, although the most common theory to hear is that it is a surviving plesiosaur.


Many people think Nessie is a surviving plesiosaur, like
the one pictured here

Snallygaster

The snallygaster is a flying beast said to live in Maryland and surrounding areas. Early German immigrants of the area told stories of the "Schneller Geist" which means "quick spirit" in German. The name eventually changed to Snallygaster. the beast is usually decried as being half-bird and half-reptile, with a metallic beak, sharp teeth, and tentacles. The creature is also supposed to be able to suck the blood out o fits victims. Seven pointed stars ware painted on the sides of barns to keep the snallygaster away. Some barns still have stars painted on them today. 


Snallygaster terrorizing farmers


I already put up a poll that need next week so all you readers can pick next week's Cryptids of the Week if you want to. Please select two of the four listed. If No one votes I will choose them myself.

Who is Todd Standing, And Can He Find Bigfoot?

There's been a lot on bigfoot/cryptozoology blogs lately about Todd Standig. He's going to be speaking at the Sasquatch Summit this weekend and apparently that has angered people.

Todd is also trying to raise $900,000 for a bigfoot documentary! For those who may not know who Todd Standing is, he claims he has filmed bigfoot multiple times, a couple of times he got clear shots of the faces of the creatures. He was on Finding bigfoot once and was also on Survivorman Bigfoot. Most people don't believe standing, though, And I am one of those people. I just betcha that all of his Bigfoots in his videos are CGI.

I don't believe Todd Standing.

For more on what is going on with him, check out the links below.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cryptids of the Week: 11/9-11/15, 2014

I've decided to start doing a "Cryptids of the Week" thing on this blog. I was going to last week but didn't put it on here yet, so here are the two "Cryptids of the Week" from last week. Keep in mind that I just picked two random cryptids.

Beast of Bray Road

The Beast of Bray Road is a so called "werewolf" spotted near Elkhorn, Wisconsin. The Beast was first seen in the year 1936, but sightings really took of in the late '80s and continued into the '90s. At the time of the rash of sightings, local newspaper reported Linda S. Godfrey decided to investigate the sightings. She eventually came to believe that the witnesses actually saw something that looked like a werewolf. She went on to write a book about the creature called The Beast of Bray Road: Tailing Wisconsin's Werewolf, which came out in 2003. SHe has since written many more books on werewolves and other cryptid creatures. 
Beast of Bray Road



Bigfoot

Most people know what a Bigfoot is, even if they don't believe they exist. The most famous encounter with a Bigfoot occurred in 1967, when Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin ran into "Patty" at Bluff Creek, California. Patterson filmed the creature and it is the best evidence for bigfoot's existence, even today. It has never been proven to be a hoax, even if skeptics tell you it has been. Now there are many people committed to the search for Bigfoot. The largest and oldest investigation group is the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, or BFRO. 

Bigfoot seen in the
Patterson-Gimlin film

I already have cryptids for this week, but I'll put a poll up if anyone wanted to vote/pick the ones for next week. if you don't, I'll do it myself.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Si wants to go look for Nessie



In the Duck Dynasty season premier this Wednesday, the Robertson clan are in Scotland. In the preview, Jep & Jessica talk about going on a motorcycle ride, and Si wants to come along to go to the Lochs, mainly Loch Ness, to try to, as he said, put a hook in the Loch Ness Monster. Just imagine it: Si Robertson vs. Nessie. Who do you think would win?

Duck Dynasty season premiere is Wednesday at 9/8c on A&E. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Does Nessie's Cousin live in Lake Champlain?

Sandra Mansi's photo of Champ, taken in 1977

There's a new article online about Champ, the lake monster of lake champlain, which is located between New York and Vermont and extends a little up into Canada. Katy Elizabeth and Dennis Hall have been searching for Champ lately and have recorded what they think could be the monster. They think Champ could be a tanystropheus, and Hall even came up with a name for the creature a long time ago: Champtanystropheus. I will correct the article at one point now: it says that tanystropheus was a dinosaur that lived 232 million years ago. Tany was not a dinosaur.
A cool picture of the ancient reptile Tanystropheus

Tanystropheus sie compared to a human

For the rest of the article click here.

Here's a little on Champ from my upcoming book Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More from Across America.

"By far, the most famous American lake monster is “Champ” of Lake Champlain. Lake Champlain is located between New York and Vermont and extends a little up into Canada. The lake is 109 miles long and its maximum depth is 400 feet - that’s plenty of room for a monster to hide. Lake Champlain is the largest oligotrophic lake in the U.S. with the exception of the great lakes. A couple thousand years ago, the lake was part of a larger body of water called the Champlain Sea, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean. Eventually the lake was cut off from the rest of the sea and became fresh water.
What could be the first sighting of a monster in Lake Champlain occurred in the year 1609. According to historians, Samuel de Champlain, who the lake is named after, saw “a serpent-like creature, about 20 feet long, as thick as a barrel, and with a head like a horse.”"


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Is This Nessie?

Recently, a man claims to have filmed the Loch Ness Monster. On November 6th, Richard Collis was at the Loch when he saw something unusual about 200 meters out in the water. Here's an image from the video.

Frame from the new video purportedly showing
the Loch Ness Monster


What do you think it is? After the video came out, some people said it was only a log or something of the sort, like in the image below.



For more see New Nessie Video on the LOCH NESS MONSTER blog. 

This isn't the only recent film of Nessie. The Edward's Photo appeared in 2012, but sadly it turned out to be fake.

The Nessie back used to make the Edwards Photo

Sunday, November 9, 2014

New Season of Finding Bigfoot Tonight!

The new season of Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot starts tonight at 9 with a two hour special. The team travels to Alaska to investigate reports of a Sasquatch said to be 12 feet tall! Afterwards, there is a behind-the-scenes episode about the Alaska expedition.

The team will also be in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, New Jersey, and Scotland this season!

ShukerNature: Interview with Roy P. Mackal

Karl Shuker has a new post on his ShukerNature blog that is an old interview he did with Prof. Roy P. Mackal back in 1998 for the British Magazine the X-Factor.(Not the TV show.)
Roy P. Mackal(second from left)
 searching for Mokele-Mbembe in Africa

Prof. Mackal passed away last September. He was very well known in the field of cryptozoology for his research involving the Loch Ness Monster and Mokele-Mbembe. He was one of the great Nessie seekers of the 1960s, and wrote three book on caryatids: The Monsters of Loch Ness, Searching for Hidden Animals, and A Living Dinosaur? In Search of Mokele-Mbembe. 


Shuker's post starts out like this:


See the post here. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

Goatman: Flesh or Folklore? Reviewed

Tonight, I finished J. Nathan Couch's new book Goatman: Flesh or Folklore? I must say that it is very good! Couch wrote about something not usually seen in any books, not even cryptozoology books. Some other authors have written about Goatmen before, though.

This book covers sightings and legends of Goatmen from all across the USA. Creatures featured include the Lake Worth Monster, Pope Lick Monster, Beast of Billiwhack, Sheepsquatch, the Maryland Goatman, and many others.
Pope Lick Monster
Sheepsquatch
Photo of the Lake Worth Monster taken by Allen Plaster

While most of the book is about folklore of Goatman and not so many actual sightings, it was still a very interesting read, and i think anyone with an interest in cryptozoology should check it out.
Beware the Goat Man!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Les Stroud is the Greatest American Hero Ever Born, in Canada


Les Stroud is the greatest American hero born in Canada. And now he looks for Bigfoot.


New Season of Finding Bigfoot this Weekend!



There's a new season of Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot starting this Sunday. In the 2 hour season premiere, the team travels to Alaska to investigate reports of a Sasquatch said to be 12 feet tall! That almost sounds like a True Giant to me. For those of you who don't know what a true Giant is, it's a creature that looks like a man/Bigfoot, but its a lot taller than each. The link will take you to Loren Coleman and Mark Hall's book on the giants. I also have a section about true Giants in my book Cryptid U.S., which will hopefully be out by the end of the year. More on the Alaska Sasquatch can be found in J. Robert Alley's book Raincoast Sasquatch

Back to Finding Bigfoot, though. Other places the team will travel to in this season include Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Tennessee.

I also saw this meme on Bigfoot Evidence today, and it totally sums up about half of the show. Sorry it's bad quality, you can see it better if you click the link.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Honoring Grover S. Krantz

Grover Krantz was one of the first scientists to actually study bigfoot. Today is his birthday, sadly he passed away in 2002. Krantz was criticized by his peers because of his interest in the sasquatch. He wrote several books on Bigfoot, including Big Footprints and Bigfoot Sasquatch Evidence. 

You are missed by many, Grover.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Deer with Fangs? Yeah, They Exist!

Maybe this guy's related to the Chupacabras?????
Could be. 

Yes, fanged deer exist, and they live in Afghanistan. The male Kashmir musk deer do grow fangs. News about the deer has just come up recently on the internet. A team of scientists searched for the deer on expeditions in 2008 and 2009. The deer have now been spotted on three separate occasions this year. It is very extraordinary because it is the first time anyone has seen them since 1948!

The Kashmir musk deer is an endangered species, but poaching and loss of habitat now threaten its very existence. Its sad to see humanity causing yet another animal species to go extinct. We need to stop killing our planet.

For more on the news about the vampire deer, click here.

Is There A Bigfoot Behind Les Stroud?

Les Stroud, (aka Survivorman), has had several encounters with what he thinks may be Bigfoots. During one episode he may have even caught a bigfoot on film moving behind him! To see that clip click here to go to Bigfoot Evidence. 

Watch the trees just to the left of the center of the screen in the background!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Raincoast Sasquatch Reviewed

Today I finished J. Robert Alley's book Raincoast Sasquatch: The Bigfoot/Sasquatch Records of Southeasts Alaska, Coastal British Columbia, & Northwest Washington from Puget Sound to Yakutat. As it says in the title, this book is about Bigfoot encounters in the Pacific northwest, but mainly in Alaska.

Most of the book just discusses actual sightings of bigfoot, and all of the sightings, tracks, etc are on maps on the last few pages. Some chapters discuss footprint finds, and others discuss vocalizations(like howls and wood knocks) and some discuss Sasquatch "nests" and other structures made of forest material. One chapter even discusses 'Squatches swimming, which there are actually a lot of reports of. It is very interesting that Sasquatches can swim, because they would be the only apes able to do so except for humans. Loren Coleman discusses an ape in his book Mysterious America they drowned in a moat at a zoo, in only a few feet of water.

One chapter in the book discusses Native American stories and legends of the sasquatch, called names like kushtakaa, ba'oosh, and Gah-Geet, and other names.

I don't want to give away too much of the book so I'll leave the description at that. I got this book because Doug waller of the group SOSBI recommended it and said it was one of the best ones out there. Doug has read many, many more books on Bigfoot than I have, and he does know how to pick out good ones! his book Standing in the Shadows: Bigfoot Stories from Southeastern Ohio is very good as well, and hopefully his next one is, too.

Going back to Raincoast Sasquatch, I'd have to say that I definitely give it a 5/5.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Read A Cryptozoology Book Today


Giant Killer Birds that Devour Man!

Giant flying monsters in Illinois may be connected to an ancient Indian legend:
       
"Indians in Illinois connect Thunderbirds with their legend of a creature called the Piasa. The creatures name means “bird that devours man.” They said Piasas would eat villagers.
According to Illini legend, the Piasa lived in a cave in a bluff. It coexisted with the Illini at first, but during one battle, it took a man from each tribe and ate him, and developed a liking for human flesh. After that, the Illini lived in fear of the creature, until brave Massatoga came up with a plan. He stood out in the open and chanted, as bait for the Piasa, while 20 warriors hid in ambush. The Piasa came, and all the warriors shot their arrows. Massatoga’s plan worked, and the Piasa was killed." 

"The Thunderbird and Piasa legends may not talk about the same creature at all, but something that looks like a huge bird is still seen around the U.S. I think Thunderbirds are more rare than Bigfoot and creatures like it, and that is why they are not seen as frequently. If the species is ever proven to be real, and to be a new species, they should be put on the endangered species list, because they may already be facing extinction."

Piasa, the Devourer of the Indians
Piasa on the Cartoon Network show The Secret Saturdays


This post was excerpted from my book Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More From Across America. I am still working on publishing the book, hopefully it will be out by the end of the year!

The Thunderbird & Piasa legends may be related,
and may talk about the same creature

The Mill Race Monster


Forty years ago today, two groups of girls reported to the Columbus, Indiana police that they had seen a monster that was "green, hairy, and large."  The creature has since become known as the Mill Race Monster. The legend will come back to life next spring, featured on an episode of season three of Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America. 


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