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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

When Men in Black go after Cryptozoologists

Anyone who is interested in UFOs and other unexplained things knows about the Men in Black, the mysterious, dark suited men (if they are humans, that is!) that appear to witnesses and researchers and pretty much scare the bejeezus out of them.

The Men in Black may have an interest in more than just Unidentified Flying Objects, though.

There are some cases with MIB-type encounters involved with cryptozoology.

One such encounter occurred in the 1970s, when one of the world's leading cryptozoologists, Loren Coleman, met a possible Man in Black.
Loren Coleman

Early in the decade, Coleman was investigating the mystery of the Mad Gasser of Mattoon, a mystery man who attacked people in Mattoon, Illinois, with gas in the 1940s (Coleman has a chapter about the weird saga in his book Mysterious America.)

The visit happened in Decatur, Illinois. Coleman was looking into the mystery of the Enema Bandit to see if there were any similarities with Mad Gasser attacks. Late one night, there was a knock on his door when a very thin, dark suited man arrived.

The man, who said his name was "Lt. Applegate," claimed to be from the Decatur Police Department. He told Coleman we was checking to see if he was the Enema Bandit, and asked why he was so interested in the story. He then told Coleman he should stop looking into the cases, just like MIB do to UFO witnesses.

The next day Coleman called the Decatur Police, who "were not too helpful to a 20 year old FATE magazine writer interested in the Enema Bandit and the Mattoon Gasser." The police did say, however, that there was no "Lt. Applegate."

In 1977, after the sightings of the Dover Demon in Dover, Massachusetts, Loren Coleman and UFO researcher Walt Webb investigated. Men in Black also bothered the witnesses of the cryptid during that time.
Ivan T. Sanderson,
and his lemur Katta

Early Cryptozoologist Ivan T. Sanderson also had encounters with MIB-type entities. He felt that they had underwater bases and that the answer is under the ocean. But, Sanderson also investigated reports of UFOs and such, so that could be the reason he had weird encounters with the mysterious men.

 So, what do these encounters mean? Are the Men in Black trying to cover up cryptid sightings (Dover Demon?) What about the Mad Gasser incident with Loren Coleman? We'll probably never know the answers.

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