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What in the World was the Enfield Horror?

A few days ago, I had a post on here about Devil Monkeys and what they might be.

One of the creatures I talked about in that post was something called the "Enfield Horror," seen near Enfield, Illinois in the 1973s. Here is what I wrote about a sighting in that post:

"A notable encounter with a Devil Monkey occurred on April 25, 1973, this time in Enfield, Illinois. That evening, Mr. and Mrs. Henry McDaniel came home to find their kids terrified, because a 'thing' had tried to break into the house by scratching at the air conditioner while their parents were away.
"It might be assumed that the children had overreacted to something not terrifying while their parents had been away, if it wasn't for the fact that it came back later. Mr. McDaniel was there to greet it this time, with a flashlight and a .22 pistol. The creature hopped across the yard, covering a distance of 50 feet in only three jumps! McDaniel fired at it four times. 'When I fired the first shot, I know I hit it,' he said. The creature, however, just disappeared into the brush, and was gone.
"'It had three legs on it,' McDaniel said. 'It had pink eyes as big as flashlights. It had grey fur and was about 4 1/2 feet tall.'"

I included that report in my Devil Monkey post because it has been put into that category before.

But, the Enfield Horror may not be a Devil Monkey at all - it might actually be something even stranger than that!

Let's look at the other reports of the creature.

The McDaniel's encounter wasn't the first with a weird monster in Enfield - the first had occurred a half-hour before Mr. and Mrs. McDaniel got home and found their kids in a panic.

Greg Garrett was a young boy playing in his backyard at the time, when the mysterious beast actually attacked him.

Garrett said the thing that attacked had "no less than three legs, grayish, slimy skin, short claws and reddish eyes." The creature stamped on the boys shoes with its  own clawed feet, tearing them to shreds.  Garrett escaped from the monster and ran back to his parent's house.

After the McDaniel's encounter, police were called and arrived on the scene. But, of course, they found no monster - only some dog - like prints in the yard and some scratches on the McDaniel's house. The tracks, however, were quite odd - they had six toe pads, and showed that whatever made them had three feet. One of the tracks was slightly smaller than the other two.

There was no other activity until  May 6. Mr. McDaniel was awakened in the middle of the night by some dogs howling at something outside. He grabbed his gun and went outside, only to spot the creature again.

"I saw something moving out on the railroad track and there it stood. I didn't shoot at it or anything. It started on down the railroad track. It wasn't in a hurry or anything," he said.

Soon the press heard of the story, and lots of "monster hunters" scoured the woods. Once, a group of five hunters did run into the thing, and described it just like the earlier witnesses, only adding that it was  hairy. They found it hiding in the underbrush and fired at it, but, like before, it escaped, seemingly unharmed, going faster than any human could.

The last person to witness the Enfield Horror was Rick Rainbow, who was the news director of the WWKI radio station in Kokomo, Indiana. He reported that he and three other people had seen a "gray, sloping, 5-foot tall entity" by an abandoned house, close to the Garrett and McDaniel homes. Rainbow also recorded the monster's "disturbing" screams.

Loren Coleman, one of the world's best known cryptozoologists, traveled to Enfield at the time to investigate the sightings. He did not see the monster, but did hear its screams like Rainbow had. He described them as "strange screeching banshee-like sounds."
Loren Coleman

No one has any idea what the Enfield Horror was, if the witnesses were sincere and actually saw what they described. Some, as shown in my other article, have put it in the devil monkey category. Some say it was a demon, and others think it was an alien.

Whatever the Enfield Horror was, it definitely isn't normal. And it definitely deserves its name!



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