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Monsters and Mysteries Unsolved: "Alien Encounters"

The all-new series, Monsters and Mysteries Unsolved, is on right now on Destination America. The first episode is "Alien Encounters."

Here's some info about the show:

"Around the world, people have witnessed bizarre phenomena throughout history. Encounters with monsters, spirits, beings from other worlds and dimensions continue to fascinate mankind. But over the years scientific advancements have solved many of these mysteries, illustrating the natural causes at work behind seemingly supernatural events. Still, many answers continue to elude scientists and researchers of anomalous phenomena. Monsters & Mysteries: Unsolved documents the current search for answers behind these inexplicable events."
I've caught part of it and it seems pretty good.

My Travels with Bigfoot

I discovered this book the other day - My Travels with Bigfoot by Charles Edson.

I can only find a few copies online and they're all really expensive.

I'd never heard of this book before (and, if you know me, you'll be surprised by that), so I am wondering if there is anyone out there reading this that has, or has read said book.

Bigfoot Night At Eastwood Field - July 24th

Coming up July 24th in Niles, Ohio - "Bigfoot Night" at Eastwood Field. The Mahoning Valley Scrappers (baseball team) will be plaing the Connecticut Tigers, and afterwards there will be a screening of the newest Small Town Monsters film,Beast of Whitehall. Brandon Dalo and Seth Breedlove from STM will have a vendor booth there.

 $20 gets you a seat, a burger (or, if you prefer, a hot dog or slice of pizza), a soda, chips, and an "I Survied Bigfoot Night at Eastwood Field" shirt.

Find out more here (you can search "Bigfoot" and it should come up).

Needless to say, this is the only baseball game I've really wanted to go to. : )

"Chupacabras" Killed in Ukraine?

The Daily Mailis reporting on a man who claims he killed a "chupacabras" that was "terrorizing his livestock."

The article says that the man, known only as Ivan, killed the animal with a pitchfork when he found it lurking around one of his barns in Rukshin, in western Ukraine.

Ivan said of the creature:

"The chupacabra was hunting and I killed it. It had been scaring local people for a long time. It was eating our chickens and rabbits."
Vets have looked at the animal but say they can't identify it. Valeriy Dopiryak, who is head of the Regional State Laboratory of Veterinary Medicine, said:

"'This animal resembles an African fox, but its teeth, neck, ears and paws are too long. We can't say what it is."
And, to add to the story more, there is another man, known as "Viktor," who says that there was not only one "chupacabras" in town, but two. The other, he said, resembles a kangaroo, and has a longer body than this …

"Would You Believe?" - The Wolf Woman of Alabama

On April 8, 1971, the Mobile, Alabama, Press-Register carried this story - "Is 'Wolf Woman' Sulking Around The City? Various Area Persons Claim Seeing Creature:"

"Does a 'wolf woman' exist in Mobile? "Listening to as many as 50 phone calls the Press Register has received, day and night, in approximately a week, you wonder if perhaps there isn't something out there. "According to dozens of frightened residents along Davis Avenue and in Plateau, a strange creature, a half woman and half wolf, has been making nightly rounds of the Port City. Reportedly, the apparition first appeared near Davis Avenue about one week ago. "'It was like a woman and wolf, pretty and hairy.' said one worried witness. "'My daddy saw it down in a marsh and it chased him home,' reported a teen-ager, who added, 'Now, my mommy keeps all the doors and windows locked.' "'The top half was a woman and the bottom was a wolf,' ex…

"Scared by a Strange Beast"

The July 28, 1884 New York Times reported that the people of Cleveland, Ohio, were, at the time, being "scared by a strange beast," saying:

"… For some time a strange wild animal has been heard in a swamp in Summit County, and glimpses of it have been had by children and others, who were unable to classify it. Great excitement and terror has prevailed. Yesterday 300 men, armed with guns, surrounded the swamp, but failed to find anything. It is supposed to be a panther."
This story is very similar to that of many other reports of mystery cats. The cat is seen, and then it is hunted, but is never found. That has happened many, many times throughout the years, and is how most cryptid cat stories end.


Monsters and Mysteries Unsolved

Coming this Thursday (June 30) at 9 pm to Destination America: Monsters and Mysteries Unsolved.

Below is some info on the show, via Red Carpet Crash: 

"Around the world, people have witnessed bizarre phenomena throughout history. Encounters with monsters, spirits, beings from other worlds and dimensions continue to fascinate mankind. But over the years scientific advancements have solved many of these mysteries, illustrating the natural causes at work behind seemingly supernatural events. Still, many answers continue to elude scientists and researchers of anomalous phenomena. Monsters & Mysteries: Unsolved documents the current search for answers behind these inexplicable events."

The first episode of the show is "Alien Encounters." I'm not sure if this is some continuation of Monsters and Mysteries in America or if its a different show altogether. I guess we'll find out.

Extinct or Alive: The Tasmanian Tiger - A Review

The other day I watched the show Extinct or Alive: The Tasmanian Tiger, which premiered during Monster Week on Animal Planet.

In the show, a three-person team heads out to Tasmania to see if they can find a living thylacine (also called the tasmanian tiger), a marsupial that is said to have gone extinct in 1936. However, there have been people who have reported sightings of living thylacines over the years.

The crew talked with some people who claimed to have seen living thylacines, so reports from the last few years, and take a look at some tasmanian devils, the thylacine's closest living relative. They then spend two weeks trying to spot one of the creatures.

They sat out at night (of course, you can't have a show about something unknown without searching for it at night, it's one of the rules!) They never spotted a thylacine, but saw many of Tasmania's animal species. On the last night out there, the main investigator, Forrest Galante, found a cave where he found re…

California Cryptid Cats

In December of 1967, sightings of a strange cat began in Ventura County, California.

On the 12th of that month and year, Henry Madrid was installing a fence at the Ventura County sewer plant when he spotted a black panther. Madrid kept his eye on the cat and called the sheriff department. Sheriffs arrived and spotted the cat as well. They chased it towards what appeared to be a flat field, but was really an area of sludge covered by a crust. Their car got stuck, and by the time a tow truck arrived to get it out, the cat was long gone.

On December 23, a man went hunting for the panther. He found what he was after, but then was trapped on a 600-foot cliff! It took rescuers four hours to get him down.

Sightings of the cat continued into 1968. On January 9, Kenneth French and his wife spotted it. Kenneth watched the cat while his wife called the sheriff. But, by the time she returned, the cat was gone. "It's pretty embarrassing to have people think you go around seeing black pant…

Strange Sightings of Blue Tigers

In 1925, Harry R. Caldwell, a big-game hunter, wrote about a strange cat he had run into in 1910, in Fujian Province, in China.

Caldwell wrote in his book, Blue Tiger, about some of his adventures, including one involving what the book is titled.

Caldwell said said that one day while in the Futsing region of the province, his attention was drawn to what he at first thought was a man in blue clothing. He soon realized, however, that he was looking at a tiger, not a man!



He said:

"The markings of the animal were marvelously beautiful. The ground color seemed a deep shade of maltese, changing into almost deep blue on the under parts. The stripes were well defined, and so far as I was able to make out similar to those of a tiger of the regular type."
Caldwell tried to get a shot at the cat, but couldn't because some boys were between him and it. By the time he re-positioned himself, the cat had disappeared.

There have also been stories of blue tigers out of Korea and Burma.

Mineral Point Monsters

In the 1980s, multiple people had run-ins with some very strange creatures in the town of Mineral Point, Wisconsin.

In April of 1981, a police officer from Mineral Point, Jon Pepper, saw a tall, thin, pale colored man wearing a trench coat near Graceland Cemetery. Pepper tried to question the man, but was unable to catch up to him because of his ability to jump high fences. No one really believed Pepper, though, because he was known for being a prankster. He had once walked around Mineral Point in a gorilla suit.

Pepper's vampire wasn't the only mystery creature reported in the town.

Six years later, 15 to 20 people in Mineral Point saw your normal Hollywood-style werewolf in broad daylight. According to one witness, it transformed as it ran.

This werewolf could not have been Pepper playing a prank, because he had moved away.

There was a rumor, however, that he had left his gorilla suit with a friend.

What are we to make of these sightings of a vampire and a werewolf in Minera…

Mysterious "Men in Black" Spotted in Iowa

KWQC is reporting on sightings of some mysterious men in Iowa, who happen to be dressed in black…

"MUSCATINE COUNTY, Iowa (KWQC) - R. J. Strong of Port Louisa, Iowa was spooked by what he saw a week ago Monday, June 13, at 2 a.m. "Strong posted on Facebook afterward that he was traveling near Ogilvie and F avenues in Muscatine County when he saw 'some weirdo walking down the paved road in a black trench coat!!!' "Several others on social media have reported similar sightings in recent weeks. "According to the reports, the individuals have been seen standing beside roadways and sometimes stepping into roadways as motorists are passing at locations across Muscatine County, in southeastern Iowa. "'My son has experienced this and it's no joke,' posted Beatrice Wilson Strong. 'It was really a frightening experience to him.' "'It's happened to a few friends of mine out on [Highway] 22,' posted Cassie Pameticky.  "The…

Bernard Heuvelmans Quotes

These are some of my favorite quotes, all three from the "Father of Cryptozoology," Bernard Heuvelmans:

"The Fear of the Unknown is overcome only by experience. Once something has been examined, analyzed, tested, and thus known, it is possible to face it. It may still inspire mistrust or provoke flight, but it can no longer cause on uncontrollable terror. That also applies to the Horror Of Novelty; experience teaches us that something new is often better than something old and thus preferable. So, Science, even in its most modest form, is the best possible tool for facing the unforeseen dangers of the Unknown, and of the New, which is after all only the Unknown in time. It is so obvious: to adapt to the inconveniences of the unknown, one should try to know it! That is the role of Science! There is irony in the idea that emotionally based incredulity should play a role in scientific enquiry. To do so would have Science denying its own foundation. Isn't it by definiti…

More on "Old Stinker": Residents of Hull are not Scared of the Werewolf

Last month, stories about sightings of a "werewolf" started making the rounds on the internet(you can see my piece on the sightings here).

I've checked every once and a while to see if there were ever any updates on the sightings, but never really found anything, except for this.

On May 23, the Hull Daily Mail published an article titled "'We're not scared of Old Stinker the Hull Werewolf.'" It said:

"The people of Hull are not afraid of Old Stinker. The story of a werewolf prowling around Barmston Drain has gone around the world since the Mail first reported the urban legend earlier this month. "But today, residents of Bridlington Avenue and Waterloo Street, brushed off lurid claims in the national press that they were 'living in fear' and had been 'left traumatized' by sightings of a half-man, half-wolf beast with glowing eyes. "David Lamb, 68, who has lived in the area for 37 years, said it was all made up. 'I&…

More New Book News

A while back I announced that I've started a second book, following my book from last year.

This new book is about strange creature sightings in the state of Ohio.

The title is going to be The Ohio Monster Guidebook. Things covered will include Bigfoot, lake monsters, Mothman, Dogman, thunderbirds, the Loveland Frogmen, mystery cats, and much, much more.

So far the first few chapters of the book are finished. I'm hoping to at least have the rough draft done by the end of the summer.

If anyone has any information on sightings of any strange creatures in Ohio, please comment and let me know.

More on the book will be posted in the future as I get more of it done.


You can get my first book, Cryptid U.S., here.


The "Capture of a Wild Man in Ohio"

The Waukesha, Wisconsin Daily Freeman reported about a strange man (or creature) on Thursday, August 9, 1883.

The headline of the article in the paper was "Capture of a Wild Man in Ohio," and it said:

"MASON, OH. Aug. 9. - The wild man that has been seen in this vicinity for the past few weeks, frightening women and children from the blackberry patches, was captured late Tuesday evening by Constable Corrington three miles south of this place. His long flowing hair and beard and keen black eyes have him a frightful appearance. Of his origin and mode of gaining a livelihood nothing can be learned, as he refused to utter a sound. He was taken by the authorities to Lebanon."
The description of the creature sounds similar to a Bigfoot, but if then how was it captured?

This story, along with many, many others, at least show that there is a long history of encounters with hairy, man-like creatures in Ohio and all over the rest of North America.

More historical (and moder…

The Strange Story of the Charles Mill Lake Monster

One of the weirdest aquatic cryptids - ever - was spotted in Ohio in the late 1950's and, some say, in the 1960's. It is known as the Charles Mill Lake Monster (because it was spotted in Charles Mill Lake Reservoir.

The Charles Mill Lake Reservoir was constructed in 1935 by the damming of the Black Fork of the Mohican River. The creature spotted in it was like no other in Ohio, or anywhere else for that matter.

On March 28, 1959, Denny Patterson, Wayne Armstrong, and Michael Lane were near Ruggles Road, which is located on the edge of Charles Mill Reservoir.

Suddenly, the three boys were horrified to see a freakish creature rise up out of the water. They said the monster was "armless," humanoid, and had "luminous, green eyes" and "large, webbed feet." They quickly left the area.

The authorities soon learned of the sighting of the swamp monster and decided to go to the scene to see if they could find anything. When they went there the found "a…

Bigfoot is Everywhere

Sometimes when you stop at a gas station at 11:30 p.m., you end up finding Bigfoot stuff…


MoMo - The Monster of Missouri

In the early 1970's, something strange was seen around the town of Louisiana, Missouri...

"A creature that looked similar to the Minerva Monster in Ohio was seen in Missouri in 1972. People started calling it the Missouri Monster, or MoMo. But, MoMo isn't the only strange thing seen in Missouri. River Road, which stretches north from Highway 54 along the Mississippi River, has a longstanding tradition about a 'phantom man' who walks across the road and then vanishes into thin air. Travelers heard what sounded like a woman's scream emanating from an old abandoned lime kiln in the 1940's. The screams were always heard around midnight, and they were never explained. "A couple was found dead in their car around the same area in the winter of 1954. A woman sat in the passenger seat almost looking like she had just went to sleep, and a man was found crouched under the steering wheel completely nude. His clothes were found in a pile 20 feet behind the car. T…

Wood Knocks Vol. 1 Now Available

Wood Knocks: Journal of Sasquatch Research Vol. 1 is now available.

It has chapters written by researchers such as Lyle Blackburn, David Weatherly, Linda Godfrey, Ken Gerhard, Nick Redfern, etc...

You can get it here.

Bigfoot Drone Footage is a Hoax

Last week I published a post about a film from a drone that supposedly showed a Bigfoot.

Well, it's a hoax. The uploader has posted another video on YouTube admitting to it. They wrote:

"I do not believe in bigfoot or the loch ness monster. I do however believe life is full of humor and fun!! There's possibly a couple more video's coming soon!"
Doesn't really surprise me.

Monsters Among Us - Cover

The cover for Linda Godfrey's upcoming bookMonsters Among Us: An Exploration of Otherworldly Bigfoots, Wolfmen, Portals, Phantoms, And Odd Phenomena



 "Mysterious wolf-people, sentient mists, and UFOs … oh my! "If you've ever heard an inexplicable bump in the night, caught a glimpse of a strange-looking someone (or something?) out of the corner of your eye, or seen an unusual craft dart across the sky before it vanishes without a trace, there's only one person to call…. "Linda S. Godfrey - author of numerous books that offer rare reporting on bigfoots, werewolves, strange energy forms, and other bizarre beings - explores the mystical, legendary, and scientific angles of these creatures… and the surprising secret portals and doorways some may use to enter our world. Within these pages, you will encounter:first-hand testimony of a terrifying transformation from woman to beast (during a church service, no less)  the Lost Lizard People of Los Angelesa growling, …

Book Review: Neanderthal: The Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman by Bernard Heuvelmans

Yesterday I finished Bernard Heuvelmans' recently translated book Neanderthal: The Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman. 

This book was originally published in French in 1974. Paul LeBlond recently translated it, and he and Loren Coleman had the English version published by Anomalist Books.

Neanderthal is about Heuvelmans' investigation of the mystery of a strange, human-like, hairy corpse that was being displayed, starting in 1968, by a man named Frank Hansen, who lived in Minnesota. Heuvelmans and Ivan T. Sanderson examined the corpse, which they were both certain was real.

After Heuvelmans published a report on the corpse in a scientific journal, problems arose. First, because he had told Ivan that he could publish something about it first. Ivan, however, decided to write an article about some Bigfoot footprints (that turned out to be fakes) before his article on the Iceman, so Heuvelmans' was published first. After that there was tension between the two.

In 1969, the re…

Loch Ness Monster's Humps Filmed? Probably Not

A new video has appeared online that supposedly shows the humped back of Nessie swimming through her home in Loch Ness. Quite a few sites, including the Daily Mail Onlineand the Expresshave reported on the video.

The Daily Mail reports:

"The mystery surrounding this monster of the deep has baffled generations. "In a new twist, a holiday maker has shared a short video of a possible sighting of the Loch Ness Monster. "Tourist, Tony Bligh shot a video which reportedly shows mysterious humps emerging from the Scottish waters and posted it on YouTube. The curious footage has already racked up more than 22,000 views. "The video was filmed from the Wellington lay-by on the A82 overlooking the famous Highlands loch, on June 1. "But the locals are demising the footage of the five-humped figure as an 'optical illusion' caused by waves left behind by a passing boat. "Bligh said: 'While visiting Loch Ness I noticed this weird formation on the loch near to…

Bigfoot Caught on a Drone Camera in Idaho?

Making the rounds on all the cryptozoology websites within the past few days has been a video, shot from a drone in Idaho, that supposedly shows a Bigfoot running through and open area into some trees.  You can watch it below.



The Idaho State Journal reported on the video:

"An online video of an alleged Bigfoot sighting in Southeast Idaho has been creating quite a stir over the past few days. "The 2-minute, 24-second video, entitled 'Possible bigfoot in Idaho!! Flying the drone around and ran across this,' was posted on YouTube on June 2. "The duration of the video consists of drone footage over a clearing near the Hawkins Reservoir west of Downey in Southeast Idaho. The reservoir is located approximately 35 miles south of Pacatello.   "A mysterious hairy figure, seemingly running on two legs, becomes visible at the 25-second mark. It then runs across a field and into a wooded area as the drone flies over the area. "The videographer, who wishes to rema…

Pics from the Ohio Bigfoot Conference - 2016 Edition - Part 2

A few more pictures from last month's Ohio Bigfoot Conference at Salt Fork State Park…
See part 1 here.





Why Science Won't Take Cryptozoology Seriously

I ran across this while reading Bernard Heuvelmans' bookNeanderthal: The Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman.It is in a chapter where Heuvelmans is pondering why no one in the scientific community would take the subject of the Iceman seriously and study it while it was possible.

"The Fear of the Unknown is overcome only by experience. Once something has been examined, analyzed, tested, and thus known, it is possible to face it. It may still inspire mistrust or provoke flight, but it can no longer cause on uncontrollable terror. That also applies to the Horror Of Novelty; experience teaches us that something new is often better than something old and thus preferable. So, Science, even in its most modest form, is the best possible tool for facing the unforeseen dangers of the Unknown, and of the New, which is after all only the Unknown in time. It is so obvious: to adapt to the inconveniences of the unknown, one should try to know it! That is the role of Science! There is iron…

Bigfoot Legend John Green has Died

Some very sad news for the whole cryptozoology community…

John Green, one of the first Sasquatch researchers and author of the book Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us (and others), passed away on May 28, 2016.

John Green was born on February 12, 1927, and lived to be 89 years old.

He investigated Sasquatch before almost anyone else, and had a database of 3,000+ sightings, before the internet came to be. His nickname was "Mr. Sasquatch."

I have several of John's books, and his The Apes Among Us (which I have 2 copies of)is the best Bigfoot book I've ever read.

You can see Loren Coleman's obituary for John Green here.

RIP John Green.

UPDATE

My friend and fellow researcher Cal Marks has put up a great post to recognize the life of John Green on his blog Squatch & See... and you can check it out here.

Bigfoot Sightings, A Haunted House, and A Museum

In Littleton, North Carolina, there's a man who lives in a supposedly haunted house, and who also is a Bigfoot believer. Over the years Stephen Barcelo has collected enough stuff to start up the Cryptozoology and Paranormal Museum.

The News & Observerreports:

"LITTLETON - Over the past eight years, Stephen Barcelo has slowly assembled enough blurry photographs and plaster footprints to open his own Bigfoot museum, a collection of supernatural artifacts he displays in his living room decorated with Ouija boards and a jackalope. "His reputation is Littleton has grown large enough that tourists wander 16 miles off Interstate 95 in search of his 19th-century house - which is haunted, by the way-  and townsfolk consider him the go-to guy on all cryptid-related issues.  "Three months ago, a frantic neighbor called Barcelo to report a shaggy 7-foot creature shambling past her kitchen window, only one block away. So the former newspaperman rushed over and discovered a sn…