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Are "Monsters" A Problem for Psychologists?

While writing a chapter for my upcoming book, I found this article from the Newark, Ohio, Advocate, titled "Unusual events in Ohio spark imagination."

It reads as follows:

"COLUMBUS (AP) - Public imagination conjuring up a hairy beast killing sheep near Lima or a UFO landing in Fairfield County is viewed as normal, perhaps healthy, by an Ohio State University psychologist. "'I see it as a very natural process,' says Dr. Anthony G. Greenwald. 'Since we were very young children, our parents have taught us that everything has to have a cause. When we become adults we conjure up causes for mysterious events that are not immediately explained.' "Greenwald's credentials as a social psychologist include undergraduate degrees from Yale University, a doctorate from Harvard University, faculty member at Ohio State since 1965 and editor of the national 'Journal of Personality and Social Psychology' published by the American Psychology Associat…

"That You, 'Bigfoot?'"

The Elyria, Ohio Chronicle-Telegram reported on some Bigfoot sightings around that area on Thursday, June 6, 1985, in an article titled "That You, 'Bigfoot?' Elyria Twp. man sights a 'big, hairy creature.'"

"ELYRIA TWP - It was Floyd who first warned Randy Herring that something big was afoot. "Floyd is a German Shepherd tied to a tree in Herring's backyard at 6091 Antrim Road. When Floyd began barking at about 1 a.m. Wednesday, Herring looked out his back door and saw IT. "'It was big, and had fur all over it,' Herring said. "Herring, 20, and his friends say they have spent the last two nights in pursuit of the creature, which they say is about six feet tall and covered with reddish brown hair. When they get to close, it growls at them, Herring said. "'Did you see that Sasquatch movie?' asked Larry Carter, who also reported sighting the beast. "The reporter said he's missed the film. "'Well, you&…

Dick Raynor's Loch Ness Monster Film

In the 1960s, the Loch Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau (LNPIB), which later became the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau (LNIB) was the leading force behind research of the strange beasts of that certain Scottish lake.

Dick Raynor joined the group in 1967, and on June 13th of that year, he filmed something swimming in the Loch. The "Legend of Nessie" site says:

"Another well known film is the one taken by LNIB member Dick Raynor on the 13th of June 1967. Conditions on the Loch were very good and a clear wash or wake can be seen before and after the Scot II tour boat passes into view. Raynor explains that passengers on the boat would not have seen this disturbance as they were too low to the water and it was also about half a mile away from Scot II. The objects [sic] speed was estimated to be about 2.2 meters per second. This film offers creditable proof of some large animal living in Loch Ness and was agreed by many experts to be an authentic and convincing series of s…

The Mystery of Alien Big Cats in Britain - Solved?

"Alien Big Cats" (ABCs) have been seen in Britain for many years. Like other anomalous felines, they always seem to avoid being captured or killed. But, how did they get there in the first place? The answer to that question might have been revealed a few days ago.

Recently news was released that the old owner of the Dartmoor Zoo, Mary Chipperfield, let three cats escape in 1978.

The Telegraph reports:

"For years, the rumors of big cats roaming Dartmoor and savaging livestock have been dismissed as sheer fantasy, no more credible than claims of the existence of the Loch Ness monster. "But the doubters may have - dare one say it - paws for thought. "For the claims that Big Cats are roaming free may actually be true, with the mystery of how they got to Dartmoor and nearby Exmoor and Bodmin Moor solved at last. "It is now claimed that three pumas were released onto the wilds of Dartmoor by Mary Chipperfield, the famous circus owner, after her zoo in Plymouth …

Bigfoot Night Pics

Well, Bigfoot Night was cancelled before the game started due to rain, but I still got a few pictures from the event…

I also picked up a Beast of WhitehallDVD (an official one this time) and soundtrack… 
So, no baseball game, but I still got to do everything I wanted to do today, which was talk with Seth for awhile, get a Whitehall shirt, and watched Whitehall once we got home.

Cooperstown Cryptozoology

We recently got back from a trip to Cooperstown, New York, where I actually managed to find some cryptozoology-related stuff.

I found the first thing while looking through some old comic books in one of the many shops there. I picked up some Avengers, GI Joe, Micronauts, & Visionaries, as well as DC Super Stars #12, which happens to feature Bigfoot!

I also managed to find some tshirts of minor league baseball teams are named after cryptids and aliens!

An Afternoon of Cryptozoology

This afternoon, starting at 1 o'clock, the Akron-Summit County Public Library in Akron, Ohio is hosting an "Afternoon of Cryptozoology" event.

At 1 Doug Waller of the Southeastern Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigation will be speaking,  and at two Seth Breedlove will show the latest Small Town Monsters Documentary Beast of Whitehall. If you are in the area, check it out!

And, don't forget, tomorrow night Beast of Whitehall will be shown at Bigfoot Night after the Mahoning Valley Scrappers play in Niles, Ohio. Small Town Monsters, Center for Cryptozoological Studies, and other groups will be at that event.

New "Bigfoot" Video from Oregon

A few days ago someone posted a video to YouTube that supposedly shows a Bigfoot in Oregon. There's a family standing by a lake and all of a sudden the figure takes off in he background. They seem suspiciously un-amazed at what they are seeing as it runs off.

My verdict: a hoax, and an obvious one at that.

Bigfoot Night at Eastwood Field - Next Week

Coming up in one week (Sunday, July 24) in Niles, Ohio - Bigfoot Night at Eastwood Field. The Mahoning Valley Scrappers will be palying a game and afterwards there will be a screening of Beast of Whitehall.

Small Town Monsters put some more info about the event up on their Facebook page:

"On Sunday, July 24 the Mahoning Valley Scrappers take on the Connecticut Tigers and Eastwood Field will be bigger and better than ever for Bigfoot Night. "Small Town Monsters, American Primate Exploration, Center for Cryptozoological Studies, Center for Unexplained Events and the Ohio Bigfoot Co-Op will be in attendance with displays and sighting information. Following the game Small Town Monsters will show the movie, The Beast of Whitehall on the video board. "During the game you can find Bigfoot Brew, a Hairy Sandwich (pulled pork), The Bigfoot (1/2 pound, foot long jumbo hot dog) and a Patty Sandwich at the concession stands. "The Mr. Rooter Box Office at Eastwood Field will al…

Book Review: Wood Knocks: Journal of Sasquatch Research Vol. 1

Earlier today I finished the new book Wood Knocks: Journal of Sasquatch Research Vol. 1.The book was published by David Weatherly, but each chapter is written by a different researcher.

Chapters and authors are:

Giants of the Piney Woods by Lyle BlackburnKettles, Cows, and Sasquatch; Bigfoot in Southern Wisconsin by Linda S. GodfreyBig Man on the Reservation by David WeatherlyHong Kong as a focal point for Bigfoot and Yeren Studies by Richard MuirheadIs Bigfoot a Giant Form of Homo erectus? by Ken GerhardOrang-Pendek: On the Search for Sumatra's "Short Man" by Richard FreemanSasquatch Kidnappings in North American Folklore by Micah HanksThe Sound of Sasquatch by Nick Redfern Some of the best authors in the field contributed to this book, which makes it an excellent one. Each chapter is different from the others and written in each author's style. Most of this stuff hasn't really been written about before.
If you are someone interested in Bigfoot or cryptozoology i…

Cryptozoology and the Paranormal

An article about Dogman sightings in Ohio can be found at this link, written by Colin Schneider. The article starts on page 59 of the Centre for Fortean Zoology's journal Animals and Men. I found it to be very well written and a great article overall.

Colin is a paranormal researcher and writes on his blog Paranormal101. He's been writing on it for a few months, and it's one of my favorite blogs to check out. He posts some very interesting stuff regarding cryptozoology and paranormal phenomena, and is currently working on a book on the paranormal aspects of some cryptid sightings.

The Bunyip Song

This is a song that was in the old animated movie Dot and the Kangaroo. This song has made several "terrifying children's cartoons" lists, and that's understandable to me, because if I saw this on a cartoon when I was really little it would probably terrify me, too.

But, since I discovered it today I think it's pretty cool, especially since it's about Bunyips.

Happy Birthday Loren Coleman

Today is Loren Coleman's 69th birthday.

Coleman has been researching cryptozoology since the 1960s and is, some say, the world's leading cryptozoologist. His books are some of the best crypto-books out there. He writes online in his CryptoZooNews blog.

I finally had the chance to meet him at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference last year.

Happy Birthday Loren!

A Monstrous Commotion!

Received in the mail today Gareth Williams' A Monstrous Commotion: The Mysteries of Loch Ness.

A massive book, and looks to be a good one! I'll have a review up sometime in the future.

Lake Worth Monster Sightings Anniversary

The 47th anniversary of the first reported Lake Worth Monster sightings was Saturday, July 10.
In 1969 the monster was seen around Lake Worth, located near Fort Worth, Texas. And it was not a Nessie-type monster - the press described it as a "fishy goat-man," but witness reports sounded decidedly like a white-haired Bigfoot.
During that summer it was said to have attacked cars and throw a tire at a group of witnesses, among other things. Sometimes it was even seen swimming in Lake Worth out to Greer Island, where it was thought the monster lived.

Sallie Ann Clark wrote a book about the monster after the sightings began, and although the book is mostly fictional, it is a great one to have in your collection (if you collect books on odd topics like cryptozoology, like I do) as it is extremely rare.

To this day no one knows what the Lake Worth Monster really was, and we probably never will.

Bigfoot, Waterways, and Rainfall

"He always follows the creeks..."

That is a line from the 1972 Bigfoot movie The Legend of Boggy Creek. What makes it so special is that it's true.

I've researched Bigfoot for 6-7 years now, and one thing that is mentioned time and time again in reports, books, etc. is that the creatures seem to travel near water, which would make sense. A creature like Bigfoot would need to be close to water. It could help with traveling and they would need it to survive. A human trying to survive out in the wilderness would do the same thing.


Also on the subject of Sasquatch and water is the likelihood of sightings in areas with certain amounts of annual rainfall.
This correlation was first noted by legendary Bigfoot researcher John Green in his book Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us. After discussing Sasquatch sightings in relation to human populations and other things, he notes that:
"The map does show some correlation with a map of sasquatch sightings in North America…

"Wessie" Update - Westbrook's Giant Snake Goes Into Hiding

Earlier this month I posted a piece on the sightings of a giant snake, dubbed "Wessie" or the "Presumpscot Python,' which has supposedly been seen around Westbrook, Maine.

Apparently Wessie has gone into hiding after the first few sightings, when a woman said she saw a snake "as big as a truck," a second witness said he saw a snake "as long as a bench," and two police officers saw it eating a beaver. The police thought that the snake might go into hiding after eating its big meal. It apparently did just that.

The latest news articles I can find on the sightings say that Wessie has not been seen for about a week. Police, their animal control officer, and the Maine Warden Service have all been watching for the snake.

Police Captain Steven Goldberg said:

"I never thought we'd be all over the nation for this, but it's certainly happened. We're aware of it. We're trying our best to locate it, while at the same time, we're deal…

Bigfoot Sightings - Explained by Bears?

The Washington Post has a new article up about Bigfoot. The article is about the theory that people mistake upright bears (meaning bears standing on their two back feet only) for Bigfoot.

In the article two Bigfoot researchers, Matt Moneymaker (wonder who he is?) and Matt Knapp are asked about the theory that Bigfoot is a bear. Both say it is a definite No. 

You can check out the article here. 

Book Review: Women in Black by Nick Redfern

Published in paperback on July 1st was a book that is one of my favorites I've read in awhile. Why? Because:

 1.) It's a great book overall, and 2.) It's subject is something there's never been a whole book written about before.
Of course, the book I'm talking about is Nick Redfern'sWomen in Black: The Creepy Companions of the Mysterious M.I.B. It was published by Lisa Hagan Books, who also published his Men in Black book from last year. I, for one, enjoyed this book quite a bit more than the other one. (Although that's mostly because there was more of Redfern's writing in this book.)

It's not surprising if you are someone who researches UFOs, the paranormal, etc. and you haven't heard of the Women in Black (or WIB.) I hadn't until last year when I saw that this book was being written. But, as soon as you start reading Redfern's newest book, you'll quickly find out that the WIB are seen just as much as the MIB, and are just as myster…

The Mystery of Mothman

Nick Redfern has a great new article up on Mysterious Universe about the Mothman mystery (this year will be the 50th anniversary of the first sightings). Redfern gives a short history of the cryptid and talks about some of the theories as to what the Mothman could really be. Definitely check it out!

A Long Neck Spotted in Loch Ness?

Jim Winiski, a paranormal investigator, says he spotted a ten-foot long Loch Ness Monster neck rising out of that famous Scottish lake.

Winiski was watching a webcam that overviews Loch Ness when he spotted whatever-it-was. The Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register has logged his sighting as a credible one.

Here's what Winiski said:

"'I'm into the paranormal, so at lunchtime every day I have a series of sites I like to check out - one being the Loch Ness cam. "'I was eating my lunch and watching when suddenly the frame showed up with Nessie. ""I wasn't even familiar with how to take a screen capture, but a just hit control/screen print - and I was able to get it. "'Then I went bak a took a picture of the normal view for comparison. "'Whatever that is, at the distance out from shore, I'd say it has to be eight to ten feet out of the water. "'It was there for one single frame, then gone. There were no boats i…

Roger Patterson Interviews Fred Beck about Ape Canyon

Below is an old interview of Fred Beck done by Roger Patterson sometime in 1966. The audio is not that great but it's very, very cool to say the least.

The video was uploaded to YouTube by Todd Prescott, who got it by recording one of John Green's old cassette tapes with the recording on it.

Mansi Photo 39th Anniversary

Today is an important day.

It was on this day, July 5th, 39 years ago, in 1977, that Sandra Mansi took her now famous photo of Champ, the Lake Champlain monster.

In my opinion this is the best piece of photographic evidence for any lake monster.

It is not a fake. Mansi's photo continues to be one of the best pieces of evidence for the existence of "monsters" in Lake Champlain.

A Cattle-Killing Monster that Left Huge Tracks!

The February 14, 1972 Tacoma, Washington News-Tribune carried an article the with headline "Mystery Killer Beast Leaves Huge Tracks and Disappears" written by Bob Boxberger, which reads as follows:

"Something big and black, with enormous red eyes and capable of tossing a dead, 350-pound cold aver a five-foot fence is reported roaming the hills between Orting and Kapowsin. "Mrs. Wanda A. Borton of 30114 Orville Road E. told a sheriff's deputy Sunday that a beast with a two-toed track 14 inches long and five inches wide had been roaming around her residence and barn for the past two weeks. On Feb. 5 it broke the neck of a 350-pound calf and dumped it head-first over a fence into a manger. Neighbors have been tracking the killer ever since, she said. "The beast was seen Sunday about 12:30 a.m. when a neighbor stepped outside the house to investigate the cause of a commotion among her dogs and cattle, Mrs. Borton said. An animal was crouched by the front door.…

Watch out for Wessie, The Giant Snake of Westbrook

Making the rounds on the news sites are sightings of a giant snake, nicknamed "Wessie" (or, if you prefer, the "Presumpscot Python"), around Westbrook, Maine.

I first heard of the sightings when I saw something about them on Loren Coleman's CryptoZooNews this morning.

Apparently sightings began June 23rd, when a woman said she saw the snake.WMTW 8 reports:

"WESTBROOK, MAINE - Westbrook police are looking into a report of a large snake at Riverbank Park. "A woman told police she saw the snake near the playground on both the Main Street and Brown Street side of the Presumpscot River. "She told police the snake was as long as a truck with a head the size of a small ball. Police initially released the information on the department's Facebook page, describing the snake as 'very large.' "Police do not believe the report is a hoax. "'What makes it credible is a person actually came up, identified themselves and described what t…

A (Fake) Dead Monster on the Shore of Loch Ness

Recently some photos of a "dead Loch Ness Monster" were posted on Facebook. The photos caused quite as stir as to their authenticity.
From first seeing the picture I could tell it was a fake skeleton, and that was admitted by Help2Rehome, who stated it is only for an upcoming TV show.

So, there isn't a dead Nessie (on the shores of the Loch, at least). Interesting skeleton, though… I wonder what show it is for? I also find it a bit funny that whoever made it decided to have everything decomposed except for the intestines.

Bigfoot Trails: Pacific Northwest

Know any young kids interested in Bigfoot? This looks like the book for them!

Bigfoot Trails: Pacific Northwest is a brand-new book by S.A. Jeffers (husband and wife Sara and Adam Jeffers) and has some fantastic illustrations by Catherine Straus. They plan on writing a series of "Bigfoot Trails" books.

Here's some info about Bigfoot Trails:

"Bigfoot Trails: Pacific Northwest is a children's reading and activity book. Play hide and seek with the reigning champion and experience the thrill of locating the mysterious Bigfoot! Visit the captivating landscapes of the Pacific Northwest habitat, where the search is on for the elusive creature. Through each of this interactive story's pages, the reader is tasked with finding Bigfoot, where he is cleverly hidden. Both child and adult are sure to feel the magic and excitement of a legend as old as time!"
You can check out a news article about the release of the book here.

And, you can get the book here.

Summer Reading Material

Recieved some new books in the mail today... Women In Black by Nick Redfern and Wood Knocks: Journal of Sasquatch Research. The second has chapters written by Redfern, David Weatherly, Linda Godfrey, Lyle Blackburn, Ken Gerhard, etc. Both will be reviewed on here in the next few weeks.