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The Norwalk Ape

I am almost finished up proofing my book Buckeye Beasts, and it should hopefully be out very soon.

Until then, here is a story from the book on an "ape" seen near Norwalk, Ohio in 1930 from the Coshocton Tribune:

FREMONT, June 12. - Interest in the "ape mystery," which has gripped this county for the past week, was heightened today when Frank Binder, of Rice tp., near here, reported that he saw the prowling anthropoid.
Posses of farmers and deputies from the county sheriff's office organized immediately and started and intensive search in the district. It was believed the animal is in thickets several miles north of this city.
Binder described the beast as a large gray animal. He declared that he chased it for some distance thru a corn field but finally lost trace of it. The animal had a "peculiar style of running," Binder said.
The strange animal was first reported seen on the western outskirts of Norwalk. A group of tourists from Detroit told city authorities they saw an ape. A motorist from Mansfield made the next report which was followed by numerous stories from truck drivers and tourists.
A thoro [sic] search by a large posse last week-end failed to reveal any trace of an ape.

This story is only one of many concerning mysterious "apes," wild men, "gorillas," and "anthropoids" that were reported in Ohio throughout the 18- and 1900s that are examined in the book.

Expect more on it soon….

My first book, Cryptid U.S., is available on Amazon in Paperback and on Kindle.


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