Monday, June 26, 2017

The Creature Blocked Our Path

Rob in West Virginia wrote in to tell of his experience:

“I think it was the summer of '82. My friend Mike and I used to spend hours on the hills behind my grandmother's house on 48th street in Benwood, West Virginia. Route 2, a four-lane highway was right there, so were the railroad tracks. Even though mike and I were just kids, both around 11, we disobeyed our parents and carefully crossed the four lane highway. On the other side was what I now believe to be a game trail. No doubt created by deer on their quest for the river. This was the path to our adventure and led to all the cool spots we would come to enjoy.

We climbed the hill and passed our favorite locations like that little over hang of rock that could shelter us from the rain and provide a convenient place to light a fire. We loved building small fires. We were careful though. I give us credit for that. Good old Smokey Bear did his job. A little later in our explorations we found an even larger overhang which would provide shelter from even a storm. This, we thought to our self, was where the Indians took shelter. Despite the truth of that statement, we never found any indicators of modern occupation. Do not forget, we were 11 and 12.

Now, the forest was beautiful that time of year. Birds were chirping and sunlight streamed through the openings in the forest canopy. I can remember the smell of some wild bush on the land, some aromatic thing floating through the air. I felt good that day and I was with a good friend. At some point we deviated from the trail and began to move north along the side of the hill. Keep in mind we could hear the highway below. So there was no chance of us getting lost. We went perhaps a few hundred yards and then began to descend. We made our own path through the woods but soon we would find our path blocked.

All of a sudden, off to the left, we see something hunched over moving up and down rhythmically. There was no sound except for the creature rustling the underbrush. It looked about the size of an ape or perhaps a small bear. We did not know what to think. My first reaction was to throw my Jolly Rancher at the creature and take off running down the hill in the direction of the highway. I think Mike did the same but at that instant it was all about me. Suddenly we come to a screaming, screeching halt – briars! There was a whole wall of them and no clear path around them. In fact, we were among them before we even knew what happened. We looked around and listened but there was no sign of the creature. It must have taken us a half hour to find our way through or around the briars and find our way back to the highway.

When I look back at it, it was an adventure but one that scared he freaking crap out of me. We returned home and made no mention of it to our parents. After all they did not need to know just how far we had gone that day.”

Source: Beyond The Darkness - June 12, 2017

JLB - Beyond Creepy

NOTE: Though the written statement implied that this was a Bigfoot encounter (according to the source), it could possibly have been something else. This location is along the Ohio River and very near Wheeling, WV. and north of Moundsville. There have been several unexplained sightings in this area for many years...including upright canines, strange flying creatures, apparitions, bizarre humanoids and UFOs. Then again, it's West Virginia. Lon

Monsters of West Virginia: Mysterious Creatures in the Mountain State - The book was written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley. Several of my reports are included as well. This is a 'must have' for any cryptid library. Lon

Strange West Virginia Monsters

The Wild Men of Wildcat: A Terrifying Account of 9 Days of Hell in the central West Virginia Mountains

West Virginia Weird and Wonderful

Daily 2 Cents: Mothman Seen Near Chicago in 2005 -- Tall Dark Winged Man in Miami -- Search For The Yacumama

Mothman Seen Near Chicago in 2005

“I live 40 min away from Chicago. I believe this more than ever. My first time hearing about Mothman was from my twin sister. Summer night. 2005. My sister ran into the house very scared. She told me what she had just seen. I didn't believe her. But she drew a picture. Exactly how everyone claims it looks. She even drew the big red eyes. She also said it looks like a huge moth with a human body and large wings. For years I thought she invented the story. Years after I was reading a book about strange creatures. That is when I saw the Mothman. That is also when I believed her. She is not much of a liar. She is a very smart person. Till this day she says it was true. So I do think this sighting are real. (also, that I know nothing bad happened to her or anyone in the family)”

Source: Youtube comments, Aidee Fernandez

JLB - Beyond Creepy


Tall Dark Winged Man in Miami

I recently received the following account from author / researcher Albert Rosales:

Hello Lon, I remember a lady calling the police back in 1994 reported a brief sighting of a winged creature. She was elderly and refused to cooperate interpreting the incident as demonic in nature:

Location. Miami, Florida
Date: June 23, 1994
Time: 04:00 a.m.

The lone witness (an elderly lady) had been unable to sleep and had gone to the kitchen to get a glass of water. She was sitting at the table, which faces a large window when she noticed movement by a large fruit tree in her backyard. She then noticed a tall dark winged man-like figure step from behind the tree and glide towards the side of the house. The witness attempted to obtain a closer view by looking out the window but by that time the figure had vanished. She reported the incident to the police and interpreted it, as some type of demonic manifestation.

HC addition #1701

Source: Personal Investigation (Rosales)


Great White Shark Boom Off Cape Cod

A great white shark population boom is underway off Cape Cod, with as many as 150 expected in local waters this summer — and first responders are training to keep an eye out for the massive predators and deal with their traumatic bites.

“They have multiplied in numbers exponentially since I became chief,” said Orleans fire Chief Anthony Pike, who has led Orleans Fire and Rescue for the past three years. “Great white sharks comprise about 30 percent of my daily work right now, and I never, ever thought that would be a thing.”

Massachusetts Marine Fisheries scientist Gregory Skomal and others began studying the regional population of white sharks in 2014, when they counted 68 great whites. Last summer, that number was 147. Read more at Cape warned of shark boom


Search For The Yacumama

The latest episode of Expedition Mungo examined the Yacumama, purported to be gargantuan snake residing in the Peruvian Amazon. Back in 2010-11, I was interested in the Warner Amazon Expeditions in the same region.

You can find some of the information at Warner Amazon Expedition 2010 and New Amazon Documentary Supports Warners' Discovery of Living Yacumama. Here is a video - New Documentary Features Warner Expedition


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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Large Human-Like 'Black Bat' Seen by Multiple Witnesses at Adler Planetarium

Just received another flying humanoid sighting from Manuel Navarette at UFO Clearinghouse:

I want to tell you about a sighting that happened on Friday the 23rd of June at about 9:30 p.m. by the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois. My girlfriend and I are spending the weekend in Chicago and we took a walk around the Adler and Shedd Aquarium so she could try to get some more Pokemon. We were spending our anniversary together downtown and wanted to visit the museum campus. We were at the backside of the Adler Planetarium and had walked along the path toward the food court.

We ordered some food and sat down when there was commotion and a bunch of people were shouting and pointing at the sky. We both got up and went to look what was going on and saw a large black bat like creature headed away from us. When we asked people what they had seen we were told that they had seen a large bat. Everyone described it as a large bat like creature that also had human-like features.

What we saw was flying away from us but supported what everyone else has seen as looking like a large bat. We hung around for about 30 minutes after that looking up at the sky as was everybody else. No one saw or heard anything for the remainder of time that we were there. There was the feeling of uneasiness amongst the people who were there and many shortly departed right before we did.

NOTE: Well, this is the 3rd sighting reported in 2 days. Stay tuned! This sighting has been added to the Chicago Phantom / Owlman / Mothman / Man-Bat / Flying Humanoid Reports - Chicago Metro Area - Interactive Map

Encounters with Flying Humanoids: Mothman, Manbirds, Gargoyles & Other Winged Beasts


The Mothman Prophecies: A True Story

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Have you had a sighting of a flying humanoid or huge bat-like creature in the Chicago, Illinois metro area or nearby? The entity has also been referred to as the 'Chicago Phantom', 'Chicago Mothman', 'Chicago Owlman' & 'Chicago Man-Bat.' Please feel free to contact me at - your anonymity is guaranteed. Our investigative group is conducting a serious examination of his phenomenon. We are merely seeking the truth and wish to determine what eyewitnesses have been encountering. Your cooperation is truly appreciated. You can call me directly at 410-241-5974 as well. Thanks...Lon Strickler #ChicagoPhantom

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