Monday, November 23, 2020

'O'Hare Mothman' Encountered By TRACON Air Traffic Controller

An O'Hare International Airport air traffic controller recalls his encounter with a tall red-eyed winged humanoid while on the job in July 2020.

The following report was forwarded to Phantoms & Monsters Fortean Research investigator Manuel Navarette of UFO Clearinghouse:

"I have worked at O’Hare International Airport for the last 7 years as a member of the Air Traffic Control team and in my time have overseen the flight operations in and out of the airport hundreds of times. In my time I have seen many strange things around the airport but none have been as spectacular as the sighting I had back in July of 2020. 

I was working the late evening at TRACON and had just walked away for one of our mandatory breaks. These breaks help us rejuvenate and also help break up the monotony of what can be an otherwise tedious routine and help prevent us from falling asleep. During these breaks I usually go out for a walk to help clear my head and a change of scenery. I was walking toward one of the terminal buildings when I noticed some movement out of the corner of my eye and for some unknown reason I stopped and turned in the direction of the movement and noticed a large black shape coming to a rest on the ground near a light pole. This thing was at least 6-7 feet tall and jet black, it looked like a very big bat but was also very human-like in appearance. 

I noticed that it sported a very large and impressive set of black membranous wings that also looked like the wings of a bat. They were open to their full length and must have been at least 12 feet from tip to tip. The arms on this thing were very long and very skinny and ended in long bony fingers tipped with what appeared to be long talons. The legs on the being were comparable with the arms, long and skinny but I was unable to really look at the feet to see if they were also shaped similarly to the hands. I stood there and saw this thing for about 30 seconds as it seemingly looked around the ground. In the time I was looking no fewer than two others had come down the walkway and also saw it. If it had looked up, it would have clearly seen us all staring in bewilderment at it. It kept it’s head down, looking at the ground until an approaching service vehicle seemingly startled it and it looked up. That is where I saw that its head was short and squat but had a pair of piercing red eyes. It looked in the direction of the approaching vehicle and then began to flap its wings and took to the air. It disappeared above the building in the span of 1-2 seconds and was gone out of sight.

I have heard many of the stories of the supposed O’Hare Mothman from pilots and from other controllers and employees around the airport. I have heard tales of people seeing it in flight or perched somewhere and how it had glowing red eyes and looked like a giant man-bat. Many of my fellow controllers have told of either seeing it themselves or hearing from others who have seen it and it has been the subject of radio chatter on multiple occasions. I never gave much credence to these stories and even though part of me believed and hoped it was real, seeing it myself only helped me become a true believer. I personally know of three other controllers who have had sightings of this thing and just as many pilots who have either reported sightings in and around the airport. You can say it’s kind of built up an almost legendary urban tale sort of status amongst those who work at O’Hare.

I know that what I saw was real and want to get my story out there for others to hear and I want them to know that this thing really is out there somewhere and that trained professionals like myself have seen it and know that it does exist. I hope you find my report useful and if you wish to contact me, I would be willing to answer questions regarding this encounter."

Investigator Notes:

I reached out to the witness and was able to do a phone interview with him in regards to the sighting he submitted. I first began by asking questions regarding his background and the witness was more than willing to send me photos of his work credentials, helping establish his identity and that he did indeed work at O’Hare International Airport. The witness has been working at O’Hare for the last seven years and has been working rotating shifts for most of that time with the bulk of his shifts starting in the evening and rotating around to overnight shifts. The witness is a trained weather observer and a graduate of the FAA training academy with multiple years of experience.

The witness recounted his story as reported, no deviation on the story and when asked questions meant to cause deviation, the witness corrected the investigator and stood by the story as he reported. The witness reported that he was at the very most 20-25 feet from the entity and that he stood at the window observing it as it foraged on the ground. When I asked him what it looked like it was searching for the witness advised that he had no idea. The witness stated the skin of the wings was membrane like and resembled stretched out skin similar to that of a bat. I asked the witness if he felt any feeling of dread of impending danger as reported in similar sightings and the witness reported no such feelings present during or after the sighting. When I asked about the other witnesses who he reported also seeing, the witness stated that both were airport workers but he had no idea who they or or how to contact them. When I asked him about the reports that others have had, the witness stated that there are sightings of a winged being quite frequently, they are just never really disseminated to the public for a variety of reasons such as the witnesses not wishing to report them. He stated that people do talk about the sightings but many just never go forward with reporting them due to fear of ridicule, job loss or not having an outlet to report the sightings. I gave the witness my contact information and advised him that he is free to share the information with other potential witnesses wishing to come forward.

It is the investigators opinion that the witness is credible and that his report appears valid and worthy of further investigation. The witness was asked and he agreed to have other investigators contact him for follow-up questions.

Have you had a sighting of a flying humanoid or huge bat-like creature in the Chicago, Illinois metro area / Lake Michigan region? The entity has also been referred to as the 'Chicago Mothman', 'Chicago Owlman' & 'O'Hare Mothman.' Please feel free to contact me at lonstrickler@phantomsandmonsters.com - 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


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'The legend comes to life, centered on the 19th-century Bell family of Robertson County, Tennessee, near the town of Adams, along the Red River. From 1817-1820, the Bell family is tormented by an entity determined to exact fear and pain. This is a well-produced film by Small Town Monsters that details the folklore associated with this timeless Southern tale. I'm sure that you'll enjoy it.' - Lon Strickler


Investigation: 'Glimmer Man' / Canine-Like Humanoids in Comanche County, Oklahoma (Photos)

The following report was submitted by Phantoms & Monsters Fortean Research investigator Ryan Fusco. Ryan subsequently travelled to Comanche County, Oklahoma:

This case started back August 10, 2020 after Lon strickler asked me if I would follow up on a case of a guy named Steve who lived in Oklahoma who gave me permission to use his name this case. Basically started with a gunshot. Steve was nervous the second time this thing landed in his yard and he fired a round at it from a .22 handgun from there the rest is history.

It started out with photos and then videos. Steve was a pretty down-to-earth guy. He did not know anything about the UFO field as most people don't. We would be on calls that would last hours because I would end up explaining several things to him about the field. I am also taking the time to let the reader know that I am going to leave a lot of stuff out in order to be able to tell the story in a professional manner.

At the end of the month it escalated into them knocking on his door. Steve would send me photos that were hard to decipher. He would have to tell me what I was looking at just like I'll be doing to the readers here. Finally we decided to go live on Messenger. That night I recorded a sound. After I heard it I tried to wake Steve up. He would not get up. I seemed to have startled whoever it was because they dropped a pane of glass. A week later Steve finally saw his first entity. It was a dog-like humanoid that he attempted to take a photo of (below). He described it as hopping over a fence about 20 yards from his house, as he startled it.


More photos and videos came in and live meets on Messenger, which started to decline because somehow all the sudden he wasn't able to do them. It was like someone put a force field over his home. I got more and more curious as the photos. Steve kept asking me if I would find him an affiliate to meet him in Oklahoma. I could not find one as the UFO investigator there hung up on him and the cops told him he was seeing things or drunk. Finally I made a decision to drive there at the beginning of November.

I arrived there on a midday afternoon. Steve was more than happy to see me. He couldn't believe I was in front of him. I started by taking a couple photos right off the bat. My phone images were reacting in the same manner as Steve's phone. It was making the photos look like they were painted. They would make faces in any images they could or they would place other images all over the photos. By 'they' I mean the entities.

In the above image, there was nothing in front of me except an empty field. There was one red light on the ground. Using night view on my phone this is what came out in the photo. To me it looked to be a UFO or a base that was hidden by a very clever form of deception, as I would learn later on.

The next day I was taking photos and videos. I saw this image in a tree (below). As I turned quickly around I felt I was being stared at. I can't say eyes because it was the 'glimmer man' effect. I couldn't believe it. If it was reading my mind it probably knew my heart was racing and I was also curious.


As I took the step it completely disappeared. Not knowing where whatever it was, I literally ran inside.

That night Steve and I were out on the back porch when all the sudden I saw a blue light disappear in a yard behind him. I told Steve to run and get his flashlight as we saw a red light flashing over the hill across the street. Steve came back and pointed the light across the road there it was for the first time. Aliens, entities, extraterrestrials, the unknown. Whatever you want to call it that was it. I could not believe what I was seeing. I was so happy / scared. I honestly was beside myself. Steve said that he never saw them come in like this before. Here are a series of photos I took. Though the camera phone is pixelated, it was much easier to see the beings with the naked eye.




I tried to take several photos, but my phone kept dying. Steve's dog was constantly chasing semi-visible beings. He would chase after them, but I would call him back as I did not want anything bad to happen to him. They would just appear out of nowhere.

The next day, I was getting ready to leave but I had car trouble, so I ended up staying that night. It good I did because it proved to be most active.

It started off the same way as the night before except there were less people at his residence that night. I was there by myself for about an hour. I did not go outside and stayed inside with the dog until someone got home. I took a photo of the front yard that night (above).

In the photo it seems like something is riding a mechanical device. I realize that it's difficult to make out. Then again, the naked eye was much more discernible. I don't know if these beings can cloak or manipulate the camera.

I later took a photo of the driveway. I could see an entity that has a long snout with a white tip and white eyes with reddish skin to the right of the photo. I zoomed in and circled him he said it looked like a a mosquito man. 

To make a long story short they were bringing a series of entities by the area every 10 to 15 minutes. As we begin to investigate further, hopefully we'll come up with more plausible images and theories.

I left the next morning, I had a 20-hour drive back to Pittsburgh thinking the whole way that I could not believe what I had witnessed. Although the photos are hard to look at sometimes and also hard to pick out these were the best photos I could take at the time. They always knew my phone was out and they always were trying to do something to distract it, as I can say that they were very intuitive.

I appreciate Steve's hospitality and plan to continue with the investigation. Much like David Eckhart's experiences, I believe Steve's encounters are another chapter of continued contact with these non-terrestrial entities.

NOTE: Phantoms & Monster's Fortean Research will continue to support Ryan in his work with the witness. There are other possible aspects and connections to this phenomenon, which need to be explored further. Any developments will be reported here or on the team website at CryptidHunters.org


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