Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Tall Red-Eyed Cryptid Encountered in Richmond, Illinois


I recently received the following email:

Friday October 5, 2019 around 10 pm my 17yo son and I were coming home through Richmond, Illinois. He wanted McDonald’s. We took the back roads home (we live in Wisconsin on border) and on Rt 173 and Broadway (I believe it’s Broadway) we both saw something very tall (6-7 feet) hunched over looking with the brightest red eyes we’ve ever seen! It looked as if it were floating or hopping. We couldn’t make out much as it was very dark, but it was not like any animal we’ve seen before! When I got home I started Googling animals and found some Mothman myth. I'm not sure what we saw but it was out of the ordinary. We take this road often but only a few times at night and had never seen this before. It was maybe 10-20 feet from our car and my son was freaking out telling me to go, so we didn’t stop. Our family thinks we’re crazy and teases us we saw a zombie, so I’d prefer this to stay anonymous. I came across your info and thought I’d share. We didn’t notice any wings but it was dark out. We both thought it was hopping like a kangaroo and now I’m curious if there are any other odd sightings in this area. MO

I was later able to talk by telephone to 'MO.' She had left work late on Friday October 5, 2019 and had picked up her 17 year-old son on the way home. The time was approximately 10 pm. They on Rt. 173 (Kenosha St.) and Broadway Rd. on their way to a McDonalds. They were also adjacent to the North Branch Conservation Area.

They both noticed a pair of very bright red eyes along the side of the road. The creature was about 7 ft. in height and dark in color. It was stooped or hunched over, as if something heavy was attached to its back. The witnesses never saw wings, but it seemed some structure was on its back. As they approached it, the creature looked at them and started to 'hop' back. They had gotten very close to it, about 20 ft. or less. As it hopped back towards the field, they looked back and it seemed that it suddenly disappeared. It never took flight. OM stated that the eyes were similar to 2 very bright lights the emanated from within the creature.

OM wanted to turn around and look again, but her son was totally freaked out by the encounter and insisted she continue driving.

The witness had no indication of the winged humanoid sightings in and around Chicago. She immediately began to research her sighting and found my information.




NOTE: Phantoms & Monsters Fortean Research team investigators will be at the site within the week. This encounter will be added to the Chicago & Regional Winged Humanoid / Flying Entity Sightings & Encounters Interactive Map. Lon

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 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 #ChicagoPhantom #ChicagoMothman

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Archive: 'Dogman' on Broadway


While recording an interview last night, the host asked me about the following account I had posted in January 2016. I decided to post it again for those who had missed it:

I recently received the following bizarre account from Gerald in New Jersey:

Sir - I would like to pass along a true story told to me by my grandfather when I was a young man. The story involves my great-grandfather, whose name was James McNamara. He was a patrolman in the New York City Police Department. This incident occurred in October of 1911 during the late evening hours.

James was assigned to the theater district, in the area of Broadway and 42nd Street. Another patrolman, by the name of Dobbins, was two blocks south on Broadway near 40th Street.

Theater goers were walking about and enjoying the 'Great White Way' when suddenly there were screams emanating from an alley-way just below James' position. Both patrolmen ran toward the ruckus, forcing their way through hundreds of fleeing pedestrians.

As they reached the alley-way, a tall hairy beast ran out onto Broadway and towards 40th Street. Neither patrolman could believe what they saw. An eight-foot tall wolf with human-like arms and legs, running with skill and speed down the middle of Broadway. Soon the beast was facing a NYC Packard squad car, so it changed direction and moving back towards McNamara and Dobbins. The beast was growling as it moved forward. The patrolmen took positions by a news stand, hiding and waiting for the horrible creature to move before them.

Soon the beast was at the entrance of another alley-way near 42nd Street. Both patrolmen pulled their revolvers and took deadly aim. The beast quickly dropped to the gutter. Immediately McNamara and Dobbins surrounded the body as other officers joined them. None of the public was allowed to come within 100 feet of the unknown canine. The body was quickly removed and taken to the mortuary.

Both patrolmen were placed on other assignments. The squad was told by their superiors that this was simply mistaken identity an that the deceased was a man in a costume. Of course, that was not the truth.

The press was later told that a 'large mad dog' caused the disruption and that none of the public were injured.

A few months later, a brief article was published in a Louisiana newspaper (The St. Mary Banner, Franklin, LA) and picked-up by a few other media outlets:

NEW YORK — No sign remained in the Broadway theater district the next morning following the scenes that were enacted there one night when a maddened beast charged up and down, spreading terror and consternation, causing handsomely gowned women to faint and strong men to leave their cocktails untouched and flee for safety. That lion with the burning tail that broke loose during the Coney Island fire last spring was a tame affair in comparison with the Broadway monster.

The beast is described in the police blotter as a large terrier, but it is evident that the police were anxious to minimise the seriousness of the panic. Hundreds of the witnesses will testify that the animal was at least eight feet tall its foaming mouth and wicked fangs were too terrible for description.

The beast was seen first at Broadway and Forty-second street. With a blood-curdling "Bow. wow!" it rushed up to a beautiful woman as her companion rushed to her assistance and fearlessly planted a kick in the monster’s hind-quarters. 'Ki yi' screamed the wild thing, as it tore off down Broadway. At Fortieth street, two boys, with the foolhardiness of youth, tried to seize the animal by its tail. The beast turned upon them and bayed horribly.

On to Thirty-ninth street, scattering pedestrians right and left, raced the great dog. If dog indeed it was. At the corner it emitted a whine that was even more terrifying than its growl and turned back the way it had come. As the beast ran back, Patrolmen McNamara and Dobbins drew their revolvers. Dobbins shot straight and true, and the monster keeled over in the gutter.

The police have offered no further statements.

NOTE: after I received the email, I contacted Gerald and discussed the information I received. I'm convinced that he is telling me what he was told, and that he believes it to be true. I did a bit of research and found an article from The Holbrook News., Holbrook, AZ, March 1, 1912...though the article seemed to be an edited version of the original text. So did Gotham experience a Dogman / upright canine incident? Your thoughts. Lon

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