Monday, July 16, 2012

Just the Facts?: Legend of Lechuza -- Bigfoot Killer Interviewed -- Momo the Missouri Monster...40 Years Later

Legend of "Lechuza" Possibly Seen In Carrizo Springs

The legend of the "Lechuza" has been told in this area for years.

Now, a recent picture has sparked a discussion about whether the picture is real.

The picture believed to have been taken in Carrizo Springs shows two men holding a white owl with a very large wing span.

Our Lauren Kendrick has more in our top story.

The picture has definitely got people interested whether or not they believe in the myth.

We spoke to one of the owners of Petland who tells us this picture has her baffled when it comes to classifying the type of owl.

"I think people would like to believe it's real just like they'd like to believe big foot's real and the loch ness monster and all the other creatures."

Owner of Petland Laredo, Laura Hatton, gives us her take on the picture that's been circulating social networking sites for the past few days.

The picture was taken in Carrizo Springs.

Many people are calling the big white bird "Lechuza" from the urban legend commonly told in the Mexican heritage where the spirit of a woman or a witch turns into an owl.

"Those wives tales are there for a reason. They are a legend. Perhaps there at one time was a much larger species of an owl that was here."

Hatton says it looks like a barn owl but is way too large. She says it's really hard to determine the exact species by the undercarriage. By looking at the picture, she says it's hard to tell if it is indeed real or fake.

"The head is really out of focus so it makes you wonder about photo shop. But the wings itself look like a barn owl."

One thing Hatton says doesn't add up is the size of the bird.

"The size doesn't make any sense for the species of an owl because even the largest...a great horned owl doesn't look anything like it and it's still way smaller."

Just like other legends in south Texas like the chupacabra, there's no way of telling if this is a real "Lechuza" or not.

"I think they'd like it to be the "Lechuza" because I find the culture here to be full of mysticism and people enjoy it." - pro8news

Chicano Folklore: A Guide to the Folktales, Traditions, Rituals and Religious Practices of Mexican Americans

Zulema and the Witch Owl / Zulema Y La Bruja Lechuza


Interview with a Bigfoot Killer

"I know it's a monster and it doesn't need to be here" - Justin Smeja

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"Fuck it...let's be done with this. I'll just shoot one of the little ones" - Justin Smeja

"They are very human" - Justin Smeja

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Forty years later, debate over ‘Momo the Missouri Monster' lingers

The Sasquatch-like creature stood tall like a man – just bigger, stinkier and hairier – cradling a dead dog under one arm and growling. The stench from ole' Big Foot was horrific and sickening before the creature darted back into the rural Missouri woods.

Or, none of that happened and teenagers punked the world.

Either way, for a couple of weeks 40 years ago, tiny Louisiana, Mo., was the center of attention as people came from around the nation to help search for the mysterious beast. People in this historic old town on the banks of the Mississippi River are still debating whether the creature dubbed “Momo the Missouri Monster” really existed.

“I've been a hunter and fisherman all my life and I've never seen nothin',” said Bill Hoaglin, 61, the town's streets superintendent. “But who knows? They've seen things like that in many other places. You never can tell.”

The Momo saga began on July 11, 1972. The Harrison family lived in a house along what was then known as Marzolf Hill. On a hot summer day, 8-year-old Terry Harrison and his 5-year-old brother, Wally, were chasing their dog through the woods.

Suddenly, 15-year-old Doris Harrison, who was inside, heard her brothers screaming, ran to the window and saw a creature she described as perhaps 7 feet tall with dark hair covering its face. It held a dead dog under its arm and blood – apparently from the dog – flecked the dark hair of the beast. And, ooh, that smell!

“It wasn't a man and it wasn't a bear,” said Doris Harrison Bliss, now 55. “It was something …”

“Something you'd never seen before?” she was asked.


Recent beef jerky commercials have proven that messing with Sasquatch is a bad idea. Doris knew that and ran away, then told her dad.

From there, a mix of fear and curiosity spread.

Another woman in the neighborhood reported hearing animal noises. A farmer said his dog disappeared. Maybe Momo took it! Soon, others were reporting smells, sightings of dark objects in the night, bizarre sounding screams and cries.

“We heard it a few days later,” Bliss said. “It was a roar. I've heard bobcats and other animals and it was nothing like that. My dad just started hollering, `y'all better go! It's coming!”

Reports of encounters began to pile up. A man claimed he was chased by a big hairy beast with red eyes. School kids said they saw it from their classroom window. Two women picnicking near the river said Momo chased them to their Volkswagen, then displayed the human-like intelligence to try and open the door before a blast of the horn scared it away.

Ellis Minor was sitting on the front porch of his home one night when his bird dog began to growl – there were many reports of dogs acting crazy when they sensed Momo, and why not given his apparent taste for canines. Minor pointed a flashlight and allegedly spotted the beast in the middle of the road, 20 feet from him. The thing had hair “black as coal,” but ran away from the light and Minor never saw it again.

Soon, Momo was a national phenomenon. News crews and other curiosity seekers found their way to Louisiana, a town of 3,300 residents about 80 miles north of St. Louis. Hoaglin, then in his second year working for the city, recalled seeing license plates from dozens of states. A bus brought in what he described as “Sasquatch chasers” from Oregon and Washington, where sightings are common.

Some bizarre things turned up, according to news accounts from the time: Tree limbs stripped bare of leaves, strange holes, clumps of hair.

People began finding footprints. Clyde Penrod made a plaster cast of an alleged Momo print that daughter Christina Windmiller still keeps.

“It's not human at all,” Windmiller, 41, said of the print that's about as long as a human's, but much wider. “It has a big heel and three toes.”

Despite the plaster evidence, Windmiller doesn't believe Momo was real. Neither does Priscilla Giltner. The retired teacher, now 76, is certain that a trio of high school boys pulled off a major league hoax.

By Giltner's account, the boys fashioned a homemade monster suit they used only sporadically. They made the curious noises, planted the fake footprints, concocted the putrid smells.

“I don't think they planned for it to get as big as it did,” Giltner said. “They were just bored. They didn't have anything else to do.”

Perhaps the boys should have gone into careers with the CIA, because if they're responsible for the hoax, they've done an impressive job of keeping it to themselves.

“I will never, ever, tell their names,” Giltner said. “That's their secret.”

Sasquatch-like sightings have been reported in many states, but most commonly in the Pacific Northwest. Jeff Meldrum, professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University and author of “Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science,” said while no one can be certain about the existence of Momo, he believes some mysterious species exists.

“I'm trying to convince my colleagues that there is substantial evidence that there is something out there which could stand to be one of the most significant discoveries of this century,” Meldrum said. “To find a huge primate species in our own backyard that could be more human-like, that would really be something.”

Eventually, things returned to normal in Louisiana, though there have been occasional reports of other Momo sightings. The ordeal spurred a country song and for many years Louisiana hosted a “Momo Days” celebration downtown.

Today, there are no physical reminders. The Harrison house has been razed. Murals on the walls of downtown buildings depict the river, the bald eagles that nest in the area in winter, the gorgeous bluffs that surround the town. But no Momo, except in the memories of longtime residents, even skeptics like Giltner.

“There are people who think of Momo and they have fond memories,” she said. “Let them have them.” - kansascity

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NSA whistleblower: They’re assembling information on every U.S. citizen

NSA whistleblower William Binney was interviewed by internet journalist Geoff Shively at the HOPE Number 9 hackers conference in New York on Friday.

Binney, who resigned from the NSA in 2001 over its domestic surveillance program, had just delivered a keynote speech in which he revealed what Shively called “evidence which we have not seen until this point.”

“They’re pulling together all the data about virtually every U.S. citizen in the country … and assembling that information,” Binney explained. “So government is accumulating that kind of information about every individual person and it’s a very dangerous process.” He estimated that something like 1.6 billion logs have been processed since 2001.

Shively and livestreamer Tim Pool, who was filming the interview, concluded by noting that videos of Binney’s keynote address will be available shortly.

This video was uploaded to Youtube by Timcasts on July 13, 2012. - rawstory

NOTE: I know several people who work at NSA Headquarters, Ft. George G. Meade, Maryland at various capacities...NONE will discuss their work. BTW...the National Cryptologic Museum at NSA is amazing. Those interested in espionage, codebreaking and government intelligence should take the tour...Lon

The Secret Sentry: The Untold History of the National Security Agency

The Shadow Factory: The NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America

Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency