; Phantoms and Monsters: Pulse of the Paranormal

Monday, May 29, 2017

Daily 2 Cents: Silver Bridge Disaster Divers Claim 'fish as big as a Volkswagon!' -- Carroll County's 'Cry Baby Bridge' -- Pale Face in the Window

Silver Bridge Disaster Divers Claim 'fish as big as a Volkswagon!'

Rebecca in California called in to tell of a weird story she heard when she was a kid:

“I lived in Ohio at the time the Silver Bridge fell that linked Point Pleasant, West Virginia to Gallipolis, Ohio. I lived outside the town of Racine, Ohio which is about 25 miles away from where the bridge fell. I was just 10 years old at the time and everyone from many counties from both Ohio and West Virginia were in shock. It was a very cold night in December and many on the bridge were not only people coming home from work but those who had been out Christmas shopping as well. The Ohio River was so cold, it may have had ice on it. Not to mention the snow on the ground.

It seemed like in the 1960s and 70s, when we would get the winter snow, it wasn't just a little bit like they get now but a foot or more. Anyway, I remember the following day that the adults were talking about seeing a big-winged creature, not knowing what it was or what to think of it. I know that some had said something about a bird-like creature and they had mistaken a Sand Crane for what they saw but the creature was much bigger than any Sand Crane or any birds in the area. I also remember hearing about when the divers who were brought in to search the icy cold waters of the Ohio for bodies. Some divers that had gone down saw fish that they described were as big as a V.W. with eyes far apart like car headlights. These same divers refused to ever go back down in the water. The fish I later learned were catfish. How they got that size, I have no idea.”

Source: Beyond The Darkness - May 22, 2017

JLB - Beyond Creepy


Thunderbirds in Illinois

I recently received the following account:

I saw an oddity but, being a town girl, thought it was a normal event. Until now.

Several years ago, I was driving out to my rural property, which required that I drive on a somewhat blind curve. Upon doing do, I had to brake for a couple of huge black birds. The wingspan of each took up more than a lane of traffic. They were each about the size of a Cessna. They were so heavy that I had to wait a bit until their huge bodies could get airborne. Having been to a "birds of prey" event beforehand, I recognized that these birds had no feathers on their heads, so were carrion-eaters such as vultures. Also, they were eating remains of something dead in the road. I continued on, and when my yard work was done, I drove home and they had returned. Nothing seemed out out of the ordinary at the time.

Years later, my community (Henry, IL) was being visited by vultures: a flock by the barge-loading dock at the IL river, and a flock about a block from my house in a really large pine tree. One late afternoon, I looked out and saw a vulture in my driveway, and attempted to get a photo. This bird took off as quick as a robin- UNLIKE my huge birds from before. I did an online search and was to find out that the turkey vulture is the largest bird of prey. This is what was in my driveway- tiny compared to what I'd seen.

Upon more searching, there was a story about an 8 year old boy who was taken away by a giant bird-also in Illinois, but closer to the Mississippi river. His mother chased the bird and he dropped the boy. There were other witnesses, according to the story. The story mentioned the Native American legend of Thunderbirds. (the witness is referring to the 1977 Lawndale, Illinois Thunderbird Attack)

I am inclined to believe them! RB, Henry, IL


Carroll County's 'Cry Baby Bridge'

I recently received this information:

I too have experienced this mist/haze on this bridge. We sat and watched it outside of the car. It was center of the hood. Didn't take it long to move in my direction. The cloud came in the car window and went straight down my throat. My friend witnessed it. If he didn't see it himself, he wouldn't have believed it. He since has passed on. I know what I experienced that night. I know I'm not crazy! What the hell happened to me that night in 1990.

Video - Crybaby Bridge - Roops (Adams) Mill Rd in Westminster, Maryland

The Crybaby Bridge is located near Westminster, MD (Carroll County) on Adams Mill Rd. The local legends attributed to this particular bridge range from a young woman who became pregnant and was afraid to tell her family to the location being used by the KKK to drown black babies in the 1800s.

The KKK story may be closer to the truth. This particular area of Carroll County, MD was notorious for large KKK rallies during the l890's through the 1960's. Since I once lived in the area, I've investigated many of these old rally grounds. The presence of lost earthbound entities is usually quite prevalent. The Cry Baby Bridge is no exception...I have been there several times. Lon


Pale Face in the Window

I recently received the following account:

Hi Lon,

I have an encounter to report that I thought you might find interesting, as it happened in PA. I grew up in a suburb of Erie, on a busy road about 1/4 mile from the shores of Lake Erie. Although our house fronted the road, the other three sides of it were rimmed with thick woods, giving it the feel of a country house.

I was ten years old at the time, so this would have been almost 50 years ago. Some time in the middle of the night I was awoken by the sound of tapping on my bedroom window, which was closed. I looked over at the window and could see the dark outline of someone or something with its face very close to the window. It seemed to be looking at me.

I dove under the covers in terror, telling myself that it was a bad dream and that I should wake up. Only it wasn't a dream, and I was awake. Whatever was outside my window continued its occasional knocking for several minutes, and then the knocking became a little louder and more persistent. I couldn't make sense of what was happening, because my bedroom was on the second floor, and I did not have a balcony. How could someone be standing outside my second story window?!

I came to the only logical conclusion I could muster -- it had to be a witch. To my ten-year-old brain, nothing else could hover in mid-air other than a witch. After what seemed like an eternity but was probably only a few minutes, I bolted upright in bed and screamed at it to leave, then dove back under the covers. In those brief few seconds that I faced it, I could see that it had a very pale, almost white expressionless face, two beady round dark eyes, with no obvious nose or mouth. Picture a white smiley face with two black dots for eyes, but no smiling mouth. It sure didn't look a witch, but that was the only explanation that made sense to me at that time.

I don't know how long I waited under the covers, but it felt like an eternity. The knocking stopped, and when I finally got the nerve to look at the window again, it was gone. I told my parents about it the next morning, and of course they told me it was a dream. I knew without a doubt that it wasn't.

Over the years I've scoured the internet, looking for stories of similar encounters. To be honest, the stories that strike me in my gut as the most similar are those of large bird/people. Since you have received numerous reports recently of large flying cryptids in the Chicago area, I thought there may be a Great Lakes connection. Who knows? Life truly is stranger than fiction.

Keep up the good work, Lon. KH


Hey folks...I just wanted to thank everyone for their continued support. It's been quite busy lately...seems that something is happening daily. Anyway, I want to mention that donations are truly appreciated. Your contribution allows me to devote more time and effort into gathering and presenting the most up-to-date information. You can use the donation button below or go directly to Paypal.com using my email as the recipient lonstrickler@phantomsandmonsters.com Thanks again...Lon


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