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Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Eyewitness Describes 'RABBIT-FACED MAN' of Branston Booths

A group of friends was sitting and chatting on the banks of a local waterway when two of the group, including the eyewitness, saw what they described as a 'Rabbit-Faced Man' peeking over the bank at them.

“I grew up in the small Lincolnshire hamlet of Branston Booths, named in legislation as a "nitrate sensitive area". It had a pub, an old wooden village hall, and a chapel, but no church or shop. What it lacked in amenities, however, it more than made up for in attractions for adventurous children, such as a mysterious island surrounded by a moat, a stretch of woodland with some old but occasionally inhabited caravans in the midst of it (always the operations centre for international crimes in our imagination), and a body of reedy water known locally as the Delph.

This waterway ran straight from the main crossroads at the Booths, via an intersection with the Car Dyke, to the Sincil Drain, ultimately feeding the county's main watercourse, the River Witham. The Delph has high grassy banks on either side, accessed from the crossroads by the Car Dyke's own bank, which runs crossways to meet them and provides a bridge between the Car Dyke and the Delph. The first Delph bank is about 10m (33ft) away from the crossroads access point.

One summer's evening in 1985, as the day was slowly turning to night, I was with my band of adventurers at the crossroads - there were five of us, aged 12 to 14 – chatting idly, with the Delph and bank tops, and fields beyond, as our backdrop. Three had their backs to the Delph, I was facing it, and a friend, Darrell, was standing to my right on a slight diagonal so that he was able to turn to me and then to our friends during the conversation, giving him a broader view than the rest of us.

We were on the point of saying our goodbyes when something caught my eye. A head had popped up over the first Delph bank top, and as I turned to register it, my mind was troubled: was this a rabbit-faced man or a man-faced rabbit? And with that, the head, on a pair of non-rabbit-sized shoulders, shot hack down behind the bank. Open-mouthed, I looked to Darrell, who had a similar expression, and we both said in excited unison, "Did you see that?"

We tried desperately to explain what we had seen to our friends – Darrell found it difficult to articulate, perhaps because of the angle at which he saw it, other than describing this human/animal 'thing' popping up and shooting back down again. We searched along the banks to see if it was still there. We found nothing, but – if truth be told - we didn't look very hard. It was a terrifying encounter, but mercifully short.

My friends were non-plussed - "You just saw a big hare or rabbit" - but Darrell had seen what I had seen, and he just shook his head. Over the years, I have sought to explain this away as a trick of the crepuscular light (but why would it trick two people in the same way?), as a larger-than-normal animal (but I have seen enough rabbits and hares to know that they do not pop up in that way, or have human-like shoulders), or as a person playing a prank (doubtful, given that it is one of those places where everybody knows everybody else, and we would definitely have heard about it later).

Was the entity, perhaps, a cousin of the "giant rabbits" of the mythical island of Hy-Brasil? I have also wondered about whether I had already seen 'The Wicker Man' and was simply imagining a man with an animal head mask popping into the shot, as they do most memorably in the film; but had Darrell seen that film too and had he really been having the same thoughts as me? None of these strike me as satisfactory explanations - I definitely saw something strange that night and it has stayed with me ever since.

We didn't mention it again within our group, and while I have always looked at those banks hoping to catch another glimpse, none has been forthcoming. I lost touch with Darrell when I went to university and he moved from Branston Booths, and I hope he sees this account. It is the first time I have written it down and would welcome his and any other reflections on this brief encounter.” AM

Source: Fortean Times, Issue 6, June 2021, citing: Andrew Mitchell, Boume, Lincolnshire


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In this episode of 'V' host, Vincent Richardson welcomes archaeologist, scholar, & author Fritz Zimmerman to the show. We hope to see you in the chat. Please like, subscribe, and comment.

Fritz Zimmerman is an unaffiliated Scholar with a B.A. in history from Purdue University. Over 20 years of archaeological fieldwork exploring over 700 sites and photographing over 200 mounds and earthworks in the Ohio Valley resulted in the extant giant's tombs being photographed for the first time.

Mr. Zimmerman is one of those rare scholars who have the boldness not only, to tell the truth about the findings that academia doesn't want to discuss but publish his findings as well and make them available to the public.

His books include 'The Nephilim Chronicles Fallen Angels in the Ohio Valley', 'The Encyclopedia of Ancient Giants in North America' 'The Native American Book of the Dead', 'Mysteries of Ancient America: Uncovering the Forbidden', 'The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Fairies' and more. You can find all his books on Amazon.com.

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Dave Spinks has been investigating and researching the supernatural since 1986 due to several experiences he had as a young man. Since that time he has conducted several hundred investigations in the U.S. as well as Europe.

Dave served in the U.S. Air Force for 8 years and went on to Work as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer retiring in 2011.  During his paranormal investigations, Dave has experienced many hair-raising and unnerving things as one might imagine.  Having investigated strange phenomena for over 30 years he has built many friendships with some of the most well-known investigators in the field today.

He has been seen on various television shows to include, Expedition X, Terror in the Woods, Paranormal 911, The unXplained, In Search of Monsters, and These Woods are Haunted to name a few. He was also featured in the film Flatwoods Monster (A legacy of Fear) by Small Town Monsters. He has been a featured guest on hundreds of paranormal-themed radio shows and podcasts. Dave is often a featured guest speaker at paranormal conferences around the country. He is also the author of numerous books on topics that include cryptids, hauntings, and ufology.


Co-founding and leading Entityseeker Paranormal Research & Teachings since 2003, Morgan Knudsen's experiences and knowledge have led to researching and co-creating a unique investigative program called 'Teaching the Living' and subsequently has been featured on and hosted numerous specials, live presentations, and TV shows (The Discovery Channel, "A Haunting", T+E, Destination America, The Travel Channel, CBC, CTV, Planete+, TLC, Crime + Investigation, Celestial Tiger networks in China, and Coast to Coast AM). Morgan's programs are now practiced in 3 different countries and are a part of numerous social work and psychology secondary education courses in Canada. She is also a regular contributor to the number one magazine in the UK, Haunted Magazine. Her work has been presented at the Rhine Research Institute and her book, "Teaching the Living: Heartbreak to Happiness in a Haunted Home" is now available.


Richard Moschella is a paranormal investigator, intuitive, and writer from Morris County, New Jersey. He is the owner and team leader of the New Jersey Paranormal Project an organization he founded back in 2007, his goal was to research and investigate spirit. Though the New Jersey Paranormal Project has gotten to work with some of the best experts in the paranormal field, spiritualists, and mediums. 

The New Jersey Paranormal Project can be seen on YouTube and anyone can view the case files and be a part of the investigation. Richard is also a writer, author, and lecturer. His latest book is titled 'Case Files of the Paranormal.'

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A Paranormal Life welcomes Bigfoot Michigan Rob,  host of 'Beyond BMR' & 'Brunch with Bigfoot Michigan Rob.' Bernadette McDaniel (Host)

Bigfoot Michigan Rob is the host of 'Beyond BMR' & 'Brunch with Bigfoot Michigan Rob' on his self-titled YouTube channel.
He had both paranormal and UFO experiences, as well as a Bigfoot vocalizing directly at him.

Rob’s main focus is to be a voice for experiencers who are reluctant to come forward for fear of ridicule or judgment.

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