30 August 2010, JellyBean @ 11:01 am

Before dams upstream could regulate the Savannah River’s flow, Augusta pretty much had to take whatever the Good Lord put in the river.

Sometimes it was high water. Sometimes it was low water.

And on a warm day in 1820, it was something else.

“Sea Serpent” says a headline in a September edition of The Augusta Chronicle.

What followed was an account of the remarkable discovery of something in the river that no one could identify.

“This monster of the deep has at last made his appearance in Sav. River. He was discovered coming up about 5 o’clock on last Thursday & was witnessed by several respectable citizens,” the paper reported.

The creature appeared in the river below Augusta and frightened a man chopping wood, then disappeared beneath the water as others rushed to the riverbank to see it.

About four days later, it was back.

“Sea Serpent Caught!!!” a new headline read.

The story beneath it added this:

“A large concourse of citizens was attracted to the Sand Bar Ferry on Thursday evening to witness the monster of the deep, whose arrival in our waters was announced last week.

“In endeavoring to force himself over the shoals, he foundered, and laid high and dry, exposed to the entire observation of a vast multitude.”

Read more about this: Augusta Chronicle

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27 July 2010, JellyBean @ 9:38 am

The vast reaches of forest and open fields of southern Illinois, combined with the sparse population in some areas, seem to invite weirdness that might not occur in cities and more crowded locales. In the most southern portions of the region, the Shawnee National Forest covers miles and miles of territory. The acres of forest seem almost untouched by man and some believe that strange things occasionally pass through here, unseen by human eyes.

This southern portion of the state is sometimes referred to as the “Devil’s Kitchen”, a designation left behind by the Native Americans and the early settlers to explain strange sights and sounds like unexplained balls of light, apparitions, screams in the night and various other unsettling types of phenomena. The Native Americans often considered such sites as “sacred” but the settlers usually believed them to be “cursed”, or at least well avoided. The idea that such locations were linked to the “Devil” was the first thought that crossed the minds of the bible-reading, god-fearing folks and they promptly set about to do two things. They learned to avoid these strange and haunted places and secondly, they gave names to the spots to alert other visitors and settlers of the dangers of the area. In the case of the Devil’s Kitchen, just about anything is possible, from ghosts reports to mystery animals and weird monster sightings.

Perhaps strangest monster reports to ever take place in Illinois began in April 1973 in the small town of Enfield. This tiny community in southeastern Illinois became the scene of bizarre happenings for a short period of time and while the case has largely been forgotten today, it remains a part of the high strangeness of the region.

Henry McDaniel of Enfield almost became the first man to be arrested because of the Enfield Horror. White County Sheriff Roy Poshard Jr. threatened to lock McDaniel for telling folks about the weird events that took place at his home in April 1973, but McDaniel stuck by his story and his initial report would begin what became a nightmare for the small town. According to McDaniel, he was at home on the evening of April 25 when he heard a scratching on his door. When he opened it, he couldn’t believe his eyes! “It had three legs on it,” McDaniel swore, ” as short body, two little short arms coming out of its breast area and two pink eyes as big as flashlights. It stood four and a half to five feet tall and was grayish-colored. It was trying to get into the house.”

Read the whole article: Fangoria

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20 May 2010, JellyBean @ 4:00 pm

Locals in a small Canadian town have been stumped by the appearance of a bizarre creature, which was dragged from a lake.

The animal, which has a long hairy body with bald skin on its head, feet and face, has prompted wild internet speculation that it is a more evolved version of the famous ‘Montauk monster’.

The creature was discovered by two nurses in the town of Kitchenuhmaykoosib in Ontario, Canada, while out on a walk with their dog.

When the dog began sniffing in the lake, the two women started investigating, before the dog pulled the dead animal out.

After taking some photographs of the odd animal, the nurses left it alone. When locals decided to go back and retrieve the body, it has disappeared.

The photographs have now been posted on a local website, with an explanation which reads: ‘This creature was first discovered by Sam the Dog, a local dog.

‘It was discovered first week of May in the creek section of town, hikers noticed Sam sniffing something in the water and they approached to see in what the Sam had detected and they noticed the creature in the water face down.

Read more:

Daily Mail

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11 May 2010, JellyBean @ 8:00 pm

Today residents of Lake Worth, Texas live life as normally as possible. Life goes on in this small town of 5,000 from day to day in the shadow of a mystery which first began in 1969 when a strange creature was first spotted in the area. The creature is allegedly half-man and half-goat, the very image of a creature straight out of the book of Revelation. The town was first informed of the creature in the form of a headline written by Jim Marrs, a local reporter when he titled a headline “Fishy Man-Goat Terrifies Couples Parked at Lake Worth.”

The creature was allegedly a goat-man hybrid of some sort with fur and even scales that had a violent temper and often threw objects around frightened lovers in the area. One incident occurred when John Reichart claimed the creature had jumped from a tree onto the hood of his car leaving an 18-inch scratch in the paint and metal on the side of his car’s engine block. After the creature appeared, Reichart spun his car around and sped quickly to the police department where he reported the incident to police. There had been a couple of sightings before this one, including one where the “goat man” hurled a tire down the side of a hill into a valley. The sighting and property damage were enough to convince police this incident required some investigation. Loading into their police car they surveyed the area where the incident took place, but found no conclusive evidence aside from broken tree branches. The following night a local man would claim he had been the one to throw the tire off the side of the road, but had nothing to do with the other incidents. In 1969 a man named Allen Plaster would take the only known photograph of the creature. Years later a book would be written about the creature. Another book, a mystery novel, chronicled the details of the goat man, but as is often the case with encounters of the paranormal it was supplemented by much narrative that had nothing to do with the reality of the legend. The real goat man, for example, has never been known to commit murder.

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