Friday, May 14, 2021

7-8 Ft. Tall Red-Eyed Winged Being Encountered by O'Hara Chicago Dept. of Aviation Employee

A Chicago Department of Aviation employee has an encounter with a black red-eyed 7-8 foot tall winged being outside of her place of employment as she left work.

The following report was received by Phantoms & Monsters Fortean Research investigator Manuel Navarette:

"Good Afternoon - I wanted to relate a possible sighting of the Chicago Mothman that I had on April 15, 2021 at approximately 9pm at Chicago O’Hare. I initially was not going to report this and had kept it to myself for fear of someone thinking I had lost my mind and was seeing things. That changed when I read the sighting that was posted on Facebook about the gentleman who had the Mothman sighting not even two blocks from where I work. The sighting prompted me to look up your website and eventually send this to you.

I work for the Chicago Department of Aviation at the office located on the airport grounds. I have worked there for about 9 years and had previously worked at the airport in another capacity for 5 years prior. I know the airport like I know the palm of my hand and I have heard the stories that people tell about all the strange going-ons that happen with surprising frequency.

My sighting happened after I stayed late to catch up on work and had left about 9pm. As I walked out of the building into the parking lot, I heard what I could only describe as wings fluttering, kind of like you hear when a bird is going to take off or land. I dismissed it as just geese as the airport has literally hundreds of them that hang around doing whatever geese seem to do. What followed was a loud screech, nothing like a goose’s honk but a very, very loud ear splitting screech like what you hear when a train is applying it’s brakes but it was different as it went from a higher octave to a lower one and then higher again. I know it was not the train as the train tracks are on the other side of the airport, about 3-4 miles away.

I continued walking toward my car when I heard the screech again and it sounded like it was coming from behind me. I turned and looked toward the trees over by the road and saw what looked like two red eyes looking right at me. I stood there looking at those eyes for what seemed an eternity, I couldn’t move and it felt like the air was being sucked out of my lungs almost like I was having an asthma attack. I saw this thing emerge from around the trees, it was illuminated from behind by the warehouses that were across the road and it must have been 7-8 feet tall and was black. About this time a large truck was coming down the road and it shot into the air and was gone in the matter of a second. I stood there for a few seconds, still too afraid to move when I finally came to my senses and practically sprinted for my car. I could not get into my car fast enough and as I closed the door, I heard the screech again. I turned on my car and left as quickly as I could.

I am not one for over exaggerations but I felt almost as if I was being stalked. I felt sick to my stomach for 2-3 days after that encounter and it took just as long for the feelings of paranoia to finally go away. It was the feeling of utter and complete hopelessness that disturbed me the most and it helped contribute to my hesitancy of telling someone, I didn’t even tell my boyfriend of this until after I had decided to send this to you."

Investigators Notes:

I spoke with the witness via email and IM and after lengthy discussions about her job at the Chicago Department of Aviation she proceeded to tell me about her sighting. The office where she works is located almost directly in line with the structure where the previously submitted winged humanoid sighting occurred. It is approximately 300 yards away and within visual sight of the office. The witness advised that she parked on the other side of the building, facing the tarmac and cargo offloading area for a pair of long warehouses that house a multitude of air cargo companies based out of O’Hare. It is also within a city block of a reported sighting last year by a cargo company employee that was submitted to Phantoms and Monsters in approximately 2019.

The witness says she left her office at approximately 2100 and was walking to her car. I asked her if she saw anything as she initially walked out and she said she did not as she was checking her phone and did not look up. When asked about the sound of what she described as “flapping wings” the witness advised that there are geese in the area nearly every single day and she just assumed it was a goose that was in the parking lot or nearby and paid it no mind. When asked about the screeching sound, the witness said that even now the thought of that sound sends chills down her spine and brings up a feeling of fear in her. The witness said it sounded like train brakes but modulating from high to low and it would fade off before coming back again.

When asked about the sighting of the entity itself, the witness said that from the moment she saw it, she was frozen in fear and could not move, her mind was only focused on the eyes and everything else seemed to fade into the background. When the entity came out from behind the trees it stood there and stared at her for a few seconds before the vehicle interrupted the encounter. When asked if it made any advancement toward her, the witness said that it did not, yet she felt as if it was sizing her up or stalking her. When the vehicle coming down the road caused the creature to fly away, the witness stated that she still felt spellbound for a few seconds, almost as if in a trance.

When asked to describe the entity, she only said it was black, skinny and tall approximately 7-8 feet tall and that it had glowing red eyes. She described the wings as black and an estimated 10 foot wide span. She said that from the time of the entity unfurling its wings to the time it was in the air was only a matter of 1-2 seconds after which it was out of sight.

After speaking with the witness, it is the investigators opinion that she did witness something and that this case merits further investigation. A visit to the site of the incident will be conducted soon and all photos and data obtained will be posted on the website for all to see.

Have you had a sighting of a flying humanoid or huge bat-like creature in the Chicago, Illinois metro area / Lake Michigan region? The entity has also been referred to as the 'Chicago Mothman', 'Chicago Owlman' & 'O'Hare Mothman.' - Chicago / Lake Michigan Winged Humanoid Regional Interactive Map - Please feel free to contact me at - 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

Monday, May 3, 2021

Large Flying 'Owl Humanoid' Observed by Shuttle Bus Driver at O'Hare International Airport

A Chicago O'Hare International Airport shuttle bus driver observed a large flying 'owl humanoid' just overhead while standing outside by the parking terminal.

The following report was received by Phantoms & Monsters Fortean Researcher investigator Manuel Navarette:

"Hello, my name is (redacted) and I work as a shuttle bus driver at O’Hare airport. I was working on April 21, 2021 near the new parking terminal near Zemke Rd at about 6 PM. I was staged and had wandered away from my bus to take a smoke break when I saw a large owl fly over the top of the building and disappeared behind the parking garage. It must have been at least 30-40 feet off of the ground when I saw it fly over. It made no sound and looked like a giant black thing with very large wings. I saw it for all of two to three seconds as it flew overhead and over the building and out of sight. I didn’t see it again and I saw nothing else when I drove around to the other side after starting my route again. I know of the stories of the Mothman that is seen around O’Hare and that is why when I saw your reports that I decided to write to you about what I saw."

Investigators Notes:

I spoke with the gentleman via telephone for a few minutes regarding his sighting. The witness seemed very hesitant in regards to speaking about his sighting. He states that he was advised by his superiors that it was a misidentification of a large bird and that he should not speak to anyone else about these sightings. When I asked him regarding the sighting and if he thought he had indeed seen a large bird, he stated that he was certain that it was not a large bird as the wingspan was easily 15-20 feet in width and the object seen was easily the size of a human being. He described it as humanoid in shape and solid black and moving faster than he had seen any bird fly.

The witness did not elaborate on any other details other than he was certain it was not any bird seen around the airport, at least not one he had seen in his time on the job. The witness did not wish to speak with the investigator anymore and he was thanked for his report and his time and the call ended. Subsequent requests for information via email and phone were not returned.

Have you had a sighting of a flying humanoid or huge bat-like creature in the Chicago, Illinois metro area / Lake Michigan region? The entity has also been referred to as the 'Chicago Mothman', 'Chicago Owlman' & 'O'Hare Mothman.' - Chicago / Lake Michigan Winged Humanoid Regional Interactive MapPlease feel free to contact me at - 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

Monday, April 19, 2021

Recent Upright Canine / Cryptid Sightings & Encounters Reported in Montgomery County, PA

A Pottstown, Pennsylvania resident and her friends have had sightings and strange encounters with a canine cryptid at various times and locations. We are investigating.

I recently received the following information:

"I was born and raised in Pottstown, PA and currently still live here. The sighting was an hour west from Philadelphia and half an hour away from Valley Forge. I ran into your FB page through "Weird Pennsylvania" or something similar to that which led me to the webpage "Phantoms & Monsters." I was reading some things and saw where people who had experienced encounters and sightings could email you with their story. I've had 2 experiences where I've seen things that I cannot explain. I'll start with the most recent. 

Last year a friend and I went for a ride to catch up with our friend. It was in March 2020 on a Saturday night and it just so happened to be the weekend when the quarantine started. We were on Rt.422 around midnight and it was odd cause that highway's usually pretty busy on a Saturday night, but that night we saw maybe 3 cars within a 30 minute ride.

So we finishing visiting our friend and started to make our way back home. It was around 2:30-3am and we were going westbound on Rt.422 and again we were pretty much the only car on the road. There's a grass patch that divides the eastbound & westbound highway. We were in the fast lane between the Collegeville & Royersford exit when all the sudden we passed something to the left of us in the grass. We couldn't see it until we were right up on it and only could catch a glimpse of it for a second.

This thing looked like it was on all 4s maybe eating roadkill or something, but unfortunately I could only see it from like the waist/hips down. It was much bigger than a deer and had longer unkempt/straggly orangish-reddish fur, kind of like the color of a red fox but a little lighter in color. What really gets me was the legs on this thing. It had canine-like legs but they were huge and muscular. It just had that shape that instantly told me this thing was not something you want to f*ck with. The legs looked like the drawings I've seen of werewolves or something evil. Something told me that this thing could walk on 2 legs also.

After we passed it I asked my friend who was driving, "Did you see that"? He replied, "Yeah." I asked him, "What was that?" He replied "I don't know." Neither of us brought it up again during that ride because I think we were just trying to process what the hell did we just see and didn't want to sound crazy.

When I got home I told my boyfriend about it and he has no idea what kind of animal that lives around here that it could've been.

Next time I saw my friend, who had been driving that night, we both agreed that whatever we saw does not fit the description of ANY animals in the area and that it was scary looking. He calls it "The Beast."

A couple months later another friend was leaving my house and heard something across the street making a low guttural growling noise which scared him straight to his car and out of there. He was an animal control officer for years and says nothing around here would make that noise.

Then about a month after that my boyfriend was taking out the trash. When he got to the front door he heard something scratching at the door and sniffing loudly. He said it sounded like a pig grunt sound, but obviously it wasn't a pig.

This past October my friend was sitting in his car in my driveway waiting for me to come outside. I noticed his doors were locked when I went to get in the car. He said he heard something that sounded kind of human but didn't know what it was and it scared him. Once I got in his car I told him everything I just wrote here and I ended my story to him saying, "A few months ago I saw something on Rt.422” and before I could say anything else he said "I saw it to!" So I asked what color it was and he described the exact same fur I saw. Then he said "When I saw it, it was running on 2 legs across the highway and once it saw my car it took off really fast like nothing around here would be able to." My heart was beating so hard listening to him tell me this because I know he wasn't making it up.

I was glad someone else saw this thing. He doesn't know what it was but said it was about 7-8' tall and looked nefarious. He agreed its legs looked evil. He saw it around the same time of year as me and it was about the same time of night too. I drive this highway all the time and look for it every time but haven't seen it again.

That's about it for that story. I always wonder if any other people saw this thing and what the hell it was." W

NOTE: Butch Witkowski and I are continuing to gather information on these sightings / encounters. Pottstown and the area south on Rt. 422 (both in Montgomery County) are known for cryptid and UFO activity. Lon