Sunday, February 4, 2024

Large BAT-WINGED CRYPTID Encountered Previous to UFO Crash Report Into Lake Michigan


In the early 1960s, in the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn, a witness described seeing a leathery winged creature with a human face. A UFO was reported to have crashed into Lake Michigan soon after.

I received the following account:

"I didn't see the creature. My mother did around 1960 in the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn, IL. My aunt was present, but said she didn't see it. My dad and uncle were in the house with us kids and also saw nothing. She described it as having leathery wings like a bat but also had arms and a human face. She had watched it from a distance as it approached. She originally thought it was a HUGE bird. Standing on the railings of our porch to get a better look, and said it was almost close enough to touch. She said it flapped its wings slowly, gliding as much as flying.

Within a few moments, there was a radio report about a UFO crashing into Lake Michigan, and both families jumped into our cars and went to the lake to see. It took a half-hour or so to get to the lake, and police were on the scene by then shooing people away. I was in the first grade at the time. My parents were both practical people not given to jumping at shadows or imagining things." LU

Possible MOTHMAN Encounter at Lake Delavan, Wisconsin in Autumn 2002


A Wisconsin resident rents a camping spot near Lake Delavan to be alone and grieve his grandfather's passing. What occurs while he is there may be connected to the Chicago Mothman phenomenon.

I received the following account:

"My grandpa told me to watch the crows, that they're guardians of the forest. He said they'll tell you if a predator is out there. My grandpa was fascinated with them and therefore I was too. Grandpa passed away in the early Autumn of 2002 and I took it pretty hard. I didn't go to the funeral because I just knew I would be a mess and I didn't want anybody to see me like that. He used to take me fishing when I was a kid to Lake Delavan in southeast Wisconsin.

There was a campground just across from the lake. After my grandpa passed, instead of dealing with it along with my family, I decided to rent myself a campsite and I took off. It was strange being there without him and I hadn't been on the lake since I was a kid. It seemed like I was the only person there but that wasn't too surprising given the time of year. It was starting to get cold so while the lake did have a few other visitors during the day I had the campground all to myself at night.

When I arrived I noticed a group of crows hanging around in the trees above me. Crows don't typically like people in the woods. I survived the first night but I didn't get much sleep. I was feeling pretty alone so I ended up keeping a fire going through the night. The fishing was good, so good in fact that I kept a couple of fish to feed the crows. I wasn't sure if they would take them since they seemed to distrust me but I thought that maybe they would make a little less noise. They did feed on the fish that I left for them.

This went on for a few days. I fished all day and I came back to camp to make something to eat and feed the crows. These crows had a habit of making noise at night. Then, on the 4th night, they woke me up again, but it was different. The sounds were different. There was a sense of urgency in their caws. I thought back to what my grandpa told me about the crows and predators in the woods. I thought they were squawking at me but suddenly I realized they might be alerting me to something else out there.

I grabbed my flashlight, and my knife, and unzipped the tent. I was greeted by a pair of red eyes from up in the trees directly across from me. I could almost see the outline of the creature but it didn't look right, it was too big. Birds weren't that big. The crows were cawing like crazy. I shined the light towards the creature and I don't even know how to explain it without sounding crazy. What I saw was a bird the size of a man. It had a dark-colored body and wings that were either black or brown I couldn't tell. Its eyes were red and large, that much I know for certain. The red brightness from the eyes seemed supernatural. Very weird! It appeared to have the proportions of a man, like it was half man half bird. The wings were huge and looked like those of a dragon. Yeah, I know that sounds crazy. I began to yell at it. At the same time, the crows continued harassing it.

Together with the crows we drove the thing off and let me tell you when it took flight the whole forest shook. The thing was huge! I got out of there right at first light.

It wasn't exactly the getaway I needed but it was somehow comforting to have been helped by the crows. I don't know what the thing wanted me to do but it must have been out there every night the crows weren't squawking at me. All those times they were telling me that there was a predator out there. Sometimes I think that the spirit of my grandpa was there as well, using the crows to warn me about the winged creature." L

Sunday, January 14, 2024

Phantoms & Monsters Fortean Research Investigation: 'LITTLE BEINGS' & CRYPTID SIGHTINGS in Northwestern York County, PA


Phantoms & Monsters Fortean Research Investigation - Northwest York County, Pennsylvania

Date: Saturday, January 14, 2024 - Late Afternoon

Temperature: Mid-30s F - Winds 5-20 MPH

Location: Lattimore / Clear Spring region of York County, PA

Investigators: Lon Strickler & Chad Redding

I was contacted 2 weeks before the on-site investigation by a resident concerning unexplained activity on and around his property. The location is east of the northern section of the Michaux State Forest, south-southeast of Stone Head Peak and White Rock Mountain, which is the northern spur of the South Mountains in the Blue Ridge Mountain Range. The Mason-Dixon Trail Western Terminus and the Appalachian Trail are also located in the region.

Arriving at the location, we met with the property owner who took us to a small valley and drainage run located behind the residence. According to the witness, his dog was let loose from its lead on several occasions, which would have required a collar bolt to be unscrewed. One evening in June 2023, after the dog was let loose, the witness observed 'up to a dozen' shadow-like figures with bluish-silver eyes (that projected light) manifesting along the then-dry drainage run in the small valley. The beings would vanish and then reappear at different locations along the dry run. After observing the beings for 10-15 minutes, they eventually faded away. The witness had also mentioned that the beings had gained access to his bedroom on one occasion.

The witness also described various anomalies seen and experienced in the area since moving to the property in 2021. There was at least one 'hyena-like' cryptid canine sighting by his son, as well as another incident with a possible Bigfoot 'slapping' the outside of the residence near his daughter's bedroom. Also, the witness observed 2 big cats, possibly Eastern Pumas or mountain lions, sitting atop a shed on his neighbor's property. A neighbor also reported a 75-100 foot diameter UFO hovering above a roadway north of the witness' property.

The region is historically well-known for cryptid and unexplained activity, including Bigfoot, cryptid canines, UFOs, and other paranormal phenomenon. There is also a history of witchcraft and root conjuring in the area (and for most of South-Central Pennsylvania).

The witness mentioned an incident that was told to him by a clergyman of 'an attack on 2 Boy Scouts' by a red-eyed winged humanoid approximately 5 years ago at a 'camp near York, PA.' The only possible locations of Boy Scout camps in the York, PA area are Wizard Ranch BSA Camp in Hellam, PA, Camp Tuckahoe in Dillsburg, PA, and Camp Conewago near New Oxford, PA. (Camp Conewago is where I had my encounter with a red-eyed winged humanoid in October 1988). The attack was reported as a 'bear attack' according to the clergyman. More research is needed for this account.

Chad Redding later related to me his rather interesting Class-B Bigfoot encounter in the same general area on White Rock Mountain.

We will continue to stay in contact with the witness and follow up on the area.