The Highgate Vampire

The highgate cemetery is rumored to have a vampire living in it.
In the late 60s early 70s, a psychic investigator named David Farrent Went to investigate the place only to encounter a dark figure that reportedly drained him of energy and then slinked away.

This was one of the more mild reports.

Other people have reported to see this thing close up and have described it as a walking, rotting corpse with pointy, vampire like teeth.

The thing is said to live under the cemetery, in a series of tunnels that once were part of an ancient castle that originally occupied the grounds.

The Legend of the Melonheads

The Legend of the melonheads spans three states but the story is relatively the same. It involves an insane asylum and an evil, abusive Dr. Crowe. His patients are all young children afflicted with hydrocephalus which causes the cranium to be enlarged.

Fed up with the doctors abusive ways, the children retaliate and kill the evil Dr. Crowe. The children then fled into the woods and lived off the land.

People have reported seeing feral like humans, clad in deer skins and having oversized heads, in the area where these legends occurred. Accounts range from full on sightings of the melonheads, to things, such as rocks and sticks, being thrown at their car while investigating these locations.

Bigfoot in Detroit

One of my favorite bigfoot encounters is recounted in this video. It involves a young woman and her mom being attacked by a bigfoot who reaches into their car and attempts to yank the daughter out, leaving bruises all over her body. It was said that this was nothing more than a story concocted to cover up some type of abuse. This encounter is referred to as “The 1965 Monroe Monster”. I first read this story in John Keel’s “The Complete Guide to Mysterious Beings”. It’s be funnest read on the cryptid topic and I highly recommend… I’ve read it three times.

Bald Dogman Sighting in Ohio

This is the first time I’ve ever heard of a dogman not having any fur. It makes me wonder  to what degree the creature was lacking in hair; did it have a little or was it perfectly bald? Could this have been a dogman (or bigfoot) with mange or was this actually a rake sighting. FYI, when I say “rake” I’m talking about the cryptid, not the lawn implement.

First read about this encounter here:

‘Dark Gargoyle’ Encountered in Chicago Suburb of Forest Park

At approximately 8:45 PM CT local time, he volunteered to walk his mother’s dog before he left to drive home to Michigan. His mother’s caregiver (a neighbor) usually did this task.

As he walked west on Jackson Blvd, in front of the Howard Mohr Community Center, he noticed something crouched on the roof, behind the facade of the building next door (west) to the community center. Since it was dusk and that there was a bit of light coming from a street light, the witness was able to observe whatever this was.

He had stopped walking and was 50 or so ft. away from, what he described as a ‘dark gargoyle’ that was looking directly at him. The dog (a Standard Poodle) was restless and began to bark. The being stood up and made a growling-like sound…very guttural and menacing. The witness noticed that that eyes were small but had a distinct reddish glow. The being had the body shape similar to that of a human man, but gaunt and dark gray in color. There were large wings folded outward from its back…very similar to the typical image of a gargoyle, but much larger. The height was around 6 ft. or so. The head was somewhat conical and small compared to the rest of the body. It had long arms with claw-like hands, that swayed back and forth in front of the being.

After watching for about 10-15 seconds (he also had to maintain control of the dog, which was barking and pulling on the lead), the wings ‘snapped’ from the back of the being and spread out to a full span. The wings were very distinct with a dark membrane covering. He estimated the span was about 15 ft. and extended high above the being.

Then the being’s wings dropped to its side and it quickly propelled itself into the air, heading south in the direction of the Metro station. It made no sound as it ascended.

The witness quickly returned to his mother’s house, but he did not want to upset her by repeating his encounter. He told me that he had not heard of the sightings in Chicago and that he questioned what he has seen, until he heard the radio show. This is the first time he has talked about the incident.
NOTE: the witness was very convincing, and seemed relieved that he was able to safely recount his encounter. I believe that he may have been a member of the local police (Forest Park or Chicago) at some point in his career…but he never acknowledged it. He asked me not to use his name…not evenly his initials. This sighting has been added to the Chicago Phantom / Owlman / Mothman / Man-Bat / Flying Humanoid Reports – Chicago Metro Area – Interactive Map


A Monster in Lake Tahoe?

Broadly speaking, reports of strange creatures that are said to secretly live among us – in the mountains, the forests and the waters of our world – fall into several categories. There is the classic giant hairy-man, of course: Bigfoot. Long-necked lake-monsters abound: from Scotland’s Loch Ness to Lake Okanagan, Canada, and within the dark depths of countless other bodies of water around the world, too. Then, there are those bizarre flying monsters, such as the Mothman of West Virginia that was thrust into the spotlight in 2002 with the release of the movie version of John Keel’s 1975 book, The Mothman Prophecies. And, numerous reports of mysterious big-cats on the loose can be found in the files of monster-hunters everywhere.

Just occasionally, however, reports surface that are so weird it’s practically impossible to even begin to try and categorize them. But I guess that’s what makes the subject of cryptozoology so fascinating for those of us who study it: there’s never a dull moment. Take, for example, the story of Jim “Jug” Lloyd. Elderly and living in New Mexico, Jug told me back in 2002 of an encounter that his brother, William (who committed suicide in 1978) had with a very strange creature back in the late-1960s. The location, Jug revealed, was Lake Tahoe, in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

William, an artist, was sitting near the water’s edge on a warm and bright Sunday morning: he was getting ready to capture on canvas the spectacular lake and the surrounding mountains, when a sudden and furious bubbling in the water a couple of hundred feet away caught his attention. “Brother Bill thought it was salmon.” At first. It soon became apparent, however, that whatever was causing all the commotion, it certainly wasn’t a school of salmon. As William continued to watch, he was astonished, and horrified too, to see what looked like a huge “pink jellyfish,” possibly twelve feet across, break the surface and, somewhat ominously, move slowly towards the shore.

For a few moments, William could only stare; but when the strange jelly-like mass got within about fifty feet of land, he knew it was time, as Jug put it, “to shift gears and move.” Having scooped up his oils, easel and lunchbox, William slowly retreated until he was around seventy or eighty feet from the shoreline, and, crouching behind a tree, continued to watch. Jug said that his brother had “felt sick when he seen it come [sic] out of the water.” And, as the story progressed, I was hardly surprised. William could finally see, as the beast struggled to haul itself out of the water and onto the sand-bar where he has been blissfully sitting only minutes before, that this was most definitely not the type of creature that one associates with Lake Tahoe – or, indeed, anywhere.

It was, he confided in Jug, “like an upside-down pink bowl with legs – or tentacles I suppose – coming out of it; too many to count.The thing he said to me [that] was worst, was it made a noise, like it was struggling to breathe: loud wheezing,” added Jug. Indeed, the sound of the heavy-breathing, coupled with the sight of the mass of tentacles that seemed to writhe and twitch on the shore, “made [William] sick to his gut.”

“Did he mention eyes, a mouth, or anything like that?” I asked Jug. “Nope; never anything like that: just a big lump of blubber, and these arms or legs, and the noise.”

For perhaps twenty minutes, the beast merely lay there, and William debated whether to move in for a closer look, given that, explained Jug, “he thought it was there dying.” Or was it? As William continued to wonder if he should edge forward, the shiny mass began to move, and its snake-like tentacles “started to push it back into the water.” Two minutes later, the beast was fully in the lake, with only a foot or so of its top section visible. And barely a minute after that, it had sunk beneath the waters, never to return. And that, in essence, was it.

It has to be said that this all sounds like someone had overdosed on far too much of H.P. Lovecraft’s output. And maybe that’s all it ever was. I lost touch with Jug back in 2010, when he no longer answered his emails. And, while there are certainly tales of strange creatures in Lake Tahoe (they go by the collective name of Tessie), I have never heard a story like this one before. And, I haven’t heard such a story since. A tall tale? It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest. Is there a chance that Jug was speaking truthfully? I guess so. But, I’m hardly holding my breath.