Momo, Shadow People, and the Van Meter Monster


– – Monsters and Mysteries in America recently provided us with three nightmares after Xmas in a new episode, just the right antidote for the holiday season! Momo it would appear is a Missouri version of Bigfoot, described by those who have seen if not loved him as a long-haired beast covered in fur and emanating a stench! In 1972, “Missouri Momo” generated quite a commotion in the confusingly-named town of Louisiana, Missouri for several months. He was spotted by two boys and their mother, and is blamed for the disappearance of several dogs, which the creature apparently has an appetite for. The only physical evidence of Momo, however, is a plaster cast of a footprint showing a deep heel imprint and unusual toes…

Shadow people are reported to haunt Maryville, Missouri, with some claiming to have seen full-figure apparitions. These tall, dark creatures are sometimes reported with glowing red eyes, and one subtype apparently is seen wearing a brimmed hat. One person reports repeated, long-term encounters with a shadow person he calls, “the Cowboy.” So persistent and brazen was this entity that he knocked on the window of the haunted man’s car! Shadow people can sometimes be seen straight on, and in such encounters their appearance is especially ghastly, for they can appear bloodied, burnt, and mutilated. In some encounters, shadow people have verbally communicated dark desires to the persons visited that they abandon or harm family members…

Lastly, the Van Meter Monster was an unwelcome visitor to a town of the same name in Iowa in 1903 who ushered forth from a coal mine located across the town. The creature is said to resemble a large, somewhat humanized bat with featherless wings and the rather convenient feature of a light which emanates from a horn on the beast’s forehead; in my opinion, sketches make it look rather prehistoric, like a pterodactyl.  Townspeople of that day were alerted to the presence of the creature by the appearance of light at night, often projected from a height at a time prior to electrification of the town.  The monster was reportedly shot at by a number of individuals and not harmed by the experience, in one encounter casting a foul odor at the shooter. After several nights of such experiences, manly men of that day gathered firearms and dynamited the mouth of the mine which apparently served as a portal for the creature. The mine has remained closed since that time, with the bat-man unavailable for comment, evidently sealed within…what a great tale!

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3 Comments on “Momo, Shadow People, and the Van Meter Monster”

  1. carycomic Says:

    Interesting factoid about the VMM! The Ropen of Umboi Island, New Guinea, is supposed to exhibit the same partial bioluminescent quality. As for Momo (which was how the news media of the day abbreviated “Missouri Monster”)? He and his more recently publicized Midwestern relatives are one of the reasons I came up with that riparian migration hypothesis a couple years back. Some of those ancestral Sasquatches might have followed the Columbia River to its source, and then followed the Arkansas River to its confluence with the mighty Mississippi.

    But, as even Diana Naiad would require a year of preparation before attempting to swim across it, I have to further hypothesize that the migrating ‘sqautches would have gradually headed northward, instead. Ultimately reaching what is now called Lake Itasca (the Minnesotan source of the Mississippi River), and circumventing it, before doubling back southward!

    What do you think of that, Rene’ and Bobo? 😉


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