Ohio Grassman, Green-Clawed Beast, and Big Muddy Monster…


– – The latest edition of Monsters and Mysteries in America presented another trio of unexplained beasties, at least one of which, the Ohio Grassman, has appeared on earlier, similar shows.

First on the agenda was the Green-Clawed Beast, an aquatic creature reported in Evansville, Indiana. In August of 1955, Naomi Johnson was repeatedly pulled underwater in the Ohio River by a lizard-like thing similar in some ways to the “Creature from the Black Lagoon” of film. The woman escaped her ordeal with bruised and clawed legs, and peculiar mud on them analyzed and reported usually from the depths, as in caves. Interestingly enough, an Air Force colonel reportedly came to the woman’s house later investigating the incident, took copious notes, and left admonishing the lady to never repeat her story…someone call Fox Mulder, please…

…then in the vicinity of the Big Muddy River near Murphysboro in June of 1973, a couple in a car near the river heard a scream and saw a creature emerge from the water reported to be about 7′ tall weighing about 400 lbs. with glowing eyes and an unpleasant stench. They reported the incident to the police, who investigated and found foot-long footprints and heard screams. In 1988, a salvage yard worker and his boss saw the creature and retreated to a building against which impacts were then made. The Big Muddy Monster is thought to be a variety of Bigfoot who uses the river for migrating.

Lastly in Salt Fork Park in Eastern Ohio, Grassman legends go back to at least the mid-1800’s. In 1869, an assault on a man with his daughter reportedly occurred, with the plucky lass beaning the Grassman with a large rock while it was grappling with her father. Described as Bigfoot’s stockier, shorter, and angrier cousin, the Grassman is further distinguished by throwing rocks and building nests. A review of the Eddy family’s experience on Morgan’s Trail was detailed where three children saw the creature and the reunited family later heard multiple strikes on trees before wisely retreating. A Hawk Spearman also reported seeing a 6-1/2 to 7 foot tall creature with massive arms who lobbed a rock at him, later stalking and then attacking the trailer where Spearman and his companion were in residence. Gashes were left on the trailer at a height of about 8′ off of the ground…

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4 Comments on “Ohio Grassman, Green-Clawed Beast, and Big Muddy Monster…”

  1. carycomic Says:

    Well, first of all, I’ve only ever heard of _green-eyed_ monsters So, maybe the reason for this beastie’s attack on Naomi Johnson was due to jealously over Senor Laguna’s cinematic success!

    *Insert rim-shot, here.*

    Seriously, though: this is the first time I’ve ever heard of this cryptid. And, as nobody else has ever reported similar, subsequent encounters with it, I have to conclude one of two things. Either the Air Force managed to get hold of this alleged aquanaut from outer space. Or, the Johnson family made the whole thing up!

    I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt, and assume the former.


    • carycomic Says:

      As for the Ohio Grassman? I think that only started making headlines during the past twenty years. Then, again; that 19th-century farmer, in the dramatic re-enactment, was probably too afraid of being called a liar, at the time of his encounter. So, he and his daughter probably kept it a secret until their respective old ages.


      • vulpesffb Says:

        The Ohio Grassman must also not be confused with the Colorado Grassmen, of which there are now many. They may be distinguished by their contented cry of, “It’s legalized!”


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