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The Mill Race Monster; Deadly Rain; Devil Dogs…

March 1, 2015

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On Monsters and Mysteries in America, we were recently presented with the Mill Race Monster, a gargantuan green beast reportedly observed in Mill Race Park in Columbus, Indiana.  The creature is described as being bipedal, standing about 6 to 7 feet tall, and having a mossy-green appearance.  Forty years ago on November 1, 1974 four women walking in the park saw the beast walking in the trees; they beat a hasty retreat.  Later that same night, three other young women in a car parked near a river by a boat launch in the park to eat, and were approached by the creature which beat on the windshield of the vehicle.  The monster was described as having claws and slime on his face.  Managing to drive away, they reported the attack to police who saw scratch marks on the car, which also bore a stench from the monster.  

These sightings of the monster set off a wave of mob hysteria, and a monster-hunting mob formed of hundreds of souls intent at getting a crack at the creature; as Kermit the frog observed, it’s not easy being green.  The park was then shut down for a time owing to the presence of such self-appointed armed vigilantes.  Prior to the sightings, strange lights were seen in the sky as if from a UFO.  Appearances of Bigfoot-clones have been associated with UFO sightings in a number of other cases, some of which we’ve mentioned here before.

A second segment involved the appearance of a deadly and peculiar rain in Oakville, Washington on August 7, 1994. This rain was peculiar in that it was thick, syrupy, and gelatinous.  Cats and dogs exposed to it died, and people became sick, including one cop who ran a high fever and vomited; investigating the rain prior to to onset of his illness, he reportedly saw official-looking men in hazardous materials suits collecting material.  There was a spike in public respiratory illnesses as well following the slimy rain, and laboratory testing on samples revealed the presence of bacteria and human white blood cells in the goo.  The question was raised as to whether the government had been conducting a biohazard test in the area, with the people unwilling subjects…government conspiracy theories, anyone?

The third segment concerned reported appearances of Devil Dogs (the canines, not the Drakes Cakes snacks) in the Meridean Island area of Wisconsin.  Reported sightings extend back to at least the early 1900’s of something about the size of a bear, but dog-like.  A couple in the fall of 2004 at a boat landing reported hearing movement and sounds of growling, with a Devil Dog pursuing their car for a time.  Paranormal ties were made in the feature to a woman called Mary Dean who drowned in the river there in the 1800’s; her spirit was reportedly trapped in the vicinity, and has attracted such monsters.  Supporting such speculations was the story of two young paranormal investigators who in October of 2014 went to the boat landing to investigate the legend, and heard a low growling coming out of a fog which swiftly developed in front of their vehicle.  They reported seeing a woman’s figure appear out of that fog accompanied by a large dog which pursued them as they retreated…good scary stuff!

 

Devil Dog of Logan County…

May 24, 2014

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With Mountain Monsters showing rehashed episodes under their “Uncaged” title, we’re going to take to reviewing older episodes of the series not covered here previously but still being shown when multiple episodes are aired. Again, it is stated that covering these episodes does not constitute endorsement of the existence of the creatures covered; the summaries are presented for informational and entertainment purposes only.

Canines Gone Wild might be considered a subtitle for certain episodes of the Mountain Monsters series, what with segments now on both Hellhounds and in this outing, Devil Dogs. Not to be confused with the snack cake, these Devil Dogs you don’t eat, although conceivably they might eat you. They are feral and ferocious nocturnal beasties that are five feet long, and have massive shoulders, red eyes, white fur, and weigh in at about 200 pounds. In Logan County, West Virginia the beasties are slaughtering coyotes big time, leaving their victims drained of blood and at times, minus their livers. It’s speculated that some kind of turf war is going on with the coyotes, who are basically getting their tails kicked. I can almost imagine West Side Story being remade with coyotes and Devil Dogs here, complete with dancing before a rumble…

…but I digress. Anyways, the long-haired, mostly bearded Mountain Monsters crew began their investigation by interviewing another memorable eyewitness, an outdoorsman and hermit called, “Shoeless Terry.” True to his name, the barefooted man reported seeing dead coyotes and a pack of the Devil Dogs, who interestingly enough were led by a white-furred Alpha female..During their first night’s investigation, the Mountain Monsters crew found two heat images on their thermal camera, suggesting that they were indeed dealing with more than one animal. The images disappeared quickly, however, and could not be pursued.

Other daytime interviews followed with “Richard,” who presented a blurry distant video, and “Seth,” a snare trapper who also reported finding dead coyotes and who had an inconclusive image from a trail camera. A drop door trap was then constructed long enough to accommodate the several animals who might be lured into it. Memorably in a low comedy sequence, the trap was baited with “Hillbilly Caviar,” a foul concoction of coyote blood and squirrel aged to rancid perfection in a large jar. Be forewarned that this is not a show during which one wants to snack, as the gross-out factor is high.

During their final night’s hunt, the team followed its usual tactic of dividing into two groups for the purpose of flushing the desired creature from its established hunting grounds into their prepared trap. A coyote call was used as a lure to which a vocal response was received. A bit later disturbing cries and yelps were heard as presumably the Devil Dog pack was doing its little dance of death on some coyotes; the investigators pursued, and sure enough came upon five dead coyotes, one of which had been separated from his liver. There was surprisingly little blood, and 7″ tracks were found. Amidst the usual waving of guns, five heat signatures were seen on the thermal camera. Pursuit followed then to the trap which had actually been sprung and for once, contained something!  But alas, upon carefully eyeballing the unhappy occupants of the trap, it was found that they had snared…three wild dogs.

The dogs were assumed to have been members of the Devil Dogs pack, the Alpha female leader of which had eluded capture…clever girl!