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Things that make you go “hmm”, pt.5

Last evening (August 24, 2014) my wife and I were watching TV. We have large windows facing west with a large screen TV on the wall in between the two windows. We have Venetian blinds on both windows, I keep mine closed at night so that ‘visitors’ outside can approach without the fear of being seen.

Around 10 p.m. I started hearing what sounded like small pebbles hitting the window. This went on for well over 5 minutes. I hit mute on the TV so my wife could hear better and the sound quit.

It is impossible to use my 3rd gen NV without being seen myself.

This morning on review of the sound recordings nothing unusual was heard.

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At 3 a.m. my dog Belle started barking. I recorded this voice after one of her barks. It was coming from the ridge north of my house at a distance of about 80 yards. It was so soft and the katydids are so loud that unless you use headphones you will not be able to hear anything.

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Things that make you go “hmm”, pt.4

The rabbit showed up again this morning, right outside my front door on the lawn. I had moved it earlier and put it under my burn pile and at the bottom of a cement block bunker. But obviously it had been removed. It was very decayed, not something my dog Belle would have been able to get to, even if she wanted.

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First stop, evening 3rd August 2014. Chris Mason and myself stopped at a known sighting location. It was just getting dark. About 15 minutes later we heard this child-like sound coming from deep woods about 40 yards west of us. Getting a decent recording is difficult with the loud din of the katydids.

(click on photo to play audio clip)

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Things that make you go “hmm”, pt.3

Yesterday when my wife went to the back of the house to turn off the water she noticed this very unusual quartz geode. The quartz measured 4″ X 6″. She then glanced up and noticed a 3″ x 3″ hole punched out of our new siding. I showed the rock to my neighbor this morning, who is a rock hound. He was very interested and said that it was not normal to see quartzite in this area.

We are not sure exactly what time of night when this happened but our dog Belle did bark near our window three nights ago, just one bark, not like when she chases raccoons. Belle spends a lot of time laying and being a watch dog at the top of the stairs which is very close to this damage. So whether it was thrown at her, they don’t usually miss their target, or they hit exactly where they wanted, just to the left of our open bedroom window, and the point closest to where I was sleeping.

 

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Barclay Library – Presentation

I am going to be a guest speaker at the Barclay Public Library in Warrensburg, Illinois, Saturday, July 26th, 2014. ( near Decatur, Illinois )

“Bigfoot In Illinois”

Saturday

July 26th, 2014

10:30 AM

Public Invited

Barclay Public Library

220 E Main St.

Warrensburg, IL 62573

(near Decatur)

 

 

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Media Article – Tazewell, Illinois – # 5

Saturday, November 3, 1990

Cole Street Monster Story Keeps Being Told

By Jill Peterson and Paula Castros

Tazewell News

Something lives deep in the thick woods which Cole Street cuts through. Sure, there’s rabbits, deer, raccoons — but legend has it that something else is there, too.

Not many have actually seen it, but those who have say it’s big, hairy and has a foul odor. And it’s not something they want to see again.

Could the Cole Street Monster be lingering around the corner on Cole Hollow Road?

The Cole Street Monster.

The legend of the Cole Street Monster can be traced back many years, all the way to the late 1930s. Many people think the monster could somehow be associated with the old coal mines in the woods of Cole Street.

Cole Street was named for the numerous coal mines once operated in the area. Mining companies worked the area in the mid-30s, and most mines were abandoned by the end of that decade.

Then, rumors about the monster began to circulate.

The monster apparently kept to itself for the most part until the 1970s, when numerous sightings were reported.

Bill Beard, 38, of 1600 Bloomington Road, was born and raised in Cole Hollow, which is the section of Cole Street at the bottom of the hill. He recalled an incident when he was 16 which happened to his brother.

“My brother was in a car, and something big came out of a gully and then vanished,” Beard said. “It scared him pretty bad.”

He told of another time when a friend was walking through the woods, and saw something in a corn field. Although he didn’t know what he saw, Beard said the friend was shaken up.

“I think there’s something to it,” Beard said of the legend. “It was spotted at the bottom of the hill in Cole Hollow in 1978 or 1979 but people think it was a big trucker wearing a suit. But in the late 60s and early 70s I know it wasn’t a trucker.”

“There’s something around there in the woods,” said one long-time resident who didn’t want her name used.

She herself had an experience with the creature many years ago.

“My husband had a band at the time,” she recalled. “We came home at 4 a.m. from a club where he was playing one time, and when we pulled into the driveway I saw something drinking out of our pool in the back. It was not a bear and it was not a deer.”

The woman described what she saw as gorilla-like, standing about 7 feet tall, covered with brown hair and leaving a bad smell.

Based on friends’ descriptions, Beard also said the creature was tall and covered with hair, but he described the hair color as white.

The woman recalled another time when she was visiting a neighbor who had a vicious dog penned up outside. She said the dog barked often and was afraid of nothing. During the visit, the dog began to bark and then stopped. When the owner went to investigate, the dog was laying down and appeared to have been frightened by something.

One theory is that the monster resides in the abandoned coal mines along Cole Street.

“You always see black streaks heading down towards the woods when (the monster) appears,” she said.

“I don’t know what it is, but I believe there’s something down in the woods,” she continued. “I used to do a lot of mushrooming. One time I had been mushrooming and was sitting down in the woods, and all of a sudden I felt like something was watching me. That’s the last time I went mushrooming in those woods.”

Others have had “close encounters” with the monster while in their cars.

“In the summer of 86 a friend and I were driving up Cole Street in a little VW,” said Fran Roark of East Peoria. “The headlights went out and the car died. It wouldn’t start and although it was still in gear, the car rolled back down the hill and into the parking lot of the old brick yard.”

Roark said it was a dark night, no moonlight, drizzling, and about 11 p.m. The windows were down and the pair sat talking for awhile before trying to start the car again. The pair then noticed a foul odor engulfing the car. Roark said it smelled like a cat that had been run over three days ago.

They sat for another 15 minutes and then started hearing eerie noises coming from the woods behind the brick yard. She said the noises were a shrieking wail which became louder. Roark and her friend got out of the car and ran down the hill to a house where another friend lived.

Roark’s friend listened to what had happened and then related her experiences living near the area of the legendary Cole Street Monster. Roark said her friend had heard similar noises at night and had seen fires flame up near the woods when the sounds were being made. She also told Roark huge footprints had been found in the woods.

Roark’s uncle, an East Peoria native, told her about two of his classmates from high school who reportedly were driving up Cole Street hill and the same thing happened to them. They got out of the car, which had rolled into the brick yard, and hiked up the hill for help.

The one girl, who was mute and dumb, stopped dead in her tracks as she sighted the big hairy ape-man-like monster run across the road ahead of her. The same girl later claimed she had communicated with the monster through telepathy and the monster told her not to be afraid for he would not harm her.

Roark said one thing is for sure, there is something in the Cole Street woods, but what she just wasn’t sure.

The monster has been quiet during the last 10 years, with the last sighting occurring in 1978. But who knows when the Cole Street Monster will decide to start lurking in the woods again?

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Illinois Episode – Finding Bigfoot

The long awaited Illinois episode of Finding Bigfoot will air this coming Sunday evening, 24th March 2013, 10 pm Eastern.

Bigfoot the Friendly Ghost

The team travels to Illinois to meet a man who claims to have recorded bigfoot howls in his backyard. Several witnesses share their sightings of these creatures in some unusual locations, including a graveyard. 

 

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Black Panthers and Tawny Cougars in Illinois

(Photo courtesy Valerie Abbott)

Illinois has three confirmed cougar kills in recent years:

15th July 2000: Male cougar killed by a train in Randolph County.

Big Cat Comeback?

4th December 2004: Male cougar found by a bow hunter in New Boston (Mercer County).

Mercer County Cougar

The Mercer County Cougar

14th March 2008: Male cougar shot and killed in Roscoe Village neighborhood of Chicago (Cook County).

Cougar Killed in Chicago

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Links to various articles pertaining to big cats in Illinois.

Alleged Cougar Sightings Busted By IDNR

The beast of the bluffs

Big Cat Comeback?

Big Cat Marks

Black Panthers in Illinois

Cougars in Illinois?

Cougar Killed in Chicago

Cougar sightings catch authorities’ attention

Illinois DNR debunks cougar claim

Illinois’ Recent Puma Kills

Just a wild cat chase?

Midwest Cougar Sightings

Phantom Panthers & Big Cats Of Illinois

They’r b-a-a-a-c-k

What is a Black Panther?

Wildcat scare keeps Palmyra pupils inside / DNR officials doubt it

cougarnet.org

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Big Bad Wolf is a Wildman

With the opening of the new movie Red Riding Hood (2011), it got me to thinking whether there is any connection between the Big Bad Wolf and the old “hairy wildman” myths of Europe.

Now I am not a folklorist nor am I knowledgeable about old European myths. I honestly only feel comfortable speaking about something I have personal experience with. However, having had a very brief sighting of an “upright hairy biped” myself near Seneca, Illinois in 2005, I do know that “hairy wildmen” do in fact exist in North America. It is my belief that the “hairy wildman” myths of Europe are based on the real flesh & blood animal commonly known in the North America as bigfoot / sasquatch. As such I think the wildman fits the description of ogres and trolls.

Illustration by Gystave Doré (1832-1882), the French artist and engraver.

But what about “The Big Bad Wolf”? In medieval times  Europe did have wolves and big problems at times with rabid wolves. The recently released movie Red Riding Hood (2011) proclaims that it is “Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf”.  There are similarities in the dialog of Red Riding Hood to old Norse myths which describe the animal as a giant, not a wolf.

It is my conclusion that it has always been difficult for witnesses to come to grips with what type of animal the “hairy man” is. Being confronted with an 8 foot hairy creature standing behind a tree many have included it must be a wolf standing on it’s hind legs. And if it is a wolf, which doesn’t stand on hind legs, then it must be an upright walking wolf, the werewolf.

Note – for an excellent resource to the origins of  the myth of  the “hairy man” in Europe read the in-depth book entitled ‘Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas, Spanning 50,000 Years’.

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