The Crosswick Snake Monster
An artist’s depiction of the Crosswick Snake Monster.
An article in the Western Star from 1882 tells of a child being taken by a giant snake-like creature. The story was verified by the local doctor and a judge.
Description of the Crosswick Snake Monster
According to reports, the Crosswick Snake Monster was an enormous serpent, measuring anywhere from thirty to forty feet long with a diameter of sixteen inches. Its legs were unusually long, reaching four feet in length and covered in scales that matched its body.
The feet of the Crosswick Snake Monster were similar to those of a lizard, black and white in color and adorned with large yellow spots. Its head was equally impressive, measuring about sixteen inches in width and featuring a long, black forked tongue and a deep red interior in its mouth.
What made this creature even more fascinating was that it seemed to use its hind legs to stand upright, giving it a unique and imposing appearance. Its tail served as its primary source of propulsion, allowing it to move quickly both on land and in the water.
The Crosswick Snake Monster Abducts a Child
In Waynesville, Ohio, in the late 1800s, there were occasional reports of a strange and eerie snake monster. Sightings of this unusual creature persisted for several years. While more common snake species like black, garter, and rattlesnakes could still be found in the area, locals were talking about something far more ominous.
Then, a significant development occurred. A remarkable specimen of a snake, unlike anything anyone had seen before, was discovered. Its existence was well-documented, and even the most skeptical individuals in the neighborhood were forced to take notice.
A small village called Crosswicks, situated about one mile north of Waynesville, was home to several African American families, including John Lynch and his two sons, Ed and Joe, aged thirteen and eleven, respectively.
The boys were fishing at a small creek on the south side of the village when they suddenly heard a commotion behind them. As they turned to look, they were met with the sight of a huge monster approaching them rapidly, causing them to scream and start running.
The creature, which they had never seen before, came up to the older boy and suddenly threw out two long arms or forelegs, seizing the boy in its slimy embrace. The monster then produced two more legs, roughly four feet long, from some unknown hiding place in its body, dragging the boy about one hundred yards down the creek to a large sycamore tree.
The tree had a diameter of twenty-six feet at the base, was hollow, and had a large opening on one side. The monster tried to take the boy through the opening, but by that point, the boy was almost paralyzed with fear and unable to resist.
Three men, Rev. Jacob Horn, George Peterson and Allen Jordan, were quarrying stone close by to where the boys were fishing. Suddenly, the men heard screams and saw a monstrous creature attacking one of the boys.
They quickly rushed over to rescue the child, arriving just in time to see the snake attempting to drag the boy into the large sycamore tree. The men’s arrival frightened the snake, causing it to release the boy and flee. The child was badly injured and was taken to Dr. L.C. Lukens, in Waynesville for treatment.
Dr. Lukens had reported the morning after the incident that the boy was badly bruised and scratched, extremely frightened, and was experiencing convulsions and spasms throughout the night. The child was able to fall asleep at three o’clock in the morning but would frequently wake up in terror. Despite the ordeal, the doctor believed that the child would recover in a few days.
In the afternoon, around sixty men gathered around the sycamore tree armed with clubs, axes, dogs, and other weapons. They had decided to cut down the tree and destroy the fearsome creature hiding within.
As they began cutting, the snake grew alarmed and jumped out of the opening, extending its fore and hind legs and standing up to a height of twelve to fourteen feet. With incredible speed, it crossed the creek and ran up a small hill, breaking a rail fence in the process.
The men and some of the dogs pursued it until it reached a large hill with a heavy ledge of rocks, where it disappeared into a hole. Some of the men and dogs were too scared to continue the chase, but the braver ones followed until the creature disappeared underground.
Theories about the Crosswick Snake Monster
Ohio mysteries covers the Crosswick Snake Monster
Usually stories of this nature are quick to be written off as simply a hoax or a story written to entertain readers of the newspaper. What makes thsi story interesting is that many influential members of the community were mentioned by name.
Several well-known individuals in the Crosswick community were involved in this story, including highly respected and trusted figures. Dr. L.C. Lukens was a dependable and professional physician, and the Rev. Jacob Horn was a significant member of the Crosswick church during that era. George Peterson and Allen Jordan were also highly regarded members of the community.
While the identities of the 60 men who gathered around the sycamore tree may be unknown, it is unlikely that a newspaper would publish such a bold claim without reliable sources to back it up. The newspaper’s reputation would be at stake if the story were proven false, so it is reasonable to assume that the witnesses and reporting were credible.
The involvement of these reputable individuals and the reporting from a trusted newspaper adds to the authenticity and intrigue of the Crosswick Monster story.
So what was the Crosswick Snake Monster? Perhaps it was some kind of rare, undiscovered that used to live in the wilds of Crosswick. You’ll have to venture there yourself to find out for sure!
Have you ever encountered anything like the Crosswick Snake Monster? Let us know in the comments!
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Bigfoot Researcher Leads Historic Expedition in Thailand
C. Thomas Biscardi, a renowned Bigfoot researcher with more than 50 years of experience, has announced
the launch of “Bigfoot in Thailand: The Definitive Expedition”, a
groundbreaking venture that aims to uncover proof of the legendary
creature in a country where it is known as Orang Pendek.
and his team of experts will collaborate with Thai government
officials, academic leaders and locals who have witnessed or encountered
the elusive beast in the remote jungles of Southeast Asia.
said that Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia have a long
history of Bigfoot reports, dating back to the 16th century, but they
have been largely neglected by serious researchers due to various
challenges such as weather, terrain, wildlife, culture and politics.
said that his team, which includes tracker Robert “The Swede” Holmberg
and researcher Chris Contrearas, has the skills and experience to
overcome these obstacles and conduct a thorough and rigorous
investigation. He also said that Buddhist Monk “Att” will be a vital
part of the expedition, providing access and guidance to the lands and
people associated with Bigfoot sightings.
expedition will be documented by cameras that will capture every aspect
of the historic journey, from interviews with witnesses and experts to
field investigations and possible encounters with the monster.
footage will be used for a new documentary that will showcase the
definitive historical library of Bigfoot in Thailand, as well as the
clear evidence that Biscardi hopes to find.
“I am confident that
this expedition will be informative and successful in not only creating
the definitive historical library of Bigfoot in Thailand, but will also
produce clear evidence of the monster,” Biscardi said.
“Bigfoot is no stranger to the people of Southeast Asia, yet the
legendary monster remains just that – a legend. To add some real
evidence to the centuries of stories surrounding the mysterious beast,
we need to go where no one has gone before.”
“The Swede” Holmberg, who will be in charge of the field crew, said: “I
have been tracking and hunting animals for most of my life, but nothing
compares to the thrill of pursuing Bigfoot. I have seen some amazing
things in my previous expeditions with Tom, but I am ready for a new
challenge in Thailand. I believe we have a good chance of finding
Chris Contrearas, who will be responsible for
collecting and analyzing information, said: “I have been fascinated by
Bigfoot since I was a kid, and I have dedicated my career to finding the
truth behind this phenomenon. I have studied hundreds of reports and
cases from around the world, but Thailand is a unique and intriguing
location. I am looking forward to working with Tom and his team to
uncover the secrets of this region.”
A photo of the Cornwall Owlman taken in 2019. Photo: Cornwall Live
The Cornwall Owlman is a Mothman-like creature spotted repeatedly since the 1920’s in a churchyard in the UK.
What is the Cornwall Owlman?
A sketch of the Cornwall Owlman
St Mawnan and St Stephen’s Church, located in Cornwall, is believed by some to be home to a creature that looks like a mix of a man and an owl. This creature has been scaring the local people and tourists since the 1920s. The church is in a peaceful area surrounded by trees and a beautiful view of the sea.
The first sighting of the Owlman was in 1926. The Cornish Echo newspaper told a story about two boys who were being chased by a really huge, angry bird. The boys were extremely frightened, but luckily they were able to get away and find safety behind a strong metal grating.
St Mawnan and St Stephen’s Church, located in Cornwall.
Another sighting of the Owlman of Mawnan Smith was reported 50 years later in April 1976. Two girls, June (12) and Vicky (9) Melling were on vacation with their parents They decided to walk to the old church for a look around. While they were on top of the church tower, they saw something they didn’t expect. It was a menacing creature that looked like a mixture of a bird and a man, with wings and feathers.
The girls were so terrified by what they saw that their father made the decision to end their vacation and leave Cornwall right away.
In July of that same year, two other 14-year-old girls chose to go camping in the woods surrounding the church. They also reported seeing a gigantic owl that looked like a human, and its eyes were glowing.
News about the sightings travelled quickly and even made it to the front pages of national newspapers.
Two years later, there was another incident where some people saw something strange. At first, they thought it was someone trying to prank them by wearing a costume, dressed as a very big bird that looked silvery-gray.
They quickly changed their minds however when they saw the creature actually fly up into the sky and vanish. After it flew away, they noticed a weird buzzing sound coming from the trees for a while.
In 1989 and then again six years later, there were more sightings of the owl man. This time, an American tourist was the witness. She described the owl man as being at least 5 feet tall and having enormous claws coming from its large wings.
At the end of the summer in 1995, she wrote a letter about her experience and sent it to Simon Parker, who was the night editor of the Western Morning News at that time.
Here is what she wrote:
I am a student of marine biology at the Field Museum, Chicago on the last day of a summer vacation in England. Last Sunday evening I had a most unique and frightening experience in the wooded area near the Old Church at Mawnan, Cornwall. I experienced what I can only describe as a ‘vision from hell’.
The time was 15 minutes after 9, more or less. And I was walking along a narrow track through the trees. I was halted in my tracks when about 30m ahead I saw a monstrous ‘Birdman’ thing. It was the size of a man with a ghastly face, a wide mouth, glowing eyes and pointed ears. It had huge clawed wings and was covered in feathers of silver grey colour. The thing had long bird legs which terminated in large black claws. It saw me and rose, floating towards me. I just screamed then turn and ran for my life. The whole experience was totally irrational and dreamlike.
Friends tell me that there is a tradition of a Phantom Owlman in that District. Now I know why. I have seen the phantom myself. Please don’t publish my real name and address. This could adversely affect my career. Now I have to rethink my ‘worldview’ entirely.
Yours very sincerely scared Eyewitness.”
Recent Sightings of the Cornwall Owlman
Another sketch based on sightings of the Cornwall Owlman
In 2019, a paranormal investigator in Falmouth claimed that he saw the Owlman, and that his friend was attacked by it.
Mark Davies, was in the graveyard with his friend Chris Power from Manchester. Suddenly they heard a hissing sound coming from the trees, accompanied by flapping noises. The sound seemed to pass right above their heads. At that moment, they saw a figure with horns on its head, which greatly alarmed them. They were carrying a meter used to detect electromagnetic energy, typically used for detecting ghosts. Surprisingly, they received coherent responses to their questions through the meter.
These occurrences indicated the presence of a demonic energy, which made them feel unsafe. Their friend experienced an attack in the form of scratches on his arm. Mark claimed that his camera broke during the incident. Although he didn’t see anything, he suddenly felt a surge of energy. It wasn’t until around half an hour later that he began to feel a burning sensation.
Mark and Chris managed to capture this photo that they claim may be the Owlman:
Could the Cornwall Owlman be Mothman?
The sightings of the Cornwall Owlman have a striking resemblance to stories of the Mothman, a legendary creature often described as a large, winged humanoid with glowing red eyes, known for its association with sightings of impending disasters and a sense of foreboding.
Could the Cornwall Owlman be Mothman? We decided to check if the reported sightings of the Owlman line up with any disasters in Cornwall’s history over the last 100 years.
There are a few disasters that the Cornwall Owlman could have been trying to warn us about.
The Accident at Castle-an-Dinas
Not long after the reported Owlman sighting in 1995, Cornwall’s worst ever traffic accident occurred.
On December 15, 1995, a digger’s arm, being carried on a lorry, swung out unexpectedly and hit the cars behind it, causing a devastating collision with shattered glass and twisted metal. Five people lost their lives, and others suffered severe head injuries.
The accident happened on a minor road at Castle-an-Dinas at 6:30 PM when the driver was returning the vehicle to the depot after a long day’s work. The companies responsible for the vehicle, Bazeley Plant Hire and Chepstow Plant Hire, were fined a total of £500,000 for not ensuring its safety.
The driver, who hailed from Fraddon, was found guilty of causing the death of five people due to dangerous driving. He was ordered to receive treatment at a psychiatric hospital due to mental illness linked to post-traumatic stress disorder and depression resulting from the accident.
The Camelford Poisoning
On July 6, 1988, a serious accident occurred at the water treatment plant near Camelford, Cornwall. Due to a mistake made by a relief lorry driver, around twenty tonnes of aluminium sulphate were dumped into the wrong water tank, contaminating the water supply for about 20,000 people in the area. This resulted in the water becoming highly acidic and filled with metals.
As a consequence, numerous residents experienced health problems such as stomach cramps, rashes, diarrhoea, mouth ulcers, and joint pain. Some even claimed that their hair turned green due to copper residues in the water. Despite receiving numerous complaints about the quality of the water, the South West Water Authority initially assured the public that it was safe to drink. However, it took nearly three weeks before a warning was finally issued. The incident left lasting health concerns within the community for many years.
The Cornwall Owlman wasn’t sighted again until the year after the poisoning occurred, but perhaps it was trying to warn us about the ongoing affects of the poisoning.
Possible Explanations for the Cornwall Owlman
Shrouded Hand covers the Owlman of Cornwall
The reason behind all these strange events occurring near Mawnan church remains a mystery. Some people suggest that the sightings could be attributed to an escaped Great Grey Owl. These owls can have a wingspan of almost 2 meters, possess large talons, and reach a height of around 4.5 feet. The fact that the Owlman has been seen over such a long period of time makes it unlikely that witness are seeing the same owl.
Another theory proposes a connection between the stories and the church’s location within ancient earthworks. Some researchers also mention the presence of a ley line, an energy line in the Earth, passing through the site. Some visitors to the area have described Mawnan Woods as brimming with a vibrant energy. Is it possible that this natural Earth energy is somehow linked to the reports of the Owlman?
Some people are skeptical about many of the sightings in the 1970’s as they were connected to one man, a magician and paranormal researcher Tony “Doc” Shiels.
During that period, Doc Shiels gained attention and recognition for his involvement in a project dedicated to discovering and summoning monsters. He claimed to have witnessed the Loch Ness monster and even captured a photograph of it.
For a long time, he resided in St Ives before relocating to Ponsanooth. He has since departed Cornwall and moved to Ireland.
What do you think about the Cornwall Owlman? Tell us in the comments.
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