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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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NASA Zone F: Has NASA discovered strange creatures under the sea?




What is the connection between NASA, Zone F and the Megalodon?

A massive shark is caught on camera prowling near a research vessel off the Massachusetts coast, creating a buzz on social media. What is the link between NASA Zone F and this elusive megalodon?

What is a Megalodon?

The megalodon, from Nasa Zone F, compared with normal sized sharks and a human

The megalodon is an incredible creature from the past that once roamed the depths of our ancient oceans. It is often referred to as the largest shark that ever lived. Despite being extinct for millions of years, the sheer size and power of the megalodon continue to captivate our imaginations.

The megalodon was a massive shark, far larger than any shark we see in our oceans today. It is believed to have reached lengths of around 50 to 60 feet, which is like having three school buses parked end to end! Just thinking about it makes you realize how enormous this creature truly was. Its mouth alone was wide enough to swallow a human whole, with teeth that could grow up to 7 inches in length.

As a top predator, the megalodon had an insatiable appetite. It primarily fed on marine mammals, such as whales and seals, as well as large fish. With its powerful jaws and rows of sharp, triangular teeth, the megalodon would bite its prey with incredible force, incapacitating them instantly. Its strong body allowed it to swim swiftly, sneaking up on its unsuspecting victims, making it a true ocean hunter.

The megalodon was believed to inhabit oceans around the world during the Miocene and Pliocene epochs, which were about 2 to 20 million years ago. Its fossilized teeth have been found in various parts of the world, indicating its broad range. However, it suddenly disappeared from the Earth’s oceans, and scientists are still trying to determine the exact cause of its extinction. Some theories suggest that changes in climate and the decline in its prey population played significant roles.

What is NASA Zone F?

NASA Zone F has been employed for capturing satellite images of the Earth’s oceans, playing a crucial role in the identification and monitoring of oceanic phenomena. Leveraging cutting-edge technology, NASA holds the capability to unveil mysteries concealed beneath the ocean depths, potentially revealing the existence of the megalodon.

NASA scientists, in collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, are exploring the Earth’s hadal zone, the deepest parts of the oceans, to gain insights into extreme environments and develop technology for space exploration.

The hadal zone was once thought to be inhospitable, but discoveries of vibrant ecosystems around hydrothermal vents challenged that notion. Scientists are using autonomous underwater vehicles like Orpheus to map and study these depths, drawing parallels to environments on other planets, such as Jupiter’s moon Europa.

The challenges faced in exploring the hadal zone, with its extreme pressure and temperature conditions, provide valuable lessons for designing robotic missions in outer space.

Near the boundary between the inner and outer core of the Earth, there might be a decrease in how fast things are moving (negative velocity gradient). This could happen because there are elements in that area that produce heat. From a chemical standpoint, it’s expected that between one-third to more than half of all the Earth’s heat-producing elements are present below the upper mantle. This matches what we see in terms of heat coming out from the Earth’s surface.

When scientists conduct experiments at high pressure, they find that these heat-producing elements likely exist in the form of dioxides. These dioxides don’t mix well with the main rocks in the mantle under the temperature and pressure conditions found in the lower mantle. These heat-producing dioxides are very dense, possibly even denser than the liquid iron-nickel core of the Earth, so they might be moved to the boundary between the inner and outer core, known as the F zone.

it is possible that “Zone F” could represent a particular region in the Earth’s ocean where unique conditions exist, that allow the megalodon, to survive. It may have found a habitat in this specific zone due to favorable environmental conditions or the presence of certain prey species. This could mean that the megalodon still exists deep down in the ocean where they can hide away from human eyes.

The viral TikTok video of the Megalodon

Are these clips evidence that the megalodon still exists?

A huge shark was spotted from a research ship off the coast of Massachusetts in 2021, and a video of it has gone viral on social media.

The video was taken from the SSV Corwith Cramer, a research ship from the Sea Education Association. They were on a mission in the open ocean when they noticed the shark swimming next to the ship. A team member, Alex Albrecht, recorded the moment and shared it on TikTok, where it became viral. In the video, you can see the huge shark, some people think it might be a megalodon because of its size and shape, swimming slowly near the ship. Students on the ship can be heard shouting as the shark disappears into the water.

The sighting of the shark raised concerns, and NASA was contacted to check it out. Fortunately, it turned out that the shark wasn’t a threat. Satellite footage revealed that the mysterious shadow in the water was actually a group of harmless microbes. Even though the shark wasn’t dangerous, the video created a lot of excitement and got people interested in the idea that megalodons might still be living in our oceans.

Do you think megalodons still exist under the deep ocean? Tell us your theories in the comments.

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Human-Bear Cryptid Sighting told in 1883 Newspaper




The newspaper article from 1883 discussing the sighting of three human-bear cryptids.

The Salt Lake Herald featured a story in 1883 about three businessmen who stumbled upon a wild woman with three children who seemed to be half human and half bear.

The Human-Bear Cryptid Sighting in Louisiana

The newspaper article can be viewed in context here. We have reproduced it below.

A Queer Family: Consisting of a Mother of Three Children Who are Part Man and Part Animal

The Salt Lake Herald, Sunday 30th September, 1883

Messrs. F. Rosengay, Allen M. Vandal and Edward P. Strong, for some time past have been traveling through portions of Florida, Alabama and Mississippi inspecting pine lands.

These gentlemen are the emissaries of a grand syndicate. Or, at least, so they claim, which has been formed in Minnesota for the purpose of buying immense tracts of land in the south and forming a complete system of saw mills from which to furnish lumber for the world, but more especially for shipment into Mexico, where they claim they will always find a ready market at good prices.

These gentlemen are all men of means and very kindly in their deportment, making friends in every portion of the country they have visited, and bring with them undoubted credentials as to their honor and integrity, therefore some credit must be given to the following relation, which each of them declares to be nothing but facts.

It might be as well to state here that nearly on the line between St. Tammany and Washington parishes resides a man about 50 years of age, who answers to the name of “Crazy Aleck.” This dilapidated specimen of crazy humanity resides in the most lonesome portion of the parish that it would be possible to find, seldom making his appearance among the settlers, and then only when forced to do so from hunger.

He is harmlessly insane and sometimes when he visits a place to secure a snack of something to eat will become quite communicative and tell some wonderful stories concerning his forest home; but where he resides no one knows or cares, and his queer stories were never heeded, being regarded as the fancies of a madman’s brain.

But upon several occasions “Crazy Aleck” has told a story concerning “a woman and some bears” which sounded ridiculous and improbable in the extreme, but which, nevertheless, has proved to be true.

This is the narrative related by the three gentlemen first named:

Hearing while in the lower portion of Mississippi, that some very desirable land lay in Washington and St. Tammany parishes, LA., and that is could be procured very reasonably, our party started for that section. Upon arriving at the desired point we obtained accommodations at a farmhouse and the next day started on horseback in a tour of inspection; well, we had gone over considerable ground during the day and started on the return about 4 o’clock.

Mr. Vandal, who had become weary of riding, had asked one of us to lead his animal and that he would walk on while we stopped now and then to make observations and take notes, as was our custom upon such journeys.

Vandal got some distance ahead of the two of us who had the horses, and suddenly we saw him come around a bend in the road a short distance ahead of us on a dead run; we started up our horses to meet him, and when he came up, almost out of breath, he said: “Tie your horses to a tree and come up the road; there’s the greatest sight you ever saw.”

We did as he requested and followed him up the road some 300 yards, when putting his fingers to his lips, to indicate that we must be silent and cautious, he started to creep through an undergrowth on the side of the road and we followed.

At this juncture we were much startled to hear a deep coarse laugh issue from a space apparently a short distance in advance of us.

It was a human laugh, evidently, but still it was so hollow and unearth like that it sent a chill of terror through us all; this laugh was followed by another, and then another of the same kind, and these were succeeded by a long hearty laugh, apparently that of a female.

Partly recovered from our astonishment, at a motion from Vandal we creeped on about thirty yards to the edge of the thicket, and there in an open space, a few yards beyond, we beheld the most astonishing sight that ever greeted mortal eye.

Seated on the trunk of a fallen tree was a dilapidated looking specimen of feminine humanity, whose small bit of clothing was naught but rags and whose hair hung about her shoulders in a tangles mass; she was apparently about sixty years of age, was of medium stature, and dark, as though from long exposure to the sun and weather.

Near by her were three of the most hideous objects one could imagine, evidently playing, and she seemed to be watching them attentively.

To describe these three objects (you could not call them human) is very difficult.Their heads were shaped like human beings, the tops, ears, eyes and neck being perfect, but the mouth and nose coming together broad and thick, more on the order of a bear; the arms resembled perfectly those of men, but from the waist down they bore the shape and semblance of a bear, being covered entirely with long, coarse, black hair. The feet were also similar to those of a bear, being flat, and seemingly armed with immense claws.

For some time we watched them with mute astonishment, as they wrestled and played, now dancing erect as a biped, and then on all fours as a quadruped, and now and then giving a vent to their horrible laugh.

How long this would have continued we do not know, but jut here Strong let his excitement get the better of his discretion and changed his position, partly exposing himself to view, and at the same time making a slight noise. The noise attracted the woman’s attention, and she evidently saw Strong, for uttering a cry of alarm she started through the under growth on the other side of the opening with the speed of a deer, closely followed by the three queer-looking creatures, running on all fours.

As soon as we had recovered from our astonishment we attempted to follow them, but they were too swift of foot, and fearing we would become lost in this, to us strange section, we were forced to return.

The next day in company with several other gentlemen, we scoured the section thoroughly, but could find no traces of the strange family. “I have traveled far,” said Mr. Vandal, “and seen many wonderful things, but this human-bear family, as I call them, surpasses my experience heretofore by far.

Theories about the Human-Bear Cryptid Children

If we assume this story is credible, what could be going on here?

Some cryptozoologists believe the wild woman in this account may have found some orphaned bigfoot children and chosen to raise them as her own. Bigfoot and other strange cryptids have been spotted all over America and it’s possible that these young creatures were simply an undiscovered species being cared for by a reclusive woman.

It’s somewhat more likely that the children were in fact human but perhaps horribly deformed. The extreme body hair and strange facial features could be a genetic abnormality. The “claws” could have simply been unkempt toenails that had grown to an unsightly length.

Perhaps the children were actually bear cubs that that the woman had taken. If they had mange it’s possible that they would resemble humans a bit more closely. A recent viral video showing a bear in a Chinese zoo that people believed was actually human shows that some bears can be uncannily human-like.

A video of a bear showing strangely human qualities.

What do you think the truth is about the part-human- part bear family? Let us know in the comments.

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