This week we chat with world renowned cryptozoologist and researcher Eric H Altman. We discuss some of the hotspots on the NE coast of America for Cryptids and Paranormal encounters.
Not a Bigfoot Story today folks, but one many people in the UK are unaware of, the mystery disappearance of the lighthouse crew in the remotest place in the UK. This is still a mystery to this day.
On the 26th December 1900, a small ship was making its way to the Flannan Islands in the remote Outer Hebrides. Its destination was the lighthouse at Eilean Mor, a remote island which (apart from its lighthouse keepers) was completely uninhabited. Although uninhabited, the island has always sparked people’s interest. It is named after St. Flannen, a 6th century Irish Bishop who later became a saint. He built a chapel on the island and for centuries shepherds used to bring over sheep to the island to graze but would never stay the night, fearful of the spirits believed to haunt that remote spot.
NEW IN TODAY: In the early hours of the morning on 11/6/2018 a van driver travelling on the road between Warrington and Manchester going about his normal nightly routes saw something crossing the road in front of him that he can not explain, the creature, described as dog like, but bigger than a horse and moving fast shocked the driver, when describing the speed he said “it dusted out of sight in seconds” the sighting has left the man confused as to what he saw and how it could’ve moved away from him so fast. The road itself runs between two nature parks and is surrounded by other strange accounts of skulking road crossing creatures and growls.
The driver himself has no prior interest in cryptids, strange creatures or anything out of the norm really, and to be honest he was very skeptical of a family member who had in the past spoke about a sighting of something unexplained they once had. He now feels less skeptical no doubt.
In May 2005 the British newspapers picked on a strange story in the NW if England in a seaside village. The mystery beast as tall as a Labrador dog with big loping ears, a large mouth, light in colour and which moved with a lolloping gait was mystifying residents of the heavily wooded Green Drive area in the Lancashire town of Lytham.
Over twenty witnesses have reported seeing the animal which some describe as a “Hound from the Baskervilles,” an overgrown hare, a werewolf, one chap even likened it to Bigfoot, while another to the cartoon character Wile E. Coyote. Others simply believe it is a mangy fox, or a Muntjac Deer. The more sceptical folk in the area say there has been too much of the amber nectar flowing freely down some peoples necks.
A Number of accounts taken from the British Bigfoot sightings map which can be found here. MAP OF UK ACCOUNTS
Until Next Time, Deborah
I was contacted on 13/1/16 by Mark Farnell who wished to report his account of something that happend to him and his friend when they were young boys living in the Tarleton Area of Lancashire. As most of us did back then he was out with his mates, a day in the local woods would bring us a lot of joy and excitement, on this occasion they got a little more excitement than they initially planned for. Whilst playing amongst the trees they noticed a strange “hunched hairy creature” watching them.
Witness Account: Mark Farnell: Back in July of 1996, when I was 13 years of age, my friend and I witnessed something in the local woods of the small village I lived in that to this very day I can not explain. I have tried to work out what I saw and like many people in the UK who have seen a similar thing I can only describe it as an “Ape like human looking creature covered in hair”.
The Twilight Paranormal Group did some night investigation in Grovely wood, an area of reported wild man activity since the 1800. Whilst there the group experienced some very wildman like activity, Original Source for the full account.
Team Leaders Notes. Grovely Wood is situated on the outskirts of Wilton. With a Roman road cutting straight through the woodland and prehistoric earthworks contained within the area, Grovely also has a historic story to tell. Grovely Woods has two specific and most interesting stories associated with its area. Grovely Wood is a place that I have always wanted to investigate. I have been fascinated by these woods ever since I was a small child as people used to talk about them to each other and about the goings on there. I had only visited the woods once when I took my dog for a walk one afternoon. I was with a friend and although I did feel as if I was being watched, the feeling was not sinister. However my friend was afraid and could not wait for the walk to be over. Other people have also told me stories of their experiences down at Grovely. Recently one of my colleagues told me that she was walking through the woods with her child in a pushchair and her dog. She said that the atmosphere was so intense, she could not bear it. She also felt as if someone was watching her and she turned around and fled from the area as she felt so unsafe. Paranormal Investigator, Vikki has also had many strange and frightening experiences in Grovely wood when she was younger.
Let’s take a look at the story of the flat woods monster and what it could possible be. Unsurprisingly, the area around Flatwoods West Virginia is known for UFO sighings and other high strangeness.
A couple driving from Manchester on their way to visit friends were driving along the Stocksbridge Road around 4pm when they heard a voice from the back seat say “look out” very loudly, at which point the lady who was driving and her husband in the passenger seat observed a man in old fashioned clothing stood to the side of the road. He was just standing there as the lady applied the brakes in shock he promptly vanished. Needles to say that shook them up, but what puzzled them more was the warning voice that came from an empty back seat. I can tell you with certainty that this couple are not given to flights of fancy or melodrama. They both described an old man in old naval clothes, bell bottoms and all. There are many accounts of a ghost or spirits along the road and the bypass itself has a number of strange stories attached to it.
One of the Witnesses to the British Bigfoot/Wildman has today made a video of his account in Epping Forest in 1974. NE Wildman Research had an experience back then with a friend when they were fishing in the Blackweir pond area. Known to locals as The Lost Pond or even The Suicide Pond it is an eerie place to be in the daytime, let alone at night with only a pocket knife for protection.
NE Wildman Research: The Lost Ponds is a strange place at the best of times, I have been to that area so many times as a boy with my friends, we would fish late or just play as boys do coming home when we were hungry, there was a weird feeling to this place even in the day but this night it got weirder still. The lost pond is in the area of Loughton Camp within Epping Forest, one of the old Hill forts from ancient times.
The proper name for the water source was the Blackweir Pond, but it was known to us locals as the Lost Pond because it is hidden away in the middle of the forest in a hard location to get into and it is not visible to any passers by, there are large trees and bushes all around it, so that’s how it got its name but not its reputation. Even the pond itself has an eerie feel It was strange circular-ish pond where we used to fish at night for carp. I say strange because it had a local and well told reputation at school as the suicide pond, it always feel dark and solemn when your there to be honest, and its said normal sane individuals would inexplicably be overcome with grief or sadness and throw themselves into the waters and drown themselves for no reason, well that was the local story at least, but we were not deterred from fishing as it was a good little spot, quiet and out of the way. Not many people fished it other than us so it was always a place we would head too, there and “the gravels” were our two favourite spots.