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Man Sees Unexplainable Figure at Wisconsin Dog Park



Possible Mothman sighting at Wisconsin Dog Park

The Singular Fortean Society was recently made aware of a sighting report submitted to the Madison, Wisconsin subreddit on the social media site Reddit.

“I may have seen something near Quann Dog Park [and] my best guess would be that it was Mothman. Looking off towards a gap in the trees next to the railroad tracks was a large black figure. It was like someone with football shoulder pads had a big black cloak over themselves, peeking out, or even a giant black bear for some reason, I thought.

It didn’t make sense to me. It seemed to be looking out onto the park and definitely noticed me noticing it. They crouched down a bit and things shifted. I couldn’t get closer [from] where I was because of the fence (dog/baby) so we walked around and up the bike path, but I didn’t see anything.

Are there homeless people that sleep up by the tracks in those woods?

I’ll always just assume it was Mothman.”

The woodlands are located west of Quann Dog Park and extend along the park’s western and northernmost borders, the railroad tracks, and Wingra Creek, respectively.

The witness, identified by investigator Tobias Wayland, is a 41-year-old male from Madison. He was willing to speak with Tobias on the phone, but only on the condition that his identity is protected.

The individual confirmed his earlier statements and provided more information that had been left out of his initial interview.

He informed Tobias that he saw the figure at around 9 a.m. on July 28 and that he was approximately 200 to 250 feet away from it for 30 to 45 seconds.

The man admitted, “I lost track of it when I needed to pay attention to my dog.”

Someone seven or eight feet tall and about three or four feet wide, the figure was described as having “shoulder pads and a large, black cloak.”

When he observed the figure, he said it “crouched down and stretched out,” as if in response.

He speculated that all the dogs were too busy playing with one another to notice the apparition, but his own dog showed no signs of alarm.

The witness couldn’t immediately chase and investigate the apparition since he was carrying his young son in a baby carrier and his dog was running loose in the park.

He said he went back and looked around afterward and discovered no signs of human activity.

“There was nothing there,” he said, “no tarp, sleeping bag, nothing.”

On the morning of August 13th, Tobias and Emily Wayland headed to the park to look into the report themselves.

Tobias ventured into the woods, but he found no evidence of human or animal habitation. There was some trash there, but nothing that couldn’t be explained as the kind of rubbish you’d see next to a bike path or walking path.

In the summer, it would be impossible to camp in the woods because of the thick vegetation.

In addition, it didn’t look like any of the plants had been trampled or taken out.

This is not the first time an unnatural being has been likened to Mothman after being spotted in Madison.

A woman and her children reported seeing a big, black, winged monster with bright red eyes in 2002. As they dug deeper into the incident, they uncovered a string of unexplained occurrences that had hit their family around the same time. This sort of thing happens frequently in cases involving possible paranormal sightings of winged humanoids.

There was no strange weather or other occurrences around this most recent encounter, and the eyewitness did not detect any distinguishing features, such as wings, that could confirm the identity of the object.

There is too much ambiguity surrounding the identity of the figure to draw any firm conclusions, as it might just as easily represent an unusually dressed human or something even crazier, like Bigfoot or other cryptids, or maybe even a shadow person.

In any case, it’s not completely out of the question either.

Despite the fact that the figure has yet to be explained, there is no concrete evidence linking it to the alleged sightings of a winged humanoid within a few hundred miles of Lake Michigan.




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‘Queen’ Founding Member Shares Crop Circle Picture



On May 24th, Brian May, a founding member of the rock band Queen who later earned a Ph.D. in astrophysics, posted several images to Instagram of a crop circle seen near Marlborough, England.

“Have you noticed anything out of the ordinary here in the English countryside?” The photos were captioned by May. “I’d never seen a crop circle before. As a result, I’m always skeptical of them. But yesterday, as we flew back from our production rehearsal space, over a location near Marlborough, there was this. […] Who creates these fascinating works of mathematical art? Is it a hoax? Are they created by extraterrestrials? And… how…? And what is their goal?”
Responses to May’s post have been mixed, with some claiming that the phenomenon is paranormal, while others believe that hoaxers are to blame.

Crop circles have sparked speculation in the modern era since at least the mid-1970s, with theories ranging from hoaxers to otherworldly beings to “earth energies.”

Despite the fact that people have claimed responsibility for certain crop circle formations, mysterious circles of flattened plants discovered in fields date back much further than modern-day hoaxers.

W.Y. Evans-Wentz recorded folktales of faeries coming in the night to thresh farmers’ grain in his 1911 book The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries. Similarly, in 1678, an English woodcut pamphlet depicts ‘The Mowing-Devil,’ who is shown mowing crops in a circular pattern.

While some dismiss these as folkloric inspiration for modern-day hoaxers, others see them as proof of a phenomenon that predates man-made imitation.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the crop circle photographed by May.


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DoD Announces Expanded Effort to Investigate UFOs



According to a press release issued by the Department of Defense (DoD):

Due to the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2022, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), amended her original directive to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence & Security on July 15, 2022, by renaming and expanding the scope of the Airborne Object Identification and Management Group (AOIMSG) to the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO).

USD(I&S) Hon. Ronald S. Moultrie informed the department today of the establishment of AARO within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, and named Dr. Sean M. Kirkpatrick, most recently the chief scientist at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Missile and Space Intelligence Center, as its director.

The AARO’s mission will be to coordinate efforts across the Department of Defense and other federal departments and agencies in the United States to detect, identify, and attribute objects of interest in, on, or near military installations, operating areas, training areas, special use airspace, and other areas of interest, and, as needed, to mitigate any associated threats to operational safety and national security. Anomaly, unidentified space, airborne, submerged, and transmedium objects are included.

Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security (USD(I&S)) Ronald Moultrie will lead the AARO Executive Council (AAROEXEC), which will provide oversight and direction to the AARO along the following primary lines of effort:

1. Surveillance, Collection and Reporting
2. System Capabilities and Design
3. Intelligence Operations and Analysis
4. Mitigation and Defeat
5. Governance
6. Science and Technology

This newly reported expansion of the Pentagon’s UFO investigation program follows low congressional trust in their investigative efforts.

Following the release of the much-anticipated preliminary assessment report on UFOs by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence last year, many in the intelligence community were critical of what they saw as the report’s failure to offer any concrete explanations for most of the incidents examined, particularly in light of concerns about secret Russian or Chinese technology.

The Pentagon then promised to revamp the task force in charge of investigating UFOs, which resulted in the formation of the AOIMSG, which has since been renamed the AARO.

This reflects Congress’ growing interest in UFOs, which was most recently demonstrated during a House Intelligence Subcommittee hearing on the subject last May—the first of its kind in more than 50 years.

The congressional hearing allowed lawmakers to question the Pentagon about unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP)—the current government term for UFOs—and for government officials to explain their current position and outline plans to investigate the issue further.

During the hearing, there were few mentions of extraterrestrials, though the Pentagon did express a particular interest in reports containing unusual flight characteristics such as incredible speed, transmedium capabilities, and undetectable means of propulsion.

Since the existence of the Pentagon’s Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP), which reportedly ran from 2007 to 2012, was made public in 2017, congressional interest in UFOs has skyrocketed.

Interest in the encounters between Navy pilots and UFOs grew, and in 2019, several senators, including Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), then vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, were briefed on them.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, led at the time by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), then included a directive in their Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 ordering the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to create a report on “unidentified aerial phenomena” in consultation with the Secretary of Defense.

That bill resulted in the formation of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF), which was in charge of producing the aforementioned preliminary assessment report.


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The Marlborough Monkey is a Cryptid Fans Classic



The latest documentary by researcher and filmmaker Karac St. Laurent, The Legend of the Marlborough Monkey, takes a fresh look at an older and often overlooked series of cryptid sightings in New Hampshire.

Most people don’t think of Bigfoot sightings in the northeastern United States, but St. Laurent has made a compelling case for taking the subject seriously while still having fun along the way.

The film is a tribute to the classic cryptid documentaries of the 1970s, and it was shot to look like an 8mm film being watched on a VHS tape. With thematic music and Robert Ready’s absolutely perfect deadpan narration, viewers could be forgiven for not immediately recognizing this as a documentary shot in 2021.

Despite its aesthetic, the film is very much a product of modern investigation, and St. Laurent conducts field investigations using equipment anachronistic to the 1970s, both solo and in collaboration with Small Town Monsters alum Aleksandar Petakov.

When some filmmakers might have been content to show only the interviews with researchers and witnesses included in the documentary, the field investigations were a nice touch. Folklorist John Horrigan is an especially bright addition to an already entertaining documentary, and his unique blend of wit and historical storytelling could have carried the film on its own.

Horrigan, interestingly, coined the term “The Marlborough Monkey” to describe the hairy humanoid being reported by New Hampshire residents in the 1990s, based on one account in which the witness said the creature looked like an orangutan. Those reports never stopped, and sightings of ‘The Marlborough Monkey’ are still being reported today.

St. Laurent, however, does not stop with stories; similarly to his first documentary, Release the Bodette Film, a variety of evidence is presented for the viewers to peruse. Much like that film, the viewer is ultimately left to decide what to believe, despite the fact that the vast majority of the film approaches the subject from a staunchly materialistic standpoint. Petakov makes a passing reference to high strangeness during an interview late in the film, but otherwise the assumption is that if something strange is going on, it’s most likely an undiscovered primate. This isn’t necessarily a negative, depending on your point of view, and those who prefer materialist science in the hunt for cryptids will appreciate the film’s mainstream take on the phenomenon.

That viewpoint is consistent with the 1970s-era documentaries to which it pays homage, and given the evidence presented, there’s never any sense that the investigation should be taking a different path. If The Legend of Boggy Creek is one of your favorite documentaries, check out The Legend of the Marlborough Monkey.

The Legend of the Marlborough Monkey has a run time of 43:14 and will be available to watch for free on the Crash-Course Cryptozoology YouTube channel starting at noon on September 12th. Expect it to be available on DVD around Thanksgiving.


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