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Mother and Daughter Spot UFO and Winged Humanoid on Same Night



Shana Clippert, 27, recently contacted the Singular Fortean Society, claiming that she and her mother witnessed a massive, black, winged humanoid and a glowing UFO in Rockford, Illinois, during the early morning hours of June 20th.

Shana stated that she was unaware of the other sightings in her area and discovered the Singular Fortean Society after searching online for similar reports following her own encounter.

Both of her sightings occurred on or near Fork Kent Creek, which Shana referred to in her testimony as a “canal.”

They started around 1 a.m., when Shana and her mother, Barbera, were outside her apartment.

“There’s my parking lot, we were facing toward my building, and next to that, between me and the canal, there’s a parking lot that has nothing, just like a lot, and then there’s the canal. I could see the overpass bridge that runs down Auburn over the canal. Across from that is a shop that has lights on it and there’s a very, very well-lit, I’m not sure what it is, a hauling business, I think, they have trucks and garage doors and stuff. Then there’s a pretty thin tree line on the canal and there’s nothing on my side of the canal.

It is reasonably well-lit. When [the creature] crawled out [of the canal], I could see the cement guardrail walls of the canal because all the lights on this side from that shop and the light reflecting from the lights that are on the side of my building. The trees are dark.

I heard a screech that made me turn my head in that direction. Then it looked like it crawled from out of the canal because I saw this black silhouette following up and onto the embankment. That’s when you could see the black silhouette against the light on the other side [of the canal]. You could clearly see this black blob moving across.

And when my mom looked over, because she saw something in the corner of her eye, and obviously I was already looking over there, she saw the black blob, and then it took flight within the tree line. We could clearly see the shape of the wings and the size of this thing going through the tree line. Obviously, I can’t say it was through the tree line, it could have been just above the canal, like the water. But we saw it completely pass, like we saw it … going through.

Because of its humanoid appearance and batlike wings, Shana told investigator Tobias Wayland that the creature reminded her of the character Marcus from the film Underworld.

“It was massive; like, hunched over, when it was coming out of the canal, it looked like the size of our dumpster that we have in the back of our apartment building. It was huge. I have no clue what to even compare it to. It was super tall and big. When it walked, when it was on the ground, it was like hunched over and crouched, it looked like this massive blob,” she said. “When it initially left the ground, it flapped [its wings], and it wasn’t a super-fast flap, because the wings were so big. The canal goes down into a more vegetative spot, so we lost sight of it there.”

Shana estimated the creature’s wingspan to be 12 feet and described the sound it made as a “dinosaur’s screech, like a raptor screech.”

“I didn’t see any glowing red eyes or anything like everybody else is describing, but it flew away from us, and we were looking at its profile most of the time or its back,” she said. “I was freaking out. It was pitch black.”

The winged entity “flew halfway up the trees, so it was directly in the tree line and then stayed steady all the way down,” she said. ” It couldn’t have been in the trees because of the size of its wingspan, but it could have been over the canal and just followed the canal down. There’s water down there, but it’s a very small like a creek, and then there’s a walkway that runs down it that you can go all the way down into this park that’s in the back neighborhoods. Then there’s these huge storm drains, but they’re huge, like you can just walk in there. You might have to duck your head a little bit, but you can walk in there. I don’t know if it crawled out of there, but where else could it be?”

All in all, the sighting lasted “maybe two or three minutes,” Shana said.

A few moments later, Shana and her mother saw another unexplainable sight in the sky.

“We walked to this broken-down fence that separates my area from this lot that’s on the other side, between us and the canal. We were out there walking, and I asked my roommate to come downstairs and bring a flashlight so we can shine it in the tree line and see if we see anything. She came down in 15 minutes, didn’t see anything, and we drove down to the park, but the trees are so dense down there that even if there was something in there, we wouldn’t have seen it.

When we drove back, she went to the gas station for about 10 minutes, but my mom and I were still outside and this light … it almost looked like it was glowing. It looked like if you were to see a sort of stingray, like a glowing stingray in the air. It materialized above the air, like maybe 50 to 60 feet in the air above the empty lot, and then it had wings but they were very fluid moving, very slow moving, and very thin, like if you look on the side of a stingray.

We could see that thing almost glowing against the dark sky. And there was nothing that it could have reflected off of—it was a clear sky—or that could have caused that, like a spotlight, it was an actual physical thing there, in the air.

It didn’t look white, it looked [like] light, almost like a translucent whitish light.

It wasn’t [just a white object], because the sky was pitch black. We saw the whole glowing silhouette and it flew very smoothly and fluidly over to the street—it generally stayed the same height in the air. Then it turned around and came back over and literally disappeared in the same spot it materialized. It didn’t go down, it didn’t go up, it just vanished.”

She expanded on her description of the glowing object, explaining that, while it did not exactly resemble stingray, it was the best she could describe it.

“It didn’t have a tail. I describe it as a stingray because it was flat. I don’t know how wide it was or if it was just this skinny, long thing, but if you’re looking at the back of a stingray at eye level, it’s flat and it’s got pointed ends where the edges are flat ends and then it’s thicker in the body and thinner in the wings. It was so fluid and smooth and slow moving,” she said. “It was a long, thin object. It didn’t have the jerky movements of the other thing. It was very fluid, like a stingray moving in water.”

Shana was certain the glowing UFO couldn’t have had any prosaic explanation, such as a spotlight.

“There was nothing for light to reflect off of. There’re no power cords or anything that run all the way down. It was like seeing electricity or a glowing orb at night, but it was long and skinny. And it moved like it was flapping wings, but it was very fluid, very smooth movement.”

Historical weather data confirms that the sky was clear at the time of her sighting, and there was no wind blowing anything that could have been misidentified, such as balloon.

When asked if the winged creature could have been known animal indigenous to the area, Shana replied that she had considered it but was certain it was not.

I know what foxes and coyotes sound like, in mating season and fights, stuff like that.

Generally, we hear dogs barking in our neighborhood. I know what it sounds like when dogs are fighting. It didn’t sound like anything. It wasn’t a person screaming, it wasn’t animals or anything, and then for me to hear the screech and look over and see that thing … I just put two and two together that this creature is the thing that made the noise.

I thought about herons and cranes and stuff like that, the only difference is that the size of it, for one thing, because the wings were huge, and there was no break in the wings, there was no color to it, it was pitch black. Even when it was on the side of the embankment where the lights are, it was completely pitch black. You could see a clear outline of it.

You know how those birds usually have really skinny legs? Well, this was thick, too thick to be a heron or a crane. The thickness of the wings and the whole size of the body itself. When it was hunched over … I couldn’t clearly see the outline of the head or anything. It was just this hunched over, curled together on all fours sort of thing. It didn’t have any long skinny legs or heads protruding, it was just this huge black mass.

“I was terrified [when the UFO appeared],” she admitted. “I jumped behind my mother, holding this hunting knife.” I’m not sure what I was going to do with it because it didn’t come near us. We were out there looking for whatever that flying creature was when we noticed this glowing thing in the sky.”

Although they haven’t seen anything like it since, the experience gave them a new, unsettling perspective on what had happened just a week before.

“About a week before,” Shana explained, “I was walking up my back stairs, it was late, my mom was downstairs waiting for me to unlock my door, and I heard that screech.”

This is one of several sightings of winged humanoids reported in Rockford in recent years.

Jonathan Lane’s encounter with a “giant, shapeless, black thing” with “two very large red eyes” in Rockford during the summer of 2016 was perhaps the most similar to Shana’s. That encounter was followed by his sighting of a UFO in the same area a year later.

This report is the most recent in a series of ‘Mothman’ sightings within a few hundred miles of Lake Michigan, including every state bordering the great lake. These sightings allegedly began in the spring of 2017, but as more people become aware of the phenomenon, more historical accounts are being reported. They usually happen in the evening or at night, in or near a park or natural area, and near water. Witnesses consistently describe a large gray, brown, or black creature with glowing or reflective red, yellow, green, or orange eyes, and humanoid features such as arms and legs. Witnesses have reported intense fear and an evil aura emanating from the creature they encountered. Many of the sightings are also of something seen briefly or described only as a flying creature with few details, suggesting that a misidentified large bird—such as a heron or crane—or some type of anomalous avian species could explain some, but certainly not all, of the encounters. Along with the creature sightings, a number of associated high strangeness incidents have occurred, including reports of UFOs, other anomalous flying creatures, and mysterious humanoids, parapsychological phenomena, and bizarre events experienced by those investigating the sightings.

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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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