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Nursing Student Spots Bigfoot Outside of Gym



A 20-year-old woman in Ashland, Ohio, saw a seven-foot-tall creature after leaving the Warehouse 24 gym on the outskirts of town last April 24th, according to a recent report from The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO).

The woman’s stepfather initially filed the report, saying, “My 20-year-old stepdaughter had a visual sighting last night in Ashland, Ohio.” [April 24th, 2021] was the date. She had left a 24-hour gym with woods behind it around midnight. After hearing a twig snap, she saw a gray, over-seven-foot creature. She stated that it was far too large to be human and moved far too quickly to be human.”

The young woman then called her parents in tears from the parking lot of a nearby Bob Evans restaurant, asking them to come drive her home because she was “shook up.”

“She had a terrifying experience,” he said. “The next day, I went to inspect the area briefly.” I discovered many old deer tracks but no trace of the creature she saw. I am not a hunter or tracker, and I was only in the area for about 10 minutes.”

“She is one witness I would consider extremely trustworthy.” She is a very responsible college student who is moral and honest. “She doesn’t drink or use drugs,” the man added.

BFRO investigator Matthew Moneymaker stated that he was able to speak with the father and later the witness herself within a week of the sighting, adding, “They are both credible.” This is not a fabricated report.”

Moneymaker explained that before calling the woman’s stepfather, he “had figured out the location and examined aerial photos of the surrounding landscape on Google Maps and Bing Maps.”

There are some open fields nearby, as well as a large swamp about 100 yards or so north of the patch of woods, as well as some businesses, including a Motel 6. That made me skeptical at first, but this is the outskirts of town, not the center.

Before speaking with the witness and her father, I was also skeptical due to the general lack of contiguous tree cover in the area compared to most sighting areas. First, I spoke with the father. In Mansfield, [Ohio], he is a pastor and a high school teacher. When he went to investigate the site the day after his daughter’s sighting, he mentioned that there were numerous deer tracks in exposed patches of ground around that parcel of woods. Deer tracks are most likely still visible in the area.

Later in the day today, I spoke with the daughter. She has a lot of credibility. She studies nursing at a nearby university and works as a waitress in town. Except for the setting, nothing about her story seemed out of the ordinary. She was certain the gray-furred sasquatch was at least seven feet tall if not eight. She was certain, based on its height, that it was neither an animal nor a person dressed up. What scared her the most was the way it bolted when it fled. It happened very quickly.

She was walking in the direction of the tree line as she walked out of the gym around midnight and turned to her right in the direction of her vehicle. She heard the crack of a twig breaking and looked up just in time to see the creature turning to run back into the woods about 30 yards away, illuminated by the parking lot lighting. It ran back into the woods at an angle to the right, quickly obscured from her view by the gym building’s corner. She only got a side view of it as it dashed away, its large arms swinging. She claimed she would not have noticed it if it hadn’t been for the sound of a twig snapping, which she assumed was caused by the creature standing on wood debris.

There were no other vehicles parked on that side of the building, nor were there any vehicles driving on the nearby roads.

Moneymaker speculated that the path deer take into the woods behind the gym “is likely the same pathway the sasquatch would have taken.”

“If deer or sasquatch came in from the north, there are only 100 yards or so of exposed field to cross (in the dark) before reaching a large swampy area connected to the Jerome Fork of the Mohican River,” he said. “As a result, the location is more plausible for a sasquatch than it appears in aerial photos at first.” The presence of deer is the most important factor. This demonstrates that there is a path and a reason for a sasquatch to approach the edge of development late at night.”

The investigator then suggested that the “swampy zone directly to the north” is a good place to look right now. A good place to look for tracks is where the swampy zone and Jerome Fork pass beneath the 71 freeway. Take the deer trails in the area.”

Since the 1970s, the BFRO has recorded over 300 reported bigfoot sightings in Ohio.


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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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