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Officer Reports Humanoid Lying Near Highway



According to a report submitted to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) on January 23rd, police officer Rick Bates was driving south on Highway 101 in California that evening at around 8:15 p.m., when he spotted a large, hairy humanoid lying on the highway’s shoulder.

Bates stated in his report,

“On [January 23rd, 2021], I was driving home from Brookings, Oregon. I was on Highway 101 southbound, south of Garberville, [California], and south of the Benbow Inn. The road twists and turns and the speed limit decreases in the area. As I rounded a sweeping right turn, I noticed a figure on the highway’s southbound shoulder. At around 8:15 p.m., I was the only vehicle in the area. As I passed the figure, my speed was around 45-50 MPH. The figure was lying on the road’s shoulder on the right side. I calculated his height to be around [seven feet]. When I looked at the creature’s back, I noticed it had broad shoulders and a thick torso. While the shape was human-like, it was not human. It wasn’t even a bear. I noticed muscular features in its glutes, as well as a head on the shoulders that was tapered toward the top and held off the ground. It had chocolate brown hair that was coarse. The hair was not at all [like bear fur].

I returned to where I had seen it after turning around a short distance away. Between the time I saw the creature and the time I returned to its location [an estimated two minutes], no other vehicles had gone north or south. When I arrived at the location where I had seen it, the creature had vanished.

I spend a lot of time in the woods because I am an avid hunter and fisherman. As a child, I spent every summer camping in that area. I’ve never seen anything like it until this evening.”

The Singular Fortean Society confirmed the existence of a Sergeant Rick Bates with the Rohnert Park Police Department in California, but whether or not he is the same person responsible for this report remains unknown.

Investigator Matt Moneymaker claimed to have spoken with Bates, a “20-year active duty law enforcement officer” who “describes himself as very observant.”

Bates, according to Moneymaker, “has driven that highway many times.” “In the dark, illuminated by his headlights, he undoubtedly saw a large animal [lying] down next to the highway. The question is what kind of animal it is. He could confidently take out deer, bear, and elk. He claims it was in the shape of a man and was covered in chocolate brown fur. Its body was parallel to the highway. Its feet were within a [foot] of the white line on the side of the highway, ‘as if it were roadkill,’ but when he returned [two] minutes later, it was gone.”

Moneymaker claimed to have “Never heard of a bigfoot [lying] down within a few feet of a highway…but that doesn’t rule it out in this case. The sighting happened after dark along a desolate stretch of Highway 101 that runs for miles alongside the South Fork of the Eel River. It was on the southbound lane’s right side. The southbound lane is actually heading northwest at that point due to the curvature of the highway in the area.”

The investigator took note of the proximity of a bigfoot gift shop to the sighting location but did not believe it invalidated the report.

“The famous ‘Legend of Bigfoot’ gift shop is approximately 1500 feet further south along the highway,” Moneymaker said. “It’s smack dab in the middle of nowhere. Because it was so close to the gift shop, a skeptic would argue that the figure was most likely a hoax (a man in a costume). The counter-argument is that bigfoot-themed gift shops and/or bigfoot statues in the west are frequently located in areas with frequent sightings, so the sighting was not caused by the gift shop. Rather, the gift shop arose as a result of bigfoot sightings in the area.”

Moneymaker could only speculate on how the creature ended up next to the highway, assuming it wasn’t a hoax.

“It’s anyone’s guess as to why the figure was laying so close to the highway in this case, whether it was a bigfoot or a person dressed as a bigfoot,” he said. “It wasn’t road kill because the figure was gone when he returned [two] minutes later. One could speculate that the creature was hit by a car or truck and then managed to escape just as the witness drove by. However, no one has reported a bigfoot encounter there. When the witness drove past the figure, no one was stopped on the side of the road nearby. Even with the largest truck, the collision would have been obvious.”


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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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