Race of Giants

In his book Forbidden Land, Robert R. Lyman (1870–1963) wrote of an unknown tribe of American giants who had the added distinction of having horns growing from their heads:

"At Tioga Point … a short distance from Sayre, in Bradford County [Pennsylvania] … they uncovered an Indian mound [and] found the bones of 68 men which were believed to have been buried about the year 1200. The average height of these men was seven feet, while many were much taller. On some of the skulls, two inches above the perfectly formed forehead, were protuberances of bone, evidently horns that had been there since birth. Some of the specimens were sent to the American Investigating Museum.…"

In La Crescent, Minnesota, not far from Dresbach, mound diggers reportedly found large skillets and “bones of men of huge stature.” Over in Chatfield, mounds were excavated, revealing six skeletons of enormous size. Unusually large skeletons of seven people buried head down were discovered in Clearwater. The skulls in the latter find were said to have had receding foreheads, and teeth that were double all the way around.

Other discoveries in Minnesota included “men of more than ordinary size” in Moose Island Lake; several skeletons, one of “gigantic size,” in Pine City; ten skeletons “of both sexes and of gigantic size” in Warren (buried with these particular specimens were horses, badgers, and dogs).

In December 1886, W. H. Scoville of Andrews Settlement discovered an Indian mound at Ellisburg. When opened, the skeleton of a man was found. It was close to eight feet in length. According to their oral tradition, the Delaware tribe once lived in the western United States. At some point in their history, they migrated eastward as far as the Mississippi River, where they were joined by the Iroquois Confederacy. Both groups of people were seeking land better suited to their cultured way of life, and they continued together on their eastward trek. Scouts sent ahead learned of a nation that inhabited the land east of the Mississippi and who had built strong, walled cities. These people were known as the Talligewi or Allegewi, after whom the Allegheny River and Mountains are named. 


Allegewi is a cryptid that lives in the Allegheny Mountain range that cuts through the United States and Canada. It is known as a group of giants that eats human flesh, is highly intelligent and appears to use tools and primitive cloth. The Allegewi were considered taller than either the Iroquois or the Delaware, and the scouts saw a good many giants walking among them. When the two migrating tribes asked permission to pass through the land of the Allegewi, it was denied. Bitter fighting broke out, which continued for a number of years. Eventually, the superior numbers and the determination of the allies prevailed, and the Allegewi fled to the west. The Allegewi next appear in the legends of the Lakota/Dakota (Sioux) whose tradition tells of a confrontation with a race of great stature. The Sioux, who were surely among the ablest of warriors, exterminated the Allegewi when the giants sought to settle in what is now Minnesota.

The New York Times on December 2, 1930, carried an item that told of the discovery of the remains of an apparent race of giants who once lived at Sayopa, Sonora, a mining town 300 miles south of the Mexican border. A mining engineer, J. E. Coker, said that laborers clearing ranchland near the Yazui River “dug into an old cemetery where bodies of men, averaging eight feet in height, were found buried tier by tier.…”

The best proof of a race of giants in North America—or anywhere else—would be the discovery of the skeletons of these people. Two brothers living in Dresbach, Minnesota, while in the process of enlarging their brick business, were forced to remove a number of large Indian mounds. In one of the huge earthenworks they discovered the bones of “men over eight feet tall.”

On February 14, 1936, the New York Times ran a piece datelined Managua, Nicaragua, which stated that the skeleton of a gigantic man, with the head missing, had been unearthed at El Boquin, on the Mico River, in the Chontales district. “The ribs are a yard long and four inches wide and the shin bone is too heavy for one man to carry. ‘Chontales’ is an Indian word, meaning ‘wild man.’”

In its June 9, 1936 issue, the New York Times published an article item with a Miami, Florida dateline that told of human skeletons eight feet long imbedded in the sand of an uninhabited little island off Southern Florida. E. M. Miller, zoologist at the University of Miami, commented that the skulls were unusually thick, the jaws protruded, and the eye sockets were high in the head.

Sources:

Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters and Beasts From The Darkside writen by Brad Steiger

http://cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/Allegewi

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Mysterious Flying Creature

On 1880 a bat-like humanoid called the Louisville's Demon Leaper was famous enough that on Sept. 12, the accounts of the creature made its way into the headlines of the New York Times. "An Aerial Mystery," it read. The Courier Journal and the Madisonville Times also kept tracked of the wing creature. "The Courier Journal reported that people downtown were terrorized by what they called an agile monkey. Some people say he was wearing a kind of shiny suit. Other people say it was his skin that was shining. A lot of people refer to him as Kentucky's Moth Man," Dominé further explained.

Recently, more than a dozen sightings of a bat-like humanoid have been reported in Chicago. Several sightings of large bat-like humanoids have been reported to UFO Clearinghouse. On July 20th, July 27th, and July 29th.

The witness of the July 27th gave this description of the incident, 

“I was leaving work at about 8:45pm on Thursday night in The Loop as I walked the two blocks to the nearest train station to go home I saw a large bat-like creature that was perched on top of one the streetlight poles across the street from the Harold Washington Library. This creature stood about 7 ft tall and was sitting there motionless.”


“It had a pair of glowing red eyes that appear to be fixated on something across the street. It stood there for about 6 seconds that’s when I saw a flash from a group of kids on the sidewalk as someone was taking a picture of this thing. It then spread open a large pair of wings flapped them a couple of times and took off into the air. The girls from that group of kids screamed and they all took off running.”

28-year-old IT technician Alex Nasirc told Cryptozoology News he was in Santa Maria Del Aguila, Almeria when he witnessed the purported being.

A strange winged animal, he says, was 25 meters — about 82 feet — away from him.

“It looked like a dog with wings. I couldn’t see the front legs, just the rear ones. It didn’t have front legs. ”

He says the odd creature took off the building and began to fly. That’s when he claims he could take a better look at it.

“It was heavy. The way it flapped its wings looked either tired or about to fall to the ground. The legs where hanging. It seemed featherless. It looked like skin. It had a pale color. It looked pinkish. But at night time the lights from the parking lot have a different spectrum,” he recalls. “It did not seem to hunt anything nor was it in any rush.”

Nasirc says the animal then disappeared, but was able to describe some additional physical features.

“Thick, short beak. It looked like a carnivores’ nose. The head seemed to be stretched at the back. Bulky torso or body. Curved wings with arms look alike. Span around 2 to 3 meters wide — about 9 to 10 feet –. Thick, powerful back legs that were held diagonally, almost vertically. Long, thin tail. Heavy, slow movement. Pale pink color. Size of a massive dog or a big feline like tiger or lion. It looked like skin texture. No feathers. No scales. It almost moved like a robot.”

Dr. Ernest Bartels called a giant bat-like flying cryptid, the Ahool, which was first sighted by  while exploring the Salak Mountains in Java, is believed to have gray fur, large black eyes and an approximated wingspan of 1o ft. Some cryptozoologists, like Ivan T. Sanderson, suspect it might be a relative of the African kongamato while others opt for the pterosaur theory.

Sources:

https://riotfest.org/2017/08/update-three-sightings-flying-bat-like-humanoids-reported-chicago/

http://www.wave3.com/story/25507268/demon-leaper

http://cryptozoologynews.com/gargoyle-like-creature-spotted-spain/

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Phantom Barber of Pascagoula

The first known Phantom Barber attacks were reported on the night of June 5, 1942. Mary Briggs and Edna Hydel had settled into bed for the night at Our Lady of Victories convent. A strange noise stirred the young women from their beds just in time to see a man climbing out of their bedroom window. The two girls were unharmed, but noticed that a single lock of hair had been missing from both of their heads. Since it was dark they weren’t able to provide a detailed description. Briggs was only able to tell investigators that he was “Sorta short, sorta fat and he was wearing a white sweatshirt.”

Investigators were working diligently to piece together the string of bizarre attacks, but had no solid leads. A week after the first attack, the Phantom Barber struck the home of David G. Peattie, shearing his daughter Carol’s hair. The parents found a bare footprint near the window. The following Friday, the attacks became violent: the Phantom allegedly entered the house of Mr. and Mrs. ST Heidelberg, and proceeded to beat them with an iron bar.

The police deputized six men and brought in bloodhounds to pick up a scent. The dogs followed the trail to a pair of bloodstained gloves in the nearby woods, but that was as far as they got. The police theorized that the assailant might have stashed a bicycle in the woods to make his escape.


The final attack happened on a Sunday, two weeks later. The Phantom clipped a two inch lock of hair from the head of Mrs. RR Taylor. Mrs. Taylor reported a sickening smell and something being pressed to her face, which authorities assumed to be a chloroform rag. All told, about ten homes were broken into during the Phantom Barber’s reign of terror.

In August, the police apprehended a suspect that they concluded was the Phantom Barber. His name was William Dolan, a 57 year old German chemist with reported German sympathies and a grudge against the Heidelbergs. Mr. Heidelberg’s father was a local judge who had refused to lower Dolan’s bail on a trespassing charge several months before. Dolan was charged with the attempted murder of the Heidelbergs, but curiously he was never charged with one of the Phantom Barber attacks, despite the FBI finding a bundle of human hair behind his house, some of which belonged to Carol Peattrie, one of the Barber’s victim. However, Dolan had always denied being the Phantom Barber and many in the area believed that police had the wrong man. Though no attacks occurred after Dolan’s arrest, some believe that the Phantom Barber moved on to another area.

Despite his insistence of innocence, Dolan was quickly found guilty of attempted murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was never charged with any crimes related to the hair snatching incidents, but in the eyes of the public he was the Phantom Barber.

Six years later, Mississippi Governor Fielding Wright reviewed the case and asked that Dolan take a lie-detector test. Upon passing, Dolan was given a limited suspended sentence and then eventually set free in 1951.

It isn’t clear whether Dolan really was the Barber though. His attack was uncharacteristically violent compared to the Barber’s attacks. It could be argued that the Barber attacks were practice runs leading up to the assault on the Heidelberg’s, but if that were the case, why do another Barber-style attack after the Heidelberg assault? Also, if they were practice runs, why cut hair? It sounds like something sexually motivated, a hair fetish perhaps.  If that were the case and Dolan were the assailant, why keep his prizes in the back yard? Also, it doesn’t seem that the footprint in Carol Peattrie’s room was ever analyzed, a definite oversight on the part of the police.

Sources:

http://swordandscale.com/the-phantom-barber-of-pascagoula-mississippi/

http://mentalfloss.com/article/55316/strange-states-mississippis-phantom-barber-pascagoula

http://www.oddlyhistorical.com/2014/06/04/phantom-barber-pascagoula/

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The Devil's Armchair

In 1550, a doctor named Alfonso Rodríguez arrived in the city of Valladolid to teach at the University of Valladolid’s Faculty of Medicine. Alfonso had learned medicine in Italy. He was a specialist in anatomy and became one of the best doctors of the time and was known in many places in Europe. Alfonso was a doctor so well known that the course attracted many doctors, graduates, students and apprentices from all over the country and even from abroad. Of all the students of the course, one especially emphasized: Andres de Proaza. Andres was 22 years old and had come to Valladolid from Portugal. Andres seemed to have a natural talent for anatomy and excelled above all his peers. Andres had such extensive knowledge and technique so refined that he even surpassed his master. 

During the months in which the course was given, they reported the disappearance of a 9-year-old boy. Although that was the most famous disappearance case, other people disappeared mysteriously. No one seemed to associate the young Portuguese student with these disappearances, but the neighbors denounced that from the place where he lived he heard people cry and shout frequently. The neighbors began to suspect him. Some rumors said that Andres de Proaza made deals with the devil.



Andres de Proaza lived near the Esgueva River, one of the two rivers that pass through Valladolid. The suspicions of the neighbors were confirmed when they saw that from time to time, the river was stained red by the area where the student lived. Neighbors denounced the case and authorities decided to go and investigate Proaza's house to clarify what was happening.

When they entered his house, what they found was terrifying. They found the body of the missing child, he was dismembered. The student had dismembered the child and pinned the different pieces on a wooden board. In addition to the body of the child they found animals, also dismembered, and the remains of other people, although they did not know from whom.

The whole house was filled with medical material, blood, human bodies, animal bodies. Some of them were still alive.

Evidently they stopped him immediately. He stated that in order to learn medicine he had to practice vivisection. Vivisection is to perform medical operations on the body while the person or animal is still alive to see how the body reacts.

The court in charge of judging Andres de Proaza was the tribunal of the Inquisition. During the trial, the people who went to investigate their home explained everything they had seen there and the people were horrified. Everyone thought he was crazy, so they would condemn him to die. However, Andres de Proaza made a statement that scared the people even more. The doctor declared that a necromancer had handed him an armchair, a cursed chair. A necromancer is a magician who practices black magic, that is, magic related to evil. The necromancer gave him the chair because Andres saved his life. According to the necromancer, this armchair had been made by the devil himself.

By sitting on the chair, Proaza gained all the advanced medical knowledge he wowed his classmates and professors with. He also told the authorities that only well-qualified doctors could sit in his eternally damned armchair. Anybody else who sat in the chair would die three days later, ditto for anybody stupid enough to destroy it.

For his crimes, the Inquisition sent Proaza off to the gallows. An auction was held to sell off Proaza’s belongings, but surprisingly few people were interested in buying furniture associated with child murder and Satanism. For this reason, the chair and everything else Proaza owned were moved to a warehouse at his old university.

Years passed, and the story behind the chair was forgotten. In the 19th century, an exhausted beadle stumbled on the chair and slumped down for a rest. True to Proaza’s warning, the beadle was found dead in the chair three days later. The university’s next beadle was no less cautious; he sat in the chair and died as well.

After taking the lives of two good beadles, the chair’s thirst for blood had to be stopped. To ensure that it didn’t take any more lives, the chair was hanged upside down from the university chapel. It remained here until 1890, when it was moved to the Museo de Valladolid after the chapel was demolished.

At its new home, a red ribbon has been tied across the Devil’s Armchair to keep visitors from sitting in it. This was not done to prevent bright med students from making Faustian pacts, but to protect what’s actually a rare 16th century chair.

Sources:

https://www.spanishpodcast.net/halloween-sillon-del-diablo/

https://bizarreandgrotesque.com/2017/06/27/a-brief-history-of-a-satanic-armchair/

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The Mystery of Margate’s Shell Grotto

The Mysterious Shell Grotto was discovered in 1835. It is an ornate subterranean passageway shell grotto in Margate, Kent that remains unsolved today. Almost all the surface area of the walls and roof is covered in mosaics created entirely of seashells, totalling about 190 square metres of mosaic, or 4.6 million shells. However, no one knows who cut through Kent’s underground chalk deposits to create this astonishing subterranean cavern with its 70 feet of winding walkways leading to a large chamber. Nor is it clear how they transported some 4.6 million shells and painstakingly adorned nearly every surface — the walls and arched ceilings, all 2,000 square feet of them — with exquisite, enigmatic symbols and designs.

Was it an ancient temple used for pagan rituals? A meeting chamber for a secret cult


The Grotto has traditionally been divided into five named sections comprising: Entrance Passage, Rotunda, Dome, Serpentine Passage and Altar Chamber.

The latest researcher is Mick Twyman of the Margate Historical Society who has recently published the results of several years study and believes the Grotto may have been associated with the Knights Templar with a construction date of mid 12th century. His conclusions are based on the careful measuring of angles within the Grotto and the observance of the position of projected sunlight onto the inside of the dome. He has also identified design features which he suggests points to the Altar Chamber being an early temple for Masonic rituals.

There are conflicting accounts of the Grotto’s discovery, although most agree on a date of 1835. The earliest reference to the discovery appears in an article in the Kentish Gazette of 22 May 1838, announcing its forthcoming opening as a public attraction. It has remained in private ownership ever since.

Sources:

https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/curious-mystery-shell-grotto-margate

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shell_Grotto,_Margate

The Margate Shell Grotto written by R.F.LeGear

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