By Linda S. Godfrey

From pre-Columbian legends to modern day eyewitness bills, this accomplished advisor covers the background, sightings and lore surrounding the main mysterious monsters in America”including Bigfoot, the Jersey satan, and extra. Bigfoot, the chupacabra, and thunderbirds aren’t simply figments of our overactive imaginations”according to millions of eyewitnesses, they exist, in each nook of the USA. all through Americas background, stunned onlookers have noticeable unimaginable creatures of each stripe ”from sea serpents to apelike beings, sizeable bats to monkeymen” in each sector.

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No flying humanoid was to be seen, however, and the teenagers endured serious ribbing from everyone they knew when the incident became public. The two couples stuck by their story, which became a national sensation through newspaper and magazine articles and, later, through several books, movies, and TV shows. The couples did not feel quite so alone, however, when other people began reporting the same creature. A Charleston news reporter intending a word play on the popular comic and TV character Batman dubbed the winged thing Mothman, and the name was instantly picked up by the press and public alike.

M. when he glimpsed a dark shape in the distance. At first glance, he thought it was a person standing on a fence —certainly an unusual circumstance—and draped in a long cape, which some have suggested may actually have been folded wings. The elderly man bravely shouted at the creature and it moved swiftly to a nearby hill. Another of those spring 2009 reports came from a resident of La Tena. He described the creature he saw as humanoid with a female body. She stood over six feet tall and had two pairs of wings, small arms, and large red eyes.

Similar birds might survive in the Americas and around the world. ”41 One of the best parts of his well-researched book is a map showing likely migratory routes from the southern United States northward, based both on appropriate geographical features conducive to such migration and actual sightings of giant birds over many decades. It shows two paths that might be taken by such creatures. One of them starts over Texas, proceeds over the Ozarks, and then runs up through the whole length of the state of Illinois before it continues to northern Wisconsin.

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