Within their posting it mentioned briefly the "1965 Monroe Monster," and how it was determined to be a hoax. I would like to take this moment to share what little I have learned about the so called, 1965 Monroe Monster hoax, and let the readers make their judgment ...
Fact or Fiction?
Do you believe in Monsters? Have you ever heard of such a thing in Monroe County?
In the debate over whether or not the 1965 Monroe Monster was real or a hoax, I believe many lose sight of the facts and background of Bigfoot or Sasquatch history. Throughout my search I found no such evidence that anyone of the names listed in the local newspaper had a flair for closet Bigfoot impersonation, and I am not certain the word "Bigfoot" was even a household name then, and yet, a witness or witnesses of such an experience were roundly ridiculed for reporting it.
The controversy that caught authorities and public by surprise took place during the evening of August 13, 1965. It was a hot humid day with a weather front threatening all day. A beautiful blonde 16-year-old girl and her mother were driving the gravel roads surrounded by thickets and agricultural fields dotted with woods in all directions. In that time it was sparsely populated, and with weeds tall and high in the ditched you would hear a chorus of crickets and frogs on either side with your windows down in the summer.
For most teenagers in small town America, it was enchanting and kids looked forward to promising futures. Technology was advancing, and more and more people were buying their televisions or listening to their pocket sized hand held transistor radios. The whole world of young teenagers were honestly mesmerized by the Beattles, boys, and graduation back then.
With the young girl driving, her mother by her side, they round a curve when a large hairy creature appears from the thickets causing the inexperienced driver to lock up the brakes, swerve and stall. For the next horrifying moments the daughter and mother scream and scream with no help in sight. The bipedal animal reaches in window and grabbing ahold the girl's hair, and in doing so, slams her head into the door post and flees.
It occurred near Mentel and Fix, south Nadeau Road west of Dixie Highway and less than five miles from a more recent 2009 sighting and in between those years similar encounters popped up in Dundee, LaSalle, Blissfield and northward near Exeter Twp. The once sparsely populated area replete with wild game and crop fields, thick woods, and narrow dirt back roads are now paved. Much of the vast empty fields are dotted with modern development visible in every direction. Few of those named as principles in the height of the action then have long since passed, but their story lives on. In the eyes of thousands who have witnessed this anomaly there also comes a cost.
These poor people did nothing to deserve the onslaught of attention and ridicule by authorities calling them liars, by the news media referring to them as frauds and by uninformed parroting the "party line" that it was all hoax. This occurred in a small community where things like that happen only in Hollywood movies and never so close to the security of this sleepy community.
Sasquatch or Bigfoot
What is known is that about these are creatures or sapient beings is that they are very intelligent, very strong, and hunt like old hunter gathers. They are curious about children and women. They inhabit wooded lands and are omnivores… meaning they eat meat and plants. Although history details one account where these creatures killed a man, you will rarely find any information specifically speaking to violence on humans despite numerous reports. Even political correctness has seaped into this area.
I make no pretense to a special expertise with these beings and know little more about the Monroe incident than what was learned from published news reports. Are they good or evil? I cannot say with personal conviction but I know what heart says and I will reserve my opinion. As the world population increases with each passing year and greater demand is placed on limited sustainable food and water resources how will mankind and these beasts co-exist? Can we co-exist? Will there be competition for limited food and water resources with these creatures?
On the irritating side, some witnesses seek to become recluse and experience great difficulty discussing it or being around people again. Seeing their name being associated with words like crazy or lunatics, frauds and hoaxsters and liars can be devastating especially among young people. Then, some witnesses involuntarily loose their bowels or suffer leaky bladders upon sight of these things. While for others, they may seem forever trapped between sleepless nights and anxiety and nervousness, or otherwise experience difficulty dealing with a reality that only they can say for certain.
Stories are like fingerprints
History points to Bigfoot existence even before our early ancestors so we have to believe they procreate. What are their numbers and will a growing human population in competition for food and resources place them and us on a collision course for survival? Who knows? So let me lay out my argument and discuss why I believe it was someone other than the women who were deceptive and lying and not as the media would lead readers to believe.
In 1965 officials at Enrico Fermi I took the reports as credible and hardened down the hatches adding extra security while law enforcement and media downplayed the whole incident as a hoax closer to the scene ... Once again, I am not a Bigfoot hunter but what I do see are some rather stark problems with the reporting and I do not believe it was hoax. In a rare instance of early folksy news reporting at least one police officer reportedly quoted as saying something to the effect they tried to keep the report secret but just got out of hand, paraphrased by me.
Monroe’s ‘Monster’ Mystifying
Police Get Reports Of Hairy Something
Nine In Auto
From the Blade Correspondent
MONROE, Mich., Aug. 17- Cpl. Clair Dechow, of the Erie post, who admitted that efforts to keep the reports secret have backfired, expressed fear that the biggest danger is that someone will get shot. Toledo Blade, OH Tuesday, Second News Section, August 17, 1965 page 18
Prior to the so called, "Hoax," more commonly referred to as the Monroe Monster there were more than 50 known reported Michigan sightings dating back to 1634 by a Native American tribe whose ancestors were very well informed of their presence. Hundreds of early Native American tribes across the country have themselves encountered such a beast. Each tribe even had a name for it in their own native tongue, and this is where the mystery widens and so intriguing for me. Even some of America’s greatest folk heroes' of history such as Teddy Roosevelt, Daniel Boone, General Hull, and American officer during the war of 1812, French explorers along the Detroit river, and even a British Colonial officer during years following the Monroe Massacre wrote of their sightings. All of these are similar to a large hairy beast that Monroe authorities referred to as a hoax, centuries before 1965.
In so far as the lie detector goes, readers must understand that in 1965, the lie detector test administered to the Owens and Van Acker women, which they failed, was technology from around 1914 and had not changed until the early 1970s. Imagine relying on manual subjective 1914 technology to determine innocence or guilt, which is exactly what had occurred. Nevertheless, the injury did not end there, some news media took it a step further by actually calling the women “Liars” and frauds and hoaxsters.
Even today, when people refer to the Monroe Monster incident a “Hoax,” they are unwittingly falling into the lair of misinformation for which the smear was intended, and that me is one of the greatest problems with the whole incident.
Just one and one half years prior to the 1965 Monroe incident across the state near Dowgiac and Dewey Lakes in Michigan, a creature described much the same as the above terrorized their community. It frightened migrant workers from the fields; little girls fainted upon encountering the animal, townspeople reported scores of animals missing, and there were a number farmers who reported seeing this extremely large hairy upright “Hoax” [said tongue in cheek]in their orchards, fields, and crossing their roads. The Sherriff’s Department sent deputies to the scene with a conservation official. In one account a deputy reported seeing very large human footprints and his state counterpart standing right next to him, reported seeing no such foot prints. So, the bigger question is not who was lying but rather why lie at all?
Cass County Residents Still Remember Monster
DOWAGIAC (UPI) — “Conservation Officer William Rowe Sunday said he doesn't believe there was one. He said he went along with the cops but couldn't find any tracks. However, the sheriff's department reported on another occasion they found a 6-by-18-inch footprint.” THE HOLLAND, MICHIGAN, EVENING SENTINEL, Tuesday, October 6, 1964, page 8
Potawatomi tribe still remembers original name Lake County Discovery Museum
About the year 1600, Native American tribes living in northern Wisconsin and Michigan began hearing rumors of strange creatures to the east. People who had traveled east told of the arrival of creatures who in some ways looked like humans, but dressed oddly, smelled bad, and had thick hair on their cheeks. The Native Americans came to call these beings "Hairy Faces." In 1634, they had their first opportunity to meet one. By Diana Dretske, Daily Herald, Neighbor Section, March 18, 2001, page1
The largest of the cave pictures (I do not have pictures) is the "Big Man," a reddish human shape standing two feet high. The land now belongs to the State of Michigan and is closed to public. Since the bluff contains the only known Indian cave paintings in Michigan, it is vital to protect them. In 1963 and again in 1965, University of Michigan archaeologist, James H. Fitting, studied the caves and shelters of the 140 foot Burnt Bluff. They excavated two caves, Spider Cave, and Cave B-95. Over 100 projectile points were discovered in Spider Cave, all with fractured tips, suggesting they were shot or thrown into the cave. These points were all Middle Woodland in style (300 BC to 800 AD). The theory is that passing canoes used the drawings in the cave for target practice. James H. Fitting has published his findings in a book titled "The Prehistory of the Burnt Bluff Area."
And while I could go on, I should conclude this by saying that I am in no way related to the women involved the 1965 Monroe Monster incident, but I feel so strongly about the disservice they endured for nothing other than being a victim and reporting it to authorities.
So as the Monroe Monster sighting remains but a faint memory it should be further noted these few remaining facts:
# 1. The drawing made by these girls in the 1965 Monroe, Michigan sighting are remarkably similar to the 1964 "Momo Monster" of Missouri and the pictographs etched on cave walls by an ancient American tribe in Michigan sometime between (300 BC to 800 AD).
#2. If, the 1965 Monroe Monster was a hoax, how do we explain:
Within 5 miles of the 1965 sighting a passing motorist spotted what he thought was a bear or large black furry dog picking through roadside trash. The driver says his headlights caught the animal up ahead, and as the car approached, it raised up on two legs giving him a good look at an animal that was neither a bear nor dog, but more like an ape-man.
In 2009, there was a unconfirmed report that claims a motorist broken down and had a brief encounter a large bipedal hairy hominid-like animal somewhere along I-75, between LaSalle and the Ohio state line. Is it possible? I do not know but it is just miles south of the September 2009 sighting reportedly in the area of northwest of I-75 and Nadeau Road.
In the general vicinity bounded by M-50 and River Raisin several adults encountered an apelike creature 7-8 feet tall in the bed of a pickup rummaging through a cooler. It stood up, and jumped out when startled and howled before fleeing leaving the group in shock.
Driver and passenger smelled thick odors, seen 7-8 foot reddish brown Bigfoot on side of road they blow their horn and it stands upright crosses road in front of vehicle near the northwestern Monroe County area.
Boys in woods saw a large Bigfoot animal covered in hair across a pond and shot it with BB gun, it screams stood up on two legs, swinging its arms around looking in all directions in the Dundee area.
Hunter encounters large 7 foot reddish brown Bigfoot animal standing upright in southern Monroe County.
#3. In spite of what official counts of Bigfoot sightings say to date, Michigan has over 836 reported sightings in nearly all counties of the state including four taking place this year and the earliest being 1634, before the Michigan Northwest Territory 1837. If as some would believe the 1965 Monroe Monster event to be a hoax, how then do we explain hundreds of sightings throughout Michigan by thousands of people?
Edited by IMGumsho, 08 September 2013 - 02:29 AM.