Saturday, July 23, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

1903 Van Meter monster case revisited


Posted on Saturday, 4 May, 2013 | Comment icon 26 comments | News tip by: xsas


Image credit: John Conway

 
110 years ago a strange creature was said to have paid a visit to the small town of Van Meter in Iowa.

According to reports made at the time, the incident took place over several nights in the autumn of 1903. Several respected members of the community told of a mysterious half-animal, half-human winged creature that terrorized the town's residents during the night. Descriptions of the beast suggested that it had large bat-like wings, left a terrible stench wherever it went and, even stranger, fired beams of bright light from its forehead.

The bizarre account recalls how several of the locals attempted to shoot the beast but their gunfire didn't appear to have any effect. Fed up with the menace, a group of townsfolk banded together one evening and pursued the creature to an abandoned coal mine. There they confronted not one, but two of the beasts, which both turned and disappeared down in to the gloom of the mine as the men opened fire, never to be seen again.

"The story offers a glimpse of rural Iowa history and lore."

  View: Full article |  Source: Desmoines Register

  Discuss: View comments (26)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #17 Posted by Lava_Lady on 5 May, 2013, 20:52
Somebody send this story to SYFY they can make another crappy movie out of it. They do make the most awful movies... like 10 year olds wrote the dialogue and 5 year olds drew the graphics.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Lava_Lady on 5 May, 2013, 21:04
Its the same creature known as "popobawa: that terrorised people in Pemba, Zanzibar I don`t think it`s the same. According to the demon hunters compendium: "The Popobawa is much like an incubus, but unlike that particular demon, the Popobawa attacks men in their own beds. As a result, many men take to sleeping outside of their houses in the streets or on their porches. The creature attacks the men while they sleep, overpowering them. Then, it holds their faces to the floor and forcefully sodomizes them for up to an hour (an extremely painful experience for anyone). It then threatens the victim... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by Kahn on 6 May, 2013, 2:34
Modern myth. As with myths of old, there may be some truth to the events, obscured by imagination of the observers in an attempt to explain what they could not.
Comment icon #20 Posted by RingFenceTheCity on 14 May, 2013, 10:22
View: Read more This winged lizard with the foul odour fits the Mystery Aircraft Frightens Quincy Residents thread.
Comment icon #21 Posted by QuiteContrary on 14 May, 2013, 11:18
I'm surprised the mystery hasn't been solved. That's just not like a cryptid. He didn't mention what sense he got from camping at the mine, just referenced the unease of others. (buy the book I guess) But I'm all for seeking out creepy. And that would be an individual thing. Unless I missed it, the size was never mentioned in the article either. Just "enormous" batlike wings. What about the drawing of the creature is "half-human" as the creature was described?
Comment icon #22 Posted by Gatofeo on 29 May, 2013, 3:04
Most people forget that newspapers of the 19th and early 20th century fabricated stories to sell more papers. This is almost certainly one of those "whoppers." If you think that today's journalism is irresponsible, you obviously haven't deeply examined a 19th century newspaper, especially one with small or limited circulation. One newspaper would fabricate a "whopper," and competing papers would not only pick up the story, but embellish it even more, to lure more readers to their paper. I wouldn't put much stock in any odd story from the 19th century up to the 1930s, especially the smaller one... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by Space_Jockey on 29 May, 2013, 6:27
If I was in the early 20th century, I didn't have UM forums or websites like that, my newspaper or a magazine would be my source for crypto-reports, and If I was a newspaper reporter, I'd be tempted to put as many as I can. It's fun and thought-provoking, even if just to give you a little spook in the woods maybe. To think how much we have changed in a 100+ years, but in many ways, still the same.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Lance Winslow on 14 August, 2013, 6:57
A contract of Insurance comes into being when a person seeking insurance protection enters into a contract with the insurer to indemnify him against loss of property by or incidental to fire and or lightening, explosion, etc. This is primarily a contract and hence as is governed by the general law of contract. However, it has certain special features as insurance transactions, such as utmost faith, insurable interest, indemnity, subrogation and contribution, etc. these principles are common in all insurance contracts and are governed by special principles of law. more info
Comment icon #25 Posted by brlesq1 on 14 August, 2013, 11:52
That's pretty cool. And camping out sounds like fun, even though I don't think anything's there.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Witchygirl94 on 3 January, 2014, 1:03
Could this be an early mothman sighting?


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
What made the Man in the Moon's right eye ?
7-23-2016
Researchers in the US have been able to determine the origins of one of the moon's largest craters.
Ground in Siberia is starting to go bouncy
7-22-2016
The unseasonably warmer weather appears to be having an adverse effect on the Siberian permafrost.
Police called over UK black panther sighting
7-22-2016
Authorities were notified after a large black creature was spotted chasing deer in North West England.
Major project fails to detect dark matter
7-21-2016
Scientists have shut down their state-of-the-art dark matter detector after it failed to find anything.
Other news in this category
Police called over UK black panther sighting
Posted 7-22-2016 | 2 comments
Authorities were notified after a large black creature was spotted chasing deer in North West England....
 
Bob Gimlin speaks out about Bigfoot footage
Posted 7-7-2016 | 368 comments
One of the two men who filmed the infamous Bluff Creek Bigfoot video has long regretted his involvement....
 
'Kraken' satellite photo goes viral online
Posted 6-20-2016 | 19 comments
A photograph showing what some claim to be a gigantic sea creature has been circulating the Internet....
 
Residents to hunt 8ft 'werewolf' in England
Posted 5-16-2016 | 62 comments
Multiple witnesses claim to have seen a 'half man half dog' creature known locally as 'Old Stinker'....
 
Nessie Sightings Register is now 20 years old
Posted 5-13-2016 | 7 comments
The Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register has recorded over 1,000 sightings over the last two decades....
 
Woman dies while hunting legendary monster
Posted 4-26-2016 | 20 comments
Roquel Bain was struck by a train while seeking a creature that is said to lure people on to the tracks....
 
Couple encounter a huge cat in the Cotswolds
Posted 4-15-2016 | 17 comments
A terrified couple in England have sketched a creature that they encountered while out driving at night....
 
Lost Nessie movie prop found in Loch Ness
Posted 4-13-2016 | 17 comments
A large model monster used in an old Sherlock Holmes movie has been identified at the bottom of the loch....
 
Mystery 'creature' filmed in the River Thames
Posted 3-31-2016 | 47 comments
Strange footage has emerged online this week of a large, dark shape surfacing in the River Thames....
 
Thylacine sighted in Australian coastal town
Posted 3-29-2016 | 21 comments
Being extinct hasn't stopped the elusive Tasmanian tiger from making an appearance every once in a while....
 
New £1.4M catamaran to join hunt for Nessie
Posted 3-13-2016 | 10 comments
A cruise ship company in the Scottish Highlands has invested in a new boat called 'Spirit of Loch Ness'....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ