Apr 23, 2022 I Nick Redfern

When Monsters and Aliens Cross Paths

I know from experience that many people in the field of Cryptozoology don't like to tie their research to the UFO subject. And, vice-versa, too. But, over the years and decades, the fact is that there have been more than a few crossovers between aliens and monsters. And here are some strange examples: How about Cryptozoology and Crop Circles? Halfway through 2007, I spoke with Marcus Matthews, a researcher of mysterious big cats in the U.K., who told me that he was then currently investigating a case involving a person who had seen a “huge black cat” sitting inside the confines of a Wiltshire, England Crop Circle. As Marcus himself says about his book, Big Cats Loose in Britain: "The author looks at the body of anecdotal evidence: sightings, livestock kills, pawprints and photographs, and seeks to determine underlying commonalities and threads of evidence. These two strands are repeatedly woven together into a highly readable, yet scientifically compelling overview of the big cat phenomenon in Britain. The sightings reports are meticulously researched, with particular reference to the 70s and 80s; decades in which legislation changes - in particular, the Dangerous Wild Animals Act - played a significant part in events. However, this book provides the best collection ever, of big cat sightings in the UK from historical times up to about 1990. What is surely unique about this book is the depth and breadth of the investigation - and discussion - of the evidence." I should stress I now have a handful of cases in which mysterious, large black cats have been seen in Crop Circles. While I don't have any answers to this enigma, there's no doubt that the same enigma is real.

(Nick Redfern) Crop Circles and Alien Big Cats: a bizarre, combined mystery

What about Bigfoot and UFOs? That's the one thing - more than any other - that really gets the blood-pressure up of monster-hunters. On the night of November 28, 2014, on the hugely popular radio show, Coast to Coast AM, author and Sasquatch expert Stan Gordon spoke about his Bigfoot research and writing. Gordon’s Bigfoot studies demonstrate a connection between the strange beasts and multiple, weird phenomena – including matters of a psychic nature and also...UFOs. One of the issues that Gordon discussed on the show was Bigfoot’s seeming ability to remain unaffected when blasted with bullets.  This was made clear in the summary of Gordon’s interview, which appeared at the Coast to Coast website the very next day: “[Gordon] explained that, in October of 1973, witnesses spotted a slow-moving, bright red UFO apparently land in the pasture of a farm…Suddenly, they noticed two Bigfoot creeping along a barbed wire fence about 75-feet away from the UFO and making those strange sounds.” One of the men “…then tried shooting the Bigfoot with live ammunition, but the bullets had no effect and the creatures wandered off into the woods.” And, that's barely the beginning. How about extraterrestrials and the Dogman phenomenon?

In 2005, Linda Godfrey, the leading figure in the investigation of the Dogman phenomenon, was contacted by a man – a military whistle-blower, we might say – who was an expert in the field of remote-viewing. According to Godfrey’s Edward Snowden-like source, the U.S. Government has uncovered data suggesting that the Dogmen are a very ancient, alien race that closely resembles the ancient deity of the Underworld. And who might that be? It’s Anubis, that’s who. Godfrey’s informant also discovered – via remote-viewing – that the Dogmen can “jump” from location to location via portals or doorways in the fabric of space and time. That’s quite a story told to Godfrey. Now, there's the matter of Mothman, probably the most famous, strange creature next to the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot. There can be few people reading this who have not at least heard of the legendary Mothman of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, who terrorized the town and the surrounding areas between November 1966 and December 1967, and whose diabolical exploits were chronicled in the 2002 hit Hollywood movie starring Richard Gere: The Mothman Prophecies, so named after the book of the same title written by Mothman authority John Keel.

(Nick Redfern) Point Pleasant's famous Mothman Museum

A devil-like, winged monster with glowing, red eyes, Mothman’s appearance came quite literally out of nowhere and, some say, culminated in high tragedy and death. But what was the Mothman of Point Pleasant? And how did the legend begin?  To answer those questions we have to go back to the dark night of November 12, 1966, when five gravediggers working in a cemetery in the nearby town of Clendenin were shocked to see what they described as a “brown human shape with wings” rise out of the thick, surrounding trees and soar off into the distance. Three days later, the unearthly beast surfaced once again. It was at the highly appropriate time of the witching hour when Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette – two young, married couples from Point Pleasant - were passing the time away by cruising around town in the Scarberrys’ car. As they drove around the old factory, the four were puzzled to see in the shadows what looked like two red lights pointing in their direction. These were no normal lights, however. Rather, all four were shocked and horrified to discover that, in reality, the “lights” were the glowing, self-illuminating red eyes of a huge animal that, as Roger Scarberry would later recall, was “…shaped like a Mothman, but bigger, maybe six and a half or seven feet tall, with big wings folded against its back.”

Not surprisingly, they fled the area at high speed. Unfortunately for the Scarberry’s and the Mallette’s, however, the beast seemingly decided to follow them: as they sped off for the safety of Point Pleasant, the winged monster took to the skies and shadowed their vehicle’s every movement until it reached the city limits. The four raced to the sheriff’s office and told their astounding story to Deputy Millard Halstead, who later stated that: “I’ve known these kids all their lives. They’d never been in any trouble and they were really scared that night. I took them seriously.” And even though a search of the area by Halstead did not result in an answer to the mystery, the Mothman would soon return. Indeed, the legend had already begun. There is, however, an important aspect of the Mothman mystery: if it was just the winged-thing itself that was lurking above and around Point Pleasant, West Virginia, I would keep the story in a strictly cryptozoological category. But, we aren't able to do that. Here's why: in the wake of the Mothman's appearance, strange lights were seen in the sky. The Men in Black were lurking in the shadows and terrifying people with their creepy threats. Another classic example of Cryptozoology and Ufology coming together - whether researchers and writers like it or not.

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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