Most shapeshifting monsters seem to be content with terrifying and tormenting us. But, not all of them. Some of these creatures are deeply cunning and are intent on luring us into their nightmarish realms, quite possibly to try and take our lives. Maybe, even our souls, too. Aside from literal shapeshifting, there is another, related aspect to the mystery that is downright eerie and menacing in the extreme. It is the ability of certain monsters – and almost always Bigfoot-type creatures – to very closely mimic us. And, specifically, to mimic the stress-filled cries of babies. As the following accounts collectively demonstrate, the clear implication is that the beasts mimic the vocalizations of babies in distress as a means to lure us into their environments. To attack or kidnap us? To kill us? Maybe even to savagely devour us? The questions are many. They are deeply chilling questions, too.
The small town of Ennis, Texas was the site of a brief series of such encounters with a Bigfoot-style entity in 1964. Those same encounters involved an immense monster, one which was described by the half a dozen people who saw it as being somewhere between eight and ten feet in height. It is a saga told by the Bigfoot Research Organization in an article titled “Tall creature seen by witness.” Notably, nearly all of the encounters occurred at the site of an old, and now-demolished, wooden bridge that spanned a still-existing creek. Eye-opening is the fact that the bridge became known by the locals as Cry-Baby Bridge – on specific account of the disturbing, and baby-like, wailings that were always heard when the hairy monster was around. Fortunately, despite the voice sounding like the cries of a baby, no one fell for the potentially-deadly ruse. All recognized it for what it was: an attempt to reel in the witnesses and for reasons that remain unknown. But, they were surely nothing of a positive nature.
Five years later, in 1969, the Ennis Bigfoot was back again – as were the baby-like cries, which continued to haunt the old bridge and those that saw the beast across what was a period of roughly five weeks. Again, the monster was immense: around nine feet tall. There was a difference, however: the Bigfoot was seen to run on both four limbs and two, despite looking entirely humanoid in shape and stance when upright. That it was able to race through the trees in dog-like fashion - and in human-like fashion, too - strongly suggests that a fair degree of shapeshifting was afoot. One final thing on this particular matter: of the several old graveyards that can be found in and around the Ennis area, one is called Cryer Creek Cemetery. Cryer Creek is a town located just a few miles from Barry, Texas. Today, it has a population of under twenty. That’s to say the dead significantly outnumber the living in the 19th century town. There is a notable story behind the name of the town.
When it was settled in the 1850s, by one William Melton, one of the most important things on the agenda was the name of the town. It is eye-opening to note that the name chosen, Cryer Creek, was inspired by local legends. They were legends which suggested if one was to walk the old, nearby creeks late at night, one would hear the fear-filled cries of a woman. That there are stories of strange cries amid the local creeks, dating back to the middle years of the 19th century, strongly suggests that Chambers Creek’s monstrous mimics were around long before the events of 1964 began. Stan Gordon is one of the world’s leading figures in the field of Bigfoot investigations – and particularly so cases that are steeped in mystifying high-strangeness. In October 1973, Gordon investigated a very weird case that was focused upon the late-night landing of a brightly lit UFO in a rural part of Pennsylvania; it’s a case that appears in Gordon’s 2010 book, Silent Invasion. As a group of concerned and inquisitive locals reached the area of farmland where the UFO touched down, the air was filled with the sound of what seemed to be – yes, you guessed right - a crying baby.
As the group got closer they could see a significantly sized dome-like object sitting in the darkness of a large pasture. If that was not enough, to the horror of the men a pair of large and lumbering Bigfoot loomed out of the shadows and proceeded to head towards them. Panic immediately erupted and the group scattered, firing their guns at the beasts as they did so. The bullets had no effect, and no evidence of a baby – in distress or otherwise – was ever found. Of course, their concern for the baby was the key thing that spurred them on to close in on the UFO. Which, in all likelihood, was the goal of the sly, mimicking monsters in their midst. Meanwhile…
Bob Carroll, who I chatted with at the October 1996 Staffordshire UFO Conference, Cannock, England, had a very similar encounter in January or February of either 1972 or 1973 at Bridge 39 on England’s Shropshire Union Canal; the very same location that spawned a monstrous thing: the diabolical Man-Monkey in January 1879. It was the early hours of the morning and Carroll, a truck-driver, was driving to the nearby town of Newport, where he was due to make a 6:00 a.m. delivery, having picked up a pallet of paint from a depot in the city of Leicester the previous evening. Everything was completely normal until he approached...yes...that damned bridge.
Stressing that everything was over in a few seconds, Carroll said that it was his natural instinct to slow down as he reached the bridge. As he did so, he was shocked to see from his cab a hair-covered humanoid race out of the trees, cross the bridge, and head down to the old canal. Carroll was amazed by the incredible speed and apparent agility of the beast as it bounded across the road and was subsequently, and quickly, lost to sight. He estimated that its height was four-and-a-half to five-feet at the very most, that it had dark fur, and that it looked very muscular. Stressing that he had always been a gung-ho type, Carroll quickly pulled over to the side of the road, turned on the hazard-lights of his truck, and ran back to the scene of his bizarre and brief experience.
On reaching the canal bridge, Carroll quickly peered over both sides; however, the total lack of light made any attempt to see much of anything tangible nigh-on impossible. But there was one other odd thing that Carroll was keen to relate; something that, by now, will be as familiar as it is disturbing. As he leaned over the bridge, he heard what he was absolutely sure were…the loud and distressing cries of a baby. In fact, he said the cries were too loud – almost ear-splitting and echoing. Despite feeling that he needed to help the “baby,” Carroll near-immediately developed a feeling that this was no baby. Rather, he felt, it was the monkey-like animal; ingeniously and cunningly trying to lure him down to the canal for an encounter of the fatal kind. Carroll, probably very wisely, did not act upon the beast’s macabre ruse. It may very well have been a decision which saved his life.