Jun 11, 2022 I Nick Redfern

When Strange Creatures and Monsters "Talk": Mysterious, Secret Languages

It's not often that we have reports of strange creatures and monsters that talk. Yes, I know it sounds totally bizarre. In fact, it's beyond bizarre! But, the fact is that such a thing does happen now and again, as you will see right now. In their efforts to seek out the truth of Bigfoot, investigators have secured a wealth of material that, while it does not absolutely prove the existence of the creatures, it most assuredly goes a long way towards doing exactly that. Footprints, film-footage, photographs, and witness testimony have all added greatly to what we know about these elusive beasts. And then there is the matter of the voice of Bigfoot. A number of recordings have been made of what are purported to be the vocalizations of Bigfoot. While some have been explained away as known animals, there is one set of recording that, more than any other, really stand the test of time. They have become known as the Sierra Sounds. The story of the Sierra Sounds dates back to the 1970s, and is focused around two Bigfoot investigators, Ron Morehead and Alan Berry. On a number of occasions, from the early to mid-1970s, the two men captured astonishing audio recordings of what many believe to have been Bigfoot creatures – in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California.

Berry and Morehead, very wisely it transpired, decided to hang a microphone in a tree and then hooked it up to a reel to reel recorder in their camp – which was about forty feet away - in the event that they might pick up something of interest. Eventually, they did. It was the beginning of a fascinating series of investigations – and attendant recordings – that offered the Bigfoot research community something new and alternative to get their teeth into, as did the scientific community, too. Ron Morehead stated: “The Bigfoot Recordings were the focus of a yearlong study at the University of Wyoming. An expert paper was written detailing their examination and analysis. The paper was presented at an academic seminar at the University of British Columbia in 1978, and subsequently published by the University Press in a 1980 anthology, ‘Manlike Monsters On Trial.’” This is something that was expanded on by Bigfoot authority, Christopher L. Murphy:

(Nick Redfern) When the Bigfoot Creatures Speak

“The unusual growl-like sounds and whistles were studied by Dr. R. Lynn Kirlin, a professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Wyoming. It was his opinion that the format frequencies found were clearly lower than for human data and their distribution does not indicate they were the product of human vocalizations and tape speed alteration. Further, Nancy Logan, a linguist in California also studied the tapes. In her opinion the vocalizations have a pitch range that is considerably more flexible than that of humans.”

Let's go back a few centuries to a strange story that had its origins in December 1728. It revolved around two brothers: William and David Sutor. The dark saga all began late one night in December 1728. That was when William, a Scottish farmer, was hard at work in his fields and heard an unearthly shriek that was accompanied by a brief glimpse of a large, dark-colored dog, far bigger than any normal hound, and one possessed of a pair of glowing red eyes. On several more occasions in both 1729 and 1730, the dog returned, always seemingly intent on plaguing the Sutor family. It was, however, in late November of 1730 that the affair ultimately reached its paranormal pinnacle. Once again the mysterious dog manifested before the farmer, but this time, incredibly, it was supposedly heard to speak, in rumbling tones, and directed William to make his way to a specific, nearby piece of ground within thirty minutes. William did as he was told, and there waiting for him was the spectral hound of Hell.

A terrified William pleaded to know what was going on. The hideous hound answered that he was none other than David Sutor – William’s brother – and that he had killed a man at that very spot some thirty-five years earlier. As David had directed his own savage dog to kill the man, David had himself – as punishment – been returned to our plane of existence in the form of a gigantic hound. The dogman instructed William (yes, by speaking) to seek out the buried bones of the murder victim, and then place them within consecrated ground, which William duly did, in the confines of the old Blair Churchyard. The ghostly black dog – the spirit of David Sutor in animal form – vanished. It was not seen again.

Now, let's go to a totally different animal: a little mongoose named Gef. Yes, you did read that right. The Haunting of Cashen’s Gap: A Modern “Miracle” Investigated is a book that was written back in 1936 by controversial ghost-hunter, Harry Price, along with R.S. Lambert. The original edition sells for incredible amounts of money. It’s not only a rare and pricey title: the story it tells is downright weird. It all revolves around nothing less than the antics of a talking mongoose named Gef. Yep, you did read that correctly. A talking mongoose. It’s a strange, eerie and – at times – undeniably sad saga of a young girl, her dog, her parents and intense media attention in the early 1930s.

The key players in the story were the Irving family: husband and wife James and Margaret, teenage Voirrey (their daughter), and Mona the sheepdog. And, Gef, of course. It wasn’t long before the Irvings realized they had something seriously strange in their midst: the speaking mongoose allegedly told the astonished family that it was born midway through the 19th century in New Delhi, India! As the story developed, it became obvious that if Gef was real, then he was no normal animal. Never mind just his alleged ability to speak; there was also the fact that the family referred to him as a spectral animal, as a spirit tied to our world, and as a "familiar." No surprise, it wasn’t long before the media was on the scene. Newspaper article-titles on the weird affair included "Clue to Mystery of 'Talking' Weasel;" "House 'Possessed' by a Mongoose;" and "The Dalby 'Spook' Again." The mystery continued. In fact, it went on for decades. To the end of her days – in 2005 – Voirrey said that Gef was not a hoax of her making. Or a hoax of anyone else in the family. Without doubt a strange and sinister saga that still endures!

(Nick Redfern) A talking Dog-Man? Don't bet against it!

Now, onto the controversial creature known as the Dog-Man. The phenomenon of the Dog-Men is strange to begin with. Never mind the possibility of the creatures having the ability to speak! Yes, I know: the whole thing sounds bizarre. And that's put it mildly. For those who aren't aware of the phenomenon, here's some background from good friend Linda Godfrey, without doubt the leading figure in the investigations of these strange and sinister upright wolf-like beasts. She says: "The story first came to my attention in about 1991 from a woman who had heard rumors going around here in Elkhorn, and particularly in the high school, that people had been seeing something like a werewolf, a wolf-like creature, or a wolf-man. They didn’t really know what it was. But some were saying it was a werewolf. And the werewolf tag has just gotten used because I think that people really didn’t know what else to call it." There is something else, too. Linda states: "Jefferson is also the site of the former St. Coletta Institute where in 1936, night watchman Mark Schackelman encountered a tall, unknown humanoid with long claws digging in an ancient burial mound. The beast produced a polysyllabic utterance that sounded like 'Gadarrah' to the man. Gadara is a region of old Judea where the New Testament says Jesus cast spirits out of two demon-possessed men (Matthew 8)." 

Moving on, I have a solitary case of a Dog-man that seemed to display some kind of language. In both cases, the location was the heart of the Cannock Chase woods in central England (a place where there have been numerous reports of werewolf-like things). The story came from a man named Tommy Bruce. He had an encounter in the summer of 1971 - that he held back from sharing for a long time. At the time, Bruce was thirty-one-years-old and strolling through the trees. For just a handful of seconds, he saw a large, wolf-like beast that rose up to a standing position and that stared at him through a pair of bright, yellow eyes. Bruce was frozen to the spot, something that isn't surprising. What really chilled Bruce was when the creature backed away and appeared to say: "A dark time coming," in a way that Bruce described as "half-human and half like a dog growling." Cryptid creatures and monster-based language: two things we would think could never cross paths. But, incredibly, they do.

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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