Legendary monsters “exist”, if only in legend, all over the world. It is no different in the United States. All cultures have historic mythical tales that were created long ago to explain things that people didn’t understand. Some of these involve scary creatures, which are most likely not real, but in some cases maybe they are. And, history tells us that people are great storytellers.
When Europeans arrived in America, they brought their own superstitions and legends with them. They soon found more myths and legends of the Native Americans. While many of these tales were, no doubt, perpetuated from a lack of knowledge, they continue to persist. In other cases, these monsters may be real, as evidence has not disproved them.
Water serpents may still lurk within lakes and oceans, Bigfoot or Sasquatch may still be hidden within deep forests, unidentified flying objects have spawned new legends, and ghosts and witches are still blamed for a number of unexplainable events.
Devil’s Hole Cave, Arkansas – A strange and mysterious creature is said to reside within the depths of this seemingly bottomless cave.
El Chupacabra or the Goat Sucker – This is a heavy creature, the size of a small bear, with a row of spines reaching from the neck to the base of the tail and it takes its name from the fact that it is supposed to attack animals and drink their blood – especially goats.
The Jersey Devil – One of America’s oldest mysteries, this legendary creature, described as a flying biped with hooves, is said to lurk in the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey.
Minnesota Iceman – In the 1960’s, a male, human-like creature was exhibited across America. Described as 6 foot tall, hairy, with large hands and feet, he was promoted as a Neanderthal, Bigfoot or Yeti.
The Moth Man – This legendary creature, described as a man-sized bird, was reportedly seen in the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia in the mid-1960’s.
Murphysboro Mud Monster – Prowling Southern Illinois in the 1970’s was a huge, wet, hairy, mud-slathered monstrosity.
Thunderbirds of Illinois – Tales of strange, monster birds with enormous wingspans that are large enough to carry away human victims.