Bernalillo County, New Mexico
Albuquerque Journal October 14, 1968
The Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, New Mexico
An abominable monster covered with hair and with a blank face was reported roaming the South Valley Thursday night "crying like a baby."
City police were skeptical but early skepticism by the Bernalillo County Sheriff's department faded with increasing calls "about the monster." Compounding the confusion which arose after the Clifford McGuire family of 415 Wilshire SW reported a monster was spooking their children were reports of an explosion on San Mateo NE and of a black object attacking a woman in the 7700 block of Don NE.
On the prowl for weeks.
McGuire's children are afraid to sleep in their back bedroom and the McGuire's 18 years old son said he went out to investigate one night and was stuck by the monster. The youth passed out and awoke to find only fork-like marks, similar to footprints on the ground, deputies were told.
Every time the monster comes around, the McGuires said their radio quits playing and every time the older son hears it "cry like a baby" his chest begins hurting all over again where the monster reportedly hit him.
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The monster: Is it myth, fiction or real - an animal or a human? Sheriff's officers and police had lots of theories Friday and both law enforcement agencies and the Journal received a number of phone calls about the so-called blank faced monster. "So far," said Deputies Dale Knable and Art Fusco, "we've had reports only from the Clifford McGuire Family, 415 Wilshire SW that they have seen the creature."
Knable said officers are attempting to locate other people who also got a glimpse of what McGuire said was a monster "covered with hair and with a blank face." McGuire said the "monster" has been seen around his home off and on for about three weeks, said Knable. The reports have stimulated all kinds of speculation and Knable has a couple of theories of his own.
"It could be a prankster or it could be some kind of animal which has been spending the summer in the growth of trees and bushes along the Rio Grande and since it has turned cooler at night is looking for a warm place to stay" said Knable.
Although police and the sheriff's office have found no reports of missing animals, which could fit the description of the "monster," Albuquerque Zoo Director John Roth, came up with a possible explanation. Roth pointed out there is a South American species of nocturnal monkey named "Dourouculi," which is sometimes sold in pet shops. Roth described the Dourouculi as a "pretty good sized Monkey with a white face, dark fur and a long tail.
a monkey might have escaped from its owner or a pet shop," he added.
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