Florida's Bigfoot AKA Skunk Ape
Dade County Public Safety Dept Miscellaneous Report #72168-1
Reported by: Ronald Bennett, 46 w/m 2820 SW 106 Avenue.
”Suspicious Incident at Black Point-Goulds Canal, 12:00 a.m. March 24, 1975”
Police were dispatched: 2:26 a.m. Arrived: 2:31 a.m. In Service: 4:22 a.m.
Remarks: The reported stated that at the above time, date and location of his son Michael Bennett and a friend Lawrence Groom w/m 54 yrs 223-0108, while driving down a dirt road toward Black Point near the water dyke they observed what appeared to be an upright standing giant ape-like man, approximately eight (8) to nine (9) feet tall and very heavy set, black in color with no clothes, standing next to a blue Chevy and rocking the car back and forth with great force.
The witness further stated they observed a man getting out of the vehicle in a hysterical manner and yelling for help. When the lights of the vehicle that the witnesses were in lit up, the ape like man turned and went into the mangroves. The witnesses stated they could hear the thing running through the mangroves. At this time the witness’ vehicle was turned around and leaving the area. Upon department they did not see where the man in the blue Chevy went.
South District Station #4 was notified and responded to the area. A search of the area for the blue Chevy and the ape like man produced negative results.
Note: The location of the incident can be variously described as the eastern end of 248th Street SW, 87th Avenue SW and Biscayne Bay and Snapper Point.
Comment: To get from the location of the sighting to the Bennett home would take no more than an hour and probably thirty minutes. So it is clear that the incident was discussed at least an hour and a half before the elder Bennett decided to call the police. Mrs. Bennett told me that her son began his story with the predictable: “Mom, you’re not going to believe this, but …”
Citation: Ramona Clark Hibner/Gordon Strasenburgh
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