The Big Muddy Monster
Is the Big Muddy Monster a Bigfoot?
On June 25, 1973, Murphysboro, Illinois, a small town on the banks of the Big Muddy
river, had several sightings of a hair and mud covered monster. A couple sitting in
their car heard weird shrieks start to come from the woods nearby; then a huge figure eight feet tall covered with light brown hair and what appeared to be
mud, came out of the woods and lumbered toward their vehicle. The couple drove off
and reported the encounter to the police.
Several other sightings were to follow. Two teenagers that had a close encounter with
the creature said it smelled of foul river slime. Workers at a nearby fairground saw
the strange beast staring at some tethered ponies. Murphysboro police chief Toby Berger
ordered a search, but all that was found was a trail of crushed grass, broken trees, and
gobs of black slime. Tony Stevens, editor of The Southern Illinoisan, said: "This is no hoax. This is hunting country, and anyone who goes around in an animal
costume is going to get his butt shot off."
Strange Stories, Amazing Facts, © READER'S DIGEST, 1976
Story source, Dr. Ellen Yen, British Columbia, Canada