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Honey Island Swamp monster

Honey Island Swamp monster
(Letiche, Tainted Keitre)
Grouping Cryptid
Sub grouping Hominid
Similar creatures Skunk ape
First reported 1963
Last reported 1974
Country United States
Region Honey Island Swamp, Louisiana
Habitat Marshland / Swamp

The Honey Island Swamp monster is a legendary hominid cryptid reported to have been seen in Honey Island Swamp, Louisiana, since 1963. Native Americans call this creature Letiche. Cajuns call it the Tainted Keitre.

Contents

  • Description 1
  • Sightings 2
  • Criticism 3
  • Folklore 4
  • Popular culture 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Description

The creature is described as bipedal, 7 feet (2 m) tall, with gray hair and yellow or red eyes, and accompanied by a disgusting smell.[1][2] Footprints supposedly left by the creature have four webbed toes.[3]

Sightings

The first claimed sighting was in 1963 by Harlan Ford, a retired air traffic controller who had taken up wildlife photography. After his death in 1980, a reel of Super 8 film showing the creature was allegedly found among his belongings.[4]

In 1974, the monster gained national fame after Ford and his friend Billy Mills claimed to have found unusual footprints in the area, as well as the body of a wild boar whose throat had been gashed. Ford continued to hunt for the creature for the next six years.

Criticism

The idea of a large, ape-like creature in the area is not without its critics, notably the local ecologist Paul Wagner who, with his wife Sue, run nature tours in the area. Neither they nor their Cajun guide, Robbie Charbonnet, have seen any evidence for it.[5]

Folklore

A legend tells of a train wreck in the area in the early 20th century. A travelling circus was on the train, and from it a group of chimpanzees escaped and interbred with the local alligator population.[1][2]

Popular culture

  • The creature was featured in an episode of Lost Tapes, "Swamp Creature."[7]
  • It was the subject of an episode of In Search of..., "The Swamp Monster."[8]
  • It was a subject of an episode of Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, "Bayou Beast/River Ghost,"[3] showing Mr. Ford's original film. The investigators were able to recreate Ford's footage with a man dressed in a camouflage ghillie suit used by hunters. They deduced the film could simply be mistaken identity on Ford's part, but didn't rule out that such a creature could exist.
  • An episode of Swamp People, "Full Moon Fever,"[9] includes a segment in which a group of people, Harlan Ford's granddaughter among them, are searching for the monster.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "The Honey Island Swamp Monster". americanmonsters.com. Archived from the original on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Swamp Creature".  
  3. ^ a b "Bayou Beast/River Ghost". Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files. Season 1. Episode 12. 9 December 2010. Syfy.
  4. ^ Holyfield, Dana (Writer, producer) (2006). The Legend of the Louisiana Honey Island Swamp Monster (DVD). Slidell, Louisiana: Honey Island Swamp Books2film.  
  5. ^ Nickell, Joe (July–August 2001). "Tracking the Swamp Monsters".  
  6. ^ "Ghost in the Machine". The Secret Saturdays. Season 1. Episode 15. 15 May 2009. Cartoon Network.
  7. ^ "Swamp Creature". Lost Tapes. Season 1. Episode 4. 6 January 2009. Animal Planet.
  8. ^ "The Swamp Monster". In Search of.... Season 2. Episode 16. 4 March 1978. syndicated.
  9. ^ "Full Moon Fever". Swamp People. Season 2. Episode 9. 26 May 2011. History.
  10. ^ "The Swamp". Monsters and Mysteries in America. Season 1. Episode 5. 21 April 2013. Destination America.

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