The Mill Race Monster; Deadly Rain; Devil Dogs…
On Monsters and Mysteries in America, we were recently presented with the Mill Race Monster, a gargantuan green beast reportedly observed in Mill Race Park in Columbus, Indiana. The creature is described as being bipedal, standing about 6 to 7 feet tall, and having a mossy-green appearance. Forty years ago on November 1, 1974 four women walking in the park saw the beast walking in the trees; they beat a hasty retreat. Later that same night, three other young women in a car parked near a river by a boat launch in the park to eat, and were approached by the creature which beat on the windshield of the vehicle. The monster was described as having claws and slime on his face. Managing to drive away, they reported the attack to police who saw scratch marks on the car, which also bore a stench from the monster.
These sightings of the monster set off a wave of mob hysteria, and a monster-hunting mob formed of hundreds of souls intent at getting a crack at the creature; as Kermit the frog observed, it’s not easy being green. The park was then shut down for a time owing to the presence of such self-appointed armed vigilantes. Prior to the sightings, strange lights were seen in the sky as if from a UFO. Appearances of Bigfoot-clones have been associated with UFO sightings in a number of other cases, some of which we’ve mentioned here before.
A second segment involved the appearance of a deadly and peculiar rain in Oakville, Washington on August 7, 1994. This rain was peculiar in that it was thick, syrupy, and gelatinous. Cats and dogs exposed to it died, and people became sick, including one cop who ran a high fever and vomited; investigating the rain prior to to onset of his illness, he reportedly saw official-looking men in hazardous materials suits collecting material. There was a spike in public respiratory illnesses as well following the slimy rain, and laboratory testing on samples revealed the presence of bacteria and human white blood cells in the goo. The question was raised as to whether the government had been conducting a biohazard test in the area, with the people unwilling subjects…government conspiracy theories, anyone?
The third segment concerned reported appearances of Devil Dogs (the canines, not the Drakes Cakes snacks) in the Meridean Island area of Wisconsin. Reported sightings extend back to at least the early 1900’s of something about the size of a bear, but dog-like. A couple in the fall of 2004 at a boat landing reported hearing movement and sounds of growling, with a Devil Dog pursuing their car for a time. Paranormal ties were made in the feature to a woman called Mary Dean who drowned in the river there in the 1800’s; her spirit was reportedly trapped in the vicinity, and has attracted such monsters. Supporting such speculations was the story of two young paranormal investigators who in October of 2014 went to the boat landing to investigate the legend, and heard a low growling coming out of a fog which swiftly developed in front of their vehicle. They reported seeing a woman’s figure appear out of that fog accompanied by a large dog which pursued them as they retreated…good scary stuff!