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As we came closer to the animal it became apparent quickly that what we were
looking at was not a bear. There was a very large, hairy, mass walking away from us
on two legs. I can still remember the arms swaying as it strolled naturally down the
side of the road away from us.
As we got closer, about 50 yards or more as I remember it, the cars headlights
shown past the creature. I was at that time that our companion on the highway
became aware of our presence. It stopped, and I stopped. I remember this vividly,
the animal went to turn around to get a look at us. Now this was odd because the
animal had no neck, or not much of one, so it couldn't turn it's head to look at us it
had to turn its whole upper body.
This is when it happened...
The Horror On Highway 180
True Crime In The City Of Angels
Time has immortalized Elizabeth Short as the pinup girl of LA noir, and the story of the
unemployed 22-year-old has inspired dozens of books, Web sites, a video game, a
movie, and even an Australian swing band. The quest to pinpoint her killer has
become a hobby for generations of armchair detectives. Aspiring actress, Elizabeth
Short nicknamed the "Black Dahlia," was only 22 years old when she became the
victim in a notorious 1947 murder case. (The name was a bit of word play based on
the title of the 1946 movie ‘The Blue Dahlia’.) On January 15, 1947, Short's body,
discovered in a Los Angeles vacant lot, was severed in two at her waist and severely
mutilated. The gruesome nature of the crime and the Hollywood connection made the
case a public sensation. Rumors and speculation were widely being published as fact
in 1947 and inaccuracies and exaggerations continue to plague accounts of Elizabeth
Short’s life as well as the crime to this day.
Sex. Beauty. Violence. Elizabeth Short, the “Black Dahlia”
This Place Scares The Crap Outta Me!
Aokigahara (青木ヶ原), also known as the Sea of Trees (樹海) or Jukai, is a 14
square mile forest that lies at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. Due to the wind-
blocking density of the trees and an absence of wildlife, the forest is known for being
exceptionally quiet and for the thickness of its trees. It is a twisting network of woody
vines, and has a dangerous unevenness of the forest floor. It is rocky, cold, and littered
with over 200 underground caves you could fall into accidentally. The forest is full
of paradox and contrast. Its historic association with demons in Japanese mythology
has long made it a popular place for suicides.
Spirits Of Death In A Sea Of Trees - Japan's Suicide Forest.
A True Story
In 1972 Charles Pierce, an ad salesman from Texarkana, borrowed $160,000 from a
friend who owned a car dealership, to make a movie about a local legend in Arkansas,
that he had heard about growing up. Armed with a hand-held camera, and the local
residents, who played themselves, Pierce set out to create a pseudo-documentary
about recent encounters with a Bigfoot-like creature in and around the small town of
Fouke. Amazingly enough, Pierce, with no experience at making movies, was able to
create a very believable and scary movie. His amateur actors, who obviously drew
inspiration from their real-life encounters, display such fear, that the viewer really gets
taken in by their raw emotion. Pierce's camera work and editing really creates a
genuine feeling of terror. His wisdom in only showing the monster from a distance, and
in the shadows, adds to the mystery and the overall eerie feeling of the film. It is
amazing that an amateur film maker, like Pierce, was able to master so many truly scary
film techniques in his first attempt at making a movie.
The Legend Of Boggy Creek (1972)(Charles B. Pierce)
Written By: Ken Hulsey / Terri Pressley
‘Huge, scary, aggressive, fast, and threatening’. These
terms are used to describe several Bigfoot-like creatures
said to inhabit the desert regions of southern California.
These mysterious giant apes go by many different names,
The Borrego Sandman, The Speedway Monster, Zoobies,
Devils, and the Yucca Man.
It may come to the surprise of those who follow stories
about Bigfoot and other mysterious creatures that the first
report of these creatures by European settlers did not
come from the East Coast, Midwest, or even the Pacific
Northwest. It actually came from southern California. In
1769, Spanish priests founded the first mission in San
Local Gabrieleno Indians told the padres about "harry devils" that lived nearby. In fact according to written accounts, the Indians lived
in fear of these large, foul-smelling, "wild-men" and refused to anywhere near their reported home called "towis puki" (camp of the
devil) on the southern bank of the Santa Ana River.
The area of "Deadmans Hole" near Holcomb Village, just west of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park was a water stop on the
old Stagecoach lines during the mid to late 1800s, and is the reported site of several alleged murders blamed on Bigfoot. In
1876, one the passengers who ventured out of the safety of the coach while it's horses stopped to take a drink reported seeing
a large, naked, hairy "thing" watching him from behind some scruff. After that, several people met their demise at the site, either
strangled or beaten to death by an unknown person or thing. They blamed the monster of course, regardless of the fact if it
actually killed them or not.
In April of 1876, the San Diego Union reported an encounter with a "missing link" near Warner's Ranch, also west of Anza-
Borrego, by a young man named Turner Helm. According to Helm, the creature had dark fur like a bear and a face like an
American or Spaniard.
In March 1888, two local hunters, Charles Cox and Edward Dean, set out to hunt down the monster and finally put an end to
the murders. According to the San Diego Daily Transcript the pair found, and killed, what they were looking for. A creature
described as a gorilla with the face of an Indian and fangs like a bear. The creatures’ body was to be transported to San Diego
where it was to be on public display but mysteriously disappeared before arrival.
Undoubtedly, it was the discovery of gold deposits that first lured the white man to this desolate area and it is from one of these
fortune hunters that the first report of Bigfoot or the Borrego Sandman as it has been called in these parts, originated.
Reportedly in 1939 a prospector, who when interviewed in the 1970s wished to remain anonymous, was attacked by a large
group of ‘upright-walking-apes’ as he camped near the Borrego Sink. The frightened man described the creatures
as very large, covered in white fur, with glowing red eyes. The only thing said to have saved the man was the fact that the
monsters were afraid of his campfire.
Another report of giant footprints from that same general area came from a man named Victor Stoyanow in 1964. His story, re-
told in a famous article in SAGA magazine entitled, ‘America's Terrifying Woodland Monster-men’ in 1969. The piece also
featured the story of Harold Lancaster, a miner who encountered the Sandman in 1968. Here is an excerpt:
“Gold prospectors and treasure hunters frequently seek their lost bonanzas in isolated areas. Since 1964, treasure hunters in the
Borrego Valley desert in California have whispered about "the Abominable Sandmen of Borrego." The arid area is near the
Mexican border, it is virtually uninhabited. There are many fissures, caves, and crevasses in the Superstition Mountain region
and prospectors say the Cocopah Indians have told of a subterranean labyrinth under the mountain, Maj. Victor Stoyanow was
seeking an access into the Superstition Hills in January 1964, when he noticed large, humanoid tracks in the sand dunes.
"The prints ran in pairs, generally parallel and averaged about 14 inches in length, and nine wide at the instep," Major Stoyanow
declared. He returned to the desert on several other occasions, made plaster casts of the prints, and snapped photographs.
“Curious as I am, I hope that the person who discovers what kind of beast it is doesn't happen to be me." Major Stoyanow
said after his thorough investigation into the tracks.
The San Diego Union ran an unverifiable article some years ago of a "sandman" that was shot by hunter Frank Cox at
Deadman's Hole, near Warner, California in San Diego County. The beast, described as a cross between ‘a man and a bear’.
The head was rather small, with protruding teeth and powerful jaws. The muscular creature had feet that measured 24 inches in
length and the body weight estimated to be 400 pounds. Harold Lancaster, treasure hunter, was prospecting in the Borrego
Sink, east of the settlement of Borrego Springs, California in July 1968, when he saw a ‘sandman.’ "I was camped up on a
mesa one morning when I saw a man walking in the desert," he reported. "The figure came closer and I thought it was another
prospector. Then, I picked up my binoculars and saw the strangest sight in my life. It was a real giant ape-man," Lancaster said.
"I had heard about the screaming giant ape-man up in Tuolumne County that frightened people for a couple of years. Another
person and I even went up there to look for the thing. I decided it was a hoax and never expected to actually see one.” As the
"sandman" drew closer, Lancaster became worried. "That thing was big. I was no match for it," he reported. "I had a .22 pistol
on my hip but it would have been like shooting at a gorilla with a pea shooter. I was afraid the beast might get too close. So, I
fired a couple of rounds into the air. The sandman jumped a good three feet off the ground when the sounds of the shots
reached him. He turned his head, looked toward me, and then took off running in the other direction! “Why didn't Lancaster
shoot the alleged sandman? “ I was afraid," he admitted. "They should be protected. They are a form of a human, a primitive
species. It would be murder to kill one. They should be studied."
In the late 1960s, reports of Bigfoot sightings in the desert towns of Lancaster and Palmdale reached a feverish pace that lasted
well into the 1970s and then tapered off. Though these areas border on the Mojave Desert, they also border on the Angeles
National forest, it does not seem too unlikely that the creature could have been lured out of the wilderness and into the desert.
More bizarre are the stories of frequent intrusions by creatures that match the description of Bigfoot that have surfaced from
nearby Edwards Air Force Base an area further inland and much further from the forested areas near Los Angeles. As the story
goes, Base Security has possession of several surveillance video tapes that plainly show extremely large, up right apes
trespassing in the facilities numerous underground tunnels. How, or where, the Bigfoot break into, or gain access to these
tunnels has never been revealed, obviously for security reasons, but reportedly these incidents happen rather often, and are a
In 1964, a father and son found themselves being pelted with rocks by a “shaggy" creature while hiking near Escondido. Later
that same summer, a juvenile Sandman was implicated in the death of three cows on the MGM Ranch near Jamul, west of
Anza-Borrego. This time the creature left behind plenty of large human-like tracks in the soft dirt.
The city of Fontana has had a long and glorious history
associated with auto racing. As most of you probably
know, the city is the present home of the Auto club
Speedway, which holds a yearly major NASCAR race
along with other racing events of different types. What
many of you might not know is back in the 1950s
there was a drag strip in the area that was considered one
of the best in the country. ‘The Mickey Thompson's
Fontana International Dragway’ lasted for almost two
decades before a series of fatal accidents forced it to close
in 1972. The area is now a housing tract known as the
Village of Heritage and lies about a mile east of Etiwanda
Blvd on the north side of Foothill Blvd. These race events
took place for two decades and attracted legions of die-
hard race fans; they also attracted a very curious monster.
The height of these sightings took place in the early 1960s
when race patrons would regularly spot a giant, harry,
Bigfoot-like creature crossing a field adjacent to the track
in full view of the grandstands. Bigfoot had been seen so
regularly that it earned the name "Speedway Monster.”
Though witnessed by hundreds of people, no one ever
worked up the courage to investigate it. It is hard to
speculate why a creature known for being reclusive and
shy of humans would trek so close to a racetrack filled
with people and to mention the load noise produced by the
cars. One can only assume that it was curious about what
all the fuss was about or more likely that the creature was
making plans on rummaging through the tracks trashcans
for leftover burgers and hot dogs after everyone cleared
In July of 1965, the monster attacked a young boy as he walked home. According to the account, the creature surprised the lad
by jumping out from behind some bushes. As he tried to escape from the monster, his clothes were torn to shreds. The child
managed to get loose and run away; the monster reportedly did not give chase.
On August 27 of the same year, a young woman named Jerri Mendenhall was attacked while in her parked car on a residential
street in Fontana by a mud- covered monster that smelled "like a dead animal.” The creature reportedly grabbed her through the
open drivers-side window. Frightened, the young woman put the car in gear and stepped on the gas to escape leaving the
monster in the dust. Though the speedway closed its doors in the early 70s, reports of the "Speedway Monster" continued in the
city of Fontana and the nearby San Bernardino Mountains continued.
In 1975 a group of Boy Scouts were woken up by a Bigfoot rummaging through their campsite near Barton Flats, likewise in
1976 a young man came face-to- face with the creature outside his cabin near Big Bear.
The area of Lytle Creek, in Cajon Pass, near Fontana has been a 'hot-spot' for Bigfoot sightings for decades.
In 1985 a set of large, human-like, tracks were found in the mountains near Anza. A local hiker reported the story to the BFRO.
"I have hunted that area and hiked around there over the years. Many times, I have been out there and knew or had some
feeling of another presence. I don't mean like small animals or anything of that sort; just some unexplained feeling that someone
or something has been watching me or following me."
In 1991 Fontana resident John Davis reported that a harry creature on two legs raided his chicken pen.
The most interesting, post Fontana Speedway, story came in 1992 when several motorists on Foothill Blvd spotted a family of
Bigfoot walking along the railroad tracks the crossed over the busy street. The location was reportedly close to the local Ace
Oh and here is a little history. Back in the 1800s an area between what is now the towns LaVerne and Pomona, near Fontana,
was known to local Indians as "Toybipet" ("devil woman who was there) the reported hunting ground of a female Bigfoot. The
first sightings of the Yucca Man began in the early 1970s as more and more people began to populate the remote desert regions
east of Los Angeles. As families migrated out of the congested city to the cheaper outlying areas in the desert stories of a large
harry monster began to circulate amongst the relocated suburbanites. At first, no one really paid much attention to these reported
encounters that many believed were just the product of bored imaginations. All of that, however, was about to change.
On a cold February night in 1971, a lone guard manned a post outside an armory on the outskirts of the Marine Base near
Twenty-Nine Palms. Without warning, the otherwise unearthly quiet was suddenly shattered when a large mass appeared out of
the dark desert landscape. The guard raised his riffle and commanded the being to "halt.” Much to the young man’s surprise, the
large figure did not stop but instead charged right at him at an inhuman rate. As the figure grew closer, the Marine realized what
was approaching, rapidly, was not a man at all, but a huge, upright running, hair-covered creature. Paralyzed by shock, the
young guard stood his ground, too frightened to move the mysterious creature threw the young man to the ground rendering him
unconscious. When the guard’s relief arrived several hours later, they found him almost incoherent with his riffle nearly bent in
two. After the incident both the CIA and FBI were contacted to conduct an investigation. Much to their surprise, the locals were
more than eager to tell their stories about giant man-beasts in the area. In fact, the very same night as the attack on the guard,
two creatures had been seen roaming through a neighborhood, relatively close to the base. When a local couple looked out of
their front window to see what was upsetting their dog, they saw the two Yucca Men crossing the front lawn. Then some time
later, the same creatures were seen near a horse corral some distance away The investigation also revealed that several
employees at the Joshua Tree National Monument had seen Bigfoot-like creatures on numerous occasions.
Eight years later, in May of 1979, a young couple were leaving their condominium complex in Desert Hot Springs, north of Palm
Springs, when a large hairy creature emerged from behind a yucca in front of their car. According to the driver the animal, which
had "a chest the size of a refrigerator and arms that hung down below its knees,” was so large that he could only see it from the
mid-section down. The beast that reportedly was covered in long tan colored hair disappeared quickly back into the night
leaving no footprint evidence.
Again, in 1979, a 12-foot-tall Bigfoot made a visit to Hemet California some distance to the south of Palm Springs twice in a
period of a week. This time, however, the creature left 17 tracks in the mud along a rural road during its initial visit. The tracks
measured 18 inches in length, and spaced 6 feet apart. Noted Bigfoot researchers Douglas Trapp and Danny Perez both
conducted an investigation of this sighting, even going as far as to perform a "stakeout" of the location where the tracks were
found. Alas, the monster did not return.
In 1988 a couple of service men from Twenty-Nine Palms were returning home from a day of fun in the sun at Big Bear Lake at
about 9:00 p.m. when they encountered a creature that the locals call the "Cement Monster", due to the fact that it is said to live
near an old cement factory in Lucerne Valley. As the two men approached the old factory, a large upright running creature
moved across the road in front of their car. As was the case 9 years earlier in Desert Hot Springs the animal in question was so
large that the men could only see its lower half. The two men looked at each other in disbelief for a moment before one of
them exclaimed, "What the Hell was that?" The other replied, "That was the Cement Monster, after him!" The driver hit the
brakes while the other reached for a gun that was in the glove box. The two adrenaline filed men searched up and down the
road and around the cement factory, but never found any sign of the creature. The pair concluded that they had seen some form
of prehistoric man and returned to their journey home.
Like many legends, scientists discount the existence of Bigfoot. Widely considered merely a combination of folklore
misidentification, and hoax rather than an actual living animal. This based on the lack of scientific physical evidence as well as the
sheer number of creatures that would be necessary to maintain a breeding population. Even so a few scientists, such as Jane
Goodall and Jeffery Meldrum, have expressed interest and some measure of belief in the creature. And yet, there are several
scientific organizations devoted to the scientific investigation of Bigfoot. What is the conclusion? Just ask anyone who has had an
encounter and then make up your own mind.
Bigfoot In So Cal: The Return Of The Speedway Monster!
Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: Wishes To Remain Anonymous
Back in 2010 I posted a couple of articles about the infamous
"Speedway Monster" that at one time used to prowl around the
rural communities at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains
just a mere 30-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles. The
creature in question got it's signature name from a plethora of
sightings that occurred between the 1950s and early 1970s at the
Mickey Thompson's Fontana International Dragway where literally
hundreds of race fans witnessed it roaming nearby fields and
rummaging through trash cans. After the raceway closed in 1972
sightings of the "Speedway Monster" continued through the early
1990s when the suburban areas of Fontana and Rialto grew by
leaps and bounds into the sprawling residential and shopping
mecca it is today. As most cryptid hunters know, Bigfoot doesn't
like malls so for good reasons the monster has moved on.
Or so it seemed....
An anonymous eyewitness has contacted this website with news
that the "Speedway Monster" may have returned to it's old haunts
near the location where the old dragstrip once stood in an area
that is now the residential neighborhoods of Las Colinas in Rialto,
Ca. According to the source Bigfoot, or something that resembles
one, visited the area on several occasions in 2004 and 2005
traveling down a dry river bed across from the community that
connects to Lytle Creek an infamous hot spot for sightings.
The eyewitness stated, " I remember hearing this loud howling screams, screeching and growling all at the same time in the night
around 2 am about twice a month. My Grandfather who lived with me at the time said he heard them as well. He mentioned that
in his home country the creature is known as 'The Screamer' he said it sounded just like that."
"It seemed the calls were coming from across a main road in a dry river bed that lead directly into Lytle Creek. Not until about a
two years ago did I ever hear calls of that sort again, on TV during research show of Bigfoot. When I heard them on TV it gave
me goosebumps and chills. I now believe that was the noises I was hearing."
For a while the creature seemed content with making a lot of noise and sticking to the dry river bed. Then one night it got up the
courage to venture into the neighborhood.
The source continues, "Around the time that I was living in that neighborhood (Las Colinas) one night my older brother called
my cell phone asking where my Louisville Slugger was. I asked why and he said because he was in the bathroom on the 2nd
floor and looked out the window and saw a tall, hairy creature looking up at him. According to him it was on the side of the
house behind the hedges that separated our house from our neighbors. The hedge was approximately 9 ft tall."
"He said the creature was standing and its head was clear over the hedge. When the creature, I think was some sort of BigFoot,
noticed my brother George looking back at him it ducked its head. According to George the creature was a grayish tan color,
hairy and tall. Covered with hair and a human like face. He was genuinely freaked out . He was never one to be into or believed
in Bigfoot type things but when I got home he was sure of what he saw and it scared him very much."
Has the "Speedway Monster" returned to it's old hunting grounds near the spot where the old Mickey Thompson's Fontana
International Dragway once stood? According to the eyewitnesses the answer is yes.
It would be hard to believe that a creature like Bigfoot would be brave enough to venture from the safety of the nearby
mountains into an area that is now a rather dense suburban area. Granted the area of the sightings, Las Colinas, is somewhat
more remote than other housing tracts in the general area with a still large undeveloped area adjacent to it.
There is of course the matter of the dry river bed that connects directly to Lytle Creek further in the San Bernardino Mountain
range. This area has been a virtual hot spot for Bigfoot sightings for over a hundred years, so if the creature does indeed live just
outside the vast metropolitan area of Los Angeles this would in all likelihood be it's home turf.
For now this is all just conjecture but if these reports are to be taken seriously than one of the world's greatest mysteries may
show up on the doorstep of some unsuspecting urbanite.
Bigfoot!: The True Story of Apes in America
In this fascinating and comprehensive look at the fact, fiction,
and fable of the North American "Sasquatch," award-winning
author Loren Coleman takes readers on a journey into
America's biggest mystery -- could an unrecognized "ape" be
living in our midst? Drawing on over forty years of
investigations, interviews, and fieldwork on these incredible
beasts, Coleman explores the modern debates about these
powerful, ape-like creatures, why they have remained a
mystery for so long.
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