May 13

“Big Red Eye”

I want to thank my listener Lou for giving me some history of “Big Red Eye” in New Jersey.

Sussex County, NJ – Over a period of two weeks back in 1977 strange moaning sounds and eerie haunting screams filled the night along Wolfpit Road in Sussex County. It always started around 2 a.m. and went on until almost dawn. The wailing noises were constant, and they lasted for hours. It sounded like some kind of huge primate, making these noises, and it woke me out of a sound sleep.  I had the windows open so I could hear it really well, but I couldn’t tell which direction it was coming from. It was a terrible moaning, like something out of a horror movie, and it was so intense it just seemed to go right through me. It made the hair on the back of  my neck stand straight up and my eyes water. I called my friends to see if they could hear it at their house, which is about a quarter mile away.

“It went on for such a long time, like an hour,” said JD Grant, a neighbor. “It was horrible, just this horrible, blood curdling wailing sound. I’ve never heard anything like it before, I have heard coyotes, bears and fox and it wasn’t like anything. It was this low guttural sound, it went right through you.”

Another witness to the night of Big Red Eye serenades was my friend Chris, who recalled, “It was around 2:30 am, and I just got home from work. I heard this low moaning noise, kind of a cry. It was hard to tell where it was coming from because there are a lot of wooded areas. It definitely wasn’t a person.  Anything that could make screams that loud definitely had to be big.” The only evidence left after these occurrences were a few overturned garbage cans.  There were no footprints, but that may have been due to the fact that the ground was not soft enough.

Grant recalls a night back in 1996 when she and a friend were walking along Layton Road, when they encountered the creature nearing the side of the road.

“I knew it wasn’t a bear, it was too lean and upright; it was humanoid.  It had been there the whole time, watching our approach. There was no noise, otherwise we would have heard something that big crashing through all the underbrush. It was tall and shaggy with red eyes,” she said. “The eyes were glowing red from reflected light, not glowing like LED lights. It just stood there motionless, arms hanging limply at its sides. It didn’t seem to have any bad intentions, it was just creepy. Then of course, we ran and we did not look back. I don’t care what anybody says, I know what I saw. That is something you don’t forget, I definitely did not go back to that spot anytime soon.”

There are many historical accounts with the “Big Red Eye”, in 1975 a forest ranger walking along a Sussex County Trail encountered a creature about eight feet tall with big red eyes.  The Big Red Eye is infamous for his run-ins with High Point State Park Rangers. The rangers coined the term “Big Red Eye”. Most people in Sussex County hardly ever talk about Bigfoot, but I am told if you mention the name Big Red Eye you would be surprised how many people have seen him or heard of someone who has.





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