I am in the process of working on the member show and I thought I would go ahead a release the public show early for you guys and gals. It should be available later today.
A listener writes “I had several encounters 20 years ago on and around some property that’s in the family. My Mother had lived there and past away from drug and alcohol problems in ‘95.
So I went up to her old house and started fixing it up as it was in pretty bad shape. But even though Mom and I never got along and I was never close with her or that side of the family they didn’t give me any grief about me just taking over the old place. No one else wanted it at the time. I was a teenager with my own home and my own ride. That combo tends to make boys think they’re men. Most of time everything up there was quiet and normal. But several events occurred over the years that scared me so bad I buried it deep inside and tried for years to forget about it.
But in recent years I’ve started digging for answers which led me to your show. But still I’ve never talked about any of it. But just 2 weeks ago I saw another one of these things just about a 6-7 minute drive from where I live now in Spartanburg County. Town of Cross Anchor in Enoree. I work second shift and was driving home. It was about 11:40pm. Foggy night. There’s a dirt driveway that leads to private property that can’t be seen from the road. It’s almost right on the Enoree river. As I past the driveway I spotted eyeshine approximately 7 feet above the ground. Directly in the middle of the driveway, about 30 feet or so back from the road. I could see the white of teeth and the hair on the chest, which was dirty blonde. Same color as a bail of hay. Eyeshine was red. Had it not been for the eyeshine I probably wouldn’t have noticed it. It didn’t move at all. Just as a Deer would “freeze”. Something I remember you saying on the show came to mind “I think these things live right on the edge of society.” You’re absolutely right!! When I look around where I live. I don’t see THEM. But I DO see habitat that is perfect FOR them.
The first encounter was on October 10th 1998. I’ll NEVER forget that!! I was 19, and invincible as all 19 year olds are, Mom’s old house is in a valley between two mountains off of highway 8 (which becomes highway 11 a few miles further down). It’s in Dacusville in Pickens County. It’s at the foot of the blue ridge mountains near bald rock, Table Rock, Glassy Mountain, and Ceasers Head. The area has grown up a lot since then, but at the time if you saw another car on the road then there was to much traffic. I was hunting a spot just a few miles from the house but left around 10:00-10:15pm frankly because it was very dark right there, heavy fog, and the woods were unusually silent. So driving along and almost to the old house in my ‘84 Jeep that I had at the time, I saw a deer jump off a ridge about 14-16 feet high, land in the middle of the road and continue running across the road down a valley.
Now having grown up in the woods and around wildlife I instinctively started slowing down because the deer was a mature Doe, so I was waiting to see if a fawn might be following her… One thing that was strange and spooked me was the speed of the deer. To this day I’ve never seen one run that fast. So I’m waiting for a possible fawn, and instead I see this huge black hairy.. Giant Chimpanzee on all fours chasing the deer. I’m trying to slow down but the brakes on Jeeps are pretty crappy. This thing that, thanks to you, I know to call a type 2 launched himself off that ridge (hunched over, Head and feet forward, arms and hands back). He was probably 35-40 feet in front of me and the image of this thing in midair still makes me… It’s EXTREMELY difficult to even type this.
He landed on the other side of the road effortlessly. I heard and felt the THUD. Hard to explain but the perfect fluid movement and speed of this thing is what made my blood run cold. My heart was in my throat, my mind was numb, stomach turned upside down. Primal fear. The creature continued the chase as if it didn’t know or care that I was there, it had perfect 200% focus on that deer. He chased her down the valley and I could just see her neck, shoulders, and outline of her back in the dim moonlight. Chasing her he appeared as a 3 and a half foot wide black shadow crashing through the brush like a tank.
I was approaching a curve, but just before it I saw her going up the other side of the valley headed for a tree line but she stopped and I saw that white tail. She was darting left to right and THEN I could just make out the outline of another one standing in the tree line! I was in the curve at that point and couldn’t see anything else.
I didn’t sleep that night at all. I laid in bed with my clothes and boots on with the SKS I had at the time. Around 3am I heard screams/howls/roars and a series of whoops in between, up the mountain behind the house. It went on until about 20 after 4am.
After that, events that today I can attribute to them were few and far between. Just this and that. Occasional stray dogs or cats that would show up. A day or so later they would be gone. Folks that live in the area would stop by looking for their dog. I was hiking the area one day and picked up a horrible smell. Like sewer and roadkill.
Not knowing what it was, but always being mindful of my surroundings in the forest, I raised my rifle and backed out of there slowly. But most of the time there was nothing going on that I could tell. But what finally was the last straw for me was guys from a work crew pounding on my door. This was in 2005. These guys were pissed off saying that a guy in a gorilla suit was throwing rocks at them from the woods! They said they threw some back and he ran off towards my house. They thought it was me and I actually let them come in and look around and when they saw no monkey costume and could see I had food on my table that I had been cooking. They could see it wasn’t me. They were asking me if I had any weird neighbors or practical jokers around. In my mind I knew what happened but what could I say? After that I moved away.
I now live about 2 hours away from there in Cross Anchor about a mile from Horseshoe Falls which is a Revolutionary War Battlefield and national park. I’ve been listening to your show for about a year off and on. I’m Married now with a 20 month old son. I don’t feel like I could come on the show because I don’t really get along with that side of the family. They are very well known in that area. Several of them are Lawyers and Police Officers. They would be none to pleased to say the least and could easily make my life a living Hell. I also have to think about my Wife and baby boy.
I spend most of my time with her and her family. They are very good people but deeply religious and total skeptics. I have been able to open them up to possiblilites by saying things like “You know, they say Sasquatch isn’t real, but would you really want to find out they’re wrong the HARD WAY?”
Originally I was just going to write you to thank you for your work… Wes I really do appreciate what you do man. It MATTERS!!
20 years I’ve been silent about this. You’re the first to know. I can’t even tell my Wife, not because she wouldn’t believe me, but because she would. And I don’t feel like she could handle it.
I appreciate your time and apologize for the long email”