Have you ever heard the urban legend about the Enfield monster, also known as "the Enfield Horror?" If you haven't you're either in for a treat or signing up for a nightmare.

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After researching several recounts of the Enfield Monster, a cryptozoologist is of the opinion the creature(?) is not made up.

Cryptozoology: the study of and search for animals and especially legendary animals (such as Sasquatch) usually in order to evaluate the possibility of their existencecorporeal. Merriam-Webster

He believes it to be a corporeal creature, "possibly even a genetic mutation of some sort."

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Where and When Did Reports First Occur?

The first reports of this unknown creature began on April 25th, 1973 in the southern area of Illinois in, as you might guess, Enfield.

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It wasn't a sasquatch or a deranged gorilla but the descriptions are equally if not more terrifying.

What happened?

The first reported encounter involved a young boy, 10 years old at the time, who claimed to be attacked an odd creature. On the same night, another family would report a situation involving a creature with nearly the same description.

the being as having at least three legs, slimy grey skin, claws, and red eyes

The child told local police the creature used its feet to claw at his sneakers, which were torn to shreds.

Later that night...

Not long after the first report, another came in from a man who claims he heard schratching on the front door of his home. When he opened the door out of curiousity he saw a creature which he described almost verbatim with that of the child's, adding

about five feet tall, with a flat body, grayish in color, with a strange disappearing head at least twelve inches across.

He added that it appeared to have three legs ad glowing pink eyes.

What is more frightening is when happened when he open fired on the creature, according to AstonishingLegends.com.

Henry, no doubt shocked at what was before him, fired a pistol which caused the being to hiss and then bound away from the house. He watched it cross the railroad tracks.

There were more reports, one of which claims someone saw this same creature casually walking a set of train tracks.

In late May/early June of the same year, there were no more reports of sightings and encounters with the unknown thing.

Another cryptozoologist shared his conclusion.

I am of the opinion that it was neither alien nor demon, but some sort of bizzare, unknown, but entirely corporeal creature, possibly even a genetic mutation of some sort.

In a related note, the Enfield Horror occured in an area of southern Illinois known as "Devil's Kitchen."

a designation left behind by the Native Americans and the early settlers to explain strange sights and sounds like unexplained balls of light, apparitions, screams in the night and various other unsettling types of phenomena.

I'll leave you to decide if the Enfield Horror is real or completely fabricated.

Ummm, can anyone explain why these toys are tethered to an abandoned motel south of Rockford???

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