Creature Feature: The Oregon Bandage Man

Two would-be lovers pull off to the side of an often deserted road. Their hormones in overdrive, their hearts pounding in their chests. Mouths run dry as the heat of the moment threatens to overwhelm them. Then suddenly the car begins to move, a jarring jerk. They look up in shock to see a man covered in bloody rags on the hood of their car. His mouth, gore-covered, and open in a scream they cannot hear. They are now in the embrace of the Bandage Man.

 

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The Bandage Man is said to attack slow-moving or parked cars that head down a disused section of Highway 101 near Cannon Beach in Oregon. The descriptions of the creature are always horrific. Covered in head to toe with oozing wounds that are only half covered by dirty cloth bandages. Rumors abound as it what time the Bandage Man attacks and some speculate it may be responsible for missing dogs and pets.

There are many speculations as to the monster’s origin, however, the most prominent seems to be that he was an unfortunate sawmill victim. There are reports of the creature having an ungodly smell, like rotting meat left out in the sun.

 

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Actual photo or bad photoshop? The world may never know. (The world totally knows…)

The Bandage Man has all the hallmarks of a classic urban legend. One with roots firmly in the lovers lane attacker. It follows the formula set down by another classic legend, The Hook Hand Man, to a tee. A young couple hot and heavy on the side of a road, sudden unsettling movement, then boom, stranger danger. This leads me to believe that the Bandage Man is just another spooky warning against the dangers of premarital sex.

hook hand man

It is hooked for his pleasure!

 

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Sources

Cryptid Wiki

Haunted Oregon

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Creature Feature: Lone Pine Mountain Devils

“My God. My God. They are all gone. The winged demons have risen! What sin have they committed against each other and thy sacred earth? May the forgiving Lord not abandon their souls, which were taken from them into the depths of hell! And through the earthly fires of man, a sole tree remained on the mountain’s peak. And the Devils that spared me, returned to the refuge of the Lone Pine of the Mountain.”

Father Justus Martinez, Sole Survivor

 

Those words were the last written account of what happened in the 1800s to 37 men, women and children. They were taken from the journal entries of the sole survivor Father Justus Martinez, who had been found wandering in a daze weeks after the bodies of his 37 parishioners were discovered in mutilated heaps. They became the first widely known victims of the Lone Pine Mountain Devils.

 

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“What do you mean it has a face only a mother could…OH SWEET LORD!”

 

The Devils are a unique group of creatures located in California’s Inyo national forest, primarily near Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills area. In the 1800s CA was still wild and dangerous, it wasn’t an uncommon sight to see whole groups of travelers dead on the side of the road from one misfortune or another. Allegedly fellow travelers began to see odd marks on the bodies, their faces picked clean of skin while the rest were left to rot in the sun. After Father Martinez gave his account of winged devils from the hills, it wasn’t long before one was added to the other.

 

lone pine campground

Disclaimer: Lone Pine Campground is not responsible for the loss of life or limb in the event of Mountain Devil attack, should have read the brochure.

An interest in the monster resurged in the 2000s where many began to claim to see the creature. These sightings were often only because someone was foolish enough to cause damage to the national park in some way. Many then began to speculate that the devils were, in fact, some sort of guardian spirit. (The concept of it being a spirit of sorts is similar to the beliefs surrounding the White Things.) A more bloodthirsty Smokey Bear if you will.

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An alleged eyewitness drawing of the creature, totally not a fan Pokemon at all, for real. 

 

My take on the cryptid is one of trepidation. There doesn’t seem to be much information on it prior to the recent surge in popularity. Even the 1800s account seems to only be in stories about the Lone Pine Mountain Devils that are told today. That has made many speculate that the creature only exists on the internet. That being said, the Sierra Nevada is home to many horrific tales, who is to say the hills don’t have room for one more?

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Sources

Cryptid Wiki

Weird California

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Creature Feature: The Dewayo or Hexenwolf

They stalk through the woods at night. Half man, half beast. Their blood curdling screams the only warning of their presence. But, it isn’t man they hunger for. No these monsters seek another horror, an ancient foe they have been locked in mortal combat with since stories were told. When the sun sets, the Dewayo awakens.

dewayo man

The world wants to know!

 

 

The Dewayo is a fascinating cryptid, mostly sighted in Middletown Maryland with a spattering of encounters along the Blue Ridge Mountains. The more common sightings of the creature started back in the 1940s where people claimed to hear the creatures ungodly howling. Later in 1965 a man going by the name John Becker told the local newspapers that he fought the creature off when he encountered it in the woods. It looked like a large wolf but stood on its hind legs to attack.

This description was mirrored in another encounter a year later in 1966. A man claimed that the creature’s legs seemed to stick out from the sides of its hips when it moved away from him, giving the unsettling impression of a spider.

 

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They called him “He who dances with Dewayo.”

 

 

Now, wolf-man sightings are somewhat common throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania (where it is called the dogman.) However, what sets the Dewayo apart from the others is where the cryptid itself comes from. Much like its mortal enemy the Snallygaster, which is based on the Dutch legend of the Schneller Geist or “quick spirit”, the Dewayo has its roots in old German folklore. In the tale of the Hexenwolf.

 

mongoose and snake

Like the Mongoose and the Snake, their hate for each other is eternal. 

 

My two cents on this cryptid are tinged with fascination. The Hexenwolf was brought over from German legends into the new world where the Dutch settlers believed it fought off the horrors of the Shneller Geist. They obviously spread these stories down the generation line and eventually the tale evolved into the Dewayo vs Snallygaster. It is amazing to actually track down the evolution of a legend.

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Sources

Cryptid Wiki

Legends of America 

Deitsch Mythology 

 

Creature Feature: The Snallygaster

A dark shape moved almost silent through the night sky, the only sound it made was the sharp click of its teeth. Long tentacles hung out from its mouth like tongues, grasping and wiggling for food in the beast’s hunger. It’s singular, giant eye scanned the earth below for any sign of movement. The Snallygaster was on the hunt.

 

Snallygaster

Oh Hi Mark

 

As far back as the 1920s, the creature has been seen primarily in Maryland. Newspapers from all over posted the sensational stories about the creature’s form. All across the Appalachian range, readers were treated to the ever-changing description of the monster. Sometimes it was seen as a cross between a snake and a bird, others claimed it looked like a bobcat mixed with a hawk. All of the attention allegedly attracted the likes of Teddy Roosevelt himself.

 

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The Smithsonian also supposedly offered a reward for evidence of the creature’s existence

 

Those are the most well-known depictions and tales of the Snallygaster. However, the legend goes back a lot further than the 1920s. All the way to the 1700s in fact, to a group of Pennsylvania Dutch who were supposedly terrorized by the creature. The people named the monster Schneller Geist, a rough German for “Quick Spirit”. They feared it so much that they painted their barn doors with a hex sign to ward the cryptid off. Later the signs became known as “Barn Stars”.

 

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Hex signs were often flowers or stars with a set number of points, the Snallygaster feared them much like a vampire fears a cross. 

 

The old myth stated that the Snallygaster’s hide was nigh impervious and its bloodlust knew no bounds. Those poor souls who it stalked had one bit of good fortune, however, because the Snallygaster had an enemy. It was hunted by the beastly Dewayo, another monster that fights the Snallygaster much like a mongoose would a snake.

My take on the whole thing is more in line with the idea of an over-embellished story. Someone in the 1920s remembered hearing stories about the creature that terrorized those Dutch way back in the day. The name mutated into Snallygaster and the legend was born anew.

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Sources 

Appalachian History

Cryptid Wiki 

 

Creature Feature: Raystown Ray

Pennsylvania has had a love affair with cryptids for years. From possible werewolf sightings that go back to the 1800’s, to a high report of Bigfoot encounters. It would seem that now it also has it’s very own lake monster.

 

Raystown_ray

A wee bit of the loch in my PA? What in tarnation!

Raystown lake was created to control flooding in 1905. Years later the dam that had formed the lake was repaired and the first sightings of “Ray”, as the locals called him, began. It is said that the creature resembles the Loch Ness Monster, only with a much more lizard-like face and is very shy of people. Some Biologists speculated that if the creature were to truly exist it would have to be an herbivore. This assessment came from a variety of reasons, such as animal life in the lake not being enough to support a large meat eater for very long.

A famous sighting occurred back in 1962 during the Raystown Ski Club Watershow, where many of the physical descriptions of the creature came from. People have claimed to see Raystown Ray as early as 2007.

My take on the whole situation is that it is very unlikely to be an actual surviving dinosaur that many have speculated lake monsters of being. The reason for this is the newness of the actual lake and the lack of any sightings even remotely similar to the creature before Raystown lake was created. However, the sightings and photos do give me pause and make me wonder what could be under the surface of the water.

Sources

Mysterious Universe

Cryptid Wiki

 

 

 

Creature Features Get Their Own Page

I’ll still be posting them to the blog but I figured why not also add a page so that they can be easily searched. You can see the new page here

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Hope that makes things a little better on the searching part, still working on some upgrades to the site as well and will be finishing some videos soon. Dustland Radio Season One will be wrapped up in the next few weeks and I’ve got to get cracking on the recording of season two.

Stay frosty out there

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Creature Feature: The White Things

There aren’t many creatures through the Appalachian mountains that can boast such wide spread sightings as The White Things. These cryptids take on many forms: sometimes bipedal, Bigfoot-like creatures, more often they are seen in the shape of hellhounds.

Reports of them always hint at a spectral, ghostly quality to them. As if the White Things are more spirit than animal. Some claim that they attack in a vicious strike only to disappear without leaving a single wound or drop of blood.

Native American myths claim that White Things hint at a tragic, imminent death. In this way, they have become something like the American banshee. There is an obvious connection with the European black dogs, which are also omens of death and misfortune.

 

Direwolf-albino

So mystical, so majestic

 

The white things have many myths around them and sightings often pop up in some of the oddest places. For example, some people allegedly reported seeing a white creature in Point Pleasent around the same time as the Mothman sightings. Another account, this time as early as the 90’s, detailed an encounter with a white-haired creature that seemed to float next to their speeding car.

A possible explanation for the origin of the creature comes from a South Carolina folktale. The story goes that there was a traveling salesman and his white dog who unwittingly stumbled across a murder scene. The local townspeople falsely accused the stranger and lynched him from a tree. His loyal dog tried to fend off the men but was shot and wounded. Later the people found that they’d hung the wrong man. The dog wouldn’t let anyone near his master’s body. Then both body and hound disappeared one day.  A ghostly dog then began to attack the people in the lynch mob one by one, either seriously wounding them or killing members of their family.

To me, this cryptid falls into a fascinating place. I’ve always thought that albino creatures have an almost mystical air about them and in my mind, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think that seeing one in the wild could lead to these strange stories.

Sources:

cryptidz wikia

american folklore