The Truth Behind the Owlman Sightings in Chicago
Friday, July 14th, 2017 at 11 pm EDT, Paraversal Universe Radio’s au courant couple of the para-weird, Kevin and Jennifer Malek as they talk to Fortean Researcher and Author Lon Strickler about the current phenomena concerning the Owlman, Mothman, and Man-Bat reports coming out of the Chicago-land area.
Lon Strickler is a Fortean researcher, author and publisher of the syndicated ‘Phantoms and Monsters’ blog. He began the blog in 2005, which has steadily grown in popularity and is read daily by tens of thousands of paranormal enthusiasts, investigators and those seeking the truth. His research and reports have been featured on hundreds of online media sources. Several of these published reports have been presented on various television segments, including The History Channel’s ‘Ancient Aliens,’ Syfy’s ‘Paranormal Witness’, ‘Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files,’ and Destination America’s ‘Monsters and Mysteries in America.’ – http://www.phantomsandmonsters.com/
The History of the Owlman
The Owlman, sometimes referred to as the Cornish Owlman, or the Owlman of Mawnan, is a purportedly mysterious owl-like creature that, according to local folklore, was sighted around mid-1976 in the village of Mawnan, Cornwall, England. The Owlman is sometimes compared to America’s Mothman, however a giant eagle owl is likely the source of the legend.
The story originated when paranormal researcher Tony “Doc” Shiels claimed to have investigated a report of two young girls on holiday in Mawnan who saw a large winged creature hovering above the church tower on April 17, 1976. According to most versions of the story, the girls, identified as June and Vicky Melling, were so frightened by the sight of a large “feathered bird-man” that their father Don immediately cut short their family holiday after hearing their tale. According to Sheils, one of the girls provided him with a drawing of the creature, which he dubbed “Owlman”.
The story was subsequently related in a pamphlet entitled Morgawr: The Monster of Falmouth Bay by Anthony Mawnan-Peller, which circulated throughout Cornwall in 1976. According to Shiels, “Owlman” was reported again on July 3 by two 14-year-old girls identified as Sally Chapman and Barbara Perry, who were aware of the “Owlman” tale. According to the story, the two girls were camping when they were confronted by “a big owl with pointed ears, as big as a man” with glowing eyes and black, pincer-like claws.
Sporadic claims of “Owlman” sightings in the vicinity of the church circulated in 1978, 1979, 1989, and 1995, and according to legend, a “loud, owl-like sound” could be heard at night in the Mullion church yard during the year 2000.
Phantoms & Monsters: Unexplained Encounters
A collection of unexplained encounters submitted by regular people who felt compelled to contact me about their encounter. I truly understand their dilemma…they want answers. But can they comprehend the truth? I have also included transcriptions and vintage news reports that detail unknown beasts and bizarre events. Black-eyed people, humanoids, entities, Bigfoot and hairy hominids, flying monsters and winged anomalies, upright canines, Dogman, Pennsylvania’s lycans and more cryptids. – Book link!
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