[disinfo ed.'s note: the following is an excerpt from the new Nick Redfern book Monster Files: A Look Inside Government Secrets and Classified Documents on Bizarre Creatures and Extraordinary Animals.]
In January of 2010, I spoke at a New York conference called Ghosts of Cooperstown, which was organized by the stars of the SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters series. It was on the Saturday night of the event that an American soldier, who had then recently returned from serving with the military in the Middle East, revealed to an audience in the hotel bar that he had heard tales of large, marauding werewolves roaming by night the mountains of Afghanistan and some of the more ancient parts of Iraq. The U.S. Army secretly knew that the beasts were out there, he said, but didn’t know how to handle the situation. They lacked any real understanding of what the creatures were or where, exactly, they came from. And so the military chose to take the easiest of all approaches available to them: they simply ignored the reports or wrote them off as campfire tales.
I asked the man if there was any way I could get his data validated. He replied that there wasn’t, unfortunately, but stressed that it was true all the same. His story might well have been the barest bones of what sounds like a much bigger, and far more significant saga, made all the more intriguing by the fact that deeply similar stories have reached the eyes and ears of the aforementioned Linda Godfrey.
Raised in Milton, Wisconsin, Linda Godfrey is an author, journalist, and artist whose newspaper articles have garnered several awards, including a first-place feature story from the National Newspaper Association in 1995 and 1998. It was thanks her book The Beast of Bray Road, and her time spent as Wisconsin’s very own unofficial werewolf hunter that Godfrey is now leading the pack, so to speak, in the investigation of one of the strangest stories of modern times. Indeed, since the publication of The Beast of Bray Road in 2003, Godfrey has gone on to write several more books on the subject of real-life werewolves. It is to the beginning of Godfrey’s work we need to turn, since it is directly relevant to the matter of werewolves and the world of officialdom. When I interviewed her in 2003, she had this fascinating story to recount:
The story first came to my attention in about 1991 from a woman who had heard that there were rumors going around here in Elkhorn, and particularly in the high school, that people had been seeing something like a werewolf, a wolf-like creature or a wolf-man. They didn’t really know what it was. But some were saying it was a werewolf. And the werewolf tag [was] used because I think that people really didn’t know what else to call it. And these days you have so much Hollywood influence that it colors your thinking about your observations. So when anybody sees something that’s an out-of-place animal, you get those images. Well, I started checking it out. I talked about it with the editor at The Week newspaper here, and which I used to work for. He said: “Why don’t you check around a little bit and see what you hear?” This was about the end of December. And being a weekly newspaper that I worked for, we weren’t really hard news; we were much more feature oriented. So I asked a friend who had a daughter in high school and she said: “Oh yeah, that’s what everybody’s talking about.” So, I started my investigations and got one name from the woman who told me about it, and she was also a part-time bus driver. She told me that she had called the county animal control officer. So, of course, when you’re a reporter, anytime you have a chance to find anything official, that’s where you go. I went out to see him and, sure enough, he had a folder in his file drawer that he had actually marked “Werewolf,” in a tongue-in-cheek way. It wasn’t by any means that he believed it was a werewolf; but people had been phoning in to him to say that they’d been seeing something. They didn’t know what it was; but from their descriptions, that’s what he had put. So, of course that made it a news story. When you have a public official, the county animal control officer, who has a folder marked Werewolf, that’s news (Redfern, 2003).
Such a situation is indeed news. And this would not be the last time that Godfrey’s path would cross with both werewolves and officialdom.
One of the most intriguing things that Linda Godfrey has learned in her more than 20 years of research into werewolf phenomena in the United States is that, just as appears to be the case in the U.K., Iraq, and Afghanistan, the beasts seem to be attracted to active military installations. One of these areas is the Fort Custer Recreation Area in Michigan; it amounts to around 3,000 acres of recreation land in that fell into the hands of the U.S. government back in 1917, and which, when known as Camp Custer, was used as a training center for Army inductees.
Late one night in 2000, the area had what was quite possibly its strangest visitor of all: a large, fox-like animal that had the ability to run on its hind legs. The fact that the creature was covered in hair, had a protruding muzzle, and, at times, moved like a human inevitably evoked imagery of the classic werewolf of legend and lore. But there’s more: just as the werewolf-infested cemetery on England’s Cannock Chase was home to the remains of hundreds of German military personnel from the Second World War, so the old Michigan-based camp housed more than 500 Nazi troops in that same war-torn era, 26 of whom died on site and were subsequently buried there. Godfrey is well-acquainted with many other such stories: the story of a werewolf encounter in 1973 at an abandoned missile silo in Kansas; an August 1992 sighting of a large, hairy monster near Wisconsin’s Fort Atkinson; a 1994 experience involving military personnel and a beast that resembled Anubis, the jackal-headed god of ancient Greece, at the Great Lakes naval base located near to the shore of Lake Michigan; and a 2004 report of a huge, wolf-like animal at Kansasville’s Richard Bong State Recreation Park, which, interestingly, was previously Bong Air Force Base. But there is one case that stands out above all the rest and, just perhaps, gets to the heart of the relationship between werewolves and the American military.
In 2005, Linda Godfrey was contacted by a man trained in remote viewing—a subject that the U.S. government has researched for decades and which, as the testimony of Jim Marrs makes clear, was used in its quest to resolve the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster. It so happens that Godfrey’s informant—who was himself employed as a consultant to the government—had attempted to remotely view these most mysterious of all canines. He came to the conclusion that they are a very ancient, extraterrestrial species that, notably, resembles the old Greek god of the underworld, Anubis. Godfrey’s source also learned that the creatures “jump” from location to location via portals or gateways to what we might term other realms or dimensions. This may not be as far-fetched or outrageous as it sounds.
As was noted previously, the U.S. Air Force displayed keen interest in the matter of vanishing Bigfoot-style beasts in Pennsylvania back in the 1970s; more than 30 years later, it even commissioned a report on teleportation technology. There is a clear pattern developing here: Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, werewolves: they have all attracted the secret attention of the United States military and government, and each and every one of these strange beasts appears to have the unnerving and uncanny ability to vanish into nothingness. Or, perhaps far more likely, they have exhibited evidence of crossing over from our world into other realms of existence, about which the U.S. military would dearly like to know a great deal.
Excerpted from Monster Files: A Look Inside Government Secrets and Classified Documents on Bizarre Creatures and Extraordinary Animals, published by New Page Books, a division of Career Press, Pompton Plains, NJ. 800-227-3371. All rights reserved.
Nick Redfern works full-time as an author, lecturer and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. He writes for UFO Magazine; Fate; and Fortean Times. His previous books include Keep Out!; The Real Men in Black; The NASA Conspiracies; Contactees and Memoirs of a Monster Hunter. An extremely popular media guest, Nick has appeared on numerous television shows, including:
VH1’s Legend Hunters;
BBC’s Out of this World;
History Channel’s Ancient Aliens, Monster Quest, America’s Book of Secrets and UFO Hunters;
National Geographic Channel’s The Truth about UFOs and Paranatural;
Countdown with Keith Olbermann;
SyFy Channel’s Proof Positive
Nick can be contacted at http://nickredfernsbooks.blogspot.com.