posted on Jan, 31 2011 @ 06:08 PM
This is the first of what I hope to be a series of research posts on obscure cryptids. I've decided to start with the Enfield Horror, a bizarre
creature sighted in and around Enfield, Illinois in 1973. Witnesses describe a tripedal being, covered in a slimy grey skin, with two large (some
reports say glowing) eyes, clawed feet and stubby arms, standing about four and a half feet tall.
On April 25, 1973 a young boy named Greg Garrett playing in his backyard was attacked by the creature, claiming it stepped on his shoes and shredded
them with its claws. He fled back to his parent's house, crying hysterically. A short time later, within the hour, the creature appeared again, at
the home of a Henry McDaniel, a neighbour of the Garrets. Mr. McDaniel reports having heard strange scratching sounds around his house, and, upon
opening the door to investigate, coming face to face with the beast. He quickly slammed the door, and retrieved his .22-caliber revolver. Once again,
he opened the door to face the thing. Confirming that it wasn't a hallucination, he opened fire on the creature. McDaniel claims he knows he hit it
with all four rounds. The beast then reportedly "hissed like a wildcat" and fled across the McDaniel property and away into the darkness.
The McDaniel family quickly called 911. The responding Illinois State Troopers did not see the creature itself, but did find scratches on the house's
siding, and a bizarre set of prints. The prints were described as being dog-like, but with six toes and, importantly, a tripedal gait. This would not
be the last sighting by Mr. McDaniel.
On May 6, McDaniel was awoken by the barking and howling of neighbourhood dogs. Once again he grabbed his gun and opened the front door. This
encounter wouldn't be as close. McDaniel reports observing the creature moving through the rail trestles near his home. Following this report, the
County Sherrif, a Mr. Roy Poshard Jr. threatened to incarcerate Mr. McDaniel for spreading false rumors causing a panic. Not long afterwards, armed
local groups began patrolling the area around the rail tracks. This group reports sighting a similar being, described the same as the other sightings
with the addition of a hairy pelt. They fired on it repeatedly ,but it again fled at high speed.
The final sighting comes from a local radio news director, Rick Rainbow. He and three others who wished to remain anonymous reported seeing a 5-foot
tall stooping creature near the Garret and McDaniel homes. A recording was supposedly made, but I can find no copy of it online.