posted on Dec, 5 2011 @ 07:48 AM
reply to post by JROCK2527
The movie was terrible! However, I have kinfolk there and have been to Fouke and have been to Boggy Creek many times and have never seen the
"monster". I can however tell you what I was told by my great uncle and his sister (both dead since the early 1980's) as they grew up basically in
the woods of that area.
My old kin told me that there were creatures called "musk apes" that lived deep in the swamps. They said they had a potent animal musk smell and
were really big and hairy, and at first glance looked like a real big hairy men. They said they were mean and would attack you if you tried to mess
with them, and that if I saw one the best thing to do was avoid eye contact, don't make sudden movements and back away slowly.
I was told that in times of little rain these creatures had been known to come close to town and had raided outside deepfreezers and smokehouses. They
said the only time they messed with people was if you tried to mess with them first. As more people built houses and populated the area the creatures
moved deeper into the woods and didn't come out unless starving.
During the Depression the local moonshiners capitalized on the creature stories to keep the police away. I was told that sometimes they would even
dress up in homemade costumes and "make mischief" to perpetuate the legend so as to keep the locations of their stills safe. When I was a child
there were still warning signs to try to keep people away warning of the "monster".
My kin that live there now have never seen one of the creatures but have heard stories their whole lives. The old ones that are gone now claimed to
have seen them many times and seemed to accept the creatures as just a natural part of the woods (by the way, they were Indian and grew up living off
of the woods and streams in the area.)
I don't know how much is true but I can say that they weren't much for spinning yarns or making up stories so I lean towards believing it more than
not. Not to mention they lived in a dirt floor shack in those woods from the early 1900's so there's no telling WHAT might have lived in those woods