By Andrew Arnett
In keeping with legend, there exists a creature who’s half-man, half-goat, residing within the woods outdoors of Louisville, Kentucky. Locals name it the Pope Lick Monster, for it guards the Pope Lick prepare trestle with an array of supernatural powers together with the flexibility to imitate, hypnotize and scramble the minds of its victims.
In my earlier article, Hunt for Pope Lick Monster, I explored how the Goatman could have been the product of presidency genetic testing gone haywire. Definitely an intriguing notion, and one not with out benefit, contemplating the unusual animal hybrids we’ve already created in our labs, just like the Tigon, Liger, Zonkey, Beefalo and the glow-in-the-dark kitty.
Then after all, there are these bizarre creatures that periodically wash up on our shores, or run by means of fields, not but recognized, just like the Montauk Monster, Chupacabre, and South Africa’s personal sheep child “despatched by the satan.” Lord solely is aware of what different monstrosities they’re cooking up behind locked doorways.
The principle stumbling block to this idea is the dearth of laborious bodily proof. The physique of a half-man, half-goat hybrid has but to be found, and on this regards, the Goatman shares a lot in frequent with different “Cryptids,” just like the Loch Ness Monster, Mothman and Bigfoot.
Certainly, it’s the intention of cryptozoologists to show the existence of entities from folklore, with or with out scientific proof or methodology. It’s this unorthodox strategy that has the educational world relegating the whole subject of cryptozoology to the “pseudoscience” bin. No downside, the cryptozoologists have in flip rejected mainstream science as off base, inaccurate, and/or politically motivated.
In contrast to Bigfoot, who on the very least, has supplied us with some, albeit flimsy, bodily proof – a grainy movie right here, an outsized foot print within the mud there – the Goatman has not been so obliging. He has been as elusive because the veritable ghost, and maybe for good purpose – the Goatman is a ghost.
What’s that you simply say? A ghost? Certainly. That’s the idea presently into account. We are able to say with nearly full certainty that there isn’t any Goatman, within the bodily sense, however what if we’re coping with one thing extra “supernatural” than bodily? Maybe, however proving such a factor gives its personal distinctive challenges.
The place to start? Final spring, I went to Kentucky with the Brooklyn Paranormal Society to analyze this Pope Lick Monster. Being skilled ghost hunters, these people carried with all of them the most recent tech used for searching disembodied spirits.
We started working within the grassy subject beneath the trestle itself, the place quite a few victims had fallen to their dying, throughout their ill-fated makes an attempt to seek out the Goatman.
Anthony Lengthy, President of BKPS, started the proceedings by asking the Ghost Hunter M2 app, “What are we standing on?” The app options an EVP instrument which presents phrases, in each visible and audio format, primarily based on superior and proprietary algorithm.
After a number of moments, the phrase “Grass” appeared on the app’s display screen. It was a success. We had been all fairly stunned at that. Normally, the app generates a random phrase that appears to have completely no bearing on the circumstances.
Anthony tried once more. “How outdated are you?” The phrase “Twenty” appeared on the display screen. May it have been the spirit of Roquel Bain reaching out to us? Bain died the earlier yr whereas trying to find the Pope Lick Monster, after she tragically fell to her dying proper on the spot we had been presently standing on.
Bain was 26 on the time of her dying. That’s fairly shut if not fairly on the nostril. If it was a spirit speaking to us from past the veil, then it could have been her, or perhaps, it was somebody, or one thing, else.
“The Darkish and Bloody Floor”
p>Kentucky has a darkish tragic historical past that has tainted the land with blood and distress, so when you’re searching for ghosts, you could go no additional.
The killing and dying goes again centuries, encompassing many bloody battles from the American Civil Conflict, American Revolutionary Conflict and the French and Indian Conflict. Notably horrific had been the battles between the white European settlers and the Native American Indians.
Contemplate, if you’ll, that the Indian inhabitants numbered upwards to fifteen million in North America when Columbus arrived in 1492, with fewer than 238,000 remaining by the late nineteenth century. A lot of this killing occurred in Kentucky.
However, it seems, the land was evil even earlier than that. Lengthy earlier than European settlers made their means into the valleys of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, the place current day Kentucky is situated, the natives known as it “The Darkish and Bloody Floor.”
They believed it was not appropriate for human habitation, and because of this, no Indian villages had been present in Kentucky. The lodges closest to Kentucky, together with the Cherokees, Chickasaws, Catawbas, Shawnees and Wayondots, had a tacit settlement – that Kentucky can be used just for searching and warfare. This made it a violent, blood drenched land to make sure.
So what spooked the Indians a lot that they’d endlessly hand over prime actual property which included dense forests and plush prairies? The rationale lies within the historical earthworks, mounds and relics discovered all through the area, which attests to a prehistoric race and civilization far prematurely of the native American Indians themselves.
Our historical past books inform us that the native Indians had been the unique inhabitants of this land however the Indians themselves instructed the white settlers that there was a robust and superior race that got here earlier than them. This was recorded in quite a few historical past books relationship again to the 1800s, and the copper utensils and geometry displayed within the mound-works give proof to that declare.
The Indians spoke of an ideal struggle between them and this superior race, which the Indians, after a lot sacrifice, finally received. Nonetheless, the Indians believed that the spirits of this as soon as mighty race nonetheless lingered upon the locations of their sepulture, which included current day Kentucky.
The Europeans ignored the Indians admonitions to keep away from such locations, taking no real interest in issues of the afterlife. What did the Indians find out about evil spirits? Apparently, quite a bit, a few of which can have direct baring on our dialogue of the Goatman. Contemplate the next parallels between two evil spirits and the Goatman.
Pores and skin-walker and Wendigo
The Navaho Nation has a legend pertaining to the terrifying Pores and skin-walker. In keeping with Indian lore, these Pores and skin-walkers had been as soon as shamans and highly effective witches who, by means of magical means, acquired supernatural powers together with the flexibility to shape-shift into animals, comparable to bears, wolves, cougars and different beasts, together with half-animal, half-human abominations.
They had been additionally identified to have the flexibility to maneuver very quick in addition to to learn minds, instill worry, sow confusion, hypnotize and mesmerize victims. The grave rituals and taboos dedicated to amass this standing of the Pores and skin-walker condemned these sorcerers to a lifetime of countless wandering and stalking victims.
Contemplate one other demonic spirit, the Wendigo, rooted in Algonquin-based Native American folklore. Here’s a zombie-like entity, described as strikingly tall, haggard, skeletal and topped by a stag cranium head with antlers. The creature was supposedly as soon as human, however remodeled right into a Wendigo after consuming human flesh.
The beast is alleged to posses supernatural powers, together with the flexibility to maneuver very quick, hypnotize and mimic voices to lure victims into the wilderness the place they turn out to be simple prey for the insatiable starvation of the Wendigo.
A lot of the outline of the Pores and skin-walker and Wendigo might apply to our current day Goatman as properly, however the place did that go away us within the hunt for the Pope Lick Monster? And what of our findings beneath the trestle? “It’s intriguing,” Lengthy stated. “We picked up one thing on the apps, however not sufficient to attract any conclusions from.
We’re going to have to return to Pope Lick trestle, at midnight.” Midnight was, after all, when the Goatman allegedly stalks the trestle. However had been we prepared to trudge by means of tall grass and swampland in the course of the night time, simply to summon an evil Goatman?
By Andrew Arnett, supply: www.paranoiamagazine.com