Wednesday, April 30, 2008
MONSTERS FOR CRAMMED ORGANISMS SHOW
Local legend states that MOMO, or the “Missouri Monster”, is said to have originated in Louisiana, MO around 1972. MOMO is described as being a hairy half-ape, half-man creature standing about 6 to 7 ft tall. In 1972 a large creature was seen covered with blood carrying a large dead dog in the town of Louisiana, MO.. During a two week perioid neighbors told stories of dogs that had disappeared in the area. Terrible odors also emanated from the sighting areas, as well as eerie howls. As quickly as the scare started it ended. Many believe that MOMO was nothing more than a large rogue black bear
A large cat like creature attacked a man as he was picking flowers in his garden in Decatur, IL in July 1917. Over three months NELLIE, as it was named, terrorized the community leading to groups of 300+ men searching the area. Sightings continued and hunters found only sets of large prints. That same year, a car hit NELLIE on the highway. The party rushed back to town to summon the police. By the time they returned NELLIE took off over and embankment and was never seen again. Many believe that NELLIE may have been misidentified as a large Puma or escaped zoo animal.
The OZARK HOWLER is a legendary creature said to live in the remote parts of Missouri and surrounding states. The creature is described as being as large as a bear with stocky legs, shaggy black hair and horns, with the cry of a wolf. The OZARK HOWLER has only been seen at night so it’s unclear on exactly what color he is but most will say black.
The PIASA or “giant bird that devours man” as it was named by local native Americans, was discovered near present day Alton, IL. In 1673 Fr. Jacques Marquette was introduced to this tale by the local tribe located along the Mississippi River. Marquette described the creature as large as a calf with horns like a deer, a beard, a face like a man, the body covered with scales and a tale so long it wrapped around the body. Legend describes the PIASA as a birdlike creature who could carry off a deer but had a taste for human flesh. Fear throughout the tribes spread. Today the creature is immortalized in a painting on the rock bluffs just north of Alton on the Great River Road.