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The Enfield Monster: Illinois creature or mob mentality?

Jonathan Harker

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On a seemingly ordinary evening in April 1973, the quiet town of Enfield, Illinois — affectionately or ominously known as the ‘Devil’s Kitchen’ — became the epicenter of a mystery that still tickles the fancies of cryptozoologists and skeptics alike. This is the tale of the Enfield Monster, a story where folklore, fear, and maybe a touch of the extraterrestrial, concoct a cocktail of intrigue.

Picture this: Henry McDaniel, a disabled war veteran and antique dealer, returns home on a Wednesday night after a meeting. It’s peaceful, until it isn’t. His children are the first to notice — there’s a noise, a scratching at the door, like a nocturnal creature fumbling for entry. But what’s lurking outside isn’t your garden-variety raccoon.

The Times, 26, April 1973

Henry, thinking it’s nothing but a pesky possum, opens the door. His intention? To save his mesh screen from another animal assault. But what he encounters is something no mesh screen could prepare for.

The Times, 26, April 1973

“It had three legs on it, a short body, two little short arms, and two pink eyes as big as flashlights. It stood four and a half to five feet tall and was grayish-colored.”

This description doesn’t match any critter known to roam Illinois. School children had whispered about a similar creature, but those tales were dismissed as playground myths until now.

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In a reflex of fear and protection, Henry grabs his rifle. When he fires, the creature hisses — not unlike a serpent’s warning — and leaps away in otherworldly bounds. The state troopers arrive, skepticism in tow, but even they can’t ignore the unusual tracks, akin to a dog’s but with an eerie six-toe anomaly.

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Jonathan Harker

Hey! My name is Jonathan. I’m a true crime writer and podcast producer.