Class 3a

Between Lufkin and Peavy Switch, couple in car have close encounter.

Report#
01030016
Occurred October 4, 1968
(Submitted August 23, 2003)

Witness Observation

This happened when I lived in Lufkin. I was in high-school at the time. My girlfriend and I had stopped the car to talk before I dropped her off from our date. We were on a newly cleared roadway that extended from her subdivision back into a wooded area. The subdivision was west of John Redditt Drive (in Lufkin) and east of Peavy Switch.

The roadbed was white sand, and reflected brightly under a full moon. It was an unusually bright night. While we were talking, I got a strange feeling and turned to look out my car window.

About six feet away, a huge man-shaped figure was squatting down to look in my window. Its silhouette was completely black, and outlined very clearly against the roadbed and the underbrush on the other side of the road. The moon was about 60-degrees up from the horizon and located to the rear of my car, so it shone really brightly into the clearing.

The ?creature? had a rounded head, which sloped down into its shoulders - as if it had no neck. Its eyes were large and almond-shaped - easy to see, because they glowed in the dark! They glowed white. I believe that this was eye-shine from the reflection of the moon on my white car. The shoulders were extremely wide, about 36-40 inches across.

I turned around to look at my girlfriend, and when her eyes met mine, she started screaming in a panic. I started up the car and sped off. I dropped her at her parents' house, made sure she was OK, then went to round up some friends to go back and look for the creature. (One of these friends had seen one of these creatures a few years earlier, as it turned out.)

We parked on the road, and listened to every dog on Earth bark and howl (the area was less than a half-mile from a subdivision, so there were plenty of dogs within ear-shot). We didn't see the creature.

The next day, we returned with rifles and hunted it in the woods. I found a few faint tracks that weren't clear. I also found three cattle carcasses in a pasture behind the woods. They had been dead for at least a month - badly decomposed. I don't know if there was a connection to the creature or not, but I'm sparing no detail.

The next day, I returned again with one friend. We were unarmed. We searched the woods again, and gave up the search after a few hours. As we left the woods and stepped back onto the sand road, I got that feeling again. I turned around and saw the creature following us. The sun was going down (about 10 degrees above the horizon, and behind the trees), and was about 10 degrees to the left of the thing's silhouette.

I saw its shape very clearly. Its shoulders were as high as the yaupon underbrush, which I later measured to be 6-1/2 feet tall. I estimate that the creature was 8 feet tall. As we looked at it, it was swaying from side to side. Again, the head sloped up from the shoulders without a neck. Standing up, the creature looked broad-shouldered but thinner than the first time I saw it.

We ran to my car, and drove away. My girlfriend's house bordered the woods that lay between that road and her subdivision. She claimed to see the creature behind her house afterwards. I believed her, but I didn't see these later events personally, so I won't try to describe them.

Seeing one these things can get under your skin. I have zero interest in the "unusual." In fact, I'm a pretty level-headed Christian. But I've never gotten this creature completely out of my mind, especially when I'm hunting in the woods, and the sun is going down. Some of comments I see on your guest book suggest that a lot of people think these things are interesting, and would be fun to see. I wouldn't advise it. I never want to see one again, ever.

Sounds

No sound. It was as quiet as a ghost, even when following us through underbrush. Hard to believe, but true.

Additional Observations

Peavy Switch always seemed to have some "Monster" legend associated with it. I also heard stories about "wildmen" throughout my childhood. The stories were fairly common in Angelina County and surrounding areas back in the 50s and 60s. Most people wouldn't go into much detail about them though.

Time and Conditions

9pm - Cleared road through tall pine forest. There was (and is) a large pasture with a large hill behind the woods that the creature came out of. From that, a power line clearing runs down to a railroad clearing, which runs down into the Neches bottoms. I think that is the mostly likely travel route this thing could have taken from the deep woods. There was a full moon, clear sky.

Investigator's Comments

Charles DeVore

This investigation was conducted as a result of incidents that allegedly occurred in Angelina County, Texas, in October 1968.

This report was originally submitted to us anonymously on October 19, 2002. We do nothing with incident reports that have no witness information, so the report went into an indeterminate stasis.

The witness resubmitted the report a second time with contact information because he was impressed that our website did nothing with incident reports from anonymous sources.

As a result, I was able to contact and interview the witness on 26 August 2003. The witness, a male of approximately 50 years in age, has recently become more interested in the subject of bigfoot. He is into astronomy and has reconstructed his sighting events from researching the moon phase. He recalled that there was a full moon on the night of the incident and it was a Friday night. He then was able to pinpoint the exact date of the incident.

While he no longer lives in Lufkin, the witness is an avid hunter and belongs to a hunting club adjoining Toledo Bend Reservoir. He has had a number of odd experiences while hunting that he could not explain.

According to the witness, he and his girl friend were parked on what was at that time a dirt road opening up a new housing addition. That road and the area is now fully developed. All of the surrounding area is now developed with housing additions preventing any further likelihood of sightings in that area.

The witness explained how after getting an odd feeling of being watched, he looked out the left window, and at that time saw a black man-like figure squatted down, looking at him through his car window. The witness?s girlfriend saw it at the same time and panicked. The witness immediately drove off and took the girlfriend home, where he had a very hard time explaining to her parents why she was so upset.

The witness called on three of his friends to return with him to the area to look for the subject. The teens did not see the subject. They left for the night and returned the next day with their rifles again intending to hunt it down.

They found a few faint tracks that were not clear. Further back in the woods, they found three dead cattle that had been dead for quite some time, judging from the decomposition. Finding nothing conclusive, the young men left.

The next day the witness once again returned with one of his friends. After looking for a few hours they were leaving the area at sundown, when, in the witness?s words, he got ?that feeling of being watched again.? The witness distinctly remembered looking back and seeing the same subject, following him and his friend, but staying at a distance.

The witness described the subject as swaying from side to side as it stood and watched them. The witness said that it was clearly silhouetted by the setting sun and appeared to be about 8 feet tall. It appeared to have no neck. The witness could remember no sounds being made by the subject while it was following them. The witness remarked that had it not been for the "eerie feeling" of being watched they probably would not have looked back.

I believe the witness told the truth about these events. His detailed account of times were reconstructed from astronomy data giving him the exact dates and sun and moon times that day. I believe that the white glow of the subject?s eyes was caused by the moonlight reflection off the witness?s white car. The witness has done much work reconstructing the event since it happened 34 years ago. I was not able to interview any additional witnesses of these incidents.

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