Monsters in the Heartland: Big Muddy & Momo

Monsters are described as imaginary creatures that are typically large, ugly, and frightening.

That description certainly fits the creatures who have reportedly made their homes in southern Illinois and southeast Missouri.

The Big Muddy Monster

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A sketch of the first alleged encounter. (Source: History, Mystery and Hauntings of Southern Illinois by Bruce L. Cline)

The first sighting of the mythical creature was on June 25, 1973.

In his book, “History, Mystery and Hauntings of Southern Illinois,” author Bruce Cline wrote the following account:

“Two visitors to Riverside Park in Murphysboro were parked in a car when they heard a loud screaming sound in the wooded area and observed a large creature approximately 7 feet tall. The creature appeared to have lightcolored hair matted with mud. The creature appeared to be walking on two legs and was proceeding toward their car.”

When officers responded to the area to investigate, they actually found tracks in the mud.

Further, there were reports of an overpowering stench in the area as well.

Muddy Monsters footprint
This is a drawing of the footprint from police. (Source: History, Mystery and Hauntings of Southern Illinois by Bruce L. Cline)

Evidentally, some witnesses said they heard a blood-curdling scream come from the creature.

Despite a lengthy investigation, officers weren’t able to prove or disprove the case.

Somewhat surprisingly, it remains an open investigation to this day.

People in southern Illinois have embraced the legend. There’s even an annual Craft Brew Festival named in its honor.

Momo, the Missouri Monster

People who claimed to have seen Momo describe him as standing about 7 feet tall with furry black hair that emits a terrible odor.

As legend has it, two women were picnicking near Louisiana, Missouri in July of 1971.

They reported that as they started to eat lunch, they both noticed a horrendous odor.

One of the women spotted a “half-ape and half-man” standing in a nearby thicket.

The animal reportedly chased them to their car and tried to get in it.

He ran off a short time later.

Then, in Louisiana, Missouri in 1972, children reported seeing a monster “six or seven feet tall, black and hairy.”

The kids said the creature was covered in blood and had a dead dog under its arm.

Investigators found clumps of hair and several footprints in the area.

There were also a number of reports of missing dogs and other large animals in the area.

Nonetheless, the beast was never found, but there has been recent talk about him…

Recent sightings of a large animal crossing the road out by the bypass has brought up the conversation of the MOMO…

Posted by Fredericktown Missouri on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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