Top 5 Scary Cryptid Stories That Are Real

Top 5 Scary Cryptid Stories That Are Real

August 11, 2019 100 By William Hollis


A Cryptid – as defined by the Oxford dictionary
– is an animal whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated. By definition, cryptids – and the subsequent
study of cryptozoology – are the pursuit of the intangible, the unverified – and the unknown. Derived from the Greek krypto – meaning to
hide – contemporary folklore, as well as pre-industrial cautionary tales – are jam-packed with bizarre,
strange encounters with creatures who somehow don’t fit into our current model of scientific
knowledge. Don’t get me wrong, it’s easy to brush
the myriad of wild claims as local yocal hocus pocus – a farmer who drank a few too many
coolers and fell asleep in a field, or a dehydrated hiker hallucinating in the mountains – but
they can’t all be wrong, can they? Is there a little bit more too it? Well, let’s find out. Hello horror fans – and once again, welcome
back to the scariest channel on YouTube – Top 5 Scary Videos. As always, I’ll be your horror host Jack
Finch – as today, we curiously take a look a the Top 5 Scary Cryptid Stories That Are
— allegedly – Real. Roll the clip. For those of you that don’t know, that scene
was from 2011’s Trollhunter, written and directed by Andre Ovredal – which is an absolutely
awesome Norwegian creature feature – and if you haven’t yet seen it, you should. Kicking off at Number 5 – The Silver Woman And this story comes from a police motorway
patrol-woman from Portsmouth, England – who explains that her career regularly confronts
her with situations that are both bizarre and unnerving – but this one kind of takes
the cake. On the 25th of November at around 6.30 pm,
during a routine speed camera set up in the Portsmouth city centre – her speed trap began
picking up random tracings of nonexistent objects in pitch black darkness – hurtling
past her vehicle at around 30 to 40 miles per hour. Now, I know what you might be thinking – the
device was obviously malfunctioning – but that wasn’t the case. And our police officer had already thought
of that. She trained the camera manually back onto
the road surface to see what had been picked up – and she was shocked to discover that
on the screen was what could only be described as humanoid figures, running up and down the
street, at about 40 feet ahead of the vehicle. Strangely enough, they seemed to have a silver
appearance to them, almost shimmering and translucent. She looked out of the window, and again – nothing
was there – but when she looked back at the screen – about 10 feet away from the vehicle
– was one of the same silvery entities, standing motionless, facing away from the van, hulking
and breathing in a strange fashion – as if they were weighing up taking on the police
officer. What were they? Well, we’ll never know – and when she played
the tape back for her fellow officers, the silvery entities were nowhere to be seen. Yeah – I’ve got no clue about this one. Coming in at Number 4 – The Fouke Monster Now – Bigfoot is obviously the heavy hitter
of the cryptid world. People have devoted their entire lives to
hunting down the illusive mountain creature – stretching all the way across the wild lands
of North America, as well as similar instances across the planet – but there is one little
town in America that seems to be the hotspot for these sightings. Fouke, Arkansas – and in 1971 – it became
the scene of its most terrifying legend. Meet Bobby Ford – a man who vehemently claims
he’s seen Bigfoot – or a version of it – describing it as 7 feet tall, ridiculously fast and covered
in long, brown hair. And he saw it, up close and personal. It was a Saturday, when Bobby and his brother
were out hunting a short distance from their rural home – when they heard screams in the
distance. Bobby’s wife – Elizabeth Ford – was frozen
in horror when a creature reached through the front window – massive and hairy with
glowing red eyes, that made no sound except for heavy breathing. When Bobby and his brother ran back to the
home – the creature turned and grabbed him as he sprinted up to the porch. It tackled him to the ground with ease – and
then disappeared into the woodland. The creature had left behind clear tracks
in the house and nearby area – three-toed footprints that matched the deep, three fingered
scratches that were made in the wood of the front porch. Bobby Ford was rushed to hospital and treated
for minor wounds and shock – and the family were so terrified by the encounter that they
moved out. They’d only lived there a week. That’s terrible timing. Next up at Number 3 – The Grey Man of Ben
Macdui Ben Macdui – in Gaelic, Mountain of the Son
of Duff – is an awe-inspiring peak of the Scottish Highlands – staking the claim as
one of Britain’s highest mountains – and the highest of the Cairngorms National Park. It’s been scaled by countless people throughout
history – but there are those that claim that there’s something more sinister living out
on the mountain – The Grey Man of Ben Macdui – and it doesn’t like visitors. The creature is said to be at least 20 feet
tall – and one eye witness to the creatures presence, a respected professor and mountain
climber named Norman Collie – said that he was first aware of something following him
during his ascent after hearing strange footsteps behind him. Alone, isolated on the mountain – something
was following him. And it wasn’t human. The footsteps were laborious and delayed – as
if that whatever was following was much, much taller than he was. When he saw it – he described the Grey Man
as vaguely human shaped, brown in hue and fur – and shrouded in a strange, grey mist. In 1945 – a similar thing happened to a renowned
mountain climber named Peter Densham – who described the exact same encounter with the
exact same creature. Again, in 1958 – The Scots Magazine wrote
of a similar account from naturalist Alexander Tewnion – who this time, found himself armed
with a rifle – and fired several rounds into the Grey Man. He thought that he’d hit it – whatever it
was – but after trekking over through the snow – found no sign of the creature. It had vanished away like fog rolling across
a mountain – and the mystery of the Grey Man of Ben Macdui remains unsolved. Swinging in at Number 2 – The Cabbagetown
Tunnel Monster Which is an urban legend from my current stomping
grounds of Toronto, Ontario – that is grounded in such bizarre circumstances that it remains
a warning not to go wandering through the dark tunnels of Downtown Toronto. Ever. In 1978 – in the Eastern Cabbagetown district
of Toronto, a 51 year old man known as Ernest had a terrifying encounter in the network
of tunnels that sprawl beneath the city. He had been out searching the neighborhood
for a missing kitten that him and his wife had been raising, when he stumbled across
a tunnel entrance and decided to explore. After venturing 10 feet into the gloom, Ernest
suddenly came across a creature that looked somewhat like a long, thin monkey – around
3 feet in height, with large teeth – and covered in grey fur. It had unsettling eyes – that peered out of
the darkness in a bright orange hue. Even more unsettling – Ernest claimed that
the creature spoke to him. Go away – go away – it said in a hissing voice,
before slinking down a long tunnel off to the side. Ernest was reluctant to come forward with
his story – he was a respected member of the community, and he feared that he’d be ridiculed
by his peers – but after being convinced by a friend, he spoke to the Toronto Sun, and
a group of journalists and investigators followed him into the same tunnel. Although they didn’t see the creature – they
did see that the narrow tunnel led to a strange, gloomy chasm that dropped into the unseen
sewer system below – and even stranger, they found the maimed, half eaten carcass of a
cat – buried loosely beneath the dirt and debris. It permeated the legend of the Cabbagetown
Tunnel Monster – and whatever it was, we may never know for sure. And finally – at our Number 1 spot – The Jersey
Devil Of course – it has to be, perhaps one of the
most notorious Cryptids of all time, the famed Devil of Jersey – whose origin dates all the
way back to when New Jersey was still a British colony. Hundreds upon hundreds of tales have been
spawned from the legend of the Jersey Devil, dating from the early 1700s – right up to
recent times. As the legend goes, Mrs. Jane Leeds came from
a poor family who’d carved out an existence in the bleak Pine Barrens of Jersey – a rugged
place with dense forest, sandy soil and deep swamps. In 1735 – Mrs. Leeds discovered that she was
pregnant with her 13th child – which is, as they say, unlucky for some. Mrs. Leeds wasn’t too keen on giving birth,
to say the least – and she claimed to friends that relatives that the Devil can take the
next one. And that’s exactly what he did. When the baby was born – it was monstrous,
with a scaley, reptilian body – a horses head, bats wings – and a long, forked tail. He spread his wings, shot up the chimney – and
soared out across the Pine Barrens. The Legend of the Jersey Devil was born. Now, whatever you think of this cryptid – truth,
or urban legend – it’s the frequency that the Jersey Devil appears in contemporary folklore
that is important. Hundreds of people have reported sightings
of a strange, bat-like creature with wings and a forked tail – flapping its wings across
the Pine Barrens and cackling into the night. In 1816 – Joseph Bonaparte, the brother of
Napoleon – reported seeing the creature while hunting game in the woods. In 1840 a respected minister pointed his congregation
toward a ghastly creature flapping above his church – and in 1909 – literally thousands
of people saw the same creature on the same day, at the same time – at multiple locations. It got so bad that schools had to close down
and people refused to go outside. And still – to this day – New Jersey natives
will warn you to tread carefully in the Pine Barrens. Well – there we have it folks – our Top 5
Scary Cryptid Stories. Let us know your thoughts in the comment box
down below. Before we depart, let’s take a look at some
of your more creative comments from over the past few days. Janet Dillingham says — According to my sister-in-law,
who is an excellent amateur genealogist, our family is related to the woman who gave birth
to the Jersey Devil. So if anyone gets in contact with it, let
it know we are having a reunion possibly this summer (and yes I’m kidding because it FREAKS
me out!!) — Wait, wait – just hold on a minute Janet. Are you saying that you’re kidding about
your family being related to Mrs. Leeds – or kidding that you’d invite the Jersey Devil
to your family reunion? Or both? Because … well, if the Jersey Devil’s
getting an invite – I want an invite too! PranGon says — Jack: do you want to be a
pet ghost trainer? — Well, although that would be a pretty hands
on occupation, it would also be awesome. I could have a ghostly dog like Zero in the
Nightmare Before Christmas – and I’d be one step closer to Jack Skellington. I’ve already got the first name down, right? Jonathan Heiman says — Love your videos and
also would like to see more jack and lucy collaborations — Aww, which is really nice,
me too – but then… — Das Pink Duck says — I don’t know about
that. Lucy wants to shiv poor Jack and take over. Lol. Wait – what? That’s … that’s the first I’ve heard
about that. Lucy? What are you doing here?