Okay, sometimes being in the cryptozoology field presents us with bizarre photographs and stories, like this next one.
The above picture is said to be from 1961 and it is said to be of a real werewolf standing under a street lamp. It also has a decent back story but I'm not sold on the picture being authentic.
First the story.
This man from Michigan who worked in a near by factory on the second shift, had returned home after work and was enjoying a cup of coffee while sitting on the porch. It was around 3am in the early morning. Reportedly the man saw something move near a near by gate. He goes into his house, gets his gun and goes out to see what it was. As he was standing there looking around he saw a strange hairy creature that would stand on 2 legs and then sometimes go down on all fours. The witness then returns to his house, somewhat frightened, and manages to get his camera and go back outside. This is reportedly when he was able to take the above photo of the creature.
That is the story in a nutshell. Some have speculated it was a dogman, others called it a werewolf.
But what about the picture, lets take a look at it and some enhancements.
Now we get to the fun stuff. One thing we as researchers, investigators and seekers of the weird get to do is attempt to debunk claims and look for alternative answers of evidence presented. Sometimes, especially with bigfoot, it is frustrating but in cases like this it is a little fun. Of course, not mentioning some of the obvious things like, why said creature stood under the light, was this type of photograph even possible in 1961 ...ect. I went straight to the photo.
So, the first thing I did was zoom in and crop the photo and attempt to adjust it to bring out more detail. Of course, with just an "old" photograph it was difficult to really gain much from it. The next thing I wanted to do is run the image on some software that looks for markers that the images has been photo shopped in any way. This software looks for signatures left behind by popular photo editing software. This lets us have a good idea if a photograph has been edited or not.
Well, this photograph appears to have been edited by the follow software: Adobe photoshop CS5.1
So, it appears the image is nothing more than a photoshopped hoax. But what about the back story? Could the back story possible be a legitimate report and the image was just a possible re-creation of it?
Well, that could be possible. We all know about the many stories and reports of the Michigan Dogman. So, we can say for sure the image is a phony but the back story is a maybe at best.
[Source: Dark Ride]
This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.
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