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Sunday, August 22, 2021

 Alabama White Thang

"It stands on two legs, runs on all fours." It even has its own Facebook page with over 2000 members.

There have been sightings of this creature for over a  hundred years. Descriptions of the being varies as much as the explanations. The triangle of Morgan, Etowah, and Jefferson Counties are the 'hotbed' for the reported encounters. Almost all of the reports state that it is 7 to 8 foot tall, covered in white hair and it's screams sound like a woman.

Some report a foul odor like dead animals when the White Thang is around. Some say it looks like a white lion. It's a tall white creature about 7 foot tall with a kangaroo like body and a cat head. An albino bear. A "hairless pale skinny nimble humanoid". It's a dog. A large ghost like creature that walks on all fours. An albino sasquatch or bigfoot or yeti. It is an apparition or ghost. And interdimensional being. An alien humanoid. Some report a red eyeshine.

In the 1930s most reports called it a monster that ran on all fours. It could climb trees and would wait for people to come along that it could leap on.

In the 1940s  George Norris had an encounter. Fenada Martin Smith describes it : "Old man George Norris . . . seen it over there in Enon Graveyard, and he said it looked like a lion . . . you know, bushy, betwixt a dog and a lion. It was white and slick with long hair. It had a slick tail, down on the end of the tail a big ol' bush of hair. He lent up against a tree and fell asleep. When he woke up the sun was just rising, and the 'white thang' was laying right beside him, and it was looking at him. He said it didn't offer to hurt him or nothing."

In later decades, it became described as walking upright and stood at least 7 foot tall. Most witnesses could not describe many details, like what the face looked like, or the hands or feet.

But over all, witnesses did not seem to be frightened of the sight of the White Thang. Or of the things it did. What bothered them the most was the scream. They especially disliked it when the creature would stand over them and scream into their face. The calls of the creature have been described as like a woman's or a baby crying, or a woman screaming, panther-like screams, and some talk of it "barking" in the woods at night.

Madison Howard's great grandmother talked of seeing the creature. The furry white being would watch her from the woods as she would hang up her wet laundry to dry on the clothesline. She, and many others of that time period, spoke of the White Thang like you would speak of any animal that you saw in the woods. Like deer, or raccoons. Something common and expected.

The older stories also talk of the White Thang as always being around funeral wakes.  It was expected to see it around during that time.

There is a story of an old woman who heard a "commotion" outside her house one summer night. Figuring some animal was at her garden patch or perhaps disturbing her dogs, she grabbed her hoe and headed outdoors. She was surprised to see her dogs cowering and whimpering on the porch. She headed for her garden which was next to the house. There she found the White Thang helping itself to vegetables from the garden plot. Both she and the creature startled each other. The creature dropped the vegetables and ran past her on all fours, heading for the woods.

A very early tale is told of a settler and his family who boarded up their cabin windows so that the White Thang would not be able to get in during the night.

People still report encounters with the White Thang. They fall in among the reports of encounters of  brown, black, or dark colored bigfoot. Few refer to the old name "White Thang". Although it has never been settled just what the White Thang was, or is, it has been relegated to the bigfoot world. Much like the Jersey Devil is now labeled bigfoot. Few factor in that perhaps there could be two very different creatures in the area. 


"I'll spark the thought; what you do with it is up to you."

Some sources:Bing images,magiccityweekend.com,theparanormalsite.com,al.com,smalltownmyths.com,

This Post By TCC Team Member Nancy Marietta. Nancy has had a lifelong interest in the paranormal and cryptids. Nancy is also a published author and her book, The Price of war, has been met with great reviews.

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