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Friday, December 9, 2022

Ohio Stories From The Early Days

In the 1800s, the "Wildman" or "Gorilla" ran wild in the Ohio woods.

In late April near Stout, Ohio, a "Wildman" was being seen in the woods. After it allegedly attacked a boy, thirty armed men hunted for the creature. It was described as very tall and "almost naked". And that it could run like a deer. Another witness said the "Wildman" was wearing a pair of tattered pants.

Hmmm. Almost naked. Does that mean it was hairy?  As for the tattered pants, the mind may tell us the creature had to have clothes, that it couldn't be long hair, matted and dirty. Who knows? There is no report that the thirty men ever found the attacker.

Then in May 1887, a gorilla-like "Wildman" was seen near Rome by two men cutting timber. They described the creature as being 6 ft tall and covered with long curly hair. When the creature ran from them, they pursued it to a rocky area near the Ohio River, where they lost sight of it.

Some suggested this had to be the same creature as seen the month before near Stout.

A better-known story is the one reported in the papers in January 1869. This is the report of the "Gorilla" or "Wildman" who attacked a man and his daughter while they were driving by in their carriage, near Gallipolis. It was said the creature leaped out of the woods and pulled the poor man from the carriage. It began biting and hitting him. While they were rolling around on the ground, the daughter finally found a rock and threw it at the creature, hitting the "Wildman" in the head. This caused it to quit the attack and run back into the trees.

The gorilla-like "Wildman" was said to be covered in hair and had "burning and maniac eyes".

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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.

[Please Note: Sadly Nancy passed away at the first of January, 2022. We will continue to honor her and her research by sharing her work. RIP Nancy. -Thomas]

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