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Bigfoot? The Dog Killer Beast of 1956

It was a terrible fall for the residents of Bluffton, Ohio. Reports of a nocturnal animal that “cried like a baby and screamed like a woman” emanated out of  local coon hunters.

There is not much information regarding this case, except for a short article that was published on the front page of a local newspaper.

Even though this creature’s screams had been reported years earlier, the real trouble began in 1952, when it started killing dogs.

“First it sounded like the low cry of a human baby,” the Yoakams told Bluffton News in November of 1956

The Yoakams had been hunting in the old Perry Bechtol woods three miles northeast of Lafayette, when their coon hound approached the eerie sound. Seconds later, the dog came back to its owners with “its tail between its legs”.

But that wasn’t the first time the Yoakam family had experienced an encounter with the beast. In 1952 one of their children and a friend were hunting, when the same blood curling sound suddenly erupted. Their dog tried to catch the animal, but by the time the boys had reached the spot of the incident, the canine was laying dead with a broken neck.

Downtown Bluffton, Ohio. Credit: Major Optics CC BY 3.0
Downtown Bluffton, Ohio. Credit: Major Optics CC BY 3.0

Other deaths soon followed and the community weren’t able to figure out who the culprit was, prompting authorities to organize hunting parties that soon turned out to be unsuccessful.

What was this mysterious animal capable of producing such sounds and strong enough to break a dog’s back? A mountain lion? A bear perhaps? Racoons are known for the peculiar sounds they emit at night, and although they are equipped with the necessary tools to defend themselves from unnecessary dog attacks –specially when they are in groups–, this doesn’t explain the acute trauma applied on the canine’s back. Were these primate vocalizations similar to those reported in Bigfoot encounters?


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  1. Alan Lowey

    July 3, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    It isn’t bigfoot that screams like a woman, it’s something else. It can be seen and heard in a video here…can’t find it at the moment….Anyway, it’s the skinny white humanoid type that zips around moving really fast.

  2. Alan Lowey

    July 3, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Here’s something else which features the sound only. Not a mountain lion imv.

    Ahh, here’s the footage of the white entity and the sound:

    The noise from the small fast moving humanoid at 1min 32secs and 1min 41secs could be mistaken for a screaming woman. This is a recurring feature in many mysteries, exemplified by this account:

  3. Alan Lowey

    July 3, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Here’s the eyewitness account from a doctor, of the Kentucky ufo and screaming incident:

  4. h.lorenzo

    July 5, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    It was probably some BFRO researcher like Bobo or Moneymaker doing their screams…

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