“When night falls, enter the woods at your peril,
For inside lurks something worse than the devil.
Avoid at all costs the gathering place, where at midnight the pig-man roams on Cannock Chase.”
Most people know about Bigfoot, Grassman and Chupacabra, but only a few have had the privilege to hear the story of the Pig-Man. Out of those few people, only a handful have personally witnessed the creepy beast.
The legend tells there is a monster lurking in the woodlands of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire county, England. This mysterious spot, cataloged by many as a close cousin of Roswell and Area 51, has kept the locals in fear for almost a century.
According to the story , after WWII, British and American military scientists joined forces to conduct a series of strange experiments in the region. Closely related to the eugenics movement and similarly to the Nazis modus operandi, the tests went too far. Allegedly, they abducted a woman, hypnotized her and finally impregnated her with an artificially created human-pig DNA seed, with the hope to obtain a creature they could perform their tests on.
This pig-man business is not as far fetched as it sounds: In 1999, scientists suggested that pig transplants were safe for humans, and they are currently working on xenotransplantation at different levels and different species. Granted, the ethics and suffering of these animals for the “greater good” of humanity is unjustified, as they end up spending their entire lives suffering painful tests in small cages and eventually dying a horrible death.
This is what they thought would probably happen to the creature born out of the experiment between a human and a swine, but they were wrong. The scientists in charge of this horrible test monitored the woman closely, and after ten months they determined the fecundation attempt didn’t work out.
A year later, they were shocked to find out that her pregnancy had just been delayed. The result was a human baby with an incredibly huge head and a big snout resembling that of a pig. Later, this strange being escaped and hid into the woods, away from prejudiced human eyes. For decades, children and adults alike have reported the sighting of a strange tall man with a swine face roaming around the Cannock Chase woods.
Lee Brickley, a 26 year old local, knows the story well. He has been investigating the legend for almost a decade. On his book -UFO’s Werewolves & The Pig-Man: Exposing England’s Strangest Location, Cannock Chase- he describes multiple witness reports about the critter.
“I first heard about the pig-man through the rhyme when I was at school – so did many of my friends and many local people I’ve chatted to.” He says.
Brickley told us he received an e-mail from a source wishing to remain anonymous. This person claims that the half-man-half-pig story is the result of a military tactic in order to keep the population near Cannock Chase away from the secret facilities.
“The person who sent me the email refused to meet with me and so I have not included him in the book,” however, a waiter at a restaurant told the author that Pig-Man is real, and that the story regarding the coverup tactic is fake; there is a real creature roaming Cannock Chase. Brickley was able to meet with the waiter’s father, who confirmed the same story.
“The man I talk about in the book didn’t believe the military made up the rhyme and had a whole interesting back story about where it came from …. but the military connection is the same,” says the author. ” Perhaps, even if it was a story created by the military, it is so engrained in the psyche of local people that they genuinely do see him.”
Brickley believes the waiter and his father were telling the truth, although they could have just been deceived in some way.
I asked him if he could share with me some interesting witness report. He said there is one in particular that called his attention. A couple contacted Mr Brickley and provided him with a first hand account of an encounter with the beast.
After meeting with the couple, the author of the book determined that they were telling the truth. He told me that he has become friends with them ever since.
The following is the original e-mail describing the incident:
“Dear Mr Brickley,
I’ve seen something rather odd on Cannock Chase that I think
may be of some interest to you. In October 1993, whilst walking around
Castle Ring, myself and the wife heard some strange noises coming
from the surrounding trees. Thinking it was likely to be a local couple
enjoying an illicit liason, we quickly moved away from the sound and
headed back in the direction of our car. Upon reaching the steps down
to the carpark, I happend to turn around and lay my eyes on the strangest
creature I’ve ever seen. This thing was seven feet tall, from the neck down it looked
like a man, even wearing clothes, but it’s head was far too big for a human and
it had an elongated face with a snout-like nose. When I pointed it out to my wife,
she became terrified, so we started walking more quickly towards our car and got
inside. That’s when we started to hear this really high pitched squeeling noise that
sounded like a pig being killed. That really spooked us….
Have you ever come accross anything like this before?
John & Anne”
The problem? There are no pictures of Pig-Man. Zero physical evidence other than credible reports for three quarters of a century.
However, Brickley tells me that Pig-Man is not the only strange thing happening in the area. He says there is a spot in the region called the Pye-Green Tower on Cannock Chase, where UFOs, strange lights, werewolves and an unusual amount of reports of the military sneaking around during the early hours is fairly common. The tower, built during the Cold War by the British as a backup communication system -fearing an EMP attack from the Soviets- could be hiding more than mere electronics inside.
So what’s behind the Cannock Chase mystery? What does it really hide? One would assume that if Pig-Man was real he would be dead by now, specially after suffering such a deformity. Maybe he met with other creatures that are the result of other failed experiments. Or it could just be that, just like Mr Brickley suggests, what people are actually seeing is a Bigfoot.
If the story is real I would definitely think twice about venturing into the woods of Cannock Chase. I always wondered where M. Night Shyamalan got his movie’s idea. Reality defeats fiction one more time.
Lee Brickley’s book is available online at the Amazon stores in the US and the UK and it is worth the read. He is currently working on a new book.
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