The Enfield Horror is the name given to an alleged monster that was sighted over a span of a month in and near the city of Enfield, IL, in 1973.
Appearance: The Enfield Horror was described as a 4 ft tall, gray-skinned creature having three legs with three clawed feet, two stumpy arms coming out of the chest region and having big pink eyes the size of flashlights. For an image of the Enfield Horror, click HERE.
Lore: On April 25, 1973, at about 9 pm, a young boy name Greg Garrett was playing in his back yard. Garrett began screaming and ran inside the home to his parents. According to Garrett a monster had approached him, stomped on his feet and tore ups his shoes with it's claws.
One half-hour after this first encounter a next-door neighbor named Henry McDaniel and his wife returned home to discover his children were in a huge panic. According to the children, while the parents were away a monster attempted to break into the house. Shortly after communicating this scratches on the front door were heard. McDaniel opened the front door and to his shock was face-to-face with the creature. McDaniel quickly slammed the door shut and ran for his gun. McDaniel returned and shot the creature and the creature seemingly fled into the night. McDaniel immediately called the police and Illinois State Troopers arrived on seen. The State Trooper discovered prints that resembled a dog's paw prints but having six toes. The prints indicated that the creature had three legs, one of which would have been smaller than the other two based on the size of the prints. McDaniel began to talk openly about the sighting which ended up bringing a lot of attention from curious outsiders to the community. This so troubled the county Sheriff that he threatened to arrest McDaniel if he didn't stop talking about the incident.
Other witnesses came forward. Among them were Rick Rainbow, the local news director of WWKI radio. Rainbow claims that he and three others sighted the creature running near an abandoned home not far from the McDaniel's property. Rainbow allegedly was able to record a vocalization of the creature and shared it with noted cryptozoologist, Loren Coleman. Upon investigating the area, Coleman claims that he too heard a similar sound to the one recorded by Rainbow.
Henry McDaniel would have a second sighting of the creature. On May 6, 1973, McDaniel claimed he witnessed the creature ramble about near a rail road. The last reported sighting occurred on May 8, 1973 where a group of monster hunters claimed they shot the creature as it lay hidden in some underbrush. The monster allegedly escaped a second time. Or did it? No further sightings have been reported since.
Powers: Unknown. The creature may or may not be impervious to bullets. The creature is said to have been able to run extremely fast.
Defense Against The Enfield Horror: Unknown. There are no known casualties nor even animal deaths associated with the monster.