With sightings dating back to the 1800s, the legend of the Fouke Monster of Boggy Creek is an important part of Arkansas's folklore. Lurking in the bogs of Arkansas, the Fouke Monster frightens motorists, homeowners, and hikers. The story of Boggy Creek and the monster who may inhabit it were the subject of the 1972 cult classic The Legend of Boggy Creek. The central story was based on testimonies from Arkansas natives recounting their terrifying stories from Arkansas.
Fouke Monster facts vary, as no definitive evidence of the creature actually exists. Its said to be tall, hairy, and potentially dangerous, much like Bigfoot. The first widely publicized sighting occurred in 1971, although the monster had been whispered of previously. Even today, residents of Fouke, Arkansas, or visitors sometimes see what they believe is the monster. Is this a hoax or a legitimate creature roaming the Arkansas bogs? Read up on the Fouke Monster and decide for yourself.
While early sightings date back to the 1800s, the story that put the Boggy Creek Monster on the map occurred much later. Bobby and Elizabeth Ford reported the monster attacked their home on May 1, 1971. Elizabeth reported that the monster reached through her screen window and was then chased away by Bobby and his brother. The monster later returned and attacked Bobby, throwing him onto the ground.
It is clear something attacked Bobby that night. Bobby was treated for large gash wounds and mild shock at a nearby hospital. No blood was found at the Ford’s home, but there were scratches on the porch and one window was damaged. There were also three-toed footprints found in the yard. This incident is what would inspire the 1972 film The Legend of Boggy Creek.
A boy named Lynn Crabtree reported seeing the monster in 1965. According to the story, Crabtree encountered the monster while hunting. While he shot at it numerous times, nothing happened. The monster did not appear to be affected by bullets.
The story was not reported at the time, but the Crabtree family came forward with the account after the widely publicized Ford family sighting. Other members of the Crabtree family claimed they also saw the monster while hunting, but did not bother taking shots like Lynn had.
There are many legends about the monster’s behavior. One that is more alarming for pet and farm owners is related to its diet. Supposedly, the monster has been known to feed on live chickens and dogs. It has also been said that it occasionally eats a calf or hog.
Reports of mauled and mutilated dogs have been reported in the area, and believers in the monster cite that no hoaxer would go through that amount of effort.
The monster is described as seven to eight feet tall. It stands on two legs, like a human or primate. It’s also very heavy, estimated to be over 300 pounds. Its entire body is allegedly covered with long, thick hair.