My interest in the occult, UFO’s, and the paranormal probably all began with the Bigfoot episode of Leonard Nimoy’s In Search Of television series. I still find the look of those shows and the creepy synthesized music to be so chilling, and the Bigfoot episode gave me nightmares for years. That said, the possibility of a massive undiscovered beast was fascinating, and despite my fears I was totally hooked.
I don’t post a whole lot about cryptoid creatures here, but I stumbled across this author the other day whose done a lot get to the bottom of the “goat sucker” Chupacabra mystery. According to his bio “Benjamin Radford, M.Ed., is a scientific paranormal investigator, a research fellow at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, deputy editor of the Skeptical Inquirer, and author, co-author, contributor, or editor of twenty books and over a thousand articles on skepticism, critical thinking, and science literacy.”
Here’s a bit about the origin of his book Tracking the Chupacabra…
Everyone loves a good monster story.
The problem is, monsters always insist on living in faraway lands, at the bottom of lakes, or in the depths of forests. While this adds to their mystique, it is little wonder that our knowledge of them comes exclusively from grainy photos and unreliable witness reports.
This is what first drew Benjamin Radford to the chupacabra, a supposedly vampire-like creature. Its roots are in Latin America, but stories about it have since spread to the rest of the world, including his native New Mexico.
“This was a much more local mystery to me,” says Radford. “I didn’t have to go to Inverness or Borneo, it was right here in my backyard.” Helpfully, the chupacabra also seemed to be less shy than your average monster. That meant Radford had a good chance of figuring out whether or not it was real.
Read more about Radford’s investigation here. Check out this video which examines Radford’s conclusions about what the Chupacabra actually is. Blood-sucking monster or mangy-dog-sightings-mixed-with-pop-cultural-trends-and-local-legends? Find out here…
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