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COUNTY: White County
LOCATION DETAILS: Go through Helen. Turn left on Alt. 75, just past flea market. Cross bridge and turn right on Poplar Stump Rd. Turn left on Myra Branch Rd, Then left on McConnell Court.
NEAREST TOWN: Helen, Ga
NEAREST ROAD: Alt. Hwy 75 and Hwy 75
OBSERVED: It was about 11pm and we just laid down to sleep. We were staying in a cabin that we had rented for the weekend. I heard this high pitched horrific scream/howl. It was close. It was not some faint, distant sound. It was very clear and close. My first thought was a woman in distress. Then, about 20 seconds later, I heard it again. I also heard dogs barking above me, higher up the ridge.
This time I realized it was probably not a human. This sound was a forceful, deliberate, high pitched reverberating scream/howl. Because I was inside the cabin, it is hard to tell how far away this was. I would guess within 750 feet. Perhaps as close as 200 feet.
The scream/howl continued about four/five more times, repeating about every 15-25 seconds. I have military and hunting experience and have never heard such a sound. I cannot think of an animal that could make this type of sound. I will never forget it, that's for sure.
OTHER WITNESSES: no, they were sleeping. we just laid down so I thought for sure one of them had heard it. I asked in the morning and they had not.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 11 pm
Dark-Dry and Cool about 40 degrees
ENVIRONMENT: Fairly dense in trees, ravine nearby going down the slope/side of hill. Chattahooce river at the bottom of hill, approximately 600 feet from cabin.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
A few investigators have spoken with this witness. He is credible. The case is not a question of credibility though (credibility in the sense of honesty). This case would be a question of interpretation.
Sound-only cases and the interpretations of witnesses are inherently difficult to evaluate and judge, because various animals and birds make various hair-raising sounds.
Sasquatches make very distinct and powerful sounds though -- sounds that leave a lasting impression on those who hear them.
It is more likely for people to hear sasquatches than see them. This is true for any forest animal that makes loud vocalizations, especially nocturnal animals.
The BFRO has, in the past, debated whether to post sound-only reports. We have more stringent standards for sound-only reports, but we do not hold them back completely. Sounds are too important as clues to ignore or suppress, due to fear of interpretive fallibility of witnesses. Some of the best evidence gathered in the past was a direct result of sound-only reports.
About BFRO Investigator Matthew Moneymaker:
Matthew Moneymaker is originally from the Los Feliz District of Los Angeles, California.
- Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), 1992.
- Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law, 1996.
- Founder of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organizaton,1995.
- Writer and co-producer of the Discovery Channel documentary "Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science," 2001.
- Co-producer of the TV Series "Mysterious Encounters" for the Outdoor Life Network (OLN Channel), 2002.
- Producer of the "2003 International Bigfoot Symposium" (Willow Creek Symposium) DVD set, 2004.
- Co-host of "Finding Bigfoot" on Animal Planet Channel, 2010 - present.
- Current Director of the BFRO