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COUNTY: Madison County
LOCATION DETAILS: The location was just off Flint Rd. in Waco, Ky. My second encounter was also in Waco.
NEAREST TOWN: Richmond
NEAREST ROAD: Flint Road, Waco
OBSERVED: This incident occurred in the later part of 1983 (September I believe) just outside of Richmond Kentucky in Waco. I was about 12 years old and was out riding my bike when I decided to go visit a friend. He lived about a 1/4 mile off the main highway at the end of a gravel road. His house was the only one on the road and was completely surrounded by thick woods. After arriving, I walked to the door and realized nobody was home. As I returned to my bike I heard a loud crash from the side of the house, I quickly looked ad saw a large black figure tearing a huge limb from a tree. The figure was at least 7-8 feet tall and covered in thick black hair, couldn't guess the weight, but it was big. The figure was standing upright and was looking right at me, it was no bear. I quickly jumped on my bike and peddled like hell toward the main road. The ride back to the main road seemed to take forever and the entire distance back I could hear branches breaking and what appeared to be heavy footsteps running along side me; I was terrified. I thought for sure I was about to be attacked, then I hit the main road and it stopped. I kept riding, but couldn't help but wonder why whatever it was stopped chasing me once I hit the road. I don't know what it was, but I do know if it were a bear it wouldn't have stopped, and it was fast because it was able to catch a terrified kid peddling his butt off. I had another encounter, this time with witnesses, in the same area when I was 19, but that's another story
ALSO NOTICED: The creature didn't run from me, instead it chased me, but it would not come onto the highway.
OTHER WITNESSES: None
OTHER STORIES: I heard several stories of strange encounters all over Madison county. I myself had another encounter with 4 witnesses.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Late afternoon on a beautiful fall day.
ENVIRONMENT: The incident occurred at the end of a gravel lane about 1/4 mile from the main road. The lane was surrounded on both sides by thick woods and dead-ended at my friends house, then became thick woods again.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Harold Benny:
I spoke with the witness by phone and found him to be credible. He was able to add the following to his commentary:
1.) The sighting was at a distance of approximately fifty
yards and lasted only a matter of seconds.
2.) The animal stood on its hind legs and was somewhat
3.) The fur was shiny black and the body was thick and
4.) The witness could see the animals fingers wrapped
around a large tree limb as it was torn from the tree.
The other incident the witness spoke of involved him hearing a loud scream coming from a nearby cornfield when he was seventeen years old.
About BFRO Investigator Harold Benny:
Harold Benny holds two degrees in Zoology and was a Biology teacher for several years. He participated in the following BFRO expeditions: Michigan UP 07, Arkansas I 07, Arkansas II (Oklahoma) 07, N. Florida 08, Missouri 08, Tennessee 09, and Ohio 09. Harold has organized several private Illinois expeditions and in 2006 recieved the IDNR Volunteer Of The Year Award as part of the Montgomery Co. Hunter Education group.