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Madison monsters: Meet our ghosts, ghouls, witches and werewolves


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« on: December 04, 2014, 01:01:56 am »

 Flying saucers

Lest we forget aliens, Madison's best-known UFO sighting occurred at 10:10 p.m. on Sept. 1, 1970. Denise Fritz and Mike Butler were in a boat on Lake Monona when they looked up and saw what they thought was an aircraft in trouble. It wasn't.

"I have no doubt that it was something not from around here," Fritz told me later. "For a long time we didn't go out in the boat at night. I have chills about it even now."

The "aircraft" stopped and hovered between 50 and 100 feet above some trees near a boat landing on Winnequah Road. "It looked like it was an oval," said Fritz, "but I couldn't focus on it well enough to make out the whole shape."

Suddenly, the object beamed two lights at the boat. The couple started the motor again and began to leave. The object followed them.

"When we swerved to the left, the lights turned to the left, too," said Fritz. "When we tuned right, the lights turned right. By this time we were pretty scared."

What makes this such a good sighting is that it was seen at the same time by four Monona women who wouldn't give their name to reporters. They were in a car that had almost reached the corner of Bridge Road and Panther Trail. "We couldn't make out a shape," one said. "I don't believe in flying saucers or that sort of thing, but I don't understand this, because whatever this thing was, it made no sound at all."

Fritz and Butler, meanwhile, were scrambling to escape. "We went back to the pier as fast as we could, and it -- the lights -- followed us," recalled Fritz. "We didn't even tie up the boat. We ran right into the house. I was shaking and crying for about two hours, I was so scared."

Werewolf of Madison?

Finally, the strangest story of all must be that of the werewolf of the isthmus. Believe it or not, there's a long history of man-like wolf-creatures in Wisconsin, but usually in Walworth County, where it's associated with Bray Road. The sightings have been extensively documented by Linda Godfrey, author of many books on unexplained phenomena, including the recent American Monsters.

In May of 2004 Godfrey encountered a clerk in a State Street used bookstore. The clerk already had two undergraduate degrees in science and was in graduate school. He instantly recognized Godfrey's name as the author of "The Beast of Bray Road," and related the story of a strange event that had occurred two weeks earlier. He offered his phone number but asked to remain anonymous in print.

"The witness seemed very credible," says Godfrey today. "As he related his experience to me in the bookstore, he seemed to relive the shock and fear he felt during the original encounter. He had no way of knowing he would meet me that day, or any other day, and I doubt he would have instantly conceived a plan to create a deceptive story that was really unlike any others in my book."

The sighting took place very early in the morning on one of the busier downtown streets -- cars were going by the whole time. The student was spending the night with an ex, trying to get back together. He was sober and not on drugs. Things weren't going exactly well, so he decided to go out for a short walk around 1:30 a.m.

"I was walking around when I saw what looked at first to me like a human, a man, trying to walk on all fours," he told Godfrey. "I was thinking it was some crazy person, so I was starting to move away, and then he started to change."

The figure transformed into what appeared to be "an overly large dog or something like that." Its legs began to thrash, "and when it stopped it turned and looked at me." It could clearly be seen thanks to the streetlights. "I wasn't sure it wanted to hurt me, but I didn't know what to do."

Wisely, he returned to his ex's apartment. But she was so angry to discover him gone that she'd locked him out. Finally she let him back in and observed that he "looked like death."

And that was it.

"Encounters that involve witness claims of a creature 'morphing,'" says Godfrey, "or doing anything else obviously unusual for the world as we know it, are quite rare in the body of reports I've accumulated."
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