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That Damn Green-Clawed Beast!

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on January 26th, 2014

This story is one of the creepiest stories in all of cryptozoology to me,

It is being told on tonight’s episode of Monsters and Mysteries in America on Destination America tonight.

…a mother is viciously attacked in a river by the Green Clawed Beast

Monsters and Mysteries in America: Ohio Grassman, Green-Clawed Beast, Big Muddy Monster airs Sunday, January 26 8:00 PM Central.

The story is the basis for “The Creature From The Black Lagoon Corollary” portion of my shark theory.

I have also recently come up with a cryptid corollary.

I call it “The Creature From The Black Lagoon Corollary”.

This is closely related to the Shark Theory. It, however, covers fresh water, as opposed to salt water.

This corollary stated do not go into water where you can’t see the bottom.

You might be tempted to amend it to being able to see your feet, but don’t.

You have no idea what be lurking in the depths just waiting to grab you and drag you down to the depths.

Case in point:

On August 21, 1955, Mrs. Darwin Johnson had a terrifying encounter with what she claimed was a hideous creature beneath the surface of the Ohio River near Evansville, Indiana. While enjoying a leisurely swim with a friend (one Mrs. Chris Lamble), Mrs. Johnson claims that she was suddenly clutched around the knee by a large, claw-like hand.

Green Clawed Ohio River Monster

Only 15-feet from shore, Mrs. Johnson struggled to disengage herself and head for safety. Mrs. Lamble could only stare in horror as her distraught friend was yanked beneath the surface of the river. Miraculously, Mrs. Johnson managed to kick her leg free, but almost instantly she was seized again, this time from behind.

Mrs. Lamble’s shrieks echoed across the river as she helplessly watched her friend being pulled below the river’s murky surface once again. After resurfacing a second time, Mrs. Johnson lunged for Mrs. Lamble’s inner tube and the splash of her impact apparently scared the beast away. Once back on shore, Mrs. Johnson was treated for multiple contusions on her leg, at which point it was discovered that she bore a green, palm-print shaped stain. The stain could not be removed for several days.

Although neither Mrs. Johnson, nor Mrs. Lamble, were able to get a clear or sustained look at the creature, it seems to bear a marked resemblance to the THETIS LAKE MONSTER, particularly in regards to its hostile nature.

Other researchers have even gone so far as to suggest that this incident may be related to another aquatic, Ohio area mystery, that of the LOVELAND FROGMEN.

An interesting footnote to this case was reported by Fortean investigator Terry Colvin. Colvin, who had interviewed the Johnson’s, claimed that soon after the incident Mr. and Mrs. Johnson were visited in their Godtown, Indiana home by an individual who claimed to be an Air Force Colonel.

Apparently the Colonel took extensive notes regarding Mrs. Johnson’s encounter with the Green Clawed Beast and admonished the couple to talk no further about the incident.

Located in the wilds of Victoria, British Columbia, Thetis Lake is the reputed home of a man-sized, gill-bearing humanoid known as the Thetis Lake Monster. This cryptid has been compared by some cryptozoologists to the notorious GREEN CLAWED BEAST of the Ohio River, the LIZARDMAN of Sumter, South Carolina, or the LOVELAND FROGMEN.American Monsters

Thetis Lake Monster

Illustration courtesy of Loren Coleman’s The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates.

First brought to international attention in the early 1970′s, this grisly aberration of natural selection has been described as being nearly 5-feet tall and weighing approximately 120 lbs., with an epidermis consisting soley of silver scales. This animal’s horrifying visage is made complete by the six, razor-sharp spikes—connected to one another by a thin, membranous webbing—which are said to protrude from its amphibious skull.

With it’s dark, bulbous eyes, fish-like mouth and webbed hands, feet and ears, the Thetis Lake Monster bears more than a passing resemblance to the iconoclastic image of “The Creature From the Black Lagoon”. What lends credibility to these reports however, is the fact that for centuries North Americans natives have reported numerous—and oft times fatal—encounters with various creatures which they describe as being carnivorous, aquatic-humanoids.American Monsters

Creature From The Black Lagoon

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.


5 Responses to “That Damn Green-Clawed Beast!”

  1. Alex Taylor via Facebook responds:

    And that was after he asked her for three fiddy

  2. Goodfoot responds:

    Strange goings-on on the River Ohio. I mean EEEK! Glad it wasn’t me.

  3. PoeticsOfBigfoot responds:

    Interesting that Thetis the water nymph is mentioned. A little Fortean, methinks.

  4. sasquatch responds:

    I thought the Thetis Lake monster thing was a hoax story made up by a couple kids.
    The woman in Indiana could have encountered something else.
    Maybe a giant snapping turtle?

  5. springheeledjack responds:

    This story always creeped the you-know-what out of me too. It was one of the first cryptid / fortean accounts I ever came across as a kid and it both freaked me and fascinated me. Still does, mostly because it was one of the odd cases where humanoid like things infested the waters.

    Things like Bigfoot seem rational to me because there’s a case in the fossil record of primates and bipeds, but for other animal species–other than birds, there are very few real cases of bipeds (unless you go all of the way back to the dinosaurs). Especially reptiles and nothing our size.

    I think it stuck because it was such an anomaly. In either case, it stands out…unless you believe in things like mermaids. :)



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