Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 16th, 2010
San Antonio Express
San Antonio, Texas
June 21, 1933
KANSANS AGAIN SEEING STRANGE REPTILE
by Associated Press
LURAY, Kans., June 20. – A strange reptile, said to be from 20 to 35 feet in length, is again causing excitement here as it did last year when various persons said they saw it at different places. This week the snake appeared near the home of Chris Gebhart, at the north edge of Luray, and when seen was in the act of striking a chicken. Gebhart estimates its length as fully 20 feet, its body a blush-tan[,] and said its eyes “glow like a cat’s at night.” Afraid to attack the reptile unarmed Gebhart went for help but when persons summoned arrived the snake had crawled away into the bushes along the creek. Last year three persons at different times brought in accounts of seeing a 30-foot reptile in the immediate vicinity of Luray.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.