Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 24th, 2011
More appreciated sharing from the archives of Jerome Clark:
Mitchell Evening Republican
Mitchell, South Dakota]
June 2, 1925
Kentucky Section Is Terrorized by An Immense Snake
Greenville, Ky., June 2. – A huge, strange reptile is reported from the Pond river bottoms of this county, many persons declaring to have seen it. Its presence is causing great alarm.
The reptile has been inhabiting that section two or three weeks. Stories of the reptile’s size vary; some persons say it is 17 to 22 feet long, and from 10 to 15 inches in diameter. It is said to be brownish in color, large black spots covering the body.
One man who described his experience with the monster, says he was driving a team of mules hitched to a wagon along the route which led through woods when he heard a great crashing in the underbrush and the great snake raced into the roadway onto the wagon. The snake, he says, became entangled in the front wheels of the vehicle and lifted its head above the dashboard with its huge mouth wide open. The driver says he leaped to the ground and ran,
abandoning his mules and wagon.
Glancing back over his shoulder he says he saw the snake overturn the wagon, whereupon the mules ran away, demolishing the wagon.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.