Exploring American Monsters: California

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on June 4th, 2015

From Mysterious Universe:

Humans have lived in California for at least 15,000 years. In 1848, The United States acquired the area that would one day become the state of California for $15,000,000 after signing the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican-American War. California, famous for Hollywood, the Golden Gate Bridge, and earthquakes, is the most populated state in the union, and the third largest after Alaska and Texas. Outside the large cities (16.37 million people in the greater Los Angeles area) lie great expanses of desert, mountains (including Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park where Capt. James Kirk battled the Gorn in Star Trek), and forests. Despite the number of people, there’s plenty of room in California for monsters.

The Billiwhack Monster

A monster terrorized Santa Paula, California, during World War II and the years shortly after. The creature, tall and apelike with horns like a ram, frequented the haunts around the Billiwhack Dairy and ranch off Wheeler Canyon Road. Claimed to be the result of an experiment by the government, the Billiwhack Monster had long, gray hair, and was massively muscled. The beast was reported to throw large rocks at people, and pound on the hoods of witness’s cars, leaving dents.

The monster was allegedly the result of the government’s attempts to make a super soldier in an area lab, but escaped. Although seen often throughout the 1950s and up until 1964, sightings of the Billiwhack Monster have grown few and quite far between.

Read about the other monsters from California like The Black Demon and the Dark Watchers here.

See also:

Exploring American Monsters: Arkansas
Exploring American Monsters: Arizona
Exploring American Monsters: Alaska
Exploring American Monsters: Alabama

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.

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