1963, Harlen Ford and Ray Mills report the first documented accounts of the creature. Harlan Ford was a retired Air traffic controller who had taken up wildlife photography. After his death in 1980, a reel of Super 8 film showing the creature was allegedly found among his belongings
1973, a guide was travelling down a bayou in a small boat when it struck something in the water. The guide stopped to see what it was and then he saw a creature swim to shore, climb out the water then walk into the woods on two legs.
In 1974 the monster gained national fame after Ford and his friend Billy Mills claimed to have found unusual footprints in the area, as well as the body of a wild boar. The same year zoologists from Louisiana State University (LSU) met with Harlan Ford to study the plaster casts of the creature's four-toed footprints. A Crypotozoologist from
Harlen Ford retells another encounter with the creature:
"One evening late, just about dark a friend and I we encountered eyes, they were a yellow or amberish color set real wide apart, so this friend of mine, Jim Hartzog, he took a gun and went into this area to try to kill whatever it was and he says he came face to face with this thing. It looked like an ape about seven feet tall, and he fired on it. He said when he did the eyes went away. It most likely turned and ran, he shot at it one more time. So we went back the next day to look for signs and blood but we didn't find any. We figured Jim missed it that night.
A local man, Ted Williams describes two encounters with the creature:
First time I ever saw it, it was standing plum still like a stump. I stopped and realized it wasn't a stump and it wasn't supposed to be there. When I stopped it ran. It was dark gray, about seven foot high, it jumped a bayou that was the first time I saw it. The next time I seen him was swimming the river, two of them, one was bigger than the other and faster than the other and they swam just like a human with them long overhead strokes. I tried to get one of them to look at me and the other one ran off and the other one wouldn't look at me. I could've shot it but I wouldn't on account it wouldn't look at me. It looked too much like a human too me, broad shoulders, arms hanging down below its knees, hands looked almost like a humans."
Barry Ford describes his encounter to the In Search Of crew:
"My wife and I were going on a fishing trip about four years ago and at about 9:00pm that night I heard this peculiar noise, a scream down the river, I'd say about a half a mile away. My wife wanted me to build a fire so I was out gathering wood, and it screamed again, this time it was closer, maybe three hundred yards. That's when it really scared her, it scared me but I tried not to let her know it scared me, so I went ahead and kept building fires and less than ten minutes later it screamed again and this time it was right on top of us. It almost shook the leaves off the trees."
Sightings of the creature have been reported through out the years since the first report. The grand daughter of Mr Ford went on to make a documentary on The Honey Island Swamp Monster and interviewed lots of local people living near and in the swamps that have had sightings of the creature. The documentary also contains a showing of an original "super-83 film reel filmed by Mr Ford himself in the swaps from a stand showing what many think is the creature making his way through the trees. Since hurricane Katrina people are still reporting seeing the Honey Island Monster in the wilderness along the Pearl river on both the
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Others claim that it is a creature that has lived in the area for centuries. Again there are the footprint casts and the grainy film which neither prove nor disprove anything. One can only hope that one day someone appears with a clear film or a tuft of hair that cannot be disputed and proves once and for all there are strange creatures out there.