On the night of April 25, 1973, in Enfield, Illinois, a child named Greg Garrett was playing in his backyard when he was attacked by a strange-looking creature. The creature had three legs, two “arms” that stuck straight out of its breast, a slimy gray skin, short claws and reddish eyes. It stomped on Greg’s foot and sent the child crying hysterically into his home.
Shortly after, the Garrett family’s neighbors, the McDaniels, had an encounter with the creature. The parents came home to find their two children terrified by something trying to break into the house. At that point something started to scratch at the front door so Mr. McDaniels opened the door to see the same creature described by young Greg. He quickly retrieved his .22 pistol and shot the creature four times. The animal hissed and ran away, covering an area measuring between 50-75 feet in three leaps and disappeared into the brush.
A few days later, May 6, McDaniels was awakened by a strange howling. He ran to the front door and looked out only to see the same creature at some distance, hanging out around a nearby railroad track. Then the creature walked further down the line, out of sight.
News spread of the encounter, and soon after a group of men discovered the creature hiding in some underbrush. They opened fire on it, but the creature leapt away at an astonishing speed.
Finally, the news director of radio WWKI in Kokomo, Indiana said he and three companions spotted the creature near an abandoned house in the same general area as the McDaniels’ home. They purportedly got a recording of its disturbing scream.
In my research I learned that the sightings of this creature appeared approximately 30 years apart over the last century. But now it has been 40 years since the last sightings.
What to Make of All This
My first thought was that this must be a demon based on the description. As I thought it over, though, I could see the possibility that it might just be an earthly creature with some defects. For instance, if you sit a dog on its tail, the fore legs stick out of its breast which is how the “arms” of the Enfield Horror were described. It had three legs, but that could have been a genetic defect in the animal, especially as the third one was described as smaller.
One account described the beast as hairy, while another said it had a slimy gray skin. Maybe it was advanced mange.
It’s hard to come to any conclusion for several reasons:
1. The eyewitnesses would have to be tracked down (if they’re still alive), and interviewed. We don’t know what kind of folks they were/are, such as if they’re prone to hoaxing, drug users, or suffering from a mental illness. We learn a lot just by talking to people.
2. The news director from the radio station recorded the howls/screams of the creature — where is the recording? I searched the internet and was unable to find it. If someone can find it, please link us to it in the comments section.
3. Several accounts I’ve read link the creature’s appearance to an increase in UFO sightings in the area and suggest that the creature is an escaped “pet” of the aliens. No one has photos of the supposed UFOs sighted during that time?
Unless this creature starts appearing again to give today’s cryptozoological investigators a chance to find and perhaps study it, we’re never going to know for certain.
My best guess is that this was a genetically mutated dog with the mange.
What do you think it was?