The Murphysboro Mud Monster
Photo caption: Murphysboro Police Chief Jeff Bock walks around a wooded area on the edge of Riverside Park, near where the Big Muddy Monster reportedly was spotted several years ago. (KENDRA HELMER FOR THE SOUTHERN)
In the summer of 1973, the town of Murphysboro in southwestern Illinois was the site of a bizarre series of monster sightings. The enigmatic creature, now recalled as the Murphysboro Mud Monster appeared without warning and then suddenly disappeared just two weeks later, seemingly without a trace. In its wake, the monster left a number of confused and frightened witnesses, baffled law enforcement officials and of course, an enduring legend.