The Grafton Monster sightings of 1965

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Kurt McCoy

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Jul 27, 2006
 
I recently ran across reports of "monster sightings" in the Grafton area, back in June of 1965. Robert Cockrell apparently wrote two articles for the Sentinel about the sightings, one of which was his own.
The "monster" was described as being between seven and nine feet tall with white or light gray skin, "slick like a seal's". There were several sightings, but not much publicity and the events have been all but completely forgotten.
Now, since it's roughly 50 years since those sightings, and given the popularity, and tourist/commercial value that has been given to other better known WV "monsters" (like the Flatwoods "Green Monster" and Pt. Pleasant's "Mothman", it seems like a not altogether awful thing to try to preserve and record whatever information can still be gleened about Grafton's weirdest visitor.
So, anybody remember hearing about the Grafton Monster? Any relative, friends, or neighbors who saw it? Any actual witnesses out there?
If so, let's hear about it!
Gun dog Smith

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Apr 4, 2014
 

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Shot him, ate him, tasted like chicken.
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Apr 4, 2014
 
I have never heard this story but I would love to hear more about it !
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The Destination America network has a series called Mountain Monsters. They are showing the episode on the Grafton Monster of Tayor County on April 11th.
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just so you know wrote:
The Destination America network has a series called Mountain Monsters. They are showing the episode on the Grafton Monster of Tayor County on April 11th.
My wife and i watch that show and love it. I really hope this is true.
unknown

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Apr 5, 2014
 
Peacemaker- it's on the mtn monsters website, so it seems true
Realist

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Yes, because everything on television is true! IDIOTS.
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Apr 8, 2014
 
Realist wrote:
Yes, because everything on television is true! IDIOTS.
Maybe before opening your "idiot" mouth you need to read. No one said that the monster is real/true. They simply said that it is true the tv show is on & showing an episode about the so called grafton monster.
Neighborhood Dog

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Apr 8, 2014
 
I had a sighting just moments ago... believe me its real
peacemaker

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Apr 8, 2014
 
unknown wrote:
Peacemaker- it's on the mtn monsters website, so it seems true
Thanx, someone actually showed it to me today. Im happy.

Realist- I meant that i hoped it was true about it being on the show. I dont care if the sightings are real. I believe a lot of the show is staged, but i do enjoy watching it.
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Apr 8, 2014
 
just so you know wrote:
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Maybe before opening your "idiot" mouth you need to read. No one said that the monster is real/true. They simply said that it is true the tv show is on & showing an episode about the so called grafton monster.
Thanx, should have read better before i replied after you did.

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Hamilton, Ohio

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Apr 11, 2014
 
Mountain Monsters will be investigating the Grafton Monster TONIGHT, on Destination America 10/9 c. Check their fan page for details and video!
http://www.facebook.com/mountainmonstersfanpa...
elithedragon

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Apr 11, 2014
 
I have never heard of this headless horror before, but it seems to be some kind of big foot.
DEISEL

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Apr 11, 2014
 
Lol
Sharon

Grafton, WV

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Apr 11, 2014
 

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I live in Grafton What Part Is the Monster fuse to be at me and the hubby like hear things like this
Awisemanoncesaid

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My grandfather told me about this creature one time when I was young. I would like to have asked him more about it, but he's long gone. The name he called it was the "Face Basilisk." I remember him telling me a story of the guy he often bought cattle from. The guy lived in the Knottsville area, I believe near what some call Blue Deep. I don't remember what animal(s) were involved, but some of them had apparently been abducted and taken into the forest. Not a whole group at once, but one animal each time over a span of roughly 3 months. The guy and my grandfather had searched for each animal after it had vanished, but it left no trace. The missing animal would be heard moaning or yelping in distress in the early mornings and when you followed the noise and came upon the animal, it was dead. The cause was undetermined, but my grandfather claimed that each animal's face had been disfigured.(This is the first part of the name, FACE) I don't believe my grandpa or his friend ever saw the thing first-hand, but the people around Grafton claimed the creature had a seal's skin/hide. I don't recall it being 'headless,' though. Everything else that people are saying today seems to be fairly close to the description I heard long ago, though.
Awisemanoncesaid

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Apr 11, 2014
 
... The second part of the name, BASILISK, is a lizard/water creature I do believe. Seal skin or lizard skin -- it's hard to tell what it really is. So, there you have it. That is the story of what I know as the FACE BASILISK. Hope this helps anyone looking to research information.
Tammy

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Apr 12, 2014
 
I grew up in Grafton WV as did my whole family and none of us has ever heard of this. I was born in 1965 so obviously I don't remember anything about the news reports of it but my parents don't remember this either. I wish I could get copies of the supposed news stories. Since I no longer live in WV I can't go to a local library and pull up old microfiche of the newspapers.
Tracy

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Apr 16, 2014
 
Gun dog Smith wrote:
Shot him, ate him, tasted like chicken.
I grew up in Clarksburg & had family in Grafton. I was a huge fan of all things paranormal and I NEVER read or heard anything about a Grafton Monster. It's bullshit!
hoax fake ridiculous

Grafton, WV

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Apr 16, 2014
 

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There is no such thing as the Grafton monster.I've lived here my whole.And I'm embarrassed to know that there are people living in this town that believe this bull.Grow up and get a life and quit looking for attention and get educated.

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