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Prior to your sighting of a Bigfoot while fishing the Patapsco River in 1981, had you already been interested in Cryptids or other unusual phenomena and creatures?

Not necessarily. I was aware of Bigfoot and Mothman, but I wasn’t involved in any investigations prior to my encounter. At the time, I was only investigating hauntings and other spirit phenomenon.


What do you think Bigfoot is.

I believe that, for the most part, Bigfoot is a supernatural being. I do feel that there are indigenous hairy hominids in certain natural areas on our Earth plane, ex. Pacific Northwest, Florida, Gulf Coast. But, for the most part, I believe that Bigfoot is an ultraterrestrial that has abilities to move between dimensions and to cloak / hide while here. In fact, I believe that most cryptids have very similar attributes.

Do we need a body for the creature to be accepted into mainstream science.

Many investigators suggest that a body is necessary in satisfy mainstream science and, to a point, I agree with that statement. But I would never advocate killing a Bigfoot to prove it existence.

What is the strangest creature you’ve gotten a report of into Phantoms and Monsters.


Being involved with the paranormal for almost 45 years, it is difficult to pinpoint one incident or creature as the strangest. I would say that my overall involvement in the Chicago Phantom / Mothman investigation has been the most intriguing and most satisfying. So many twists and turns have developed over that period, as it continues to provoke my interest in the phenomenon.

Do you think most of the phenomena we study is connected?


I truly believe that most aspects of the paranormal are connected. Rarely do we ever have a case that solely involves the main subject of the report. There is usually another tangent that we need to follow to find the truth, be it the addition of UFOs, otherworldly entities, or another cryptid. 

Is there a creature you’d rather not ever witness for yourself?


I rather not deal with a cryptid canine in person. There are too many unpleasant possibilities with that encounter.

Do you have a favorite or most memorable report or case you’ve studied?


Again, the Chicago Mothman sightings and encounters. It is, most likely, the largest group of related cryptid incidents in an urban / metropolitan location.




What upcoming projects are you currently working on.


I am in the process of writing another book, this time describing cryptid canines and the reports that I have received from the witnesses. I am also involved in developing production projects to be presented on video and film. I plan to continue producing and expanding on the Phantoms & Monsters brand.





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Lon Strickler

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“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
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