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 Post subject: ‘Monster’ was Creature of Boy’s Imagination
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Mansfield News-Journal
Mansfield, Ohio, Thursday, August 29, 1963
‘Monster’ was Creature of Boy’s Imagination
The alleged Fairhaven “monster” which caused quite a stir in the county a month ago was the creature of a boy’s imagination, Sheriff John E. Steel said today.
The so-called monster scare started July 22. Nearly a week later two youths were apprehended by a sheriff’s deputy. The boys were dressed in surplus Army camouflage.
The boys admitted they put on hoods, jackets and pretended they were the monster, “to show people how silly they are for believing in such things.”
The sheriff said it was true that the two were the “monster” on only one night, the night they were caught.
After a month-long investigation by Sheriff Steel and on of his detective the case has been officially closed.
Sheriff Steel said today that a boy who as been under treatment at the Mansfield Area Guidance Center since January admitted he created the story about the eight-foot, hairy “thing.”
Steel said the boy skipped school with another boy back in April or May and the two hid in a barn off Springmill Rd. While hiding they were frightened by something.
“The boy told his father about being frightened by a monster, apparently to cover up the fact that he had skipped school. The whole thing went on from there,” Steel said.
Altogether, six different “monster” reports were made to the sheriff’s office between July 22 and 29.
One man who reportedly saw the “thing” and fired his shotgun at it, told the sheriff his dogs started barking one night and he fired his gun into the darkness thinking it might quiet them.
The incident produced one minor injury, though. A boy who ran from the fairgrounds area on July 24, fell into a ditch and cut his leg.
Sheriff Steel said he would not file charges against the boy who made up the monster story.


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