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 Post subject: (BFRO) St. Clair County
PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2010 11:28 pm 
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Saturday, September 08, 1883

A Roaming Madman - Startling Experiences of An Illinois Lady with a Wild Man - As Naked as the Day He was Born

The Saturday Herald - Decatur, Illinois



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Centreville, Ill., Sept . 4 - A wildman, naked as Adam, has been roaming around the country in this vicinity for several days, causing intense excitement and consternation among the farmers' families. His long tangled beard and matted hair, his tall athletic form and the fierce look out of his eyes make him an exceedingly unpleasant person to meet in a lonely spot. He is begrimed with dirt from head to foot, for he never gets a bath except when it rains or when necessity compels him to wade a creek in search of prey. He was seen by the wife of Dr. John Saltenberger, who lives about three miles west of this place. Mrs. Saltenberger was returning home shortly after nightfall, and was near the Stelzelriede farm. The wild man crept stealthily out of the orchard, and when near the buggy, made a rush to stop the horse. The lady gave the animal a frantic cut with the whip, and he bounded along the road at a furious pace, but almost before she had recovered her breath, the wild man had overtaken her and leaped into the vehicle from behind. He uttered not a word, and seemed immediately to become as badly frightened as the lady herself. He spring down and ran rapidly towards the woods. A telephone message was sent to Belleville, yesterday, asking the sheriff to come and capture the creature. Young men of the settlement are searching the woods in every direction today, but some of them are not over anxious to encounter the monster. Superstitious persons declare it to be the ghost of one of the Stelzelriede family, five of whom were murdered and robbed about eight years ago. Others are puzzled to decide whether it is the Missing Link or an escaped lunatic


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 Post subject: Re: (BFRO) St. Clair County
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Report # 50967 (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Wednesday, January 27, 2016.
Possible footprints found east of Belleville near Illinois Route 4
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YEAR: 2015

SEASON: Spring

MONTH: June

DATE: 10

STATE: Illinois

COUNTY: St. Clair County

LOCATION DETAILS: East of Belleville

NEAREST ROAD: Illinois Route 4

OBSERVED: I heard crashing in the woods I was walking through to get to a field I hunt Indian artifacts in.. and found tracks...

ALSO NOTICED: Just loud crashing / somthing moving fast and hard breaking limbs

OTHER WITNESSES: None

OTHER STORIES: No..not at that time

TIME AND CONDITIONS: Evening getting dark.. hot just after rain..

ENVIRONMENT: Woods..near a river

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:

I spoke with the witness by phone.

The witness found several footprints although only one photographed well. The big toe and four toes were visible.

He stated that the footprint measured seventeen inches long by eight inches wide. The footprint was in mud after rains in the area.

The witness supplied the following photo:




About BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:

Stan Courtney has a special interest in wildlife audio recording. He has attended numerous BFRO Expeditions and travels throughout Illinois giving presentations on "Bigfoot In Illinois". See Stan's blog StanCourtney.com for recordings he has collected over the years.


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 Post subject: Re: (BFRO) St. Clair County
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Report # 50965 (Class B)
Submitted by witness on Wednesday, January 27, 2016.
Possible footprints found and cast east of Belleville near Illinois Route 4
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YEAR: 2016

SEASON: Winter

MONTH: January

DATE: 15

STATE: Illinois

COUNTY: St. Clair County

LOCATION DETAILS: East of Belleville

NEAREST ROAD: Illinois Route 4

OBSERVED: I found tracks and video documented them as well as cast them....this is the second time finding tracks , first time was in June of 2015 then January 15 2016...no actual sighting but have heard unusual howls throughout the year since March of 2015

ALSO NOTICED: Yes...tracks were found in June of 2015 in the same area

OTHER WITNESSES: No..

OTHER STORIES: I was told by a farmer after finding tracks in June of 2015, and after jokingly asking if he had seen any Bigfoot running around that he was scared by something big in his field one evening at dark and thought it was a man and went to run him off the property or see who it was as no one else would or is supposed to be out there, he drove his truck out towards him and said "it was the biggest guy he ever saw and he ran into the woods" but did get close enough to see him in the head lights and thought it odd he had a big heavy coat on..

TIME AND CONDITIONS: Day , afternoon sunny, in the 40s

ENVIRONMENT: Prarie grass field then into the woods

Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:

I spoke with the witness by phone.

The witness found several footprints in the dirt. The big toe and four toes were visible.

He stated that the footprint measured fifteen inches long by six inches wide.



The footprint found in the dirt.



The cast of the footprint as he removed it from the dirt.



The cast of the footprint after it was cleaned.

About BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:

Stan Courtney has a special interest in wildlife audio recording. He has attended numerous BFRO Expeditions and travels throughout Illinois giving presentations on "Bigfoot In Illinois".


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 Post subject: Re: (BFRO) St. Clair County
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Report # 55224 (Class A)
Submitted by witness on Tuesday, July 19, 2016.
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Memory told of daylight sighting while dirt bike riding east of Freeburg
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YEAR: 1996

SEASON: Summer

MONTH: June

DATE: 29

STATE: Illinois

COUNTY: St. Clair County

LOCATION DETAILS: Highway 15

NEAREST TOWN: Freeburg

OBSERVED: My sister recalled a day sighting roughly 5 pm across from our home, in the strip mines. This was roughly 20 years ago. She was riding a small motorcycle down a rock road, she came over the hill to look at the mine lake. What she thought was a man was squatted sifting water with his hands. When it heard the motorcycle it turned and took off very quickly and uncharacteristically fast towards her. She turned and left as quickly as she could. She didn't notice the body but the face had a large amount of white hair with a rough expression, the movement was very quick and bounding. When she glanced back it was gone. My dad went over to see if he saw any signs of someone staying there and there was nothing. Come to find out there are many sightings in our area of something called the "silver creek freak".

ALSO NOTICED: Nothing was found after the incident

OTHER WITNESSES: Riding a small motorcycle

OTHER STORIES: Yes, numerous sightings of what people called the "silver creek freak". Spotted near the dead end road on the other side of the mines. Along Silver Creek which runs off Jacks Run Road.

TIME AND CONDITIONS: 5:00 pm, normal weather

ENVIRONMENT: Old strip mines, no houses around at that time but rural acreage, wooded, large lake, very little people traffic.


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Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:

I spoke with both sisters, the one being the witness by phone.

In summary:

• The animal appeared to be digging in the creek 30 yards from witness.
• The animal was six foot tall.
• The animal was brownish in color and very hairy.
• The witness thought the face did not appear to be humanlike.
• The witness was impressed by how quickly the animal moved.


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About BFRO Investigator Stan Courtney:

Stan Courtney has a special interest in wildlife audio recording. He has attended numerous BFRO Expeditions.


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 Post subject: Re: (BFRO) St. Clair County
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There have been a lot sighting reports recently...

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