Friday, November 26, 2010

Vampires of Puerto Rico

Nick Redfern shows up again with another one-off tale that makes a good read and is otherwise unique.  The material on the Chupacabra is similar to a number of other Peurto Rican reports.

The men in black item is simply odd and looks interpolated.

Otherwise we have no new information.  Throwing a machete into the night and hitting a stone is hardly unusual.

The description of the critter continues to conform to that of a gargoyle and that alone is suggestive.  Either folks are describing a commonly seen piece of statuary and confusing that with something else or the mythical gargoyle had a model.  Curiously, I would weigh either prospect just about equally.

There is still something alive, nocturnal and a vampire and you do not wish to be surprised by it.

Vampires of Puerto Rico
By Nick Redfern     November 20, 2010
Most people – if they were even to give the subject some thought – would assume that there could not be any sort of conspiracy theories attached to sightings of strange creatures and unknown animals. They would, however, be very wrong. Indeed, I have come across a number of such cases myself, and here’s one of them.

For years, sensational and sinister stories have surfaced from the forests and lowlands of Puerto Rico that tell of a strange and lethal creature roaming the landscape by night and day, while striking overwhelming terror into the hearts of the populace - which is not at all surprising since the animal has been described as having a pair of glowing red eyes, powerful, claw style hands, razor sharp teeth, a body not unlike that a monkey, a row of vicious spikes running down the length of its back, and occasionally, and of deep relevance to this particular chapter, a pair of large and leathery bat-like wings.

And if that is not enough: the beast is said to feed on the blood of the local animal - and predominantly goat – population, after puncturing their jugular veins with two sharp teeth. That’s correct: Puerto Rico has a monstrous vampire in its midst. Its name is the Chupacabras, a Latin term, very appropriately meaning Goat Sucker.

Theories abound with respect to the nature of the beast, with some researchers and witnesses suggesting that the monster is some form of giant-bat; others prefer the theory that it has extraterrestrial origins; while the most bizarre idea postulated is that the Chupacabras is the creation of a top secret, genetic research laboratory hidden deep within Puerto Rico’s El Yunque rainforest, which is located in the Sierra de Luquillo, approximately forty kilometers southeast of the city of San Juan.

On several occasions, I have traveled to the island of Puerto Rico to try and seek out the vampire-like Chupacabras for myself, and, perhaps one day, even to determine its true nature. On one particular occasion, while roaming around Puerto Rico in 2005, I had the very good fortune to meet a man named Antonio, a pig farmer who had an unusual experience in 2000 that led to a decidedly strange visit from a Woman in Black / Man in Black duo.

As Antonio told me, one of his animals had been killed, after darkness had fallen, by the now familiar puncture marks to the neck. In this case, however, the animal exhibited three such marks, rather than the usual two. In addition, a number of rabbits kept on the property had been slaughtered in identical fashion.

At the time that all of the carnage was taking place, a considerable commotion was, quite naturally being made by the rest of Antonio’s animals. As a result, upon hearing this, he rushed wildly out of his house with a machete in his hand, and flung it hard in the direction of the marauding predator. Very strangely, he told me, the makeshift weapon seemed to bounce off something that seemed distinctly metallic in nature.

In fact, Antonio suggested that what the machete had made contact with seemed armor-plated in nature. Due to the overwhelming darkness, he had no idea what the creature may have been, however. But something deadly was prowling around the property. The machete was later given to Antonio’s cousin for safekeeping. The most confounding aspect of the affair was still to come, however. That’s right: Antonio was about to get a visit of from a couple of dark-suited government agents.

Shortly after the killing of the pig and the rabbits, a man and woman – dressed in typical, official-looking black regalia, on a stifling hot day, no less, and who announced they worked for NASA – arrived at the farm and quickly proceeded to ask Antonio a wealth of questions about what had occurred, what he had seen, and the way in which his animals had met their grisly fates.

When the conversation was over, the pair thanked the bemused farmer, in a fashion befitting both the Women in Black and the Men in Black – wholly unemotionally, in other words - and left without uttering another, single word. How the dark duo even knew that the attacks had taken place, and why on earth NASA would be dispatching personnel to his farm to investigate them, Antonio had no idea at all.

One thing that Antonio told me he had held back from informing his two mysterious visitors was that on the morning after the attack he had found strange footprints on his property that were spread quite a distance from each other; and he formed the opinion that whatever had made them, had the ability to leap considerable distances, in a fashion similar to that of a Kangaroo – or, perhaps even, he mused, it had the ability to fly. Leaping or flying monsters, Men and Women in Black and mutilated animals collectively suggested that something highly strange – and highly conspiratorial, too - was, and perhaps still is, afoot on Puerto Rico.

Nick Redfern is the author of many books, including the forthcoming The NASA Conspiracies.

I add this item
Corrales’ comment is reproduced here, in full:
As you are well aware, I try to keep away from all these debates, but to pin the entire narrative of the chupacabras (yes, with an “s’) on a single set of witnesses (Ms. Tolentino and her husband) is to deny the hundreds of eyewitness accounts from all over Puerto Rico at the time that described the same creature. Not a dog, not a feral ape, not “a lion” as a caller to one of the late-night show was moved to say: it was an entity as drawn by Jorge Martín based on the Tolentino account, issuing a very strong chemical odor, and with very curious physical properties. In retrospect, the Sanchez eyewitness account — the man who struck the creature with a machete to no effect — stands out as the most realistic and sobering. This was a religious man who wanted no part of the experience, and whose fellow church members broke into loud song to interfere with the interview. Skeptics overlook the fact that the most dramatic manifestations of the creature occurred not in Puerto Rico or Mexico or indeed anywhere in the Caribbean basin, but in Brazil and later on in Chile. Whether its an unknown physical creature or a paranormal “visitor”, the Chupacabras transcends the pages of any single book.

This informs us that the critter is actually native to Brazil and environs which makes far better sense in terms of understanding the  lifeway of the animal.  Of course, any reports have not been translated from Portuguese. 

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