Mockumentary show ‘Lost Tapes’ on Animal Planet will feature the devil monkey on October 12, 2010 at 10 PM ET. According to the tales of terror to be found on the internet, the devil monkey has made appearances in places like Saltville, Virginia and may have even been captured in photos. So what exactly is a devil monkey, and where can you supposedly find one?
The ‘Lost Tapes’ episode will tell the tale of a devil monkey discovered in West Virginia, as ATF agents and a news reporter get more than they bargained for when they head into the mountains to stop an illegal moonshine still. So will the devil monkey be attracted to the Devil’s water? You’ll have to check out the upcoming episode of ‘Lost Tapes’ to see how this purely fictional tale plays out, but enjoy mulling over a little of the devil monkey’s history (which could have some truth to it) in the meantime.
According to a 2000 newsletter entitled ‘North American BioFortean Review’, the devil monkey is described as hopping on its hind legs in a fashion similar to that of a kangaroo. They may be related to the Choctaw legend of the nalusa falaya, a being that resembled a man with pointed ears and small eyes. Nalusa Falaya was apparently notorious for frightening hunters (perhaps it didn’t like people encroaching on its territory?).
A woman named Paulette Boyd recounts a more modern experience with the devil monkey in the newsletter, reportedly a tale told to her by her parents that took place in the late 50’s. The couple were headed to Saltville, Virginia when they took a wrong turn and found themselves in the middle of nowhere. When the couple noticed movement in their headlights on an embankment, they slowed down to get a better look at what they assumed was probably a deer.
However, the creature on the embankment sprung towards the car, looking as if it would crash right through the front window. Instead it changed course at the last minute and pressed it’s face against the passenger window, allowing Paulette’s mother to get a better look at what was described as a being with light-colored fur and a white blaze down it’s neck and underbelly. It had two thick, muscled back legs and much shorter front arms or legs, with no visible tail. It didn’t take long for Paulette’s father to speed away from the scene and continue on to Saltville, where they discovered three long scratches on the side of the car. They insisted that what they encountered wasn’t a kangaroo, bear, or dog.
Several days later, two nurses were allegedly attacked by the same being in the Saltville, Virginia area while driving home from work. It was powerful enough to rip the convertible top off of their car, but they managed to escape. A search team was formed to track down the creature that would later be dubbed a devil monkey, but dogs allegedly refused to follow it’s trail.
A friend of Paulette’s brother also reported seeing the devil monkey years later, and her neighbors purportedly got a good look at it themselves when they were near Saltville, describing a kangaroo-like creature about three feet high with claws and sporting a long, hairless tail like that of a possum that darted out in front of them in the road.
According to the ‘Lost Tapes’ website, the devil monkey is described as having pointed ears, a baboon-like snout, and a bushy tail (a trait which obviously doesn’t match up with the descriptions above). It’s known to be a very aggressive creature and might feed on livestock. The ‘Lost Tapes’ site also reports that a black devil monkey was reportedly seen nine different times in the course of a couple of weeks in rural New Hampshire in 2001.
According to Cryptomundo, memories of sightings from the late 70’s reported in a Times-Herald article could be of a devil monkey, as residents of Newnan relate tales of “the Belt Road Booger”, described as about five feet tall with a face like a monkey and a long tail. Some residents recall in the article that the Belt Road Booger was a prankster with a gorilla costume, while others insist that it couldn’t have been human, with one woman relating how she had seen an 8-feet-tall hairy creature prowling the streets of Coweta County, driving close enough to it that she could have touched it. Of course this description of a much larger Belt Road Booger makes it sound more like Bigfoot than a devil monkey.
So has anyone actually managed to snap photos of devil monkey? Well, some very odd photos of roadkill from Louisiana can be found here on American Monsters. In 1996, a woman stopped on the side of the road to investigate something odd laying there. Luckily, she had a camera, managing to take photos of what at first glance could be a devil monkey (or one of its close cousins). The dead body in the photos is a dark brown creature that could almost be mistaken for a shaggy simian, however, if you look closely, you’ll note the creature’s paws look a little dog-like and the fact that the large animal’s face looks a little smashed up, making it seem more likely that this poor creature was a family pet and not a devil monkey. Still, it’s hard to tell exactly what it is, and the body disappeared before anyone else could investigate it further.
These hilarious photos from Abduct.com, however, are another story. If ‘Lost Tapes’ portrays the devil monkey like it appears in these photos, purportedly taken by a Chicago family who found it about to attack their dog in their home, I don’t think anyone will be very frightened. However, the same page also relates another devil monkey tale in Virginia from the late 90’s; a woman had reported seeing a thin, tall black creature with pointy ears and a long tail (she described it as being very cat-like) leap in front of her car near Roanoke. She insisted it wasn’t a dog, after the US Game and Wildlife Department tried to explain it away as such.
So really there’s not any definitive evidence of the existence of the devil monkey, which isn’t unusual for creatures of the cryptid kind. And with so many different descriptions, it’s hard to come up with what creature could be mistaken for being a devil monkey; the early kangaroo-like descriptions here make it sound as if it could be some kind of lemur without the bushy tail, while the ‘Lost Tapes’ page speculates that devil monkey sightings are really just feral monkeys that have escaped or been released into the wild. And of course there’s also the theory that they could be the remnants of a species thought to be extinct.
But whatever the devil monkey may be, real or imagined, it definitely makes for some good stories, so be sure not to miss the ‘Lost Tapes’ episode starring one of the many versions of this creepy cryptid.