Beast of Sherman is creature sighted during the mid-1960s, a boy and his family were repeatedly harassed by a pair of colossal, albino creatures that can only be described as giant, prehistoric monsters. Admittedly, the evidence surrounding this case is scant. In fact, the only know report of these creatures comes from a letter printed by noted “Mothman Prophecies” author and paranormal investigator John Keel in his tome on unknown creatures entitled: “The Complete Guide to Mysterious Beings.”

The letter was written in 1970 by an unidentified 15 year-old resident of Sherman, New York, who either withheld his name or requested anonymity in order to avoid the social scandal it would no doubt cause a young high school student. In his letter he describes a pair of gargantuan, white, sloth-like beasts that would habitually invade his parents’ swamp side property between 1965 and at least the early 1970s. The excerpt of the letter printed by Keel is brief, yet — in choosing to select it from the scores of other accounts he had available to him — one must assume that he felt that it had merit as a case worthy of consideration. Whatever Keel’s motivations were in including it in his book, there are few who would argue that this report contained one of the most intriguing and bizarre cryptids ever chronicled, especially when one considers that this report does not hail from some dense jungle or remote tundra, but the western most portion of the State New York.


The passage is reprinted below in its entirety: “Letter from a young man in Sherman, New York: I am writing because about three or four years ago, [circa. 1965-66] I saw a white monster in a swamp beside our house. I have been seeing these things ever since then and close to our house. One night it came down in our yard.” The letter continued with a description of the colossal beast: “It stands between twelve and eighteen feet high, it has a long tail between six and eight feet long. It is all covered with hair. They are always white. I have seen them alone or two at a time. It can walk on two feet or four feet. It is almost a double for a Prehistoric Sloth. My whole family has seen this thing and I know of two more men who have seen them… I am fifteen years old and I am not kidding. I have seen these things and they are real.” The beast described is similar to the South American Mapinguari. The Mapinguari has weird attributes, but cryptozoologists think that it's actually a Megatherium, similar to the Beast Of Sherman.

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