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The Honey Island Swamp
Monster, Bigfoot's Southern Cousin
Story by Gene R. Hampton
Artwork Ricardo Pustanio
Bigfoot's Southern cousins
seem to roam as far west as Galveston, Island
Texas to Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama,
Georgia and Florida. These hot blooded crypto
swamp beast seem to be very well adapted
to the wet and the terrain just as Sasquatch
is accustomed to the high mountain counties
of the North West. A local legend tells of a train crash in the area in the early twentieth century (early 1900s). A travelling circus was on the train, and from it a group of chimpanzees escaped, and interbred with the local alligator population.
These creatures are usually
named concerning the terrain or area they
live in , Such are they called as The Monster
of Galveston Island called the Galveston
or Texas Sand Man, legendary monster of
Boggy Creek, The scary Arkansas Fouke monster,
The Mississippi coasts creature called The
Mississippi Mud Man and The foul smelling
Florida Skunk Ape. But few of the southern
kind compare unless new info surfaces on
other such sightings. Of course you can
now a days read reports of Bigfoot popping
up in all places in between but in the south
a Swamp Monster is a foot! And don't forget
the Louisiana Loupe Garou!
The Honey Island Swamp Monster The first claimed sighting was in 1963 by Harlan Ford, a retired Air traffic controller who had taken up wildlife photography. After his death in 1980, a reel of Super 8 film showing the creature was allegedly found among his belongings. In 1974 the monster gained national fame after Ford and his friend Billy Mills claimed to have found unusual footprints in the area, as well as the body of a wild boar whose throat had been gashed. Ford continued to hunt for the creature for the next six years. Another sighting happened recently, though not in Honey Island. A bizarre creature was spotted in the Bayou area, when a man and his family were camping; when he woke up his camera was destroyed but his SD card wasn't, which caught the monster on tape. The image was later proved as a hoax several times because two different versions of the same image had a different date on it.
M.K. Davis and Jay Michael continue to investigate the Honey Island Swamp Monster for this web site. They also investigate sightings in Mississippi and other areas. http://jmichaelms.tripod.com/HIS/
If you take a journey into
the alligator infested swamplands of Louisiana
and you might just find a real monster hiding
amongst the tall palmettos. Sometimes called
the smaller cousin of bigfoot, the local
Louisiana legend has haunted the Honey Island
Swamp for many years.
This huge creature, which
lives in the deep cypress filled shadows
of the dark haunted Louisiana bayou. The
Honey Island Swamp Monster, The Swamp thing,
Tainted Keitre, St Tamanny Parish Big Foot,
Marsh Man and Southern Mississippi River
Sasquatch is as elusive as the north American
Bigfoot. Some say he's real, others just
a myth like the " Legend of Boggy Creek”.
A documentary film by Dana Holyfield, the grand-daughter to Harlan Ford, who was first to report a sighting of this legendary creature and appeared on "In Search Of."
Holyfield took her video camera and ventured deep into the Honey Island Swamplands where tour boats can't go, to search for evidence of this legendary creature. She also confronted several recent eye-witnesses who actually live in the swamp, and have had an encounter with this elusive beast. She located Mr. Mills who was with Harlan Ford on a hunting trip during the original sighting in 1963. He tells of their encounter for the first time on camera. Ford's wife donated an old Super 8 film reel that she found in her husband's belongings after he passed away in 1980. The reel was labeled, "Honey Island Swamp Monster." It had footage from a tree-blind where Ford filmed a large, hairy, bigfoot-type creature walking upright through the dense foliage. See Ford's footage uncut in this documentary film.
This is a note from Holyfield: This documentary film was film without a studio, and without a budget. It doesn't have special effects and such or many reiactments. It was produced solely by myself, because I believe my grandfather did see something out there. There may be a few scenes with poor sound and lighting, because it was an unexpectant opportunty to get an interview, or shot, But, my film has received good reviews from film critics and customers who enjoyed watching and learning about this legend. After you watch this, you may also believe there is a Honey Island Swamp Monster!
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Dana Holyfield, has compiled a fascinating, hands-on documentary compiling her research into the mysterious beast said to roam the swamps. This docu-drama has the eerie feel of the infamous LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK from the '70s, as she patrols the river bottoms with hunters and witnesses who for the first time ever speak of their encounters with the hairy critter. There are also some impressive findings in the form of footprints left in the muddy banks as well as her grandfather's own footage of the monster which he filmed in the '60s. Documentaries such as this are hard to come by, and I can't recommend it enough, because we've all heard of the HONEY ISLAND SWAMP MONSTER, yet know so little about it, so this dvd is the best guide to the swamp and its eerie inhabitants. --Neil Arnold, UK
You might be wondering to yourself... What in the name of Charles B. Pierce is the Honey Island Swamp Monster? Fair question. This documentary sets out to provide an in-depth answer. Some 40 years back, Dana Holyfield s grandfather (Harlen E. Ford) allegedly had a run-in with an unknown creature deep in the Louisiana swamplands. Since then, the legend has continued to grow and Miss Holyfield decided to make a movie about it. Mostly made up of interviews with people who claim to have encountered the being in one form or another, there are also a few man-in-hairy-suit clips thrown in to keep things lively. A couple of stand-out moments... Sounds of the whatever-it-is are caught during an evening exploration that results in the hurried evacuation of some freaked-out teens partying nearby. Plaster track-casts (found while filming) are provided to an excited crypto zoologist for examination. You ll be treated to several such moments and that s a good thing. The locals have interesting and varied takes on all of this, but the general consensus seems to be that everybody should just leave them/it alone. An unexpectedly entertaining project that culminates in the discovery (thanks to Holyfield s grandmother) of the fascinating reel of film shot all those years ago that appears to capture the Swamp Monster walking through the brush. The Legend of the Honey Island Swamp Monster is exactly the kind of thing you d excitedly rush off to catch at the drive-in back in the good old days. Fans of The Legend of Boggy Creek and its like should absolutely not hesitate. --Michael Mackie CultCuts Magazine
I just watched the DVD. It is fantastic. Thank you for your efforts in putting this film together. I am a member and of the American Anthropological Research Foundation. Our goal is to prove beyond any doubt that these wonderful beings exist and then to get them the protection they must have. The last thing we want or need is for someone to kill a being like this. Please spend a few moments visiting our website at Trueseekers.org I am more convinced than ever that these Forest Giants are much more widespread and numerous than anyone thought. These people in your film are not hallucinating. Many of the folks you interviewed have been in the swamps their entire lives. Folks like that are not prone to fantasy and illusion. As a general rule, you can take what they say to the bank. --Robert - Louisiana State Director of the American Anthropological Research Foundation
"The Honey Island Swamp
SWAMP MONSTER DESCRIPTION
Long to short hair on the head. Shorter
hair all over the body. At times head
hair forming bangs some what over
the eyes. Hair color is dingy gray.
5- 8 feet tall and weight 300 or 350
pounds, with long, orange-brown gray
or black hair and big, wide-set orange
These animals are sometimes described
as having a "mane" of hair,
large broad shouldered. The face is
said to be rather flat. The most prominent
feature described by Ford and others, is the size and color of the eyes.
They appear to be disproportionately
large, and of an amber color.
Mr. Ford stated that this gave the
animal a "sinister" look.
Honey Island swamp is unique because
it's one of the least-altered river
swamps in the country. It's pretty
much in its original condition, almost
a pristine wilderness. Take a personalized
narrated nature tour into the 250-square-mile
Honey Island Swamp. Nearly 70,000
acres of it is a permanently-protected
wildlife area--the Nature Conservancy's
First Louisiana Nature Preserve. People
from all over the world now explore
this wildlife sanctuary with him.
Honey Island earned its name because
of the honeybees once seen on a nearby
island. A tract of bottomland timber
lying between the East Pearl and West
Pearl rivers, Honey Island is between
three and seven miles wide and 15
to 20 miles long. It is located 50
minutes from New Orleans in Southeast
Honey Island has become one of the
most well-known swamps because of
the real or imagined presence of a
creature similar to what others have
called Big Foot.
The tracks , left by the animal,
appear to be somewhat similar to an
Alligator's rear foot. Upon close
examination, however, it becomes
clear, that this is something different.
In 1974, zoologists from Louisiana
State University (LSU) met with Harlan
Ford to study the plaster casts of
the creature's four-toed footprints.
Crypotozoologist from Washington also
arrived in Louisiana to inspect the
unusual casts. Harlan said, "That
thing stood eye level with me. The
thing that startled me the most, we're
it's large amber eyes." Harlan
was later interviewed in a documentary
called "In Search Of" which
still airs periodically on The Discovery
Channel and other television networks.
Harlan's own personal sighting has
been documented in a book, "Monsters
of North America"
This is a real plaster
cast of the impression of the footprint
of the Honey Island Swamp Monster.
This cast was donated to the Abita
Mystery House by Dana Holyfield, grand-daughter
of Harlan E. Ford, the hunter who
found and cast the tracks. He was
the first man to report a sighting
of the creature and he was also the
first and only man to my knowledge
who poured plaster paris casts of
it's tracks found deep in the swamp.
The Honey Island Swamp is about 25
miles East of the Abita Mystery House.
There are several swamp tours of the
There are four toes visible. There
are three heavily clawed toes , with
prominent knuckles , underneath the
foot. Then... there is the bizarre
thumb like small toe . About an inch
and a half on the cast that I have.
These toes show clearly , that this
animal can grasp with the toes. The
three large toes , are long and slender
, with tendons visible in the prints.
The claws are turned down , and backwards
to grip the loose soil , sand , and
mud. This is reminiscent of a cat
like trait. The skin appears to be
thin on the bottom of the foot , with
tendons showing. In the hostile environment
of the island , thin skin under the
foot would indicate that it didn't
spend a lot of time on the ground.
IN SEARCH OF ST.
TAMMANY, PARISH BIGFOOT
In 1978 the Alan Lamdsburg Company,
producers of the popular TV program,
IN SEARCH OF did a segment on the
Honey island Swamp Monster. This catapulted
the monster into International fame.
Since then there have been many reports
and the program has become a reference
for information on the creature.
Dana Holyfield, grand-daughter of
Harlan Ford, has made a documentary
film about the Honey Island Swamp
Monster. The documentary also includes
footage of a swamp trek that Dana
took into an area where there had
been sightings of the creature. She
found tracks, and shot video of the
tracks. Also included in the documentary
is footage shot by Harlan Ford years
ago in the swamp. There are a few
seconds of footage of a bipedal, hairy
being that is walking behind some
This book documents sightings of a
mysterious man-like creature that
roams the dense foliage of the Louisiana
Honey Island Swamp, where few men
have ever ventured. Evidence found
(as seen on Discovery Channel's In
Search Of) was studied by reputable
crypto zoologists who claimed that
is was not a hoax.
About the Author
Dana Holyfield grew up in Slidell,
Louisiana. She wrote this book because
it was her grandfather, Harlan Ford,
who first reported the sighting of
the legendary Swamp Monster after
he poured plaster paris tracks. She
has authored many books such as Swamp
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Recipes, Cajun Sexy Cooking, Swamp
Tour A Way Of Life On The Bayou, Mermaid
Bayou Legend Of The Fresh Water Lady
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The footage was recently uncovered
by Dana’s grandmother, Harlan
Ford’s widow. it had apparently
been lying around, gathering dust.
Dana was just given this old footage
earlier this year and has included
it with her documentary.
Since hurricane Katrina
people are still seeing the Honey
Island Creature in the wilderness
along the Pearl river on both the
Louisiana and Mississippi sides, as
far as Covington and Hammond to Slidell
and New Orleans East.
The outside world first
learned about Louisiana's Honey Island
Swamp Monster in 1974 when two hunters
emerged from a remote area of backwater
sloughs with plaster casts of "unusual
tracks." The men claimed they
discovered the footprints near a wild
boar that lay with its throat gashed.
They also stated that over a decade
earlier, in 1963, they had seen similar
tracks after encountering an awesome
They described it as
standing seven feet tall, being covered
with grayish hair, and having large
amber-colored eyes. However, the monster
had promptly run away and also an
afternoon rainstorm had obliterated
its tracks, the men said.
The hunters were Harlan E. Ford and
his friend Billy Mills, both of whom
worked as air-traffic controllers.
Ford told his story on an episode
of the 1970s television series In
Search of . . . . According to his
granddaughter, Dana Holyfield (1999a,
When the documentary was first televised,
it was monster mania around here.
People called from everywhere. . .
. The legend of the Honey Island Swamp
Monster escalated across Southern
Louisiana and quickly made its way
out of state after the documentary
Harlan Ford continued to search for
the monster until his death in 1980.
Dana recalls how he once took a goat
into the swamp to use as bait, hoping
to lure the creature to a tree blind
where Ford waited-uneventfully, as
it happened-with gun and camera.
He did supposedly find several, different-sized
tracks on one hunting trip. He also
claimed to have seen the monster on
one other occasion, during a fishing
trip with Mills and some of their
friends from work. One of the men
reportedly then went searching for
the creature with a rifle and fired
two shots at it before returning to
tell his story to the others around
the campfire (Holyfield 1999a, 10-15).
Footprints and other specific details
aside, the Honey Island Swamp Monster
seems part of a genre of mythic swamp-dwelling
"beastmen" or "manimals."
They include the smelly Skunk Ape
and the hybrid Gatorman of the Florida
Everglades and other southern swamps;
the Scape Ore Swamp Lizardman of South
Carolina; Momo, the Missouri Monster;
and, among others, the Fouke Monster,
which peeked in the window of a home
in Fouke, Arkansas, one night in 1971
and set off a rash of monster sightings
(Blackman 1998, 23-25, 30-33, 166-168;
Bord and Bord 1982, 104-105; Coleman
and Clark 1999, 224-226; Coleman and
Huyghe 1999, 39, 56).
FROM ANY DIRECTION: (New Orleans,
Covington, Mississippi and the Gulf
Coast), you must exit Interstate 10
in Slidell at exit 266 (US 190) also
known locally as Gause Boulevard.
Take US 190 East (2 miles) to the
traffic light located at the intersection
of US 190 and Highway 1090 (Military
Road). Turn LEFT. Drive NORTH 1 mile
on 1090 where you will pass over Interstate
10. Immediately, you will come to
the Interstate Service Road. Turn
RIGHT onto the Service Road and follow
it 1.5 miles to its end at the Pearl
River. Parking is on the LEFT. Gift
shop, restrooms and refreshments available
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