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Move Over New Jersey...Massachusetts Is Even Creepier Than You

OCTOBER 16, 2015  —  By Tim Unkenholz  
Tim Unkenholz

Tim Unkenholz

Writer and stand up comedian in NY. Check out my monthly comedy show Roomie Raiders at the Creek and The Cave! @timunken

Massachusetts: home of, like, a hundred Oscar-nominated movies featuring actors with Oscar-nominated Boston accents. But the state isn't just known for it's movie gangsters, fighters, and drunks. It's also home to a host of fantastical monsters and legendary beasts.

Here are some of the creepiest creatures lurking in the Bay State.

Silver Lake Monsters

In the 1940s and '50s, there were reports of a "frogman" monster living in Silver Lake. A similar report was made in 2011. Rangers thought that the mysterious figure could be an alligator, but no alligators were found in the area.

The Beast of Truro

Back in 1981, a dozen cats were ripped apart in the middle of the night in the town of Truro, Massachusetts. Deaths continued into the next year as livestock and pets were mauled by some unknown creature with large claws. People claiming to have seen the beast say that it was a cat-like creature, but mountain lions haven't been seen in the area for decades. What could this thing have been?

Gloucester Sea Serpent

It's not just the land that holds danger in Massachusetts, but the water as well. Back in 1638, a 100-foot sea serpent was reportedly spotted by British traveler John Josselyn while sailing in Cape Ann. The last sighting of this monster was reported in 1997.


Although it sounds like the name of a Pokemon, the Pukwudgies were supposedly once a tribe of mysterious creatures. The Wampanoag tell a story about a group of troll-like monsters that constantly play tricks on people and shoot them with their poisonous arrows. Pukwudgie sightings are still reported to this day.

The Dover Demon

In 1977, Dover, Massachusetts, was terrorized by a strange monster with glowing eyes. Several witnesses came forward saying that they saw this thing multiple times over the course of a few months, but the creature was never caught.


According to Native American legend, the Thunderbird was an insanely huge bird that created storms by flapping its wings. Some say that the myth might point to a prehistoric bird called a Teratorn, pictured above.

As much as Hollywood would like you to believe that the state of Massachusetts is full of a bunch of tough guys saying "harbor" in a hilarious fashion, it's actually a creepy land that's full of monsters.