13 Questions for “Beast of Bray Road”
author & paranormal investigator Linda
By Shawn Fields
This week, we ask author and
paranormal investigator Linda
Godfrey ("Beast of Bray Road",
"Hunting the American Werewolf",
"Weird Wisconsin", "The Michigan
Dogman; Werewolves and Other Unknown
Canines Across the USA") 13
Questions about ghosts, leprechauns,
manbats and the disturbing new
dogman sightings being reported in
written about all kinds of creepy
cryptids, including goat men, lizard
men, bearwolves, manbats, and of
course, "The Beast of Bray Road"--a
story you broke in the early ‘90s.
Which of these “upright furries” do
you find most interesting and which
ones just downright scare the hell
out of you?
The unknown, upright canids command
most of my attention but I find the
manbat scariest and most mysterious
because it is sky-borne and seems to
have connections to tragic events.
There are many parallels to W. VA's
Mothman, and it is a dead ringer for
the ancient Sumerian deity Pazuzu.
Lots to chew on there! Also it seems
there are more sightings around the
the difference between the Michigan
Dogman and Wisconsin’s “Beast of
Bray Road?” Same creature, different
state, or are there distinct
Absolutely the same creature, as are
the majority of the many sightings
I've documented across the US. I
just received a very recent sighting
from Oroville, CA, which could have
come straight off Bray Road in terms
of creature description and
your opinion, are these things real,
physical beasts, or are they some
type of interdimensional creature?
They appear corporeal to the great
majority of witnesses, have been
observed carrying and/or eating
animal prey and leave footprints.
Area Native American elders I have
interviewed tell me they are spirit
animals that travel between worlds
(dimensions?) and when they are here
they are entirely physical but can
return to the spirit world when they
desire. That would explain a lot.
researchers believe that bigfoot is
an interdimensional being. That’s
why, they argue, it can never be
caught. Do you think one of these
manwolves/dogmen will ever be
I am beginning to doubt it. However,
I have often noted that these
creatures are usually described as
resembling a huge timber wolf or
wolf/dog hybrid, so that -- unlike
Bigfoot -- if one was found dead, it
would probably just appear to be a
large dead canine.
Any recent Bray Road beast
sightings or Michigan dogman
sightings you can share with us?
In mid-October, 2010, four people
saw two upright wolf-like creatures
on Bray Road on a very well-lighted
evening; first the creatures ran
across the road and within seconds
were seen standing in the middle of
a muddy, recently rain-soaked field.
Their ears, muzzles and canid legs
were clearly observed. As soon as
the witness stopped their car and
rolled down their windows, both
canines swiveled their heads toward
the witnesses and then dropped to
all fours and ran off. There were 6
people in the car but 2 in the back
seat couldn't see over the others.
Most of the recent Michigan dogman
activity has occurred around the
Manistee National Forest, which
encompasses a huge part of the
western Lower Peninsula.
Now that Bray Road has become
(in)famous, do you fear that many
new sightings are hoaxes or pranks?
I am always aware that hoaxers are
out there. Certainly there have been
pranks on Bray Road and I know of a
handful, but interestingly none of
them correlate with reported
Are there any reports of
these things physically attacking
Only one that has come directly to
me, and that was from a
man hiking alone in Quebec
Province whose hip was cut by an
upright canine's fang as it lunged
at him and then ran off. Other
witnesses feel menaced and even
stalked but the creature always
turns away and escapes before
We’ve recently heard a report
that someone witnessed a dogman
creature feasting on, what appeared
to be, a human torso. What can you
tell us about this?
Actually there were three creatures,
extremely large, dark-furred canids,
fighting in the middle of the road
over what seemed to the witnesses, a
man and woman now a married couple,
the torn pink flesh of a human
torso. They were so traumatized they
never told anyone and it still
upsets them. That doesn't mean the
creatures killed a human; they could
have found a body. Or it could have
been part of a skinned deer.
Changing gears a bit, you
wrote a book called “Haunted
Wisconsin.” What’s your favorite
story from that book and why?
Probably the haunted Milwaukee
Public Museum because the ghost is
that of a fairly recent deceased: a
flamboyant, caped museum director
who was killed in a 1969 car crash
near the museum and who now haunts
the shrunken heads section. (He
loved anthropology) It has a
historic museum, an eccentric ghost
and shrunken heads -- what's not to
Have you ever gone on a ghost
I don't do organized ghost hunts but
I have explored many places said to
be haunted in doing research for
Weird Wisconsin, Weird Michigan,
Strange Wisconsin, Haunted Wisconsin
and Strange Michigan. I saw
apparitions in two of the sites and
experienced audible voice phenomena
and unexplained candle wax over my
camera's viewfinder in another
(Michigan's Fenton Hotel).
St. Patty’s Day is coming up.
Do you ever receive reports about
elves, gnomes or leprechaun
Yes, I do. In my book "Monsters of
Wisconsin" coming out in July, I
recount several stories of little
green man sightings, and in Strange
Wisconsin there is a story of two
young children who often saw what
sounded just like a leprechaun
dancing on the table of a haunted
farmhouse near East Troy.
What other paranormal
subjects fascinate you?
I have been interested in the UFO
phenomenon since childhood, and have
also been trying to figure out what
ghosts are since then. I am pretty
careful about staying away from the
darker side of things, however.
Any new books or new
paranormal projects in the works?
My most recent book, "The Michigan
Dogman: Werewolves and Other Unknown
Canines Across the USA"
is packed with otherwise
unpublished sightings from coast to
coast, as well as new theories and
connections to things such as
England's Black Phantom Dogs. As I
mentioned, "Monsters of Wisconsin"
is due out in July from Stackpole
Books and is a very good rundown on
everything from the more familiar
Bigfoot and manwolf sightings to
dragons, huge birds, lake monsters,
little people and more. For some
reason, Wisconsin is a creature-rich
microcosm of the larger world of
mysterious beasts. I am currently at
work on yet another upright canine
book for Tarcher/Penguin that I hope
will be a definitive look at major
sightings to date and best theories
and speculation on this terrifying
and elusive creature. Slated for
You can follow Linda at the links
below - especially Twitter for the
latest dogman sightings.
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