Momo

Hairy Biped of Missouri.

Etymology: "Missouri monster" (Mo. + monster abbreviated), given by newspaper reporters.

Physical description: Height, 6-12 feet. Black body-hair. Facial features obscured by hair. No neck.

Behavior: Bipedal. Aggressive toward dogs. Growls, gurgling sound. Pungent, fetid odor.

Tracks: Three-toed or five-toed. Hind feet, 10-12 inches long and 2-5 inches wide. Handprint, 5 inches long and curved.

Distribution: Louisiana, Missouri. Significant sightings: Terry and Wally Harrison, ages eight and five, were playing in the woods near their property in Louisiana, Missouri, on the afternoon of July 11, 1972. Their sister Doris, fifteen, heard them scream and looked out to see a manlike creature, about 6-7 feet tall, with long, black hair carrying a dead dog under its arm and standing next to a tree. Their father, Edgar Harrison, found a footprint and a handprint on nearby Marzolf Hill on July 19.

Bill Suddarth and his wife found some narrower, three-toed tracks in their garden after hearing a high-pitched howl on August 3, 1972. Possible explanations:

(1) The footprints were pronounced a hoax by the director of the Oklahoma City Zoo.

(2) Unidentified flying object (UFO) reports in the area at the same time encouraged some of the early investigators to speculate on an alien origin.

(3) Some reports may have been American black bears (Ursus americanus).

Sources: Richard Crowe, "Missouri Monster," Fate 25 (December 1972): 58-66; "'Momo' & Others," INFO Journal, no. 9

(Fall 1972): 49-51; Jerome Clark and Loren Coleman, "Anthropoids, Monsters and UFOs," Flying Saucer Review 19 (January-February 1973): 18-24.

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