The Monroe Michigan Monster

Back in the early 60’s there was a story going around about a Bigfoot that attacked a young girl, and her mother while they were driving in a rural section of Monroe, Michigan. A friend of mine who is currently retired but has many years of law enforcement, recently went behind  the scenes, to dig up more of what actually happened. Here is his story, and what he found out.

I believe she is referring to the “Monroe Monster,” encounter that took place down there in Frenchtown Twp, Monroe County in the mid 1960s. I did extensive background on the event and provided Loren Coleman a photo copy of the vehicle she was driving that day.
I pulled in some favors and had a historical archivist pull up all the news articles of the case and I learned more the episode than I previously thought.
16-year-old Christine Van Acker was driving while accompanied by her mother. She was a new driver and back in those days parents would routinely take their children out to some remote back country road and teach them how to drive.
It was a nice Cheverolet, but it had no air condition and it was a hot humid evening with storms threatening all day so, leaving the windows even at dusk wouldn’t provide that much relief. In fact, it stormed terribly after the incident which prevented searchers from locating foot tracks. Word of this spread like a common cold and everyone from miles around turned out to hunt and find Bigfoot.
As a new young driver something came across the field into the headlights and both girls screamed. The first thing young Christine does when faced with this startling encounter is to lay on the breaks. She did and it stalls with the windows down.
The Bigfoot screams and reaches inside grabbing the terrified girl jerking the left side of her face toward the open driver door window where she is slammed against the door post thus, the black or reddening of the eye area.
The two hysterical women are left on the dark gravel roads screaming hysterical as the Bigfoot wonders off through some neighboring yards. The county sheriff’s department finally received calls of gunshots and bedlam and take their time getting out there to the scene of the women in the car.
Either some distant neighbors heard the commotion or were worked by the animal intruding on their land and yards the girls make their way down the road to the grand parent’s house.
I learned that before this incident there about 12-13 similar incidents in Monroe County and that authorities struggled to keep them secret.
In one news article a state police trooper was quoted as saying they tried to keep it quiet.
There was similar attack on a young girl before the Van Aker incident in the southern county area near the Ohio stateline.
The entire scare lasted for some time but finally died out when the state police put her and her mother to a lie detector examination and determined she was lying and newspapers published that. The problem with the cover-up was that a radio personality from Ohio bought and paid for an independent lie detector test and the examiner was trained and certified by the institution that the state trooper was and he stated the women were truthful.
Later somebody steals a large caveman statue from some recreation park and the sheriff’s department dispatch deputies to pick it up and bring it in to the department until it could be claimed by the owner. One of those deputies took the stolen caveman and it re-appeared out in the field where the Christine Van Acker event took place.
It was a real Mayberry RFD comedy act where authorities struggled to deny the event and even took part in creating some ridicule and humor. Please share this others on this mail list so they understand what I am referring to.


Possible Bigfoot evidence in the Grand Rapids area

Subject: Hair


I received a message from a gentleman named Mike, who lives in the Grand Rapids area. He sent me an amazing story of something he and his grandson found while they were out hiking in a stretch of woods near by.

He explained he and his grandson where out target shooting, and hunting salamanders near the Grand River, deep in the woods of a 200 acre parcel.His grandson called him over and pointed up in a large tree.  He asked “grandpa what kind of hair is this ? I looked and saw a clump of hair stuck to the bark about 7ft. up the tree. He  pulled it down and it appears to still have tissue on the ends as if pulled out. Its dark brown almost black and the tips of the hair are lighter. Not sure what I have but it would be interesting to find out.

I was intrigued with his story and after I  received his message I called Mike to get a better understanding of what he and his grandson found. We both thought it unusual that a matting of hair, and tissue to be that high up in a tree. And what could possibly leave that tissue,/hair  that high up? We could not think of anything. Mike did say the fur was nothing that he recognized and had a strange coloring to it.

In addition Mike, had mentioned some strange noises he had been hearing in the area, but wrote them off as coyote’s.

Mike was going to try to have the hair, and tissue analyzed and see who the owner is. He would let me know as soon as he found out the origin.And as soon as I  hear anything I will publish the results.

He also has some other strange things that have happened to a  friend of  his in area. I will get all the details, and publish them when I can. I am planning to go see him in October of 2019. I will get an account of his stories and publish them at as later time. I will look forward to my visit.

I thank Mike very much for coming forward with his story, I feel he is a very credible person. I enjoy reading, and hearing of Bigfoot stories in Michigan. I think I read that Michigan has the fifth highest ratings of sightings in the country.























Suburban Bigfoot. Somethinf to ponder

St. Clair county Bigfoot

I received an interesting telephone call from a man in Port Huron, Michigan on the night of Tuesday 6/13/2018. He was somewhat nervous, because it was the first time that he had told his story to someone other than family and friends.

This narrative begins in the early 1980s while the witness was young man living on his family farm in St. Clair County, Michigan…approximately 8 miles northwest of Port Huron. The first incident occurred when his older sister and her husband where living in a trailer on the property. About 2am she frantically ran into her parent’s house, yelling for her father to grab a gun because something huge had literally picked up the end of the trailer and moved it several feet.

There were other incidents of this 7-8 foot red-eyed hairy hominid walking onto the property, literally getting into the livestock pens and storage areas. In fact, it has killed many peacocks and pheasants that the witness’ mother has been raising. The family was on high alert for many years, fearing that the beast would make an attempt to break into the house.

One interesting incident occurred when the witness and a friend made their way to the sand dunes on the shore of Lake Huron…which was several miles east of the farm. This beast had literally followed the pair and shadowed them throughout the day. The being was not aggressive, but made the witness very nervous not knowing what would happen.

The witness also explained that there had been a strange incident back in the 1940s, when two local girls had gone missing after picking berries. Eventually the pair turned up, but there was never an explanation given as to what happened. Many years later, the witness befriended the woman, who was then in her 70s. He recalled the incident with her. She confided to the witness that ‘we would have never found our way back if it were not for the big hairy man who brought us home.’

There was another incident in 1981, also in St. Clair County, that made the news:

The Detroit News-Sunday, November 22, 1981

Hairy, red-eyed


BY Ann Cohen
News Staff Writer

Cindy Barone isn’t sure she wants to call the creature, “Bigfoot.”

But something big, hairy and red-eyed has frightened her family three times since September.