The Minerva Monsters: An Odd Tale of Hairy Bipeds and Big Cats | ST 054

Minerva Monsters

In the summer of 1978, a strange series of events began to unfold for rural residents of northeastern Ohio. While enjoying a quiet evening at their rural home near Minerva, the Cayton family and their grandchildren witnessed a large, hairy, bipedal creature peering through their kitchen window. This creature, described as standing over 7 feet tall with glowing red eyes, sparked fear and curiosity, prompting the family to report their sightings to local authorities.

Following the Cayton family’s report, the Minerva area became a hotbed of Bigfoot research and investigation. Numerous additional sightings were reported in the surrounding woods and hills, with various tracks and other physical evidence purportedly found. However, that isn’t all that this “classic” case appears to have entailed, as a deeper look into the story reveals sightings of mysterious large cats alongside “gorillas” in Ohio’s history, as well as alleged connections to UFO sightings made by some area residents, and much more.

In this special installment of Sasquatch Tracks, the team takes a deep dive into the story of the Minverva Monsters, which we affectionately refer to in the plural since, according to eyewitness reports, there appeared to be more than one of the creatures observed by the Caytons… but what were they, and what can we uncover about the case after all these years?

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