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Unexplained Paranormal Sightings in North Carolina

Updated on January 24, 2017

Werewolf Sightings, Bigfoot, Chupacabra and More in NC

I lived in North Carolina almost all of my life and I know there is some really weird stuff going on there.
But I really didn't know just how weird till I started poking around.

I have been interested in paranormal events since I was a kid, as some of my UFO Hubs will attest to, but you always miss what is in your own to speak.
Well in my case, literally.
NC has sea monsters, Bigfoot sightings, werewolf sightings and other paranormal creatures.
Heck, we may have even had El Chupacabra before El Chupacabra was cool!

The Vampire Beast of Bladenboro

The Vampire Beast of Bladenboro
The Vampire Beast of Bladenboro | Source

The Vampire Beast of Bladenboro

Yes for two weeks in December of 1953 and again in January of 1954, North Carolina had it's own version of "El Chupacabra" and it's own version of the legendary "unexplained animal attacks bodies drained of blood" story
On December 29th, 1953, a farmer reported that "something" attacked one of his dogs and dragged it into the bush.
Well we have mountain lions in NC, so that's not too spectacular.
What makes it noteworthy, is that when the body of the dog was found, it was reportedly completely drained of blood.
Mountain Lions don't do that do they?
And this wasn't the only incident. Several other attacks took place.
The descriptions from witnesses sounded panther-like..."Like a bear or a panther"..."three feet long, twenty inches high, with a long tail and a cat's face."..."large, cat-like creature"..."round face, shiny eyes and large teeth."
In 2008, the History Channel television series Monster Quest got involved and their research indicated that the attacker may have been a cougar.
No, not a middle-aged woman, a REAL cougar.
But the attacks happened in the 1950s so everything is fine now right?
Not so fast.
In September 2007, sixty goats were found killed and drained of blood in Lexington NC.
Yes sixty!
Thirty miles from Lexington in Greensboro, four of Guilford County Commissioner Billy Yow's goats were killed and their necks were ripped open, their bodies drained of blood, and they were left uneaten with no other marks.
In October 2007, In Bolivian NC, a three year old Pit Bull was found gutted.
Four days after that, another Pit was found covered in blood, with pieces missing.
All in all, ten dogs were found torn to pieces in Brunswick County, during a two-week period.
The tracks that were found were four and a half inches in diameter..very similar to the tracks found in Bladenboro in the 50s.
Local animal services have never determined what had attacked the animals.

Did the Beast return on June 15th 2013 in Bladenboro?

The Lake Norman Monster

Could the The Lake Norman Monster be one of these?
Could the The Lake Norman Monster be one of these?

The Lake Norman Monster

North Carolina even has it's own version of "Nessie".
Lake Norman is a man made body of fresh water located entirely within North Carolina.
It was created between 1959 and 1964.
Kinda hard for an ancient sea creature to get in there huh?
But over 55 people have reported seeing something strange in the waters of Lake Norman.
"Normie" as the locals call it, has been described as anything from a giant crocodile to the classic sea serpent.
The most common description is fish like, a slender body, thick whisker like appendages, flippers and a ragged looking dorsal fin.
A giant catfish?
It's been suggested that the creature is actually a Gar, an American Freshwater Eel, a snakehead fish, an alligator or even a freshwater jellyfish.
(In the 1990s a freshwater jellyfish was found in Lake Norman by scientists, that shouldn't have been there)
My personal favorite explanation?
Lake Norman is used by the McGuire Nuclear Power Station to cool the steam that drives their turbines.
Yes...Nuclear Power Station.
Maybe some radioactive materials slipped into Lake Norman, hit a catfish and...BOOM!

Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp
Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp | Source

Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp

I know South Carolina is not North Carolina.
But the famed Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp in South Carolina seems to have crossed over and may have been sighted in NC.
This lovely humanoid cryptid is described as seven feet tall, with green scaly skin and glowing red eyes.
Maybe the creature crosses the border between NC and SC.

Bigfoot - All Time Hide and Seek Champion of the world
Bigfoot - All Time Hide and Seek Champion of the world


And we have had Bigfoot sightings in North Carolina as well.
As recently as 2008, there was a Bigfoot sighting in McDowell County.
(I always wondered why they aren't called "Bigfeet" they have two of them don't they?)

And now it looks like Bigfoot is at it again.
On Saturday, June 5, 2010 Tim Peeler of Casar claims that he saw Bigfoot on his property.
Then the next day on Sunday, June 6, Elbert Lowman of the George Hildebrand community found a large footprint that measured 8 inches across from toe to toe and 15.25 inches long.

The Demon Dog of Valle Crucis
The Demon Dog of Valle Crucis

The Demon Dog of Valle Crucis

North Carolina may have it's very own werewolf (or maybe even skinwalker).
In the little mountain town of Valle Crucis, high in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, there's an old stone church, located off Highway 194.
And near the cemetery of that church, there have been reports of a wolf-like creature, as tall as a man, with long yellow razor sharp teeth, black fur and glowing red eyes like coals.
I checked out the website for Valle Crucis (yes, little mountain towns have websites) and saw no mention of a were-beast.
Of course what would they say?
"Valle Crucis...Come for the atmosphere, stay for the slaughter"?
Even the Wikipedia entry says nothing about the "Vale of the Cross" monster.
I'd think a werewolf that can hit sixty miles per hour on a straightaway chasing a car (see: would be noteworthy though.

Paranormal North Carolina

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    4 years ago

    I believe the lake norman monster exist it was a time wen i was cleaning boats and one time i feel like some one down there on the water pull down my fin ( scuba equipment ) I could not see anything. Cause the water in that area its to dark and deep

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    Susan Morton 

    5 years ago

    First time hearing about some of these tales...which is rare because my teen LOVES paranormal tales. Thank you for sharing, now I have new material to share with her.

  • sabrebIade profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Pennsylvania

    No Jaida.

    Without empirical evidence, these all all just stories.

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    7 years ago

    So does this mean vampires and werewolves are real?

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    8 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Try checking online for a local Paranormal Group.

    If they dont investigate, they may know someone who will.

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    8 years ago from South Florida

    I have never talked in public about what I am saying here. I have seen a werewolf in Barnardsville NC. What is even more startling is that two other people saw the same thing, in the same area, at different times over the last decade.

    The area were these sightings occurred is very paranormally charged for a lack of better terms. Who investigates these type of events?

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    8 years ago

    i heard an old werewolf story in long view north carolina about an old dj vanishing in a old house and his arm was left there

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    9 years ago

    i love this but could you post some stuff about anything in jacksonville nc and if possible werewolves there this is awesome fist time blog ;D

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    9 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

    Didn't know that North Carolina was such a creepy place!Sounds like you have some interesting cryptids over there.

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    Rebecca/11 years old 

    9 years ago

    If those were vampire attacks they wouldn't have left tracks behind. Unless they were careless and wanted someone to find them. And in the case of carlessness, they would make the attacks noticeable and bloody.

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    9 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Ashley: You're not by any chance just outside High Point in NC are you? There was a Trailer Park near there that had something similar, TV's turning on and off by themselves, things flying across the room etc.

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    9 years ago

    I too have always been interested in the paranormal supernatural weird and unknown! i grew up always researching about the stuff up all night reading about such things! i currently live in a trailor park (a small one) in NC and 3 houses including mine are haunted! me and 2 of my neigbors and their families have experienced bizzare weird things my experince being the worst i have experienced things like demon like people lurking, shadow people ,laughing ,calling of my name ,things rearranging and turning on ,knocking and scratching,running, walking,footsteps,and the while i am sleeping like you know half awake half asleep i can hear people talking in my room like 2 or more people having a conversation and music! i have no idea what was on this land before it was a trailor park but it must have been something crazy because our experiences are crazy every time i google it, i just come up with off the wall stuff nothing related to anything i typed in.. my neeighbors have also experinced apparitions,talking,singing,footsteps, and those creepy crawling up the wall people!

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    Formal dress 

    10 years ago

    This is a great article. I’m new to blogging but still learning.I love your blog!

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    10 years ago

    We were told about the Lizardman during infantry training in the Marines at Camp Geiger. He live in the swamp and attacked Privates not paying attention. circa January 1992.

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    Army Infantry Mom 

    10 years ago

    As if the world wasn't scarry enough,..LOL. To bad these monster creatures couldn't be found and traained to hunt down terrorists. Great hub,.. I too have always been fansinated with the unknown.

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    10 years ago

    I love everything I just read I also believe in the supernatural, I live in Sampson County but the only things I have seen are lights out in the fields at night, My family has seen creepy things but besides the lights I have never seen anything

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    aion kinah 

    10 years ago

    i'm just kidding I could do this all day I love this kind of stuff I grew up on in search of.

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    Holle Abee 

    10 years ago from Georgia

    Hubby used to live near Lake Norman. I'll have to ask him about the monster. He has told me about the Brown Mountain light. Great hub!

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    Mike Lickteig 

    10 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

    Great tales, Sabreblade. I'm a firm believer in the odd, the strange, the bizarre--here in Kansas we have Stull Cemetery, the gateway to Hell, right outside of town. We never have had the creatures you describe, though--at least, not to my knowledge.

    Thanks for posting!

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    10 years ago

    Hey,I live in Texas and what bill yon is talking about caught my interest my brother and mother were sitting on the front porch and they saw the same thing and every night at 9:30 we can look outside and see blue lightning and it has a pattern it moves from the back of the house to the front and it dose that until 11:45 exactly 11:45 you can count it every time and then the rest of the night it smells like a fish fry and it only dose it on hot nights!

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    10 years ago

    I'm originally from the Camp Lejeune area, and I'm pretty shocked there haven't been any beastly sightings in the New River. That must be because that water is so vile, not even a monster can survive in it!

    Great hub :0)

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    darkfall gold 

    10 years ago

    Sometimes animals are cute, sometimes very horrible

  • sabrebIade profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Michael Collins: LOL..well the water is a possibility....

    maven101: Giant Pig? Well if he actually killed it, then it's proven and no fun..LOL

    bill yon: I was kinda hesitant in mentioning Lizard Man because he really is YOUR legend. But there have been a few sightings up here.

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    bill yon 

    10 years ago from sourcewall

    I'm from South Carolina and I remember the Lizard Man He was big in the 80's down here people made a mint off of selling T-Shirts and other stuff with the lizard man on it.I think it might be something to the El Chupabra legend because they have been sighted in Puerto Rico all over South America and Texas and other states in the South west described as a dog like creature that can stand and walk like a man with huge Fangs,Maybe the Chupacabra is a cross between a Kangaroo,a Dog,and a vampire bat,some type of genetic/DnA experiment gone wrong,or a mutated coyote that has evolved into a blood sucking beast,or Maybe it's a very large Vampire Bat that has been flushed out of its habitat because of climate change hmmmmm..I'm just kidding I could do this all day I love this kind of stuff I grew up on in search of...and I like paranormal/weird encounters,things like the Bermuda Triangle,big foot,the lock ness monster,Ufo's and all that.I have had an experience with the paranormal when I was a kid.Me and My mother was coming home from the store one night and while we was sitting at a red light we saw what looked like some type of aircraft that was flying above us all I can remember is multiple colored lights rotating around in a large rectangle like oval and then it vanished,we sat there for a few minutes and my mother looked over at me and said"did you see that?" I said "yes" and she said "what did you see?describe it to me."and I described what I saw and she responded "Good,just making sure I'm not imagining things."and that was the last time we talked about it.that's my one paranormal experience.

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    10 years ago from Northern Arizona

    Didn't I just read about a giant pig that was killed up there by a 13 year old boy..? And I thought Arizona had some dangerous critters....

    Interesting stories, fodder for campfire tales...Thanks, Larry

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    Michael Collins 

    10 years ago

    Its the water from Camp Lejuene, it must percolate throughout the entire state.

  • sabrebIade profile imageAUTHOR


    10 years ago from Pennsylvania

    You have to say it three times.


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    Scott Cramer 

    10 years ago

    speaking of paranormal...whatever happened to Peter Boyle....oh no...I said his name...

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    Putz Ballard 

    10 years ago

    Ever hear about the brown mountain light near Linvelle. Great hub.


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