Thursday, September 22, 2011

An Island Monster

My latest post at Mysterious Universe - on a certain infamous blood-sucker...


Jason Korbus said...

Nick, have you had the chance to read Benjamin Radford's book, "Tracking the Chupacabra" yet? If so, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on the solution he put forth. I have talked to Ken Gerhard about this but he had not read the book. I was convinced by Radford's solution myself, but am always eager to get the view of other monster hunters out there.

Nick Redfern said...

Yeah, I have read it, and I do think it's a good book and does answer some of the questions/issues about the Chupacabra.

The only thing I would add is that the story of the Chupa is a very complex one, with many different and wildly varied strands.

So, while I do think Ben makes a good case for certain classic aspects of the phenomenon, this doesnt take away the fact that there are still OTHER aspects of the phenomenon that are much harder to resolve (including certain eyewitness cases I have personally investigated on the island).

The problem with the Chupa mystery is that it's not just a case of "it's this" or "it's that."

There are many angles and issues that come into play when dealing with the overall puzzle, and so for that reason I think there are aspects still open, but some resolved too.

Jason Korbus said...

I agree. The classic chupacabra is much different than some of the other eyewitness accounts which put it into, for instance, a more supernatural realm. It makes it that much more difficult to solve, of course, because the more outside the realm of science the phenomenon is said to exist in, the less likely it is it can ever be truly validated.

It is difficult enough to investigate and solve mysteries of the natural world. But when phenomenon are said to be supernatural in origin, and to break laws of physics, etc...the answers will never be satisfactory to the true believer or the person making the claim. I find it becomes an almost faith-based belief system. Either we believe it or we don't. The eyewitness account alone can never provide sufficient evidence.

Still, in whatever form the chupacabra comes in, I'll never tire of reading the stories and listening to new proposed solutions. As I said when we spoke on Strange Frequencies Radio, I'm a great admirer of your road trip monster hunting books in particular. The Jack Kerouac of the Monster Hunters, I say! I'll forever be a fan.

Nick Redfern said...

Thanks for the words, Jason! And yeah, the Chupa issue is very, very complex. Frankly, I doubt it will ever be resolved to everyone's satisfaction.