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Sighting of creature terrifies Caney woman

By Penny Cockerell Published: July 30, 2006
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CANEY - If you live in Atoka County and haven't seen the elusive, long-legged creature, you've probably heard about it, maybe as a child around a campfire on a dark night.

The legend of the Boggy Bottom Monster, a swamp-dwelling, Bigfoot-like being, has been around southeastern Oklahoma for generations. Every now and then, locals catch a glimpse of the reddish-brown creature and tales of the sighting bounce around like dandelion fluff.

And while plenty of nonbelievers scoff at the sightings, others are convinced they saw the real deal. That was the case for Caney resident Jackie Marlow, whose sighting frightened her so badly she had to be taken away by ambulance.

"You can laugh if you want to, but I saw what I saw and that's exactly what I'd seen," Marlow said of her July 18 ordeal. "I don't know what it was, but it was a tall creature. I'm not gonna tell you I saw Bigfoot, but it was a tall, huge thing that walked."

Hospitalized with panic attack
Marlow, 52, was sitting on her porch about 7:50 a.m., smoking a cigarette and gazing at the wooded area past the road on her 2 acres of land.

Her home is near Clear Boggy Creek, which, legend has it, is where the creature resides.

Suddenly the dogs next door started barking up a storm, Marlow said. Then, out of the blue, Marlow spotted the reddish-brown stranger. Stunned, she recalled standing up and hollering "Oh, my God" a couple times. Her little dog huddled next to her, paralyzed with fear or curiosity or both.

Marlow stepped off her porch to get a better look.

"It had very long legs, and it had a head," she said. "People asked, 'Does it have hair?' and I don't know. I just know that it was a big reddish-brown tall thing, and it scared the fire out of me."

Some who heard Marlow's story suggested she saw a bear or a cow. The area has plenty of turkeys, hogs, bobcats and assorted wild animals.

"It was not no animal, it was not no cow, it had two legs," Marlow stressed. "It had the longest legs, and it walked, it took two or three steps and that's how I could see how long the legs were."

Marlow estimated her encounter lasted a full three minutes. She recalled the creature snorting loudly before it vanished.

Marlow immediately started calling folks, and the more she talked, the more excited she got. Finally she had a panic attack and called an ambulance for help.

Police officers also arrived and rode the area on four-wheelers in search of the creature. They found nothing, but later Marlow said part of a chain-link fence was bent in a way that no human hand could have done.

Atoka County Emergency Management Director Traci Walker recalled the ordeal and said Marlow was treated and released.

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