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Filed Under: Mysterious Creatures > Fouke Monster
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Boggy, AR, USA (Fouke, Arkansas)
 
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The Fouke Monster
During the 1970's, residents of nearby Fouke, Arkansas reported seeing a seven-foot tall hominid-like creature that had long, dark fur around the area of Boggy Creek and Jonesville.  Early estimates put its weight around 200-300 pounds and reports said the creature had a horrible stench that accompanied it.  The reports gained a lot of media attention and at one point a radio station based out of Little Rock even offered a $1000 bounty on the creature.  On June 28, 1971, the local sheriff fined three men for filing a false police report (after he observed evidence that the three men faked their account) and warned others that would be arrested if they were caught trespassing while hunting for the monster.  For the most part, interest seem to wane until it was announced at the start of the next year that the Fouke Monster (or Boggy Creek Monster) would be the subject of an upcoming independent film.

The Legend of Boggy Creek
The film in question was originally titled Tracking the Fouke Monster and was directed by nearby Texarkana resident, Charles B. Pierce.  Many of the local residents who encountered the creature were used in the films, as well as the actual locations.  The film plays out in documentary style and turns the events into something of a monster movie.  The re-titled The Legend of Boggy Creek would prove to be a modest success, gaining something of a cult status and grossing around $20 million dollars and a couple sequels.  Pierce would use the filmmaking approach again in 1976's The Town that Dreaded Sundown about a serial killer in his hometown of Texarkana.  He would also return to the Fouke Monster in 1985's The Barbaric Beast of Boggy Creek Part II (it was actually the third film in the series, but Pierce had no connection with the first sequel, Return to Boggy Creek, and chose to instead ignore it), this time with an entirely fictional plot.

One resident, Smokey Crabtree would take part in the film (as well as some of his family members), but would later claim that the filmmakers lied and cheated the residents of Fouke out of any of the box office receipts.  He also claimed that the depiction of the monster killing livestock and pets was completely fabricated and never happened.  He has written a series of books detailing his experiences in Fouke, Arkansas and the making of the film. Today, Crabtree runs a bookstore/museum nearby that is focused around his life, including his experiences with the so-called Fouke Monster and the making of The Legend of Boggy Creek (see Smokey's Two-Books Bookstore and Museum).

Sightings Since
After a surge of encounters following the film's release, there are still sporadic sightings of the Fouke Monster being reported, some as recently as 1998 when over 40 independent encounters were documented. The stories of the monster were even featured on a recent episode of the History series, MonsterQuest. As for the citizens of Fouke, the monster has been firmly embraced as something as an iconic symbol for the city. There is even a life-sized stand of the monster in the middle of the city, with a hole conveniently cut-out for tourists to insert their face and become the Fouke Monster (see Peavy's Monster Mart).
 
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Wikipedia: Fouke Monster
Wikipedia's entry for the Fouke Monster. The monster is the subject of several sightings near Fouke, Arkansas and the inspiration for The Legend of Boggy Creek and its subsequent sequels.
Legend of Boggy Creek
Site run by Smokey Crabtree and his experiences with the Fouke Monster that led to the film, The Legend of Boggy Creek.
Mystical Universe: The Fouke Monster
Mystical Universe's entry about the Fouke Monster, the inspiration for the film, The Legend of Boggy Creek.
 
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The Thick Brush of Boggy Arkansas
Thick vegetation around Boggy, Arkansas in June 2007, the site of sightings of the Fouke Monster.
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The Woods Near Fouke, Arkansas
These woods are the home of the Fouke Monster near Fouke, Arkansas - June 2007.
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Home of the Fouke Monster?
Do these woods hide the Fouke Monster in Arkansas? Photo taken June 2007.
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