all the many and varied unknown creatures that are said to inhabit our planet –
such as Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman, and the Chupacabra – perhaps the most
chilling ones are not those that lurk in dense, faraway forests, in remote and
expansive jungles, and on distant icy mountains. The ones that we should really be wary of are those that live
practically under our very noses. It’s one thing to read accounts of
extraordinary animals and rampaging monsters in faraway, exotic environments.
It’s quite another thing, however, to have such monstrosities almost lurking on
our doorsteps. But, incredibly, there are far more than a few reports on record
of terrifying beasts seen deep in the hearts of our towns and cities. To be
sure, it’s a chilling thought that, as we sleep, menacing beasts may be roaming
around our very own neighborhoods. All
of this brings me to a certain, memorable affair that absolutely defines the
“monsters are among us” scenario.
grew up only about seven or eight miles from the English city of Birmingham.
It’s a large city with a population of slightly more than one million. It’s
also a city that, in recent years, has been significantly transformed, in terms
of new buildings, modernization, and expansion. But, much of the old, historic
Birmingham still remains. In Medieval times Birmingham was a market-town, but
came to prominence in the 18th century, with the so-called
Industrial Revolution. All of which brings us to the matter of Birmingham’s
extensive network of centuries-old canals.
known as the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) the canals of Birmingham and
its immediate surroundings run for approximately 160 miles. At the heart of the
canals of Birmingham – both geographically and historically – is what is called
the Gas Street Basin. It’s a famous landmark where the Worcester and Birmingham
Canal crosses paths with the BCN Main Line. But, for our purposes, it’s not so
much the canal itself that’s important. Rather, it’s what is said to lurk within the Gas Street waters and its
surroundings that counts.
Photo of a portion of the Birmingham canal network: Nick Redfern, 2010
his new book, A Manifestation of Monsters,
Dr. Karl Shuker states of the Gas Street Basin: “In 1997, these waterways were
said to be home to a gargantuan eel, variously dubbed the Gas Street Monster…It
was described by one angler eyewitness as being black in color, ‘with little
beady eyes,’ and up to 20 feet long…”
reason I mention this is because I grew up quite close to Karl, and, as Karl
knows, I too was the recipient of a number of reports of huge – and potentially
dangerous - eels in the canals of Birmingham, some of which dated back to the
1980s. Of course, the average eel is nothing to be concerned about. When you’re
on the receiving end of reports of violent eels fifteen feet long and more,
however – as I was – then that changes things a bit. To say the very least!
Eel drawing: David Starr Jordan, Wikimedia Commons, public domain, 1888/1889
over the years, I have secured nine separate and distinct reports of giant eels
deep in the heart of the canals of the city of Birmingham, only one of which
was from the Gas Street Basin. The others were from different parts of “Brum”
(which is the city’s famous nickname), some even up to three miles from Gas
Street. This, of course, suggests the creatures had – and maybe continue to have – significantly sized
territories in which to roam.
particularly memorable report came to me from the employees of a plumbing
company that backed onto a stretch of the Birmingham canal network. It was the
late 1980s when, while on their lunch-hour and as they threw pieces of bread to
the local, resident, ducks, they were shocked to see a large creature swimming
along in the water. It was obviously an eel, but one of massive proportions. And
it was clearly keeping those aforementioned beady eyes on the ducks.
Fortunately for the ducks, none of them were dragged beneath the waters in Jaws-style: the eel, after a few
minutes, vanished to the deeper levels of the canal and was lost from sight. It
was a story that became part and parcel of the “Gas Street Monster” lore.
report, a far more sinister one, was given to me approximately half a decade
ago. However, it involved events reputed to have occurred around the end of the
1970s or during the very earliest weeks or months of the 1980s. The location
was the canal near Birmingham’s Rotten Park Road. It’s a place where, oddly, in
2003, the corpse of a fifteen-foot-long python was found, and then dragged out
of the water by the Police and the RSPCA, the UK’s Royal Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals. So the story went, on several occasions large eels were
seen around Rotten Park Road - always very late at night, and by horrified
witnesses, who saw the creatures stealthily and quietly exiting the water and
briefly roaming around the local neighborhood. And, for those who may not know,
eels are quite adept at leaving their watery environments behind them and
moving on land. So the story went, the sightings of the giant eels coincided –
time-wise – with the mysterious disappearances of a number of animals,
including pet cats and rabbits.
for the weird saga of the Rotten Park Road python, my best “guesstimate” is
that this was someone’s pet which grew to a size where it became unmanageable
and was then callously dumped to fend for itself in the canal. Unfortunately, and
unlike an eel, a python would stand no chance of surviving the cold water of an
English canal. So, I suggest that the lengthy presence of the eels and the very
brief presence of the python - in the same stretch of water - was due to
nothing more than a coincidence. Albeit, admittedly, a very strange one!
guess, from my perspective, the most disturbing (and, I have to admit, exciting) aspect of all this is not just
the fact that giant, monstrous eels of unprecedented sizes might exist, but
that they may be doing so right in the heart of civilization. In locations –
such as the huge, sprawling, city of Birmingham, England – where hundreds of thousands
of people go about their daily routines, blissfully unaware of the monsters
that lurk among them…
Nick Redfern is the author of many books, including his most recent Bloodline of the Gods . He has appeared on more than 70 TV shows, including: Fox News; the BBC’s Out of This World; the SyFy Channel’s Proof Positive; the History Channel’s Monster Quest, America’s Book of Secrets, Ancient Aliens, and UFO Hunters; the National Geographic Channel’s Paranatural; and MSNBC’s Countdown. Nick writes regularly for UFO Magazine, Mysterious Universe, and Fate.
For the first time in its history, the largest and oldest
civilian UFO monitoring organization in the United States – the Mutual UFO
Network (“MUFON”) – has invited a practicing psychic to speak at its annual
symposium. The event will be held from
September 24-27, 2015, at the Hotel Irvine, in Irvine, California. Nancy du Tertre, known as “The Skeptical
Psychic,” will be speaking on a brand new topic in ufology – the new field she
calls “Exolinguistics” (or how to speak to extraterrestrials).
Her presentation will address various important topics such
·Do aliens prefer telepathy or audible speech?
·Do aliens speak their own language and can we
·Can they also speak human languages?
Alien communication is vital to our national security, she
argues. There are documented cases showing
aliens have shut down U.S. and Russian nuclear missile systems, violated our
airspace, and abducted individuals for genetic experimentation. Alien communication is suddenly a very hot
topic! In July, theoretical physicist
Stephen Hawking launched his $100 million prize in Breakthrough Listen to find
signs of intelligent life in the universe.
NASA has also recently written papers on the topic.
Ms. du Tertre has a very unusual background. She is an attorney specialized in securities
litigation/corporate law who became a trained psychic detective working with
law enforcement, medical intuitive, paranormal investigator, and remote viewer
trained in advanced military CRV techniques.
She speaks fluent French, and some German and Thai. Ms. du Tertre, who has had her own personal
alien contact experiences and witnessed UFOs (including a “mothership” the size
of a football field) hosted her own CBS radio show called “Hot Leads Cold
Cases” and interviewed some of the world’s top astrophysicists,
neuroscientists, psychics, ufology researchers and abductees, FBI and CIA officials,
mind control experts, and others. She
was also a regular weekly guest on KAHI News Radio in Sacramento, CA, making on-air
predictions about politics and current events.
Ms. du Tertre, a magna
cum laude graduate of Princeton University and Law Review honors graduate
of Pace Law School, has published several books. She wrote “Psychic Intuition: Everything You Ever Wanted to Ask But Were Afraid to
Know” (2012) explaining psychic ability in terms of neuroscience, psychology
and linguistics, and, her latest book, “How to Talk to an Alien”