Big Muddy Monster originated back to June 25, 1973 when a young couple allegedly heard hysterical cries in the Big Muddy River near Murphysboro. The cries came from the nearby woods where they went to see what and who the cries was coming from. The couples described the sounds as “not human” due to how strange and peculiar the noises were. They eventually see a large creature walking toward them.
The couples later recounted that the monster stands seven feet tall with matted, white hair. The Big Muddy Monster was covered in mud. Footprints found in the scene were approximately 10-12 inches long and approximately three inches wide. Since the first sighting, numerous others have been reported in the community of Murphysboro.