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HUNTING THE HOUND OF COLD HOLLOW – FREE ON YOUTUBE

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“Hunting the Hound of Cold Hollow” is a short documentary created by writer and independent documentary film-maker, J.D. Thompson covering the early stages of an investigation into an ancient New England Werewolf legend hidden in the sleepy mountain towns of the Cold Hollow mountain region of Vermont.“
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“Hunting the Hound of Cold Hollow” Opening

RATING: 3 Charley’s
I’m on the fence with this one. First, it’s created by an accomplished documentary film maker and author, J.D. Thompson. Because of this fact, the production value is excellent, so it’s a pleasure to watch and it’s very informative. I am well familiar with supposed “Werewolf” and “Dog Men” cryptid reports from all over the country, but I was not familiar with reports from this particular area of Vermont. So I was intrigued when I stumbled across this FREE documentary on YouTube.

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Interesting B&B Thomson stayed at.
Of course it could be a Bear, they do have them in Cold Hollow.

A general google search only turned up references to “Hunting the Hound of Cold Hollow.”  “Werewolves in Vermont” turned up a sighting in Green Mountain National Park, I have included recorded report down below in the REFERENCE section.

Hunting the for Hound of Cold Hollow seemed a little too polished at first viewing, because I was expecting a gritty documentary film style. Immediately I questioned if the people appearing in the film were actors or not? None of them were identified on screen, so that’s usually a red flag. Luckily, Thompson clears this question up in his FAQ, that’s conveniently included in the description of the video on his YouTube post. (Which, BTW, is a must read.) “They are not actors and they are all residents of the Cold Hollow region.” That doesn’t mean they are the actual first-hand witnesses however. Thompson also uses the discredited Gable film* and refers to it as a hoax and further discusses it in the same FAQ.

Supposed actual “Howlings” recorded of an unknown animal by an unnamed resident of Cold Hollow. Audio courtesy of Justin Larose.

There are several references in the movie to historical events involving “Werewolves” in the area. Specifically; “In 1951, an article featured in National Geographic reported sightings of the Werewolf as far south as Washington County, Vermont in the forests near Groton Pond.” Which is only about 1 hour and 30 minutes south from the Cold Hollow region.

I couldn’t check this article out as I have to be a subscriber to Nat. Geo. to get online access to the archives. Perhaps there is a Fortean researcher reading this right now who is a subscriber and can please look this article up? Unfortunately, the issue number and date are not mentioned in the video.

There’s also a strange incident of a cheaply acquired ancient Irish book on shape-shifters that is later stolen from Thompson. Other than a quick mention at the very end of the video “that there were criminal proceedings against the suspect, but no charges were ever filed.” It’s never adequately explained. It’s all these loose ends that bother me.

From the standpoint of this documentary serving as an introduction to a possibly new Fortean hot-spot in Vermont, inhabited by a cryptid, the video delivers on that. If it also serves as a catalyst for more serious research, all the better. Such research might encourage credible witnesses to come forth. These events may add some substance to what is now considered a legend lurking in the Cold Hollow Mountains. My greatest concern is that the “Hound and/or “Werewolf”” takes on a life of its own and becomes an internet meme, much the way the Slenderman mouse-clicked his way into the exclusive, member’s only, Fortean Club.

*Scroll down to REFERENCES to see a clearer copy of the Gable film and the exposé.  

WHERE TO SEE HUNTING THE HOUND OF COLD HOLLOW: FREE ON YOUTUBE
BlackHat Entertainment YouTube Channel
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Stream YouTube through Roku if you have it.)
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REFERENCES:
THE HOUND OF COLD HOLLOW
For more on the legend and the research leading up to this documentary, go to J.D. Thomson’s web site:
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INTRODUCTION TO THE VERMONT WEREWOLF LEGEND
The Werewolf Lectures: Episode 1
In 2018, the short film “Hunting the Hound of Cold Hollow” was created based on J.D. Thompson’s article “Werewolves Are Definitely Not Real…Right?” published by Playboy in 2015. In response to viewer questions about the history of werewolves and werewolf lore, Blackhat Entertainment is launching a new web-based radio series “The Werewolf Lectures.” In this episode the creator of “Hunting the Hound of Cold Hollow” explains his interest in pursuing the Vermont werewolf legend and reads from his original 2015 Playboy article.
BLACKHAT ENTERTAINMENT YOUTUBE CHANNEL
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WEREWOLVES ARE DEFINITELY NOT REAL…RIGHT?

J.D. Thompson’s Playboy article of October 30th 2015. His research for the documentary lead to this article.
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ANOTHER WEREWOLF IN VERMONT
Strange Encounters – Episode 2

In this audio recording, a 24 year old Vermont woman shares her frightening encounter with what she can only describe as a “real-life werewolf.” Her encounter left her and her friend traumatized and to this day, they will not return to the Green Mountains National Park.
FROM THE RUSTY WEST YOUTUBE CHANNEL
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(NOTE: This recorded report dates back to 2014, the same time J.D. Thompson was making his documentary In Enosburg, located in Franklin County, VT. The Cold Hollow Mountain region is about two hours north of Green Mountain Park.)

VERMONT LAND TRUST
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Interesting development for Cold Hollow,
supposed home of the “Werewolf.”
More than 700 Acres Conserved within
Important Wildlife Corridor
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*THE GABLE FILM:

 

Created by Mike Agrusa the  Gable film  went viral on the internet during 2007. The film, allegedly filmed during the 1970s, depicts what appears to be a Michigan Dog man.
FROM MuseumOfTheWeird YOUTUBE CHANNEL
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Visit their website, and after the lock downs,
visit their Museum in Austin Texas.
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THE TV SHOW MONSTER QUEST EXPOSES THE
GABLE FILM AS A HOAX!

Steve Cook reveals the Gable Film Hoax on Monster Quest.
Creator of the Gable Film, Mike Agusa shows how he created it.
FROM: CHEAPHUNTER YOUTUBE CHANNEL
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SOME MORE BACKGROUND INFORMATION
ON J.D. THOMPSON, CREATOR OF
HUNTING THE HOUND OF COLD HOLLOW
RECENT DOCUMENTARY FILMS BY J.D. THOMPSON:
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MOVE OVER NETFLIXS!
In 2016 Thompson released
“The Life Exotic: The Incredible True Story of Joe Schreibvogel.”
Or as today’s Netflix binge watches know Joe Schreibvogel as
“The Tiger King.”
See “The Life Exotic” FOR FREE:
THOMPSON’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL: ThompsonAutomatic
The G.W. Zoo in Wynnewood, Oklahoma is the world’s largest private zoo featuring over 187 big cats. The zoo is operated by founder Joe Schreibvogel, a.k.a. Joe Exotic, the self-described “gay, gun-carrying redneck with a mullet.” This is his story.
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THOMPSON’S BOOK
The Wolf Clan of Erin:
A Saga of Ireland’s Legendary Tribe of Werewolves
By J.D. Thompson
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In his publishing debut J.D. Thompson revives the Skaldic tradition for the modern reader. Follow him back in time as he weaves a tale of old Ireland. In days when heathen gods were honored and the old ways were still held in the hearts and minds of the native folk. In a time when fairies, wights (reanimated corpses, either human or animal.) and even “Werewolves” were not just the things of fantasy, follow Mayne as he discovers the truth about an ancient tribe said to be shape-shifting “Wolf Men.”
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Interested in more “Werewolves and Dog Men?”
See my review of The Beast of Bray Road
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THE BRIDGEWATER TRIANGLE MYSTERY

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The Bridgewater Triangle” hosts an unusually high volume of reports involving strange happenings, baffling mysteries and sinister deeds. From ghostly hauntings and cryptid animal sightings, to UFO encounters and evidence of satanic ritual sacrifice, this 200-square mile region in Southeastern Massachusetts serves as one of the world’s most diverse and well-known hot spots for paranormal activity
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Was the strange creature that William Russo encountered on a late night walk with his dog one of the dreaded Pukwudgies that the local Wampanoag Indian tribe fears? Here is his chilling account.

RATING:  5 Charley’s
The Bridgewater Triangle encompasses slightly over 200 miles of weird in southeastern Massachusetts. Its points are anchored in the north, by the city of Abington. In the southeast, Freetown and in the southwest, Rehoboth.

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From ghoulies and ghosties. And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!
Traditional Scottish Prayer

And when I write weird, I actually mean REALLY WEIRD. There is not one denizen of the ranks of the  Fortean Pantheon that does not make its appearance in the triangle. Some on a hauntingly regular basis. And this documentary covers them all. The value of the video is that it interviews key investigators and witnesses. So, it’s mostly first-hand source data for you to consider.

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Like the Mothman story in Point Pleasant WV, the Bridgewater Triangle legend begins with Native American and settlers conflicts. The bloody war that spread throughout New England was known as King Philip’s War, named after the Chief who lead the uprising. Five percent of New England’s population was killed in the struggle. Today, many people think there’s an Indian curse on the land, just as the people of Point Pleasant believe their town is cursed in the same way.  (See my review: Eyes of the Mothman.)

Overall it’s an entertaining and highly informative video. If you’ve never heard of the Bridgewater Triangle before, here’s your Masters’ Degree course on it.  Then after viewing it, ask yourself “Can all of these incredible things be happening in an area that anyone on the east coast can easily drive to?”

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Appearing throughout the video is the much respected researcher Loren Colman. In 1983, Cryptozoologist Colman published his book, Mysterious America. In it he described a 200 square-mile region in southeastern Massachusetts with a long history of strange, paranormal, and sometimes, sinister activity. He called the region, The Bridgewater Triangle.
Learn more about Colman:

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WHERE TO SEE IT:
AMAZON PRIME FREE IF YOU’RE A MEMBER
If not, purchase and rental prices are listed.

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WHDH Radio reporters Steve Sbraccia and Jerry Lopes
had a close encounter with a huge UFO.

REFERENCES:
The Bridgewater Triangle
Wikipedia:
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Covering 17 thousand acres, the Hockomock swamp is the centerpiece of paranormal activity in the triangle.

Learn more about the fearsome Pukwudgies/Puk-Wudjies
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Wikipedia:
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The Boston Globe Archives
Inside the Bridgewater Triangle:
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A chance sighting of a Bigfoot-like creature in the winter of 1978, turned Joseph Deandrade into a lifelong Bigfoot investigator and advocate of the paranormal aspect of the Bridgewater Triangle.

ROADTRIPPERS
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A great way to plan your summer road trip when the lock-downs are cancelled. Features a town-by-town break-down of what paranormal activities occurred or continue to occur in the Triangle.
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Check out ROADTRIPPERS’ STRANGE DESTINATIONS page for all your future paranormal safari adventures.
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THE LOCAL MASSACHUSETTS CABLE STATION
Tales of the Bridgewater Triangle – FREE
West Bridgewater TV – YouTube Station
This is a local access cable TV station and a great place to get the history and viewpoints on the Triangle. Host Nathan Mayer speaks with guests on the myths and legends surrounding the “neighborhood” they live in.
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Police Lt. Detective Alvin Alves investigated murders, satanic ritual activities, animal mutilations and disappearances in the Freetown State Forest in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

The Bridgewater Triangle – Bonus Material – Loren Coleman – FREE
West Bridgewater TV – YouTube Station
Bonus interview footage from the documentary.
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BOOKS:
Ghosts of the Bridgewater Triangle
By Christopher Balzano
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For countless years, the people along the Massachusetts-Rhode Island border have known about the Bridgewater Triangle and the odd things that occur there. But for centuries before that, the Triangle has been a haven for the unexplained, with sightings of weird animals, UFOs, ghosts, and unmarked, strange government vehicles. Now, for the first time, the full light of research is brought to this understudied aspect of the Triangle, including the examination of classic hauntings as well as urban legends told for years as true stories. Learn about the ghosts of Profile and Anawan Rocks in Freetown, the spirits haunting the hospital of the insane in Taunton, the eerie cemeteries in Fairhaven, Attleboro, and Fall River, and many more scary sites. Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island can finally be exposed as one of the most haunted areas of New England.
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The origin of the Dighton rock, with all its mysterious carvings is unknown, but some investigators think it dates back to thousands of years ago.

Dark Woods: Cults, Crime, and the Paranormal in the Freetown State Forest, Massachusetts
By Christopher Balzano
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Throughout its long history, Freetown, Massachusetts, has been a hotbed of criminal and supernatural occurrences in the town’s State Forest. This is the first account of how its darker side connects hauntings with violent crime and local cults. Native American ghosts roam here and evil lurks, making the forest a haven for nasty creatures (the Pukwudgies). A witch looks for favors from young men, Satan cults thrive, and killers kill. Read first-hand accounts from police officials and criminals about the forest. Learn why hauntings continue today. Many come here to enjoy the beauty of Freetown State Forest; these are the stories of those who cannot leave.
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THE BOOK THAT STARTED IT ALL:
Mysterious America:
The Ultimate Guide to the Nation’s Weirdest Wonders,
Strangest Spots, and Creepiest Creatures
By Loren Coleman
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Bestselling author and noted Cryptologist Loren Coleman set out on the ultimate mission: to uncover the fun and intriguing phenomena that exist right here in the United States. In Mysterious America, a fun and compulsively readable guidebook to America’s most popular local legends, he prepares readers for their own adventure – where to find the unbelievable spectacles on their journey, including: Phantom panthers haunting eastern North America. Bay State ghosts and spirits. Mad gassers in Illinois Champ, the famous Lake Champlain monster, the Minnesota Iceman The Missouri Momo and the infamous Eastern Bigfoot and many more! Coleman’s witty insight and astonishing experiences will captivate followers of Charles Fort and just-plain-curious readers alike. For, as Coleman frankly reveals, these strange creatures and unimaginable wonders may lie just beyond your own backyard.
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Monsters of Massachusetts: Mysterious Creatures in the Bay State
By Loren Coleman
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“Loren Coleman is the first and last name in cryptozoology. He’s blazed the trail for so many of us. Massachusetts mysteries like the Dover Demon and the Bridgewater Triangle have names because Coleman discovered and named them. His years of research gathering the cryptid sightings, physical evidence, and details of these strange creatures and legends have paid off in a big way in Monsters of Massachusetts.”
Jeff Belanger, Author of Weird Massachusetts.
Bizarre beasts of the Bay State featured in this volume include, The Dover Demon, Gloucester Sea Serpent, Hockomock Swamp’s Beasties, Pukwudgees and Bigfoot.
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