These vicious, marsupial-like primates have reportedly attacked humans across North America since 1934.

Devil Monkeys are a unique breed of NAPE (North American Ape) that have been described as being about 3 to 4-feet tall, although some eyewitnesses have sworn that these furry fiends can reach a height that is in excess of 7-feet. It seems clear, however, that those who have had an encounter with this larger version of the beast are actually describing a run-in with a prototypical HAIRY HOMINID and not the smaller, more primate-like Devil Monkey.

Unlike the legendarily gorilla-like BIGFOOT or YETI, these creatures — which have been seen throughout the American South and Mid-West and as far North as Alaska — have been described as a shaggy, canine-faced baboon-like creatures with powerful, almost kangaroo-like legs, a trait they share with the South America’s notorious “goat sucker” the CHUPACABRA.

Other distinguishing traits that Devil Monkeys are said to bear include 3-toed, razor-clawed feet, tiny pointed ears and a long, often bushy, tail.

The first reported  encounter with this swift, dangerous predator occurred in 1934, in South Pittsburgh, Tennessee. According to the reports — which were allegedly published in national newspapers — eyewitnesses described a mysterious beast that could “leap across fields” with “lightening speed.”

This ability to jump great distances — up to 20-feet according to some accounts — have led some to speculate that these animals may have something in common with the  MYSTERY KANGAROOS that have been seen throughout the United States for decades. The suggestion is that those who think they’re seeing kangaroos from a distance are, in fact, spying Devil Monkeys.

While these 1934 encounters may or may not be associated with this phenomenon, the first “official” Devil Monkey sighting occurred in 1959, while a couple by the name of Boyd were driving through the mountains near their home in Saltville, Virginia.

According to their account, an ape-like beast attacked their car, leaving three  scratch marks on the vehicle. The The Boyd’s daughter, Pauline, described the terrifying attacker:

“(It had) light, taffy colored hair, with a white blaze down its neck and underbelly… it stood on two, large well-muscled back legs and had shorter front legs or arms.”

Boyd went on to describe a second Devil Monkey encounter that occurred just days later in the same region: “Several days after this incident, two nurses from the Saltville area were driving home from work one morning and were attacked by an unknown creature who ripped the convertible top from their car.” Luckily the nurses — though surely frightened out of their wits — were unharmed.

In 1969, esteemed mystery ape researchers RENE DAHINDEN and JOHN GREEN looked into accounts of a long-tailed “monkey” beast that eyewtinesses claimed was lurking near Mamquam, British Columbia. This creature was said to have left a series of distinctive, three toed tracks — much like those attributed to Devil Monkeys as well as the legendary HONEY ISLAND SWAMP MONSTER — in its wake.

In 1973, famed cryptozoologist and author LOREN COLEMAN investigated reports of three, black bushy-tailed “giant monkeys” that were said to have slaughtered livestock in Albany, Kentucky. Coleman mentioned the event in an interview with Animal Planet:

“I investigated that case in depth. I interviewed the people, who were very sincere. In the whole context of devil monkey reports, it seemed extremely sincere. You have these reports of hairy, monkey-like creatures with tails, very different from Bigfoot.”

In 1979, there was a spate of reported encounters with a bipedal, monkey-like critter known as the BELT ROAD BOOGER, which hailed from the rural depths of Georgia. One female eyewitness described it as: “The ugliest looking thing I’ve ever seen… (it had a tail) like a beaver’s, but it’s bushy.” She also claimed in bore “a face like a dog.” These traits are all known to be Devil Monkey characteristics.

In fact, more than a few eyewitnesses have describe these beasts as resembling a wild dog at a distance, which suggests that this creature may employ both bipedal and quadrupedal locomotion. This depiction of the creature coincides with what some consider to be the most recent — and controversial — Devil Monkey encounter on the books to date.

According to the report, On January 12, 2006, an anonymous witness claimed that he and his family entered their Chicago home to discover what he asserted was a  “devil-like creature violently attacking my 6 year-old labrador dog.”

The man further described the beast as being “an unsual combination of a monkey, wolf, and devil” with “long fangs, a monkey-like tail and extremely bright glowing eyes.” It should be noted that while “unnaturally” glowing eyes have been associated with the MURPHYSBORO MUD MONSTER and Ohio’s ORANGE EYES, it is not something generally associated with the Devil Monkey phenomenon.

Surprisingly, this fellow — unlike so many others who are taken aback by their first encounter with an ostensibly violent cryptid — claimed that he remained calm enough to grab a nearby camera and snap a photo of the allegedly diabolical fiend. It was after the flashbulb’s burst that this creature purportedly “sprang to its hind legs and ran,” nearly pushing over this lucky fellow and his family in an effort to escape through the open door behind them.

This unnamed observer also claimed that his neighborhood had been hereafter plagued with numerous reports of missing pets and even went so far as to state that there was an additional — as yet wholly unsubstantiated — account of yet another individual seeing an identical beast  hanging from a local tree by its tail.

While we here at American Monsters pride ourselves on being champions of the bizarre, rather than judges — a chore we leave up to you dear readers — it seems fairly obvious to us that this image depicts not an unknown cryptid but a typical canine with it’s eyes reflecting the camera’s flash. The Labrador, which it was supposedly “attacking,” does not appear to be in a state of duress — as one would assume it might be in such a situation — and there even seems to be an indication of a collar around this allegedly “unknown” animal’s neck.

While the aforementioned case may reek of a hoax, some investigators feel that there is an intriguing link between these vicious, new world primates and the still controversial DERIDDER ROADKILL photos — which appeared on the internet in 1996 — and seem to depict the CURIOUS CARCASS of an unidentified, baboon-like animal with canine features on a Louisiana road side.

It’s worth mentioning that in 1996, Louisiana was also the site for another strange eyewitness report that seems very much like a Devil Monkey. The report was posted online by an biologist — who works as a consultant for a biotechnology firm and, understandably, withheld his name  —  in July of 2009. From his own account:

“As I sat there alone, gazing out at the rain, I noticed some movement to my left in a large field next to the property. This field is separated from the property by an old fence with scattered pine trees next to it… I turned to look and saw something, I honestly don’t know what, running extremely fast on all fours from the field towards our property.”

“At first I guess I kinda thought it may be a dog, but as it got closer I realized I was wrong. The thing, whatever it was, ran on all fours to a spot in the fence were the trees were about thirty feet apart, and lept over the five-foot fence in one hop.”

“Once on my side of the fence, this thing stood up on two legs! It was only thirty feet from me at that point, and I got a really good look at it. It was about four feet tall, maybe a little bigger. It had really big, yellowish eyes, large pointed ears, and a sparse coat of shaggy fur. It stood on its tiptoes, and had a long, somewhat bushy tail, kinda like a squirrel, but not nearly as thickly furred.”

“The snout was very cat-like…  I was close enough to make out thick hairs on the face. I’m inclined to believe that these may have been whiskers. Once it stood, it kept its arms to its sides, much like a human, but slightly bent at the elbows. Its hands had identifiable fingers with noticeable claws.”

With its bushy tail, pointed ears, “noticeable” claws and penchant for leaping it is difficult not to associate this  eyewitness report — as well as his extraordinary illustrations — with those of classic Devil Monkey sightings. One of the responses to his post even referred to American Monster’s original Devil Monkeys article, which brought forth this response:

“I know I saw something that day that I could not explain, and I am hard pressed to ask others to blindly accept what I say at face value. I am not trying to convince anyone, but rather find answers for myself… in any case, after considering the evidence, I firmly believe that what I saw was indeed a so-called devil monkey.”

While most are convinced that this is a heretofore UNCLASSIFIED species of primate — or perhaps even a remnant species of an ancient family of simians known as Tarsiids — there are some who believe that Devil Monkeys belong less to the world of cryptozoology and more to the shadowy realm that exists BEYOND MYTHOLOGY.

These researchers tell of a creature that comes to us from the legends of a Native American people who originally hailed from the Southeastern United States known as the Choctaws.

The Choctaws told tales  of the NALUSA FALAY, which they claimed were thin, black, humanoid beings — much like SHADOW PEOPLE — with beady eyes and long pointy ears. It was believed that Nalusa Falaya stalked their victims by sliding on their stomachs like a snake, which is, admittedly, a far cry from the bounding approach often accredited to Devil Monkeys.

There are some investigators who have even speculated that these animals might hail from OUT OF THIS WORLD or may even be related to the FORMERLY EXTINCT primate Theropithecus oswaldi — an ancient, giant relative of the modern day gelada — which has been associated with the notorious African predator known as the NANDI BEAR.

© Copyright Rob Morphy 2002 — 2011

  • Lacie Hall

    I live in a small town in West Virginia, and I was with my brother and my mother driving home one night. It was around 7:30 or 8:00 I can’t really be sure, but we were laughing and talking and just having fun. I saw something run in front of the vehicle, and my brother saw it but my mother didn’t. What we saw wasn’t necessarily alarming but it looked like a monkey/lemur with a really long tail.
    It was small, like a lemur and it had a tail like a lemur, but it ran like a monkey. It just freaked me out.

  • ganixle

    Found this site after seeing a black monkey like creature running around in my neighborhood in the Florida Panhandle. Creature appears to be about 3 feet in height, lanky and seems to hang with some feral cats in the neighborhood. It runs away when I approach and cleared a 6 foot chainlink fence with 3 strands of barbed wire on top the other night. Real creepy thing that causes some uneasiness when it is around.

  • Reminds me of reports of escaped killer chimps. Could the devil monkey be an evolution from escaped chimps?
    Look up monsterquest: killer chimps on youtube.

  • keeganjohn

    keep in mind not everything has a cryptozoological explination, lacie. what you saw might have been something called a sherman’s fox squirel. ive never seen one my self, but they are a very endangered species that fits your discription almost exactly.

  • mal098

    The deilvel monkey mite be a hybrid of a monkey,kankaroo, and lemer or it mite be a houxs.But I belive in lacie.

  • rfisher30

    I feel so much better finding this site with an explanation of what I saw about a year ago about April 2011 I couldn’t sleep I went outside my northern California home at around 5:45 am and heard a squirrel chirping and barking out of control then I saw it this black monkeyish beast with crazy long fangs running super fast after this squirrel this thing was on all fours running at Insane speeds the squirrel shot up this big ponderosa pine and this thing at a full run jumped and was up that tree like 35 feet and climbing fast as I made a holy sh you get the piont it must have heard me cause it let out a god awful noise flew
    Down the tree and I ran in the house cause there was no way I can move as fast as
    That thing and I didn’t know if it
    Was coming tward me but seeing the drawings on this site this is what I saw finally my friends will beleive me

  • Melissa

    I was driving on back roads with two of my kids in north west ga . My daughter who is seven said she saw a monkey in someone’s back yard . I looked up what she said it looked like and devil monkey came up . When she saw drawing of it she said that’s what she saw . When we went back to see if it was still there it wasn’t

  • buddy69er

    We call this thing the monkey dog.was seen for acouple months back in the summer of 1998.a local man was found dead the same time 30 feet from he’s house torn up.people say he’s pitbull did it.but I say the monkey dog got him.would hear a strange scream. At the time.never heard it before or after the monkey dog was last seen.ontario canada.

  • we live in branson Missouri and my 9 year old son was playing in the yard and had looked up and found himself about 5 feet from a strange animal .he said it was sitting on its hind legs like a person squatting. .he said it was the color of a deer and had short hair on its body but had long bushy fir around its face and head like a lion, more like a chow dog, and its face was flat like almost human. it had a bushy short or half tail is what he said. it was big he said like his grandpa.

    he got scared and turned and started running to the house to get grandpa but he said he heard a weird yowling kinda bark come from the woods he turned around when he heard the animal make the same call sound as if answering the one in the woods. .but he said it was gone and he said it moved incredibly fast and jumped way high on its hind legs.

    we all assumed it was a mountain lion or bobcat. my mother, his grandma, saw 2 of these creatures about 3 days later one was bigger then the other it was mid-afternoon .again broad daylight .she was home alone and they were at the edge of the field about 20 feet away …she took pictures but she only had one contact in and didn’t want to miss her chance looking for her glasses. .so the creatures are out of focus.

    on and off we’ve all witnessed or heard the sounds of these monkey like creatures with human like faces ..we believe it a mother and her young. they are not aggressive they don’t seem to be intimidated by our presence they almost seem uninterested nonplussed ..we heard an old man say he heard of something called a deer-cat? any info is appreciated.

    • American Monsters

      We’re not sure exactly what you and your family might have encountered and we’ve never heard of a “deer-cat” (though I assure you we will research it). That having been said, it sounds to us like your son and mother might have had a run-in with a DEVIL MONKEY family or some other species of NAPE (North American Ape). Either way we’d love to hear more about it and any other more recent sightings. If you could get a hold of us and we’ll contact you asap! Thanks!

  • There were reports in 1875 in what is now the Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area of Ohio, back then an area of Iron ore mining and furnaces (hence the name Vesuvius) of a “Devil” that constantly harassed workers. The creature had a thin body, low squatty legs and a long black tail. Story in the Ironton Register, 3/11/1875

    • American Monsters

      That’s fascinating… can’t wait to research that account! Thanks!

  • I’ve seen something similar to these things here in North Carolina I live at the foothills of the applalation mountains.

    • American Monsters

      It seems like Devil Monkeys pop up all over North America. It’s a really extraordinary phenomenon.

  • Bianca

    I live in a small town in southern Oklahoma. My Jack Russell terrier has been freaking out every night for the past week. She growls while inside and I don’t hear a thing. Neither do my other two dogs. When I let her out she barks like crazy. And she has done this for a week,every night. Also,it’s been snowing and the other day my mother asked if we had a chicken in the yard because in the snow there was a little trail right by the porch of a three clawed animal. It looked too big to be a small animal though. Well,a few minutes ago I let my dogs out. I went to the door to let them back in. So,as I was standing there with the door open in the doorway my Jack Russell starts growling and running to the street. I see an animal running super fast from her. It was bigger than her and a dark color. It had a really bushy tail. It ran really funny. It looked like a monkey to me cause from the way it ran it looked like it’s arms were shorter. My dog definitely lost the chase and after a block it turned into someone’s yard. I wondered what I saw. I thought maybe a coyote or a raccoon. So,I googled animal that runs like a monkey and this is where I got…. I just seen it under the street light for maybe two seconds but it looked like an animal I’ve never seen and it really freaked me out!!

    • American Monsters

      That’s phenomenal, Bianca. We’d love to talk to you more about your sighting… and thanks for reporting it!

  • cards are for throwing

    you people are freaking me out i live near a huge forest and some times at night i here some kind of screeching last time i heard it was 2/18/14 in ohio i was home alone at like 9;30

  • cards are for throwing

    i just dont want to be freaked out all night long

  • Justin

    I saw this devil monkey in new Johnsonville tn may ,17,2015 it was about 9:00pm when I was driving and saw this creature , it was white shaggy hair about 3 to 4 feet tall it was standing on a light pole and jumped to a tree about 10 feet away and seemed to run threw the trees not clime but running craziest thing I had ever seen

    • American Monsters

      We’d love to hear more about your encounter, Justin… cam we contact you about this?