UFO Clearinghouse Receives Report of 'Tall Man' with 'Black Wings' in Oak Park

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Manuel Navarette of UFO Clearinghouse received a report last week of a "tall man" with a "very large black pair of wings," and glowing, "ruby red" eyes.  According to the report, the sighting took place at about 11 p.m. on Friday, February 2nd, 2018.

I was walking toward my apartment with my best friend and another girlfriend after getting off Green line train. It was about 11 p.m. on Friday, February 2, 2018. We were right next to the parking lot next to the YMCA when we saw something land across the street from us. The streetlight gave it some illumination along with the moonlight and it looked like a tall man, but it had a very large black pair of wings. Now I know we had been drinking a bit, but I was sober enough to know reality from hallucination. Besides seeing this thing was enough to make scare anyone sober in a heartbeat.  Seeing a man with wings was already freaky enough, but when we saw what could only be described as its eyes, it sent a chill down my body. The eyes were bright red and seemed to glow from within. It looked at us for maybe 5 seconds before it spread its wings as wide as they could apparently go started to flap them, it then slowly gained altitude, flapping those wings faster and faster till it was above the building and gone.  We could not get back to my apartment fast enough, once inside we closed and bolted the door shut.

Navarette said he was able to make contact with two of the witnesses, and sat down to interview them last Thursday, February 8th.  He released the results of the interview to UFO Clearinghouse in the following statement.

Spoke with two of the Witnesses yesterday and both seem to be sincere and well-educated professional individuals. Both individuals, a male of 26 years old and a female of 28 years old and have been at their jobs for 5 and 7 years respectively and both do admit to drinking but both confirm that they have never done anything stronger than marijuana.

The third witness was unable to meet with us, he indicated that he would get in touch with me at a later date. I was given some background information on the third witness, he is around the same age as both the witnesses I interviewed, professional and educated as well.

According to the witnesses, they had gone out after work and had arrived at the Green Line Station at Harlem and Lake at about 1130 p.m. and headed to the male witnesses apartment which was about 3 blocks from the train station.
As they were walking toward the apartment, they reportedly saw a large human-shaped entity with large black wings landing across the street from them. They described the entity as being approximately 6-6.5 feet tall, very skinny and lanky with very large wings which were approximately 10 foot wide.

When asked how they determined the wings width, they said that the entity had spread its wings to their full width before taking off into the air. They both described the entities eyes as bright ruby red which glowed from within as it stared at them for a few seconds before taking off into the air. Both Witnesses stated that they watched the entity for about 7 to 10 seconds before the interview notice them and took him to the air. They describe the entity vigorously flapping its wings as it climbed into the air, rising up into the air and above the buildings and out of sight.

The witnesses stood there for about a minute before headed toward their apartment. They described their mood as stunned and shocked.
They both said that they never felt scared or fearful of their sighting.

Both Witnesses were interviewed individually and then together, both corroborated each other stories with no deviation. When asked questions meant to embellish or deviate from their stories, both witnessโ€™s quickly corrected the investigator indicating that there was no deception or embellishment of the story. It is the investigator opinion that both witnesses are credible and that the story seems to be truthful.

Oak Park is a village on the western border of Chicago, less than 10 miles from Lake Michigan.  The village is bordered on the southwest by the Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve, and the Des Plaines River to the south.

This is the latest in a string of flying creature sightings reported in the Chicago area.  Most of the sightings have taken place near the lakefront within a few miles of Lake Michigan, although there are some reports coming from the suburbs surrounding Chicago and even farther afield.  The sightings generally take place in the evening or at night, often in or near a park and around water, and witnesses consistently describe a large, bat or bird-like creature with humanoid features; although in one case the creature was reportedly "insect-like." 

To report a sighting, contact Lon Strickler at lonstrickler@phantomsandmonsters.com or call him directly at 410-241-5974; fill out UFO Clearinghouse's contact form to get in touch with Manuel Navarette; or reach out to us directly at The Singular Fortean Society through our contact page.

You can view a timeline of the sightings so far here, and an interactive map here.

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