Monster of Conser Lake
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|Monster of Conser Lake|
|a.k.a.||Conser Lake Creature, Conser Spook|
|Region(s)||Linn County, Oregon|
|First reported||24 July 1960|
The Monster of Conser Lake is a press name for a crypto-hominid or "ghostly" entity reported to have been active in the area of Conser Lake in Linn County, Oregon, near Millersburg and north of Albany during the summer of 1960.
- "Teenagers Sight 'Ghostly' Figure", Albany Democrat-Herald (Albany, OR): 1, 27 July 1960, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/442122844/, "No sign has been found of a ghostly figure reported in the Conser lake area Sunday night [24 July 1960], Sheriff George Miller said this morning, but his office is continuing to investigate the matter. A group of teenagers said that they had seen a stoop-shouldered figure, nearly seven feet tall, which made eerie noises. The figure was said to have run away when a flashlight was turned on it. Miller said that the reports differed on how the figure was dressed, but that all the witnesses agreed it was ghostly in appearance."
- "Conser Lake Spook? Here's Exclusive by D-H Ghost Writer - And a Picture, Too", Albany Democrat-Herald (Albany, OR): 2, 4 Aug. 1960, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/442076262
- Westby, Betty, "Shot Taken At Monster On Lake", Greater Oregon (Albany, OR): 1, 5 Aug. 1960, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/565923154/
- "Anyone See a Ghost?", Statesman Journal (Salem, OR): 4, 7 Aug. 1960, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/80296774, "Take Albany, for instance. Things were getting pretty dull after all the excitement of the Timber Carnival. Then along comes the Conser Lake ghost a'screaming in the night, frightening teen-agers parked out along the road. The Albany radio station, owned by flying saucer enthusiast Gordon Allen, launched a ghost hunt. Everyone gets into the 'spirit' of the thing and first thing you know there are reports of a man hospitalized with shock after seeing the ghost. Someone else tells how the ghost chased a truck down the road. Weird, ghost-like noises are heard. Folks start packing guns and staying indoors at night. The Linn county sheriff George Miller is not nearly as worried about the ghost as he is about all those skittish people carrying guns."
- Westby, Betty, "Don't Shoot At Mystery Monster Of Conser Lake", Greater Oregon (Albany, OR): 1, 12 Aug. 1960, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/565923203
- Westby, Betty, "Interest Revives in Elusive Conser Lake Monster; Eye-Witness Refutes Radio KGW Report", Greater Oregon (Albany, OR): 1, 21 Oct. 1960, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/565923203
- "How Now, Conser Monster?", Albany Democrat-Herald (Albany, OR): 6, 23 June 1962, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/442097545/
- "Falsity Clings to Life", Albany Democrat-Herald (Albany, OR): 4, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/442036808, "The 'Conser Monster' caused no little excitement in some circles for a few days, until it was determined to be pure fabrication by some 'teenagers, publicized by gullible parents. Doubt arose at the start because no residents of the Conser Lake area three miles north of the Albany city limits had ever seen the apparition — visible only to the three or four youngsters who chanced to be lurking at the lake one dark night. State police and sheriff's deputies who investigated came to the conclusion that the wild story grew out of an effort by owners of an illicit liquor cache on the lake bank to frighten the young interlopers away so they would not stumble upon the liquor. Discovery of the caches by law enforcement officers coincided approximately with the appearance of the 'monster.'"