It had been a Friday night like any other in Chicago for John Amitrano. As he took a step outside the bar where he was working, however, he apparently noticed something strange in the sky above him. And according to Amitrano, the figure looked just like an ominous creature that people have been claiming to see in the U.S. for the past 50 years.
All across America, there have been numerous reported sightings of paranormal entities. In fact, there are specific branches of pseudoscientific inquiry dedicated to investigating the existence of such alleged phenomena and beings. Ufology delves into the subject of UFOs, for example, while cryptozoology seeks to demonstrate that creatures described in folklore actually inhabit our world.
Cryptozoology derives from studies by zoologists Ivan T. Sanderson and Bernard Heuvelmans. But despite its academic origins, the movement generally ignores scientific consensus and oftentimes actively opposes it. Specifically, this pseudoscience concerns itself with mythical creatures, such as the chupacabra and Bigfoot, that have never been proven to exist.