The nightcrawler video that aired on Fact or Faked Paranormal Files (July 22) leaves viewers unsettled. According to an informal poll conducted on my personal blog, only 25 percent of readers think the video is a hoax. Over 45 percent admit to being stumped for a reasonable explantion, while 8 percent think it is an animal and another 17 percent claim it must be alien. The remaining 5 percent claim there must be some other explanation.
No one seems to have any idea what that explanation could be, or if they do, they aren’t sharing it.
Fact or Faked initially thought the night crawler image was a hoax, but attempts to recreate the image failed. Fact or Faked attempted to film a “puppet” both from a suspended wire and by walking with it on a pole. The theory was that even if someone walked the puppet, the person could have been digitally removed from the picture. All attempts failed to replicate the image, as the movement of the puppet varied greatly from the movement in the video.
Attempts to have a child, the approximate height of the recorded image, walk the same path also failed. The child’s body was considerably wider that the night crawler and body parts were clearly visible.
The original video was presented at the 2008 MUFON Symposium in San José (July 2008). Reportedly captured by home surveillance equipment, the video reveals two strange creatures, dubbed nightcrawlers. The owner, claims to have been awakened in the night by his dogs barking in a “strange way“. Being concerned that someone may be trying to steal from his personal property, the owner went to the surveillance camera to discover two strange beings walking across the yard. The creatures are estimated to be 2 to 3 feet high and are thought to have walked through a fence.
It is unclear whether the man watched the tape in real time or rewound it to view what had happened prior to his waking. If he watched it in real time, that poses a bit of a question for me. Why wouldn’t he go look out the window to see what the creatures were? There is no information about whether he investigated them in anyway.
Although the second “nightcrawler” appears to have long legs and walks rapidly across the yard, close viewing of the video reveals that the highlighted legs may actually be some sort of fabric catching the light as the creature moves. The shadow cast by the night crawler does not reveal any separation of the legs as the object moves across the yard, but does reveal a bulbous shadow, presumably of the creature’s head.
I’m not an expert by any means, but several questions come to mind. What attempts were made to “clean up the image” to get a better look at these mysterious creatures? Did professionals evaluate the film to determine if it had been altered?
For now, it seems, no one knows for sure what the night crawlers really are, but one thing is sure, Fact or Faked got the attention of its viewers.
Fact or Faked Paranormal Files (July 22, 2010)