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Lair of the Beasts: MIB and Monsters
When Mysteries Meet
By Nick Redfern
May 05, 2012
Coming later this month, as you may very well know, is Men in Black 3 – starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin. And, as readers of my Lair of the Beasts columns may know, I have written extensively about not just strange creatures, but also about the MIB in reality, rather than just on-screen fiction.
That’s right: although many people associate the MIB with Hollywood and nothing else, the fact of the matter is that real-life encounters with these shadowy, sinister figures have been reported for decades. But, sometimes, the MIB phenomenon gets really weird, particularly so when it crosses over into other areas of deep mystery, including none other than the Loch Ness Monster.
Yes, you did read that right! And here’s the strange tale, in all its very odd glory.
Fredrick William Holiday was born in 1920, and was a well-known journalist, angler, cryptozoologist, and wildlife specialist. Largely prompted by sensational newspaper stories of the early 1930s, Holiday devoted much of his life to investigating the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster; and, in the 1960s, became a member of the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau. After several hundred hours of faithfully and carefully watching the loch, Holiday was able to claim no less than four sightings of mysterious creatures within its deep, dark waters.
In his 1968 book, The Great Orm of Loch Ness, Holiday suggested that the animals might very well be monstrous invertebrates. By 1972, however, Holiday had publicly, and very radically, rejected his initial hypothesis that the Loch Ness Monsters were purely physical creatures that science had yet to classify.
This can be demonstrated by acquainting oneself with his second book, The Dragon and the Disc. In its pages, Holiday suggested there was a definite relationship between lake-monsters and UFOs. He even offered the possibility that the beasts were evil in nature – and perhaps had paranormal or demonic origins. This was borne out by an event that occurred on June 2, 1973.
On that day, Holiday rendezvoused at Loch Ness with a certain Reverend Dr. Donald Omand, who was about to attempt something truly remarkable and probably almost unique: nothing less than a fully-fledged exorcism of Loch Ness.
In Holiday’s own words: “We stopped first at the beach of Lochend where a protective ceremony was enacted. This consisted of a brief service followed by the application of holy water in the form of a cross to the foreheads of the participants.”
Although many mainstream researchers and students of the monsters of Loch Ness loudly scoff at the very notion that they might be anything than mere flesh-and-blood in nature, others have been prepared to at least look at the data suggesting that the paranormal might play some form of role in the ongoing Loch Ness controversy – and, certainly, Holiday was very near the top of the list.
And, it was while his research into the paranormal aspects of Nessie was at its height that Holiday encountered nothing less than a malevolent MIB at the loch.
On one particular day in 1973, not long after the series of exorcisms performed by the Reverend Dr. Donald Omand, Holiday was once again at Loch Ness, still faithfully seeking the truth about his enigmatic, elusive nemesis.
He later recorded that on the day in question: “…across the grass, beyond the roadway and at the top of the slope leading down to Loch Ness…stood a figure. It was a man dressed entirely in black. Unlike other walkers who sometimes pause to admire the Loch Ness panorama, this one had his back to the loch and was staring fixedly at me.”
Echoing what so many others have said about the Men in Black, Holiday admitted to feeling a deep sense of malevolence and abnormality emanating from the cold, passionless entity in his presence. Suddenly, Holiday heard a curious whispering, or whistling, noise and the Man in Black vanished in an instant.
And there was an almost-deadly sequel to this very disquieting affair: when he returned to Loch Ness in 1974 to continue his investigations, Holiday was stopped in his tracks after only a few days with a serious heart-attack. As a stretcher carried him up the side of the loch to a waiting ambulance, he peered groggily over the side and noted that he had just passed over the exact same spot where the Man in Black had stood the previous year.
Sadly, Holiday passed away prematurely in 1979: he was not even sixty. Some might be inclined to suspect that he was a victim of the Men in Black. And, just maybe, they would be correct in that suspicion, too.
Nick Redfern’s new book, The Pyramids and the Pentagon, will be published in June by New Page Books.