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Lair of the Beasts: Monsters, MIB and Menace
Loch Ness Mysteries
By Nick Redfern
November 17, 2012
Monsters and the Supernatural
© Nick Redfern
Fredrick William “Ted” Holiday was born in 1920, and was a well-known journalist, angler, crypto-zoologist, 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.
Ted Holiday actually had very good reason indeed to believe that there was something highly strange about the beasts of Loch Ness, and that all was not as it initially seemed to be.
Commenting on his monster-hunting activities at the loch, and elsewhere too, he noted that on all-too-many occasions when people tried to photograph the monsters of the deep, their cameras failed to work properly, or the photographs came out fogged or blurry when they were developed.
Holiday admitted that most Loch Ness Monster researchers dismissed such anomalies as anything other than mere chance, primarily because the overriding viewpoint was that physical animals – even ones of an unknown type – simply did not have the ability to cause cameras to malfunction.
And, yet, the sheer, illogical number of reports on-file where camera-related problems were so prevalent only added further weight to Holiday’s growing beliefs that there was something very, very unsettling about the long-necked, coiling creatures that have, for so long, called Loch Ness their home.
The most disturbing aspect of Holiday’s research was still to come, however. On one particular day in 1973, Holiday was once again at Loch Ness, still faithfully seeking the truth about his enigmatic, elusive nemeses.
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; like literally vanished.
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. Sometimes, monster-hunting can be deadly.
Nick Redfern is the author of many books, including Memoirs of a Monster Hunter and (with Ken Gerhard) Monsters of Texas.