A fun story from an author of a new book about strange things in Cannock Chase.
Since the 1940s, the pig-man – half-man, half-swine – has allegedly been spotted trotting through the Staffordshire beauty spot, a haven for paranormal activity, his haunting squeals echoing across the heather at dusk.
Lee Brickley, from Cannock, has gathered eye-witness accounts for his debut book, UFOs, Werewolves and The Pig-Man: a veritable A to Z of The Chase’s weird and wonderful. It’s a crackling read.
And he thinks he’s found it [the truth] following a recent email from the grandson of a former soldier. The human hog was a tale manufactured by military top brass to keep the public away from sensitive wartime installations.
The whistleblower, who has asked not to be found, said: “He told me when he was stationed on Cannock Chase, he and some others had been tasked with spreading rumours around the local area about a human/pig hybrid on the loose in the woods.
“He said this was a known military tactic for keeping civilians away from army occupied areas.”
Yet the pig-man is still being seen, with Lee receiving reports on a weekly basis, belying claims the army was simply telling porkies. If he’s not real, then there’s an extremely ugly individual out there.
This is a very Scooby-Doo-like story, manufactured in order to keep people away. Local stories like this become popular and exaggerated due to the rumors mentioned. They are fun and provide local color. But as with many mysteries or cryptozoological stories, the truth is more about how people develop and pass on local lore rather than a real enigma out there.
Tip: Lee Brickley