Man with a snout — Cannock Chase weirdness

A fun story from an author of a new book about strange things in Cannock Chase.

Cannock Chase pig man: The truth at last? – Birmingham Mail.

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.
pig man

Paranormal Cannock Chase.

Tip: Lee Brickley

  4 comments for “Man with a snout — Cannock Chase weirdness

  1. July 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Oh sure, and the movie ‘Penelope’ was true either, right?

  2. Chris Howard
    July 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    “Big man, pig man, ha ha charade you are.” -Pink Floyd

    I wonder if this story is, at least partially, inspiration for the song?

  3. spookyparadigm
    July 16, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I’m almost as skeptical of the military Scooby Doo story as I am of the pig man. While military and intelligence forces have in fact used paranormal folklore for effect, the cases I can think of usually crossed some cultural border, in other words they were using “superstition” from less civilized people for effect. The Filipino vampire case is a classic example.Look at some of the text collected here. While the astrology thing comes closest to the story, even that is a bit of “playing on weird things those heathens believe in.”

    It sounds like a classic maneuver in paranormal books (especially of the “Weird _____” sort) of having spook story, and then suggesting another also fun spook story that is a bit more grounded (but not much), and then asking “You decide?”

  4. July 16, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    I was going to say that I lived near here for a long time, and spent a lot of time roaming through the woods with a camera (Brocton Coppice has many ancient oaks, which are very beautiful particularly if you get up early enough for the sunrise and mists) and I never saw a grotesque pig-faced individual – but then I thought, on the principle that if you look around the poker table and can’t see the fool…

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