An Owlman picture in Lost Tapes.

The Owlman of Mawnan

On April 17, 1976, two girls, June and Vicky Melling were on a holiday from Lancaster. While they were walking through the woods, they found a church. But the thing about the church, was that there was something hovering above it. They ran to tell their father. Soon after, June drew a picture of the Beast.

Two months later two other young girls on July 3 14-year-old Sally Chapman was camping with a friend, Barbara Perry, in woods near the church. According to her account, as she stood outside her tent, she heard a hissing sound and turned to see a figure that looked like an owl as big as a man, with pointed ears and red eyes. The girls reported that the creature flew up into the air, revealing black pincer-like claws. Sightings of this figure continued to be reported on the following day (when it was described as "silvery gray") and on two occasions two years later, in June and August 1978, all within the vicinity of the church (Bord, 1980).

The girls identified the creature and drew images separately under investigation, the images appeared to be similar enough to verify their story but different enough to rule out conspiracy.

The images drawn also matched an earlier image drawn by the older girl on first sighting.


A further alleged sighting took place in 1989, when a young man and his girlfriend claim to have seen a creature "about five feet tall... The legs had high ankles and the feet were large and black with two huge 'toes' on the visible side. The creature was gray with brown and the eyes definitely glowed."


In 1995, a single female witness reported a "man-bird... with a ghastly face, a wide mouth, glowing eyes and pointed ears" as well as "clawed wings". The woman, a student from Chicago, described her experience in a letter to a newspaper in Truro. Here is the picture: The Owlman

In Popular mediaEdit

  • The Owlman was featured in the Animal Planet mockumentary, Lost Tapes.

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