Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 9th, 2008
THE ROSLYN NEWS
Roslyn, New York [Published out of Mineola, New York]
November 7, 2008 [Correct date, this was a flashback report]
The Ape of Albertson:
In June 1931, Nassau County police officers armed with shotguns combed the woods of Albertson, searching for what newspapers called an ape-like animal that was frightening residents. The animal was described as four-feet tall with a chest covered in brown hair. After three sightings were reported to authorities over a ten-day period, police took action after the animal startled and terrorized a group of boys playing baseball, with numerous witnesses. The animal climbed over an improvised backstop where the boys were playing on I.U. Willets Road, just on the east side of Willis Avenue. The boys’ screaming got the attention of a passing motorist who stopped and chased the animal away by hurling bricks. The animal never harmed anyone, but no explanation is known.
Thanks to Chuck Flood for sharing this flashback.
The 1931 Nassau County and Wading River reports were widely known, having been published in the New York Times in 1931 and carried in The Books of Charles Fort, which were originally published in the 1930s. I revisited them in a broader context in Fortean Times‘ articles in the 1970s, and then in the 1983 first and later editions of Mysterious America.