Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 15th, 2010
July 3, 1930
Toledo Woman Frightened
By Ape in Front of Home
Mysterious Animal Appears at Midnight; Man Also Sees
Invader As It Leaps Over Fence.
TOLEDO, July 3 – Northwestern Ohio’s hairy ape that has been terrorizing men and women for several weeks, appeared Tuesday [July 1] at midnight in front of the home of James McClintock, 269 Steel-st.
Grimacing and gesticulating, the animal darted toward Mrs. McClintock and then, apparently changing its mind, sprinted into the back yard where the housewife’s father, Chris Nedeff, was putting his car in the garage.
Nedeff said the ape gibbered angrily, stood upright, and leaped over a fence. The bright rays of the moon illuminated its flight.
Mrs. McClintock who was the first to see the fugitive mistook it for a brown hound until it stood up straight. She was about to walk to a neighbor’s house to call for her mother who was visiting there.
Lieut. Robert Ansell of the East Side station detailed Jack Weed, motorcycle policeman, to search the Steel-st. district.
Thanks to Jerome Clark.