The Glowing Thing in Moore Lake
that moves in a red aura of eerie silence and shows a taste for horned pout
-- what could if be?
At 3:00 A.M.
on Monday morning, May 20, 1968, three young people whom Night Officer Victor
Miller later described as "badly frightened" burst into the station
house of the Littteton Police Department shouting about a "red glow on
the water" and a "thing" that had scared them while they were
fishing. It was a few minutes before they were calm enough to tell their
night most persons in Littleton, N.H., have come to believe that Mr. and Mrs.
Richard Hansen and their friend Michael Stinchfield saw something at Moore
Lake in the early hours of that spring morning, something that terrified
them, but which no one, including the three witnesses themselves, can
It had been
a quiet night, just like any other quiet night in the police department. At
midnight officer Victor Miller had flipped his desk calendar from Sunday to
Monday and gone back to the reports he was writing. Outside the main street
was deserted and the houses were dark.
Littleton's 4000 residents work in the area's small factories, keep shops
which serve the surrounding farm region, or cater to tourists motoring
through this attractive little town on the Connecticut River. The nearest
city of any size is Manchester, 100 miles south. Littleton is a typical New
England village and as Miller worked on his reports he had no reason to expect
anything but the prevailing quiet in which he would finish up his routine
reports before going off duty.
young people had caught their breath the tall dark young man identified
himself to the officer as Richard Hansen, aged 20, of Lafayette Avenue,
Littleton. He introduced his wife Cindy, a slender blond girl, and Michael
Stinchfield, of 9 Bridge St., a fair-haired heavyset 19-year-old.
hearing their bizarre story Officer Miller decided to drive out to Moore
Lake, just four miles west of the station house, with the young people and
take a look for himself. As they rode out of Littleton in the patrol car the
three excited witnesses gave Miller a more detailed account of what had
that evening, they said, they had been visiting together in the Hansen's
apartment and eventually had decided to go fishing for horned pout, the local
name for brown bullhead. Collecting their tackle they had driven out of
Littleton on Route 18 and then, before reaching the big dam across the
Connecticut River which backs up the waters for 11 miles to create the Samuel
C. Moore Lake, they had turned left on Route 135. After a quarter of a mile
they turned right onto the narrow road that twists through two miles of dense
forest, passing only a few isolated farms, to a lakeside picnic and boat
launching site which is maintained by the New England Electric Company.
about one o'clock in the morning when they arrived and the lake was quiet and
dark. There was no moon. They began casting into the water using
silver-colored plugs as lures. By two o'clock they hadn't caught anything but
they didn't mind because it was such a pleasant night to be on the lake.
Shortly after 2:00 Stinchfield had pointed to something--a red glow--on the
water about a quarter of a mile north of where they stood.
wharf the glow was to their right and partly obscured by a rock ledge which
extended out into the lake. They thought it was odd but forgot it after a few
moments. However, they did begin to notice that the night had become queerly
wasn't a sound," Hansen recalled, "no frogs croaking, no animals
moving around in the woods, no night noises at all."
few minutes they continued to fish, casting the lures into the water and
reeling them back while they listened to the gurgling sound the metal plugs
made in the .strange stillness.
Suddenly Mrs. Hansen exclaimed,
"Look at that!" The red glow had moved from behind the rock ledge
and now was in front of them, about 30 feet out from the wharf. At the same
time they saw that the glow seemed to emanate from an object lying motionless
in the water. They described this object as a whitish mound about two feet
wide extending about a foot above the surface. Just above the waterline on
the object were two round markings which looked like red glowing eyes. Behind
the mound something larger seemed to loom but it was vague in the darkness.
the object to a reporter later Stinchfield said it resembled the head of an
alligator submerged up to its eyes. But the Hansens say that because of the
red glow and the darkness, it is impossible to say what it really looked
by the thing Mrs. Hansen and Stinchfield left the wharf to stand on the
shore, thus leaving Richard Hanson alone on the dock. On an impulse he cast
his lure out towards the thing which up to then had been lying motionless and
soundless. But now, as he began to reel in his lure, Mrs. Hansen and
Stinchfield saw the object suddenly race toward the wharf and they heard a noise that Stinchfield
described as sounding like the bubbling of an aqualung under water.
it's coming at you!" Mrs. Hansen screamed. Hansen threw down his rod and
the three of them raced to their car. Without looking back they started the
engine and drove down the road. Just before rounding a bend that would take
them out of sight of the wharf Hansen stopped the car and they looked back.
The area all around the wharf was glowing red. Now as curious as they were
frightened, the two young men talked of driving back for another look but
Mrs. Hansen demanded they drive back to town immediately.
week after that I couldn't look at a red traffic light or a neon sign at
night without beginning to shake," she remembers.
straight to the police station.
When they returned to the wharf at 3:00 A.M. with
Officer Miller the red glow was gone and Hansen's fishing rod was lying where
he had dropped it. But all four of them noticed that the strange silence
still lingered over the lake.
waiting for half an hour without seeing anything they drove back to Littleton
where Officer Miller noted in his report of the incident that, "none of
the three witnesses had been drinking and none of them gave any sign of being
under the influence of drugs. They seemed genuinely frightened."
morning when Mrs. Effie J. Willey, a reporter for the Littleton Courier, interviewed
the three young people she agreed with Officer Miller that they definitely
had seen something that frightened them, although she believes it was a deer
swimming in the water.
The Hansens and Stinchfield disagree
with Mrs. Willey. "For one thing," Mrs. Hansen Points out,
"she wasn't there."
who ever saw a deer that glowed red, or had a two-foot-Wide head, or chased
fishing lures?" Michael Stinchfield adds.
explanations offered by townspeople, that they saw a flock of loons or a
large turtle or a pike, also are rejected by the three witnesses.
Chief of Police Stanley L. McIntyre, like
the newspaper reporter, is skeptical of monsters in lakes. On the other hand
he is puzzled because both Stinchfield and Hansen are big strong young men
and experienced woodsmen. McIntyre has known both men for some time and he
says, "They don't seem like the type to scare easily."
credibility to their report are some other odd things which have been
reported as occurring around Moore Lake.
went back to investigate further in daylight Chief McIntyre says they found horned pout strewn
along the shore near the wharf. Only the heads, tails and spines of the fish
remained. And since then other persons, such as John Smith, a shop
teacher in Littleton's public school, who live near the lake have reported
seeing red lights on the lake that night. Roger Caswell, who also lives
nearby, reports noting the eerie stillness on the night of May 19-20.
England Power Company worker at the Moore Dam Station says he has heard
rumors of strange glowing red lights although he himself has seen nothing.
As yet no
one else has spotted the thing the Hansens and Stinchfield report but neither
has anyone offered an adequate explanation for what they saw. Many persons
who believe the witnesses did see something strange point out that whatever
it was could have come up from the ocean.
Connecticut River, beginning in Quebec, flows down between Vermont and New
Hampshire and then snakes through Massachusetts and Connecticut, emptying
into the Atlantic Ocean at Old Saybrook. Moore Dam was built at Littleton in
the early 1960's and forms a lake that is 11 miles long, a mile wide and very
deep. Something could have swum up from the ocean before the dam was
completed and then been trapped in the lake when the dam was closed.
not be the first unknown creature to be spotted in New England's large bodies
of fresh water.
Vermont's Lake Champlain, 50 miles due west of Moore Lake, people have been
reporting a monster since 1871. In that year passengers on the steamer Curlew
saw something near Barber's Point which they said was about 40 feet long,
traveled fast throwing up a wake, had three coils and a large globular head
which was dirty-white in color. The Lake Champlain monster was seen again in
1909 by a man fishing in a rowboat and in 1948 by two women fishing at
Mallet's Bay. In 1954 a high school principal and three other men fishing in
a boat between Alburg and. West Swanton spotted it and nearly every year
since then others have reported encountering the monster.
thing in Moore Lake is similar to Lake Champlain's mysterious monster no one
can say. For now, intelligent observers can only agree with Littleton Police
Chief Stanley McIntyre who, in expressing his official opinion on the strange
experience of the three young people, says, "We feel that they saw
something and that it frightened them. We don't know what it was."
This reference: Fate magazine, November 1968, pp. 32-36
The Glowing Thing in Moore Lake by
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UFOCAT URN NONE
Fate magazine, November 1968, pp. 32-36 (Above)
UFOCAT URN 076816 Invisible Residents by Ivan T.
Sanderson, p. 228, 1970
UFOCAT URN 119944 A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by
George Eberhart, #0996, © 1980
UFOCAT URN 141798 A Geo-Bibliography of Anomalies by
George Eberhart, #0996, © 1980
166258 *U* UFO Computer Database by Larry Hatch, # XXXXXX © 2002
North America United States, New Hampshire
Moore Reservoir Latitude
44-20 N, Longitude 71-53 W (D-M)
44-18 N, Longitude 71-46 W
Reference: The National gazetteer of the United States
of America, Prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S.
Board on Geographic Names. Washington, D.C. 1990
Location (UFOCAT) Latitude 44.32 N, Longitude 71.75 W (D.%)