Bill Russo is featured in the film & TV show, The Bridgewater Triangle & has written several books (both fiction & non) on Amazon Kindle.
Part of the Hockomock Swamp
(The Bill Russo 'Creature Interviews' are currently being shown as part of America's Bermuda Triangle on Destination America as well as on Monsters and Mysteries Season Two Episode One and on the DVD of the award winning documentary, The Bridgewater Triangle. The sighting is also part of the paperback and Amazon Kindle book, The Creature From the Bridgewater Triangle.)
My name is Bill Russo Sr. For more than a decade I lived a few hundred yards from the Hockomock Swamp and I had no idea that there were monsters in it. Until I met one!
The Creature: (perhaps a Puckwudgie) From the feature film, The Bridgewater Triangle. As drawn by the film's illustrator, based on my description.
The hairy, pot bellied creature that crept out of the midnight darkness and into a circle of light cast by a streetlamp, would never be called "Bigfoot" or even "Middlefoot". It was "Littlefoot", but that didn't stop it from being the scariest thing I have ever seen!
Raynham & Bridgewater are at the top. At the base is Rehoboth, left and East Freetown, right.
Before I give you the details and let you decide for yourself if I really saw a thing that cryptozooligists call a "Puckwudgie"; let me set the scene.
I lived in a ranch home in a quiet residential neighborhood in the Southeastern Massachusetts town of Raynham. My house was perhaps 600 yards from an large area of thick woodlands surrounding a cluster of swamps and natural springs.
For six years, I was on the three to midnight shift at a nearby Ironworks. After work, it was my nightly custom to take my dog, Samantha for a walk. "Sammy" was an 80 pound Rottweiler/Shepherd mix.
A still from my segment of the film
Let the record show that Sam was fearless
There's no doubt of that. One time we were at a zoo, and a shaggy old bison took a dislike to me (for no reason) and charged at me. Hitting the chain link enclosure at full speed, the beast left a perfect 3D molding of his head in that fence. There would not have been much left of me, if that iron barrier wasn't there.
Sam charged the fence trying to get at that bison. Biting at the links of the chain and barking wildly, she spooked that one ton animal and got it to back up!
When my two teenage sons would occasionally have a disagreement that was threatening to get violent, Sam would jump off the couch where she had been resting and get right between the pair. She'd sort them out with about five seconds worth of barks and growls. They'd quiet down and go their separate ways. She didn't bite them; but just put the 'fear of dog' in them.
There's no doubt that Sam was as brave as they come. And that's how I know that the "Littlefoot" thing was very dangerous.
The Scary High Tees
We usually stayed on the sidewalks during our stroll, but that night Sam wanted to head for the woods. At a place called the High Tees we picked our way through the darkness until we came to a cross street.
The High Tees is a name given by the neighborhood to a swath of land, about 50 feet wide, that runs all the way from Boston to Providence. It plays host to high tension electrical transmission wires. Fifty foot pines border the swatch and thick brush pads the middle. All manner of wildlife, from foxes to bears use this green strip to avoid the dangers of the paved roads. As we would learn that night, other creatures, almost unknown to the world, also traverse The High Tees.
An anchor and a plaque mark the site of Leonard Ironworks - in business for 220 years
The area is ancient and steeped in the history of the land. The cross street that we came to, was near the site of the ancient Leonard Ironworks. Just the third one built in the new world, it was likely the most successful ever - in operation over for over two hundred years from 1656 until 1876.
The building is long gone, but the sluice that carried the water to power the blast furnace is still there. Water from that same source, the Hockomock Swamp, has flowed uninterrupted through the channel since the time of Massasoit, the Chief of the Wampanoag tribe.
Raynham cherishes tradition. The Milk Bottle restaurant (common in the 1940s) is still in business and business is good!!
After midnight the Town was as quiet as the grave
Raynham in the 1980s and 90s was a quiet little town of hard working people. During our walks, we almost never saw lights in windows. Virtually the entire community was asleep long before we took our first step. Johnny Carson's Nielson ratings were zero!
Not once in a half dozen years, did we ever meet another person out for a walk. Very rarely would a car be on the roadways. Back then, the police department didn't even have a night shift. If there were any calls, the department of the nearby City of Taunton, would answer the phone for Raynham. But usually, there were no calls.
When we got to that cross street, we began walking along the sidewalk towards home. About 500 feet from my front door, Sam started pulling on her leash. Whimpering and shaking, she refused to go further.
"What's wrong Sam? Come on baby, let's go home and get some food."
I heard what was troubling her before I saw it.
"Keer. Keer. Ee wahn chu. Keeeer. Keer keeeer! Eee waaahn chu. Chu. Ee wahn chu". A high pitched voice floated through the darkness, sounding like a pleading child.
"Keer. KEER. KEEEER!" It's pitch intensifying like the siren of a speeding fire truck.
I couldn't make out the words. It might be a toddler, who is just learning to speak, I thought.
A moment later I noticed something moving in the shadows. Walking slowly into the center of the circle of light cast by the street lamp, It stopped and lifted a hairy hand or paw. Palm inward, its scooped hand began moving. It was beckoning me to come forward!
"Keer. Chu. Eh wahn chu. Keer. Chu. Eee wan Chu."
Sam tried to pull me away. Now, she was rattling so badly, I was afraid she would break her leg joints. Her head down, near tears, she would not look at the strange beast that was summoning me.
It must be a kid. He wandered out into the night. I have to help him.
"Are you okay? Do you need help? Do you know where your house is?"
"Eee wahn chu. Chu. Chu. Eeeeeee waaahn chu. EEE WAAHN CHU! CHU!
No response. It just keep whining those strange sounds; kind of like words. But words I did not understand.
I looked closer. It was no kid. About three or four feet tall, it was covered in fur and had kind of a 'chipmunkey' face. A fairly expansive pot belly gave it a look of old age.
I was 20 feet away from it, not quite at the edge of the circle of light on the pavement. I took another step closer,
Sam's discomfort continued to mount as the creature's wail also grew louder.
When I was certain that the thing was not human, I also became certain that I did not want to get any nearer to it than I was. When I saw how frightened Samantha was, I became as scared as she. We backed away from it, and made a huge circle around it as we headed for home as fast as we could.
Truth or Fiction?
I figured out what it was saying
Safely inside, I told my wife what we had seen. I sat up all night thinking about the creature. I regretted not being brave enough to walk right up to it. The little guy never actually threatened me. If he had just tried to answer me, I think I would have gotten closer. But it just kept pleading, 'keer', 'keer'... I said the words aloud over and over again. Gradually, I figured it out.
It was talking to me in a kind of English.
Here's what I think it was saying:
Keer = Come Here
Ee wahn chu = We want you.
I am sure of it. The hairy little thing was saying, "Come here. We want you."
Once he got in the middle of the circle of light, he never made another move towards me. He wanted me to see him clearly, so that I would not be frightened. I convinced myself that "Littlefoot" did not mean to harm me.
But then I started hearing stories about The Bridgewater Triangle. There were eerie lights that would appear from nowhere. Stories of snakes as large as stovepipes and giant thunderbirds who could shapeshift into human form. There were killings. Ghosts were sighted with regularity. UFO's were seen and documented by two respected television journalists. Bigfoot was seen. And yes "Littlefoot" was spotted too.
Only they didn't call him "Littlefoot". Puckwudgie is perhaps the name for what I saw. If it was a Puckwudgie, I was lucky that I did not approach any nearer. Because few people are said to survive a close encounter with a Puckwudgie. They trace back to the 1600s and were friendly with the Native American people. A falling out made them an enemy of both the 'Indians' and the European settlers.
Puckwudgies are said to have many powers, but they are not able to pursue a victim. They have to lure a person to them. If they do not kill the individual right away, they will leave a curse upon the person that can make them wish they had been killed.
DVDs Tee Shirts & other items are available from the web store
Telling of my encounter
For a long time, I kept silent about that strange night. But a few years ago, after I retired, I felt it was time to relate the story, so I told it on a blog site. A few thousand people read it, including some who had also seen bizarre doings in the area.
One of the people who read my account was a skeptic. He doesn't believe in the Bridgewater Triangle. But his favorite holiday is Halloween and he is a film maker named Aaron Cadieux. He was working with a friend on a documentary about the triangle.
So, Aaron Cadieux and Manny Famolare read my article and asked me if I would contribute to their film. I agreed to be interviewed and to show them and the film crew the area where I had my Puckwudgie chat.
The movie premiered in October of 2013 and played in select venues throughout New England and in several other areas of the nation. It has received critical acclaim and at least one film festival award.
A DVD & Blu Ray release launched in July, has been very successful.
The Discovery Channel has purchased the rights to air the documentary on their channels, and they are showing a sixty minute condensation of the film under the new title, America's Bermuda Triangle/The Bridgewater Triangle.
My story is also shown on Destination America's highest rated program, Monsters and Mysteries in America. My spot is the first segment of Season Two's First Episode.
Due to the high interest that my creature sighting has generated, I wrote and published a book on Amazon Kindle, entitled, The Creature From the Bridgewater Triangle and other Odd New England tales. I tell my narrative and then spin about a dozen more yarns, some fact and some based in fiction. The book is available in paperback. The ebook version, complete with photos, is just 99 cents. The book was in the top 100 of its category (short reads) for eight straight months. I expanded the book to about 200 pages and it remains a brisk seller.
Here's the Facebook site for the Documentary.https://www.facebook.com/TheBridgewaterTriangleDocumentary
You can order a DVD or Blu Ray copy of the film at the Web Store, where they also have Tee Shirts, Coffee Mugs and more.
To keep up with news of the film and other paranormal happenings, check out their website. thebridgewatertriangledocumentary.com
After I filmed my segment of the documentary, I received a call from the producers of Monsters and Mysteries in America, asking me to appear on the second episode of their second season of shows. The program I appear in is called "Puckwudgies, Aliens, and Dover Demon. It is shown frequently on the Destination America channel. Here's their promo for the episode."The Bridgewater Triangle is shrouded with inexplicable phenomena and UFO sightings. A deadly swamp Pukwudgie attacked Bill Russo; the Hewins sisters are used as a breeders for aliens; and the Dover Demon reigns over an entire town"
You can watch the segment on television or purchase it for $1.99 from Amazon and other sites.
About 24 years have passed since I saw the creature that I now believe to be a Puckwudgie. I walked the same route many times, but never again saw it.
It is around though. I know it is.
In fact when one person read my story, he gasped, "YOU SAW IT TOO!"
Alas, he does not want to admit to it publicly. Not everyone does.
Certainly many people are not going to believe that I saw what I claim.
But I did see it. And I will swear to it before any man or machine.
"There are more things in heaven and earth...than are dreamt of in your philosopy"
J Cam on February 17, 2020:
Hi Bill. I sent you a message using the site's contact page. How can one contact you directly easiest?
James Brightly on December 07, 2017:
Bill,I've become more of a believer in the past decade or so. I've seen both of your interviews in those two shows when they aired and since. Do you have any more details in your books than in the interviews? It's fascinating,I wish I had been lucky enough to catch a glimpse.... maybe.
Bill Russo (author) from Cape Cod on April 16, 2017:
A landowner in the area has seen some evidence of the lair of 'bigfoot' or 'littlefoot' people. He found a nesting area on his property that contained a large quantity of long, matted hair. One of his ponds was depleted of fish. A huge pile of fishbones at the water's edge could mean that an otter had cleaned out the pond - or perhaps it was a two legged fishing creature that did it. The answer is that it probably was a mound created from otter cast-offs, yet the other possibility does exist. I have also heard that at least one other person has seen the creature that I saw, but I got that report second hand and don't know for sure if anyone else has actually encountered it.
Bill Russo (author) from Cape Cod on April 05, 2017:
It was in Raynham Ace. It was near a chain of ponds and springs close to Route 104. The site is about a mile from where the construction of Route 495 disturbed ancient Native American gravesites and hunting grounds.
ace cooper on April 05, 2017:
Thank u bill so much for ansering my question and commenting back i wish i was there that night i live in rehoboth mass on moulton street near anawam rock was your sighting far from there .
Bill Russo (author) from Cape Cod on March 28, 2017:
Hi Ace. Thanks for reading. I believe that the mammals that we call 'Bigfoot' are 'near-humans'. Please note that I do not call them 'sub-humans' for I believe that they are higher than that on the ladder of evolution. The being that spoke with me, despite its hairy appearance, seemed very close to human. So close in fact that at first I thought it was a nine or ten year old child. When it beckoned to me, it did so with a come hither motion that was a duplicate of what you or I would use to summon a friend. Do they have magical powers? I don't know, but I would not rule it out. I am fairly certain that if I had gone closer to the thing, you and I would not be having this conversation right now. The sighting was about 1990. I believe that the creatures, big and small ones alike, live in small numbers in sparsely populated or hard to reach areas. There numbers may be very small. One wonders what's going on with the gene pool!
Bill Russo (author) from Cape Cod on March 28, 2017:
Hello James. Good question. I have come to believe that these Puckwudgie type beings are 'near-human'. They are smart enough to exist close to human habitations and yet are rarely seen. Until I learned of the legend of the Puckwudgies, I thought the creature merely wanted to make human contact. Since hearing the stories about them, I now believe he wanted to ensnare and harm me.
ace cooper on March 27, 2017:
do u think it could be another cryptid like a bigfoot type creature and do u know if these things live all around new England or just in the hockomock swamp area . what was the year that you and sammys encounter happened with the creature .
Bill Russo (author) from Cape Cod on January 15, 2017:
"Keer, Keer!, Ee wahn chu! Chu! Ee wahn chu!" is what they say and how they lure you. Thanks for reading and commenting Jan.
Jan on January 14, 2017:
Forgot to mention...I heard they are very tempting to go up to...they a cute and small in nature....that is how they lure you in. DO NOT GO in their space.
Jan on January 14, 2017:
I believe there is an old indian legend about such creatures...all I remember...is if they call you into their space...you should NOT go. You will not come back. Just so you know. I don't remember how I know this. But don't go into their space.
Bill Russo (author) from Cape Cod on December 22, 2016:
Thanks for the comment Efficient Admin. I never before or afterwards saw Sammy be frightened of anything. Her fear protected me, I'm certain of it.
Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on December 22, 2016:
Okay last weekend I finally got to see The Bridgewater Triangle on Amazon Prime and saw our very own Mr. Bill Russo interview. This was quite an interesting film. There was even a quick photo of Sammy. P.S. Sammy sure was a cutie. I'm still very glad Bill that you took off and didn't try to go with that little creature. Thanks for sharing this story.
BCarter02333 on December 16, 2016:
Will do thank you and I probably will wait until spring
Bill Russo (author) from Cape Cod on December 16, 2016:
I'm most eager to hear your account of the shadow figure. If you prefer, you can email me: Billrrrrr@yahoo.com
Bill Russo (author) from Cape Cod on December 16, 2016:
Thanks for the comment Brad. Go on White Street near Elizabeth Drive. Look around until you see the entry to the Hight Tees. If there are any of them around, that's where they will be. Good luck and please let me know how you make out. It's probably too cold right now to catch sight of them. Probably best to wait untl the mid part of spring.
BCarter02333 on December 15, 2016:
If you reply I would like to share with you the shadow figure i captured on video, i would post a link but I am unable to.
Brad Carter on December 15, 2016:
I watched the bridgewater triangle documentary and was bored until they mentioned.your puckwudgie sighting and the red headed hitch hiker. I've always been interested in the paranormal and crypto zoology. If what you saw was a puckwudgie I believe it to be more of an intelligent species than a paranormal being with Powers. Maybe the falling out with the native American people lead to certain behaviors such as falsely trying earn trust in order to attack. There were most likely more of them waiting for you in the darkness, maybe the reason they are unable to pursue thier victims is because of thier size and stature makes them too weak and too slow attacl by themselves. I find your story very fascinating because I know that it must be true because absolutely one can make up a story that detailed and when you mentioned your dog sam getting scared was very believable. I know if my dog was afraid of a creature like that then I should probably be afraid as well. Dogs have good judgement in character and I do believe the puckwudgie intended to harm you due to thier dislike of humans. I am going to buy your book and I do a little paranormal investigating myself. Maybe I'll take a walk down white street and cynthia drive one night. I live in brockton not too far away. I've actually captured a shadow figure on camera and posted in on youtube, it was at the Longfellow's Wayside inn in Sudbury, MA
Bill Russo (author) from Cape Cod on July 06, 2016:
Hello Tmats811. You probably live within a mile or two of the place where Sammy and I encountered the creature. We used to walk along White Street and into wooded areas near Cynthia Drive, and the High Tees. I believe that there may be a group of 'Littlefoot people' or Puckwudgies living in dense woods and swampland in an area roughly bounded by White Street and Route 104. . Overbuilding in town and encroaching construction threaten their habitat. I know of two other people who have seen the creatures or evidence of their abode. Please let me know if you see or hear anything.
Tmats811 on July 05, 2016:
Hi Bill, I am fascinated by your story and have been living in Raynham for the last 11 years. Can you provide a bit more detail as to where in Raynham you lived when this encounter occurred? Thanks, Tom
Erika Mayer on May 22, 2016:
Thank you Bill for taking the time to humor me and answer my question ! That makes it all the more interesting .Makes me contemplate the fact that the evolutionary tree of bipedal mammals or hominids is more a bush than a tree .With every discovery that science makes i.e. Homoflorenceiences or the hobbit and the fact that humans are not related to Neanderthals but lived alongside them .Also that Gigantopithicus might have lived alongside humans and neanderthals may even have preyed on them .Your encounter and others answers the question for me but needs the scientific community to notice and start investigating that they may still live among us. Im with you though ,i dont stroll through the woods alone anymore or without a weapon only hunting with my Father .He is a retired pilot and flight instructor and though he won't tell everyone .He has told me stories of strange sounds in the woods growing up in Southern Missouri .Its alarming how many people actually go missing in National parks and yet they wont give a number or reports without paying a hefty price .But i digress ,thank you for the food for thought i really do appreciate it. Thank You Bill ,Sincerely Erika Mayer
Bill Russo (author) from Cape Cod on May 22, 2016:
Hello Mrs. Mayer. Thanks for taking the time to read my report and for responding. I went to Squatchable.com and viewed the account. It was certainly a harrowing experience for that couple. The photos don't give enough detail for me to make any definite conclusions as to similarity between the creature I saw and the one that peered into their RV. That said, I think that all of these hairy creatures have some common connection. I believe that they are human-like but not of the same species that we are. I believe them to be more like a super intelligent ape than a person. The puckwudgies, according to the legends, cannot attack people. They have to be able to summon the individual to them - as in the case of my creature beckoning to me. Thanks for telling me about the New Mexico sighting. It is eerie and fascinating. I used to camp out frequently, but since myencounter, I won't even sleep on my deck in warm summer evenings. I hope I have answered your question. Feel free to contact me anytime if you have any others. Thanks, Bill
Erika Mayer on May 22, 2016:
I am a disabled Mother of three, one angel with aspergers syndrome. Ive been fascinated with cryptozoology since i was little. Its been a hobby that has helped me through many hospital stays and surgeries following a serious stomach disease and near fatal surgery that went wrong and ended up being a twenty two day stay on iv nutrition. I read your description of your encounter and found it fascinating .Recently in all my reading i found another report that was very fascinating but this couple got pictures of the creature .This creature STRONGLY resembled the one you witnessed and described with one difference .It was eight feet tall. I am very curious to see if you think this creature looks similar to the one you witnessed .If you do think this creature is similar . You yourself called the one you saw littlefoot .That would mean these creatures are seen from Massachusetts to New Mexico?! If you could be so kind as to satisfy my curiosity .I would really appreciate an answer .I have never been so curious as to ask a question publicly .It would mean alot .You can see the full report im asking you to look at by going to the BFRO website its report #26460 or on squatchable .com under the title ,Eight foot plus figure photographed peering into couple's RV near Red River witnessed in Taos County , New Mexico. I completely believe your sighting was real as are so many sightings of cryptic animals that mainstream science should be more open to investigating .As in the case of the Mountain Gorilla and more recently the Binobo or noseless apes it took witness accounts to spark investigations to discover them . Thank You Mr. Russo Sincerely Erika Faith Mayer (aka) Lillian,Fred and Audrey's Momma
Bill Russo (author) from Cape Cod on November 10, 2015:
I never hid the story Brian. I told friends and family. I did not know that there were other similar sightings and other odd things happening in the area. There was no internet back then and I did not know of any paranormal groups in Massachusetts. The story did not generate interest until many years later when I blogged about it and movie producer Aaron Cadieux picked up on it.
Brian on October 20, 2015:
I just wish you had the courage in 1990 to come forward with the story. Maybe some people could have gone to the spot and found evidence of the creature or even seen it.
Bill Russo (author) from Cape Cod on August 30, 2014:
Your kind words are greatly appreciated MasterDripper. Thanks for reading. I will be back at your writing place soon to have another cup of strong, but not bitter coffee. Cream, no sugar!!!
MasterDripper on August 30, 2014:
An absolute fantastic read...I have no doubt that you saw something that night and dogs do not usually frighten for no reason...You had mentioned a curse for the encounter but it sounds like you survived well...congrats on the movie and now I know a celebrity...
Bill Russo (author) from Cape Cod on August 13, 2014:
Puck and Puckwudigie? sounds pretty close. Thanks for commenting.
Anita Saran from Bangalore, India on August 13, 2014:
Your Sam was such a lovely creature and your encounter with Puckwudgie is amazing. Reminds me of Puck. Anything to do with the Puck of Irish myth? Thanks for sharing this great story with us. I'm gonna look for the documentary.
Bill Russo (author) from Cape Cod on August 11, 2014:
Thanks for reading. That's what really got me. If I had not had Sam with me, I probably would have gone within a foot or two of the creature. I truly do believe that if I had done so, bad things would have happened.
Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on August 11, 2014:
Wow. The fact that Sam was scared would have been enough to have me running fast as possible. It's a really good thing you didn't approach the creature. There is something probably evil about the creature if Sam was scared. Most dogs don't like Bigfoot either - they get scared and go hide quickly.
Bill Russo (author) from Cape Cod on August 10, 2014:
I have seen and heard some scary things that I cannot explain. On a humid Summer night at a home I owned near a lake in Norton, Massachusetts I distinctly heard the sound of breathing. It was coming from the open window next to my chair. I got up and put my nose right against the screen. I was still hearing the sound, but there was no one there. The spectral breathing continued for almost a minute and then stopped. I did not hear it again. Thanks breakfastpop for reading and commenting.
breakfastpop on August 10, 2014:
All I can say is that I am intrigued. At this point in my life, I believe that if you can think up something, it may very well be true. Voted up, interesting and awesome!