Deep in the woods of Cannock Chase, England, where sunlight doesn't venture and animals don't frolic, there is one creature that roams: The Pig-Man.
In a town also known for its frequent werewolf sightings, Cannock Chase has a long history of eerie happenings, according to the BBC. As early as the 1940s, the Pig-Man -- a half-human, half-swine, and full terror of a creature -- has allegedly been seen by those brave (or perhaps dumb) enough to venture into the woods. Witnesses recall a human body in tattered clothes, a distorted face, an unmistakable snout and the shrill squealing of the Pig-Man heard miles away.
And now one man has reportedly solved the mystery of the nightmarish Pig-Man.
Lee Brickley has spent over a decade researching and hearing first-hand accounts of the Pig-Man, according to the Birmingham Mail. His findings are now published in his new book on strange phenomena, "UFO's, Werewolves And The Pig-Man."
In it, Brickley explains that the Pig-Man is less of a diabolical, disgusting humanoid and more of an urban myth.
The Mail reports that a recent email sent to Brickley from the grandson of a former soldier explained the human ham-hog was nothing more than a tale created by top military officials to keep the public out of the Cannock Chase woods, where there were sensitive wartime installations.
The soldier's grandson, who wished to remain anonymous, said his grandfather had been "tasked with spreading rumors around the local area about the human/pig hybrid on the loose in the woods."