Monkey Man of New Delhi – urban myth

In this artist's rendition from the Indian daily the Hindustan Times, two versions are seen Wednesday May 16, 2001 of the "monkey man" which allegedly attacked over 50 people Monday.  Police are blaming a band of men in masks for what they call hysteria among residents of New Delhi, who claim a mysterious "monkey man" has been attacking people late at night. (AP Photo/Hindustan Times)

The Monkey Man of New Delhi is a monster that was reported roaming Delhi, India, in mid-2001.

In May 2001, reports began to circulate in the Indian capital New Delhi of a strange monkey-like creature that was appearing at night and attacking people. Eyewitness accounts were often inconsistent, but tended to describe the creature as about four feet (120 cm) tall, covered in thick black hair, with a metal helmet, metal claws, glowing red eyes and three buttons on its chest; others, however, described the Monkey Man as having a more vulpine snout, and being up to eight feet tall, and muscular; it would leap from building to building like a parkour enthusiast.

Still others described it as a bandaged figure or as a helmeted thing. Theories on the nature of the Monkey Man ranged from an Avatar of the Hindu god Hanuman, to an Indian version of Bigfoot.

Many people reported being scratched, and two (by some reports, three) people even died when they leapt from the tops of buildings or fell down stairwells in a panic caused by what they thought was the attacker. At one point, exasperated police even issued artist’s impression drawings (see above) in an attempt to catch the creature.

Further sightings were reported in Kanpur in February 2002 and New Delhi in July 2002, the latter describing a monkey-like machine that sparkled red and blue lights

The entire incident has been described as an example of mass hysteria.

Wikipedia | Thanks to Blumhouse.com for inspiring this post

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