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richard b.
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A brief fluff journalism piece about a mysterious scream that scared the bejesus out of a few people in Ohio, USA. There's a recording of said scream in the video.

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To me, it sounds somewhat like a person. It's definitely not a peacock, swan or cat. Maybe it came from this creature:
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Link may be NSFW.

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Saluki Worship
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Sounds like a person to me. It would be a fun/evil prank to play on the neighbours. I know I've thought of screaming a blood-curdling scream for no good reason, other than to scare people [Razz]
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Horse Chestnut
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I've heard all the animals mentioned above, including cougar, and it didn't sound like any of those.

I'm voting drunk redneck.

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Mosherette
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"Somebody in terrible pain"? Just sounds like a pissed bloke heading home from the pub to me. Nothing unusual in the slightest.

I sense somoene trying to make a wee bit of cash.

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Kitsune26
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If somebody's trying to make "Bigfoot" noises, they aren't doing very good.
I've heard "Bigfoot,"or what was suppossedly one.
The recording is to high pitched, and doesn't have the rumble-y undertone.
My vote is a camper realizing the beer, farts, and flames don't mix.

PS, not trying to sound "uppity." Just spent time camping in Bigfeets areas.

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Hubert Cumberdale
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Could it be a loon?
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Could it be some sort of weird wind-in-the-trees acoustic anomoly that only happens in this one spot? I heard the scream, and it sounded really "whistley" to me.

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PeterK
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Our house backs onto bushland (I suppose you in the US would call it "woods") and in the middle of the night soon after we moved in, we heard what sounded like repeated blood-curdling screams of a woman. We called the cops and didn't hear back from them. But we heard the screams again many nights. As it happened so frequently and often continued for an hour or more, and we never saw any stories about any horrific murders, we decided it was somebody playing a prank, maybe using recorded screams. But years later we discovered that a creature called the Barking Owl makes such noises and is found in our area. Maybe there is a similar owl in Ohio.
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Jackelope
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As a former occasional dabbler in recreational psychedelics and other mind-alterants, I can remember myself and other friends making a similar racket out in the boonie woods for no better reason than it felt great to howl at the moon at the top of your lungs.

Mushrooms - they make nearly anything seem like fun. Sometimes I sort of miss them, but it's good to be able to distinguish basic shapes and colors nearly all the time now. [Roll Eyes]

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typical, the sound isn't working for me. Although i can hear all other sounds on my comp.
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quote:
Originally posted by PeterK:
Our house backs onto bushland (I suppose you in the US would call it "woods") and in the middle of the night soon after we moved in, we heard what sounded like repeated blood-curdling screams of a woman. We called the cops and didn't hear back from them. But we heard the screams again many nights. As it happened so frequently and often continued for an hour or more, and we never saw any stories about any horrific murders, we decided it was somebody playing a prank, maybe using recorded screams. But years later we discovered that a creature called the Barking Owl makes such noises and is found in our area. Maybe there is a similar owl in Ohio.

I grew up in Kansas, and in the boonies out there were large birds (cranes, I think?) that would make a very haunting, shrill sound that could definitely raise the hairs on your neck and could easily be mistaken for a woman or child screaming.

I can't listen to the clip here at work, darn it.

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Mike Alexander
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It sounds like predator to me, idunno. But seriously, its probably someone blast speakers in the forest. A prankster maybe.
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hectorcaliente
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Im leaning towards fake. Someone out there making the noise with a boombox. Must of made the sound through his PC.
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TrishDaDish
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quote:
I grew up in Kansas, and in the boonies out there were large birds (cranes, I think?) that would make a very haunting, shrill sound that could definitely raise the hairs on your neck and could easily be mistaken for a woman or child screaming.
I'm glad you said that - a few years back, in the middle of the night, we heard these god awful noises that sounded like a baby being tortured, half scream, half cry noise. Didn't sound like any cat in heat I'd ever heard. We have spotted an odd Ibis or two on the island every once in a blue moon. I wonder if that's what we heard.

ETA: The sounds we heard are nothing like the ones in the OP.

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Sounds like a drunk redneck going WOOOO!!
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gizard
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I worked with rabbits a few years back and not only would they sneeze like people, their screams (when stepped on or not wanting to be picked up) are those i would assume sounded like a woman being murdered or worse.

Maybe there are just tons of cute bunnies out where they live? (glass half full if you will)

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penna
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i was told yesterday that the sound IS, in fact a peacock.

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Tootsie Plunkette
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Doesn't sound like any peacock, or any other animal I've ever heard. I used to live next to the Woodland Park Zoo, and heard peacocks and howler monkeys nearly every morning.

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"Drunk redneck" was my first thought as well. Around these parts, something that sounded like that wouldn't be considered terribly out-of-place at all. [Wink]

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Simon Says
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quote:
Originally posted by penna:
i was told yesterday that the sound IS, in fact a peacock.

Do you have a source for this? My first thought was peacock too, until I heard the clip. A peacock sounds like a woman screaming. That sounded like a drunken Bubba screaming.
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Jay Tea
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Yup. That sounds like a drunk bloke noise to me, and i've heard plenty [Wink]

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My vote is a Halloween sound effects tape. We used to play those continuous loop tapes and this strikes me as a prank by teenagers.

It's not a peacock. I worked at the Santa Fe teaching zoo with free roaming peacocks and howling gibbons. (I've also never heard a peacock that actually sounded like a woman screaming. They sound more like cats.) It's not any animal that I've ever heard of, and it doesn't sound blood-curling to me. It sounds like a Halloween sound effect.

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Horse Chestnut
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Here's what a peacock sounds like, which is nothing at all like the sound in the OP.

Just for chuckles, I googled the "Liberty, Ohio scream" and there is no follow-up info about it. Seems like the screamer was a One Day Wonder.

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Rynn
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Sounds a bit like a fox. In my neighborhood growing up they used to scream like that. Sounded exactly like a person.
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