By Kim Lemmon, Ohio’s Country Journal
Last Spring, I found a new reality TV show that I really liked. The program was called “Mountain Monsters” and featured a group of men that comprise A.I.M.S., Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings. The members of A.I.M.S. travel the Appalachian region of the United States and follow up on reports of sightings of mysterious creatures.
These gentlemen aren’t your average paranormal or mystery investigators. They don’t enter the woods to investigate with cameras; they take guns and set traps. They don’t often run away from the unknown monsters lurking in the dark. They try to hunt them down.
I quickly became addicted to the show last spring. I have a very vivid imagination coupled with a couristy for wildlife and the unknown. I was the perfect target audience for the program. Additionally, this group of hunters is so very colorful and down to Earth, that I enjoyed laughing and screaming along to the program as A.I.M.S. investigations hunted for several different kinds of monsters.
As I was watching the program one evening last spring, my husband, Mark, was working on his laptop. Mark wasn’t paying much attention to the show, but he was still making plenty of rude comments about how dumb the show was. His insults were incessant but then they abruptly stopped. He looked up at the show and asked which guy was talking. Then he became really shocked and excited because he actually knows one of the investigators – Wild Bill.
I of course didn’t believe him, but over the course of a few months, I was convinced that Wild Bill is a friend of Mark’s uncle. Wild Bill actually used to live in the same community in Ohio as Mark. As further proof, Mark’s uncle presented me with Wild Bill’s phone number.
I still have his number in my cell phone. The idea was to interview Wild Bill for a story or blog for Ohio’s Country Journal, but I’m a little afraid to make the phone call. Wild Bill is very energetic and talks very quickly. I’m not certain a phone call would work very well for an interview.
The second season of “Mountain Monsters” is currently airing (Spring 2014) on Fridays at 10 p.m. Eastern Time on DEST, Destination America. Mark now faithfully watches the program with me so he can see what Wild Bill is up to. Be sure and tune in so you can laugh and scream along with us. During the first show of the 2014 season, I screamed so loud that I woke up our dogs. What a rush!
To find out more about A.I.M.S., visit http://www.aimsa.org/.
To see the full schedule for “Mountain Monsters,” visit http://www.destinationamerica.com/tv-shows/mountain-monsters.