I am Stephanie Small and want to tell you about the Napa Valley Rebobs of California which are winged monkeys. I even have a webpage on them: Napa Valley Rebobs and Other California Cryptozoological Creatures - Clip Clop Workshop and I am an artist with lots of drawings of them…
Flying Monkeys of Napa
In Napa, there is a place where the youth loathe to go. Deep within the oldest, most overgrown forest is a one-lane road. It is said this is where a curse is said to be. It is also said there are flying monsters out there. Partrick Road. The overgrown mass of old trees, twists around each other. Foliage grows closer and closer into a thick tunnel. As the urban sprawl of Napa gives way to the whims of nature, the forest grows older. It is at the end of the road there is a blocked entryway of an ancient and forsaken cemetery. Gates block the path, yet rumor has it that the old gate contains a host of winged beasts.
Some people say the creatures were always here. The First Nation people of Napa called the area the “Valley of Fairies.” Other people say that the monsters are the shackle we must bear for the invasion of First Nation lands. Others say that they’re an experiment gone wrong. Darker yet, some tales tell it is the price to pay for a curse.
They look like large, black monkeys, with red eyes and bat wings. Rare, elusive and intelligent, these beings infest the ancient forest. It is said that they harass passerbyes and drivers by swooping down on cars. They have been blamed for car accidents, horrified people, sleep walkers and nightmares. Rumors that the region once served as a site for kidnappings, killings, hangings and mass murder in the far past have created its own aura of menace.
Oddly, the accounts of rebobs differ. One account says the rebob resembled sticks and leaves. Another witness said the rebobs were mechanical or robotic. Long fangs and long claws were observed in some cases, and the claws were said to scratch cars.
Though in form they generally appear to be ebony monkeys. Their eyes glow an ember-red and their fierce cries can be heard day or night. Concealed in the darkest shadows, these monsters glide on naked flesh wings, flying horrors. Sometimes they are the size of small monkeys (medium to large size dog), other times they are the size of large men, towering over 9 feet tall. In general, most agree the animal is about 7 feet tall if standing bipedal. They can walk on four legs, fly or walk bipedally. Legends have abounded and I have collected information from many sources.
They are sometimes spotted with another monster, the Chuck Chuck which is a large feather-covered beaked humanoid (no wings).
According to the show Monsters and Mysteries, there is about one rebob sighting a year since about the 50s. First Nation legends of Rebobs and other denizens of the forest say they are an ancient race of beings.
Finding rebobs varies from situation to situation. Many people have to search and look for them to find the rebobs. Some people have only needed to drive out to the end of the road (it dead ends in front of the gate to the cemetery). Here, the rebobs, which may be territorial, attack cars. There is no record of anyone being hurt by a rebob outside of their car.
Despite this, there are rumors they attack lustful teenager, eat and enslave children, steal babies out of open windows and skin cats. This is a terrifying way to show these creatures and there has never been any evidence of anything like this happening. Rebob behavior includes hissing and moving from side to side. This kind of activity is normal among many creatures including primates when trying to scare off a predator or defend territory.
There are a vareity of origin stories. Of course, if the rebob is simply a normal animal we have yet to document, the answer will be simple. However, if it is a man-made creature, a curse, or a mythical creature the answer will not be so easy.
Scientist: I have heard that they are the results of early genetic experiments by scientists. It is said the scientist was crossing bat and monkey for military purposes. I have found no proof for this. Another part of the lore is that a scientist was trying to genetically engineer a human and a monkey to make a super soldier. The hybrid monster turned on its handler and killed the scientist.
Another idea was that he sewed the wings onto monkeys. This is unlikely as they would not be able to procreate if wings were just “sewn on” as people imply they have done.
About Partick Road and the Cemetery: Another part of the lore is that in World War II a scientist used bodies from Partrick Cemetery. This was to help design a super soldier but there is no reference to rebobs in this tale. There is said to be a Doomsday Safety Center to house the president, with gun turrets and fencing. The black helicopters witnessed in Napa and reported in the Sentinel (a local paper) were said to come from that place. However, further research indicates the alleged compound may be a private home. The place is gated to prevent teenagers from trespassing (A common issue as they try to “brave the rebobs”).
Curse: Another tale I have heard is that many people were killed by the patron in the mines after the quicksilver was mined. This apparently was because there was no more work for them. I have found no evidence for this and it doesn’t make a lot of sense. I have heard that its tied in with the “Napa Curse” the that makes Napa natives forever return to Napa, no matter how far they stray. I am sure this is just Teenage lore that every small town has.
Spirit Monster: I have heard other stories, that the beast is a physical manifestation of a criminal who was hung in a tree on Partrick road and buried without ceremony. I found no evidence of this.
Fairy Spirit: A First Nation term for them was best translated as fairy I was told. They are generally seen as guardians of the forest. They are territorial. They considered the area the domain of the fairies.
Partick Family: The Pioneer family the road is named after used to own a candy store in Napa. The family was known for their love of Halloween. Somehow this connects them to the rebob legend. I suspect they may have had a part in propagating the legend. They are likely not the origin as it is much older than the family as they are featured in First Nation stories.
Other Flying Monkey Legends
There are many legends of flying monkeys worldwide. Here is a list of more winged primates. Winged primates are recorded all over the world and in all sizes and shapes. They have been recorded with bat wings and feathered wings.
Batsquatch (winged bigfoot at Mt. St. Helens)
Sacramento Gargoyle (grey, gargoyle spotted near bridges and caught on video)
Mothman (winged man)
Birdman (winged man, animal like)
Britain’s Bat Winged Monkey Bird ShukerNature: INTRODUCING BRITAIN’S BAT-WINGED MONKEY-BIRD
LaCrosse man-bat (Richard Svensson)
Rebob Resources Bibliography:
Anonymous Interview. 2003. First Hand Witness
Anonymous Interview. 2018. Second Hand Witness
Carolina Reptile Man, Succubus, Napa Rebobs. Monsters and Mysteries in America. Season 3, Episode 7. 2015
Rebob the Flying Monkeys of Napa Valley. Exemplore. Rebobs: The Flying Monkeys of Napa Valley | Exemplore
Yerger, Rebecca. The Partrick family, Halloween treats and Rebobs. Napa Valley Register. Oct 27, 2012. http://napavalleyregister.com/lifestyles/real-napa/columnists/rebecca-yerger/the-partrick-family-halloween-treats-and-rebobs/article_9f7255e8-1fca-11e2-ad17-0019bb2963f4.html
Roberts, Paul Dale. “Chuck Chuck and the Rebobs of Napa Valley “Paranormal Association. Paranormal-association.com
Chuck Chuck (a rebob’s friend? they have only been seen with rebobs)
The napa Valley Chuck chuck is a #cryptid said to be very large, larger than a human at nine feet tall. It has eyes that are glowing and yellow. It has a large beak, feathered fur but no wings. This animal has a deep pitched voice and makes a continuous “chuck chuck” sound and deep vibrating growl. It is highly aggressive. It has hominid legs and hominid arms. Its long fingers end in sharp, eagle-like talons.
Resources: Roberts, Paul Dale. “Chuck Chuck and the Rebobs of Napa Valley “Paranormal Association. Paranormal-association.com
Here is some rebob art i have done: