The Fresno Nightcrawler Footage Revisited

In 2010, a piece of footage from a security camera gained fame on the internet, which had apparently been captured by a resident of Fresno, California, back in the 1990’s.

The footage seemed to show a mysterious being walking across a lawn in the middle of the night. This being would later become known as the Fresno Nightcrawler, or Fresno Alien.

While some believed the mysterious Fresno Nightcrawler to be of alien origin, many believed it was nothing more than hoax. Things would start to get more interesting however, when new people came forward claiming they had also witnessed the so-called Fresno Nightcrawler.

Due to the further sightings, the mysterious footage is still gaining interest.

Fresno Nightcrawler Footage Analysis

The footage was originally captured by a man named Jose, who claimed to have viewed his security camera when he heard his dog barking.

There are a few problems with the footage. First of all, the quality is poor. It was recorded on a VHS tape, and when Jose reached out to a local news station “to find answers”, neither the reporter, nor Jose knew how to make a copy of the tape. This led to the reporter filming the footage as it played on a monitor, which caused further distortion to the distributed footage. This added distortion made it easier to cover up any strings or props which may have been used to create creature.

The second thing is, these beings haven’t been recorded before, but they seem to just be walking out in the open. The dog barking didn’t alert other neighbors, and the creature simply continued walking directly across the lawn and across the middle of the camera’s shot.

It looks like a pair of trousers walking, or something thin covered in a cape. After investigations by MUFON (The Mutual UFO Network), investigators were divided on the authenticity of the creature.

It doesn’t seem to be a creature that wants to remain hidden, despite the lack of other reported sightings of the creature, or UFO’s in the area. However, a second sighting was reported a few years after.

This second clip was captured by a retired couple in 2011, who had set up security cameras to help prevent trespasses on their property. The property overlooked Yosemite National Park. They had apparently recorded a second sighting of the so-called Fresno Nightcrawler.

When you first see the footage, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was either a puppet, or someone walking in stilts covered in a bed sheet.

The mysterious being in Jose’s footage walks fairly quickly, while in the Yosemite footage they seem to move slowly, and even appear to struggle to move at all.

Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files

In 2010 the television show Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files tried to recreate the footage using puppets and a child in a white sheet, but to no avail, and they eventually deemed the footage to be “unexplainable”.

I don’t watch the TV show, but in my opinion this is a hoax, without the need to attempt to recreate it.

Since the original footage, there have been more successful attempts to try and replicate the beings, some of which are identical.

The cast of the show named the beings the Fresno Nightcrawlers. This didn’t make sense for obvious reasons – they don’t crawl, but walk.


This is clearly a hoax. Probably just someone targeting properties with security cameras.

A man in Poland claimed he had also witnessed something that resembled the Fresno Nightcrawler. Footage can be seen of the being, but again it’s not clear, due to the shakiness of the camera.

Despite evidence as a hoax, the Fresno Nightcrawler has become another addition to a long list of cryptid creatures, and continues to be of interest to many.

What are your thoughts?