From the Archives: Scott Corrales – Chupacabras and Other Mysteries

No guest last Sunday, so we present a gem from the archives.

Many of you may be aware of my old show called The Hungry Ghost, which aired on pirate FM radio station KBLT from 1997 to 1999. On July 1st of 1998, I talked to hispanic researcher Scott Corrales, who had just published his book Chupacabras And Other Mysteries. Scott also wrote a few articles for my old magazine, so at that time I had already known him for a few years.

We talked about the history of the chupacabras, and how sightings had spread in an almost rumorlike way throughout Latin American countries. Scott spoke on the history of strangeness in Puerto Rico, including a thing called the “Moca Vampire,” which terrorized the countryside in the 1970s. We also discussed various theories about these goings-on and how the human mind might be connected to the paranormal.

Graduating from a print ‘zine in 2005, Scott now maintains the excellent site Inexplicata: The Journal of Hispanic Ufology.

The recording begins with the show in progress. I had to convert the interview from a cassette tape and it is unfortunately not complete, but 99% of the show is here. At the pirate station, the interviews were often an hour or less. Listeners must also excuse the audio levels throughout the program, as I was both inexperienced as an engineer and using jerry-rigged equipment to boot.

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9 Responses to From the Archives: Scott Corrales – Chupacabras and Other Mysteries

  1. Sagacious says:

    Interesting interview. Was it part of the Hungry Ghost mystique to have music and chanting going on in the background the whole time, or was that unintentional?

    • Greg says:

      Yeah, that was sort of weird, but like I wrote in the intro, I was still learning radio audio. Hope it was otherwise acceptable.

  2. Of all the interviews I did from 1993 to the 2000’s, this remains my very favorite one. Thanks Greg!

    • Greg says:

      I remember it as a lot of fun and a re-listen conformed that. Sorry I didn’t get 100% of it recorded. If you or anyone has a full recording, please send it along and I’ll post it.

      Interested in a re-appearance??

      Thanks Scott!

  3. James says:

    A re-appearance would be excellent- really enjoyed this interview!

    And I actually liked the background chanting. Are there any more of these old shows hosted for download anywhere?

  4. The over-sensationalistic tone that the Mexican news networks took when dealing with the Chupacabras is easily understood if you study the historical context of that period.

    Basically, the Chupacabras craze was exploited by the government —and remember that in those years the TV was heavily controlled— as a very successful smokescreen campaign, to divert the public’s attention from the more pressing events that were occurring in the Southeast, with the Zapatista guerrilla.

    With that I’m not dismissing the veracity or sincerity of all the witnesses that came forth and claimed to have seen something anomalous attack their animals —though it’s possible some of them were just paid patsies— But watching Jacobo Zabludowsky (think of him as the Mexican Walter Cronkite) covering these weird stories on prime-time TV, during a time when Mexican society was only adjusting to the idea that the ‘peace’ we had enjoyed for decades had come to an abrupt end, was a very surreal experience.

    • Greg says:


      Interesting perspective on the case. Most Americans I’m sure had no idea that this was going on at the time.

      I remember going through a pile of t-shirts in a stall in Tijuana and finding one way down at the bottom. I bought it, but it seems to be lost now. The guys in the store seemed a little nervous about it and smiled as they quickly put it in a bag for me. It was a “wanted” poster featuring a chupacabras with the head of (then) president Carlos Salinas de Gortari. It basically blamed him for sucking the life out of the country and people. I’ll have to look for it.

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