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The Unexplained

Last month, I went to "The Unexplained" at the Crossroads Library in Cambridge, Ohio. The event was but together by Doud Waller, founder of the Southeastern Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigations(SOSBI). There were a few speakers there, some talked about paranormal activity and ghosts, "Chief Yellowpants" talked about UFOs, Brian Seech from the Center for Cryptozoological Studies talked about a werewolf and a gargoyle-mothman like monster, a guy from the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society talked about Bigfoot, Joedy Cook talked about the Ohio Grassman, and Linda Godfrey talked about Dogman sightings.

Linda and Joedy were the two best speakers there, but I also enjoyed the CCS and PA Bigfoot Society. I gotto meet Linda and Joedy(who I also saw a the Ohio Bigfoot Conference last weekend, and yes, he remembered me) and got some of my books signed. I also got to talk to Doug a little bit(I had seen him when he did a talk in Mt. Vernon a few days before ), and he was the one…

Bob Gimlin and the Patterson Film

I met Bob Gimlin last week at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference. He was the last speaker at the conference, and talked about when he was with Roger Patterson when they saw a Bigfoot in Bluff Creek, California, in 1967. He said the film Roger took of the Bigfoot doesn't impress him at all, because he had a better view of it from where he was at. It rained the night after they saw it, and Bob got up at two thirty in the morning to go cover the tracks the creature had left so they could be preserved.

The Patterson-Gimlin film

Bob Gimlin talks about Bigfoot figure at the 2014 Ohio Bigfoot Conference

Frame from the Patterson-Gimlin film

                                       Bob Gimlin(left) and Roger Patterson looking at Bigfoot tracks

Lyle Blackburn

Lyle Blackburn is an  author, musician, and cryptozoologist from Texas. He has written two books, The Beast of Boggy Creek and Lizard Man. He has traveled to many southern states in search of cryptids, and is now working on his third book, which will be about various Sasquatch-like creatures seen in the south(Like the Florida Skunk Ape).

Lyle was at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference this past weekend, and I got the chance to meet him. I got to talk to him a couple of times over the three days of the conference, and he is a really nice guy. I got my copies of Beast and Lizard Man signed, as well as a replica of a Fouke Monster footprint.

For more see here on my other blog, Cryptozoology 101.

Who Will be at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference?

The Ohio Bigfoot Conference is this Saturday, April 26. I am going Friday to the Bigfoot hike and will be at the actual conference Saturday, and I am wondering who all will be there. Here are the people I know of so far:


Lyle Blackburn: Author of The Beast of Boggy Creek and Lizard Man

Cliff Barackman from Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot

Charlie Raymond, founder of the Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization

Bob Gimlin, who was with Roger Patterson when he saw Bigfoot in 1967

And Tom Yamarone, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers

Here are some other people, who are not speaking, who investigate Bigfoot that I know will be there:

Doug Waller, founder of the Southeastern Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigations(SOSBI) and author of Standing in the Shadows: Bigfoot Stories from Southeastern Ohio

Joedy Cook, a Bigfoot researcher from Cincinnati and author of Legend of the Grassman, Traces of the Grassman, Beginners Guide to Bigfoo…

Mountain Monsters: "Werewolf of Webster County"

Mountain Monsters: "Werewolf of Webster County" airs this Friday at 10 pm. Trapper and the AIMs team travel to Webster County, WV, to look for the Webster Werewolf. They try to catch it before the full moon passes.

More info can be found here on Cryptomundo or Destination America.

Mountain Monsters: new episodes every Friday at 10. Only on Destination America.

How to Make a Swamp Monster Footprint

This is a video from Mystery Hunters. I used to love this show when I was about 8, and would probably still watch it if it was still on. In this video, Doubting Dave shows viewers how to make swamp monster footprints like those made by the Honey Island Swamp Monster.

The Ohio Bigfoot Conference is Coming Up

The Ohio Bigfoot Conference is this week at Salt Fork State Park. This Friday is a hike in the park from 11:30 to 3:30. Saturday is the actual conference. There are 5 main speakers:

Lyle Blackburn
Cliff Barackman
Charlie Raymond
Bob Gimlin
Tom Yamaron

Lyle has written two books, The Beast of Boggy Creek and Lizard Man.

Bigfoot researcher Joedy Cook will also be there. He has written many books, including Legend of the Grassman and Beginners Guide to Bigfoot Research. 

Craig Woolheater from Cryptomundo will also be there.

Bigfoot Reviewed

Bigfoot: Exploring the Myth and Discovering the Truthcame out March 8, 2014. I wrote an earlier post about it here, and this is the review I promised.

I got the book about a month ago but just started reading it last Friday. I really enjoyed it and got it done in a week. Both authors do a great job telling there stories. Rob Riggs tells of his odd experiences in the Big Thicket in Texas, and Tom Burnette says there is a whole group of the creatures living on his property in North Carolina. 
Many of its Amazon reviews are good, and I agree with them. There are a few that say it isn't so good; one person just didn't like it because of Tom's colorful vocabulary, because there are a lot of cuss words in his sections and the person thought that ruined the book. I for one though it helped Tom get his point through,and , I mean, give him a break, he lives in the mountains of North Carolina and everyone around there talks like that.
The main parts in the book are the two author…

Nessie and the Perils of War

On April 1, 2014, Germans said they had caught the Loch Ness Monster. Here is the news article from that time:

This is what it says:

MONSTER German April 1 Hoax BERLIN, April 1. "Captured at last; Loch Ness monster brought to Edinburgh."

These headlines appear In "Berliner, Illustrierte Zeitung," a weekly magazine, devoted to the more stolid type of pictures, science, and exploration. Under the headlines a photograph shows a monster, 100ft long, with a 20ft tail weighing 30 tons, being caught in a huge steel net on the shores Loch Ness, with two tugboats waiting to head the monsterback in case it escaped.
Another picture depicts a vast crowd viewing the monster at Edinburgh, the caption stating that an American circus proprietor's offer of £500,000 was likely to be refused owing to scientific reasons. This and other equally wild pictures are the only justification found.

                                       A faked photo of the captured "loch ness …

Mountain Monsters: "Grafton Monster of Taylor County"

Mountain Monsters "Grafton Monster of Taylor County" airs tonight at 10. Here's the desciption:

After obtaining a video of a strange and gigantic creature, AIMS travels east to Grafton, W.V., to investigate the Grafton Monster. This tiny town, once an epicenter of early American railroad transit, has been terrorized since the 1960s by a horrifying creature known to the locals as “The Headless Horror.” Standing almost ten-feet tall and tipping the scales at more than half a ton, this beast carries its head just above its chest and has a reputation for intimidation that spans the hollers of Taylor County. The mountain investigators have their hands full as they witness this predator’s vicious nature firsthand and construct their largest trap to date.
For more info click here.

3 Sasquatch in a Cave

A man named Oren Jeffries, an amateur spelunker/photographer, was exploring an unmapped section of Grand Caverns in Virginia conducting photography experiments. He would lay down flat on the cave floor, turn off his lantern, and try to capture photos of things in "cave darkness", or absence of light. One time, he heard something start to approach him from deep in the cave. He became frightened and left. He said he had seen three humanoid creatures.
A few days later, Jeffries and a few friends to retrieve his camera he had left when he had fled before. This is the picture on the film inside.

Here is a brightened version.

For more see this post on Bigfoot Evidence

Karl Shuker's South African Giant Mantis

Karl Shuker has a new post on his ShukerNature blog about a giant praying mantis he saw in South Africa. He could not identify the species. For the rest of the story, click here.

"Chupacabra" Captured: The Rest of the Story

*For part 1 see this post from yesterday*

The couple in Texas who said the captured a supposed "chupacabra" have put it down. Some people have said it is a known type of canine, while others think it may be a hairless racoon, because it was shown in a video eating from it's paws.  Here's an article from YAHOO! news:

A Ratcliffe, Texas couple caged what they believed to be a legendary chupacabra. Jackie Stock toldKAVU Newscenter 25 that her husband caught the mysterious creature alive on Sunday. "He saw this strange animal sitting up here eating corn," said Stock. “He called me to come and look, and I said, ‘Bubba that looks like a baby chupacabra.’” The animal had a hairless back, large teeth, and an unusual growl. Some commenters speculated that the creature’s behavior of holding food with its front paws proved it was most likely a hairless raccoon or porcupine. They pointed to a November 2011 Vero News report about Florida’s Vero Beach Animal Control, whi…

Sasquatch Footprints in British Columbia

About a month ago, Loren Coleman posted on his blog CryptoZooNews about new sasquatch footprints found in BC. A fisherman and his son saw something they first thought was a bear, but then it stood up and was 8-9 feet tall. They found footprints and took these pictures.

For more see this CryptoZooNews post:

New BC Sasquatch Encounter

Who Knows Anything About These Wolfman Photos?

Does anyone out there know anything about this wolfman photo? It could be a photoshopped jpg of this dogman below:

For more info, see this post on Loren Coleman's CryptoZooNews:

Mysterious Wolfman Photo: Update

Is This a Chupacabra, Texas Blue Dog, or just a Mangy Racoon?

What is this strange creature? A couple in Texas say they have finally caught the cryptid called the Chupacabra alive. Some say it is just a canine, but it is shown in the video eating out of it's paws almost like a raccoon.

For more on the chupacabra see this post from yesterday.

Tell me what you think it is in the comments.

The Baby Chupacabra: Another Hoax in the Crypto World

Is this a picture of a mummified baby chupacabra? This picture has been online for at least over a year, and some people have said it is a real baby chupacabra, the mysterious creature said to drain the blood of farm animals seen in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the U.S. So it definitely is the real deal, ha ha, no. For the whole story, check out this post on Karl Shuker's blog ShukerNature.

Standing in the Shadows: Bigfoot Stories from Southeastern Ohio

Last Wednesday I went to a chat at the Mt. Vernon Library about Bigfoot. The speaker was Doug Waller, founder of the Southeastern Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigations, or SOSBI. Doug has been interested in Bigfoot since he heard reports of the Missouri Monster, or MoMo, in the 1970s. In 2008 he founded SOSBI. Now, the group talks at libraries across the state and go on camping trips at Salt Fork State Park to look for Bigfoot several times a year. Recently, Doug wrote a book about the Ohio Bigfoot called Standing in the Shadows. It is full of reports he got from witnesses and investigated.  He even helped the Finding Bigfoot cast when they were in Ohio filming the "Buckeye Bigfoot" episode.

If you like Bigfoot and live in Ohio, be sure to try to get your hands on a copy of Doug's book. I really liked it.

                                                             SOSBI logo

Here's an article from the Chillicothe Gazette:

CHILLICOTHE — Bigfoot has a presence in Ohi…

"'Hank' is a Hoax", Rick Dyer Says

Rick Dyer has finally announced that his dead Bigfoot "Hank" is a hoax. I knew it was from the minuet it heard about it, because Dyer has done the same thing before. Each time, he says "I'll never hoax again," but he's done it a few times now, so he'll probably have another "Bigfoot" in a couple of years.
This is what cryptozoologist Loren Coleman has to say about it, from  a news article:

Loren Coleman, director and founder of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, and author of Bigfoot: The True Story Of Apes In America, suggested that Dyer has lost any credibility in the field. “It’s clear, over and over again, he’s making money from all of these hoaxes,” he said. “It certainly bothers me that the main core people in the Bigfoot field know about him, don’t consider his stories credible and ignore him, but he keeps going on until he gets publicity.” …”[Dyer] always leaves the door open for his next hoax. He’s gonna keep do…

A Global Call for Cryptid DNA

A British TV company and the International Cryptozoology Museum are working together to gather DNA samples of cryptid creatures(hair, teeth, bones). If suitable samples are obtained, qualified genetic scientists will test them and the results will be published in a scientific journal.

Detailed results will be shared with the donor after tests are done. The samples can be from any creature in cryptozoology, from Loch Monsters to Bigfoot or Chupacabras and yetis. Anyone from around the world can donate. The sample may have to be destroyed to test it. For more info, see this post at CryptoZooNews:  A Global Call For DNA Evidence of Cryptids

Loren Coleman, director of the International Cryptozoology Museum

Jaws: The Giant Shark That Was Actually Real

Almost everyone has heard of or seen the movie Jaws. The movie has caused many people to be afraid of the ocean. The thought of a gant, man-eating shark lurking just below the water will scare anyone. But, what most people don't know is that there are sharks as big as Jaws, or, at least there were.

Megalodon was a giant shark that lived about 28 to 1.5 million years ago. It's maximum length was about 46 to 60 feet. It's teeth were 7 to 8 inches long.

A Megalodon toothe by two teeth from a Great White

The scary thing here... Megalodon might still be alive! A giant, 100 foot long white shark was seen sometime in the early 1900s. There is enough space in the deep ocean for giant, unknown creatures.

If you say Megalodon is not alive today, consider this. the Coelacanth is a fish that was supposed to have gone extinct with the dionsasurs 65 million years ago. it wwas discovered alive off the coast of Africa in 1938. If it had survied 65 million years after it was supposed to hav…

Malaysian Airliner Mystery

It's been almost a month since flight 370 left Malaysia and dissappeared. Recently, possible remains were found in the ocean. However, they could be from a cargo ship. Ten planes, nine ships, and a UK submarine have been searching the Indian Ocean. It will take a long time to cover the whole search area in planes, but it will take over 100 times longer if they need to check for wreckage on the ocean floor.

Some people think the plane was hi-jacked and taken to an old bunker is a jungle somewhere, but there is no evidence that anyone on the plane, crew or passengers, would have any reason to do that. Satellites have sent pictures that may be remains in the Indian Ocean. I think it may have crashed somewhere. For now, no one knows what really happened. The mystery of what happened may never be solved.


Loch Ness Monster: The Alien Squid From Europa… Crypto April Fools

Today, news has come out saying that the famous Loch Ness Monster, "Nessie", has finally been proven to exist and is a Giant Squid from Europa, one of Jupiter's moons.

Apparently, a DNA sequence had been found in a photograph using advanced laser scanning technology. NASA satellites also had pictures of Nessie-like objects swimming in Europa's oceans over the last 40 years. The DNA scientists sequenced matched Loch Ness Monster DNA, they said. They said the thing had gotten to earth by riding on a comet from Europa. They said the body of the Loch NEss Monster had evolved 500 million years ago, while other cephalopods hadn't evolved until 300 million years ago, proving they the monster came from space.

                                                  APRIL FOOLS FROM NESSIE

So, there you go, the Loch Monster is a space squid.. HA! For more on this April Fools joke, see the Cryptomundo post in the link below.

DNA Confirms Loch Ness Monster Identity

It actually took…