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Monday, November 30, 2015

Nov. 30 Synchronicity

Synchronicity, by definition, is "events that occur with no casual relationship, yet seem to be meaningfully related" and was first explained by a psychiatrist named Carl Gustav Jung.
Carl Gustav Jung

Today, November 30th, is Remembrance Day for Lost Species. I did not know that until I saw it on David Weatherly's blog about ten minutes ago. Why I am surprised by the day it happens to be today? It's because earlier this afternoon I posted a piece on this blog about three animals - the dodo, moa, and thylacine - which are though by some to still be alive (hence they are cryptids) although science says they are officially extinct.

I first got the idea for that post a long time ago, and for some reason decided to finish it and publish it today, on Remembrance Day for Lost Species, which, like I already said, I didn't know was today until I saw it on David Weatherly's blog after I wrote my post on some lost animals. And I would never have known the significance of today if I hand't started following Weatherly's blog yesterday.

This is not the first time something like this has happened to me concerning cryptozoology.

Earlier in the year, when I was reading Nick Redfern's book Chupacabra Road Trip, I finished the chapter on the mysterious killings of some peacocks. Right after I finished the chapter, I checked Blogger and saw that Nick had a new post on that very same subject on his blog that had been posted only about 1 minute before.

And, about a week ago I had a post on here about phantom clowns. The next day I happened to see that that same night, Loren Coleman had a post on his blog about the same thing. In my post, I also included a picture of the ghost clown from Scooby Doo! Where Are You? at the end, just for something funny. The next day, while randomly flipping through TV channels, I saw that episode of Scooby Doo! on.

When you research things that are strange and unknown, this stuff happens!

And, lets hope we can stop killing all of the amazing animals we share the planet with….


The Moa, The Thylacine, and The Dodo: Extinct - Or Not?

Some cryptids are creatures that we know existed. They are animals that are thought to be long gone - and yet people still report seeing them. This post is about three such animals - the moa, thylacine, and  the dodo, too.

A FILM OF A LIVE DODO BIRD - THAT TURNED OUT TO BE NOTHING OF THE SORT

Earlier this year, a video appeared online that supposedly showed a live dodo bird. The video made the rounds on many cryptozoology sites and blogs, including this one.

Was it really a live dodo bird? No. The video was only made to raise awareness for endangered animals. If someone wanted to do that, why didn't they make a video showing actual endangered animals, instead of one that's already extinct?

TASMANIAN TIGERS

The Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger, was one of the most amazing animals to ever live. It looked somewhat like a dog, had a stiff tail, and had stripes like a tiger's on its hindquarters. And, it was a marsupial - so it had a pouch, too. The last confirmed living thylacine died in a zoo in 1936, but there have been alleged sightings since then.
Old photo of a thylacine

Michael Moss is a thylacine hunter, and claims he caught one on video 15 years ago. Moss was quoted in a International Business Times (which, however, incorrectly states the official extinction year as 1986, not 1936) article earlier this year:

"There has already been a claimed sighting of one in Fisheries Rd, Devon Meadows, a few years ago.... Most reports to date have been of animals near or crossing roads... with the advent of dashboard cameras in cars, I think we will see some concrete evidence before much longer."

Perhaps the thylacine isn't extinct after all.

LIVING MOAS?

The dodo isn't the only bird I'm going to feature in this post…

Moas were giant birds that lived in New Zealand and which became extinct (officially) around 1300 AD. Their main cause of extinction was overhunting by the Maori people. There were many different species of the bird, some of which grew to great sizes.
The moa Megalapteryx didinus

Even though moas are (like the dodo and thylacine) officially extinct, some people in New Zealand claim to have seen them - alive - in recent years. In 1993, Paddy Freaney, Rochelle Rafferly, and Sam Waby claimed they saw one of the large birds by a river. Fearny took a picture of the thing, which was published in various journals. The photo is very blurry (what cryptid photo isn't!) and paleontologists who looked at it felt it showed a deer, not a giant moa.

Freany was not thought of as a publicity seeker by those who knew him. He was angered that people didn't believe him, and over the next few years went on expeditions to find moas, although he never did.  Maybe he really did photograph a moa? 
This photo, taken in 1993, supposedly
shows a moa

Below is a newspaper report of the trio's encounter with a moa:

"THREE hikers in New Zealand's high country claim to have seen a moa, a large, flightless bird believed to have become extinct nearly 500 years ago.
"The kickers say they chased the bird in remote South Island bushland, 50 miles west of Christchurch, last Wednesday.
"Mr Paddy Freaney, who owns a hotel in the area where he says he has seen and photograph the bird, said it had a thin, 3ft long neck and a small head and beak; its body, covered in reddy-brown and grey feathers, was about three feet above the ground.
"Mr Andy Grant, an officer with the Department of Protected Species, said it was possible that the bird was an emu, which is bred on farms in the area. Local farmers say, however, that none of their emus is missing.
"Mr Sam Waby, head of a school art department, and Miss Rochelle Rafferty, a gardener at Mr Freaney's hotel, said they saw the bird independently and at the same time as Mr Freaney.
"Wildlife experts are examining the photographs and a search is being organized. 'We are looking for feathers, droppings and any other clues,' said Mr Grant.
"Scientists, who have examined moa bones, believe they were hunted to extinction 500 years ago by Maoris, who arrived in New Zealand from Polynesia 1,000 years ago.
"Ms Beverly McCulloch, a moa expert at Canterbury  Museuem, doubted the claims. She said: 'The weight of scientific evidence is against it. The history of moa studies is littered with possible sightings, none of which has ever been proven, some of which were hoaxes and most of which were wishful thinking.
 "'That does not preclude someone sighting a live moa. Nobody would be happier than me for that to happen.'"
What do you think? Does Freaney's photo really show a moa? Or, is it just an emu? The subject is too far away and the photo is too blurry to be able to tell.


The dodo is extinct, and I believe that. But maybe, just maybe, there are a few thylacines and moas still out there.

Thylacine
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cryptid Culture Issue 1 - Reviewed

Last week I received in the mail the first issue of Cryptid Culture Magazine. I was very impressed with it!

The first issue featured articles written by cryptozoologists such as Loren Coleman (writing about Bernard Heuvelmans & the International Cryptozoology Museum), Linda S. Godfrey (on the Beast of Bray Road), and Ken Gerhard (on life as a cryptozoologist). Also featured is lots of cool artwork by crypto-artists (including Thomas Finley). Tea Krulos, author of the great book Monster Hunters: On the Trail with Ghost Hunters, Bigfooters, Ufologists, and Other Paranormal Investigators has an article about the "pro-kill or no-kill" argument about Sasquatch. There is an article on "Elements of a Successful Sasquatch Search" excerpted from The Sasquatch Seeker's Field Manual, articles on "what is cryptozoology" and the wendigo, and a "Cryptid Q&A" with George Eberhart.

This is a very cool magazine. If you like cryptozoology, check it out! I hope it keeps going for a long time.

You can check out more about Cryptid Culture (and order it) here. 


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Bigfoot in Pop Culture

Whether you believe in Bigfoot or not, you at least know about it, and probably see it on TV all the time. In recent years, TV shows like Finding Bigfoot and Mountain Monsters have made Bigfoot somewhat cool and not just something crazy people talk about! But, as we shall see, Bigfoot goes back a long way in his television and movie appearances.

Bigfoot's TV appearances go all the way back to the 1970s, when it appeared in films like Bigfoot (1970), The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972), The Mysterious Monsters and Creature From Black Lake (both 1976), and Snowbeast and Sasquatch, The Legend of Bigfoot (both 1977), among other films, and was also on The Six Million Dollar Man. 
Bigfoot on The Six Million Dollar Man

The 1980s kicked off with Night of the Demon that year. But, out of all the Bigfoot movies of that decade, the most famous is definitely Harry and the Hendersons (1987.) That movie also inspired a TV series about Harry the Bigfoot that aired from 1991 to 1993.

In the 1990s, Bigfoot appeared in several films, including Little Bigfoot (and Little Bigfoot 2: The Journey Home), as well as in Disney's A Goofy Movie in 1995.

The 2000s have seen a huge number of Bigfoot films, although most of them aren't good at all. Some that actually are good, however, include Willow Creek (2013), Exists (2014), and Something in the Woods (2015.)

Since the turn of the century, Bigfoot has also been the subject of a large number of TV shows. Bigfootville (one of my personal favorites) aired in 2002. Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science followed in 2003. MonsterQuest aired from 2007 to 2010, and featured many different cryptids in its run, but Bigfoot, of course, was the focus of a lot of episodes.

Bigfoot really became popular on TV with Finding Bigfoot, which first aired in 2011. Monsters and Mysteries in America also has Bigfoot creatures featured in lots of episodes. 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty aired in 2014. Mountain Monsters and Alaska Monsters (even though they are scripted) have drawn in many viewers. Specials on the History Channel and others have also featured Bigfoot, including Bigfoot: The Definitive Guide, and Bigfoot: The New Evidence.

Sadly, in the past two years, there have also been shows that have been said to be real, but which are totally fake and aren't good for a cryptozoologist's reputation at all. I'm talking about Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives and Bigfoot Captured. And that's all I've got to say about that.


Jack Links Beef Jerky also uses Sasquatch as it's mascot.



It's obvious that the public loves Bigfoot in movies and on TV, even if you don't believe in it. Movies about it are made all the time. Who knows how many more TV shows there will be about the big hairy giant.

Bigfoot most likely won't be disappearing from your TV screen anytime soon.


Bigfoot and "Cloaking"

Can Bigfoot disappear? 
Some people say the reason Bigfoot can never be caught or can seem to disappear right before a witnesses eyes is because they can "cloak."

I saw a post about this theory on Mysterious Universe the other day. The subject of the post is a photo of a deer, whose head and neck are seemingly gone (although I, at least, can see it very faintly.) The photo was taken near Dadeville, Alabama and was posted on Facebook. It was analyzed by Samantha Ritchie, who believed the deer's head is blocked by a cloaked Bigfoot. Ritchie also claims to see faces of two Bigfoot in the picture.
Do you see a Bigfoot? I don't.

I do not think this photo shows cloaked Bigfoots, just some photo-manipulation. You can still see the deer's head and neck. And, the Bigfoot "faces" were apparently found after Ritchie zoomed in on the photo a bunch, and then outlined them in red. Does that show Bigfoots? No. It's just your mind seeing something that looks somewhat like a face, so your mind makes it look like a face. And, anything that is outlined or circled in red probably isn't real.
Bigfoot faces? I say not.

Bigfooter Scott Carpenter believes Bigfoot goes into its "cloaking mode" by using infrasound to convert water vapor in the air into microscopic prisms that reflect light from their bodies. I think Bigfoot may be able to use infrasound, but I don't know if it can do that.

So, I don't really know where to stand on the "Bigfoot cloaking" theory. I do think, though, that the photo with the deer and the Bigfoot "faces" is just a fake.

What do you think about the theory that Bigfoot can cloak? Leave your opinions in the comments.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Fortean Phantom Clowns (Updated Nov. 21)

What do clowns have to do with cryptozoology? The answer may actually surprise you.

First off, we're not talking about clowns at a circus. We're talking about clowns that are even creepier - phantom clowns. (You may think I'm talking about ghosts from the name, but ghosts have nothing to do with it.)

So what are phantom clowns?

Phantom clowns may be "normal" people dressed up like creepy clowns - or they may not be. Whatever the case, they are sinister, and like to try to lure children into vans and such.

The year 1981 saw some phantom clown encounters that have been written about on cryptozoology sites and which Loren Coleman documented in his book Mysterious America. That May, police in Boston, Massachusetts, began getting reports of men dressed in bright clown costumes and riding in a black van. The clowns had tried to lure several elementary school students into said van, using toys and candy. Another very creepy factor was the fact that one of the clowns was only dressed from the waist up.
Author Loren Coleman has a whole
chapter about phantom clowns in
this book

Other creepy clowns were seen in Brookline at the same time as the others in Boston. These clowns drove an old black van with ladders on its sides, a broken tail light, and missing hubcaps. They were commonly seen around elementary schools.

More reports of phantom clowns popped up, and soon they were being reported all over New England and the Midwest. On May 15, 1981, in Kansas City, a clown with a yellow van and a black shirt with a devil on it, as well as black pants with candy canes on the sides, threatened two girls with a knife. Their mother didn't see the clown, but saw them go to the van, and then come back screaming. By noon that day, the clown had been reported twelve times, lurking around half-a-dozen elementary schools. The clown was reported until 5 PM, after which reports stopped.
Phantom clowns in Fortean Times

Reports of phantom clowns didn't stop in the 1980s. In fact, they have continued to this day.

In October, 2014, Wasco, California, was terrorized by phantom clowns. They appeared at night, and carried around horns and balloons. But that was not all - they also carried weapons like knives, baseball bats, mallets, axes, and machetes. The police received about 20 reports per week, including a sighting of one of the clowns sitting on a mechanized unicorn, and a boy's claim that an axe-weilding clown chased him.

During the Wasco sightings, a Twitter account appeared called "Wasco the Clown." One time they said:

"I am the creepy, evil-looking clown that is roaming the streets of Wasco, California at night. Come Find Me I will give you a balloon."

The police did arrest one 14-year-old boy who was dressed as a clown, but he admitted that he was only copying the other clown(s) to have a little fun.

What are phantom clowns? Are they just people in costumes? Or are they something more? Loren Coleman suggested that the clowns are "demonic tricksters," that change form and appear to intimidate or scare people. John Keel also proposed this idea in his book The Mothman Prophecies. Some think the "demonic trickster" theory can also explain things like Men in Black, mothman, flying humanoids, black eyed children, etc.

Most people are creeped out by clowns, even if they're just at a circus (I'm one of those people.) But, these phantom clowns give people some really good reasons not to like them.

Scooby Doo wasn't too far off the mark….

UPDATE: Nov. 21, 2015

Some weird synchronicity - the day I posted this, Nov. 20, Loren Coleman had a post about phantom clowns on his Twilight Language blog (see that here.) And, today, Nov. 21, I saw the episode of Scooby Doo! Where Are You? with the ghost clown pictured above on TV!

UPDATE: October 4, 2016

Reports of phantom clowns similar to those from the 1980s and 2014 have been occurring since August 2016, all across the United States. See more here.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Book Review: The Bigfoot Book by Nick Redfern

It's been awhile since I've done a book review here on Tyler's Cryptozoo, but I feel that this book deserves one.

The Bigfoot Book: The Encyclopedia of Sasquatch, Yeti, and Cryptid Primates came out back in September and is by author & cryptozoologist Nick Redfern. As the title suggests, this is a book on all things cryptid that are tall, hairy, man-like, and have big feet.

Redfern does not only delve into the stuff about Bigfoot any Bigfoot enthusiast already knows. Lots of entries in the book are about things like Bigfoot in England, paranormal Bigfoots, and more. There are also lots on Bigfoot or Bigfoot-like creatures in movies and TV shows, most of which I'd never even heard of.

And, of course, there is stuff on famous Bigfoot sightings, like William Roe's, and the Patterson-Gimlin film, and on cryptid primate creatures from around the world, including Orang-Pendek, Yowie, Yeren, Yeti, and many, many others.

I definitely recommend The Bigfoot Book to anyone interested in the subject, whether you're new to it or have been interested for many years. Like always, Nick Redfern does not disappoint with this superb work on everyone's favorite ape-man!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

King John and Werewolves

A drawing of the effigy of King John in Worcester Cathedral.
King John
Some people say that King John (who ruled from 1167 to 1216) was something evil - that something being a werewolf.

After he died, rumors circulated that weird noises could be heard coming from King John's grave. Others said they actually saw him roaming the countryside.  Those stories probably aren't true, but there may be a real reason people thought the king was a shape-shifter.

At the time, and probably today, too, werewolves were seen as something evil, and that is how people saw King John. His nickname was "Bad King John," so it probably wouldn't have been too hard to convince people that he was a werewolf. Some think the rumor was just used to scare people.

So, it is very likely that King John was not a werewolf. But, werewolves themselves may have some basis in fact, even if they aren't of the shape-shifting kind. Reports of creatures that sound decidedly like them, commonly called "Dogman," come from all over, in the present day. So, who knows, maybe someday you will encounter a real "werewolf!"


"Men in Black..."

Received in the mail today the last of Nick Redfern's new books I didn't have... Men in Black: Personal Stories & Eerie Adventures. 

I'll have a review of it on my UFO Zone blog sometime soon.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Sasquatch Necklace

A cool Sasquatch necklace I got last week…



The design is a Native American "Hairy Man" drawing from somewhere out west...

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Shipton Yeti Tracks - 64 Years Ago

Although the exact date was a few days ago, it has been 64 years since mountain climber Eric Shipton found tracks of the "Yeti" in the Himalayas.

The photos of these tracks have long been considered some of the best evidence for Bigfoot-like beasts roaming the unexplored regions of the world.

I feel that at least some Yeti stories are actually about bears, but I don't think bears made these prints. Some people said Shipton was a hoaxer, but others who talked too them felt they were extremely credible and were telling the truth.

As to what made the tracks, the mystery remains that - a mystery - to this day.

The Fur-Bearing Trout

This critter is one that falls in the same category as the jackalope.

The fur-bearing trout is a fictional creature that is supposed to be found in Arkansas, northern North America, and Iceland. As the tales go, the trout have grown a coat of fur to maintain their body heat, because of the cold waters they live in. Another story says they have hair because four jugs of hair tonic were spilled into the Arkansas River. According to furbearingtrout.com, they are also referred to as "…the Beaver Trout, or (incorrectly) as the Sabled Slamon."

Stories of the furry trout date back to the 17th century. In Iceland, the fish is called the Lodsilungur and is said to be the creation of demons and giants. In 1900, the Scottish Review featured an account about the Lodsilungur, saying it was a "poisonous shaggy trout."

The first account of a furry trout in the United States was published in 1929, in the Montana Wildlife magazine. The magazine said:

"When the fish is caught, the change of temperature from this water to atmosphere is so great that the fish explodes upon being taken from the water, and fur and skin come off in one perfect piece, making it available for commercial purposes, and leaving the body of the fish for refrigerator purposes or eating, as desired."

Another story of furry fish came from Wilbur Foshay, who claimed that they lived in the Arkansas River and grew fur to cope with cold temperatures. He also said it shed tis fur in the summer.  In 1938, the Pueblo Cheiftan said the following about furry trout in the river:

"… [o]ld timers living along the Arkansas River near Salida have told tales for many years of the fur-bearing trout indigenous to the waters of the Arkansas near there."
Some other fictional stories about furry trout come from Canada. In one case, fur of a rabbit was "ingeniously" attached to a fish.

The Furry trout is nothing but a hoax critter, just like the jackalope and skvader (which I had a post about a while ago.) If you don't believe me, just check out the way you are supposed to catch one - fishermen were said to have acted like barbers and lure fish to them by offering them a free haircut!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bigfoot (Not) Captured: Yet Another Fake Crypto "Documentary"

History. Animal Planet. Discovery.

These TV channels have angered me many times in the past few years.

Last night, History aired Bigfoot Captured. This is my review (or, more specifically, rant) on the show. There will be some spoilers here, so if you actually want to watch it and see what happens (ore doesn't happen), you've been warned.

The show starts off with some guy talking about how he wants to be the first guy to capture a Bigfoot. He is then interviewing someone who says they saw Bigfoot seven years ago. They stay in the area where the guy supposedly had a sighting. Then, at night, (of course!), they hear something. And then they hear it on the other side of them. And then they're running around in the dark and cussing and such, and the show moves on.

Next, the filmmaker meets up with some "Bigfoot hunters" who are going out to look for the creature. They set up some trail cameras. Of course they find footprints. That night they hear screaming out in the woods. The guy wakes up an anthropologist with them. He whoops back at the "Bigfoot." The "head" guy on the team wakes up. He gets angry at the guy whooping. Cue more yelling and cussing.

The next morning, you see some trees moving on their trail camera 1. You then see trail camera 2, with nothing. Then it gets to camera 3, which is knocked off the tree, and then rolled over, and you see a fake Bigfoot face. Then they find some broken branches. Then they find a tiny "teepee" structure with a deer skin inside. Then they find a giant teepee structure. Again, cue more yelling and cussing.

Theres a part with the filmmaker walking with another guy who claims he saw Bigfoot. Then you hear a cow. And they think it's Bigfoot. If they tricked anyone with that, I don't know what to say.

Then I stopped watching.

There are parts with Jeff Meldrum and John Bindernagel, who didn't know what kind of show they were getting involved with. They actually showed Dr. Meldrum making his 3D Bigfoot skeleton, which is pretty cool. I haven't seen the part with Bindernagel yet but I hear it's pretty much the same as Meldrum - tricked into a fake documentary by being told it's real.

Jim Vorel does a good job of taking the show down on pastemagazine.com, and you can see his article here.  He's got a picture on there of the obviously CGI Sasquatch they "caught" on the show. And he tells how it ends, too. I guess I don't have to sit through the whole thing. Thank goodness!

Apparently the "researchers" are chased and have boulders thrown at them. Apparently then they "capture" a Bigfoot. Apparently the phrase "I don't think you locked the cage!" is said. Apparently the scientists spend ten days tracking Bigfoot to forget to lock the cage its in before they go to sleep. Maybe they should have brought in the AIMS team to help.

And, right at the end you apparently get to see the team of "scientists" (A.K.A. actors) putting up signs that say "Lost: One Sasquatch. Answers to Urrrrrrggghaaa."

What I have to say is: DON'T WATCH THIS. Yes, it has Jeff Meldrum and John Bindernagel. But Russian Yeti had Jeff Meldrum, too. Besides from the parts with them, the whole thing is fake. As I said at the beginning of this post, Animal Planet, History, and Discovery have angered me quite a few times since 2013 with their fake "documentaries" on mermaids, megalodon, Russian Yeti, and, sadly, now even Bigfoot of the Pacific Northwest.

Seriously, these channels are supposed to be educational. And they used to be. But now, they pretty much air a bunch of crap. And most of it doesn't have to do with animals, history, or anything. It's just half- or- fully scripted TV shows about people that do things that might involve animals in some way. Or it just involves cutting down what little forestland is left on the earth, with the usual dose of too much cussing.

Again, don't watch Bigfoot Captured. I've already wasted five hours or so of my life watching Yeti and Megalodon and Mermaids. And this time, I decided enough was enough. I didn't waste two hours watching fake Bigfoot, too.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Cryptid Culture Magazine

Here's a cool looking new cryptozoology magazine…

Cryptid Culture just came out this month and looks like it's a pretty good magazine. It's got some cool cryptid art, and articles written by well-known cryptozoologists, including Linda S. Godfrey, Loren Coleman, and Ken Gerhard.

You can find out more about Cryptid Culture here. 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Bigfoot Captured

A Bigfoot has not been captured - but what if one was?

A new TV special will take a look at that question. Bigfoot Captured airs on the History channel tomorrow night, November 9, at 9 p.m.

Here's some info about the show from History.com:


"Bigfoot is America's most legendary creature, and has always inspired more questions than answers. Could something resembling a massive man-ape really be roaming forests and hiding in the shadows undetected? Whether you believe in Bigfoot or not, there's something provocative about the idea that we could be living with an unseen monster. But what if one day we did more than catch a glimpse of one? What if we captured the creature? This two-hour special, compiled by a director who traveled the world looking for proof Bigfoot actually exists, takes and unexpected turn when a Sasquatch capture is caught on camera. What happens when what most of us if fiction becomes fact? And what does it mean for us all if the creature is really out there."

I'd read someplace else that this is a "semi-scripted" documentary (aren't they all?) There's a picture of Jeff Meldrum and John Bindernagel with the description of the show, so they are apparently in it. I guess we'll just have to wait and see if this is a real documentary or if it turns out that History made another "documentary" like the ones about mermaids, megalodon, and Russian yeti.

NOV. 11, 2015

I watched about 30 minutes of this show and couldn't watch the rest. It was just a fake scripted thing like Megalodon, Mermaids, and Yeti. 

Did Mothman Cause the Silver Bridge Disaster?

On November 15, 1966, Mothman was spotted by two couples, Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette, in the TNT Area of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. That sighting sparked media interest in the thing (even though it wasn't the first), and sightings continued for the rest of 1966 and into 1967, culminating with the Silver Bridge collapse on the Ohio River on December 15, 1967, exactly 1 year and 1 month after the famous Nov. 15 sighting.
Mothman statue in Pt. Pleasant, WV

Many people say Mothman was a heir bring of doom and caused the Silver Bridge collapse. But, is it really to blame? The answer to that question may actually be no.

During the time Mothman was seen in Point Pleasant, there were also sightings of UFOs, weird telephone and TV interferences, and encounters with the sinister Men in Black. The latter of these other  occurrences may actually be to blame for the Silver Bridge collapse.
MIB

Here's the official story about the Silver Bridge collapse.

It all happened on December 15, 1967. It was 5:04 p.m., and the bridge, which connected Point Pleasant with Ohio, collapsed in the middle of rush hour, while it was completely packed with cars. Forty-six people died in the collapse, and two bodies were never recovered.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said the bridge had collapsed because the number 13 eyebar had failed. But, some people think it was because of something else. And most people think that something else was Mothman.

Some people reported seeing Mothman near the bridge before it fell. This has led them to think that Mothman itself caused the disaster. I, however, do not think this.

Some people may be surprised by this. "The Mothman was an omen of doom," they'll say. "It caused the disaster."

Was Mothman an omen of doom? Probably, yes. But did it cause the disaster? I don't think so - I think it was only trying to warn the people of what was coming.

As I mentioned above, there were encounters with UFOs, Men in Black, and other weird things in Point Pleasant while Mothman was there. One of the original Mothman eyewitnesses, Linda Scarberry, thought that the creature was there to distract people from what the MIB were doing. She felt that they were the cause of the Silver Bridge collapse. 

What do you think caused the Silver Bridge collapse? Did it have something to do with Mothman? Was it really just a bad eye bar? Or did the Men in Black have something to do with it?


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Big Sky Bigfoot T-Shirts

The Big Sky Bigfoot Conference happened a few weeks ago, and for a limited time Sasquatchprints.com is printing Big Sky Bigfoot Conference T-shirts for anyone who didn't attend the conference and wants one.

If you want one of the shirts, you can check out the Big Sky Bigfoot Conference on Facebook and send them a message saying you want one.


Reminder: Book Signing Event

I'll be at a book signing event this afternoon, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Main Street Books in Mansfield, Ohio.

I'll be selling copies of Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More From Across America ($15.) There will be some other authors with their books there as well.

If you want to check out the event, come on down to Main Street Books this Saturday! It is located at 104 N. Main Street, Mansfield, Ohio.


Friday, November 6, 2015

Bigfooter Rob Riggs has Died

I saw some sad news yesterday...

Bigfooter Rob Riggs, 70, of Texas has passed away at 4:36 p.m. on November 3rd.

RobRiggs
Rob Riggs
Riggs was best known for his research into the Big Thicket area of Texas, which has many reports of "wild men" (possibly Bigfoot,) ghost lights, and other odd occurances.

Riggs was born on September 7, 1945. He first heard about stories of the "Big Thicket Wild Man" in the 1950s (before the term "Bigfoot" even existed) growing up in Sour Lake, Texas. He got his first journalism job in 1979, and wrote many newspaper and magazine articles. In later years wrote some books on Bigfoot and mysteries. His three books are In the Big Thicket: On the Trail of the Wild Man (2001), Weird Texas (with Wesley Treat and Heather Shade, 2005) and Bigfoot: Exploring the Myth and Discovering the Truth (with Tom Burnette, 2014.)

Riggs appeared on Coast to Coast AM twice in 2002 and once in 2014. He has also appeared on TV. I don't know how many shows he was on, but I do know he is on the documentary Southern Fried Bigfoot. 

RIP Rob Riggs.

You can see a full obituary for Riggs on Loren Coleman's CryptoZooNews. Nick Redfern also said a few words on Mysterious Universe...


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Bigfoot in Britain? Meet the Man-Monkey!

Believe it or not, there are a large number of reports of creatures that look like the North American Bigfoot in Britain.
Nick Redfern's book Man-Monkey:
In Search of the British Bigfoot

Some well known sightings of the British creature, which is commonly called the "Man-Monkey," have taken place near Bridge 39 on the Shropshire Union Canal in Staffordshire. They have been investigated by author and cryptozoologist Nick Redfern, who wrote a book fully on the subject in 2007.

I met Nick at Creature Weekend in May 2015

Sightings of the Man-Monkey date back to at least 1879, with the first recorded being found in a book called Shropshire Folklore by Charlotte S. Burn, published in 1883. That account follows:

"A very weird story of an encounter with an animal ghost arose of late years within my knowledge. On the 21st of January 1879, a laboring man was employed to take a cart of luggage from Ranton in Staffordshire to Woodcock, beyond Newport in Shropshire, for the ease of a party of visitors who were going from one house to another. He was late in coming back; his horse was tired, and could only crawl along at a foot's pace, so that it was ten o'clock at night when he arrived at the place where the highroad crosses the Birmingham and Liverpool canal. Just before he reached the canal bridge, a strange black creature with great white eyes sprang out of the plantation by the roadside and alighted on his horse's back. He tried to push it off with his whip, but to his horror the whip went through the thing, and he dropped it on the ground in fright."

The man's horse was so frightened that it broke away from the cart and ran away. The man did the exact same thing and skedaddled out of the area. He finally caught up with the horse at a local inn, which he ran inside of. He told the amazed crowd what had happened.

News of the Man-Monkey attack spread, and soon everyone in the area was afraid it would get them. The police even opened a file on the mystery.
Shropshire Union Canal, where Man-Monkey sightings occur

No one knows what the Man-Monkey is. Some theorized that it was an escaped gorilla. But, whatever it is, it does not seem to be a cryptid of the flesh-and-blood variety, if the above account can be believed. Horsewhips don't just go right through flesh-and-blood critters like gorillas.

There were also rumors that the Man-Monkey was a spirit of a man who had drowned in the canal shortly before sightings began. Nick Redfern comments on this in his new encyclopedia The Bigfoot Book, quoting Elliott O'Donell's 1912 book Werewolves:

"It is an old belief that the souls of cataleptic and epileptic people, during the bodies unconsciousness, adjourned temporarily to animals, and it is therefore only in keeping with such a view to suggest that on the deaths of such people their spirits take permanently the form of animals."

 Could the Man-Monkey really just be the spirit (trapped in an animal form) of some poor soul who drowned in the canal? While it may sound totally crazy that a human spirit can take on animal form after death, the reports of the Man-Monkey started at the canal right after someone drowned there. Sightings have continued since 1879, and the location is usually Bridge 39 on the canal where the first sighting occurred, and the monster usually shows characteristics of the supernatural, just like with the first sighting. Maybe it really is an animal that is the ghost of a man...

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Sasquatch and the Mount St. Helens Eruption

What does the Mount St. Helens eruption have to do with Bigfoot and the U.S. Government? Depending on who you ask, it could be nothing at all, or it could be lots of things. Before we get to Bigfoot and cover ups, though, here's some info about the eruption.

Mount St. Helens erupted after an earthquake on Sunday, May 18, 1980. The entire north face of the volcano slid away, which created the largest landslide ever recorded. Lava, gas and ash clouds spewed from the volcano. The eruption column rose 80,000 feet into the atmosphere and ashes fell in 11 different U.S. states. The eruption also caused glaciers on the volcano to melt entirely, causing mudslides (some of which reached the Columbia River, 50 miles away. )
One of the photos from Wikipedia
showing the ash cloud of Mt. St. Helens

Over fifty people were killed in the eruption and it decimated hundreds of square miles. There is no doubt that a huge number of wild animals were killed in the eruption - and some of those were Bigfoot, or so some people claim.

Now, let's get to the Bigfoot side of the story!

There are people who say that there were some Bigfoots killed during the eruption, and the U.S. military went and took the bodies.

In his new book The Bigfoot Book: The Encyclopedia of Sasquatch, Yeti, and Cryptid Primates, Nick Redfern says the following about claims concerning the Mt. St. Helens eruption, Sasquatch, and the military:

"In many respects, it parallels the claims of U.S. military retrievals of extraterrestrial bodies in the deserts near Roswell, New Mexico, in the summer of 1947. There are stories that the entire operation to recover possibly five of six Bigfoot from the pulverized remains of Mount St. Helens was coordinated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The USACE notes that its role is to 'Deliver vital public and military engineering services; partnering in peace and war to strengthen our Nation's security, energize the economy hand reduce risks from disasters.' In other words, the USACE would, indeed, have been the ideal body to have played a central role in the recoveries."

Some people say the military found several Sasquatch bodies on the Cowlitz River, located in the Cascade Mountains. And, in 2012, a former National Guardsman claimed that, not only did the military find bodies of Sasquatch that had been killed, but they found live ones, as well. Some were burned and injured, but there are also claims that there were one or two uninjured Bigfoots, and they even helped the military find their comrades who had been hurt!

Author Nick Redfern comments of the
Mt. St. Helens-Sasquatch stories in his new book


What are we to make of the claims about dead Bigfoot bodies and the eruption? Some people will say they are all bogus, and that could very well be true. But, keep in mind that stories of Sasquatch at Mount St. Helens go back many, many years. A very famous encounter is that which occurred at Ape Canyon in 1924. Several prospectors were in the mountains and claimed they were attacked by a group of angry Bigfoots. After a night of their cabin being attacked, they quickly skedaddled, leaving everything behind, including, they claimed, a dead "mountain devil" or two.

Maybe some Bigfoots were killed in the Mount St. Helens eruption. I think the claims are probably true. But, if the military went in and got the bodies, we'll probably never know the truth about it.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Dyatlov Pass, UFOs, and Yetis

Lots of people who look into UFOs or are into conspiracy theories will know about the Dyatlov Pass incident. For those who don't know, here's what happened.

THE INCIDENT

(Before you read on - some of the pictures are not pretty.)

Nine hikers went into the Ural Mountains in 1959, and while there were there, something terrible happened. And we don't know what.

All of the hikers died on the night of February 2. Investigators were able to determine that they had cut their tents from the inside - which means there was something there they were trying to get away from. They all fled in different directions, and some event fled barefoot. (Keep in mind that they were in the mountains, and there was heavy snowfall at the time.) Some of the footprints could be followed and led almost a mile to the northeast.
The tent when it was found on
Feb 26

Mikhail Sharavin was the investigator who found their tent, and said:

"The tent was half torn down and covered with snow. It was empty, and all the group's belongings and shoes had been left behind." 

The first two bodies were found at the edge of a forest. There were remains of a fire there, as well. The victims were wearing nothing but their underwear. Branches on the cedar tree they were found under were broken to a height of five meters, leading some to believe they had climbed it to get a vantage point to see something. 

Three other bodies were also found in between the tree and the tent. The positions of the bodies led investigators to believe they had died while trying to get back to the tent.

The other four bodes were found over two months later, on May 4. They were under four meters of snow and were 75 meters farther into the woods than the bodies that were at the cedar tree. These victims were dressed better than the other five, and investigators thought that those who died first had given their clothes to the others.
Rustem Slobodin's (one of the hikers) body.
Found face down, buried in snow

Authorities concluded that an "unknown compelling force" and hypothermia had caused the deaths of the hikers. Although there were no signs of struggle, some of the hikers were found with crushed chests and fractured skulls. But, there were no external wounds on the bodies. Some bodies were even found without tongues or eyes.

Why am I bringing this up? It's because I saw a post on Mysterious Universe this morning about this strange and somewhat terrifying event. What was it about? Dyatlov Pass and yetis.


RUSSIAN YETI, UFOs, MURDERERS, AND MORE

Now pretty much everyone associates Dyatlov Pass with yetis because of Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives that aired on the Discovery Channel last summer. What I say to people who connect the two is: please don't come to conclusions after watching that show. Here's why: (1. I, for one, had never really heard anything associating the two before the documentary. (2. The Killer Lives is fake, I repeat, fake. It's just like the fake mermaid documentary and the fake megalodon one, too. And if you don't believe they are fake, then you'll probably get in a long argument with me.
The show is about the Dyatlov Pass incident, but is fake

Now, lets get back to the subject of Dyatlov Pass.

Like I said before, I, at least, had never heard of any associations between the incident and yetis before the documentary. I had, and lots of other people had, however, heard of theories about UFOS and the like.

I don't know about you, but I'd believe that the deaths of the Dyatlov Pass incident were caused by UFOs before I'd believe it was caused by yetis.

Authorities said hypothermia had killed the hikers. That is a reasonable explanation. It was February, they were in the mountains, there was heavy snowfall. They didn't have shoes or other clothing. There are, however, some major problems with this theory.

What was the "unknown compelling force" that caused them to cut out of their tent from the inside and run almost naked and barefoot into the forest, in a snowstorm, and in temperatures that were about -13 to -22 degrees F? Some suspect that the indigenous Mansi people killed the group for coming onto their land. But, if that happened, why were there no signs of a struggle? Where were the footprints of the Mansi people?

To this day, no one knows what killed those hikers in the mountains. But, if I can say one thing, it's that I'm certain it was not just hypothermia (if that is what killed them.) SOMETHING caused them to flee their own tent and run into the forest, with no clothing, or shoes, or anything. Some of the bodies were mutilated. Some had broken skulls and crushed chests, which would require lots of pressure to happen. What did that? If they were killed by other humans, or even a yeti, why were there no other footprints of anything? I honestly have to say that I kinda point towards UFOs….

What do you think happened???

What happened?
Bodies as they were found after the incident

Monday, November 2, 2015

Official Trailer for Something in the Woods

This is the official trailer for the awesome Bigfoot film Something in the Woods. The movie was shown for the first time at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference in May (and I got to see it!), and even though it wasn't entirely finished then, was very good!

You can watch the official trailer below (most appropriately uploaded on October 31! :) ), and check out their Facebook page by clicking the link up above.

My Something in the Woods poster…
SIGNED, TOO!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Book Signing Event

I'll be at a book signing event this Saturday, November 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Main Street Books in Mansfield, Ohio.

I'll be selling copies of Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More From Across America ($15.) There will be some other authors with their books there as well.

If you want to check out the event, come on down to Main Street Books this Saturday! It is located at 104 N. Main Street, Mansfield, Ohio.


Mill Race Monster - 41 Years Ago

Today, November 1, 2015, marks the 41st anniversary of the sightings of the "Mill Race Monster" in Columbus, Indiana.

On this day in 1974, two groups of girls reported to the Columbus police (separately) that they had seen a creature that was "green, hairy, and large." It was walking upright in the Columbus downtown park.

Even though the sightings are now 41 years old, the monster is still remembered, and was featured on an episode of Monsters and Mysteries in America earlier this year.

Besides the comments that the creature was "green," the description ("large, hairy, walking upright") pretty much sounds like a Bigfoot. Maybe that's what the Mill Race Monster was.

Here's a link to the Mill Race Monster Facebook page…

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