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Bigfoot, Time Travel, UFOs, and the Presidential Campaign

Yes, Bigfoot, Time Travel, UFOs, and Presidents. What do all of these things have to do with each other? Read on to find out...


It all revolves around one man who is apparently running for U.S. President, Andrew D. Basiago.

Basiago claims he participated in Project Pegasus in the 1970s, and that he has traveled to a million years in the past, to the future, to the time of Abraham Lincoln (twice, no less!), and to Mars with someone named Barack Obama. He also says he's seen Bigfoot. Twice.



Here's some stuff from andy2016.com:

"Andrew D. Basiago is a prominent figure in the Truth Movement. "For more than 10 years, he has shared with the American people the true facts of our great nation's accomplishments in time travel and Mars visitation. "He has done so as one who has served bravely in the two secret U.S. defense projects in which time travel on Earth and voyages to Mars were first undertaken. "As a result of his courageous advocacy as a crusading lawye…

Finding Bigfoot Cancelled? Yes? No? Maybe?

What's going on with Finding Bigfoot? That's the question in the Bigfoot world right now.



Those who watch the show will have noticed that there haven't been new episodes the past two weeks.

Johnny Bigfoot had a post about it on his Bigfoot Research News blog yesterday, and Craig Woolheater posted a piece on the same subject on Cryptomundo earlier today. Craig asked Cliff, Bobo, and Matt about the rumor.

Cliff said:

"No, we aren't cancelled. In fact, we are filming more episodes this summer. The programming folks at Animal Planet have made some decisions about how to best support Finding Bigfoot based on the data, and they are moving ahead with their plan. Luckily this has little to do with me, so I can just focus on bigfooting." Bobo:

"No, viewers were pissed about the night change and advertisers buy slots ahead of time so they have to go through current cycle. Or something like that. We're filming all summer."
Matt M.:

"Animal Planet is h…

Loch Ness: Back Into The Depths

Another new book from Patrick Gallagher, and a follow up to his Nessie book from last year...

Gallagher's first book on Nessie, Loch Ness: From Out of the Depths, reprinted original newspaper stories during the "rise of the Loch Ness Monster" from 1933 to 1934. This second book reprints newspaper stories from 1935 to 1955.

Here's the book description:

"The 1930s were most definitely the boom years for the Loch Ness Monster, that enigmatic cryptid which supposedly dwells in one of Scotland's deepest lakes. The imagination of the world was excited by the apparent emergence of the creature in 1933, with dozens of sightings reported by people from all walks of life. The high volume of sightings continued through 1934, making these two years the all-time peak in 'Nessie' sightings. But then, gradually, the number of reported sightings in the press began to taper off. Never again would 'Nessie Fever' grip the Scottish Highlands in quite the same wa…

Phantom Hands and Train Tracks...

The other day I had a post on here about a woman who was recently killed on the Pope Lick Trestle in Kentucky. Some people say that a Goatman lives under the bridge and lures people onto it and to their deaths.

A commenter mentioned an urban legend in Kentucky about phantom hands that hold lanterns and lure people onto train tracks, to their deaths.

That legend and that of the Goatman luring people onto the tracks sound quite similar.

I've done some searching and have found a legend about a man killed in a train tunnel in Kentucky in the 1930s, and whose ghost is sometimes seen carrying a lantern.

I know I've heard other legends similar to this, and I'm going to do some searching through some of my many books on cryptozoology/paranormal subjects to find some more info.

What interests me is that there could be a legend about phantom hands and a legend of a Goatman leading people to their deaths on train tracks in Kentucky, and could the two be related in some way (could the…

Woman Killed on Pope Lick Trestle, Home of the Goatman

In Pope Lick, Kentucky, there is an old train trestle that is said to be home to "the goatman" or the "Pope Lick Monster."

There are reports of goatmen from around the country, but this one is particularly well known, at least to cryptozoologists. It is also known to be particularly deadly.

On April 23, an Ohio woman was added to the list of the goatman's victims.

WDRB.com reports:

"LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A woman has died after a train hit her on the Pope Lick train trestle in far eastern Jefferson County, Ky., police said. "A train approached a man and a woman on the trestle about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, said Louisville Metro Police spokesperson Alicia Smiley. "The man and woman laid down on the tracks to avoid getting hurt. The train hit the woman, and she fell from the trestle. Police found her dead at the scene. The man was not hurt, however, police and firefighters were trying to determine how to bring him down safely from the trestle. "J…

Tracking the Stone Man: West Virginia's Bigfoot

Here's a new book that I heard about today….

Tracking the Stone Man: West Virginia's Bigfoot came out earlier this month (April 5). The book is by Dr. Russell L. Jones, and is "A narrative of the search for Bigfoot in West Virginia and a description of the inner workings of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO)."

Here's a longer description:

"Tracking the Stone Man is a collection of essays from Dr. Jones' youthful introduction to Bigfoot to his becoming a leader in the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO). Perhaps most interesting are Dr. Jones' adventures and encounters in the wild forests, steep ridges, and hollows of the Appalachian Mountains, the highest mountains east of the Rockies. "He concisely describes conflict, emotion, debate, and 'Bigfootery' within the Bigfoot community. The 160 pages of this fast moving, tightly written book offer and abundance of action and suspense. "Words are not wasted on Bigf…

Boggy Creek Monster Filming Underway

The Small Town Monsters crew is currently in Arkansas filming their third documentary, Boggy Creek Monster. 

The Log Cabin Democratreports:

"The first documentary feature film to tackle the true story behind the classic horror film, Legend of Boggy Creek, is about to begin production in southern Arkansas. The film is titled Boggy Creek Monster and will focus on the history of Bigfoot sightings in and around the community of Fouke. Delving into both the classic sightings that inspired the 1970s drive-in chiller, as well as sightings that have occurred more recently, the documentary aims to be the first definitive film history of the Fouke creature. Boggy Creek Monster is a Small Town Monsters production in association with cryptid researcher, author, musician, journalist, and television personality, Lyle Blackburn. "The film recently made headlines when it was successfully crowd-funded on Kickstarter to the tune of $17,000. It raised its initial goal of $9,000 in just four d…

Cryptid Saber-Toothed Tigers?

In their book Cryptozoology A to Z,Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark discuss some sightings of what could be saber-toothed cats.

They first mention a story recorded by Peter Matthiessen in his book The Cloud Forest, which was published in 1966. They write:

"….. Peter Matthiessen relates a story told to him in Paraguay by a seaman named Picquet. Matthiessen wrote: '[He] described a rare striped cat not quite so large as a jaguar and very timid, which is possessed of two very large protruding teeth: this animal, he said, occurs in the mountain jungles of Colombia and Ecuador, and he has glimpsed it once himself.'" In 1975, a "mutant jaguar" was shot and killed in Paraguay.. It was said to weigh 160 pounds, and had twelve inch long saber teeth. Juan Acavar, a zoologist, examined it, and he said it looked like a Smilodon. Authorities, however, said it was only a jaguar so they wouldn't frighten anyone.

They also mention an article in the September, 1998 issue…

Surgeon's Photo - 82nd Anniversary

Today is the 82nd anniversary of the day the Surgeon's Photograph was published in the Daily Mail in 1934.

The hoax is what many people consider the classic image of "Loch Ness Monster." Too bad its a hoax.

Ohio Bigfoot Conference - New Speaker

Since Bobo is no longer going to be there,  the last speaker for the Ohio Bigfoot Conference has been announced.

It's Esteban Sarmiento, primatologist and biologist.

Here's some info from the OBC website:

"Esteban Sarmiento is a primatologist and biologist and is noted for his work in primate anthropology and for appearing on the Monster Quest television series. Sarmiento earned a biological anthropology Ph.D. in 1985 and from then until 2008 he worked as a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History. His main field of study is the skeletons of hominoids, including both extinct and living species. From 2002 to 2004 he was a Fulbright scholar teaching physiology at Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique. Presently, he heads The Human Evolution Foundation whose main goal is to understand humanity's place in nature. Sarmiento is one of the few mainstream experts to give serious attention to cryptozoology, particularly reports of Bigfoot. Sarmiento doe…

Animal Planet Filming a Menehune Show in Hawaii

This could be why Bobo won't be at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference...

It was noted on the Conference's Facebook page yesterday that Bobo can't be there because he's going to be filming a show for Animal Planet next month. Maybe it's this one...

The Hawaii Tribute-Herald website reports:

"KAILUA-KONA - The Menehune: Small, mischievous and incredibly industrious beings that are pure myth - or anthropological fact? "Animal Planet will explore both aspects of the legend when it arrives on the Big Island to film a two-hour special in late May and early June. "The creators of the 'Finding Bigfoot' series say they'll spend two weeks here and on Kauai and Oahu, investigating reports of encounters with the leprechaun-like beings. They'll also delve into the belief that the Menehune were a peaceful race of settlers in the island chain, persecuted and eventually displaced by a larger and more aggressive wave of settlers from Tahiti. "Got Menehu…

Bobo No Longer Speaking at Ohio Bigfoot Conference

Just announced on the Ohio Bigfoot Conference Facebook page…

James "Bobo" Fay will be producing a special show for Animal Planet next month. Because of scheduling conflicts he is no longer able to make it to the Ohio Bigfoot Conference at Salt Fork State Park.

All the other speakers will still be there, including Cliff Barackman, Bob Gimlin, Sybilla Irwin, and Guy Edwards. Lyle Blackburn, Tom Yamarone, and John Kirk will also be there, among others.

Bobo did say he'll be there in 2017.


"100 Bigfoot Nights" - True or Fictional?

In March 2014, Christine D. Parker published her book 100 Bigfoot Nights: A Chilling True Story. Only a few months later, she published a follow-up book, 100 Bigfoot Nights: The Nightmare Continues. Earlier this month (perhaps not coincidentally on April Fool's Day) Parker published another volume, this one being 100 Bigfoot Nights: The Paranormal Link. 

I got the first of these books last year and have recently started reading it.

Christine claims that after their family moved into a new house they started hearing strange noises and seeing strange things.

In the beginning of the first book, she says that the first encounter her family had was when they heard a howl coming from the woods across the road from their house in 2012. She, her husband, and her son investigated but didn't find anything.

Later Parker looked online to try to identify what was howling. She searched and searched, and later her son looked up Bigfoot howls. He played one from Ohio and she says it is exactl…

Mountain Monsters: "AIMS vs The Rogue Team"

An all new Mountain Monsters is on tonight, and once again the AIMS team is not going after Bigfoot, but the "rogue team" on the show.

Here's the episode description:

"The AIMS team continues their mission to discover the true identity of the Rogue Team. AIMS must make a decision on whether they should carry on with this deadly game of cat and mouse or if they should finally admit defeat and back down."
Other episodes have been playing all day.

Be sure to check out Mountain Monsters, tonight at 10 on Destination America.

Ohio Bigfoot at the Library

Had a great time last night on a visit to the Holmes County (Ohio) Library for one of Marc DeWerth's Bigfoot talks...

I've gotten to know Marc over the past few years and always enjoy his Bigfoot lectures.

Here's some pics from the library.



I even went home with two new books…



Big Sky Bigfoot Conference - Website

The 2nd annual Big Sky Bigfoot Conference is happening October 21-22, 2016, at the Bitterroot Inn and Conference Center in Hamilton, Montana.

They now a have brand-new website up and running.

Check it out here:

Big Sky Bigfoot Conference.

You can also check out the Facebook page here. 


More on The Jungle Book and Cryptozoology...

Last week, I had a post on here about Disney's new live-action version of The Jungle Book (which is out today, by the way) and the fact that King Louie is now a Gigantopithecus. 

Loren Coleman has a new post up on his CryptoZooNews blog about the same thing, and he brings up some other things that I hadn't thought of before - other animal characters in The Jungle Book would actually be cryptids as well!

He says:

"The new Disney version of The Jungle Book will be released to theaters April 15, 2016. Besides the cryptozoologically intriguing bear in India, giant snake, and black panther (obviously a melanistic leopard), there is a big surprise for cryptozoologists and hominologists in this new movie: Gigantopithecus."
So, this pretty much means that  Louie, Kaa, Baloo, and Bagheera are all cryptids. Pretty cool!



The Life of a Bigfoot Hunter

The Seattle Met has a new article on their website titled "The Secret Lives of Bigfoot Hunters."

It starts out like this:

"Lit only by moonlight in the Tennessee woods, Ranae Holland cups her hands around her mouth and emits a guttural, horrifying shriek, something halfway between the scream of a cougar and the scream of a person being disemboweled by a cougar. "Then she falls silent and reclines on a fallen cedar, the tentacles of exposed roots her backrest, her long legs bracing her into total stillness. She knows how not to scare an animal, a skill earned doing veterinary care on snow leopards and counting fish in bear country. She sits still and she waits for sasquatch to answer. "More than 2,000 miles away, a week later and in broad daylight, Derek Randles forces open a motion-activated game camera, a paperback-size camo box that hunters use to spot game. He retrieves an SD card encoded with half a year of recordings and descends through the waxy salal gr…

"Beast of Whitehall" at Canton Film Fest

On April 21, the new Small Town Monsters documentary Beast of Whitehallwill be playing at the Canton Film Festival in Ohio.

CantonRep.com has a new article up that is an interview with Seth Breedlove and is about the film.

It starts like this:

"'Minerva Monster,' a 55-minute documentary film about a 1978 Bigfoot scare south of Canton, inspired a Bigfoot-themed festival in downtown Minerva last june that attracted about 1,500 people and will return in September. "Recently, a new documentary titled 'Beast of Whitehall,' this one about Bigfoot sightings in 1976 in rural Whitehall, N.Y., stirred similar enthusiasm among the townspeople of Whitehall. "Seth Breedlove, the Bolivar native who wrote and directed both films, described the reaction in Whitehall as 'one of the craziest weekends of my life. We were expecting 100 to 200 people at the screening - in this armory that looks like a freakin' castle - and we ended up with 500. We were struggling to …

Killing Bigfoot: The Series

In 2014, the TV special Killing Bigfoot premiered on Destination America. Now, the GCBRO has a TV series. It's premiering on the Travel + Escape Network in Canada at 9 PM tonight. It will soon be airing on Destination America in the United States.

A video has been posted to YouTube by gryphonfilms that supposedly shows a Bigfoot caught on a GoPro camera during the filming of the show. Watch it below.

Here's the video description:

"Shows behind the scenes of the Killing Bigfoot series- now playing on Travel and Escape Canada (T+E) and coming soon to Destination America- in the US. "Shows events leading up to - GOPRO capture of bipedal creature walking in Louisiana woods. "Cast and crew back at camp. No people in the area, and few that would hide behind trees knowing GCBRO's reputation. They are not hunting here- they only hunt on private property. They are searching for clues and had the Go-Pro Running- so this footage was captured by chance. Only 2 research…

Finding Bigfoot: "The Booger Hole"

An all-new Finding Bigfoot is on tonight a 10 PM on Animal Planet.

Tonight's episode is "The Booger Hole." ("Booger" is a name for Bigfoot used in some places.)

Here's the episode description:

"The team is in Mississippi for the first time to meet with a BFRO investigator, who's investigating bigfoot reports in a new way. As they follow up with eyewitnesses, they become privy to secret spot where they are guaranteed to get bigfoot action."

Long Lost "Loch Ness Monster" Found in Loch Ness

Has the Loch Ness Monster been found? The answer: Yes. And no.

Confused yet? Read on...

In 1969, the movie The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes was filmed. The Loch Ness Monster was part of the movie, so a 30-ft model was used in Loch Ness. During filming, the model sank, and no one could find it - until now, that is.

An underwater robot detected the model with sonar, which was built to resemble the Loch Ness Monster - with a long neck and two humps on its back.

BBC News reports:

"A 30ft (9m) model of the Loch Ness Monster built in 1969 for a Sherlock Holmes movie has been found almost 50 years after it sank in the loch. "The beast was created for the Billy Wilder-directed The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, starring Sir Robert Stephens and Sir Christopher Lee. "It has been seen for the first time in images captured by an underwater robot. "Loch Ness expert Adrian Shine said the shape, measurements and location pointed to the object being the prop.  "The robot…

American Public "Can Handle the Truth About UFOs"

A new post on my UFO Zone blog, about John Podesta's (Hillary Clinton's campaign chair) statement that the American public "can handle the truth about UFOs..."

See it here.

The Flixton Werewolf - Lycanthrope, Myth, or Something Else?

A centuries-old tale of a killer monster... is it true, or is it just a legend? A while back I found a story of this type of thing that I found very interesting.

Today we'll be looking into the story of the Flixton Werewolf.

THE STORY

The story of the monster takes place in Flixton, in England, and begins in the 10th Century. At the time there were forests in the area, the perfect place for a maurading were-monster to hide.

No one really knows when the werewolf first appeared, but by 940 A.D. there was a hotel built in the town to protect travellers from it. The werewolf was known to attack livestock and even people. It was also known to dig up freshly buried corpses.

The whole area was terrified, and after a while reports of the werewolf stopped.

The creature wasn't gone for good, however.

Around the year 1150, there were reports of something that killed farm animals, a shepherd and a young girl. The creature was described as walking upright, was very stinky, had a long tail,…

Bigfoot Statue Moved from Grave

Recently, a Bigfoot statue that was placed at the gravesite of a 23-year-old named Trevor Zuniga, who died in January. Trevor loved Bigfoot, so his uncle bought the statue and they put it at his grave instead of a headstone.

Now, the statue has been moved. Why? Find out below.

WKBN.com reports:

"CHAMPION, Ohio (WKBN) - The hunt for Bigfoot has come to Champion Township. A 4-foot statue was removed Tuesday from Champion Township Cemetery. The statue was placed next to the grave of Trevor Zuniga, 23, of Bristoville. According to an online tribute, Zuniga died January 28 due to complications from Muscular Dystrophy. "Trevor's uncle bought the statue because his nephew was fond of the Big Foot myth. Trevor's mother Kathy Zuniga said she understands that Bigfoot is just a stature but it brought her comfort. "'It is something that we know as Trevor. It is something that he really liked, the family knew he liked. We all associated him with Trevor,' Zuniga said. …

"Loch Ness Monster" in the River Thames?

Towards the end of March, a video appeared online that supposedly shows some sort of "monster" in the River Thames, in Southern England.

Now, a second video has appeared.

It does appear to show something big in the river, and that thing does look like whatever was in the first one.

Metro.co.uk reports:
"Have you ever noticed that supernatural sightings are a bit like London buses? As soon as one piece of 'evidence' emerges, more follows shortly after. "That has very much been the case with the sighting of the 'Loch Ness Monster' in the Thames this week. "On Tuesday, a video surfaced showing a dark object moving through the river near the O2 Arena. "It was shot on April 1, but that didn't stop loads of people coming to the conclusion it was a creature that hasn't even been found where it is supposed to live. "And now, sure enough, a second bit of footage has been posted online. "Ot was uploaded to YouTube yesterday by user…

Ohio Bigfoot Conference T-Shirts and Special Casts

Today the Ohio Bigfoot Conference revealed their T-shirt design for 2016. It's probably the coolest one yet.




They are also selling special edition Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot footprint replicas.



Both can be ordered here. 

They were designed by Mike Esordi of Googz & Co. Good job Mike!

Mountain Monsters: "Return of the Rogue Team"

Another all new Mountain Monsters: Bigfoot Edition is on tonight, and the AIMS team is returning to Ohio to once again go after the Grassman.

"The AIMS team heads back to Perry County, OH to go after The Ohio Grassman. They soon realize they are being followed by the rogue team that has been tracking them. The AIMS team attempts to shine a light on their identity."
Be sure to check out Mountain Monsters, tonight at 10 on Destination America.

Bigfoot, Black Panthers, and UFOs

STRANGE THINGS IN OHIO

In April of 1968, a family living in Salem, Ohio began to have encounters with a number of things that science will say don't exist.

"Alice Allison saw a strange object floating in the sky. The object resembled a black wingless airplane. Within a day of that occurrence, she and other family members saw a cougar prowling around their property. Sometimes they even saw it lying in their driveway! The cat left 3-inch paw prints and left six-inch scratches on a nearby tree. They heard it snarling outside of Alice's daughter's bedroom window after dark. Just like in the Minerva case, the Allisons also reported seeing a strange man-like figure  in the woods. Alice's son Bruce saw the creature running and found a place where he thought it had slept. He also blamed it for the disappearance of his cat."
MINERVA - MORE BIGFOOT AND BIG CATS

 In August of 1978, some residents just outside of the town of Minerva, Ohio, reported seeing a Bigfoot-like c…

Finding Bigfoot: "Squatching on Sacred Ground"

Finding Bigfoot has switched their night. I remembered that last week, but almost forgot it today. Luckily, I didn't.

Tonight's episode is "Squatching on Sacred Ground."

Here's the episode description:

"The Team receives a special invitation to investigate the Klamath reservation in Southern Oregon, where bigfoot sightings are a regular occurrence. The Team investigates a canyon so squatchy, the tribe themselves don't dare to venture in after dark."

Rocky - The Monster in Rock Lake

Rock Lake, in Wisconsin, is know for its mysterious pyramids located under the surface. It is also thought by some to be the home of lake monster dubbed "Rocky."


"In the late 1800s, fishermen and boaters started reporting something other than rock pyramids in the lake. They had seen a giant, snake-like creature in the lake. Most lake monsters are usually said to be curious and shy, but this one was not. Fred Seaver, a fisherman, said it took his line and pulled him across the lake for a mile-and-a-half. Another fisherman said he actually speared it, but it was too strong for him to drag to shore. The people around the lake dubbed it 'The Terror.' "As the years passed, the creature seemed to grow more aggressive. Two men racing in rowboats said they saw a monster with an upraised head and jaws lined with teeth. The men tried to fight off the monster with their oars, and were soon joined by some men who had rowed out with a shotgun. By the time the others got…

King Louie is a Gigantopithecus

Well, this is pretty cool.

In Disney's live action The Jungle Book, King Louie, who was an orangutan in the 1967 animated film, is a Gigantopithecus, an ancient, giant ape, which some people think is an ancestor of Bigfoot (or Bigfoot is a Giagantopithecus.)

Another cool fact concerning The Jungle Book and cryptozoology: in British Columbia (and other places) before the terms "sasquatch" and "Bigfoot" were well known, hairy, man-like creatures were sometimes called "Mowglis," probably named after the feral boy in Rudyard Kipling's story.

ScienceNews.com has an interesting article on the subject of King Louie that starts like this:

"In the 1967 animated Disney film The Jungle Book, the feral boy Mowgli encounters a jazz-singing orangutan named King Louie, who implores Mowgli to teach him the secret of fire. King Louie presented a challenge for the producers of Disney's live-action, GCI-enhanced remake of the film, opening April 15. 'We …

Animal Discoveries and Cryptozoology

There are lots of people who don't believe that cryptids like Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monsters, the Yowie, etc. don't exist. Why? It's probably because they say that they can't still be hiding somewhere in the wilderness, oceans, or lakes  of the world. But, if you look back through the history of cryptozoology, you'll see that lots of animals that were thought to only be myths at one time have turned out to be real.

Back in December of last year, I talked with Ken Gerhard while working on an article on Bigfoot on television. I also asked him what he thought about discoveries of animals once thought not to exist, and if he thought they added any credence to reports of cryptids around the world.

Here's what he said:

¨...new animal discoveries are being made on a regular basis and although the vast majority of them are very small - invertebrates, insects, frogs, etc., large megafauna species occasionally turn up as well. South America's Kabomani tapir is a goo…