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Friday, April 29, 2016

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.

Andrew Basiago


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 lawyer, Andy is credited with ending the time travel and Mars cover-ups by the US government on behalf of the American people.
"This arduous work in the vineyards of the Truth Movement represented historic breakthroughs in America's understanding of our past and our prospects for the future.
"Today, Andrew D. Basiago is running for President of the United States with a New Agenda for a New America.
"He has vowed that if elected President, he will lead the American people into a bold, new era of Truth, Reform, and Innovation as great as they are great.
"Join us in supporint Andy in his quest to establish a Presidency as honest, just, and ingenious as the American people."

Do you believe any of this? Has Andrew Basiago traveled to Mars and throughout time, and is the government not telling us? It probably doesn't matter. Trump's probably going to be elected.


Basiago claims he is the kid in the center of the picture.
Where is he at?
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, of course. 

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 holding the remaining episodes for next season to add to the new ones that they are currently filming in order to air them back on the original air time of Sunday nights."

So no, Finding Bigfoot is apparently not cancelled.

Honestly, I don't really watch the show anymore, but I'm glad it's still going. Now, this doesn't mean I have anything against Cliff, Matt, Bobo, and Ranae, but over the years the format of a Finding Bigfoot episode has gotten a little too repetitive for me. And they'll never find a Bigfoot while filming the show anyway.

I'll just go see them at Bigfoot conferences instead.
 
 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

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 way. There were occasional spikes in reports, but nothing to match those original two years. That decline is reflected in this volume, which contains original newspaper accounts pertaining to the Loch Ness Monster between 1935 and 1955."

You can get the book here.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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 "Goatman" legend be the same as the phantom hands, but over the years the hands and lantern have become a Goatman?)

If anyone reading this knows anything about legends of phantom hands and lanterns on Kentucky railroads (or states around Kentucky as well), please comment and let me know about it.


Monday, April 25, 2016

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."
Goatman

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.
"Jefferson County coroner Jack Arnold said Raquel Bain, 26, of Dayton, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene.
"The tracks are owned by Norfolk Southern Railway. Further information may not be available until Sunday morning, Smiley said.
"The trestle passes over Pope Lick Creek near Fisherville. It is about 100 feet high.
"Local authorities have fenced off the area and taken other measures to prevent people form walking on the trestle over the years.
"It is the site of an often-told ghost story involving a mythical half-man and half-ghost figure called 'The Pope Lick Monster.'"

Pope Lick trestle


I think "half-man and half-ghost figure" should be "half-man and half-goat."

There are those who think the goatman at the Pope Lick trestle lures people onto the bridge and to their deaths. This is not the first time this has happened, and it probably won't be the last. Condolences to the victim's family.


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 Bigfoot 'fuzz,' fantasy, and speculations. In eleven chapters, The Stone Man contains 38 b&w photographs, including five clear track photos. There are also two custom drawn maps, five forensic investigation drawings, and four appendices. Published by Willamette City Press, LLC and priced at only $11.99, the book is available from Amazon.com and select stores. For signed copies contact the publisher. 
"Dr. Jones also gives readers an exceptional description of the inner workings of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. The BFRO is widely known and maintains and excellent website, but for those on the outside, it seems tantamount to a secret society.
"CONTACTS: wcpress@comcast.net"

You can get the book here.
 
 
 

Boggy Creek Monster Filming Underway



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

The Log Cabin Democrat reports:

"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 days and became a true success story by nearly doubling that initial goal in only 29 days. Small Town Monsters creator, Seth Breedlove chalked the campaigns success up to the desire of fans and enthusiasts who 'have a desire for this sort of in-depth look at the subject.' The film goes before cameras on April 22nd.
"Breedlove said the film will be Small Town Monsters biggest to-date with massive amounts of equipment (including cinema-grade cameras, helicopters, and drones for aerial footage and night vision cameras) being taken to Fouke for the shoot. At the heart of the film will be the sightings of the monster itself by many locals.
"Boggy Creek Monster will be directed by Seth Breedlove, and produced by Brandon Dalo and Lyle Blackburn who is serving as a consultant on the film. Mr. Blackburn will also appear on camera. Cinematographer, Zac Palmisano, a Full Sail graduate with previous experience in filmmaking, is set as cinematographer. This will be the third in the series, following Minerva Monster and Beast of Whitehall."


 
 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Cryptid Saber-Toothed Tigers?

Still alive?

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.
Saber-toothed cat skull

They also mention an article in the September, 1998 issue of Science Illustree that mentions a sighting of a saver-toothed cat coming out of a cave in Paraguay. This was said to have happened in 1984.

 What are we to make of these reports? The descriptions of the cats certainly sound like saber-toothed tigers. The cats did live in North and South America.

These are also not the only supposed sightings of living saber-toothed cats. In 2014, Karl Shuker posted on article on his blog about sightings of a white cat in China that was said to have long saber teeth.

Maybe saber-toothed cats aren't as extinct as we thought….


Thursday, April 21, 2016

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.

Hoaxed photo of the Loch Ness monster.jpg

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 does not suggest that the existence of Bigfoot has been established, but that its existence is possible and that claims and evidence deserve careful scrutiny. He has stated, 'If the animal in the P&G film is real, this animal is exceedingly human-like and would be our closest relative on earth.' He has appeared on several episodes of the History Channel series Monster Quest discussing Bigfoot and other 'cryptids.'"


Esteban


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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 Menehune? Then the makers of the fun, family-oriented special - set to air close to Christmas - really want to hear from you, said Sean Mantooth, senior producer for 'Finding Bigfoot.'"

See the rest of the article here.

See more on the Menehune...

A Menehune piggy bank from 1946

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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 exactly like what they heard across the street.

At this point Christine pretty much freaks out. She claims she has had a fear of Bigfoot her whole life and is apparently terrified of the things she says is across the street. Now, keep in mind - they live in a residential neighborhood, there are houses right on the edge of the "forest" across the street, and she seems to be the only one know has heard/seen a Bigfoot. She claims she saw one crawling on all fours once and says she is terrified when she has to get in the car at night, etc. This caused her husband to install at crap ton of security cameras and lights, but she is still freaking out.

Next, Christine said she reported her encounters to a "Bigfoot organization", although she won't say which one. She then says that a "Bigfoot investigator" (again, she won't say who and refers to him as "Mr. Hill") contacted her. Amazingly, he lived nearby and he wanted to come over and investigate. He apparently asked questions that went exactly with what Christine says had been happening. He just happened to point out that their dog that they think barks at Bigfoot is probably part wolf.

That's as far as I've gotten into book one. And that's only three chapters.

When I started the book, I found it pretty interesting. But, as I read farther, Christine seems to be on the crazy side. She claims she has a fear of Bigfoot. Why? She seems to think that the Bigfoot across the street (if there is one) is going to kill her and her family the first chance it gets. But, in reality, she probably has nothing to be afraid of. There are only a few reports ever of Bigfoot hurting or killing humans.

Below is an interview with Christine on The Moore Show. I've listened to the very beginning but then stopped. Maybe there really is a Bigfoot across the street. Maybe she heard one or saw one. But she doesn't need to spend all her time freaking out about it.



Oh, and she won't move from the house she is in. She apparently is fine living across from the "forest" with the creatures she is completely terrified of inside.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

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.

Marc DeWerth


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. 


Friday, April 15, 2016

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 ground cover that blankets the Olympic Peninsula.
"At 50, his stocky frame moves back to civilization through the underbrush  with the grace of a teenager. Somewhere on this card, he hopes, is the world's first undisputed image of a bigfoot.
"Holland, a field biologist by training, is a professional sasquatch researcher, dutifully undergoing a cross-country hunt on one of Animal Planet's highest-rated TV shows. Randles is an amateur who leads a small volunteer army of date-hungry autodidacts. 
"Holland is a skeptic. Randles is a believer. Finding bigfoot defines both of their lives."

See the rest of the article here.
 

 
 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

"Beast of Whitehall" at Canton Film Fest

On April 21, the new Small Town Monsters documentary Beast of Whitehall will 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 seat everybody. The response was insane, we got a standing ovation when it ended. We sold tons of DVDs and T-shirts.'
"The Whitehall excitement was decidedly different from the reaction Breedlove received when he arrived in town last July to do interviews with locals about the monster.
"'For us, the most surprising thing was how the community really shies away from the subject,' Breedlove recalled. 'In Ohio, they embrace Bigfoot as this fun, pop-culture kinda thing. In Whitehall, it's kinda embarrassing to them.'
"In 'Beast of Whitehall,' which runs 57 minutes, the story unfolds of long-ago Bigfoot sightings that involved three local teenage boys  and eight police officers. The film uses atmospheric camerawork, evocative music (by Brandon Dalo) and carful editing (by Breedlove) to give the documentary a feel of continual forward motion. The film is narrated by Clint Granberry, a radio producer from Dallas.
"Perhaps most memorable is when a Whitehall native recalls being on a golf course in a golf cart when his dog when he spotted a creature 'over 7 feet tall and built like a monster, with terrific shoulders and long arms… and red lines coming out of his eyes almost like laser beams.' Later, there's a reference to another sighting where a 'high-pitched pig squeal' was heard.
"'Beast of Whitehall' will be shown at 7:30 p.m. April 21 at the Palace Theatre as part of the Canton Film Festival. There will be a Q&A with Breedlove afterward. Here's Breedlove answers a few more questions."

See the rest here.

If you don't have Minerva Monster or Beast of Whitehall, you need to get them, and can right here!

Check out more about Small Town Monsters on their Facebook page or website. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 researchers and cameraman in woods. This was not staged."

 What do they mean by "few that would hide behind trees knowing GCBRO's reputation?"

Do you think that's a Bigfoot?
 
 
 

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.
Sonar image of the "Loch Ness Monster"

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, operated by Norwegian company Kongsberg Maritime, is being used to investigate what lies in the depths of Loch Ness.
"VisitScotland and Mr Shine's The Loch Ness Project, which gathers scientific information on the loch's ecology and the potential for a monster, is supporting the survey.
"Mr Shine told the BBC News Scotland website: 'We have found a monster, but not the one many people might have expected.
"'The model was built with a neck and two humps and taken alongside a pier for filming of portions of the film in 1969.
"'The director did not want the humps and asked that they be removed, despite warnings I suspect from the rest of the production that this would affect its buoyancy.
"'And the inevitable happened. The model sank.'"

See the rest here.

The real Loch Ness Monster has not been found, but this is pretty cool nonetheless.

(BBC News)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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, and "ferocious" looking eyes.

Did a creature like this terrorize Flixton?

Once again the creature disappeared, but it returned hundreds of years later.

In the early 1800s, it is said that a carriage traveling by Flixton was attacked by a "huge wolf-like creature." The "wolf" attacked the carriage driver, and then the passengers. Someone shot the "wolf," but it seemed unharmed. 

In the 1970s, another giant "wolf" attacked a truck driving near Flixton. The "wolf" jumped on the truck and tried to break through the windshield.


COMPARISON TO MODERN DAY WEREWOLVES

Is the Flixton Werewolf merely a myth, or was there (or is there) a real werewolf-like creature around the town?

There are reports from around the world, and which are happening today, about creatures described as looking like "werewolves." They are called "Dogmen" by most cryptozoologists, and I've had several posts about them on this blog before.

Linda S. Godfrey has looked into the subject more than anyone else, and currently has four books fully on the subject - The Beast of Bray Road (2003), Hunting the American Werewolf (2006), The Michigan Dogman (2010), and Real Wolfmen (2012).

The creatures walk upright (most of the time), have paws instead of feet and hands, heads commonly described "like a German Shepard" or "like a wolf," and have tails. They definitely aren't Bigfoot.

Sightings have been reported for many, many years and continue to this day. They also come from throughout the world. Linda Godfrey recently had a post on her blog about a sighting in London in 1996. Most sightings are reported in the USA.

Now, the big question is - if the Flixton Werewolf was/is real, was/is it  a Dogman? Or, could it be some sort of supernatural or paranormal being? If the same creature was seen in the 10th century and the 1970s, it could not be a "real" animal in the sense of saying it is flesh-and-blood.

Whatever the Flixton Werewolf is, the mystery remains. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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. 'He was somebody who was there, and I could come and talk to and I could touch him. He was somebody who was there with Trevor.'
"Champion Township Sexton Chris Connelly said the township contacted the family and asked them to remove the statue. When it was still standing three weeks later, the township moved the statue to an area behind a utility garage.
"'There were a lot of complaints, but it was removed because there wasn't a footer,' Connelly said.
"The complaints came from a family who has a grave near Bigfoot and didn't like the backside of the statue facing the gravesite of their loved one. The Zuniga family offered to make a loincloth to wrap around the statue.
"Trevor's family acknowledges the rules that a footer and headstone need to go along with the Bigfoot statue, and they were working to fund them.
I say they should let the family keep the statue at the grave of their loved one. For the people who complained about the "backside of the statue facing the gravesite of their loved one," well, the next time they run into a Sasquatch they can ask him why he isn't wearing clothes like a human.

The story was updated on WKBN yesterday:

"CHAMPION, Ohio (WKBN) - The decision on whether to leave an unusual grave memorial in Champion continues Monday.
"Last week, WKBN reported about a family who wants to keep a Bigfoot statue at their son's grave in the township cemetery, and not everyone is happy about it.
"A few members of the Zuniga family, Township Sexton Chris Connelly and Trustee Rex Fee met at the administration building to talk one-on-one about what to do next with the statue.
"Both parties have come up with a compromise, but that compromise hasn't been released yet.
"'Both parties left feeling good about the proposition on the table, and until I have the chance to discuss it with my other two trustees, I feel I should hold back on what that proposition is,' Fee said.
"Fee says that compromise should be finalized within the next few days.
"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 Bigfoot myth. Trevor's mother Kathy Zuniga said she understands that Bigfoot is just a statue but it brought her comfort.
"The statue was removed and now sits behind a township garage due to reported issues with a lack of footer on the statue.
"A pasta dinner is being held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 1 to help defray funeral expenses for Zuniga. The dinner is being held at The Youngstown Maennerchor, located at 831 Mahoning Avenue.
"Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children. They will be sold at the door."    

Monday, April 11, 2016

"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 Lea K, and bears a passing resemblance to the first video shot from an Emirates cable car as it passed overhead."


 You can watch both videos below.

Video 1, uploaded to YouTube March 27

"This was on the cable car in Greenwich yesterday. something huge was moving under the water and then briefly surfaced. Are there whales in the Thames? Or is it some weird submarine."

Video 2, uploaded to YouTube on April 9

"ANOTHER NESSIE SIGHTING? #tessie
"(everyone was looking at a freaking rainbow and no one paid attention to this thing.. its probs just rubbish haha)" 
 

To me, the videos do seem to show something real. As to what that something is, I don't know. The uploader of the first video says "Are there whales in the Thames?" The thing almost looks like a whale (and it's definitely big enough to be one). But is it?

Or is it, as the Metro jokingly says, is it the "Loch Ness Monster" in the river?

You can go to the Metro and vote what you think it is by clicking the link above. Their options are (again, jokingly) "I'm now 110% sure it's the Loch Ness" or "Umm…"

I think it may be a whale. I guess we'll just have to see if any more reports come in.
 
 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

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.

Front

Back


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!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

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 creature, now called the Minerva Monster. That was not the only thing around their house, though…

"On August 21, at about 10:30 PM, Evelyn Cayton's family and fiends heard noises in the direction of an old chicken coop while sitting on the porch. They saw two pairs of yellow eyes reflecting in the porch light. Scott Patterson got up and turned on his car's headlights. There were two 'cougar-like' felines standing by the chicken coop. Then, a large, bipedal creature stepped in front of the cats, as if to protect them. The creature then lurched towards Patterson's car. Everyone ran into the house and someone called the Stark County Sheriff's Department. While they were waiting for the police to arrive, they saw the creature looking in the window. It stayed there for 10 minutes."
A BLACK PANTHER IN CALIFORNIA




To end this post, we'll check out some reports of a black panther from California…

"On December 12, 1967, Henry Madrid saw a black panther while installing a fence around the Ventura County sewer plant in California. He kept and eye on the panther with fellow workers while the sheriff was called. The sheriffs went to the cat's location as soon as they arrived. They chased the cat towards what appeared to be a flat field, but the field was really a crust over an area of sludge. The car got stuck, and by the time a tow truck arrived, the cat was gone.
"Kenneth French and his wife saw the cat soon after that, on January 9, 1968. Kenneth watched the cat while his wife went to phone the sheriff. When she returned, the cat was gone. 'It's pretty embarrassing to have people think you go around seeing black panthers!' Mrs. French said. 'Whatever kind of black cat that was, it was bad luck.'
"The black panther in California also trapped a man on a 600-foot cliff on December 23 of the previous year. He had gone hunting for the panther, and it took rescuers four hours to get him down."

This post is excerpted from my book Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More from Across America, which covers many more encounters with Bigfoot, mystery cats, UFOs, and many other unexplainable things.


Thursday, April 7, 2016

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 there, the creature had disappeared under the water and left a foul stench behind.
"Sightings stopped in Rock Lake as time went on, but then started in Red Cedar Lake, located about 5 miles away. Some people think 'ol Rocky left Rock Lake and went to Red Cedar Lake. After awhile, reports also stopped coming from Red Cedar Lake. Some think the monster worked his way back to Rock Lake, and he was seen there in 1943. Joseph Davis saw about 6 feet of the monster rise out of the water.
"Rocky has not been seen much since then."

This post is excerpted from my book Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More from Across America, which covers Rocky and various other lake monsters.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

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 had this notion that we would be as authentic as we could be to the region,' says producer Brigham Taylor. The problem: orangutans are not native to India.
"In fact, King Louie himself is not native to Rudyard Kipling's  original stories. But instead of scrapping the character, the filmmakers got creative. While researching India's wildlife, the film's art department learned that a colossal ape named Gigantopithecus once roamed the region. Various species of Gigantopithecus lived in India, China, and Southeast Asia from about 6.5 million years ago to as recently as a few hundred thousand years ago. The ape was truly gigantic - by some estimates, twice as large as a gorilla."

Monday, April 4, 2016

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 good example. Catalogued for the first time in 2013, here is an animal that weighs some 240 pounds, yet science was not aware of its existence. People must understand that a significant portion of the world (not even counting the vast, deep oceans), remains inaccessible wilderness. If Bigfoot exists, it is presumably highly intelligent and is adept at remaining elusive. Many researchers like myself see these beings as having adapting behaviors including being largely solitary, nomadic, nocturnal and perhaps even hiding their footprints and deceased, as well as camouflaging themselves by remaining very still for long periods of time. It is not beyond reason that some of these larger cryptids do exist."

 New animal species, like the Kabomani tapir Ken mentioned, a new species of hammerhead shark, new cats, etc. have been found in the past few years. In the past, animals like the coelacanth, komodo dragon, mountain gorilla, okapi, and giant squid have been proven to be real when most people thought they were just myths.

If those creatures once thought not to exist were proven to be real, why can't things like Bigfoot, sea serpents, and other cryptids exist, too?

If this lives in the oceans...
...Why can't this be there, too?