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Taken from first-person accounts and historical documents, this book chronicles more than 300 examples of alien encounters, conspiracy theories, and the influence of extraterrestrials on human events throughout history. Investigating claims of visits from otherworldly creatures, aliens living among us, abductions of humans to alien spacecraft, and accounts of interstellar cooperation since the UFO crash in Roswell, this discussion of the theories and mysteries surrounding aliens is packed with thought-provoking stories and shocking revelations of alien involvement in the lives of Earthling
Video: N.C. Man Lures Bigfoot with Candy WGHP-TV ----- N.C. Man Lures Bigfoot with Candy 564Share 0diggsdigg Staff Writer 11:00 p.m. EDT, October 29, 2010 * EmailE-mail * printPrint * Share * increase text size decrease text size Text Size wghp-story-bigfoot-101029 ASHEBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — A man that once worked as a fraud investigator claims he has captured an image of North American folklore. Mike Greene, a former chief of fraud investigation in New Jersey, claims he captured video of Bigfoot in the Uwharrie National Forest over a year ago. "In the middle of the night, I was awakened by what I call, 'Darth Vader' breaths," said Greene. Greene said he was able to capture a thermal image of Sasquatch that night.
Since its beginnings a decade ago as the Texas Bigfoot Research Center, the TBRC has grown and developed in some terrific ways. The organization takes a hard-eyed look at the Sasquatch phenomenon and has established a no-nonsense reputation that has facilitated our ability to establish working relationships with institutions and agencies. Among our various activities, the Texas Bigfoot Conference represents the TBRC’s primary educational outreach endeavor. It is open to the public and involves bringing in scholarly speakers considered among the most knowledgeable in the field. By the way, the only thing ever intended by including “Texas” in the name was to indicate location, not that everything discussed would pertain to this part of the country.
Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, is an alleged apelike animal said to inhabit remote forests in North America, with many of the sightings occurring in the Pacific northwest of the United States and British Columbia, Canada. Bigfoot is sometimes described as a large, hairy bipedal hominoid, and many believe that this animal, or its close relatives, may be found around the world under different regional names, such as the Yeti of Tibet and Nepal.
Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer or on the run, the Georgia men who claimed to have found a Bigfoot body, were being sought by Tom Biscardi, whose money they absconded with once the frozen "corpse" was revealed to be a hoax.
NW Bigfoot hunter: Georgia find is a hoax - A Northwest Bigfoot researcher is adding his voice to the growing chorus denouncing this week's claim by two Georgia men that they have found an actual Bigfoot corpse and stuffed it in a freezer. Cliff Barackman of Portland, who started researching Bigfoot 15 years ago, says the pair's claims and "evidence" are nothing more than an elaborate hoax. -- katu.com
Despite the dubious photo and the commercial interests of the alleged discoverers, the Bigfoot claim drew interest from Australia to Europe and even The New York Times.
Biscardi said the DNA samples may not have been taken correctly and may have been contaminated, and that he would proceed with an autopsy of the alleged Bigfoot remains, currently in a freezer at an undisclosed location.
Watch video footage of today's 'Bigfoot' Press Conference in which Matt Whitton recounts how he and Rick Dyer supposedly found the elusive ape-man in a remote forest in northern Georgia. Tom Biscardi also makes a brief appearance.
"I really want to believe that Bigfoot Body is real." "Everyone knowns Already, I do believe in Ghosts." "I do think this will turn out to be a fraud or a hoax." "If it is, how far behind the Lie is the real Truth."
... Lisa Lee Harp Waugh, The Great American Necromancer
"The biggest And Best Bigfoot stories of the Decade"
Whitton, a Clayton County, Georgia police officer and Dyer, a former corrections officer, will hold a press conference Friday August 15th in conjunction with renowned Bigfoot researcher Tom Biscardi. The pair will announce preliminary results of DNA testing on the Bigfoot body at the press conference. An initial picture of the Bigfoot body can be seen here. This photograph has not been authenticated by the Whitton team but more photographs will be released Friday.
The Patterson Gimlin Bigfoot Encounter
As Patterson and Gimlin were allegedly the only human witnesses to their brief encounter with a Sasquatch, theirs are the only testimonies available in studying the account. Their statements agree in general, but Long notes a number of inconsistencies. In an article in Argosy magazine, Ivan T. Sanderson gave the time of the encounter as 3:30 p.m., which differed from 1:30 p.m. time in other articles and in interviews by Patterson and Gimlin. They offered somewhat different sequences in describing how they and the horses reacted upon seeing the creature. Patterson in particular increased his estimates of the creature’s size in subsequent retellings of encounter (Long, 162 - 165). In a different context, Long notes, these discrepancies would probably be considered minor, but given the extraordinary claims made by Patterson and Gimlin, any apparent disagreements in perception or memory are worth noting. (On the other hand, if it was a hoax, much effort was invested in it and a great reward was in the offing; it wasn't a spur-of-the-moment affair. Thus, it could be argued, with so much at stake and so much time to prepare, hoaxers would have "gotten their stories straight" on such basic details.)
In the early afternoon of October 20, Patterson and Gimlin were at Bluff Creek. Both were on horseback when they "came to an overturned tree with a large root system at a turn in the creek, almost as high as a room" (Gimlin, quoted in Perez, 9). When they rounded it they spotted the figure behind it nearly simultaneously, while it was “crouching beside the creek to their left” (Krantz, 85). Gimlin later described himself as in a mild state of shock after first seeing the figure.
Patterson estimated he was about 25 feet away from the creature at his closest. Patterson said that his horse reared upon seeing (or perhaps smelling) the figure, and he spent about twenty seconds extricating himself from the saddle and getting his camera from a saddlebag before he could run toward the figure while operating his camera. He yelled "Cover me" to Gimlin, who thereupon crossed the creek on horseback, rode forward awhile, and, rifle in hand, dismounted. (Presumably because his horse might have panicked if the creature charged, spoiling his shot.)
The figure had walked away from them to a distance of about 120 feet before Patterson began to run after it. The resulting film (about 53 seconds long) is initially quite shaky until Patterson gets about 80 feet from the figure. At that point the figure glanced over its right shoulder at the men and Patterson fell to his knees; on Krantz's map this corresponds to frame 264 (Perez, 12). To researcher John Green, Patterson would later characterize the creature’s expression as one of “contempt and disgust ... you know how it is when the umpire tells you ‘one more word and you’re out of the game.’ That’s the way it felt”.
Now the steady middle portion of the film begins, containing the famous frame 352,(see above at the very top for picture of frame). Patterson said "it turned a total of I think three times" (Wasson, 69), the first time therefore being before the filming began. Shortly after glancing over its shoulder, the creature walks behind a grove of trees, reappears for awhile after Patterson moved ten feet to a better vantage point, then fades into the trees again and is lost to view as the reel of film ran out. Gimlin remounted and followed it on horseback, keeping his distance, until it disappeared around a bend in the road three hundred yards away. Patterson called him back at that point, feeling vulnerable on foot without a rifle, because he feared the creature's mate might approach.
Next, Gimlin rounded up Patterson's horses, which had run off before the filming began, and “the men then tracked it for three miles, but lost it in the heavy undergrowth” (Coleman and Clark, 198). They returned to the initial site, measured the creature’s stride, made two plaster casts (of the best-quality right and left prints), and covered the other prints to protect them. The entire encounter had lasted less than two minutes.
A few hours after the encounter, Patterson telephoned Donald Abbott, whom Krantz decribed as “the only scientist of any stature to have demonstrated any serious interest in the (Bigfoot) subject,” hoping he would help them search for the creature (possibly with tracking dogs). Abbott declined, and Krantz argued this call to authorities the same day of the encounter is evidence against a hoax, at least on Patterson’s part.
Forestry worker Lyle Loverty happened upon the site a day later and photographed the tracks. Taxidermist and outdoorsman Robert Titmus went to the site with his brother-in-law nine days later. Titmus made casts of the creature’s prints and, as best he could, plotted Patterson’s and the creature’s movements on a map.
Patterson initially estimated its height at six and one-half to seven feet (Patterson & Murphy, 195), and later raised his estimate to about seven and one-half feet. (Some later analyses, anthropologist Grover Krantz’s among them, have suggested Patterson’s later estimate was about a foot too tall.) The film shows a large, hairy bipedal apelike figure with short black hair covering most of its body, including the figure's prominent breasts. The figure's head is somewhat pointed; some have argued this feature is a sagittal crest, a type of ridge also found on gorillas. The figure depicted in the Patterson-Gimlin film generally matches the descriptions of Bigfoot offered by others who claim to have seen the creatures.
Frame 352 from the Patterson-Gimlin film
The Patterson-Gimlin film is a short motion picture of an unidentified subject filmed on October 20, 1967 by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin who claimed the film was a genuine recording of a Bigfoot. It has been hailed by some as genuine evidence for such a creature but by others to be a hoax.
The film has been subjected to many attempts to both debunk and authenticate. Some experts declared the film a hoax, showing a man in an ape suit. But some, such as physical anthropologist Grover Krantz, say the film depicts a genuine unknown creature. Others, such as ecologist Robert Michael Pyle, refuse to endorse the film as genuine, but Pyle also admitted that it "has never been convincingly debunked." (Pyle, 208)
Critics say that a stabilized enhancement of the film, released in late 2005, clearly shows the subject in the film to have human-like rather than ape-like movement, though it is worth noting that the creator of the stabilized film argues just the contrary. Many skeptics also turn to the testimony of one Bob Heironimus (see below), who recently claimed to have been the person inside the suit. Supporters counter that ) neither Heironimus nor anyone else has ever found the suit that Heironimus claims to have worn and ) Heironimus is not the only one to claim to have worn the suit. Supporters of the film (and even some skeptics like the Skeptical Inquirer's Michael Dennett) also state that Hieronimus' story, described in Greg Long's 2004 book The Making of Bigfoot, relies too heavily upon often-contradictory anecdotal evidence to provide conclusive proof that the film was faked.
Patterson died in 1972 of cancer. Gimlin is alive and has recently begun making appearances at Bigfoot conferences. Previously he kept out of the public eye and had little contact with those who believe that Bigfoot is a real entity. Both men dismissed allegations that they had faked the film, and Patterson was firm in his insistence that they had encountered and filmed an animal unknown to science. Gimlin too maintains he did not falsify the film, but in a 1999 telephone interview with television producer Chris Packham, he said that for some time, “I was totally convinced no one could fool me. And of course I’m an older man now ... and I think there could have been the possibility [of a hoax]. But it would have to be really well planned by Roger [Patterson].” (Long, 166)
Although most scientists find current evidence of Bigfoot unpersuasive, a number of prominent experts have offered sympathetic opinions on the subject. In a 2002 interview on National Public Radio, Jane Goodall first publicly expressed her views on Bigfoot, by remarking, "Well, I'm a romantic, so I always wanted them to exist. . . . Of course, the big, the big criticism of all this is, 'Where is the body?' You know, why isn't there a body? I can't answer that, and maybe they don't exist, but I want them to!
North American Science Institute
The North American Science Institute was founded in Hood River, Oregon in the late 1990s to study the Sasquatch phenomenon. As of 2006 the group is apparently defunct, but in 1998 the organization undertook a $75,000 study, employing computer analysis, of the Patterson-Gimlin film. Here are some of the authenticating details it noted:
Arm length (measured to the fingertips) as a percent of height: The percent for the human mean is 44%; the creature's percent is 49%, which is 5.5 standard deviations from the human mean and is present in only .00019% of humans. Finger and hand flexion is observed in the film, which implies that [any arm-extending] prosthesis must support flexion.
Leg length (measured to the sole) as a percent of height: The percent for the human mean is 53%; the creature's percent is 46%, which is present in only .1% of humans.
Foot morphology: Figure 13 shows the foot undergoing flexion, which demonstrates that the foot is not a solid, inflexible prosthesis. Separate toes are visible. "Key features of the foot ... resemble the plaster cast taken by Titmus."
Face morphology: The jaw of the subject is below the shoulder line, as in a gorilla.
Body morphology: Unlike inexpensive costumes, the subject has non-uniform hair texture, non-uniform coloration and non-uniform hair length.
Kinematics: "The knee theta of the film subject shows a more gradual transfer of weight rather than a [human-type] separate phase" combined with the absence of the bobbing head typical of human locomotion.
Moving muscle groups: Groups of muscle in motion can be seen, in the arms, back and legs. "Also seen is a structure similar to a knee cap, the shape of which changes like a human knee."
It concluded, "If only a single dimension of similarity was shown in the P-G film it could be easily dismissed as a forgery [but it] is remarkable in the simultaneous presence of all of the dimensions listed above."
Dmitri Bayanov (1997). America's Bigfoot: Fact, Not Fiction. Crypto-Logos. ISBN 5-900229-22-X.
Peter Byrne (1975). The Search for Bigfoot: Monster Man or Myth?. Acropolis Books. ISBN 0-87491-159-1.
Loren Coleman (2003). Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America. Paraview Pocket Books. ISBN 0-7434-6975-5.
Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark (1999). Cryptozoology A to Z. Fireside Books. ISBN 0-684-85602-6.
David J Daegling (2004). Bigfoot Exposed: An Anthropologist Examines America’s Enduring Legend. Altamira Press. ISBN 0-7591-0539-1.
Don Hunter, with Rene Dahinden (1993). Sasquach/Bigfoot: The Search for North America’s Incredible Creature. Firefly Books. ISBN 1-895565-28-6.
Grover Krantz (1992). Big Footprints: A Scientific Inquiry Into the Reality of Sasquatch. Johnson Books. ISBN (not available).
Greg Long (2004). The Making of Bigfoot: The Inside Story. Prometheus Books. ISBN 1-59102-139-1.
John Napier (1973). Bigfoot: The Sasquatch and Yeti in Myth and Reality. E.P. Dutton. ISBN 0-525-06658-6.
Roger Patterson & Chris Murphy (1966/2005). The Bigfoot Film Controversy. Hancock House. ISBN 0-88839-581-7.
Daniel Perez (2003). Bigfoot at Bluff Creek. Bigfoot Times (his newsletter). ISBN 99948-943-2-3.
Robert Michael Pyle (1995). Where Bigfoot Walks. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-395-44114-5.
Barbara Wasson (1979). Sasquatch Apparitions: A Critique on the Pacific Northwest Hominoid. self-published. ISBN 0-9614105-0-7.
Bigfoot is one of the more famous examples of cryptozoology, a subject that tends to be dismissed as pseudoscience by mainstream researchers, because of unreliable eyewitness accounts and a lack of solid physical evidence. Most theorists consider the Bigfoot legend to be a combination of unsubstantiated folklore and hoaxes.
According to most eyewitness accounts, Bigfoot is a large, powerfully built bipedal apelike creature between 7 and 9 feet tall, and covered in dark brown or dark reddish hair. The head seems to sit directly on the shoulders, with no apparent neck. Witnesses have described large eyes, a pronounced brow ridge, and a large, low-set forehead; the top of the head has been described as rounded and crested, similar to the sagittal crest of the male gorilla. It has adapted a nickname in the Deep South over the recent years -- "Tarkington" -- sightings are rare but local general stores in Tennessee and Georgia are able to inform any wayfarers about the legendary creature.
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