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The Latest From the Bigfoot World

Was this persistent myth filmed near the Spokane River?

Probably of most interest to those of us living in the Pacific Northwest is the accidental filming near Spokane of a Bigfoot “captured” on a cell phone by a group of students hiking in the woods. Although it looks suspiciously like a man in a gorilla costume, you can judge it for yourself by simply googling Spokane River Bigfoot and a few websites should pop up. For a lot of reasons I won’t get into here however, it screams obvious hoax.

Two new books came out recently, both available from the Sandpoint Library. Valley of the Skookum by Sali Sheppard-Wolford (Pine Winds Press) purports to be the true tale of a woman who feels she has a Sasquatch living in the forest near her home in Oregon. A review that said something like, “the main criticism of this book is that the covers are too far apart” would be doing this book a kindness. Every dream of a bigfoot by her becomes a spiritual message from the beast, every unexplained sound a bigfoot rumbling nearby, every furtive shadow half-seen in the wild is a Sasquatch. I became physically ill reading it and instead of a book one couldn’t put down it was one that was hard to pick back up.

Arch-skeptic Joe Nickell’s Tracking the Man-Beasts (Prometheus Books) is almost as bad, but not quite. While ostensibly about Sasquatch he lumps them together with werewolves, vampires, mermaids and little green men. Why waste three quarters of a book arguing against the reality of vampires and werewolves, for instance, when, let’s face it, no one in the world thinks these beings are real!

Now, of real interest to me and other interested researchers are persistent Internet rumors that a group of unnamed scientists have been tracking a family of migratory Sasquatches somewhere in Canada and have obtained DNA and other evidence which is being evaluated by major journals. A DNA Lab run by Dr. Melba Ketchum has confirmed most of these rumors (citing “fantastic” DNA results), though some of the Internet chatter insists the samples were taken from a dead specimen shot by a hunter (a more plausible explanation since the earliest Internet discussions took place on several specialized taxidermy websites).

Finally, the show "Finding Bigfoot" is kind of so-so, though it’s the Animal Planet channel’s number one rated program. I’ve glanced at a few shows and the only one that held my interest was one that showed dash-cam footage from a Georgia Highway Patrol car patrolling through a stretch of deserted rural highway. Suddenly a huge dark form is caught by the headlights as it lumbers across the highway on two legs, swinging its long, hairy arms. It lasts only a few brief seconds before it disappears into the woods. (A ride-along civilian in the shotgun seat, along with the officer, also witnessed it.)

Well, that’s it for this month. You can find more about most of these subjects on the websites bigfootevidence.com or cryptomundo.com. 

‘til next time, All Homage to Xena!

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Jody Forest Jody Forest When he's not hidden behind the palatial gates of his Dover estate, Casa de Bozo, Jody is out using outdated and corny pickup lines on various gullible women.

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Spokane, Surrealist Research Bureau, vampires, werewolves, Bigfoot, Valley of the Skookum, Sali Sheppard-Wolford, sasquatch, Joe Nickell, Tracking the Man Beasts, mermaids, Dr. Melba Ketchum, Finding Bigfoot

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