Monday, July 21, 2014

Bigfoot/Dogman Sighting Report

Davy Crockett National Forest
Map of area - Davy Crockett National Forest


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.


Some may wonder what a Dogman is, well to the best we can understand it is a type of bigfoot that has a slightly different look. Dogman have a dog type snout but are still considered a Bigfoot. Most consider it some type of split or subspecies from Bigfoot. It should also be noted that Dogmen have a stigma of being more aggressive than Bigfoot. This Dogman report is a good one, Thanks to Linda for submitting it and letting us share. 


- Start Report -

Name: Linda ******
Email Address: Withheld
State: Texas
County: Kennard
Date of Sighting: Dec 2 or 3 2011
Time of Day: nooish
Nearest Town: Unknown
Length of Sighting:  Probably not more than a minute and a few seconds
How many Witnesses: One
Any Photos/Videos: No
Describe sighting in detail:
Hubby and I were returning home from Houston Texas after spending Thanksgiving with family. We were late leaving and a frustrated hubby programmed into our new GPS system the **SHORTEST** route home. He claims he Will Never Do That Again.
We ended up on a RUTTED dirt road, on route 7 I think, that went through the middle of The Davy Crockett National Forest. We were barely going 10 miles an hour. Hubby was driving our stretched Suburban slowly due to road conditions, I could have walked beside the car if I had worn walking shoes!
I was turned towards hubby looking out his side of the car and frontward towards where we were headed. I was petting our new dog who was sitting in the back with his head and shoulders between us.
I noticed a large clearing beside the road with a huge stump which had something hairy and black squatted down by it. I remember thinking, Wow, a bear still out in early December.
Well, as I watched, the "bear" stood up on 2 legs, turned away from the car, took 3 or 4 steps, then stretched his long, long, long arms out like he was going to climb a nearby tree and I said" What is an orangutan doing in the forest"? Then it turned towards us, It was massive, it had a BF face except it had a snout , it had short matted black hair all over his face and body. He had to weigh several hundred pounds.
The Dogman and I stared at each other until he was out of sight.
Hubby refused to go back for pictures or evidence.

- End Report -

Thanks again for the report, Linda!

If anyone has had a sighting, then please use the link at the top of the page and submit it to us.

Thanks
~Tom~






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Friday, July 18, 2014

Bigfoot Witness - Dave Interview

Bigfoot in New Hampshire

This post/report from TCC Team Member Jason Morse.  Jason is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, trained in wilderness survival tactics, a 26 year martial artist, DJ, EMT and amateur writer. Jason conducts bigfoot field research, witness interviews and more for The Crypto Crew.


Dave had a bigfoot sighting on 7/7/14 in New Hampshire. The event has left him shaken up and he is having trouble sleeping. The Bigfoot had what appeared to be a gimp right leg.
The Audio is a little distorted at the first of the interview but clears up.
You can read the sighting report by Clicking Here
Here is the interview.



Thanks
JM




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Monday, July 14, 2014

Interview with Researcher Cliff Barackman

Bigfoot researcher
Cliff Barackman


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.


Interview with Researcher Cliff Barackman
 
The interview series squatches on with our 13th installment.  Who better to talk with than Cliff Barackman. I know most, if not all, of you know Cliff from the popular TV show Finding Bigfoot, but if you are not visiting his website (CliffBarackman.com), then you are missing a wealth of good information.

- Start Interview -

TM: How long have you been researching/studying bigfoot?

CB: I've been doing field work for 20 years now, though I was reading everything I could get my hands on about bigfoot for a while before that.  I have been camping and backpacking for nearly all my life.

TM: What got you interested in Bigfoot, Was there a particular event that got you started?

CB: I've always loved “monsters” since I was a little boy, so I would watch “In Search Of...” and the other 1970's television shows as I was growing up.  However, it was in college that my academic interests turned toward this field.  I had a few-hour break between classes, so I started hanging out in the college library to kill time.  I'd wander the isles picking books off of the shelf in subjects that I was interested in, mostly the sciences.  One day I stumbled into the Anthropology section and found some books on sasquatches.  I pulled a book off the shelf (Manlike Monsters on Trial by Halpin and Ames) that was basically a collection of journal articles on the subject written by scientists.  This book changed things for me because I saw that a small number of academics were pursuing the subject, not just fringe laymen as was my belief.  I then moved onto some of the books by John Green and learned about the sheer number of people who were all reporting the same thing.  Finally, Dr. Krantz's excellent book (Big Footprints) really set the hook for me.  I immediately started camping with the purpose of trying to see a sasquatch or to go to historic bigfoot locations.  I've been hopelessly drowning in the subject ever since.

TM:  During your research/studying of Bigfoot, have you ever encountered aggressive behavior or felt in danger from a bigfoot?

CB: Not really.  I've observed a small handful of behaviors that might be considered aggressive.  I have been growl/hissed at from close range twice, but while I recognized the sound as coming from a large animal and the meaning seemed pretty clear, I didn't feel in danger.  I simply complied with leaving on one occasion (I was alone), and on the other Bobo and I whispered back and forth to each other and laughed from excitement a bit.  I've had a couple rock throwing events as well, but again, I didn't feel in danger.  My usual reaction to having a bigfoot around is one of joy, not fear.  Who knows, though?  Maybe someday one will scare the crap out of me and all that will change.  I know at least one researcher that happened to.
 
TM:  It seems Skeptics are always ready to attack bigfoot research, How do you deal with it?

CB: Skepticism is generally a good thing.  There is a lot of garbage out there regarding bigfoots, and one needs to question the validity of much of it. 
The people who strongly oppose even the possibility that sasquatches are real are another type of skeptic, holding onto their belief as if it was a religious one.  I have found that the vast majority of them haven't adequately educated themselves on the subject, so most of their arguments are moot.  I don't bother engaging with these types of skeptics in the same way that I don't bother engaging with people that think the Earth is flat.
 
There are a small number of skeptics that are well-versed in bigfoot and still don't believe in the animals.  I find them to be very useful to talk with, and I've even become good friends with a couple of them.  They give me different points of views to consider, and they ask the hard questions.  Since bigfoots are real animals, their hard questions about the subject should have good answers (and they do). 
One final note on this...  I don't really care what others think or say, as long as they are civil and polite.  Disagreeing with someone about bigfoot is a very minor thing in life, and this subject should never be used as an excuse to be a jerk.

TM:  Would you like to see Bigfoot accepted and/or proven to the general public?

CB: “Acceptance” and “proven” are two entirely different things.  For example, on most Native American reservations, the presence of sasquatches is accepted by the residents.  They live alongside each other in peace with a general understanding.  I would love to see this happen in more places, especially with the dominant Euro-American culture.
 
For most of the public, and all scientists, to have the species “proven” will demand a holotype, or a dead one to dissect and describe in a journal article.  I do not in any way support this, but solely from a position of compassion.  I think it is inappropriate to kill something like a sasquatch to satisfy our curiosity about them.  I didn't always feel this way, though.  My early bigfooting days were deeply influenced by John Green and Dr. Grover Krantz, both advocates of proving the species with a bullet.  It was through learning about sasquatches and the other apes that increased my compassion for them to the point that I think it is simply morally wrong to kill them for any reason.  They are simply too similar to our own species both physically and mentally.  So I go bigfooting because I love the subject and the creatures, and I'm always trying to increase my knowledge of them.
Learning about bigfoots is what brought me to my no-kill position, so I advocate others to learn about them too in hopes that they will come to the same conclusion. 
That being said, one will eventually be killed for the sake of science, or an accidental kill will end up in a scientist's lab.  Since sasquatches are really there, I see this as inevitable.  I do not need to advocate killing one for it to happen, and my opposition to killing one doesn't matter much either.  Hopefully my no-kill position will influence others be compassionate towards sasquatches and will help people to not fear them.
 
TM:  What is your favorite time of year to research/study bigfoot, When do you have your most success?

CB: My favorite time of year to go bigfooting is during the summer months, but mostly because I don't like being cold.  I think I have been most successful in those months, but that might be a factor of knowing where some really good spots are that are only accessible during the summer.  I have encountered bigfoots in the winter as well.
 
TM:  Do you have a favorite Bigfoot story or report?

CB: Not really.  After hearing and reading literally thousands of eyewitness accounts over the years, most of them tend to blur together.  It's so hard to narrow them down to a favorite.  I love the sighting reports that tell me a good location, or those that show some interesting behavior on the part of the sasquatch.  Those are the reports that really get me excited nowadays.

Some reports do stand out, though, like the biologist who saw a lanky, emaciated “orangutan” in the Trinity Alps of California basking on a rocky outcropping.  The man watched it for a few seconds trying to figure out what he was looking at when suddenly the sasquatch's head turned back towards him, almost like an owl's, and it stared at him for a few brief seconds with expressionless animal eyes before springing away across the rocks and slipping through a gap that seemed far too narrow for it to fit through.  The witness told me it looked almost spider-like because of the length of its limbs.  Because of his biological background, the witness had many interesting observations about its anatomy that spurred a fascinating exchange between us about the habits of the creatures in regard to the details he saw.
I also love piecing together the details surrounding footprint finds.  Most of the documentation of the footprint casts is scattered and incomplete, so I spend a lot of time chasing down details about the stories behind the casts for my footprint cast database on my website.  I think that these details add a lot of credibility to the casts, and they certainly round out the stories of their findings.  New casts are always coming to light as well through this research.  I love all the casting stories.

TM:  What would you be doing if you weren't researching/studying bigfoot?

CB: I guess I'd be wasting my time.

Thanks for doing the interview and we wish you continued success. Thanks for the work you do outside of the TV show.

- End Interview -

We hope to have many more good things in the near future, so keep watching our site.

Thanks
~Tom~


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

New Bigfoot Sighting Report From New Hampshire!

Bigfoot in New Hampshire
Mock up photo of the bigfoot.


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.


I got in a fresh report of a Bigfoot sighting in New Hampshire. I crossed check our Sightings Map and there has been some tracks and sightings fairly close to this recent sighting. Here is the report and then some pictures after.


-Start Report-
Name: Dave ******* (Last name withheld)
Email Address: (Email on file)
State: NH
County: Coos
Date of Sighting: 7/7/14
Time of Day: 4:00 PM
Nearest Town: Jefferson
Length of Sighting: 15 to 25 seconds
How many Witnesses: Me
Any Photos/Videos: Not of what I saw but of the location and truck.
Describe sighting in detail: 
My family and another family just returned to our cabin (The Christmas Cabin) around 3:30 PM at Josselyn's Cabins in Jefferson NH.  The cabin is one of about seven located just off RTE 2.  The afternoon looked somewhat unsettled, which cut our trip to Santa's Village short.  My wife and her friend left to go to the store while her friend's husband, four yr old girl, their toddler, my two young boys and I stayed to play whiffle balls between raindrops.

The rain began to get heavy so the three older children went into the cabin.  This left us two adult males and the toddler outside on the somewhat covered porch. After ten minutes or so, the rain turned to drizzle so we brought the toddler down to the front yard grassy area and began playing ball again.

This is when I thought I saw something move in the clearing behind an old pick-up truck approx 250 feet away (I measured the distance using my size 10s the next morning).  I turned my attention back to the toddler.  Once I focused my eyes back to the toddler, a black mass stood up from behind the truck and proceeded to move in a direction approximately one o'clock from me.  I only viewed the object from the right side (it moved left to right). It did not run but moved in sort of a lumbering glide while dragging its right leg a bit.
I was frozen in disbelief and fear. I have seen bears and it was not a bear.  The object appeared man-like from my viewing angle.  The figure's head seemed to be about level with the wood framing on the back of the truck. It was a uniform black color.  It also moved it's arms in sort of a swimming manner as it got up and walked away. 

As mentioned, the next morning I needed to go over to the spot and did so reluctantly.  The area this thing walked into has a three foot high wire fencing across it.  There was really no reason for a person to be at this place at the time this happened.  My initial thought is that it was watching us play and saw me looking at it (when I thought I was seeing something).  It then tried to disappear without being seen. 
I have not been able to sleep soundly and nearly brought my family back home to MA after this happened.  I write with 100% honesty. My wife's friend's husband did not see it but within moments of seeing what I saw, he asked me if I was feeling sick due to my appearance.
Once I got home, I searched "Bigfoot Jefferson NH", which led me to your website. I have also drawn what I saw to the best of my ability.(Picture at bottom of post) 


Here is a general map of the area

Bigfoot Sighting
General Map of area

Here are a couple photos send in by Dave

Bigfoot Sighting
Here is the truck the bigfoot was behind


Bigfoot Sighting
About where Dave was at
Dave also done a sketch of what he saw and here it is.

Bigfoot with a bad leg.

-End Report-


Thanks for the report Dave! It is very interesting that the Bigfoot appeared to have a bad leg. Could it have been some kind of old injury? Hard to say for sure. If anyone else has seen a Bigfoot in this area, please contact us.

Thanks
~Tom~
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Yowie Footage???

video of a yowie
Still frame from video, is it a Yowie?

This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne!


Yowie Footage???
By Dorraine Fisher
It seems Yowie researchers in Australia have just as much trouble with hoaxers as we do.  Maybe more since Yowies seem to be far more elusive than sasquatch.

The following is a video posted to Youtube by dragonsidhebladenew, that has just surfaced on Facebook and is being touted by some as the Patterson-Gimlin film of the Yowie.  So, of course, we had to take a closer look.

I spoke to a member of Australian Yowie Research about it who had formerly investigated the video and had been led to believe (unconfirmed) that this may have been the project of a group of film students.
Attempts to contact the group were either unsuccessful or vague, but AYR has confirmed this one to be a hoax.
Still it’s a curious piece. Check it out and see what you think.


Here is a animated picture of the mouth movement of this Yowie.
Movement of the Yowie mouth
Looks like it has good teeth
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Thanks for some tips, we discovered the clip is a few years old and not New, But could it be a real Yowie?

*************DF





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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bigfoot TV Shows - Do They Help Research Or Hurt It?

Bigfoot TV Shows
Do They Help Research Or Hurt It?

 
This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne!




Bigfoot TV Shows
Do They Help Research Or Hurt It? Researchers Weigh In
By Dorraine Fisher

With the influx of Bigfoot TV shows in the wake of a lot of breakthroughs in bigfoot research, a lot of researchers complain these shows make a mockery of them and those who are serious about the subject. Especially in light of so much money changing hands sometimes, and so many supposed authorities on the subject suddenly emerging out of the shadows.

"In my opinion, these TV bigfoot shows create a phony set of "experts" and the general public are just unaware that there are no "experts" when it comes to bigfoot. Thomas Marcum, founder of our team said in a recent statement. "Yes, there are some knowledgeable people out there, but please don't believe everything you see on these shows," he said. "They are created mostly for entertainment and profit."

Profit is the one big thing that factors in the most with these complaints about the shows. And it’s the main thing that gets under the skin of those researchers who work quietly in the background on a shoestring budget and don’t get too much credit for what they do and virtually no monetary reward.

And audiences, who are usually far removed from the technological and scientific side of research and everything that really goes on in real investigations can easily be convinced that individuals chosen for these shows are "experts" on the subject. It’s true that a few of them know a great deal, but most were chosen for the purpose of making the shows interesting and keeping people watching.

Another complaint is that the shows are more interested in turning a profit than really finding proof Bigfoot exists. But I’ve often heard, under the table in the dark, that if Bigfoot is proved to exist, then the mystery goes away. And the mystery is what sells it. So if you prove they exist, the money goes away. At least that’s what some fear. Many write books and create documentaries innocently enough in order to inform the public of their findings and tell their stories, but there will always be a few that just want to make money. And that creates the fear in the community that hoaxes are born from this mentality. And it severely cuts into those who do the work to actually prove existence. And that’s what the bigfoot TV shows often represent to them. Fame, money, and no proof or substance.

The shows like Finding Bigfoot tend to focus on footage that has become famous or infamous, and isn’t necessarily accepted by real researchers in the community. So viewers are led to believe all bigfoot researchers must also believe it too. When the truth is none of them agrees on every piece of footage that’s out there. All footage is fully scrutinized and debated endlessly.

And why aren’t the producers of these shows talking to the habituators: those people who claim to live near and work closely with sasquatches in something akin to a "Jane Goodall" type approach to sasquatch research based on proximity and trust building? You’d think those would be the people these shows would be the most curious about in getting some real footage of sasquatches. But maybe there’s a reason these researchers aren’t approached, as cryptozoologist, Sharon Day, founder of Ghost Hunting Theories explained in a recent conversation about sasquatches and approaching them in this way, under the belief that they are a type of human species.

"It’s misleading to show the public that going into a forest for a weekend is going to be how one gets evidence of Sasquatch. Rushing the woods in a disruptive manner is only going to put Sasquatch on their guard. They do not like intrusion by strangers and they will simply go deeper into hiding. If a cable channel wanted a true reality show with any chance of glimpses of the Sasquatch, a show would need to revolve around habituators, those who live in on property shared with Sasquatch clans. The residents would probably have to film the show themselves, something like "Ghost Adventures." It would need to unfold over time and with patience. The key thing with this "Habituation Situation" show would be to bring to light the family units of Sasquatch, their reticence in trusting us, and the way in which they are able to coexist with us with great dignity, given our antics on their land. Knocking on trees and hollering, disrupting the peace of the forest by strangers who are unpredictable, is the worst possible example to give the public of how to have Sasquatch encounters. Although it certainly makes for entertaining TV to see the use of crying baby dolls and fireworks, it is a dangerous example of how to handle a shy people like sasquatches."

In essence, that would take too much time and effort. Maybe that’s more of a project for Nova or National Geographic over a period of years.

So, is there anything good about these shows from the perspective of the researchers in the field? It seemed to me like a bit of a double-edged sword.

"There are a few people who get out in the woods often, who know more than most. But their reputation gets somewhat diminished because of the shows," says Washington State researcher, Tommy Naff. " For the outside observer, these shows do provide some value. But for the hard core researcher/enthusiast, the shows are more for passing time and amusement.

"I think it hurts as far as credibility…" Cripple Creek Colorado crytpozoologist and paranormal investigator, Leon Drew, said recently. "But puts more eyes in the woods."

This view is widely accepted among many. The shows brings more attention to the subject, but can detract from serious research that also deserves attention and doesn’t get it, as crytpid hunter, Adam Davies, who’s appeared on National Geographic documentaries and Monsterquest explains.

"I think they are certainly bringing more mainstream awareness of the subject to the general population. But I would really like to see one [show] which concentrates on a couple of really serious potential areas and concentrates professional and scientific resource. I am yet to see one that does not spend more than a week at most in an area and then moves on," he said.

But Massachusetts researcher, Dax Rushlow, a real researcher who was also a member of the original cast of Ten Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty who also has recently casted some very interesting footprints from his area has a somewhat lighter overview from his perspective.

"It’s all just TV," he said. "I like the fact it brings Sasquatch out in the general public. I still do my research the correct way. Yes, some of the shows are bad, but it makes my life easier to do my business in this field."

Yes, the bigfoot craze on TV does bring a lot of trouble for those who are serious about the subject. But it also brings a lot of new fans to the subject too. And when people become fans of Bigfoot shows, whether they believe it all today or not, they’re more than likely the ones who’ll believe tomorrow. So maybe it’s a good thing to keep their attention???

And maybe it’s not bad to make money off of Sasquatch. And maybe it’s not bad to joke about the subject. We all do it from time to time. Just don’t make a mockery of the researcher’s work that takes a lot of time and patience and effort. Don’t lead viewers to believe it’s all so simple and cut and dry and that they all think the same way.

And maybe we shouldn’t expect miracles from these shows, or for them to be exactly the way we want them. Bigfoot shows may really only mean to entertain rather than inform. Isn’t that what TV is really supposed to be? So naturally it latched onto the subject of Bigfoot. Because Bigfoot, whether you believe or not, is like the rock star of the forest. Who wouldn’t latch on to that?
******DF





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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Real or Fake - Flying Spider Invasion!

Flying Spiders!


 This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.


Real or Fake - Flying Spider Invasion!
 
Back around 2012 there was reports going around about the discovery by scientist of a new and very dangerous type of spider. It was dubbed Flying Spider or Winged Spider but scientifically called Volat-Araneus. According to the "experts" this dangerous spider would soon be invading the UK and the rest of the world. The thought of this struck fear in the hearts of arachnophobes everywhere and the Newspaper clipping sure looked convincing, but lets dig deeper.

Now the mysterious Flying Spider has re-appeared in 2014 and it comes from a tech repair service called Digital Plumbing. The main question:  "is it Real or Fake?"

Do you have a fear of spiders? I really don't like them myself, they are just creepy to me. Now, I will admit the thoughts of flying spiders is something I really don't like to think about.

But everyone can rest easy when it comes to this report of flying spiders, the story is a fake.
The image of the winged spider has been digitally modified and inserted into a newspaper picture.

Oh how can I be sure you ask? well here is the original photo of the winged spider:

Notice this is the exact same picture used in the fake newspaper article, well minus the wings.
The original photo was first posted on the Carolina Nature Webpage, which is a site with a lot of spider photos, avoid it if you are like me and find spiders creepy. The credit for the photo was to a Will Cook, he must be a brave man to get this close to a creepy spider of any kind. yuck.

Now, in the 2014 version of the "flying spider" post from Digital Plumbing they admit it is a fake and are using it to educate internet users that you can get viruses and malware from clicking on these fake news reports.

Flying Spider - Real or Fake - FAKE

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~Tom~  



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Saturday, July 5, 2014

3-Year-Old Names His Own Killer From A Past Life???

Boy remembers past life
Reincarnation?


This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne! 




3-Year-Old Names His Own Killer From A Past Life???

By Dorraine Fisher

Is reincarnation real? Every once in a while there’s a story that surfaces that can make us all wonder.

According to German therapist, Trutz Hardo’s book, Children Who Have Lived Before: Reincarnation Today, there once was a baby born to members of the Druze society in Golan Heights on the Syrian-Israeli border with a strange, long, red birthmark on his head. Incidentally, the members of the Druze culture accept the idea of reincarnation as fact. And this is where this young boy lived quietly until he turned 3 and began to talk and reveal some details about his own past life. And it was a pretty gruesome tale.

He revealed to elders that he was killed by a blow to the head with an axe. And he named the murderer. And as it is customary in his culture for the elders to take a child, when they turn three years old, to the location of their previous life if they are able to recall it, the young boy revealed his own name from that life. And the person he named, curiously, had been reported missing some 4 years prior.

The boy eventually named his murder whom authorities soon confronted. The accused man was said to have "turned white" and refused to confess to anything. But when the boy told them he knew where the body could be found, the story took a turn.

He led them all to the site where they dug into the ground, and sure enough, found the skeleton of a man with a traumatic injury to his head, which interestingly enough, greatly resembled the birthmark on the boys head. And as they dug, next to the body, they recovered the murder weapon also: the axe. And so, with that, the accused man felt he had no choice but to confess to the murder.

Cultures that believe in reincarnation believe that birthmarks someone has in their current life can be traced back to an injury from a past life. They also believe that past lives are more easily recounted by very young children, and as they grow older, these memories tend to fade. But thousands of such cases have been documented by The Division of Personality Studies at the University of Virginia. And new stories like these surface on a regular basis. *********DF
 




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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Interview with Researcher Stephen Reynolds

Researcher Stephen Reynolds


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.


Interview with Researcher Stephen Reynolds
 
The interview series continues with our 12th installment.  We talk with Stephen Reynolds from the Bigfoot Network of the Midwest. Stephen is located and conducts research in Iowa. We recently featured a Sightings Report from the same general area where Stephen had some sightings.

- Start Interview -

Tom: How long have you been researching/studying Bigfoot?
SR: About 15 years. 

Tom: What got you interested in Bigfoot, Was there a particular event that got you started?
SR: Yes, I had a road crossing sighting in 2007.

Tom: During your research/studying of Bigfoot, have you ever encountered aggressive behavior or felt in danger from a Bigfoot?
SR: I was dumbfounded at first when I saw it, but then I got scared because it was much bigger then me and I'm 6.1 and285lbs. But I was frightened..

Tom: It seems Skeptics are always ready to attack Bigfoot research, How do you deal with it?
SR: I've been in some heated debates with skeptics, and most of the time you cant change a skeptics mind so I thank them for their opinion and I move on.

Tom: Would you like to see Bigfoot accepted and/or proven to the general public?
SR: yes, to know what these creatures are and etc. 

Tom: What is your favorite time of year to research/study Bigfoot, When do you have your most success?
SR: Spring to late fall, late fall.

Tom: Do you have a favorite Bigfoot story or report?
SR: My favorite report is mine, its where I took several photographs of bigfoot type creatures on the shoreline of a island on the Mississippi river on 10-16-2012. (Photo Below)

Tom: What would you be doing if you wasn't researching/studying Bigfoot?
SR: Enjoying fishing, hunting, and enjoying the great outdoors, without looking over my shoulder.

TM: Thanks for doing the interview. Good luck with your research and let us know about your findings.

- End Interview -

Here is the photo Stephen sent to us show what appears to be figures on the shoreline. I slightly adjusted the photo to clear it up a little.
2 bigfoot by Stephen Reynolds

Thanks
~Tom~

 
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Real or Fake - 15 Foot Eastern Brown Snake

Monster Snake
 
This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.


Real or Fake - 15 Foot Eastern Brown Snake

This is another viral type post on social media. It is reportedly the largest Eastern Brown Snake ever recorded in one version of the tale. The length of an average size brown snake is about 5.5 feet but this monster is said to be 15 foot long!
The social post claims it was caught near a golf course at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia. The post about the snake is normally accompanied by 2 or 3 photos and the message "Golf anyone?" Two of the photos are the one above and a close up of the snake's mouth and teeth. Here is that photo.
Dangerous
The other version of the story is of a 15 foot Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake being caught south of Jacksonville, FL.

As you can see this is very scary, but is it Real or Fake?

There is a dual answer here, the photos are for sure REAL but in the Australian version it claims to be a Brown snake and that it's from Australia . Both of these claims are FAKE.

The snake featured in the social media post is a Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake that was actually caught at St. Augustine, Florida back in 2009. The snake was only about 7 foot long and not 15 foot as the post claims.

Of course the snake does look really large but that is due to forced perspective.
The forced perspective technique manipulates our human perception with the use of optical illusions to make objects appear larger, smaller, farther, or closer than they actually are. Here is an example.



REAL or FAKE = Mixed

The photos of the snake are REAL but the size and stories about them are mostly FAKE. In the American version some of the statistics about the snakes, including weight, are pulled out of the air.


Thanks
~Tom~





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