This interview, #23 in the series, is with Debbie Hatswell. Debbie is from the United Kingdom and I got to know her thanks to bigfoot. Debbie created an awesome map of reported "British Wildman" sightings. I invite you to check out her map by Clicking Here.
Here is out interview.
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TM: How long have you been researching/studying bigfoot?
DCH: Since 1982 so 34yrs.
TM: What got you interested in Bigfoot, Was there a particular event that got you started?
DCH: Seeing a strange man/ape like creature as a young girl of 15. (Report Here)
TM: During your research/studying of Bigfoot, have you ever encountered aggressive behavior or felt in danger from a bigfoot?
DCH: No, the only "aggressive behavior" reported in the UK is usually a bluff charge or a large noisy display to divert you away, most reports state "he/it just walked away calmly.
TM: It seems Skeptics are always ready to attack bigfoot research, How do you deal with it?
DCH: For years now I have encountered ridicule and skeptical eye rolling, I just learned that I can't help what I saw and millions will disbelieve, but you can not unsee something and you just have to deal with it
TM: Would you like to see Bigfoot accepted and/or proven to the general public?
DCH: On this one I am split, I would love to see land put aside for the forest folk, but the worry is the 1000's that would hunt them and disturb them if they were proven.
TM: What is your favorite time of year to research/study bigfoot, When do you have your most success?
DCH: For me it would be autumn, I have had success with qifting, usually in the autumn months from September to mid December, strangely a lot of the UK sightings happen around this time also, are they on the move more at this time of year? more food around or moving to winter grounds.
TM: Do you have a favorite Bigfoot story or report?
DCH: Yes, Jas Smiths account from sevenoaks: Found Here.
TM: What would you be doing if you wasn't researching/studying bigfoot?
DCH: Honestly I would probably still be considered the women who sees monsters, I would still be looking through old newspaper reports and forums looking for other witnesses, if i hadn't seen him I would probably just been a normal housewife and mum, the validating moment for me (apart from the other 370 accounts) was when a lady called Brenda came forward to you Thomas and explained she had seen "him" too, just two years later. (That report can be found by Clicking Here. )
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A big thanks to Debbie for taking part in the interview. It is fascinating to read researchers thoughts about bigfoot and to see what got them interested in the subjects. Of course, almost all of us face skeptics and ridicule but we come to understand that that is just part of the enigma of Bigfoot. I would assume, that most people, do not even realize that there is a significant number of British Wildman, aka Bigfoot, sightings from the United Kingdom, but there are a lot. Reports of similar behavior and appearance, I think that is awesome.
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.
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