Sunday, January 31, 2016

Finding Bigfoot - Tonight's Show


On tonight's episode of Finding Bigfoot - 

Cliff has brought the team back to his home state of Oregon for the fourth time in search of bigfoot. With a bounty of bigfoot habitat, Cliff enlists professional drone pilots, who may provide the aerial support they need to get a beaver state sasquatch.

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Here is a preview from tonight's show



The Crypto Crew has team members in Oregon and we can confirm that it is a great place for bigfoot. On tonight's show the Finding Bigfoot team will be near Mount Hood. Mount Hood is Oregon's highest mountain. The good news, is that there has been numerous reports of bigfoot from this area.

I hope to be watching tonight. I also think the show has been better, so far, this season than some of the ones in the past. I say that with at least one major exception....the part of the first show where Bobo wears as dress, that was just way out there. Funny, but ...no.

Enjoy the show.


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~Tom~

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Monster X Radio - Tune in!



This evening Dorraine Fisher and I will be guest on Monster X Radio . We sure hope you take the time and tune in. The Monster X radio show normally talks about Bigfoot and Bigfoot research, but sometimes other subjects filter into the conversation.

Monster X Radio - http://www.blogtalkradio.com/monsterxradio
Monster X Radio Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/MonsterX/

Be sure to tune in and learn more about The Crypto Crew and some of the things we are working on.



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Saturday, January 30, 2016

X-Files and Werewolves


On the next episode of the X-files, it deals with what is apparently a werewolf. The history of werewolves dates back to the 15-16 century or more. But what is interesting is that sightings and reports have continued in our modern times. I want to post more about this but first lets take a look at this upcoming episode of X-files

Here is the trailer.



A werewolf, also known as a lycanthrope is the ability of a human to shapeshift into wolf or a hybrid wolf like creature. According to the legend of Werewolves, it is thought that a curse was put on someone that made them turn into a werewolf. It was also thought that if you were bitten or scratched by a werewolf, you would also be under the curse and change into a werewolf. Kind of like if you are bitten by a zombie you will become a zombie type of thing.


The term lycanthropy, referring both to the ability to transform oneself into a wolf and to the act of so doing, comes from Ancient Greek.

The concept of the werewolf in Western and Northern Europe is strongly influenced by the role of the wolf in Germanic paganism.

In the Latin work of prose, the Satyricon, written about 60 C.E. by Gaius Petronius Arbiter, one of the characters, Niceros, tells a story at a banquet about a friend who turned into a wolf (chs. 61-62). He describes the incident as follows, "When I look for my buddy I see he'd stripped and piled his clothes by the roadside... He pees in a circle round his clothes and then, just like that, turns into a wolf!... after he turned into a wolf he started howling and then ran off into the woods."

There have been numerous reports of werewolf attacks – and consequent court trials – in 16th century France. In some of the cases there was clear evidence against the accused of murder and cannibalism, but none of association with wolves; in other cases people have been terrified by such creatures, such as that of Gilles Garnier in Dole in 1573, there was clear evidence against some wolf but none against the accused.

Until the 20th century, wolf attacks on humans were an occasional, but still widespread feature of life in Europe. Some scholars have suggested that it was inevitable that wolves, being the most feared predators in Europe, were projected into the folklore of evil shapeshifters.

Some modern researchers have tried to explain the reports of werewolf behaviour with recognised medical conditions. Dr Lee Illis of Guy's Hospital in London wrote a paper in 1963 entitled On Porphyria and the Aetiology of Werewolves, in which he argues that historical accounts on werewolves could have in fact been referring to victims of congenital porphyria, stating how the symptoms of photosensitivity, reddish teeth and psychosis could have been grounds for accusing a sufferer of being a werewolf.

This is however argued against by Woodward, who points out how mythological werewolves were almost invariably portrayed as resembling true wolves, and that their human forms were rarely physically conspicuous as porphyria victims. Others have pointed out the possibility of historical werewolves having been sufferers of hypertrichosis, a hereditary condition manifesting itself in excessive hair growth. However, Woodward dismissed the possibility, as the rarity of the disease ruled it out from happening on a large scale, as werewolf cases were in medieval Europe.

People suffering from Down syndrome have been suggested by some scholars to have been possible originators of werewolf myths. Woodward suggested rabies as the origin of werewolf beliefs, claiming remarkable similarities between the symptoms of that disease and some of the legends. Woodward focused on the idea that being bitten by a werewolf could result in the victim turning into one, which suggested the idea of a transmittable disease like rabies. 

However, the idea that lycanthropy could be transmitted in this way is not part of the original myths and legends and only appears in relatively recent beliefs. Lycanthropy can also be met with as the main content of a delusion, for example, the case of a woman has been reported who during episodes of acute psychosis complained of becoming four different species of animals

Characteristics

The beliefs classed together under lycanthropy are far from uniform, and the term is somewhat capriciously applied. The transformation may be temporary or permanent; the were-animal may be the man himself metamorphosed; may be his double whose activity leaves the real man to all appearance unchanged; may be his soul, which goes forth seeking whom it may devour, leaving its body in a state of trance; or it may be no more than the messenger of the human being, a real animal or a familiar spirit, whose intimate connection with its owner is shown by the fact that any injury to it is believed, by a phenomenon known as repercussion, to cause a corresponding injury to the human being.

There were/is many ways that one may become a werewolf. How to achieve this varies depending on where you are at. One of the simplest being the removal of clothing and putting on a belt made of wolfskin. Drinking rainwater out of the footprint of the animal in question or from certain enchanted streams were also considered effectual modes of accomplishing metamorphosis.In Italy, France and Germany, it was said that a man or woman could turn into a werewolf if he or she, on a certain Wednesday or Friday, slept outside on a summer night with the full moon shining directly on his or her face. In other cases, the transformation was supposedly accomplished by Satanic allegiance for the most loathsome ends, often for the sake of sating a craving for human flesh.

So, as you see the idea and history of the werewolf is a long and varied legend. Now, in our day and age, we don't get very many reports of werewolves. But we do get a growing number of Dogman reports and it makes me wonder if these Dogmen are the Werewolves of days gone by.  There is a common perception that dogman are more aggressive than bigfoot. This seems to fall in line with the history of werewolves. So, maybe there is a connection.


(source wikipedia )

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Friday, January 29, 2016

The Color Of Bigfoot


Over the last few days, I have been thinking about the varied colors of Bigfoot. It seems if you read sighting reports, you can find many color descriptions when it comes to Bigfoot. When thinking about the different colors of bigfoot, I think it is safe to assume that the hair color of bigfoot changes over time.

Not only do us human experience hair color changes, but it also occurs in some of our pets. Take for instants, my old dog, his hair color has changed over the years. His hair around his eyes and noes has faded out and is more white than when he was young.

Could an aging bigfoot experience a hair color change? I think it is a very good possibility, that as they get older, hair would turn grey or white, just like some of us. There could also possibly be some hair thinning. Hair thinning does happen in human and animals. Sometimes these changes occur naturally as creatures age but there can be other reasons for hair color change or loss. Sometimes diet, over or under exposure to sunlight, and sickness can cause a change in hair.

Concerning Bigfoot, there was an article published by Dr. W.H. Fahrenbach in Cryptozoology, vol. 13, that dealt with the color of bigfoot and many other aspects of bigfoot.

Fahrenbach used John Green's data base of  623 sighting reports to gather hair color information. Here was his findings:

"Slightly over 60% are listed as "Dark" or "Black", including such variants as brown-black, red-black, and dark brown. About 30% are described as "Brown", including dark-brown, light brown and red-brown. The "Grey" category (8%) includes dark and light grey, grey-brown, silver-grey, silver and silver tipped. "Light", off-white, white, and blond account for about 7%. The excess beyond 100% results from slight overlap in the categories."

So, I thought I would look over some of my reports of bigfoot sightings and see how my colors would match up.

Here are some of my results:

Black = 24 reports described bigfoot as black or dark.
Brownish/Reddish -  14 described bigfoot as reddish brown, brownish red, or brownish grey.
Brown - 11 of my reports described the bigfoot they saw as only brown.
White - 4 people described the bigfoot they saw as white.
Grey - 2 reports of grey bigfoot.
Red - 1 report of the color red.
Blonde - 1 report.

It seems that black is also my most reported color for bigfoot sightings. I should also note some of my reports did not give a clear answer to the color of the bigfoot, so I left those reports out. In some instants, the witness described the bigfoot they saw as multi-colored, not settling on a clear color combination, I left those out as well.

Now, I know that in my area of Kentucky, the most commonly reported color and the color I have seen, is black. But there has also been some brown and a couple white bigfoot reports here in my area.

Another interesting aspect to the reports I have taken in, is that it seems the majority of reports are of bigfoot crossing a highway. The next block of reports were of people out in the woods, either hunting, hiking or fishing.  

So, I guess bigfoot is not much different than humans or some other animals when it comes to hair color. Us humans have many different hair colors, why not bigfoot. Still, I wonder if there is a predominant color of bigfoot based on region? I guess that is a study for another day.

I probably should have taken a little more time on this study of bigfoot color, but it still gives us a little data about bigfoot hair colors. Of course, it would seem a darker bigfoot would have an easier time blending into shadows, making it harder to spot. Lots to think about I guess.


(Source for Dr. Fahrebach date - Bigfoot encounters )


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~Tom~

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

FolkTales - Bell Island Ghost Story


I finally got back to one of my little side projects, FolkTales. This is on episode 2, if you would like to watch the first episode you can do so by Clicking Here.

This episode is titled Bell Island Ghost Story. Here is a brief description of the short program.
"A ghost story told by Nicole Doyle. This story takes place on Bell Island, Newfoundland. It is a very small island with very big mysteries.The island is a very woodsy area and it has been told that there are hags, fairies, witches and more in the woods. One night a walk home through the woods, gets Nicole the scare of her life! "


Here is the episode.



Thanks for watching, I hope to get the 3rd episode out in the near future. I know these little short stories are nothing spectacular, and not very well produced but I think the stories are worth sharing. I hope you enjoy them.

Folktales ©2016 Zombie Media, All rights reserved.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Bigfoot Filmed in Utah?

Still frame from the video. Is this a Bigfoot?
Now, I do not know if this is a Bigfoot or not, but the video is interesting. The channel it comes from is suspect to me. It was supposedly shot in Utah.

Here is what the description says about the clip.

"Clip Description: Two fishermen brothers are out in the woods by the creek catching fish one day and they hear what sounds like an loud roar and breaking trees. They leave right away thinking its a bear. The next day they go back to investigate and see what it was that made that sound and to see if any tracks were left in the snow...What they capture on film is very creepy!!"

Here is the video.

It seems that the description is not accurate to the video. The two brothers don't say anything about hearing a "loud roar" or "breaking trees", but state they discovered the tracks. But the video is interesting and what ever this is appears to be crouched down on the balls of it's feet.

I have attempted to zoom in on the figure more.


Here is the same still frame grab with more enhancement.


I guess in the end we just can't say for sure if it is a real bigfoot or just a guy in a suit but at least it is a pretty interesting video. You can see the figure swaying back and forth a little. 


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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Honshū wolf

"Honshu-wolf4" by Katuuya from ja. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Honshu-wolf4.jpg#/media/File:Honshu-wolf4.jpg
The Honshū wolf (Canis lupus hodophilax), known in Japan as the Japanese wolf  or simply wolf , is one of the two extinct subspecies of the gray wolf once endemic to the islands of Japan. The Honshū wolf occupied the islands of Honshū, Shikoku, and Kyūshū in Japan. The other subspecies was the Hokkaidō wolf, native to the island of Hokkaidō.

Honshū wolves, the smaller descendants of mainland gray wolves, were plentiful in the country of Japan. They were the smallest known wild subspecies of Canis lupus; they measured about 35 inches (90 cm) long and 12 inches (30 cm) inches at the shoulder. Their population began to decrease in 1732 when rabies, first reported in Kyūshū and Shikoku, was introduced to the area they inhabited. It affected different wolf populations all through the nineteenth century. Most argue that it was humans that brought the virus to Japan, trying to kill the wolves on purpose. It is also believed that local domestic dogs in the regions may have transported the disease. Either way, along with intense human persecution, the wolves proceeded into extinction. The last known specimen died in 1905, in Nara Prefecture.

Some interpretations of the Honshū wolf's extinction stress the change in local perceptions of the animal: rabies-induced aggression and deforestation of the wolf's habitat forced them into conflict with humans, and this led to them being targeted by farmers.
Other sources say the wolves were killed off as a national policy.
There are currently eight known pelts and five stuffed specimens of the Japanese wolf in existence. One stuffed specimen is in the Netherlands, three are in Japan, and the animal caught in 1905 is kept in the British Museum. Owing to its small size the Honshū wolf's classification as a subspecies of the gray wolf is disputed.

The wolf was afforded a benign place in Japanese folklore and religious traditions: the clan leader Fujiwara no Hidehira was said to have been raised by wolves, and the wolf is often symbolically linked with mountain kami in Shinto. The most famous example is the wolf kami of Mitsumine Shrine in the town of Chichibu in Saitama Prefecture.
Sightings of the Japanese wolf have been claimed from the time of its extinction to the present day, but none of these have been verified.

The Honshū wolf was the world’s smallest known wolf. From nose to tail, it grew to about 35 inches in length and stood about a foot tall. It was said that the Honshū wolf much more closely resembled dogs, coyotes and jackals than its Siberian wolf ancestors due to their short wiry hair and a thin dog-like tail that was rounded at the end, along with their short legs. Therefore, the Honshu wolf is argued to be its own species instead of being a gray wolf subspecies because of these physical differences.

The Honshū Wolf was known to eat animals much larger than it, including deer and wild boar. Farmers appreciated their appetite for smaller animals such as rodents and hares, which reduced the number of farm pests. The specialized, strictly carnivorous diet was one of the many reasons the Honshū Wolf became extinct. As wolf populations increased, they required more of their exclusive diet to maintain their numbers, which could not be sustained by the local fauna.
Honshu wolves were abundant in Japan until 1732 when rabies was introduced to the island. It was rabies, deforestation of the wolf's habitat, and conflict with humans that led to their extinction. The last specimen was officially killed in 1905 in Nara prefecture. Although there have been many sightings claimed since then, none of them have been verified. There are five known mounted specimens: three in Japan, one in the Netherlands, and the last officially killed specimen in the British Museum.

The Honshu wolf is a prominent figure in Japanese folklore and culture. The mountains of Japan, seen as a dangerous, deadly place, are highly associated with the wolf. The Honshu wolf is believed to be the protector and guardian of the mountains, where it resides in its most remote parts. Many mountain villages, such as Okami’iwa (Wolf Rock) and Okamitaira (Wolf Plateau), are named after the wolf; this could be due to a sighting at the location, or a simple homage to the species. Sightings of the Honshu wolf were very rare, and the wolf was described as being more of a spirit entity protecting travelers. Some legends bring this to a whole new level, where abandoned infants are found and raised by the wolves. The wolves also protect surrounding villages from the dangerous wildlife. The spirit form of the Japanese wolf, which has been worshiped since ancient times, is called makami (真神). It is believed to understand human speech, reward good, and punish evil. Makami shrines are found in Saitama, Shizuoka, and Tokyo.

Some villages have wolf charms called shishiyoke, that protected their village and their crops against wild boar. In addition, other protective shrines can be found in many villages, especially on the Kii Peninsula. In some villages, such as in Gifu prefecture, the skull of the wolf was used as the charm for both protection as well as curing possessed villagers. In addition to protecting the crops, the wolf may leave prey for villagers. A tradition called inu no ubumimai consists of giving a mother Honshu wolf rice when she gives birth to a cub. In return, the wolf would protect the village and assist in danger, or leave the village in times of famine.

Some legends portray the Honshu wolf as being prophetic creatures. In the Tamaki Mountains the location of a tree called “the cypress of dog-howls” is said to be the site where wolves howled before a flood in 1889, warning the villagers. The Honshu wolf was not commonly killed by villagers, and attacks were rare. Some folklore states that the killer of a Honshu wolf faced punishment from the spiritual world. Legends also describes the wolf as being concealed by the environment, and that its fur changes with the seasons to further camouflage itself. In many local cultures, therefore, the Honshu wolf is believed not to be extinct; it was always difficult to find.

- Source: wikipedia -

 While this does not look all that similar to the Shunka Warakin, it did remind me of it. Yet another animal that is said to be extinct but yet there are reports of people seeing it. Now, it would seem that sometimes animals are declared extinct when really some may be left and over time they seem to make a recovery. For example, the Javan Elephants became extinct sometime in the period after Europeans arrived in Southeast Asia. Elephants on Sulu, never considered native to the island, were hunted out in the 1800s. But the elephants were rediscovered in 2006 800 miles away on the island of Borneo. The Laotian Rock Rats are another good example. They were said to have gone extinct millions of years ago, but were re-discovered in 2005. So, it is feasible to think that the Honshu Wolf may be discovered again someday. 


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Monday, January 25, 2016

The X Files - Review


First, let me start by saying I was somewhat of a fan of the old X files show, even though due to my work schedule I was not able to watch it very often. I did make sure to watch the 2 feature films when they came out.

Now, 13 years after the original series ended, the show has been brought back. It's being called the next chapter of the series. It is also being called a reboot by some, I personally don't like that term, maybe it's due to all the "reboot" movies that have/are coming out, and most have been terrible. I would prefer a "continuation" of the series to the word "reboot", but that is just me.

Anytime you re-launch a previously successful TV show or movie, you run the risk of destroying it in the eyes of the fans. I'm sure we could sit and count the numerous flops over the years. But with the X files, it appeals to a special type of audience. One that in many ways is far more critical when it comes to our favorite movies and TV shows. Some have and will continue to call the show boring, but for me and millions of other fans, it's far from boring.

So, how was the new X files?

Well, in a nut shell.....it was totally AWESOME!
David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson faultlessly step right back into their previous roles without ever skipping a beat. The two work with the same chemistry as they had before, it was impressive. Some may want to critique their acting ability, and that is fine, but they continue to capture their characters as well as they did in the past.

The plot of the show remains true to days gone by but with some added twist to bring it up to current issues. Issues such as false flags, government take over, and flashy conspiracy shows. I could say more but I try not to post spoilers.

The first episode is loaded with a lot of stuff to keep UFO fans happy. Almost ever aspect UFO fans and researchers consider corner stones are there. Roswell, alien abduction, hybridization, cover ups and more are all there. I particularly liked the Roswell part, it was really cool and without spoiling anything, lets just say episode 1 ended with a big bang. I was also thankful the original intro music was kept.    

So, in my opinion, the show was really good and fans of the old show should not be disappointed. I think with this "continuation" of X-Files there will be a whole new audience hooked on The X Files.

Also, in my opinion, we have been missing a show of this type. Yes, we have other paranormal shows, but for the most part they are more of a documentary type thing or the dreaded docudrama. The X files, effectively  blends in the things UFO fans and researcher like, while creating interesting drama and various sub plots. 

Now, if you did not watch last nights show, you need to get caught up because another awesome show will be on tonight.

If you missed last nights show, watch it now online by Clicking Here!

I'm sure, I will be tuning in tonight and you will be too after watching the first episode.

Bravo Fox, Bravo!

Oh, and yes

The TRUTH is Out There!

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

An Interview With RobRoy Menzies – Crypto Artist


An Interview With RobRoy Menzies – Crypto Artist
A Forensic Animator and Native Alaskan’s Art And View Of Bigfoot
By Dorraine Fisher

We all love our crypto-artists. In a world where we have mostly our imaginations to keep us fueled and inspired, our artists put a face and a shape to it. And I’m not sure they realize how important that role is to us. But even if they aren’t getting it exactly right, as we don’t really know for sure yet, they’re paying close attention to what witnesses are saying, and working hard to bring our imaginings to life.

One of our favorite bigfoot artists, RobRoy Menzies, of Juneau, Alaska talked a little about this when I spoke to him recently. And he explained how his life in Alaska has shaped and influenced his art. And he shares what may have been his very own bigfoot encounter before bigfoot was even a thought in his head. And he also talks about how his work as a forensic animator correlates with his sasquatch art. Here’s what he had to say.

Dorraine: When did you first become interested in pursuing art?

RobRoy: When I was a little boy. At a very early age I showed signs of being more advanced than other kids, I could draw what I saw extremely well, shading, perspective, everything before I even knew what all that was! In Elementary school kids were always asking me to draw them pictures from books, paint their school projects, until the teachers caught on, then they were told not to have me do their projects for them! I remember my 7th grade art teacher used to give me advanced art projects and make me work in the tiny pottery room so I was not bothered by the other students.

In High School as a Junior, I won 3rd place for pencil drawing in the Alaska All State Art Competition. My Senior year I won 1st place for drawing in the same event.

Dorraine: Did you have any other aspirations?

RobRoy: I dreamed of being many things, rock star, make-up effects artist… but eventually I gave in to going to Art College and began my journey in a career for the arts as a commercial illustrator/artist.

Dorraine: Have you always lived in Alaska, and are there other places in your memory that have influenced you creatively?
RobRoy: I was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska, and if you’ve ever been there, you would understand where a young boy might get so much imagination and creativity! Juneau was a wonderful place for any child to grow up! Especially in the 70’s. A very isolated lifestyle, (from the rest of the world) but I didn’t know any other way, and I liked it. I travel, and everywhere I go inspires me in some way. I did live in Medford, Oregon for about 4 or 5 years attending Art College, and that was a wonderful place! The reason I chose that particular art college was the environment reminded me of Alaska, but much warmer!! I loved both Central and Southern Oregon, but I returned back to Alaska in 2000 and been living here since.

Dorraine: What caused you to turn to Sasquatch art?

RobRoy: I was always interested in Dinosaurs, and monsters. Especially King Kong! As a small child I was always making up new drawings of monsters and dinosaurs or cartoons. Remember all those “reports” we had to do throughout school? I would always do those on Mountain Gorillas and Komodo Dragons, always illustrated and I would always get A’s! I know my parents probably wondered why on earth their son with all this talent, who lives in Alaska, doesn’t seem interested in drawing Bears, mountains or other Alaska scenes to sell to tourists. He wants to draw monsters!!? And being a boy of the 70’s, who hadn’t heard about bigfoot!? Those stories fascinated me. And in Alaska the natives talked of the Kushtaka, and the little people. Now fast forward to the mid 90’s and here was this thing called the internet. It didn’t take me long to start looking at Bigfoot and other Cryptid websites. I quickly became bored with the same old blurry pictures and crappy drawings. I read report after report, fueling my imagination and really sparking my interest. I began drawing illustrations from eyewitnesses. I contacted many folks and began my own personal investigation. I wanted to know what these things really looked like! I talked to many credible eyewitnesses, I kept drawing. Then I began sending my art to people like Jeff Meldrum, Loren Coleman, and Bobbie Short. I remember sending my pencil drawing of “Patty” to Peter Byrne and he wrote me back staying my drawing was “The best depiction of Patty he’s ever seen, and I could quote him on that!” All were very encouraging and… well… everybody kind of freaked out because I think we were all starving for it. Nobody was used to seeing this type of quality in bigfoot drawings. It was rare back then. So my bigfoot art was like fire to gasoline, it just took off. It was appreciated by a lot of people, which was very satisfying to me.

Dorraine: Have you had a bigfoot encounter of your own?

RobRoy: No! Isn’t that silly?? You would think I would have, but no, I have not seen one. I have been in these Alaskan woods my entire life, but growing up in here, I never thought they would live in my state, too cold! The stories I read seemed to always come from Oregon or Washington.

I did have an odd experience once when I was about 17, My friend and I were driving out in fresh snow, down a desolate road in Juneau, called Montana Creek one weekend night. I stopped on a small bridge, and showed off my teenage skills by spinning the rear tires of that old Bronco and fish-tailed across the bridge until I got into really deep snow. I stopped to get out and lock the front hubs. Meanwhile my friend got out to relieve himself. As I was locking the first hub, I swear I heard somebody running down the side of the mountain road and start running toward me! it happened so fast I didn’t look, I felt as if “it” was almost on me! I had that same feeling I always got before my older brother would jump out from behind a corner and scare me! I thought somebody was about to grab me! So I yelled at David to get in, and he could tell by my voice I was scared. He didn’t hesitate to jump in. I stepped on it before his door was closed and I went fishtailing down the road the best I could, it had just snowed about a foot so I eventually HAD to stop to lock the other hub. I told my buddy that I swear something ran down the side of the mountain and was running toward us. We decided to get out of there, so we turned around, and on the way back my headlights spotted something on that bridge we had stopped on…we both looked at each other, and I stopped. My high beams were on it, and it looked like a big puddle of blood! It was not there when we stopped 10 minutes before. We both said “Let’s go!” and we left. We drove to a local mini mart and ran into a couple friends. We told them what we just experienced and of course, they wanted to go back out there to look! So the 4 of us piled into my ’73 Bronco and headed back to Montana Creek Road. We approached the bridge and sure enough, there it was. My friend Wayne wanted to get out and look! His girlfriend & my friend Dave both said “No way!” So Wayne and I get out and walk up to the dark puddle of blood in the snow. Sure enough, it was blood, with small pieces of meat with fur in it, like a beaver or porcupine was just ripped apart! We could both see that whatever made the kill, had crawled up the bridge, because the snow was all gone and disturbed leading to the kill, only foot prints walking away from the bloody mess into the woods. That was enough for me! I walked back to the Bronco and my friend Wayne followed the tracks into the woods!! I remember him saying “They look like human tracks!” and we thought “What?” Let’s get outta here!!! He came running back, got in and said it again, “It looked like human tracks.” At that time, I was not thinking Bigfoot, I was thinking a crazy man with an ax!!

I swear it was just like something out of a horror movie!! We left and I never thought it was a Bigfoot. But now I look back at that event and wonder…it was weird!!

Montana Creek road always had tales of “Wild men” and “strange happenings” associated with it. I know 2 other people that claim to have seen a sasquatch on Montana Creek Road.

Dorraine: So, how do you imagine the face of a creature you haven't actually seen? Where did your prototype come from?
RobRoy: That’s a great question! I would have to say, when it comes to the eyewitnesses, I pay very close attention to details to what they’re describing. It’s funny how quickly you realize that people who see these things rarely get a good close-up of the face. I usually got “I couldn’t really see the face” which is of course challenging when you are seriously trying to figure out what these things look like.

Of the very few I have spoken to who have seen the face, they describe the nose as being more like an aborigine than an ape. So over time, the puzzle starts taking form. I really do think there are different kinds, like bears. You have black, brown and polar bears. So I would imagine these creatures might appear slightly different in Apart from being individuals, there environments and diet.

There are those who tell me they look much more human. More human than ape. It’s a very curious thing to me, which I think keeps me going. If I ever do get to see one I expect to be wrong in my depictions! I would hope I am close! But if I do see one I will be able to draw exactly what I saw.

Dorraine: From seeing your work, it may be redundant to point out that you receive a lot of inspiration from nature and your surroundings in Alaska. But is there anything else in the mix that helps keep you inspired?

RobRoy: Yes living in Alaska does help. I go out on my ATV adventures, hiking & camping trips not expecting to see any bigfoot, being in some very remote areas I know deep down that it is very possible for these things to live. I am curious. What are they? What do they look like? Growing up here I am very accustomed to seeing large, furry, wild animals, and being aware they are here. You must respect the areas because you never know what you will walk up on up here. I guess what really keeps me going is the big question: “Are they real?”

Dorraine: Do you have any other favorite subjects besides Bigfoot?

RobRoy: Oh yes! I do other art besides bigfoot, I do enjoy painting fine art and drawing nature, animals, people, old dilapidated things, just about anything that “looks cool” to me. Of course, everywhere you look up here in Alaska could be a painting! The mountains, the water, the wildlife…I guess I love both beautiful and ugly things!

Dorraine: With all this work revolving around bigfoot, have you developed any new thoughts on the subject? Any philosophies?

RobRoy: If these creatures are out there, they are more intelligent than we are giving them credit. There is not many of them, but they must be a strong species, strong enough to survive in the most rugged areas to stay hidden, to live without needing the conveniences of modern man. I think they are curious, but know to stay away from us.

I think there are different kinds. Maybe some are more aggressive than others. I also think it’s possible that they don’t exist. Yes that too! We must explore both sides of this bigfoot fence to understand it, and be ready to accept the truth. In my lifetime bigfoot has always been the mystery monster in the woods, I really think he always will be. I will be amazed if one is found, dead or alive in my lifetime!

Spend time in the outdoors & be observant, have fun, but don’t LOOK for Bigfoot. That will drive you crazy! Just go enjoy the outdoors, enjoy nature! The more time you spend outdoors the better your chance of seeing one! And if you see one, you are very, very lucky.

Dorraine: Is there somewhere people can see a gallery of your work? Do you have a website or blog?

RobRoy: I have a website where people can see my art work, and not just my bigfoot art…

www.visualmediastudios.com and they can always see my bigfoot art on my Facebook site “Bigfoot Art Gallery”  


Dorraine: What is your favorite medium for your art?

RobRoy: I have always loved pencil, but I think I like acrylic painting the best. I really love photography, and doing digital art, obviously I love combining these for my bigfoot illustrations. I go on “photo shoots” specifically for bigfoot illustrations. Rarely am I without my camera. I do a lot of 2D and 3D animation for my job as a forensic animator for the FAA. I do like 3D software as well.
Dorraine: Since you DO work as an animator, does your work affect or influence your art in any meaningful way?

RobRoy: Well actually like bigfoot, what my job does require, is research. I build 2D & 3D animated productions of actual aircraft incursions, or events, whether it’s on the runway or in the air. There is a huge process in building these. We use the actual radar and audio from every event. Official reports, statements and any other source of information. Sometimes we even interview the people involved to hear what they have to say. We are building depictions of the truth, but rather than reading about it in a boring b & w report, the FAA can now watch the event as it happened. It's been a valuable learning tool for the FAA. So, like listening to an eyewitness who is describing to me his/her sighting of a sasquatch, I ask specific questions about their sighting that would help me build a better, more accurate depiction of what they saw. For my job, I have to research each aircraft involved, wingspan, length, airspeed, etc. I can even produce the company's logo and map it onto the 3D model. So both have the commonality that requires lots of research and investigating before producing anything. What this has taught me over the years is how important it is to do a thorough job of asking questions and squeezing as much info as you can to help make an accurate picture.

Dorraine: What do you like to do outside of art?

RobRoy: I enjoy being outdoors, spending time with my family, photography, fishing, riding ATV, being home & living in Alaska. Music, I have been playing guitar since I was 11, I am still recording & producing my own “albums” and call my band “The Cryptoids” I love guitars, I am like a kid in a candy store!! I play & collect them. I love rock star stories, Muscle cars, classic cars, looking at antiques, seeing movies with popcorn, fishing, landscaping, skiing, oh and my latest favorite thing: reading the “Missing 411” books while I’m camping in my RV!!

Dorraine: Is there anything else you'd like to add?

RobRoy: I always like to tell people, If you’re into bigfoot for money, you’re in it for the wrong reason! I have literally done all of my bigfoot drawings and research in my spare time. This is definitely a subject you have to be very curious about to keep pursuing! And keep a sense of humor!!


And no, RobRoy, it’s not silly to be interested in Bigfoot if you haven’t actually seen one. There’s enough inspiration in Alaska to keep anyone interested for a very long time. And, after talking to him, I realized that he’s another one of us who’s destined to search for the truth… in whatever he chooses to pursue. ********DAF


Special thanks to RobRoy Menzies for sharing his insights with us. And he’s also shared some of his favorite bigfoot artwork with us on this page.




This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Alters-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!



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Finding Bigfoot - A Few Good Squatchers


Tonight on Finding Bigfoot!


The team is in Georgia investigating sightings in and around the Ft. Stewart Army base. After meeting with a witness who saw a bigfoot through a thermal imager the team looks for the best place to hold their final night investigation.

Georgia is probably best remember in the bigfoot world as the home of the "Bigfoot in a freezer " hoax pulled by Rick Dyer. But it is also home of numerous creditable sighting reports.

Like the report of two duck hunters finding large tracks and following them. You can read that report by Clicking Here. There is also a sighting that TCC team member Jimmy Craze had and you can read it by Clicking Here.

So, tonight's episode has some good potential.

Here is the preview




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~Tom~


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Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Burden of Proof


The Burden of Proof is a phrase that I'm sure most of you have heard many times. It is used in the court of law probably everyday. It is also used very often in the Bigfoot world, but before I get into some of that, lets look at what "Burden of proof" means.

The Burden of proof is a duty placed on a person to prove or disprove some stated or disputed fact. In the court of law, in criminal cases, it is normally the prosecution that has the burden of proof. In plain words, the prosecution has the burden (duty) to prove that the defendant is guilty of a crime. In doing so the person would get convicted of the crime. On some occasions, the defendant (the person accused of a crime) has the burden of proof. In cases where the defendant is pleading insanity, the duty of the defendant's lawyers is to present proof that the person has mental health issues.

If the prosecution can present their proof to the jury in a way that leaves no doubt, then the person is normally found guilty of the crime. The long and short of it is, the prosecution is accusing a person of a crime and must prove it. Hence, the phrase "innocent until proven guilty".

Now, lets take this novel concept over to the bigfoot world. It seems that if you have seen a bigfoot, have found things possibly associated with bigfoot, you get the ol "Burden of proof" phrase. So, for instance, you make a statement like " I seen a bigfoot carrying a live chicken", you will get the reaction that you must prove it. The problem is, the people who don't believe your statement, are accusing you of lying and asking you to prove your statement. They are acting like the prosecution, which to me, puts the burden of proof on them, not the witness. Beside, sometimes, there are things that you just can not prove when it comes to something you seen. The value of the witness comes into play. Is the witness a honest person, does the witness have a history of being truthful, in other words is the witness someone to be believed.

Some may say, "you have to be able to prove your claims", but sometimes it just can not be done when it comes to something you and only you have seen. There was no picture taken, there was no other witnesses, no evidence left behind. There is no way to prove it. Does that make you guilty? I don't think it does. The person or people accusing you has to prove you are guilty. They would have to prove you have a history of lying, or making up stories. Can they do that? For some people, yes they can, for others not they can't.

Now, for the sad part. The sad part and the one that hurts the bigfoot world in general, is not only that skeptic slam researchers and witnesses with the "burden of poof" phrase but other researchers use it. People and researchers who supposedly believe in bigfoot, run bigfoot groups and who do research, will slam other researchers and lay the "burden of proof" on them. Then the researcher who is sharing their research will often try to appease these so called fellow researchers by providing pictures, videos or witnesses. But, it is normally not ever enough. Now, I'm not saying accept all claims and never check into a person's story but some of these folks take it way over the line and try to tear down a person. In general, the people in the bigfoot world rip each other apart, all the while supposedly having a common goal.

In the event, that the researcher/witness does provide some type of evidence to strengthen their story, it is often rejected by these folks calling for the "burden of proof". Nothing seems to be good enough. Evidence presented is normally dismissed with claims of "they faked it". Well, prove they fake it. Present your evidence that it's fake. It is my opinion that some of these people ripping into claims, probably just do not believe that bigfoot is real at all, so nothing would satisfy them.

There seems to be a pretty large group of these people in the bigfoot community. Many are researchers themselves but seem to continually rip down other researchers. Then they high five each other and pat each other on the back to celebrate ruining someones reputation or claim.

Now, I'm not trying to be too hard on these folks who rip into other researchers, because I know that most of us have fallen into that trap at one time or another. But, at some point, we will have to raise above some of the antics going on in the bigfoot community and work towards our common goal.
A common goal of learning more about bigfoot.

I hear some of the claims being made, and no I'm not buying into it. But I can't just go barreling into someone because I don't see it like they do. It seems the wildest claims will still have supporters.

We would probably all be better off, if we would just share what we know, what we have experienced, what we have found, and what we have seen and see where all of it crosses and intersects. That would seem to be better than researchers ripping into each other over personal experiences. Its no wonder that some witness are reluctant to come forward, it is like volunteering to join in on a gang fight.

With all that said, and yes I ramble some, I think hoaxers and hoaxes should be exposed. But it should be done with some tact.

I'm reminded of a verse in the bible, that I will paraphrase like this " ... if this work is not of God but is only of men, it will come to nothing."  And so it is in the Bigfoot world, If a person is a hoaxer, or a liar, it will eventually come out and their research will amount to nothing.

As for me, all I can do is share my research, what I know and my opinions. I can't make you believe any of it. But what I know does not hinge on whether you believe me or not.                    



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~Tom~


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Friday, January 22, 2016

BIGFOOT For Sale!!!


Okay, so it is a bad snowy day here, I was cruising around on ebay and ran across this auction.
It is a sculptured Bigfoot that stands 21 inches high. It appears to have some pretty good details in the face.

Here is what the description say:

"BIG FOOT - SASQUATCH
Folklore or hoax ? 

Hand sculpted clay figure with vintage fur represents this illusive creature.
History relays that for centuries people of every continent except Antarctica
have recorded encounters with such a personage.
The debate continues to this day, some say "fiction" others believe "reality".
I choose to follow the statement of Dr. Carl Sagan "Absence of evidence is not
evidence of absence." If I should see him lurking in the wooded area on my Idaho
mountain, it will be no more of a surprise than running into my beloved moose.

This hand sculptor stands 21 inches tall. Facial detail is not threating but more inquisitive, as I would expect to find him. 

Rebecca's work has been published in numerous national magazines and special edition Christmas books. Her work has been on display at the Abraham Lincoln Museum, sold throughout the world and include customers such as John Travolta and Kelly Preston. "




Whoa, I don't know who Rebecca is, but there is some pretty big name dropping going on. John Travolta and Kelly Preston as customers ... that in it's self is pretty cool.

The auction listing also includes several pictures of the figure. It shipping for free and comes from Idaho according to what the auction states. The Buy it Now price is $295.00. Without a doubt it would make a good collectors piece. If you are interesting in buying this Bigfoot ...then CLICK HERE


Also, I make no claims or promises about this item, I'm only sharing the listing and my thoughts about it. I do not know the person selling it and have not had any contact with them. I just know I have many friends and followers who like this type of item. Sometimes you can search on ebay for hours and never find stuff. So I share it. 


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~Tom~


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sloth Cave


I saw this story and video over at Brazil weird news blog, and it made me think about Tennessee Cave story I have been covering for the last year or so. The cave in Tennessee had a creature seen in it. We used an old document with a picture of an unusual animal on it as reference to what was seen in that cave. We were able to determine that mostly likely the creature on the document and what the witness seen where the same creature. Turns out this creature on the document was most likely a giant sloth, the some ones that supposedly made the cave in the video below. In tracking the history of the Tennessee cave, and working with the witness, we found out in deed there was a history of sloth in Tennessee.

So all that got me to wondering if some of the chambers of the cave in Tennessee was carved by some type of giant sloth, like in this video. I do remember the witness telling me about claw marks on the cave walls. I will be showing this video to the witness to get some thoughts.

Here is the video in question.


Here is a little of what the post siad about this cave.

" .. By the shape and the dimensions of the place we believe it was excavated by giant sloths. These sloths become extinct there about ten thousand years."



And the research and investigation continues.... I'm guessing I will have another update on the Tennessee cave in the future.


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~Tom~


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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Another Possible Shunka Warakin Sighting? (update)

General area.
I got the following report in a couple days ago. While the people submitting the report do not refer to the dog like animal as a Shunka Warakin, it sure sounds like one. I have taken in a couple other reports of an unknown dog like animal from Iowa, could this be the same creature? Here is the report.

- Start Report -

Name: Diane & Roger ******

Email Address: on file

State: Iowa

County: Audubon

Date of Sighting: July, 2nd,  2015

Time of Day: around 4:00  in the afternoon.

Nearest Town: Elk Horn, Iowa

Length of Sighting: three minutes

How many Witnesses: two

Any Photos/Videos: no

Describe sighting in detail:

We were coming home from shopping on the gravel road Falcon Ave.  We were only a mile and a half from home when my husband said, What's that?  I looked out the window and saw a strange animal in the ditch.
The animal looked dark gray and tan, mostly dark gray, had large pointed ears, and a long snout.  It's shape was like a hyena and it ran with a different gait than a coyote or dog.  We watched it run under the fence and up a waterway to a terrace at top of hill.  Animal kept looking back as it ran which gave us a good look at shape of head and body.  Body and gait were shape of a hyena.
We reported this to sheriff at the time.  No tracks were found as ground was too dry and hard.

- End Report -

Now, the other reports can be found HERE and HERE. I used google maps to check how close the two counties, where the sightings took place, are to each other. The first two reports came from Van Buren county and this report comes from Audubon county. They are not close together at all. So, could there be a growing population of these critters in the state of Iowa? It may just mean that, and if so there might be more reports in the future.

As for this report, I sent the people a picture of the taxidermy Shunka Warakin in the picture below. I ask them if what they seen looked like it. I have not gotten a reply yet, but will update this post if I do.

The Shunka Warakin -
is an animal mentioned in American folklore that is said to resemble a wolf, a hyena, or both. According to cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, shunka warak'in is an Ioway term meaning "carries off dogs". Coleman suggested that the creature was some animal unknown to modern sources.

Here is a possible Shunka Warakin mounted. It was shot in 1886 by Ammon Hutchins in Montana and is the only possible physical evidence of the creature.

© Lance Foster 2009
!!UPDATE!!

I just heard back from the witness in regards to the picture I sent them of the stuffed Shunka Warakin (pictured above) and here is what they said.

"Yes, similar in color, a little darker and thicker hair, larger snout, but it's back was more pronounced, coming down at an angle from front shoulders to it's rear, showing front to be much higher than the rear, just like a hyena. It also had a gallop like a hyena when it ran, not like a coyote or dog."


!!!!! End UPDATE !!!!!!!!!!!


Thanks
~Tom~


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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