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Friday, October 30, 2015

Witness or Researcher?
 Witness or Researcher?

First, let me say that this post is in no way trying to lessen the importance of witnesses or researchers. Many time a witness becomes a researcher after a sighting. Researchers often depend on witnesses to get the newest reports and information. So with that said lets look at the definitions of the words.

WitnessA person who sees an event, typically a crime or accident, take place. In our case they see a Bigfoot.

Researcher A person who does a careful study of a given subject, field, or problem, undertaken to discover facts or principles. 

Witnesses and researchers go hand in hand and if done correctly should compliment each other. They both in many ways depend on each other. A researchers provides an outlet for the witness to tell their story, and to talk to someone who will take their sighting seriously. Many times the witness is just relieved to finally get the story "off their chest". Sometimes, a witness may experience a wide range of emotions after a sighting. Emotions that may include fear, terror, anxiety, rattled, shocked, depression and many others are possible. Sometimes taking to someone who will take your sighting seriously and interact with you about it, will help relieve some of these emotions.

For the researchers who get to talk to witnesses or receives their report some other way, they get helpful information such as: location, size of the creature, color of creature, behavior of creature and more. This information can help establish patterns of behavior and gives the researcher a location to explore for more clues. (Always get permission from land owners.) While exploring a sighting area, the researcher may find clues to validate the witness sighting. 

Sometimes, a researcher may never actually see a Bigfoot.That was the case for long time researcher Rene Dahinden. Dahinden had over 40 years of research and while he made many discoveries, such as tracks, and talked to numerous witnesses, he never actually saw the creature himself. He was convinced that the creature was real, and he may have never got to that point without talking to witnesses.

So, hopefully you can see the value of the witness and the researcher are both equally important and go hand in hand in most cases. Sometimes, a problem comes in when a witness claims to be a researcher. They never actually do any research themselves but relay other researchers work as their own. Sometimes even other researchers will pass off someone else research as their own. I have seen this happen and it has even happened to me. It is fairly rare but it does happen.

So, in closing I will say whether you are a witness or a researcher, you are important to the field of Bigfoot research.

Have a great day.


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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