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Monday, December 20, 2021

Bigfoot and UFOs in Pennsylvania - Part 2

October 25, 1973 - The most puzzling and most detailed encounters.

Stan Gordon became involved n the aftermath of this encounter. A State Trooper at Uniontown called him, telling him of the combination UFO landing/creature sighting. Gordon and members from the Study Group (Dennis Smeltzer, Fred Pitt, David Smith, George Lutz) arrived at the scene sometime between 1 and 1:30 am. Here is the story they were told:

The main witness, Steve Palmer, told them that around 9 pm he saw a UFO land in a pasture on his father's farm. The UFO was described as a large red ball. In all there were 15 witnesses by the time the whole thing ended. After seeing this red ball land, Palmer got a 30.06 rifle and with two neighbor boys drove towards the area. They then parked and approached closer on foot.

The object had either landed or was hovering just above the ground. It was now glowing a bright white and appeared to be around 100 ft in diameter. They could hear what sounded like a lawn mower engine and screaming sounds. One of the boys called out that there was something moving along the fence line by the trees.

All three saw two very tall, ape-like animals with very long, muscular arms. As they advanced toward the three witnesses, they noticed glowing green eyes and could hear a crying sound. The air was filled with the smell of burning rubber.

Palmer fired several shots over the creatures' heads, but the bullets had no effect. Then he finally fired three shots directly at one of the two creatures. When the bullets hit, the creature made a whining sound and raised it's arms toward the other animal. At that moment the UFO disappeared, the sounds it was making stopped and the creatures slowly turned and went back into the woods.

They called the State Police and a trooper arrived at about 9:45 pm. There was now a glowing white illuminated area almost 150 ft in diameter where the UFO was said to have landed. The horses and cattle in that pasture were clustered together, avoiding that area. The men could hear something moving in the woods. By the time Gordon and his team arrived around 1:30 am, the glow was gone, but the cows and horses still would not approach the area. While investigating the area, a bull and a dog, both by their actions, seemed to sense that something strange was nearby.

Gordon, his team, and the witnesses gathered in the field to hear the story. While Palmer described his experience, his breathing changed. He began panting, heavy and deep, gave a gutteral growl, knocked both his father and Lutz to the ground, and passed out, falling to the ground with them. Pitt suffered breathing problems; Smeltzer felt faint.  All of them experienced a powerful, rotten smell of sulphur (called brimstone, in some versions). They all managed to leave the field and recovered.

Later, after he had recovered, Palmer told the investigators that while he was unconscious a "sickle-carrying, dark-robed figure" warned him that the human race was on the verge of self destruction -- unless we curbed our violent instincts.

Now, before any of you start to think that Pennsylvania went a little nuts, let me assure you that the Keystone State is not alone in unusual types of encounters. There are scattered references to other UFO type phenomena/Bigfoot events throughout the years.

James C. Wyatt's grandfather told the following story in an 1888 journal that he heard from the Native Americans. A "small moon" descended and ejected several large hair-covered creatures. The craft was piloted by very human looking beings who waved to the Indians. The Native Americans called the hairy creatures "Crazy Bears".

Wyatt told Brad Steiger : "Who is to say the Crazy Bears weren't exiled to our planet for some crime or other infraction of the laws of another planet?"

And we can't ignore researcher/author Kewaunee Lapseritis who maintained that the Bigfoot race was brought to earth by the "Star People".

Around 1912 in Gallipolis, Ohio, Mr. J. M. and his mother were picking berries on their farm when a "strange dark cloud" hovered over them, following them. Then the mother noticed a creature watching them, standing near her son. Due to the contour of the land, she could only see it from the knees up. It had a bulky head and appeared to have no neck. It was a dark color and it's shoulders appeared to be at least twice as wide as a man's. The mother screamed "Let's go" and when they started to move, the creature walked a few steps with them, stopped, seemed to turn it's body around and looked at J. M. It then made a growly, barking sound, moved a further 100 yards, then both the cloud and the creature disappeared.

August 1, 1955, Georgia : Joseph Whaley encountered a creature at least 6ft tall, covered in shaggy, grey hair with tusk-like teeth and pointed ears. He said it looked like a gorilla, but was also man-like. It grunted like a wild pig.

August, 1955, Indiana: Mrs. Darwin Johnson was accosted by a creature while swimming in the river. A large furry hand with claws grabbed her knee, pulling her under water. As she screamed and struggled, she was released and managed to get back to shore. Several people came forward and said they had seen "a shiny oval" in the sky above the river at the same time.

I will cover the Allison family story in more detail in a later post. While encountering a bigfoot on their Salem, Ohio property, Mrs. Allison had a UFO experience.

There are many more mixed encounters out there.  A little research and you can find them for yourself. One place to start is with The Crypto Crew's "Bigfoot, UFO and More Sightings" map on Google.maps.
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It's a nice way to start to see how often the two phenomena are experienced in the same locations.

When Stan Gordon made his report on the Pennsylvania experiences he stressed that he did not believe that the creatures seen in central Pennsylvania were the same things as were involved in any Sasquatch/bigfoot reports.

And now, where do I stand on this?

In my opinion, I believe that the creatures described by these people, so similar yet different, are not bigfoot. I believe that they may be a different creature, with different physical attributes, different temperaments, different goals. I believe that the bigfoot creature that is most commonly seen is a flesh and blood creature.  Do I have proof? No. But then, neither does anyone have proof that my theory is wrong.

The best thing we all can do is to keep an open mind. Be open to what others have to say. Be open to others' experiences. Listen to other theories. It won't hurt us to be open to other ideas.  It can hurt the field if we refuse to learn but continue to stand stubbornly by what we want to believe. Open minded.  Not a bad concept.



"I'll spark the thought; what you do with it is up to you."
 "Those that know, need no further proof. Those that don't, should not demand it from others, but seek it for themselves."

This Post By TCC Team Member Nancy Marietta. Nancy has had a lifelong interest in the paranormal and cryptids. Nancy is also a published author and her book, The Price of war, has been met with great reviews.

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