1982 Grays Harbor Bigfoot Footprint Casts

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Jul 112017
 

1982 Grays Harbor Bigfoot Footprints – Pair

One of the best documented footprint finds was in Grays Harbor County, WA in 1982.  Over a period of a few months, at least nine footprints were found and cast by witnesses, the local police, and a small number of bigfooters including Dr. Grover Krantz and Cliff Crook.  

However, it has come to my attention that two very good quality replicas are being commercially and legally sold.  The two casts in question come from the original molds made by Dr. Grover Krantz and licensed to Skulls Unlimited, a commercial fossil supplier.  

The casts can be bought as a pair (click the picture or link above), or as individuals (click the picture or links below).  There are other casts from this individual occasionally available from reputable sources at various bigfoot conferences across the country.  

 

1982 Grays Harbor Bigfoot Footprint – Right

 

1982 Grays Harbor Bigfoot Footprint – Left

This track line also produced two half-casts from when the creature was running.  One half-cast was taken back in 1982 and is well-documented in the literature, but the other and its recent discovery is documented on the DVD, Bigfoot Road Trip.  Both half-casts are shown below.  

A page in my bigfoot track database is long overdue for the footprint finds during this time, and one will eventually be added.  For now, you can enjoy reading the report filed by the sheriff witness himself, Dennis Heryford, in the BFRO database by clicking this link.  

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The Paranormal Outlet

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Jul 022017
 

Casts donated by Cliff Barackman are on display in the Paranormal Outlet.

Today, July 1, 2017, is the grand opening of the Paranormal Outlet in Avon, NY.  They currently have a brick and mortar storefront, a website, and a Facebook page.  They describe themselves as follows:

The Paranormal Outlet is New York’s one and only Paranormal Outlet. It is a place for the Paranormal Investigator, Ghost Hunter, Bigfoot enthusiast and Spiritualist. We aren’t just a store of gadgets, we are a hub for All Things Paranormal! Come browse, shop and learn. Sign up for lectures and more….

As the business continues to grow, they will offer not only paranormal-themed merchandise, but will host special events including guest speakers from far flung corners of the globe, and overnight ghost hunting trips to creepy places.  For more about their upcoming events, click this link.  

I look forward to seeing this store grow in the coming years.  To help them along, I donated two casts to them, which are on display in the store.  Please drop the store and check it out.  Send me photos from the store, and please tell them I sent you!

Click here for a media story on the opening.

 

Let’s do Lunch

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Jun 292017
 

Bigfoot Metal Lunchbox

I must be a nerd, because I love stuff like this.  I had a similar lunchbox in elementary school, but it had a Scooby-Doo design.  Nowadays, I can’t think of a better design than to have a bigfoot metal lunchbox.  

The design on the back isn’t so bad, either.  There’s even a lake monster in the scene.  The bigfoot pose reminds me of that scene from Letters From the Big Man.  (See below.)

Whether it’s for you, or a student who brings a lunch to school every day, perhaps this item could be a squatchy addition to what would be a normally bigfoot-free lunch.  

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Back to School with Bigfoot

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Jun 282017
 

Back to School with Bigfoot

Back to School with Bigfoot by Samantha Berger and Martha Brockenbrough, just released yesterday, will certainly prove to become a favorite among teachers and children alike.  All students (and teachers) have some level of anxiety of going back to school after summer vacation, and it turns out that bigfoot does as well.  

The book is from a sasquatch’s perspective as he goes through the same ordeals a student would from trying on new shoes to getting a haircut.  I would suppose that for a bigfoot, these mundane worries would be particularly troublesome.

Samantha Berger has written a number of monster-themed children’s books before, and Martha Brockenbrough was the author behind the official Finding Bigfoot: Everything You Need to Know (Animal Planet) book, for which I wrote the introduction and fact-checked the text.  She is no stranger to the bigfoot field.  

Click this link to pick up a copy of Back to School with Bigfoot for you, your children, or their teacher!  Click here for more books that I recommend for young readers.

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Sasquatch Nest eDNA Study

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Jun 232017
 

Big news on the science front is just emerging, and you can be a part of it.  But first, let me give you a little background.  

If you haven’t yet heard, some very peculiar nests which very well might have been made by the local sasquatches in the area have been found on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington.  Over twenty nests have now been discovered in an area not larger than one square mile.  The site, which is off-limits to the general public, has been under observation for two years by some of the top researchers from the Olympic Project.  I will leave it to them to eventually publish the findings and results of their study at a future time.  For now, just know that this is going on, and has been for a couple years now.  

I have personally seen the nests, and I am very impressed by them.  I will go on record as saying that I believe sasquatches made them.  They were constructed by twisting and breaking off branches from the surrounding huckleberry bushes which grow up to 8 feet tall in the area.  The branches were brought to the nest locations and seemingly woven in an intentional shape that most resembles the ground nests of gorillas.  The only other contender for possibly having made the nests would be a black bear, but a biologist who saw the nests noted that if this is black bear behavior, it is undocumented black bear behavior.  Nothing like this has been seen before by anyone involved.  

Recently, Dr. Jeff Meldrum was taken to the nest site area and shown a number of the nest structures.  He took core samples from a number of the nests and will now attempt to get an environmental DNA analysis, or eDNA study, done on them.  

Environmental DNA, also known as eDNA, is a way to get DNA from the environment, hence the name.  This means that samples can be taken of dirt from the floor of caves, feeding sites, nests, or other locations where an animal is known to have been and tested for residual DNA, thus proving their presence.  This technique has already been used to obtain DNA from a variety of animal species, including extinct species such as Neanderthals and Denisovans, both extinct hominins (or thought to be extinct) closely related to humans.  Click here to read about these remarkable finds.  

EDNA testing is pretty expensive, though, and that’s where we come in.  Dr. Meldrum has started a crowd-funding effort to raise the money to get the samples tested.  This is something we can all do together as a community to help provide solid, verifiable, scientific evidence for the existence of sasquatches.  No donation is too small, and every dollar counts.  I have donated, and I recommend you do too.  Please share the link widely, post it on your social media accounts, and be loud and proud that you are helping to possibly solve the mystery of bigfoot.  Click this link to participate in the fund raising campaign to prove bigfoot is real by eDNA analysis.  

Sure, there is a chance that these are not nests made by sasquatches.  Perhaps this will be another dead end, like so many efforts that have come before.  But, think about it…  How would you feel if this proves bigfoot is real and you didn’t donate even a dollar?  This is an opportunity to participate in what could be the biggest scientific discovery of the new century.  It’s worth a buck.  Do it.  

Click here to donate.  

 

5/31/17 Road Crossing Near Morton, WA

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Jun 032017
 

 

The location where a sasquatch was observed running across the road near Morton, WA

At 2:40 pm on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 a security guard (who will remain anonymous) was traveling north on Highway  7 out of Morton, WA.  As he passed a clear cut on his left, he saw a huge hairy figure run bipedally from left to right across the road in front of him, seemingly from the trees bordering the clear cut into the heavy brush on the right side of the road.  The figure was immediately recognized as a sasquatch because of the figure’s size, and its speed.  The sasquatch crossed between one and two hundred feet ahead of him, and it was already in the road when the witness first noticed it.  

The witness was in his patrol car with his K9 police dog companion at the time of the sighting.  He slowed down where the figure disappeared into the brush on the right side of the road in order to see if he could catch another glimpse of the creature, but he saw nothing.  His dog, however, immediately “went stupid barking and bouncing around in his crate” as they slowly drove through the area where the bigfoot crossed.  

In an email, the witness wrote, “There is absolutely no mistaking what I saw.  Full daylight and 150-200 feet directly in front of me.  The animal was 8 to 10 feet tall with dirty blonde colored fur with a white or lighter colored stomach.”  He went on to say there was no way it was a man in a suit because of the size and speed.  He was also willing to take a polygraph test to verify his story.
 
I received his email on June 2nd and immediately called the witness.  I was already familiar with the Morton area from having been on several expeditions nearby, and even obtaining an interesting sound recording there.  
 
We arranged a meeting for that very evening at 6 pm in Morton, WA.  I wanted to get on the scene as soon as possible in case footprints or other spoor were still there.  The weather had been good, so there was a good chance that something might be located.  
 
I met the witness and his sixth grade daughter at the scene and he retold his account to me on camera.  Concerned about his employment, I assured the witness his identity would not be made public by me.  I will only make this recording public with his explicit permission, an agreement I make with all my witnesses.  
 
We looked around for several hours for footprints or sign of the sasquatch’s passing.  Since the witness was unsure as to exactly where the bigfoot ran out or into the woods, it was very difficult to locate anything.  A one hundred yard stretch of woods is a huge area to search, and two days had passed allowing the grass and other plants to stand up straight again, functionally erasing any sign of the bigfoot’s passing.  I did find numerous animal trails, complete with deer and elk prints, but no definitive signs of the sasquatch.  
 
I found the witness to be fully believable.  His daughter shared with me how excited her father was when he shared the story with her over the phone on the same evening he saw the sasquatch.  He spent his own time and money to drive out to the location from his home near Tacoma, WA immediately after picking his daughter up from school.  He wore his uniform to the site, complete with side arm and badge, and he brought his K9 unit out to sniff around as well.  He didn’t believe nor disbelieve in sasquatches before his sighting, but now is very interested in the subject and has started asking his friends and looking online for more information.  
 
If you have any information about sasquatches in the Morton, WA area, or anywhere else for that matter, please contact me and share what you know.
 

Star Wars and Sasquatch, Together Again

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May 122017
 

 

Yes, it’s really true.

Like most people my age, I am a fan of Star Wars, and have been since seeing the original in the theaters back in 1977.  At that early age, I even thought that Chewbacca was a sasquatch, which of course makes me smile all these years later due to the whole Matilda fiasco, but I digress.  

Whenever Star Wars crosses with the bigfoot subject, I am, of course interested, so when I saw the graphic above I wanted to learn more.  As it turns out, the story above is true!  There is, in fact, a comic book with this story line that was produced by Dark Horse Comics with the above story line.  The story, entitled Into the Great Unknown, is contained in Star Wars Tales, Volume 19.

As it turns out, the comic book itself seems to be out of print.  The only link Amazon has is below:

Star Wars Tales Vol. 19

The good news is that someone has put the comic book out on Youtube for everyone’s enjoyment.  So, below is the Youtube version of that comic book, but be sure to give it a read in case the copyright folks notice that it’s up!  

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Pre-1958 “Bigfoot” Reference

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May 062017
 

As every bigfooter probably knows, the word “bigfoot” was coined by Jerry Crew and his road building employees back in 1958 when they started finding large footprints going across the freshly torn up road they were building the day before.  Jerry and his crew were puzzled by these prints (though the Yurok natives on the crew knew what was responsible for them and started leaving the job because of it), so he consulted his taxidermist friend, Bob Titmus, who gave him plaster and directions on how to cast the footprints.  Jerry made a cast and brought it to the local paper in Eureka, and soon a newspaper story was written.  The story then spread on the AP news wire, and viola!  America had a name for that hairy biped that had been seen all over the country: “Bigfoot.”  

Of course, the creatures called bigfoot weren’t invented in 1958.  Hairy wildmen have been reported in North America for as long as there have been people there.  The wildmen just weren’t called “bigfoot” yet.  The word, “bigfoot,” was first used to publicly refer to sasquatches in 1958 when Jerry made those casts and brought one to the paper.  

I had always thought that “bigfoot” was the term used solely because the footprints that Jerry Crew and his men found were big.  That seemed simple enough, and there was never any good reason to question that assumption…  Until now.  There might have been another influence on Jerry’s choice of names.

Recently, I received an email from a woman named MaryAnn with a link to an episode from the 1950’s western, Death Valley Days.  The episode’s title was “Mr. Bigfoot.”  The episode is copyrighted 1956, two full years before Jerry named the creature that was making those big footprints.  

 

Scroll to the bottom of this article to watch the full episode of “Mr. Bigfoot” from the series, “Death Valley Days.”  

The episode is as corny as one would expect television to be in the mid 1950’s, and it made me smirk a number of times.  At around the 25 minute mark in the episode, Professor Muchmore starts talking about “Mr. Bigfoot.”  Muchmore explains that huge footprints measuring 18 inches long were occasionally found in the Owens Valley just west of Death Valley back in the 1860’s.  The footprints were six inches across the toes, and the stride was seven feet long when the creature was walking.  Sound familiar?

In the end, the tracks end up being a vehicle for the Professor to play Cupid, and much of what he told the protagonist about those footprints is never explained nor expanded upon.  But still, the size of the footprints, the stride, and the fact that the local Indians had a name for the creature all ring true with what we now think of as “bigfoot.” 

The details and possible implications of this episode are interesting to ponder.  I wonder if the episode’s writer had some knowledge of large footprints.  Did some other person, perhaps a resident of the Owens Valley, observe footprints of this size and tell the episode’s producers or writers about it?  The Owens Valley would be a likely place for a sasquatch to live.  There are bigfoot reports to this day in the Owens Valley.  At one time it would have been even better bigfoot habitat, especially back in the 1860s when the footprints were supposedly found in this fictional story, when the valley was more lush

And now, our feature presentation:  

Drink Beer Until You Believe in Sasquatch

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May 022017
 

Drink ‘Till You Believe – Engraved Beer Glass

There are several ways to come to believe that sasquatches are real.  Of course, the fastest way is to see one with your own eyes.  Another way, though long and labor-intensive, is to become well educated on the subject, its history, and the available evidence.  Another way, one that is the “lazy-person’s-quick-and-easy-way” would be to drink beer until you believe.  This might be one of the more fun ways as well.  

If the latter of the above methods is the one that most appeals to you, there is a product that guides you to your goal, whether it be believing in bigfoot or drinking a lot of beer.  Pictured above is the Drink ‘Till You Believe Engraved Beer Glass, complete with permanently etched markings to let you know where you are on the “I believe” gradient.  Drink a little and you stay a skeptic.  A bit more leads you to the “on the fence” mark.  Towards the end of your glass, you believe.  Finally, when you finish the delicious beverage, you actually see one (or so it says at the bottom of the glass, like the happy face on the bottom of a child’s oatmeal bowl).  

I guess the downside of this product is that when you wake up after an intensive night of using this glass for bigfooting, you might not believe anymore.  More likely, you won’t want to have anything to do with sasquatches again because of the hangover. (To save face, just tell your friends that you’ve been zapped and the bigfoot psychically damaged your brain.)  

You probably know a beer-loving bigfooter.  We can be notoriously difficult to buy for, being the eccentric folk we are.  This gift might be just what they’ve always wanted but didn’t know existed. Click here or on the picture above to order one right now!  

For whatever it’s worth, though I love beer, I strongly recommend that you become a bigfoot believer through the method of become well-educated in the subject, its history, and the available evidence.  You can still enjoy a beer while reading bigfoot books, though!  

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304th Rescue Squadron

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Apr 202017
 

The 304th Rescue Squadron is a Air Force Reserve Command combat-search-and-rescue unit located at Portland Air National Guard Base, Oregon.  Like all good Pacific Northwesterners, they have a certain love for bigfoot, or so their logo makes it seem.  

The 304th Rescue Squadron has taken on many missions over its lifespan, including over 100 immediately following the eruption of Mount St. Helens.  They have missions in both peace and wartime.  

Check out their Facebook page and post a “hello” from a bigfoot lover.  Tell them Cliff sent you!