When Matt Moneymaker and I were in Pennsylvania at the end of August, he received a voicemail indicating that new possible footage of a sasquatch had been obtained. He immediately put a call to the BFRO‘s video expert to make contact with the reporting party to see if the footage was anything more than the usual blobsquatch.
We soon received news that the footage wasn’t too bad. Matt asked me to investigate it for him since I live only a few hours away from the location. Of course, I was happy to oblige!
so far was done by KatHouse Video Productions.
As information started slowly trickling in, we found that some of the information and assumptions made about the footage were incorrect. For example, the reporting party was neither the man in the boat nor the videographer. He was just a friend who put us in touch with the other parties. Secondly, the footage was not recently obtained, but taken over two years ago in June of 2008. These facts don’t take away from the image of the figure in the video. In fact, the lapse in time would indicate that it isn’t a hoax, since hoaxers tend to seek attention soon after their dirty deed is done.
Clearly, the figure in the footage is either a man or a sasquatch. If the size of the figure can be determined, it might show that the figure is too big to be a man. (At least that is my hope at this point, but we’ll see where the data brings me.)
I am currently undertaking the task of trying to determine the size of the figure using several independent methods. My reasoning is that if I arrive at a similar height using three or four independent means of determining the figure’s height, it is most likely fairly accurate.
A visit to the site is now being planned. Consultation with experts in statistics and anatomy is also underway for use in my analysis. After sufficient data is gathered and analyzed, I will publish all of my results and methods for peer review.
This is going to take a little while, folks. I’m going to do the best and most thorough job I can, and I refuse to pump out shallow garbage for your consumption. Please be patient with me. If the footage surfaced in the middle of summer, it might be a different story, but my students come for their first day of school on Wednesday. A teacher’s obligation weighs heavily on his mind this time of year. I’ve been distracted with things of a less-than-squatchy nature (even though that seems atypical for me).
More soon, I promise!