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Big Foot Didn’t Do it

November 24, 2012

Big Foot Didn’t Do It

I am not a debunker. I have spent many years investigating paranormal phenomenon. I’ve known and worked with many dedicated, hard-working and honest investigators. I have witnessed things that are hard to explain using conventional methods of investigating. I know several gifted psychics and have studied and practiced in the field of astrology for over 25 years. If there is absolutely one thing I have learned by being involved in paranormal investigation and studies is that true investigators and practitioners in the field, never, ever, ever attempt to take advantage of anyone, lie to make their claims seem more amazing or encourage someone to deviate from standard wisdom to go off on a wild goose chase.

I recently read a book where the author claims that many of our unsolved missing person cases, particularly those that take place in National Parks, have to do with…well…Big Foot. The conclusion we are supposed to draw from the book is that Big Foot is out there, snatching up people, and doing—what I’m not sure—because some of the missing people were eventually found alive. So, Big Foot can’t be snacking on all of them. So, what is Big Foot doing snatching up people from heavily wooded areas?

I did find the book interesting. The cases the author chose to highlight are very fascinating. I find myself reading case after case because they are so mysterious. But I am not convinced, by a long shot, that Big Foot is doing it. Let me add, I have attended conferences where seasoned researchers discussed the phenomenon of Big Foot. The information is fascinating. They are hard working, honest men, some who have been dedicating most of their spare time for decades. They present interesting evidence.  So, I’m not going to out and out say that there is no such thing as Big Foot, Sasquatch, Yeti or the like. But if you are going to present research that Big Foot is out snacking on our missing, your research better be flawless.

The first and foremost mistake in the book is that most of the “research” is done through newspaper accounts. Newspaper accounts, while a good place to start, are far from accurate. Once something is printed in the paper, it will appear in print over and over again and eventually just be thought of as “truth.” FOIL searches (Freedom of Information Legislation) are good, too. But a researcher has to interview every one and anyone who will cough up information. Every single person I interviewed for my book Gone Missing in New York gave me information that wasn’t printed anywhere. They also corrected any misinformation given out by the press. There wasn’t ONE case where the press was 100% accurate. Here is how writing research goes; you get a “fact”, then you confirm it. I chose not to write about some really fascinating information because I could not confirm it. If I wasn’t sure, I either chose not to print the information or made the reader know I couldn’t be 100% sure of the veracity of the information.

The author claims that many of the missing, particularly children, were found in a place previously searched. Seasoned searchers will tell you that you can walk within a foot of a missing person hidden in heavy brush or dense wood and not see the missing person. I will never forget the story a search dog handler told me. She came to search an area for a missing jogger. The foot searchers swore they had searched an area but the handler asked if the dog could take a quick run through. Lo and behold, the missing jogger was found unconscious deep under a bush, covered by dead and dry leaves. She had been hit by a car and rolled down a steep embankment where she was hidden even to searchers walking within feet of her.

The author also claims that many of the found people are disoriented. I think this one should be fairly obvious. Even if you had food and water, which most in the book do not, you’d be a little disoriented after being lost for any length of time. Dehydration can make a person disoriented within 48 hours. Panic can do all sorts of psychological damage to a missing person including causing sensory hallucinations. Hypothermia can actually cause freezing people to disrobe. Years ago, I heard a study done one lost scientists in the arctic. The single feature that distinguished those that survived from those that didn’t was panic. When a person is terrified to the point of panic, he will make some really poor decisions. Some of those decisions can drive a person deeper into dense woods, leave back packs and necessary items behind, become more and more disoriented. You’ve heard the term “scared to death” and while I don’t believe that people die of fear, I do believe that fear can lead people to make fateful decision which lead directly to their death.

Based on some of the stories, I do think maybe a few of the children were dragged off by a bear, a wolf, a large dog or maybe even a really bad person. If it was superhuman Big Foot, I think there would be evidence; foot prints, fur or smell. It seems dogs can’t manage to track a mangy human-like creature through the woods. If Big Foot were taking these people as a food sources, the found corpses would have bite marks on the bone and the flesh would look like it had been eaten. If Big Foot is not abducting people as a food source (because some of the victims are found alive) what is he doing with them? Do the Big Foots need a fourth hand in poker?

I have intimate knowledge of one of the cases highlighted in the book. I found three glaring errors. That is three errors in just ONE of the many stories in the book.  Many of the stories are very old, long before modern search and rescue methods were available making anything about the case absolutely “hearsay.”

Books on paranormal phenomenon can be a fun read. They can also stimulate thought. Remember Chariot of the God?  We all read that book in the late 60s. However, missing people are not something fun and interesting to make bizarre hypotheses about without hard proof. Not one of the people recovered said, “It was Big Foot.” Neither does the author present hard evidence such as foot prints, hair, blood, etc. The only evidence presented is that some missing persons cases seem to fit a “pattern.” Missing people’s family are suffering. It is some of the worst suffering I have ever witnessed. I can’t imagine that a book that concludes that Big Foot did it eases their suffering one iota. Sorry, Sasquatch, you’ll have to do better.

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