The earliest recorded sightings of ‘Bigfoot’ were made in the early 1830s by European settlers who reported seeing a large, hairy biped roaming the Pacific northwest.
Prior to that time though, there were reports from Native-Americans, whose legends spoke of a ‘Sasquatch’, which means ‘hairy giant’, who lived in their region.
Whether such a creature exists, now or in the past, is very much up for debate. In terms of facts, there are none. No body, skeletonized or otherwise, has ever been found, nor even any minor part of a giant skeleton.
The only ‘evidence’ to support the existence of Bigfoot is sketchy, to say the least –
- eyewitness accounts
- blurred photographs
- recordings of weird noises
- dubious video recordings
- infamous footprints
Such evidence can easily be faked.
And it has been.
Here are some of the many hoaxes that have been associated with ‘Bigfoot’ over the years –
In 1884 a newspaper, The British Columbia Daily Colonist, reported that a gorilla-type creature was being held in the local jail after being captured by railway workers.
The railway workers had nicknamed the creature ‘Jacko’.
This story was quickly proven to be a hoax when visitors discovered that the animal never existed.
However, a 1950s reporter referenced the story as a positive Bigfoot sighting, having not correctly checked his sources.
THE BIGFOOT MURDERS
In 1908 two miners, Frank and Willie McLeod, were found dead in Nahanni Valley, now known as ‘Headless Valley’, in Northwest Canada.
Both of their heads appeared to have been ripped off and have never been found to this day.
Believers have attributed this incident as a Bigfoot attack, but it is far more likely that the brothers died, or were murdered by a man travelling with them.
Following that, the heads were then probably taken by wild scavenging animals.
ABDUCTED BY BIGFOOT
In 1957 Albert Ostman made the wild claim that he had been abducted by Bigfoot whilst prospecting for gold in British Columbia.
He claimed that he was forced to live with the Bigfoot and his family for almost a week before he managed to escape.
Unbelievably, his story implied that he was being held captive as the female giant wished to mate with him!
The story was almost instantaneously debunked on account of the fact that Ostman said it had happened 33 years prior to his telling of the tale.
THE PATTERSON & GIMLIN FILM
In 1967 Bob Gimlin and Roger Patterson ventured into the Six Rivers National Forest of northern California in order to try and get video footage of Bigfoot.
Near Bluff Creek they allegedly spotted a female Bigfoot walking along a riverbank.
Patterson was able to record 952 frames of film before she disappeared into the forest.
To date, Patterson’s footage remains the most compelling evidence of Bigfoot’s existence.
However, it has long been suggested that Patterson and Gimlin were either victims of a hoaxer, or that they themselves were the architects of one.
In recent years, a man named Bob Heironimus has claimed that he was hired by Gimlin to wear an ape suit and pretend to be Bigfoot for their film.
WHERE DID THE ‘BIGFOOT’ NAME COME FROM?
Prior to 1958 the unidentified creature was commonly known as Sasquatch.
However, when Jerry Crew, a tractor operator in north Carolina, found a series of huge 16-inch footprints in the mud, the local media coined the name ‘Bigfoot’.
Those who believe in Bigfoot still refer to these footprints as evidence that the creature exists, even though the perpetrator of this hoax has long since been outed.
Jerry Crew’s boss, Ray Wallace, was fond of playing practical jokes and pranks and was believed to have created the prints by strapping carved wooden feet to his boots and then stamping in the mud.
This was confirmed after his death in 2002 when his family admitted that it had been nothing more than a prank.
As with most topics discussed on this site, the truth is often in the mind of the perceiver.
Personally, I prefer physical evidence and scientific fact over rumours, hearsay and less than reliable evidence.
As there has never been a Bigfoot body or skeleton found, I believe that such a creature has never existed.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN BIGFOOT?