Bigfoot

Ep 122: Mysterious Deaths along the 37th Parallel

 
 
 

In the history of animal mutilations, ten thousand over the past fifty years -- nobody [has] ever been caught or arrested. Every single one of them was eventually deemed unexplained.

– Chuck Zukowski, paraphrased from page 43 of the Kindle Edition of Ben Mezrich’s book, The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America's UFO Highway

 
 
 

Location:

Ouray, Colorado, where a psychic sensed a friendly Sasquatch encounter would occur, but instead it ended in terror.

 

Background:

Most of the encounters with Bigfoot that you hear about seem benign, frightening to be sure, but more awkward and penumbral than violent. However, as we'll soon learn, that's not always the case. Our guest tonight is UFO and Paranormal Field Investigator Chuck Zukowski. For the past 30 years, Chuck has been researching and investigating a wide range of phenomena within the realm of the paranormal, everything from UFO evidence & abductions, to animal mutilations, ghosts, and of course, Bigfoot. Utilizing his background as a former Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the El Paso County, Colorado Sheriff’s Department, "Chuck approaches every investigation from a skeptical point of view looking for any known possibility before claiming otherwise. He also implements new and innovative field experiments from time to time to enhance his investigations looking for new evidence." Having appeared on numerous radio and television programs to discuss his findings, Chuck has cataloged an astounding variety of experiences. But apropos of the Spooky Season, you're going to hear about a few that are so terrifying you may never go back into the woods again.

 
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 122: Mysterious Deaths Along the 37th Parallel.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough and John Bolen Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 116: Small Town Monsters

 
 
 

“At that time, there was an adult crowd that took the whole satanic religion seriously.  Anything from teachers to possible law enforcement people being involved.  Yeah I guess some of their get-togethers from this one location were quite involved.  People would show up from around the world.” 

–  John Fredrickson, former Walworth County, Wisconsin Animal Control Officer, paraphrased from Seth Breedlove’s new film, The Bray Road Beast.

 
 
 

Location: 

Many small towns across America and all over the world have experienced their own unique "monsters" and have claimed them as part of their identity.  

 

Background:

We met filmmaker Seth Breedlove at the Kent Stage for the 2018 Kent Paranormal Weekend symposium, where our first event was a screening of his film, The Mothman of Point Pleasant.  Needless to say, we were very impressed by his documentary on the subject and then later by Seth himself.  After a very pleasant chat in the lobby, we knew we had met a kindred spirit and had to get him on the show to discuss other works by his film production company, Small Town Monsters.  Tonight we discuss Seth's oeuvre of well-researched, fascinating and enjoyable documentaries, covering such topics as the Minerva Monster, the Beast of Whitehall, the Boggy Creek monster, Mothman of Point Pleasant, Invasion on Chestnut Ridge, the Flatwoods Monster, and his latest, The Bray Road Beast, as well as several upcoming projects.  We'll find out what captivates him about each incident and the creatures at their centers, what it was like to actually explore these towns, and what he thinks might be happening with all this High Strangeness.  

 
 

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CREDITS:

Episode 116: Small Town Monsters.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 93: The Yeti Part 3

Photo Credit:credit for Barun Valley photos - Dhilung - Own work (wikipedia CC by 3.0)

 
 
 
“Authentic wildness is found in choosing to walk home in the rain, embracing the absence of control and letting it soak into you.  Wildness welcomes us whenever and wherever we want it.” 
– Professor Daniel C. Taylor, PhD., from his book, "Yeti: The Ecology of a Mystery"
 
 
 
LOCATION: Future Generations University US Organization. Sister Organizations also located in Afghanistan, Haiti and Peru
 

BACKGROUND:

Like so many cryptid mysteries, what one realizes is that the deeper you search for the answer of what the creature might be, you find what it represents is so much more than just a singular beast.  Such was the discovery of tonight's guest, Professor Daniel C. Taylor, PhD., author of Yeti: The Ecology of a Mystery.  Dr. Taylor has spent 60 years of his life on a quest to solve the mystery of the Yeti, and that process has ultimately led to the foundation of a worldwide network and university dedicated to preserving not only the culture and ecology of the Himalayan region and beyond but it has also become a force for social change and preservation in other sensitive areas of the planet.  But, if you just want to know if the Yeti is real or a legend, then consider the words of Dr. Taylor: "a legend doesn't leave footprints."  The Yeti's prominence in the daily life of the peoples who inhabit the Himalayas makes it very real, and not just in a spiritual and cultural context.  If you believe the Yeti exists, but just want to know what it is, you'll find that the question is lacking and that the answer indeed has more to do with the ecology of a mystery.

 
 Map showing locations of featured Yeti sightings, by ARC member Cody Rice

Map showing locations of featured Yeti sightings, by ARC member Cody Rice

 

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Yeti - The Ecology of a Mystery
By Daniel C. Taylor
 

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Episode 93: The Yeti Part 3.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 92: The Yeti Part 2

 
 
 
“One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other than human.” – – Loren Eiseley, from his book, "The Unexpected Universe"
 
 
 
LOCATION: The village of Pangboche, near a main Everest basecamp.
 

BACKGROUND:

You've heard the eye-witness accounts of encounters with the Yeti, but can you believe them?  The DNA of supposed Yeti "evidence" has been tested, and it's hard to argue those results, but how do we know those bits were really from a Yeti as locals know it?  And speaking of what the locals know, the western world likes to take one answer and apply it to many questions, while the eastern world knows that there can be several answers to a question.  The locals also know what they saw when it comes to the question of the Yeti, and if they are right, and we combine that with the results from the scientific analysis, could there then be several correct answers as to what a "Yeti" really is?

 
 Map showing locations of featured Yeti sightings, by ARC member Cody Rice

Map showing locations of featured Yeti sightings, by ARC member Cody Rice

 

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Yeti - The Ecology of a Mystery
By Daniel C. Taylor
 

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Credits:

Episode 92: The Yeti Part 2.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 91: The Yeti Part 1

Image of Mount Everest by Jean-François Gornet
 
 
 
"The great reward of exploration is not knowing beforehand what will happen.”
– Dr. Daniel C. Taylor, from his book, "Yeti: The Ecology of a Mystery"
 
 
 
LOCATION: The village of Pangboche, near a main Everest basecamp.
 

BACKGROUND:

On November 8, 1951, noted mountaineer and adventurer Eric Shipton and Dr. Michael Ward were on an expedition to find an alternate route to ascend Mount Everest.  At approximately 17,500 feet and exploring a glacier near an Everest basecamp they came across a set of massive footprints that shouldn't have been there.  The only possible known creatures that they thought could have left such crisp footprints in the snow at that altitude were humans, bears or yaks, and they didn't look exactly like any of those to them, but more like a strange unknown barefooted hominoid.  Their Sherpa guides, however, knew exactly what had left those footprints, the legendary Yeti, known to the indigenous peoples of the region for at least hundreds of years, and was both feared and revered.  Shipton set the head of his ice ax next to the track, which measured about a foot long and 5" wide, and took a picture.  This photo, coming from such a well-regarded explorer, would help to forever leave an imprint in the collective imagination of the western world.

 
 Map showing locations of featured Yeti sightings, by ARC member Cody Rice

Map showing locations of featured Yeti sightings, by ARC member Cody Rice

 

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Yeti - The Ecology of a Mystery
By Daniel C. Taylor
 

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The Dark Myths Collective  

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Credits:

Episode 91: The Yeti Part 1.  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 75: The Jersey Devil - Prince of the Pine Barrens (Part 2)

“When the horses heard the Devil scream, they’d carry on so you’d think they were gonna tear the barn down. You could hear the Devil scream a long way off when the horses would quiet down. People may say there’s nothing to it but I know darned well there is.”

– Amanda Sutts’ 1900 eyewitness account from Loren Coleman and Bruce G. Hallenbeck’s book, Monsters of New Jersey: Mysterious Creatures in the Garden State

 
Location: Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  The Jersey Devil's territory isn't just confined to the coastal region of New Jersey's Pine Barrens.  Long before the "Leeds Devil" story became part of the local lore in the mid-18th century, the Native Americans of the Leni Lenape tribe had noted a strange creature in the area and named the nearby creek "Popuessing" meaning, "Place of the dragon."  Also according to Loren Coleman and Bruce Hallenbeck in their book, Monsters of New Jersey: Mysterious Creatures in the Garden State, in 1677, Swedish explorers found strange footprints in the rocks near the same creek and renamed it "Drake Kill" – "drake" also meaning dragon.
 

Background: 

Southern New Jersey is steeped in the legend of The Jersey Devil, with the eponymous rascal inspiring everything from the names of businesses to stickers and T-shirts for tourists.  But as one "South Jersey" native has informed us, The Pine Barrens themselves may be nothing like what outsiders envision, with most of it being "lush, green and beautiful" and a joy to explore.  Also, maybe almost no one from the area believes the myth themselves.  However, it seems in the case of the legend of Jersey Devil – there are two distinct yet connected phenomenal elements at play: the ye olde myth, and the otherworldly thing that more than a few people swear they've encountered.  So what do you say to them?  Are you sure all they saw or heard was an owl, a stray African bat, a mutant goat havin' a laugh, or that good ol' well-worn chestnut the Sandhill Crane?  Because now these accounts become much like any other testimony of the paranormal; those who have not experienced it probably won't believe it, but those that have can never forget it.

 
 

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The Jersey Devil
By James F McCloy, Ray Miller Jr.
The Jersey Devil
By Hunter Shea
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By James F. McCloy, Ray, Jr. Miller
The Flight of Dragons
By Peter Dickinson
 

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Credits:

Episode 75: The Jersey Devil – Prince of the Pine Barrens (Part 2).  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 74: The Jersey Devil - Prince of the Pine Barrens (Part 1)

“It was neither beast, nor man, nor spirit, but a hellish brew of all three.” 
– Vance Larner, writing in his diary about his encounter with the Jersey Devil in 1790.
 
 
Leeds Point, Galloway, New Jersey, United States.  As the most popular version of the legend of the Jersey Devil goes, Deborah Leeds (nee Smith) emigrated from England to marry Daniel Leeds in the mid-Eighteenth century.  When her 13th child was born, she cursed the difficult labor and the already impoverishing cicumstances of a brood of 12, and invoked the Devil.  The infant became a ghastly cryptid and has haunted the New Jersey Pine Barrens ever since.  Some legends have it as a "Mrs. Shrouds" as the beast's mother.
 

Background: 

They say if you meet someone from New Jersey, Pennsylvania or New York, you don't ask them if they've heard of the "Jersey Devil," you ask them if they've had some kind of encounter with it.  The legend of the curious cryptid is so prolific, they've no doubt heard of it, and if they've spent any time near the Pine Barrens of "The Garden State," more often than not you'll find they've experienced some evidence of the beast, or know someone who has.  Folklorists say that there are more than 30 variations of the legend,  but the main origin story of New Jersey's own "Official Demon" goes all the way back to 1735, and a Mrs. Leeds of Galloway, NJ, who upon a difficult delivery of her 13th child, exclaimed it might as well be a devil – which, if the tale is to be believed, you should never do.  Since then, the story has been so popular that the idea of The Jersey Devil has made its way into movies, television, and video games, and is even the inspiration for the name of New Jersey's National Hockey League team.  But why has this tale endured for at least 282 years?  Is it because somehow the legend is just so fantastic that people can't forget it?  Or is it because, as so many residents throughout the years have claimed, from New Jersey's eastern shores, through the mysterious Pine Barrens all the way to western Pennsylvania, something really is out there?

 

Reference Links:

 

Related Books:

The Jersey Devil
By James F McCloy, Ray Miller Jr.
The Jersey Devil
By Hunter Shea
The Flight of Dragons
By Peter Dickinson
Phantom of the Pines: More Tales of the Jersey Devil
By James F. McCloy, Ray, Jr. Miller
 

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The Dark Myths Collective  

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Credits:

Episode 74: The Jersey Devil: Prince of the Pine Barrens (Part 1).  Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2017 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ep 25: Kidnapped by Bigfoot: The Albert Ostman Story

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Background:

Some tales are tall tales, and some tales involve an ape-like creature that stands over 7 feet tall and weighs around 700 pounds. Such was the tale of Albert Ostman, who claimed that in 1924, while on a leisurely prospecting trip in British Columbia, Canada, he was kidnapped in the middle of the night by a Sasquatch, or what is more commonly known as “Bigfoot.” While some folks might be quick to dismiss Mr. Ostman’s story as a stretch of the truth by no small means, it’s hard to deny the folksy charm and curious wonder his tale invokes, whether tall tale or sober testimony.

Tonight’s Quote:

“ I have learned from experience that a modicum of snuff can be most efficacious.”

Fictional Character Hieronymus Carl Friedrich von Münchhausen on escaping from a monster.

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Credits:

Episode 025 – “Kidnapped by Bigfoot: The Albert Ostman Story” Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle. Copyright Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess 2015, All Rights Reserved.

Photos:

1) Albert Ostman tells his tale to author John Green; 2) A comparison graph showing the relative size between Gigantopithecus blacki on the left, a modern human in the middle, and Gigantopithecus giganteus on the right. G. blacki bone fragments of teeth and mandibles have been found in South China, Vietnam and India, and is thought to have lived from about 9 million years a ago to perhaps as recently as 100,000 years ago, co-existing alongside Homo erectus, the predecessor to Homo sapiens. Based on its fossil record, G. blacki is estimated to have stood as tall as 9.8 ft (3 m) and weighed as much as 1,190 lbs (540 kg); 3) “Mike” the dog, taught by his owner, the proprietor of the Bowser Hotel in British Columbia, Canada, to fetch beer bottles for his guests. Ostman resided for a spell at the Bowser. Photo credit to Judy Coss; 4) Still frame from the legendary “Patterson-Gimlin Film” or as it’s known by cryptozoology enthusiasts, “PGF.” The 16mm color film was taken in 1967 by Roger Patterson, while on a horseback trip with Robert “Bob” Gimlin around Bluff Creek in Northern California. Patterson and Gimlin have both maintained throughout that the film shows what appears to be a female “Sasquatch” or “Bigfoot” now affectionately called “Patty” walking away while briefly turning her head to look at them. Recent analysis now also shows what could possibly be another Bigfoot nearby, captured for a few frames and previously unnoticed. Whether real or faked, the “PGF” remains to this day perhaps the most conclusive documentation or at least well-executed pictorial hoax regarding a Sasquatch sighting; 5) Passenger manifest from the steamship the “S.S. Columbia” that shows Albert Ostman being on board for his maiden voyage to America, from Glasgow, Scotland to New York City; 6) Albert Ostman’s entry from Ancestry.com gathered from the 1920 United States Federal Census; 7) Albert Ostman’s Canadian Immigration Service documentation from 1923; 8) Ostman’s U.S. Department of Labor certificate from 1924; 9) Ostman’s immigration registration card; 10) And of course, a publicity still of “Bowzer” played by actor and singer Jon “Bowzer” Bauman from the American musical TV show Sha Na Na, hosted by the “Doo-wop” singing group of the same name. The show ran from 1977 to 1981 for a total of 97 episodes, and here we see Bowzer striking his signature pose.