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Bigfoot, Sasquatch Is Dead!

Updated on July 10, 2016
A still photo from the most famous "Bigfoot" film shot by Roger Patterson shot in 1967
A still photo from the most famous "Bigfoot" film shot by Roger Patterson shot in 1967

So It Begins

In 1967 I was 7 years old and playing with my green army men in the living room while my Mom was watching the nightly news and a story and a video caught her attention. I remember her saying "Kurt, you might be interested in this." I was mesmerized with the video and the little kid in me wanted to believe in such things as "Bigfoot". I have included the video below for your viewing knowing full well if you are over the age of 40 you have probably seen this video an abundant times in your life.

Original Roger Patterson Bigfoot Film

The Origin Of Bigfoot?

Over the course of my life I have followed the story of "Bigfoot" since the first time I saw the Patterson film and during my trips to the Colorado Rocky Mountains which has been countless I have always secretly wanted to actually run across one in the wild. The little boy in me, now an adult yearned for the adventure.

Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest use to tell stories of “wild men”. I always ponder the thought that these might be some early accounts of “Bigfoot or Sasquatch.” Depending on the version and more likely who was telling the tale, these tales (Tall Tales?) ranged the gauntlet between harmless giants to cannibalistic ogres.

Of course the true believers of "Bigfoot" will also point to the stories and tales across the world not just in North America. These tales of half man and half ape have been handed down for generations across the globe. In the Himalayas, it’s the Yeti. (Bigfoot distant cousin?) In North America, Canada it is "Sasquatch" and in the United States “Bigfoot”. Descriptions of “Bigfoot” vary from who is telling them, but it is usually a creature between 6 and 8 feet tall that walks upright like a man with a crested head somewhat like a gorilla’s.

Gerald Crew 1958 "Bigfoot"

Modern Age Of "Bigfoot"

It was not until 1958 in North America when the legend of "Bigfoot" really took hold. A story published in the Humboldt Times in that year was picked up by the Associated Press and went nationwide and also garnered international attention as well. A man working a construction site in California named Gerald Crew near his jobsite located what he thought was a startling discover of great importance of huge animal tracks what would be later called "Bigfoot" tracks. Gerald would later the same day make some plaster casts of the "Bigfoot" tracks.

Bob Gimlin and Roger Patterson look over the casts from the 1967 filmsite.
Bob Gimlin and Roger Patterson look over the casts from the 1967 filmsite.

1967, Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot Film

Patterson-Gimlin footage is probably the most famous film ever taken of a supposed "Bigfoot" the filmmakers were Roger Patterson (February 14, 1933 – January 15, 1972) and Robert "Bob" Gimlin (born October 18, 1931). Roger was a avid "Bigfoot" hunter and had spent thousands in his search for the elusive beast prior to this film.

It should be noted here that Patterson in the summer of 1967 (The Bigfoot film was shot in October of 1967) acquired $700 from an investor to shoot a documentary about “Bigfoot”, but was unsuccessful in attracting any other investors to help finance his “Bigfoot” documentary. He however did succeed in copyrighting the term “Bigfoot’

On Friday, October 20, Patterson and Patterson and Gimlin were riding on horseback along the east bank of Bluff Creek. During the afternoon the pair came to an overturned tree with a large root system at a turn in the creek. When they rounded it, is when they spotted large shadowy figure behind crouching beside the creek to their left. Gimlin later described himself as in shock after first seeing the figure.

Patterson guessed he was about 25 ft away from the creature. Patterson said that his horse reared upon detecting the figure, and he spent several seconds disentangling himself from the saddle and getting his camera from a saddlebag. Upon gaining access to his camera he was able to film it as the creature had walked away from them. The entire “Bigfoot” encounter had lasted less than two minutes. Patterson-Gimlin would also make plaster cast of prints left by the "Bigfoot" creature.

The Prank, Ruse, Swindle, and the "Hoax"

The Prank

In 1998 television special World's Greatest Hoaxes: Secrets Finally Revealed, Bob Heironimus claims to have been the figure wearing the gorilla suit in the Patterson film. Heironimus says he had not previously openly discuss his role in the hoax because he hoped to be repaid eventually and was fearful of being charged with fraud had he admitted his part in the hoax. After speaking with his lawyer he was told that since he had not been paid for his involvement in the hoax that he could not be held accountable.

The Ruse

In 2002, Philip Morris owner of Morris Costumes came forward with the claim that he made a gorilla outfit that was used in the Patterson film. Morris said that he sold an ape suit to Patterson via mail-order in 1967. After the original sale, Morris said that Patterson telephoned him asking how to make the "shoulders more massive and the arms longer."

The Swindle

In 2002, a man named Ray Wallace died. After his death the family of Wallace went public with claims that he had started the Bigfoot phenomenon with fake footprints (made from poorly made wooden foot-shaped cutout) left at the California sites in 1958. It just happens that Ray’s brother was the foreman at the original construction site in California that Gerald Crew found his “Bigfoot” tracks.

Wallace was quoted several times that "'Roger Patterson came dozens of times pumping me on this Bigfoot” It was also rumored that Ray Wallace was the one who told Patterson were to go and look for his “Bigfoot”

The Hoax

Roger Patterson or Robert "Bob" Gimlin every admitted that the "Bigfoot" film was a hoax. After my research I am in the belief that Robert "Bob" Gimlin was used as a patsy in the hoax and he never really did know it was a hoax that was carried out by Roger Patterson and Ray Wallace. Robert "Bob" Gimlin was to be the one witness that you could not trip up because he truly believed what he saw.

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I know that the true believers in “Bigfoot” will attack this article with all the vigor with explanations and recent sightings and all the stated facts that they want to believe is true. The simple fact is that science and technology do not support their claims.

In this advance day of age with all the advance modern technology such as satellite imaging, cam trail cameras, night vision goggles, heat seeking sonar, and the big one of almost everyone nowadays has a video recorder and camera built into their phone, why has not one none grainy photograph ever been taken of a “Bigfoot”? Why have no “Bigfoot” bodies every, been located in the wild?

The modern day “Bigfoot” died the day that both Roger Patterson and Ray Wallace died.

It is difficult for me to believe that “Bigfoot” is in fact real. The little kid in me says, “Say it ain’t so!”


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    • tsadjatko profile image

      The Logician 

      4 years ago from now on

      LOL That story about Bigfoot and that picture, what a joke! You see this stuff is just part of the dumbing down of the public. Journalists publish so much crap about myths and aliens and ufos always triggered by some indistinguishable "evidence" or unverifiable story (most of which if even real are hoaxes) just to condition the public to believe anything that is reported on.

    • kurtreifschneider profile imageAUTHOR

      Kurt James 

      4 years ago from Loveland Colorado

      tsadjatko, Bigfoot like many myths and legends is all about believing in the face of scientific proof that proves them to be wrong. Human nature has always looked beyond the explainable for something else….

    • kurtreifschneider profile imageAUTHOR

      Kurt James 

      4 years ago from Loveland Colorado

      Thank you Peggy for taking the time to comment and read the article. Not sure if I changed your mind on "Bigfoot" but that is okay, we all want to believe.

    • kurtreifschneider profile imageAUTHOR

      Kurt James 

      4 years ago from Loveland Colorado

      Jodah, I had never heard the term "The Yowie." I really did to come visit you down under.....

    • kurtreifschneider profile imageAUTHOR

      Kurt James 

      4 years ago from Loveland Colorado

      Just got off of work and there is a story about Bigfoot not far from were I

    • tsadjatko profile image

      The Logician 

      4 years ago from now on

      Here we go Kurt, facts don't matter only what you believe.

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      4 years ago

      Great article Kurt..I have always believed in Bigfoot but I believe there are aliens as well.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      The Logician 

      4 years ago from now on

      Jodah, there can only be one plausible explanation. Big foot, yowie, yeti they are all experimental (probably genetically engineered) test subjects that aliens from another solar system send to earth, like we sent chimps into outerspace. Once here they monitor them and some are trained to explore the environment and then get back in their ship when summoned, remotely controlled of course (or travel through a worm hole) and flown back to the alien planet. That would explain why there are big foot legends on every continent and every century. They probably even have the yowies abduct humans and bring them back.

      Could be that they are chimps when sent out but the wormhole experience mutates them into these monsters and that is why the aliens haven't come yet, they are trying to work out the bugs of the interplanetary travel technology they are using.

      WOW, I'm looking forward now to the next Nat Geo Special: Wormhole travel makes test monkeys double in size, grow big feet and stink to high heaven!

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very good hub Kurt. You presented good facts here that are difficult to dispute. The kid in me always wants to believe that these mythical creatures actually exist but if they ever did they would be long dead by now, otherwise more evidence would exist or remains of bodies found. The Australian version by the way is "the Yowie."

    • tsadjatko profile image

      The Logician 

      4 years ago from now on

      Thanks for the fan mail, best compliment I can wish for! I'll be reading your other hub pages soon.

    • kurtreifschneider profile imageAUTHOR

      Kurt James 

      4 years ago from Loveland Colorado

      Shocking footage for sure, I for one could not tell if it was staged or fake...maybe, just maybe, Bigfoot

    • tsadjatko profile image

      The Logician 

      4 years ago from now on

      btw when I said we wore "Big Mac" coats, I meant to say Mighty Mac coats, I shouldn't write when I'm hungry.

      But Kurt, I'm so sorry about my long comment because it has been brought to my attention new video evidence of two, that's right TWO Big Foots or should we say Big Feet(?) caught on tape! Do you believe this?

    • kurtreifschneider profile imageAUTHOR

      Kurt James 

      4 years ago from Loveland Colorado

      tsadjatko, I do not believe that I have ever had such an awesome comment left on one of my hubs and if no one else would ever read this one ever again, your comment made it all worth while.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      The Logician 

      4 years ago from now on

      No attack here my friend! A sober and factual analysis.

      I too as a child of the 1960's was enamored with big foot. I spent hours in the Free Public Library of Philadelphia (where my father would leave my brother and I for a Saturday each month to enlighten ourselves) reading everything I could find, signed affidavits and books of Sasquatch encounters back centuries. I took my new found knowledge of this Cryptid to Jr. high school entertaining my friends and teachers with the stories of this giant humanoid Amercan Yeti, so much so that I was bestowed the nick name Sasquatch which has accompanied me to this very day among those acquaintances I have (who are still living) from the past. I was Sasquatch and my younger brother was Bear because of the Big Mac coats we wore going down to the bus stop to go to school. It was a poor neighborhood and nobody had coats like that, they said we looked like bears.

      Back then virtually no one in the Northeast even heard of Sasquatch so I always had a ready audience. Anyway...

      Here it is, over half a century later and still all we have is stories. Honestly, I don't care who you are if you believe Sasquatch could possibly exist you are either lying to make money, living an unscientific delusion, or both.

      How can I be so sure? Well besides common sense and a gift of discernment for deception there are very good scientific reasons why Big Foot, alias Sasquatch, alias Nanaik, alias Skunk Ape, alias Tsadjatko...there are over 100 aliases for the Big Foot. Here you go:

      Bigfoot Doesn’t Fit in the Food Chain (I like this 1 of 10)

      Scientists have proven that sasquatches would need to number in at least the tens of thousands to sustain themselves over the years through breeding. If these thousands of creatures are all packing away 5,000 calories worth of meat every day, where is the deficit in the animals/plants they are eating? Considering even a slight drop in the population of any given animal (or plant) causes large reverberations through the food chain, the statistics simply don’t add up.

      The Photographic and Video Evidence is Poor

      Perhaps the most damning fact to disprove the existence of Bigfoot is the atrocious quality of evidence that has been presented. The scientific community has only been given hazy eyewitness accounts, extremely vague photographs and films, and a few blatantly hoaxed footprints.

      In such pieces of video or photographic “evidence”, the subject is almost always either obscured by tree branches or extremely far away. It raises the question why the person filming the event (and there have been many) doesn’t simply chase the creature, or at least try and get a clearer shot. The famed Patterson-Gimlin video (shown above) is often cited as the clearest image of a potential Bigfoot yet released – and even this is shot from an extreme distance. Sounds convenient, doesn’t it?

      Bigfoot is Too Big to Go Unnoticed:

      As mentioned previously, the average Bigfoot sighting places the creature at over 8ft tall. The reasonable question here is how such an enormous creature could possibly evade capture by humans. Every year new species are discovered all over the world, but they all have one thing in common: unless they’re in the sea, they are all tiny. When was the last time you heard of a new species of giant elephant being discovered? The point being that if tens of thousands of 8-foot tall, 500 pound ape-men were out there, we’d have found them by now.

      No Bigfoot Fossils Exist:

      Simply put, there has never been any fossil record of a large mammal resembling the Sasquatch in North America – despite the same soil preserving everything else that ever lived in the area, including dinosaur bones.

      Predictably, Bigfoot enthusiasts have a counter-argument: fossils have been found of one creature dubbed Gigantopithecus Blacki, the fossilized mandible of which is pictured above. This creature, essentially a 10 foot ape that weighed approximately 1,200lb, existed a hundred thousand years ago when it roamed an area in what is now China.

      Obvious aesthetic connections could be made between the two creatures – but no Gigantopithecus Blacki fossils have ever been found in America. It seems that something like Bigfoot did once exist, but thousands of miles from where the vast majority of sightings occur.

      Successful Breeding Is Unlikely:

      Scientists have established that in order for the existence of Bigfoot to be a zoological possibility, there would have to be tens of thousands of them breeding. But how would such a massive population be able to successfully locate potential mates, if even humans are incapable of finding them?

      The idea that sasquatches are being bred in families and are mating successfully with other groups of sasquatches is simply impossible – and yet such a situation must exist for these creatures to continue breeding. Coupled with the fact that almost all alleged Bigfoot photographs and videos show only one creature – implying that they travel alone – the odds of them being able to find each other to mate and produce offspring are small indeed.

      Misidentification is Widespread:

      An estimated 80% of supposed Bigfoot evidence can be readily attributed to hoaxes, but that still leaves the other 20%, right? Sure, but it would appear that even these sightings can be put down to misidentification.

      A recent study has found that many alleged Bigfoot sightings could easily be American Black Bears walking on their hind legs. The bears stand up to 7 feet tall when walking in this way, and although they don’t share the same characteristics as Bigfoot, for hardcore believers (and those seeking attention) the line between wishful thinking and common sense is conveniently blurred. Amazingly, the photograph shown above was initially displayed as a legitimate piece of Bigfoot evidence, just to illustrate the point

      There Were No Sightings Before 1958:

      Admittedly the title of this entry is somewhat misleading, because there have been sightings (although very few) of “wild men” all over the world, long before the fifties. But many Bigfoot enthusiasts forget that sightings of the cryptid are an entirely modern phenomenon.

      In 1958, several gigantic footprints (later shown to be fake) were discovered around the area of Bluff Creek in California. The prints drew significant media attention, and the term Bigfoot was coined in the newspapers. Ever since this event, alleged sightings of the creature have been cropping up all over the place. This is an important point: sasquatches cannot have appeared out of thin air, and if they did exist before the fifties, why weren’t they spotted earlier?

      Lack of Killings Despite Reward:

      I’ll begin this entry by mentioning that there is currently a genuine $1,000,000 reward for anyone who can bring back the body of a Sasquatch. Think about that for just a moment. Now consider the the tens of thousands of reported sightings – none of which have resulted in a Bigfoot being shot dead. Once again, the figures simply do not add up.

      Bigfoot is a Hoaxer’s Paradise:

      Although this does not directly disprove the existence of Bigfoot, it is important to point out that there are plenty of motives for people to create a hoax. People may simply seek attention, fame or wealth – just like the men who covered an ape suit with a dead squid (pictured above) to try and cash in on that $1,000,000 reward.

      Lack of Physical Evidence:

      For a minute, imagine that we have had tens of thousands of giant ape-men roaming around North America since the fifties. Surely such creatures would leave us at least one piece of indisputable physical evidence? We have none at all – no bones, hair samples, blood samples, skin samples, or any DNA evidence of any kind.

      One single hair strand would provide enough DNA to prove a new species existed. Besides, you can forget about DNA evidence for a moment to ask: where are the bodies? Unless they are immortal, there must be hundreds of Bigfoot remains out there right now. Why hasn’t anyone ever found one? We seem to have found plenty of footprints, but of course, that isn’t physical evidence.


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