Originally posted 5/28/08
Ohio Bigfoot Conference: M.K. Davis Presents 'Patty' Theory
The Patterson-Gimlin film has been both decried as a clever hoax and lauded as visual proof that an unclassified biped roams the North American continent.
Shot in 1967 near Bluff Creek, Calif., the few dozen frames of 16 mm film show a creature walking away from amateur cameraman Roger Patterson. He and Bob Gimlin were in the area filming for a documentary Patterson planned to produce when they encountered a creature matching the description widely attributed to Sasquatch or Bigfoot: hair-covered, 7 to 8 feet tall weighing several hundred pounds and muscular.
During the 20th Annual Bigfoot Conference/Expo Saturday at the Salt Fork Resort & Conference Center, M.K. Davis, a foremost expert on the film, presented what he said was proof that the film was not hoaxed and that Patty, as the creature has come to be known, is a flesh-and-blood creature.
"There's no way in the world it's a suit," Davis said. "You're not looking at a man in a suit."
The Mississippian is an astrophotographer by vocation and is accustomed to examining photographs in detail and spotting what others might overlook. He blended this meticulous discipline for observation with technology to examine the film, presenting some of his findings to the more than 400 audience members.
By using technology not available until many years after the film was shot new details can be gleaned from the footage, Davis said. Among those that he has observed is what may be a braid in the creature's hair (the braiding of horse manes is associated with some sightings), movement of hair in an estimated 8 to 9 mph breeze at her back and pendulous breasts that move in concert with her stride and variations of skin tone.
Other details that Davis said substantiates the film as authentic include clearly visible back muscle and gluteal muscle movement corresponding appropriately to the creature's gait and bumps along the spine like that of a human spinal column.
A wound is visible on Patty's right thigh, Davis said, and she can be seen digging a small trench by dragging a foot through the sandy soil.
Davis addressed a "bloody pool" seen in some frames. The area was frequented by logging crews, and he suggested that the pool was a hole -- pointing out apparent tool marks along one edge -- filled with an unknown red fluid. While pursuing the creature with camera in hand Patterson reportedly stepped into the hole but continued to film.
Though Patterson, who died in 1972, was stigmatized for the filming, and the footage and those defending its authenticity have since been scorned, the weight of the scientific evidence presented by the film and by those who have objectively scrutinized it, said Davis, can only establish it as documentation of an unclassified creature in its native habitat.
Davis said his work on the film was done in tribute to Patterson.
ALSO: Davis has made some controversial statements in reference to the creature in the Patterson-Gimlin film. His theory is that there was a "massacre' of several Bigfoot creatures days previous to the day 'Patty' was filmed and that the bodies of these creatures were buried at the location by the perpetraitors of the massacre...thus the 'red' fluid in the film. As well, he feels that 'Patty' was returning to retrieve the remains when Patterson and Gimlin came on the location. Several of the people in this discussion say that Davis has implied that 'Patty' was shot as well and exhibited evidence of being wounded in the film. Go to the following links for detailed behind-the-conference private discussions reported at
Cryptomundo and at BlogSquatcher also here and here.
Originally posted 6/15/08
M.K. Davis Bigfoot Massacre Theory Raises Controversy
A few weeks ago, I posted a story Ohio Bigfoot Conference: M.K. Davis Presents 'Patty' Theory concerning the 20th Annual Bigfoot Conference/Expo at the Salt Fork Resort & Conference Center where M.K. Davis, an expert on the Patterson-Gimlin film, presented what he said was proof that the film was not hoaxed and that 'Patty', as the hominid has come to be known, is a flesh-and-blood creature. I also referenced an article at Expert: 'Bigfoot' Film Not A Hoax.
At the conference, Davis also made controversial statements in reference to 'Patty' and the Patterson-Gimlin film. His theory is that there was a "massacre' of several Bigfoot creatures days previous to the day 'Patty' was filmed and that the bodies of these creatures were buried at the location by the perpetraitors of the massacre creating a 'red pool' of fluid seen on the film. As well, he feels that 'Patty' was returning to retrieve the remains when Patterson and Gimlin came on the location. Several of the people in this private discussion say that Davis had implied that 'Patty' was shot as well and exhibited evidence of being wounded in the film. Go to the following links for detailed behind-the-conference private discussions reported at
Cryptomundo and at BlogSquatcher also here and here.
Now, Loren Coleman has posted at Cryptomundo that Scott Marlowe, a partner of Davis and John L. Johnsen, decided to send a letter to the District Attorney of Humboldt County, California stating: "There is increasing photographic evidence that the person, or possibly persons, so afflicted were shot and killed by others in the Patterson/Gimlin party who remain unnamed by Mr. Gimlin who survives Robert Patterson….Having been associated with the analysis work of two of the photographic experts examining the film, Mr. Marlon Davis and Mr. John Johnsen, I am compelled to contact you to avoid any hint of complicity in failing to inform the authorities of these potentially criminal acts. I would suggest that it would be prudent for your office to initiate an investigation into this matter in order to ascertain the actual facts surrounding this event and determine if criminal prosecution proceedings should be initiated."
In light of this letter and Johnsen's statement that "Davis, myself and Scott Marlowe had almost simultaneously come to the conclusion that there had been much more than met the eye going on in the film", M.K. Davis has been banned from the Bigfoot Discovery Museum of Felton, California. Curator Michael Rugg stated to Loren Coleman at Cryptomundo “in light of the ridiculous letter written by Scott Marlowe (as shown on Cryptomundo) I thought it was time our opinion on the matter was made public.”
Personally, I am of the opinion that Davis and Marlowe are little more than 'glory hounds' who intended to stir the pot in the cryptozoology world by using a flawed theory to gain recognition. As well, I feel both Davis and Marlowe have set themselves up for tort action by Gimlin and/or Patterson's widow by insinuating that Gimlin assaulted 'Patty' and other possible members of the supposed 'tribe' making his partner Patterson an accessory.
Overall, lets hope this incident is nothing more than a blip on the Bigfoot research radar screen and that it doesn't cause any residual harm.
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