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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Just the Facts?: Bigfoot 'Face Print' Hyperbole Continues -- Skunk Ape Comes Calling -- Nessie's Vital Statistics

Bigfoot 'Face Print' Hyperbole Continues

Sanger Paranormal Society Swabbing Bigfoot DNA From Car Windshield, With Armed Guards Standing By - this was posted by BigfootEvidence.com on Monday. Read the article and then come back and read the links to the back story. This pertains to the claims and news conference debacle in June 2011. Below are the links to the story as the events unfolded:

Media Advisory: New Bigfoot Evidence?

Sanger Paranormal's Face Print: Not It's 1st Bigfoot Evidence Claim to Fame

The Sideshow - 'Finding Bigfoot' or Hoaxing Bigfoot

'Bigfoot Face Print' Press Conference Falls Short

Media Reports: Sanger Paranormal 'Bigfoot Evidence' Press Conference


Skunk Ape Comes Calling

Hi Lon

I was checking into recent reports at BFRO and they had one from the county in Florida my aunt and uncle lived for years. My uncle recently passed but my aunt has moved back into the house in this area after retiring to NC. Her son has lived in the house his entire life and is in his 50s. When I read this report I realized this is very close to their house and recent, 2006. But what struck me most about it was an encounter me and my sister had that happened around 1970. We were visiting my aunt and uncle with our parents. My aunt and uncle had a travel trailer in their yard. Me and my sister were young when this happened. I was probably no older than 9 and she is 3 years younger than me. This would be before the Skunk Ape stories later in the 70s.
As it got late my parents made me and her stay in the trailer, away from the adults, so we could sleep. There were no lights on in the trailer. Almost as soon as they left, we heard something walking around that trailer. I was too afraid to look out the window, but I could hear it walking around and making noises, huffing or grunting, weird noises. I don't remember any growling but do remember it would come up close and then move off and come back. Eventually my parents returned, my dad whipped open the door and scared me to death. I can't remember if I told them about it or not, but being so young I doubt they would believe me. The only thing I could think of it being as I got older was a wild boar. But now that I see this article, with the witnesses being members of the county planning council, it makes me wonder if it was a skunk ape curious about us in the trailer. My overall impression that sticks with me to this day was being very scared and having no idea what it could be at that time. I will have to ask my sister if she recalls the event and if she adds anything, I will get back to you.

Take care,


BFRO report referenced

Suggested reading:

Abominable Snowmen, Legend Comes To Life: Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Oh-Mah, Grassman And Skunk Ape: The Story Of Sub-Humans On Five Continents From The Early Ice Age Until Today Illustrated

Bigfoot! : The True Story of Apes in America


Woman's dog stolen then held for ransom

Police say it is a very rare crime. If you're a pet owner, you will hope it will never happen again. A Lindbergh woman's dog was kidnapped and held for ransom and she put her life on the line to get it back.

Emily Connors said she was willing to risk her life for Plato, her 7-year old Maltese. She was willing to meet with the man who stole her dog and pay him a $1,000 ransom to get her back. "I think anybody that has a pet would understand it," Connors said.

She received several threats from the suspect but it was a picture he sent her that convinced her she had to do something. The photo was of Plato with a gun pointed at her head. The photo even gave Atlanta Police pause. They knew they were dealing with a dangerous criminal and needed time to organize a takedown.

But Connors said she couldn't wait because she felt her dog's life was in danger.

She agonized for two days after a burglary at her Lindbergh apartment on August 15th. Connors said she came home to find someone stole her TV, laptop, and other electronics and Plato. "She usually runs up to me when I walk in and she didn't come running up to me," Connors said.

One day later Connors would find out her dog was still alive but in danger. She learned it from a cryptic phone call. "And he says I got your dog and it's going to cost you $3,000 to get her back," she said.

A series of threatening text messages would follow, including one that said "And u right i am a terrist and if u think im kidding dnt have that cash and watch how i torture this dog".

She eventually convinced the suspect to accept $1,000. He texted "So bring the 1000 and just remember if u play eany games i will kill the dog in front of you".

Then he sent the picture with the gun pointed at Plato's head. "And he threatened to kill her, to cut off her head, to torture her," Connors said.

Connors got the suspect to agree to meet her in front of her bank on busy Cheshire Bridge Road. "And he just strolled up like nothing was going on with the dog completely enclosed in the backpack," she said. Plato was zipped up inside a backpack.

Connors said she and the suspect went back and forth about who would turn over the money or the dog. "I said show me the dog and he kind of opened it a little and she stuck her nose out and she saw me," Connors said. "She got really excited.

She got so excited Connors said Plato jumped out of the backpack. At the same time the suspect grabbed the envelope of cash from Connors hands. "I was just relieved to get my dog back," Connors said.

A short time later the suspect sent Connors another text, one she called a slap in the face. It read "Thanks for the small donation". But she had her dog back. "I would do anything for my pet, I love her," she said. "She's part of my family and she is unconditional love."

Atlanta Police say this crime is very rare, but they are taking it seriously. They are investigating it as a burglary and robbery. If anyone knows anything about it, they are asking them to call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS(8477). - 11alive


Skeptical Cryptozoology - Reviews – Charles Paxton – The vital statistics of the Loch Ness Monster

As we sat, waiting for the lovely and always intriguing Charles Paxton to begin his talk on the stats of Nessie, we were treated to a man in an old fashioned diving suit handing out rum. As you do. So an interesting start.

Charles then dove into Loch Ness Monster stats with a tray of free sample rums nearby, but he showed great restraint! His talk was an interesting diversion from our other talks which for the most part have focused on psychology, secularism and other more mainstream sciences. Charles spoke about Cryptozoology and tried, and I believe succeeded, in pointing out to the audience that cryptozoology is not automatically woo that tries to find bigfoot. Continue reading at edinburghskeptics...interesting.

Suggested reading:

The Loch Ness Monster: The Evidence

Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and Other Mystery Denizensof the Deep


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