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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Harrowing Bigfoot Encounter in Bankhead National Forest, Alabama

A young Alabama man had a harrowing encounter with a massive Bigfoot while hiking back to is truck after a day of fishing. The creature became agitated, warning the witness with a loud aggressive growl.

The following account was forwarded to me:

"I’ve never told anyone about a sighting I had when I was 18-years-old (about 5-years-old). I later told my dad on our way to work and he told me he’s seen the same thing. He told me there’s something in the woods of Bankhead National Forest which is in Winston, Alabama. I’ve only told my fiancé and my father this. It really freaked me out and I’m an outdoors man. I hunt, fish, and spend most of my time in the woods.

Well, on this particular day. I was going wading, walking in water and fishing at the same time. My buddy, who I usually go with, couldn’t go cause his son and wife were sick. But it was a beautiful day, so I decided to go on my own.

I had a good day, caught a lot of fish. It was getting late in the evening, so instead of fighting the stream back up I decided to take the trail back, which it was about a mile and half hike back. I was hiking down the trail and I had a unnerving feeling that I was being watched or stalked. I paused for a moment because every single hair on my body was standing up and I had goosebumps like crazy. I also noticed this musty and fish-like smell. I started scanning the area to see if there was predator and how to access the situation. I was also wondering if I was just being spooked by a harmless forest animal.

But about that time it was nearly dark, but I could still see fairly well. I was looking through the tree line. That’s when I saw it. I glanced back to see if I was actually seeing what I though I was seeing. It was hiding behind a tree, kind of grabbing the side of it. I made eye contact with it and I started to get really scared. I’ve never seen anything like it! This creature was every bit of 9-feet-tall with dark hair. I started to panic, like was having short breaths like when your terrified. I started to slowly back up. Then it suddenly stepped out, like it was agitated. The beast let out a loud growl. As soon as that I happened I turned and ran as fast as I could, and down the trail. I didn’t stop at all. I dropped my pole and tackle box on the run. I don’t remember dropping the stuff, but when I got to the parking lot I got in my truck and cranked it up. I wanted to get the heck out of there. Then I heard it again, but it was like a loud whoop sound. I charged out of there!

I still haven’t gone back to this very day. I never believed in cryptid creatures until that day and I hope I never see it again. My dad told me one time that he’s witnessed a man-type creature running and that it cleared the road with just two steps. There is something in that forest and it’s was a freaky situation to go through alone. I believe I encountered a Bigfoot, but I’ve never heard of them being aggressive and growling." JW

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PA. DOGMAN / UPRIGHT CANINE ROUNDTABLE & DISCUSSION - Chestnut Ridge Report - Lon Strickler (Host)

Phantoms & Monsters Radio presents a Pennsylvania Dogman / Upright Canine Roundtable with our guests James West, Eric Mintel, & Ron Murphy. Eric Altman, Pennsylvania cryptid investigator, will give us a Chestnut Ridge report.


James West is a 2-time Dogman experiencer and documents other encounters & sightings throughout Pennsylvania and beyond. James is also a member of the Phantoms & Monsters Fortean Research team.


Eric Mintel and his Bucks County Paranormal Investigations team travel the state and country exploring the mysteries & history of the paranormal and unexplained. Eric and his team have recently investigated the 'Beast of Bray Road' phenomenon and continue to delve into other cryptid canine reports.

Pianist Eric Mintel has played for 2 Presidents (Clinton and Obama), has performed over 10 times at the Kennedy Center, performed a special concert at the United Nations in NYC, and has been featured in several publications, both newspaper and magazines. He is a protégés of jazz legend pianist Dave Brubeck.


Ron Murphy, 'The Crypto Guru,' has been investigating the stuff of nightmares for over 30 years. He has delved deeply into the shadows to shed light on the things that go bump in the night and meticulously researched the historical and psychological context of myths and legends from around the world. Ron seeks to uncover the archetypal precedent for the monsters that haunt our collective thoughts.


Eric Altman is a cryptozoologist, specializing in researching the Bigfoot/Sasquatch phenomenon with a combined 40 years of study and field research. He is the founder and director of the Pennsylvania Cryptozoology Society and Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society. Eric was also the host and co-founder of Beyond the Edge Radio, a live weekly radio program covering a variety of paranormal and fringe topics from 1997 to 2019.

Eric has been actively investigating cases, sighting claims and conducting field work dating back to 1997. He has lectured and presented across the country dating back to 2000. Eric has been featured in multiple documentaries, films and television programs about Bigfoot.

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