The Beast Vanishes
If you picked up the title for this article being an homage to the Bela Lugosi classic (ALL Bela Lugosi films are classics, in one sense of the word or another!) THE CORPSE VANISHES, give yourself a gold star!
This is a story I heard firsthand during my recent visit to the EXPEDITION: BIGFOOT museum in Cherry Log, Georgia. I won’t mention the name of the man in the story, however. Revealing the details of his encounter with a Sasquatch, he had not actually sworn anyone to secrecy, but he did stress that there are only a select few to whom he has revealed the full truth. Lacking his permission, then, I won’t “out” him. The gentleman in question is a professional, highly educated and, I will attest, completely sane. This gentleman has chosen to reveal to the world that he did, in fact, encounter a Bigfoot in the wilds of northern California, but he has kept one particular detail secret.
On a hike, this guy—let’s call him Tony—began to experience a sense of dread, a feeling of being watched. As he had his children with him, this caused him some extra concern. He also began to hear a strange huffing, grunting noise. Stepping off the trail to investigate, he came face to face with an enormous, hairy creature. The creature hadn’t appeared to notice him beforehand, he said, as it looked at him with something akin to an expression of surprise. As Tony stood frozen to the spot, gaping, the air around the Bigfoot seemed to shimmer, like heat coming off hot asphalt, and THE CREATURE DISAPPEARED. It is this last part, the part about the monster vanishing into thin air right before his eyes, that Tony has chosen to hold back for fear of ridicule or being branded as crazy. You can’t blame him. It strains credibility to suggest that huge, hairy beasts exist and yet we have no definitive proof of them being there—but it defies credulity to state that the creatures are something of a supernatural nature. I am, however, convinced that they are. To me it is the only explanation that makes any sense. If Bigfoot existed, we would have discovered him/them by now. And they MUST exist; there have been too many sightings to dismiss. How, then, have they managed to remain hidden? Easy enough for them, if they possess the ability to vanish at will.