Lots of Bigfoot in the news this week. Granted, a couple of the pieces I came across are not exactly “news”, as they occurred some time ago; one of them happened a LONG time ago. But I only came upon the reports this past week, as part of my research, my seeking of material to cover for this and our sister websites vampires.com, darkness.com, and zombies.org. The first one I looked up after someone told me the exquisite Horror/Western BONE TOMAHAWK was supposed to be based on a true story. Turns out it was “inspired by an actual event” in the same way that THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE was. Or not exactly, since TCM was based on a real crime, that is to say, a DOCUMENTED crime, albeit one that took place in another state: the depredations and degradations of Ed Gein. BONE TOMAHAWK, so goes the claim, was inspired by a “legend,” that of the alleged Bigfoot massacre of Leflore County, Oklahoma. A little digging into historic records convinced me that this event never actually took place.
There is also a report that a massacre took place in the vicinity of Bluff Creek, California, where Bob Gimlin and Roger Patterson shot their controversial footage of a female Bigfoot (or a guy in a gorilla suit) in 1967. That massacre, this time with some Bigfoots/Bigfeet as the victims, never happened, either.
Those of us with open minds, open to the possibilities of the existence of such beings, must be careful what “evidence” we accept. A lot of it is pure bullshit.