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THE MURPHY FILE NEWSLETTER #25 February 15, 2007
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MARLON DAVIS HAS DONE some impressive work on the left hand of the creature seen in the P/G film. Using the still frames created by Rick Noll, Marlon made a “blink animation” that shows the thumb wiggling. The hand then reminded me of the hand cast made from a print found by Paul Freeman (see page 143 Meet the Sasquatch. I prepared this illustration to show the similarity. I sent the animation to a number of researchers - for the record, John Green and Dr. Henner Fahrenbach were not impressed. Nevertheless, for what it is worth, I think we see the thumb, and we see it moving, just as we see the entire hand in different configurations in various frames. Aside from my Freeman hand cast speculation, the specific thumb movement appears to me to be another indication that the hand was not a fabrication of some sort. For certain, the length of the creature's arms is far beyond the human norm. Such occurs in only one out of 52.5 million people (Glickman, 1998, Toward a Resolution of the Bigfoot Phenomenon, p.15). If the creature was a fabrication, therefore, an arm extension with a moveable hand (controlled fingers) had to have been used. This is certainly not impossible, but highly improbable. Shown here is the arm extension/false hand used in the movie Sasquatch, (2003). The fingers/thumb are controlled by wires that are attached to finger rings further back in the arm. One merely puts his fingers/thumb in the rings and when the rings are pulled (i.e., one closes his hand), the extension digits close. I was told that this single arm cost $10,000 to make (See Meet the Sasquatch, page 100). I really don't think Roger Patterson would have (or indeed could have) made something like this. MARLON HAS ALSO identified what appears to me to be the creature’s ear. If it is such, then Patterson certainly went to a lot of trouble in making the “helmet” type headgear that Bob Heironimus said he wore in the alleged hoax scenario. Davis did a bit of a comparison with Heironimus’s ear, and the two did not match. As ears go, it appears to me that what we see here is somewhat human-like.
THIS REMARKABLE BAS RELIEF SCULPTURE FOUND by William Hangar shows what appears to be a Stegosaurus. What makes it remarkable is that the sculpture is on a temple in Angkor, Cambodia, that is only 800 years old. While that's old in human terms, the Stegosaurus disappeared about 70 million years ago. So where on earth did a 13th Century Cambodian monk get the inspiration to make such a sculpture? The head is not quite the same, I agree, but the rest of it is very close. The story of the finding is featured on Jan Sundberg's website >http://www.cryptozoology.st/<. However, the
original material is on Loren Coleman’s Cryptomundo site, and he presents some extensive research on the subject. < http://www.cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/euro-stego/>. The sasquatch “connection” here is associated with what have been determined extinct creatures being observed long after they have gone. In other words, is it possible the Gigantopithecus and/or some relict hominid, in the case of the almasty, has actually survived into this century? I RECENTLY HEARD FROM Professor Roderick “Rick” Sprague. Rick is noted for his research on the stone heads (see Meet the Sasquatch, page 10), and I was very pleased to hear from him. Shown here is a photo of one of the stone heads along with the stone foot (see Meet the Sasquatch, page 12) that I had on display at my sasquatch exhibit in Vancouver. We believe that both of these artifacts are possibly sasquatch-related and are likely the oldest in that regard. One thing Rick mentioned to me is that he agrees that the word “sasquatch” should not be capitalized. There has been all sorts of discussion on this in the past, and your computer spell-checker will probably indicate that a capital is required. If you check a dictionary, you will see that the word “yeti” is not capitalized, so why should “sasquatch” or “bigfoot” have a capital? Anyway, just keep this in mind if you are preparing anything for publication on sasquatch/bigfoot. JIM BURGTORF offered an explanation for my question regarding why UFOs don’t appear to make any noise. Jim states that according to Paul Hill in his book, Unconventional Flying Objects, UFOs are not pushed through air, but are propelled as a unit including everything in them – a kind of “reactionless drive.” The air around the UFO is, “moved out of the way, no matter what the speed.” Although this goes beyond me somewhat, there’s definitely something happening, unless UFOs are in reality “something else.” As Jeff Meldrum points out, it is very odd that supposed superior beings choose to severely limit their contact with us. I SEE TOM BISCARDI is involved in the finding of a giant human skeleton (see his website: >http://www.searchingforbigfoot.com< As I recall there is an old newspaper article that shows a photo of Biscardi and Ivan Marx after they got photos of an alleged bigfoot splashing around in a creek. We all know that was just fun stuff. Anyway, I must admit that Biscardi “got me going” on that Coast to Coast radio interview last summer. He convinced us that a sasquatch had just been captured, and described the event in some detail. We then learn that he got the information second hand and it was all a big put-on. When I later discussed the incident with John Green, he simply said, “You should have known.” John is equally dubious about Ivan Marx who was involved in the “cripple foot” track findings. I think I will sit out the giant skeleton. If there is anything to it, I am sure we will hear about it through proper channels.
KRISTINE WALLS sent me some comments received on the recent U.S. Discover Channel bigfoot documentary. I have not see it, but it is apparently pretty bad. Unfortunately, the name of the game with most TV producers is to appeal to as many people as possible with their silly programs. Most people get a kick out of “bigfoot bashing,” so this is the group they target. Jay Ingram of the Discovery Channel in Canada also likes to have fun with this subject, as evidenced by his ridiculous 2002 skit. Seriously folks, this is all “show business,” it has nothing to do with science or intelligence.
I HAD TO SMILE a little at the closing comments in an Argosy magazine article written by Odette Tchernine that was published in February 1971. The article, “Abominable Snowmen Behind the Iron Curtain,” provides a great summary of the yeti and includes the photo seen here – probably the first time it was published. Anyway, I had just watched the Glenn Beck show with all of its Third World War foreboding. I then read an email from my daughter in England that ended with, “Look forward to a lovely dinner with you and tales of the sasquatch, in this decaying, melting and deranged world.” (She is visiting in May.) So what did Odette say that got me smiling? Here it is: “I may be verbally flayed for what I am about to say, but perhaps, after all, we are not meant to discover the whole truth about the Snowman or Yeti. Perhaps these are the primal rough and secret stock saved by nature to withstand and survive any final disaster; preserved and hidden as the raw material for a fresh start in evolution should we finally blow up our so-called civilization.” I note that Bobbie Short has the entire article on her site if you wish to read it. >http://www.bigfootencounters.com/< In BIGFOOT ENCOUNTERS IN OHIO, I include the story (page 61) of the unusual tracks found by Beverly Fletcher in Bloomingdale (1979). Here is a photo of Beverly and her mother, along with a track, that I recently found in the Furhmann files. The odd thing about these tracks was that the toes appeared to have claws. We have the same situation with the prints found by David Thompson near what is now Jasper, Alberta, in 1811. Here, however, there was another anomaly – the prints showed just four toes. When we add to this the mystery of threetoed prints, we are beyond “pushing the envelope” because there would have to be breeding populations of several species of something that has big feet and walks erect. As John Green has lamented, we would prefer we did not have these oddities and UFO connections. But, there you are…
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