©C. L. Murphy - PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU WISH TO BE ADDED OR REMOVED FROM MY EMAIL LIST. WE OFTEN RUN ACROSS references to Marco Polo’s account (c.1285) of a possible orang pandek (a little ape-man) sighting. It is interesting to see exactly what Marco said, so here it is: “It should be known that what is reported respecting the dried bodies of diminutive human creatures, or pigmies, brought from India, is an idle tale, such pretended men being manufactured in this island in the following manner. The country produces a species of monkey, of a tolerable size, and having a countenance resembling that of a man. Those persons who make it their business to catch them shave off their hair, leaving it only about the chin, and those other parts where it naturally grows on the human body. They then dry and preserve them with camphor and other drugs; and having prepared them in such a mode that they have exactly the appearance of little men, they put them into wooden boxes, and sell them to trading people who carry them to all parts of the world. But this is merely an imposition, the practice being such as we have described; and neither in India, nor in any other country, however wild (and little known), have pigmies been found of a form so diminutive as these exhibit.1 Sufficient have been said of this kingdom, which presents nothing else remarkable, we shall now speak of another, named Samara. “- Book III, Chapter 12, On the Second Kingdom, Named Basman
1 [Editor’s footnote]. At a period when the eastern part of the world was little known to the people of Europe, who were credulous in proportion to their ignorance, it is by no means improbable that such impositions were practiced by the traveling Mahometian and Armenian traders who visited the islands where the orang utan or pong (simian satyrus) was found, and might have been in the practice of selling their stuffed carcasses to the virtuosi of Italy, for the mummies of a pigmy race of men.

A modern rendering of the orang pendek; 70.75 cm equals 27.9 inches.

From what I can gather from this, I really don’t think Marco saw any live creatures. He likely saw dead ones, both processed and waiting to be processed. Nevertheless, whatever the creatures were, I am surprised that one of the stuffed bodies has not come to light in some museum. However, on this point Loren Coleman has done some considerable research and he has some excellent material on what are termed carnival “gaffs” on his website. Such are fabricated man/creature oddities that include both animal parts and other types of material. I have previously discussed two of these things that I have personally seen. One is Jake the Alligator Man, which is at Marsh’s Free Museum in Long Beach, Washington, and the other is a little mermaid at The Trading Post in Banff, Alberta. The practice of making these curiosities has been going on for hundreds of years. Nevertheless, I have never seen one that is simply a tiny man (human) as Marco Polo implies, and which I envision would look somewhat like the orang pendek illustration shown above. (Please wade in here, Matt Crowley.)

JUST FOR FUN, I had another look at the first Planet of the Apes movie. I remember seeing it about 39 years ago, so I refreshed my memory. The movie is copyright 1967, but I believe it was released the following year. I know it’s been said many times, but there’s absolutely no similarity between the ape costumes used in the movie and the creature seen in the P/G film. As a matter of fact, with 39 years under my belt, the movie costumes are really pretty funky. Nevertheless, if you have a mind to get the movie, pick up The Day After also, and watch it first. Then check back on what Odette Tchernine wrote, which I presented in my last newsletter. (Look thy last on all things lovely…) BOB HEIRONIMUS STATES in Greg Long’s book, The Making of Bigfoot (page 344): "I think the feet [of the costume] were made of old house slippers you used to see around that looked like a big foot with toes on them. They had wrinkles on the bottom of them, you know.” Now, I do remember slippers like that back in the 1960s, and indeed put a pair on when I visited a friend. They were made of fake brown fur and were naturally quite large. I can’t find a photo of them on the net, so if anyone in their travels runs across one, I would appreciate a copy. Better still, check grandma’s attic, you might find a pair. ON PAGE 108 OF Meet the Sasquatch I show the cast Bob Titmus gave to the Vancouver Museum and mention the note on the back. Shown here is a photo I took of the note, which reads, “This is an actual cast of Bigfoot imprint made Oct. 2, 1958 in Bluff Creek in Humboldt County, California. ‘Bigfoot’ is not a hoax.” Bob Titmus, Taxidermist, Anderson, Calif. Titmus found a lot of tracks and dedicated a large part of his life in his quest for the sasquatch. This year (July 1) marks the 10th Anniversary of his passing.

THERE HAVE BEEN MOUNDS of material written about what Roger Patterson said of his and Bob Gimlin’s experience at Bluff Creek. But what did Roger specifically say (write) himself? A few months after the event (probably February 1968) he put out a newsletter, and here is exactly what he wrote and signed:

Patterson’s newsletter logo.

We can see from this information that the two men arrived in area about October 11 or 12. Bob Gimlin seemed to think they had been there somewhat longer, but I don’t think so.

THIS PHOTOGRAPH taken in Park des Sept Chutes’ (Seven Chutes Park), Quebec, June 2005, continues to intrigue me. All of the information is on Rob Gaudet’s website: <> What we see appears to be a baboon-like creature that is carrying something. Another baboon-like creature was allegedly filmed (video) in Texas. I have the photos, but the owner does not wish them released. (A hoax is suspected, but it is odd that someone would choose to use a baboonman headpiece rather than a bigfoot.) Then, last year I got an inquiry as to what I knew about “devil dogs,” which were described as baboon-like creatures seen in the southern U.S. And then to top it off, a few months ago I got a call from Joedy Cook in Ohio, who found part of an odd skull that has been identified by the Cincinnati Zoo as being that of a baboon. Joedy is sending me photos of the skull and I will share them. Just how a baboon would meet its fate in the Ohio “outback” is a bit of a wonder. I suppose some people might keep such animals, and one could have escaped. (Can you imagine seeing a baboon coming down the trail?) As to the Seven Chutes photo, Dr. Meldrum points out that it is likely a tree stump that has taken on “suggestive characteristics” as a result of light/shadows and so forth. I agree that this could be so; however, when researchers went to the spot, there was nothing of that nature there. If you enlarge this photo, you will see a man waving in the lower right corner (arrow)–that is the spot. Rob Gaudet has many photos in this connection on his website. All I can offer here is that the researchers did not go to the right spot, but this appears unlikely. REMARKABLY OLD MARCO POLO says something odd about the people “of the Island of Angaman” that is somewhat “baboon” connected. Here is what he says: “Angaman is a very large island, not governed by a king. The inhabitants are idolaters, and are a most brutish and savage race, having heads, eyes, and teeth resembling those of the canine species. Their dispositions are cruel, and every person, not being of their own nation, whom they can lay their hands upon, they kill and eat.” Well, I hardly think so. Nevertheless, baboons are canine-like, so you people out there in Quebec might keep a sharp eye in case some of the Angaman folk trotted over to North America with bigfoot.

ONCE DURING MY LONG career with the B.C. Telephone Company (now Telus), I was asked to do a presentation to the president, Brian Canfield, and the company’s executive, on a supply operations department process I had developed. When I got up to speak, I prefaced my talk with, “Well, gentlemen, with this group, I hardly know where to start.” I was interrupted by Brian Canfield who said, “Well Chris, just pretend we’re all idiots and start there.” This I did, and most certainly much information I provided that I thought was common knowledge was new to many in that group. My point here is, that with knowledge, what’s “new” is totally relative. If you were born five minutes ago, then everything in the world is new. I didn’t work at the I see one individual, commenting on a bigfoot presentation I headquarters building, but made, stated that I wasted an hour or so of his life. Another, was often there. commenting on Meet the Sasquatch, said, “not much new.” Both are certainly correct from their vantage points. Indeed, if this newsletter was being sent just to the likes of Green, Perez, Meldrum, Coleman, Steenburg, and so forth, I would not bother getting into the “old hat.” JAN SUNDBERG directed me to further information on the eagle/ fox altercation photo I posted in newsletter #24. The photo was taken in Finland by Pekka Kome, a wildlife photographer. Dr. Darren Nash originally posted the photo, and he has astounding information on the subject of eagles killing large animals on his website, shown below. In summary Darren tells us: “…big eagles, most notably the golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos, are able to attack and kill mammals substantially bigger than they are. Wild individuals will attack and kill deer (including reindeer, roe deer and white-tailed deer) and pronghorn, and there are ridiculous, authenticated cases where golden eagles have killed domestic calves exceeding 100 kg in weight. Trained individuals in Kazakhstan kill wolves.” The photo shown here is also from Darren‘s website. >< GERRY MATTHEWS of West Coast Sasquatch has kindly volunteered to feature a presentation on his website that I have prepared (painstakingly edited by Roger Knights) on my sasquatch exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in Pocatello, Idaho. Many of you, I am sure, will not be able to get to that neck of the woods, so I am providing a “virtual tour.” Please go to Gerry’s site, as shown below. A link to the presentation is shown on the front page of the site under Latest News. <>

IN THE FUHRMANN files, I found this interesting newspaper account of the April 1982 track-find in Washington. A footprint cast on one track, produced from a mold by Rick Noll, is seen below (see page 105 of Meet the Sasquatch). Dr. Henner Fahrenbach mentioned to me that he investigated the prints found in that area at that time, and there were many half-tracks and so forth, which definitely indicated a natural foot had made them. Nevertheless, again we find ourselves pondering the “hoax” question and trying to sort out how the tracks could have been fabricated. It is certainly easy to say they were hoaxed, but quite another to show how–and around and around we go.

You may not have been a believer in the infamous myth of Sasquatch or Bigfoot, but after having taken a look at the mold of a print found Wednesday, April 21, one might be leaning toward such a belief. Sheriff Dennis Morrisette, right, and Deputy Denny Heryford, one of the investigating officers, hold the seventeen by seven-inch mold of a print found on Worman’s Bar in the Satsop River, near the end of Brady Loop Road. The print, which is shown in the accompanying photo before being lifted for a mold, was found by Dan Makeviney, a Shelton logger. From the depth of the print it is indicated that whatever made it would have to weigh about 650 pounds. A 250-pound deputy sheriff was unable to create a similar depth of footprint. Heryford said that several hairs were found between the toes of the print, and they were to be analyzed. He also said that two or three ‘Sasquatch’ experts were anxious to examine the footprint mold. Earlier that same day, another set of large footprints were found near the Ventron plant south of Elma on Highway 8. Morrisette noted that if the several sets of footprints were indeed a hoax, “Someone went to an awful lot of trouble and expense,”

Cast from print found at Abbott Hill, Washington. It is 15 inches long.

SOME RESEARCHERS, including Loren Coleman, Mark Hall, and Matt Crowley now present further arguments that Ray Wallace and/or his associates probably faked the 1967 Blue Creek Mountain and Onion Mountain prints. Coleman provides the information gathered on his website (address shown below). He alerted me to the information, and I subsequently got into discussion with him and Matt Crowley on this issue. If the evidence provided is correct, then indeed we must proceed in the way Coleman recommends. I have started to look into the matter, and will present my findings as I move forward. Please visit Loren Coleman’s website for full coverage on this subject. >< SOME OF YOU have emailed me and complimented me on my newsletter, and I truly appreciate your support. Roger Knights assists me greatly with his editing expertise, so thanks on your behalf is extended to him. END OF NEWSLETTER #26 YOUR COMMENTS ARE WELCOME.