You can’t explore the topic of Bigfoot without discussing Bigfoot hoaxes. The “Fact or Fiction” section of our book is my favorite because it focuses on four famous Bigfoot stories that most definitely contain elements of truth. The question is how much truth? And what is fact and what is fiction? All four stories have become major conversation tokens in the Bigfoot community.
Pranks are a tool used to show affection and bonding, to test boundaries, or to create an atmosphere of fun as they did in the logging camp days. But what happens when the prank extends beyond the family or circle of friends? When it becomes more than a practical joke? Hoaxers don’t expect to bond with individuals outside their faction of acquaintances. So what is the motivation to fabricate a story that risks integrity and credibility? Is it money? Prestige? Attention? Fame? Dissatisfaction with life?t. s. mart, The Legend of Bigfoot
The Fact or Fiction Bigfoot Stories
We draw conclusions by gathering information, asking questions, and remaining open minded. Not everyone will agree these stories might be Bigfoot hoaxes, but some people think so and that’s why we take an in depth look at them. Our goal is to always be as sensitive and respectful as possible while communicating effectively.
The Story of Jacko
A gorilla-like boy is captured by a train conductor and his men in 1884 outside Yale, British Columbia. He’s taken to a secluded location and cared for then mysteriously disappears.
Fred Beck and Ape Canyon
In 1967, Mr. Beck decides to tell the public what happened to himself and four other gold miners on Mt. St. Helen’s back in 1927. His son, Ronald, helps him write and publish a pamphlet called, “I Fought the Apemen of Ape Canyon.” You can read the pamphlet here.
The Abduction of Albert Ostman
One of the most outlandish yet intriguing stories is that of Albert Ostman, who reported and signed a sworn affidavit that he had been abducted by Sasquatch in 1924. He didn’t tell anyone or sign the statement until 1957, when he was interviewed by local reporter and Bigfoot investigator, John Green.
The Minnesota Iceman
In 1967, a mysterious millionaire came into the possession of a Bigfoot-type body in ice that he supposedly bought in Hong Kong. He did not want to hand it over to a scientist, but he wanted to educate the public of the iceman’s existence.
The More Exposed a Story
In The Legend of Bigfoot, Mel and I dissect these stories. But we’ve found that the more exposed a story, the more difficult it becomes to sort fact from fiction. Too many pens on the page, so to speak. But we dive in anyway, examining and sorting out the details, applying context and discovering intrigue. All along, I continually battle this thought:
If stories have endured over time, whether or not they are a Bigfoot hoax, does their motivation even matter anymore? Or, should readers of today ignore origin details and simply enjoy the campfire tales that make the surrounding shadows creep with enhanced eeriness?
The good news is that you have a choice on what to think and believe.
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“I must judge for myself, but how can I judge, how can any man judge, unless his mind has been opened and enlarged by reading.”
― John Adams, Diary and Autobiography of John Adams: Volumes 1-4, Diary (1755-1804) and Autobiography