There seems to be two different types of Bigfoot researcher. The first, and most common, is the researcher who feels that the creature is a physical animal. The second, widely considered to be among the “fringe”, are those who feel that Bigfoot is something less physical, something potentially spectral or alien. This post is about the second group. Those who feel this way are definitely the minority, often ridiculed or ignored. They are often dismissed along with the data they present.
Probably the best known researcher into this idea is Stan Gordon. I actually interviewed Stan earlier this year, the interview is here, on my blog. Stan has been researching the unusual and paranormal for over 50 years. One of the best pieces of evidence that supports Stan’s case is his documentation of the Bigfoot-UFO Pennsylvania Wave of 1973 and 1974.
The wave, like every mass of sightings, started slowly with some “normal” sightings, and the slowly build up into containing some of the most unusual encounters ever documented. You can find a complete documentation of the story in Stan’s book Silent Invasion: The Pennsylvania UFO-Bigfoot Casebook. I won’t go over the entire story of the wave but I will briefly describe my favorite encounter.
The encounter took place on October 25, 1973 near Uniontown, PA. Around 9 at night, the witness and his wife saw a very large, red, glowing sphere in the sky, as they were driving home. When they reached their house, they found their family members watching the light. The witness decided to go to a neighbors to try and get a better look. He and two neighbors investigated further by heading to where the object had landed. The object was found in the middle of a field, now green and dome-shaped. As the three men are looking at the dome, two large, hairy ape-like figures are seen walking along the field’s fence. The beings then climb over the fence and start heading toward the dome. The witnesses start to fire with the guns they brought with them, but the creatures appeared unharmed. As soon and the gunfire began the dome disappears before their eyes. The beings began to walk away the other way. Later, the witnesses claimed they were sure that they hit the creatures with the gunfire.
The report above is only one of hundreds of related incidents. What do you guys think? Do you think that there might be a connection? Or is this all just a bunch of baloney? Tell me in the comments.
Silent Invasion: The Pennsylvania UFO-Bigfoot Casebook by Stan Gordon
Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America by Loren Coleman
The Unidentified by Jerome Clark and Loren Coleman
Creatures of the Outer Edge by Jerome Clark and Loren Coleman
The Mothman, a huge black, birdlike thing that has been sighted around the world often. The Mothman is best known for its constant appearance around a small West Virginian town known as Point Pleasant. This lasted from November 1966 to December 1967.
The first encounter in Point Pleasant happened on November 15, 1966. Two couples, Steve & Mary Mallette and Roger & Linda Scarberry, were driving around a local abandoned munitions dump, dubbed the “TNT Area” by locals and was turned into a lover’s lane of sorts by local young couples. As they drove around, the group spotted two large, red eyes staring at them from a distance. They then noticed that the eyes were attached to a large, grey creature that Roger described as “shaped like a man, but bigger. Maybe six or seven feet tall. And it had big wings on its back.” They said it seemed to be waddling toward the door to the weapons plant, which was 10 feet or so away from the creature. They then drove as fast as they could away, but before they made it far, they saw either the same creature, or a different one but looked similar, was following the car and was keeping up with them. Mary also reported the creature making a sound similar to a “record played at high speed or the squeak of a mouse.”
The most popular idea as to the origin of the Mothman is that it’s extraterrestrial in origin. This idea was based off of the wealth of UFO sightings that accompanied the Mothman on its visit to Point Pleasant. Another popular idea was proposed by cryptozoologist Mark A. Hall. Hall suggested that the Mothman was a giant species of owl, unknown to science. He cleverly dubbed this owl as Bighoot. The creature has also been explained as a misidentification of the sand-hill crane, a six foot bird with a reddish head, a long neck, and scrawny body. Researchers have often shown witnesses pictures of the crane and none of the witnesses said that they could have mistaken the crane as the creature.
Encounters With Flying Humanoids by Ken Gerhard
The Mothman Prophecies by John Keel
Strange Creatures from Space and Time by John Keel
Fairies. The word seems to conjure up images of little winged females, often dressed in leaves. This image was popularized by Shakespeare, the 16th century poet and playwright. Fairies, in their folkloristic image, are much more interesting. The world of fairies is surprisingly complex and difficult to comprehend, but, in general terms, fairies are nature spirits.
The term fairy comes from the Latin word, fata, meaning fate. There are many different names and different spellings for fairies as well; fay, fey, fae, sidhe (pronounced shee), and elf. Fairies are sometimes claimed that they are only a European phenomenon, but actually, they are worldwide. The best known fairies are mostly from Ireland and Scotland, which gave rise to that misconception.
The Celts believed that fairies were nature spirits which were connected to a specific place or element of the world, (such as earth, forests, fire). Like many folkloric beliefs, fairies were Christianized in the Middle Ages. During this time, they went from mischievous nature spirits to being fallen angels cast down from heaven. It is thought that many superstitions were born from stories of pranks fairies had played on unsuspecting humans. Fairies were, and still are, used by various pagan beliefs to perform magic and carry rituals.
There are many types of fairies from all around the world. Leprechauns are probably the best known, they are small shoemakers who are often suspected of having gold hidden. Pixies are tiny female creatures with butterfly wings, the common image of the fairy. Goblins and hobgoblins are known as dark fairies, meaning they operate at night, they are ugly, cruel and stupid creatures.
There are some who theorize that fairies may be connected with modern day encounters with UFOs and “extraterrestrials”. The idea was first born in the book Passage to Magonia by Jacques Vallee, a well known ufologist and computer scientist. There are three common arguments for their connection. First, descriptions of fairies and aliens are very similar in behavior and appearance. Second, lights in the sky in ancient times meant fairies were abound, while lights in the sky now mean UFOs are abound. Third, and finally, both fairies and aliens “abduct” humans in order to study them, and those who are abducted seem to “lose time” (they had a quicker perception of time than what actually transpired).
The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits by Rosemary Ellen Guiley
Unexplained by Jerome Clark
The Unidentified by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark