In the shadows – Bigfoot
Recently, I was asked to write some articles for the Democrat-Journal about Bigfoot, and thought I would title the series, “In the shadows.”
While you either believe in Bigfoot or are a skeptic, I hope that the information I present in these articles make some sit up and go ‘Hmmmm.’
Most people believe that Bigfoot only resides in the Pacific Northwest, but in reality, sightings have been reported across the Continental United States and Canada. Oklahoma is actually considered #7 in the United States for Bigfoot sightings, with the most in the Green Country region and Southeast Oklahoma coming in right behind it regionally.
With the main focus of Bigfoot Research in the State of Oklahoma happening in the Adair, Cherokee and Sequoyah Counties by the Mid-America Bigfoot Research Center (MABRC), the number of sightings here far exceed those of any other counties in Oklahoma.
Bigfoot actually came to the forefront in Adair County in 1977, thanks to a young man named Brian Jones, who claimed to have been attacked by a Bigfoot in the Peavine Community. It caused quite the stir in the area, as people who lived in the general area refused to go outside their homes after dark. Hair samples that were found on Jones’ shirt later came back as Donkey hair, and from there, the story of the attack was picked apart until Jones admitted he made the story up.
What was interesting to myself and other members of the Mid-America Bigfoot Research Center was that a Bigfoot Research group at the time out of Oklahoma City had come up to investigate the attack. The Sasquatch Investigations of Mid-America (No relation to the MABRC) had been invited in by civil defense officials in hopes of learning if the reported creature could be the legendary Bigfoot.
About 10 years ago, a MABRC Researcher talked to the head of that organization back in the 70’s and learned that while the Bigfoot attack didn’t really happen, the researchers at the time had discovered that Brian had created his story based on a family down the road from him were having problems with Bigfoot and Jones just made up his story for attention.
But before the research organization could make it to the area, a Dutch Mills farmer reported that a creature broke into his milk house and overturned a barrel of feed, left claw marks and tracks, along with breaking some tree limbs.
What made this interesting to me as a budding teenager, was that the first incident of the attack occurred just a mile through the woods from my house, and the woods was my playground. And as you progress through the woods and terrain in a straight line to the east, low and behold, you came out at Dutch Mills.
Despite admitting to a hoax, Brian Jones did help expose the fact that a local family had been encountering Bigfoot on their property, and according to terrain, could easily travel the short distance of about 5 miles to Dutch Mills.
In our next article, we discuss some of the encounters that have been reported in the Adair County area in the 90s.