Exists Ticket Giveaway

Cryptomundo - 12 hours 22 min ago
In the LA area? Want to win a pair of tickets to an L.A. screening of Exists and Q&A with director Eduardo Sanchez on October 23rd at 7 pm?
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Bigfoot, Yeti and Sasquatch: Explained in 60 Seconds

Cryptomundo - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 8:29pm
The science Bigfoot, Yeti & Sasquatch’s existence explained. How they evolved, their closest relatives the orangutan & gigantopithecus, and why no proof, definitive sightings or Bones & remains have been found.
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American Monsters Tonight!

Cryptomundo - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 5:44pm
Author, investigator and artist Linda Godfrey is the author of 16 books on strange creatures, phenomena and people. She’s a frequent guest on national TV and radio shows, including Monsterquest (Seasons 1 and 4), Lost Tapes, Monsters and Mysteries, Sean Hannity’s America, Inside Edition, Coast to Coast AM, NPR, Wis. Public Radio and many more. She lives in the Kettle Moraine area of SE Wisconsin with her husband and monster dog, Grendel. She will discuss her new book, American Monsters, and provide an update on the Beast of Bray Road. Books will be available for purchase and signing! For more information about Linda Godfrey, visit: LindaGodfrey.com
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2nd Annual Boggy Creek Festival

Cryptomundo - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 4:43pm
The 2nd Annual Boggy Creek Festival is coming up this weekend Oct 24-25, 2014 in Fouke, Arkansas. Fouke is, of course, home of the infamous Legend of Boggy Creek. The purpose of the event is to bring together the local community and to share information about the sasquatch-like creature that has been sighted in the area for over a century. The festival features local arts and crafts, music, entertainment, food vendors, and presentations by local bigfoot researchers. Camping at the Miller County Fairgrounds will be open starting Friday Oct 24, while the main event will happen Sat Oct 25 along Fouke's main strip just off Highway 71 and Main Street. (Just come to Fouke and you can't miss it!)
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Cryptologic Radio Archive: Eduardo Sanchez

Cryptomundo - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 3:32pm
Join us as we talk to director, producer, screenwriter, and editor Eduardo Sanchez, of the upcoming Bigfoot move Exists and blockbuster The Blair Witch Project. The anticipated release of Exists in theaters and VOD will be on October 24th. We’ll be picking Eduardo’s brain about all things Bigfoot, Exists, and his previous films. What research went into Exists, what got Eduardo interested in the subject of Bigfoot, are any portions of the movie based on real life encounters?
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Reviewing the Original Texas Bigfoot Conference

Cryptomundo - Wed, 22/10/2014 - 1:10pm
"On Friday, September 17, I drove from my Arlington, Texas home to Jefferson, Texas, where I was due to speak the following morning at the Original Texas Bigfoot Conference..."
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Cryptologic Radio: Eduardo Sanchez

Cryptomundo - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 11:16pm
Tonight! Wednesday October 21st – 5pm PST/8pm EST Join us as we talk to director, producer, screenwriter, and editor Eduardo Sanchez, of the upcoming Bigfoot move Exists and blockbuster The Blair Witch Project. The anticipated release of Exists in theaters and VOD will be on October 24th. We’ll be picking Eduardo’s brain about all things Bigfoot, Exists, and his previous films.
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SasWhat: Exists

Cryptomundo - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 9:57pm
This week Mark and Seth sat down with the director of upcoming Bigfoot horror movie, Exists. The topics range from Star Wars to film making technique and storytelling, Bigfoot, and, of course the directors success with The Blair Witch Project.
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Ancient Human Origins, North American Giants

Cryptomundo - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 5:38pm
We have been doing genetic studies on the origin of various ancient and extant hominins including the cone heads of Peru, Sasquatch, and the red headed giants of North America that are famous in Native American legends.
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Skeptical Investigations

Paranormalia - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 1:41pm
Paranormalia readers will enjoy the Skeptical About Skeptics website, which has just launched. There’s a lot of background about the various luminaries in the skeptic movement, along with critical articles that have been written about them and their...

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The Quantum Bigfoot Theory

Cryptomundo - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 1:14pm
An article by Ron Morehead, author of Voices of the Wilderness. Are you in the ‘Ape Camp’? Do you think that Bigfoot is probably just another ape that needs discovering? You may want to consider this article and re-evaluate that thought…especially if you’re getting frustrated in the age-old way of searching for Bigfoot and it’s not getting you anywhere.
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 Glimpsing Heaven

Paranormalia - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 12:31pm
I 'll be posting here soon, but in the meantime here’s Henry Brand, aka our own Rabbitdawg, with a review of a new book on NDE-type experiences. Thanks, Dawg! I don't know if you're familiar with an influential Black Power poet from the early 1970's...

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Celebrate St. Patty’s Day

Cryptomundo - Mon, 20/10/2014 - 11:54pm
Watch exclusive Bigfoot Lunch Club video of a conversation between Bill Munns, the man who has investigated the film more than anyone else, and Bob Gimlin, the man who was there.
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Ripping it up, part three

Michael Prescott - Mon, 20/10/2014 - 4:50pm

It appears that the much-ballyhooed DNA match that identified a Ripper victim's blood on a 19th-centruy shawl has now turned out to be much less significant than originally claimed. The online Ripperologists who looked critically at this claim seem to have been vindicated.

The Independent, a British paper, reports:

[T]he scientist who carried out the DNA analysis has apparently made a fundamental error that fatally undermines his case against Kosminski – and once again throws open the debate over who the identity of the Ripper.

The scientist, Jari Louhelainen, is said to have made an "error of nomenclature" when using a DNA database to calculate the chances of a genetic match. If true, it would mean his calculations were wrong and that virtually anyone could have left the DNA that he insisted came from the Ripper's victim.

The apparent error, first noticed by crime enthusiasts in Australia blogging on the casebook.org website, has been highlighted by four experts with intimate knowledge of DNA analysis – including Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, the inventor of genetic fingerprinting – who found that Dr Louhelainen made a basic mistake in analysing the DNA extracted from a shawl supposedly found near the badly disfigured body of Ripper victim Catherine Eddowes. They say the error means no DNA connection can be made between Kosminski and Eddowes ...

[E]xperts with detailed knowledge of the GMI's mtDNA database claimed that Dr Louhelainen made an "error of nomenclature" because the mutation in question should be written as "315.1C" and not "314.1C". Had Dr Louhelainen done this, and followed standard forensic practice, he would have discovered the mutation was not rare at all but shared by more than 99 per cent of people of European descent.

This potential problem was discussed in more detail in an earlier post about the Ripper story. Given the authority of the scientists who are now weighing in, and the continuing silence from Dr. Louhelainen, I'd say the DNA claim has been decisively debunked.

In terms of the usual subject matter of this blog, the take-away is that even experts can make rather obvious mistakes when they get caught up in the excitement of the chase. This can apply both to parapsychologists and their critics. We need to look critically at all claims, whether pro- or anti-paranormal, and keep emotion out of it as much as possible.

Admittedly, easier said than done ...

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Finding Bigfoot Season Premiere November 9th

Cryptomundo - Mon, 20/10/2014 - 2:42pm
The team is back for a 6th season on Animal Planet!
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Happy 47th Patty!

Cryptomundo - Mon, 20/10/2014 - 12:17pm
Today is the 47th anniversary of the Patterson-Gimlin film.
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Decline and fall

Michael Prescott - Mon, 20/10/2014 - 4:44am

The American Society for Psychical Research is but a shadow of its former self. So says Guy Lyon Playfair in a recent overview of the ASPR's history published in the Fortean Times (not available online as far as I know).

The Society, founded in 1885 as a companion organization to England's previously established Society for Psychical Research, has had a storied history marked by the contributions of many leading figures in the field, including William James, James Hyslop, Walter Franklin Pierce, Gardner Murphy, and Karlis Osis. In 1972 membership peaked at 2,554.

These days, Playfair argues, it's all gone downhill.

With the retirement of Osis in 1983, in-house activity slowed down and soon ground to a near-halt, or so it appears. For the past 20 years or so, information on the Society’s current activities has been hard to come by. My own request for it was not answered or acknowledged. There have been no Journal or Proceedings since 2004, although the ASPR website remains, inviting those with personal experiences to report to send them to William Roll (although he died in January 2012). Veteran parapsychologist George Hansen estimated in 2007 after a trawl through the society’s tax returns, that membership had fallen from 591 in 1988 to just 23 in 2005. He also noted that its current executive director still enjoys a six-figure salary. His tersely understated conclusion: “It is unclear what services the ASPR actually provides.”

Author Stacy Horn is quoted as saying that her repeated requests to access the ASPR’s archive were rebuffed. “For a year and a half they put me off and I finally accepted that they just didn’t want me to see anything. They wouldn’t even tell me what they had. I’ve since learned that I am just one in a long line of people who had similar experiences with the ASPR.”

It's too bad. With the growth of paranormal websites and TV shows, there's a real opportunity for a revival of the ASPR. Sadly, Playfair's account makes that rosy scenario seem unlikely.

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Manbeasts Reviewed

Cryptomundo - Sat, 18/10/2014 - 1:26pm
This book by Adam Davies proves to be a seminal work, dealing with his investigations into Manbeasts across the world. The chronicle of Davies' expeditions also includes his searches for the Yeren in China, the Almas, the Abominable Snowman, the Mandi Burung and the Orang Pendek, including a sighting of the latter.
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CryptoCast Archive: 2014 Original Texas Bigfoot Conference

Cryptomundo - Fri, 17/10/2014 - 11:33pm
Join Craig, Monica, Howard, Lyle Blackburn, Ken Gerhard and Nick Redfern as we discuss the upcoming Original Texas Bigfoot Conference on the air.
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Monsters Underground: Grand Canyon Caverns Rake

Cryptomundo - Fri, 17/10/2014 - 9:19pm
Bill Brock and his team travel to Peach Springs, Arizona to a show cave called The Grand Canyon Caverns, to investigate a newly discovered section of the cave, unexplored by man but possibly hiding a murderous creature known as the Rake.
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