Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Finding Bigfoot: Accounts of Bigfoot sightings at Indiana town hall meeting

Indiana Dunes Bigfoot?

The best thing about the town hall meetings are the stories from regular, everyday folks. Most of the people have nothing to gain by sharing their experiences. This week, Matt Moneymaker and the Finding Bigfoot crew went to Monroe County, Indiana to ask local residents to share their stories with other attendees and the cast.

Nine residents had a "Class A" encounter, meaning they've seen a Bigfoot first hand. One man claimed he was chased by a sasquatch while driving near Salt Creek in Nashville. “It was either Bigfoot or a man in a suit ­— and a man on stilts, at that,” said the man.

The main reason the team went to Indiana was to check out an event from a video they received. According to, the video footage was taken near Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton, Ind., located near Lake Michigan. There weren't any specifics about the footage they're investigating, but we're going to show this YouTube video we found that was purportedly taken at Indiana Dunes State Park:

IndianaDuneMan, the person who filmed the footage wrote this about the video:
Here's the cleaned up version. We are still planning on going back out there with a cam, but it's been way too cold lately. Probably around the holidays the wives will let us go some afternoon. Actually, they have been pushing us to go see again. My youngest girl is having nightmares still about that day.
Well, I agree that the video leaves something to be desired. Be that as it may, the proof is in the pudding when you hear my 4 year old start to cry, which is the main reason we left the scene. My wife was driving and was also freaking out a bit, understandably. Like I said before, we're going to go out there again soon and look some more. In your experience, what should we be looking for?
I'll let you know - we've been back several times scouring that area and haven't found anything else yet.

From'Finding Bigfoot' in southern Ind.

Matt Moneymaker, president and founder of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, stood in front of a crowd gathered at Monroe County History Center.

He asked if anyone had experienced an encounter with a sasquatch, either by seeing one, hearing one or knowing someone who had a firsthand encounter.

Twenty or so hands shot up.

About 100 Indiana residents attended a filming of a town forum scene Monday for the 2012 season of the Animal Planet show “Finding Bigfoot.”

The forum, which brought in Indiana residents from as far as 50 miles away, gave those who believe they have encountered a bigfoot a chance to share their stories with other attendees and the cast of the show, a panel consisting of BFRO members and a research biologist.

Nine Indiana residents shared stories of “class A” encounters, having seen firsthand what they believed to be a bigfoot.

Logan Hunter said he encountered a sasquatch in October 1999, 14 miles west of Salt Creek in Nashville, Ind.

One of the panelists said there are “lots of reports from that area.”

He was out with a family friend when a sasquatch began chasing the 1972 Oldsmobile they were driving.

“It was either Bigfoot or a man in a suit ­— and a man on stilts, at that,” Hunter said.

Descriptions of the bigfoots sighted ranged in height from 5 feet to 9 1/2 feet. Most said the creatures had no neck and were covered in black or dark brown hair.

The panel became interested in Indiana as a sasquatch hotspot when it received a video about a sighting in Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton, Ind., located near Lake Michigan.

They came to Indiana to determine the film’s authenticity and investigate what they heard was an active area for sasquatch sightings.

The cast and crew will be in Bloomington for seven days, Producer Bicha Gholam said. For the show’s upcoming second season, they will visit 10 states, including Indiana.

Many of the people who showed up for the town forum hadn’t had an encounter with a sasquatch but came out of interest for the show or the subject matter.

Recent graduates from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs Susanna Foxworthy and Josh Levering attended because they “thought it would be cool to check out the show,” Levering said.

“To be willing to go on public TV and say, ‘This really freaked me out,’ it just doesn’t seem like something a lot of people would do unless they legitimately saw something,” Foxworthy said. “After those stories, I totally believe.”



  1. I hope people realize that this location is essentially suburban Chicago, and is not contiguous with any large tract of forest. It's a great place for high school kids from Michigan City to play pranks on drivers, but it's a terrible place for reclusive megafauna. The fact that any "researchers" take this locale seriously should at least make people take a glance at the biogeographic elephant in the room when it comes to "sasquatch." Why do people think they see these things where their existence is absolutely implausible? If people in these sorts of locations are adamant about their eye witness "encounters", what does that say about the reliability of reports from elsewhere?

    1. Anonymous Nov 9 2011
      You sure do not know that area very well.
      It is heavy with huge tracts of forest,thick marshs,dunes loaded with up to 8 foot dune grass. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is 15,000 acres +.
      The Indiana Dunes State park is 2,182 Acres. The Dunes National Lake Shore is 25 miles long.I think you should do your home work or go there and learn from the Rangers. Its few inhabitants include some from 200BC to 800BC. Your suburban statement shows you only know the area out side of this huge set of parks.

    2. They said there was no GIANT SQUID either lets all keep an open mind!! Look at all the sightings all over the world!! How about just something to see besides war and poverty! Its ok to use our imagination being a kid when were adults or just the IDEA that it could be true!!!!! LOL if it is where we going to put it in a ZOO I hope never!!!

  2. Another skeptic that thinks they are all pranks.
    I greatly dislike close minded people that think so negitavely.

  3. Now wait a minute. I think the above skeptic has some good points. When you're planting a garden, the person who pulls the weeds is just as important as the one who plants the seeds.

    If the bigfoot phenomenon is real, don't you want to weed out fakery? Who else but a skeptic is going to do that?

    I'd suggest a book by Carl Sagan entitled The Demon-Haunted World. It includes a bullshit-detection kit, which has helped me a lot. I want to believe as many true things as possible and disbelieve as many untrue things as possible.

    Running around with your head full of aliens, bigfoot, psychics, UFOs and gods is an irresponsible way to go through life. As Douglas Adams said, "Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?"

    So far I've weeded out god(s), alien abduction and 9-11 conspiracy theories. I was open-minded toward all these things, actually believed in god(s) and some of the 9-11 conspiracy theories.

    I'm still open-minded toward bigfoot, but weeding out hoaxes and fakery is absolutely important to getting down to the truth of the matter.

    -Atheist in FundyLand
    -Temporarily Agnostic in Practice Bigfoot Unbeliever

  4. Now that I've watched the video I'm pretty sure it was a hoax. ;)

    1. I agree. It bent over to the side like it had a rod shoved up its butt. It was a hoax.

  5. Convenient how the first few minutes of that tape are missing from the 'enhanced' version. This is an obvious ruse. How many people just randomly film out of a car window for 10 minutes and then...

    Wait for it... wait for it... Look! A Bigfoot!

    This was done to prank or scare kids.

    It worked well on a 4 year old.

  6. wow....Why waste time on stuff like this....I viewed this some time back and it is a hoax...the parents were playing a joke on the kids in the car. this is so fake and just like the "finding bigfoot" crew to waste time on fakes.
    The crypto Hunters

  7. Did they really investigate that video? Just lost some respect for them because that is so clearly a hoax. It is does not act or look like a squatch.

  8. It's not clear what video they're investigating. The video put up is one that we found that was taken in the same area they were talking about in the article. Someone in the comment said this is basically a suburban location.

  9. Even though it's a bit annoying, I can understand a parents joy at scaring the crap out of their kids.

  10. I don't think I've ever said this before,and I think Bigfoot is real,this looks like someone in a suit.
    This has to be the worst quality video I've seen as well.
    Why I think it's fake:
    1.) The arms are too short.I paused it and in the frame the legs are bent and the arms are above the knee.

    2.)Never seen a taunting,side stepping Bigfoot on video.

    3.)Videographer seems to be provoking his passengers and actually lets a laugh out near the end.

    Sorry,I call fake.
    It reminds me of the video where a father scares the living daylights out of his kids with such a routine.

  11. I hope Ranae tears this video apart!

  12. Well said, everyone.

    The bent-kneed glare was for the camera. If it was a real bigfoot, it would have just melted into the underbrush, like the creature in the Freeman film.

    If bigfoot is real, the only reason Patterson and Gimlin got such a long film was because of the recent flooding. "Patty" (if she was real) had nothing to hide behind.

    Regardless, a "real" bigfoot would not act this way.

    Go, Ranae! I actually think she isn't skeptical enough! Even if it wasn't very nice, I'd be asking the guys if they told anyone where they were going, whether or not someone could link into their GPS signal, etc.

    It would be easy to play bigfoot on that show. Just get a heads up on where the crew is going or find a way to link into someone's GPS. Use night vision to go uphill a ways from the road where the Finding Bigfoot folks are. Throw rocks. Break branches. Maybe let them see your thermal signature as you peek from behind a tree.

    I mean seriously. We don't know these people. If just ONE of them wanted to hoax, he / she could do it easily without anyone else knowing.

  13. Yeah, those 9-11 conspiracy theory's sure are crazy. Especially the one where 19 men armed with boxcutters directed by a man on dialysis in a cave fortress halfway around the world using a satellite phone and a laptop directed the most sophisticated penetration of the most heavily-defended airspace in the world, overpowering the passengers and the military combat-trained pilots on 4 commercial aircraft before flying those planes wildly off course for over an hour without being molested by a single fighter interceptor.

  14. OMG! Maybe someone is smarter than United States government, pilots, and citizens! Say its not so!

    F-the conspiracy theories! We are not taught to expect, or prepare for something on that scale.

    They out smarted us, plain and simple. Get over it! ( The conspiracy )

  15. I recommend you watch the 9/11 Debate: Loose Change vs. Popular Mechanics on YouTube. I'm going to watch it, too, because I haven't seen enough of it.

    I watched my friend, Sam, lose his marbles over 9/11. He eventually believed the calls from the family members and friends were faked and that controlled demolitions brought down the twin towers (and WT7).

    When Sam lost it, that's when I started taking a hard look. Sam was led down a path which required increasing amounts of credulity. Soon he started looking like a complete fool.

    I thought maybe LIHOP...maybe MIHOP? Then I remembered G.W. Bush and his buddies are complete retards and couldn't plan a walk to the nearest Starbuck's.

    You know what? When a big f-ing plane full of jet fuel flies into a building, the resulting fires burn hot enough to weaken the steel beams. Then the building falls. End of story.

    Occam's razor wins out on this one, I'm afraid.

  16. Ahh, the buildings. I've been interested in the of 9-11 since October of 2001 and have watched the "Loose Change" types, those who pray to the church of controlled demolitions marginalize any credible analysis and information regarding 9-11 ever since.

    What I find more compelling than the buildings is the fact that the Air Force was running multiple war games on the morning of 9-11 simulating hijackings over the continental United States that included (at least) one "live-fly" exercise as well as simulations that placed "false blips" on FAA radar screens.
    How could false blips be inserted on their radar. Look into P-Tech:

    Or the Huge surges in purchases of put options on stocks of the two airlines used in the attack -- United Airlines and American Airlines as well as Merrill Lynch & Co., and Morgan Stanley and Bank of America.
    Huge surge in purchases of call options of stock of a weapons manufacturer expected to gain from the attack. It's a shame the SEC destroyed their records on the investigation into the insider trading before the attacks, but that’s OK because destroying the records of the largest investigation in SEC history is just part of routine record keeping.

    Just to name a few.

  17. @Atheist, since when did this turn into a discussion about 9-11 and all that crap. It doesn't matter why it happened or who supposedly did it. What matters is a lot of innocence people lost their lives that day and more since then defending this country and preserving our way of life. So you can sit here and complaint about it openly without fear of repercussion because you have freedom of speech. While the rest of us actually did something about it instead of bitching and put boots on the ground and lost friends for you and everyone else.

  18. That's what you should be concerned with but on a different blog. This blog is about Bigfoot incase yall forgot.

  19. First off, using anything Popular Mechanics has spewed out doesn't come close to quality research. They are owned by Hearst Publishing, the creators of "yellow journalism". "Supply the pictures, I'll supply the war". There so called experts in their documentaries consist of a 20 year old punk who attempts to debunk every theory with weak straw man arguments and they have refused every request for an honest debate. Just Google WTC7 and watch what happened to that building that was never hit by a plane, did not have jet fuel in it, and came down in it's own footprint 8 hours later. I knew something was not right the day of. Like everyone else I was glued to the coverage that day. Ashley Banfield of NBC clearly said, "officials have decided to bring down building 7 for fear that it may eventually collapse on rescuers". Needless to say that footage has never been seen again, but I have it recorded. Now how can you decide to "pull it" as Larry Silverstein clearly said that they decided to do that afternoon? Buiding 7 would be the tallest buiding in 30 states. It came down at near freefall speed, no pancaking, toppling, a purely symmetrical instantaneous collapse. Wake up. I don't know what exactly happened that day, but you are not being told the entire truth. How dare any of you claim people have "lost it" by asking questions. Go to if you want to beging to find real answers.

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