|An artist's rendering of a the photo of the Bigfoot looking into the camera above.|
Drawing by Chris Gunter.
Yes, it has been a busy 24 hours to say the least. Less than 12 hours ago, our blog broke The Ketchum Report that was originally posted on Bigfoot Forums less than an hour before. And then, when you woke up this morning, you saw a plethora of Robert Lindsay-related posts. We have to admit, we held on to the Robert Lindsay posts for 6 hours because we felt that our readers needed a break.
This latest development is also from Robert Lindsay. But before we show you the purported photo of a Bigfoot licking a trail cam, let's talk about Lindsay for a moment.
Many moons ago, Robert's passion in Bigfoot started to spike when he posted an article featuring an interview about two Bigfoots that were shot near Gold Lake, CA. The claim was wild and probably exaggerated, but nevertheless, the core of the story was true: A bear hunter saw two Bigfoots and shot at them. The story was soon dubbed the Sierra Kills.
This news sent shock waves throughout the community, and some people didn't know what or who to believe. Derek Randles, the head of the Olympic Project, didn't help Lindsay either after lashing out at him and calling parts of Lindsay's story untrue. In all of his rage, Derek Randles never said he was lying - just parts of it were untrue.
After the Sierra Kills story, Lindsay started to come out with anonymous sources. Some of them worked with Dr. Melba Ketchum, and others were departures from the Erickson Project. Under the circumstances of remaining anonymous, his sources were not allowed to go into much detail about anything, especially on the subject of DNA. However, tidbits of information began to trickle out, and Robert did his best to compile this data, but he admits he's not an expert on Bigfoot DNA.
Consequently, many people in the Bigfoot community chose to ignore anything that had to do with Robert Lindsay. Initially, they didn't know what to think about his "Bigfoot News" that's released every week or so, but some had already made up their minds about him.
Fast forward to now, and the landscape is a little different. The group Facebook Find Bigfoot is finally holding out their hats trying to catch droplets of Dr. Melba Ketchum's news, originally reported by Lindsay of course. The long-held belief within the old guards of the Bigfoot community is that Bigfoot is an ape. Everything that Lindsay had reported up to this point has been saying that Bigfoot is closer to humans.
There are a few other groups who are still on the fence about Dr. Ketchum's research, but they could be coming around too sooner or later.
This post by Sharon Lee of The Bigfoot Field Reporter indicates a change in attitude towards Lindsay, possibly vindicating him:
I am starting to think that maybe we should pay more attention to Robert Lindsay. I just don't know anymore. My gut instinct, which is usually never wrong, tells me that the DNA evidence was all just another event that would leave us still wondering if Sasquatch are flesh and blood creatures AND more so, if they truly exist.
I had been leery from the beginning due to Biscardi's involvement, Ketchum's track record for not producing favorable outcomes for her customers, and The Smeja story, the Erickson Project...it all just seemed so convenient how they all went hand-in-hand.
I feel like maybe I am out of touch? Then I see this story today from Robert Lindsay and I am thinking to myself, are people really seeing a Bigfoot in this blurry trail cam photo?
A photo of a Bigfoot looking at a camera on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. This is apparently the first photo of a DNA-proven Bigfoot ever released.
Have I become so cynical and jaded that I can't see the Squatch through the trees?
I would love to hear feedback from you all on this because I think maybe I am failing to grasp the inevitable truth that maybe Ketchum is legit. Maybe Smeja did kill a Bigfoot. Maybe the government doesn't really care if we prove Bigfoot exist.
Talk to me.
Maybe this photo IS of a Sasquatch picking up apples in Vermont?
- Sharon Lee