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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Can Finding Bigfoot Find the Fouke Monster?


Editor’s Note: This is a post by Bigfoot Evidence contributor Vicki W.

For many Bigfoot enthusiasts the movie "The Legend of Boggy Creek" sparked an interest and for some an obsession about the existence of the big guy commonly called Bigfoot. It's about time the Finding Bigfoot team visit the town that inspired so many. Finding Bigfoot is traveling to Arkansas in hopes of finding the legendary Fouke Monster! According to a Facebook posting by Mayor Terry Purvis, the show's all too familiar town meeting will take place Friday, January 18th. As you may recall, Ranae Holland made mention of the classic movie in Sunday's Louisiana episode, remarking that the area was as close as she could imagine to seeing the iconic Boggy Creek location. This episode deserves to be a 2-hour special, don't you think?

It will be interesting to see some of the locations as they look today as well as some of the players involved, hopefully including members of the Crabtree family. The recent novel (correction: non-fiction book) authored by Lyle Blackburn, "The Beast of Boggy Creek", assembles the information that inspired the film and continues with sightings well into the 21st century. (It's a page-turner--highly recommended for BF buffs). The last sighting covered in the book was in 2010, which means the monster is still there, though it must surely be the monster's grandkids creating the fuss nowadays.

Although the Fouke Monster legend became well known in the 1970s due to the movie, the first report on record detailing a hairy man-beast took place in 1851. According to Blackburn's "Beast of Boggy Creek" it was reported in both the "Arkansas Gazette" and the "Memphis Enquirer" on May 9, 1851.

"Two hunters near Greene County were startled when they came upon a large, hair-covered animal as it was trying to catch a calf from a herd of cattle. When the creature noticed the men, it stopped it's pursuit of the calf and just stood there eyeing them. Then suddenly, it turned and ran. They described it as 'an animal bearing the unmistakable likeness of humanity. He was gigantic of stature, the body being covered with hair and the head with long locks that fairly enveloped the neck and shoulders.'

Blackburn further writes, "Upon investigation, the men reportedly found human-like tracks that measured 13 inches long. This is quite remarkable since the length correlates with the size of modern day Bigfoot tracks. The reporter at the time theorized that the beast was a human survivor of an earthquake that occurred in northeast Arkansas on December 16, 1811."

A post-movie incident that was investigated by the Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy happened in 2000 near Mercer Bayou is also detailed in "Beast of Boggy Creek". A group of men were coon hunting when the witness followed his dog's alert toward a treed raccoon:

"Suddenly I heard something walking in the flooded timber. I could tell by the gait that it was someone coming in the flooded woods. So I called out to them, thinking it must have been one of my hunting companions. To my dismay no one answered--instead all I heard was a deep-throated, gurgling growl and {smelled} the awfullest putrid smell. The smell was like when you kill a wild hog and grab him by the hind leg and then you give out dragging him and put your hand up to your nose and the smell knocks you over. I also heard a whining kind of whistling sound. My dogs were on my leash and were whimpering. These were UKC Lipper-bred Walkers, they probably weighed in at close to a 100 lbs. They could rip a 20 lb. coon apart, yet there they were cowardly crouched behind my legs whimpering. I couldn't understand it. Still in all, I was not concerned about any of this and got my dogs and started back across the swamp.

After a few minutes I heard this sound of someone or something walking in the water again. So I stopped and turned around and standing right behind me was a creature of immense size. Talk about the hair on the back of your neck standing up, I was scared. I don't ever remember being that scared. He made a hissing sound and reached down and took his hand and started scooping water and throwing it up at me and making a deep throaty noise. My dogs started chomping at the leash and growling to get at it, having regained their bravery. I grabbed the leash and tore out across that swamp so scared that, for awhile, I went in the wrong direction. I got to a big Cypress knee and caught my breath. I could hear the thing behind me, it sounded like it was about a hundred yards or so back. It followed me for a ways, then after a while I could hear it across the bayou making a moaning sound and moving away slowly.

I got my breath and my compass and my bearings and started back to the truck. When I got there I didn't say a word to my friends about what I saw and heard for fear they would laugh me down. Needless to say I never returned to Thornton Wells nor do I plan to. For a long time, I kept this to myself. I even had nightmares about it."

Another sighting which occurred near Fouke in October of 2000 was reenacted on the "Swamp Stalker" episode of "Monster Quest". Bow hunter Stacy Hudson appeared on the episode and described a dark-haired creature that paid him a visit while he was fully camouflaged in a tree stand. When the creature reached up and touched the sharp broadhead of one of his arrows, it let out a loud and terrifying scream, after which Hudson admits to screaming and "cussin" himself.

The most recent sighting covered in Blackburn's book took place in 2010. "Monster Mart" (Fouke's famous market and tourist attraction) employee and non-believer Liz Rowton had just finished her shift at the store. Her husband and fellow non-believer Michael arrived to pick her up around 11 pm. Driving down the road, Michael noticed something squatting in the grassy area between the road and the trees. The thing stood up and crossed in front of them. When they looked towards the direction it ran, they both saw it's outline as it escaped into the woods. Did they see the Fouke Monster? Or was it a 7 foot tall prankster in an ape costume cleverly attempting to convert the two doubting Thomas'?

Let's hope Matt, Ranae, Bobo and Cliff will hear even spookier tales at the customary town meeting. With a little, okay--a lot--of luck perhaps they will dredge up some evidence. Why not join a group of coon hunters for their night investigation? Follow along and meander away. Maybe they could repeat the witness' experience detailed above. No shooting, of course. Whether they spot the beast or not, it will surely be a memorable stop for the cast and crew as well as for the townspeople and for all the "Finding Bigfoot" fans.

Watch Stacy Hudson tell his story here: (move counter to 8:45)

48 comments:

  1. I'm not sure whether they will be able to find the Funk Monster, but there are many good Golden Corral buffet restaurants in Arkansas.

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    1. The number one place for overweight footers to meet and discuss secret organizations that plan to capture a bigfoot.

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    2. I know what I'll be getting DW Lee (Darkwing) for his birthday:

      A daisy in a box.

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    3. Where do they get the monkey meat?

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    4. You called Golden Corral a restaurant.

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  2. Que Deliverance banjo music.

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    1. Did you hear the smattering f banjo on the zwolle episode?

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  3. I'm NUMBER ONE!!! Randi, the Amazing

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    1. Fouke You Dorphins and whares!

      The Japanese Ambassador

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    2. Randi is randy for dudes.

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  4. And I am number two.

    Should I be proud?

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    1. Not really considering you aren't even number two.

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  5. Don't get to excited, I'm sure they'll find nothing.

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    1. We would know considering how long age it was filmed. I suspect they will never find anything, other than things that are interesting or something that they "can't explain".

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  6. How interesting The dogs were scared. They DO have more common sense than people for sure

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  7. Who gives a fouke if they find it

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  8. If they find it. Then what?

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  9. Ain't no foots to be found.

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  10. OMG. Two hours of not finding bigfoot. Give us a break. FYI, Fox and the cartoon network have quality programming on in this time slot.

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  11. The only real bigfoot is a dead bigfoot.

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    1. Will they find the "Fake" Monster. Perhaps because that is the only kind lurking in your imaginations. Keep the cash train rollin.

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  12. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeItzlkOuoo

    if these people can be found after thousands of years why is it impossible for there to be a Bigfoot?

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    1. That area of Brazil is very isolated and not well traveled. If bigfoot does exist it will be in areas not as remote.

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  13. Moneymaker can't find Waldo. He won't catch the Fuck Monster.

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    1. Moneyfaker can't even find his dick! Bobo helps him.

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    2. Funny post of the day. ^^^^^**

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    3. Moneymaker could'nt find his ass with both hands and a flashlight.

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  14. http://bigfootevidence101.blogspot.com/2013/01/rick-dyer-just-released-his-1st-hit.html

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  15. This shit is nothing but a publicity stunt for small towns all over America. We now have mayors calling Animal Planet just so their little town is mentioned on national television.

    It happened on Sunday's show and we see it here again. I'm wondering just how many more of the shows have taken place in towns where politicians have reached out? There's sure to be more.......what a JOKE!

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    1. They should be ashamed of themselves. I would have never done that when I was mayor!

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    2. But it's the little towns, especially remote ones that are where BF possibly roam. And that's why Finding Bigfoot goes to these places and has those town meetings to get to the bottom of where exactly the hotspots are to hopefully get some freaking evidence!

      I really don't think it's small town publicity stunts. Hell, I live in a small town in Arkansas and you'd be surprised how easily it is to believe in the Foulke monster/BF! :)

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    3. ALL ABOARD!

      -short bus driver

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  16. My in-laws are from Arkansas. Mount Magazine area in the western part of the state. I had to tell them about that movie I own, The Legend of Boggy Creek. They haven't heard of Bigfoot in Arkansas bt have heard of them in Oregon where they live now. Over in Canyon City is where I seen my first Bigfoot. I think they might have a little luck in Arkansas with their search for Bigfoot there. In any case, I can't wait to see that episode.

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  17. Finding bigfoot needs to stay focused on finding just the old run of the mill bigfoot before the head off after the exotic ones. Bad enough they made fool out of themselves in Australia.

    How will that episode play out? Easy.
    Couple night howls, few tree knocks, townhall meeting and mm stupid line " I've been hunting bigfoots for 20 yrs." ending the show looking like fools.

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  18. They will never find a bigfoot unless they add the great mystical Jim Lebus to their team. He'll find one in 2 weeks flat. His trick is peanut butter mixed with his ass sweat -works like a charm !

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    1. Yummy pack that butt with peanut butter on the way out at a designated site. Get there - dig it out - smear it and get in a stand and wait. Piss below it too. Make sure not to use it all as you'll need a snack later when you are waiting up in your stand. Butt butter yummy good

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  19. I really think some of you haters should stop watching finding Bigfoot and go back to watching glee,pretty little liars and gossip girl. We all know how much you miss the drama.

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    1. ^^^^^ I was thinking the same thing! If you don't like the show don't watch it and stop complaining geez!

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  20. A two-hour episode?! Finding Bigfoot has never made an episode that should last longer than six or seven minutes! It's regurgitated tripe! And when they do get "close" to something they edit out a shot or don't follow up. They aren't researchers, they're entertainers, and poor ones at that.

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  21. Being from Arkansas, I really hope they hear something or get any type of BF evidence! Fouke is about 2 hours from where I live and I want so bad to go to the town meeting and listen to what the people have to say. I, personally have never seen a BF but that doesn't mean anything, I'm not an outdoorsy-type of girl either!

    Keeping my fingers crossed for Finding Bigfoot!! :)

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  22. I live in texarkana, arkansas and have hunted in fouke quite a bit in my life.
    If youve ever been in those woods, you know there is something off. js.

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  23. Hell they can't even find Bigfoot much less the Fouke monster . It's somewhere in the woods ! you think?

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  24. Hey "Pedobear," Is that "pedo" prefix the same as in "PEDO-phile"? Thought so! Get a life!

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  25. As an arkansas native It has long been on record that strange screams, moans, cries, footprints and etc. Have been apart of our woodland history for over 200 yrs. The native americans did battle with them, large skeletons averaging 8 ft were dug up all over the mound buikder sites from 1800's into early 1900's that were taken to museums and never reported on to those who found them. You can look on the net for the old articles. So why were average height native people burying large skeletons in their mounds and who were these people with double rows of teeth, copper tools, and why were they buried fasing east?

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