Posted by: Craig Woolheater on July 24th, 2006
As was speculated in my post here on Cryptomundo, it looks like the OurBigfoot.com website is passing off hoaxed and misleading information.
Here is photo taken from the site, from their Bigfoot Footprints page.
This was my grandfather’s first bigfoot footprint captured in plaster from around 1962. It was taken in Coshocton, Ohio near a farm field after reports of deer stashing (killings) had taken place. It was thought at the time, that satanic rituals were the cause of the young deer deaths, but my grandpa thought different. The deer carcasses had been gutted with the intestines lying beside the bodies and the livers removed. This footprint was the only evidence he found.
Shortly after a reported Bigfoot sighting near Oregon Caves I had the opportunity to explore the area. It was during that hike that I came across what appeared to be a large track. Raining hard and being alone, I didn’t stay around long enough. This was my first experience and regretfully the only proof I gathered was a short video (see stills above).
Wishing I had taken a casting of the print started a collection of casts made by others. Mostly from third, forth or fifth generation copies made by so called famous trackers at famous locations. Still having the need of tangible evidence from my finding I sculpted a footprint based on all the evidence I had gathered. The result, a 14.5" x 6" plaster cast. Similar to casts made in Northern California.
OK, I cropped the image and inverted it, so let’s compare them both.
Looks like somebody has been borrowing…
Here is another photo taken from the OurBigfoot site, from their Bigfoot Footprints page.
This plaster bigfoot cast was taken in September, 1977, after a set of tracks were discovered in a second generation forest near Atwood Lake. Only three tracks were extremely visible, and the length measured just over 14.25 inches. The depth was good, so we took a plaster cast which shows distinctive ridge lines on the outer edges. This find was actually by accident and a surprise.
Once again, a photo was taken from Mike Esordi’s site, and used on the OurBigfoot.com site. This time, it was a photo of one of the Patterson casts.
The footprint cast photo below that is shown on the OurBigfoot.com website, and labeled with the date 1994 – Aug, is actually a photo of the Elkins Creek GA cast.
It looks like a filter of some sort has been applied to the original photo of the cast. It is clearly obvious that this is the same cast, even the same photo.
The two photos above are another good comparison. The top photo was taken from Jimmy Chilcutt’s Dermal Ridge Examination Report, and the bottom photo with the label of 8-84 was taken from the OurBigfoot.com site. The bottom photo is clearly a copped version of the top photo. You can even "read" what looks to be "FOOOC", which could be something that Chilcutt labeled, on both photos. You would think that if they were going to Photoshop out the arrows, they would have taken out that little distinguishing detail as well.
Coincidence? I think not.
Taking into consideration the following things:
1) the video from the 1970’s would more than likely have been film, not video;
2) the photos definitely appear to be someone wearing a gorilla suit;
3) these casts touted as originally cast by the DuPlatts and having been shown here to have originated elsewhere;
4) the dermal ridge photo is obviously taken from Chilcutt’s paper, just as the photo of the cast itself;
I think it is safe to say that all of the "evidence" touted on the OurBigfoot.com website is bogus, hoaxed or was borrowed (stolen?).
What is the story behind this website? Is this a website set up to generate revenue from the google ads? It seems that this might be the case.
There is no contact info listed for the website, however, Angels & Ghosts does have contact info. As has been discussed in the previous post regarding this website, it is listed that the site contents are copyright Angels & Ghosts, LLC.
I have sent an email to the contact on Angels & Ghosts. Apparently, it is an email address for Mr. DuPlatt or Duplain, whichever the case may be. If I receive a response, I will post it as an update.
For updates on the real story behind OurBigfoot.com, check out these updates here on Cryptomundo.
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.