Reminder: Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on June 1st, 2014

Tune in to Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives tonight, June 1 at 9/8 PM ET/PT on Discovery. Also airs:

Monday, June 2 at 12:10/11:10 AM ET/PT
Thursday, June 5 at 7/6 PM ET/PT
Friday, June 6 at 1/12 AM ET/PT

American explorer Mike Libecki investigates the mysterious deaths of nine students and uncovers something truly horrifying…

On February 2, 1959, nine college students hiked up the icy slopes of the Ural Mountains in the heart of Russia but never made it out alive. Investigators have never been able to give a definitive answer behind who – or what – caused the bizarre crime scene. Fifty-five years later, American explorer Mike Libecki reinvestigates the mystery – known as The Dyatlov Pass incident – but what he uncovers is truly horrifying.

Based on diary accounts, forensic evidence and files that have just recently been released, Mike pieces together the graphic stories in search of what really happened that evening. According to the investigators at the time, the demise of the group was due to a “compelling natural force.” The students’ slashed tent was discovered first with most of their clothing and equipment still inside. Next, the students’ bodies were found scattered across the campsite in three distinct groups, some partially naked and with strange injuries including crushed ribs, a fractured skull, and one hiker mutilated with her eyes gouged out and tongue removed.

The mysterious scene left more questions than answers. Why was the tent slashed from the inside? Why would the victims leave their clothing behind in subzero weather? Could it have been a government top secret weapon that killed them? Or an indigenous local tribe that lashed out for trespassing on their land? But perhaps most strange of all, why did the Soviet government suppress the autopsy and other reports for 30 years?

Mike first heard about the Dyatlov Pass incident on a climbing expedition in 2011 and since then has become obsessed with the case. “I’ve spent a lot of time alone in the mountains and have had my share of near-death experiences,” he said. “I know if I went missing, I’d want my family to know what happened to me.”

Determined to find answers, Mike hires Russian translator Maria Klenokova to join him. Together, they set out to one of the most remote and inhospitable places on Earth. However, nothing prepared them for what they were about to discover. Following the trail of evidence, Mike finds proof that the hikers were not alone – a photograph, taken by one of the hikers a day before they died that suggests that they encountered a Yeti. But just how far will they go to find the answers?

From Loren Coleman’s Cryptozoo News:

Among the many photographs left behind by the Dyatlov Pass party is a haunting image: a dark figure at the edge of the forest. Could it have been a Yeti? The Discovery documentary will explore several mysterious questions, including that one.


While the above picture may only be that of a young skier at the edge of a Russian forest, in the context of the Russian Yeti, it may take on a life of its own linking it to the long history of Almas, Almasty, Kaptars, Yetis, and Snowmen in Eurasia.

See also: Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives
Ural Mystery

About Craig Woolheater
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.

6 Responses to “Reminder: Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives

  1. slick1ru2 responds:

    Sucks that the afternoon programs are total fiction. To the casual viewer they may think tonight’s show is as bogus as the mermaid and megladon shows.

  2. slick1ru2 responds:

    I can’t locate that Menk video. Anyone know about it?

  3. c_streed responds:

    Another hoax from discovery from the people that brought us mermaids and megaladon. They took a real historic event this time then added fake footage, fake evidence, and bad acting. They even duped meldrum into participating, apparently. Shameful.

  4. springheeledjack responds:

    Yes, another bunch of bunk from Discovery. Most of it was made up–read Donnie Eichar’s Dead Mountain for a good account. He went to Russia, got his hands on those photos and never mentioned the supposed “yeti” photo (I’m not convinced that’s anything more than a beefy guy in heavy clothing). I don’t buy Eichar’s explanation either, but he takes a very chronological approach of events and the findings.

    One of the biggest criticisms of this show was that not everyone was broken and “killed” as the program tries to make out. There were too many liberties taken with real facts–I really hate this kind of TV show because they really mislead the viewers saying there is “some dramatization” when in fact most of it is made up, scattered with a few facts.

    I knew it was going to suck, but I had to watch because I’ve been caught up with the Dyatlov case since last year. I’m sorry for my lost time–this is ABSOLUTELY the last time I watch the Discovery Channel for this kind of bad programming.

  5. Goodfoot responds:


    You seem to know things about this that no one else does! Could I entice you to share a bit more with us? We’ll be nice!

  6. slick1ru2 responds:

    In the next show, an episode of The Unexplained Files, they have the same Menk video I asked about here earlier and have it labeled as being of a Bigfoot in California in 1976. This is just inexcusable for the Discovery Channel to put this fictional crap on TV. I did find on a Russian forum on the case that the photo of the figure is real as well as the one with the lights. I don’t know if the last journal entry is real though.

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