Has Beckjord Pulled Off A Hoax?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 25th, 2008


Today’s San Francisco Chronicle reported that Erik Beckjord died June 22, 2008.

You have no doubt read the news here, and seen various individuals’ reactions to his obituary.

However, according to a post on Wednesday, July 23, 2008, from Jeffrey A. Teagle, “representing Mr. Jon Erik Beckjord,” he says Beckjord is still alive. Both Craig Woolheater and myself have attempted to make contact with Mr. Teagle to clarify this situation. In terms of “news,” here’s what has been posted:

On The Matters of Jon~Erik Beckjord…..

July 23 2008 at 2:40 AM

Jeffrey A. Teagle


Clearing The Air for The Bull**** “Gossiper’s” Out There:

• NO! He is not dead.

• YES! His health is improving but with weakness.

• YES! He is responding well with treatment.

• YES! He’ll be back and better than ever in a few weeks.


Jeffrey A. Teagle

The Chattahoochee Bigfoot™

The International Cryptozoological Society™ (Alabama Division, USA, representing Mr. Jon Erik Beckjord)

email: jeffreyteagle@gmail.com

TEL: 334.322.4017

Is EB having his “Last Laugh”?

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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

15 Responses to “Has Beckjord Pulled Off A Hoax?”

  1. John L. Johnsen responds:

    If this is a hoax, then if he ever thought he was less than trusted, he ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

  2. Jos Gagné responds:

    Ironically, I just topped of a French book called The Odd Dictionary of Death (roughly translated). There were plenty of mentions of people discovering of their own “deaths”.

  3. Artist responds:

    Oh, for cryin’ out loud!

    Heeerrre’s Jon-eee!

    Great Caesar’s Ghost!

  4. red_pill_junkie responds:

    Well, if he’s still around, I hope he enjoys all the good sentiments stated in this page.

    This kinda reminds me the death of Barnum, how in his last interview he told the reporter his only regret was that he wouldn’t be around to read his own obituaries, so the journalist asked permission and next day a full obituary in memory of Barnum was printed. Legend says the show-man was so pleased about it that he managed to stay alive a good number of weeks after that 😉

    So hang in ther Mr. Beckjord, if you’re reading this.

  5. NightFlight responds:

    When I read this, the very first thought that entered my mind was: You don’t suppose he’s in this thing with the Jawja poelease to have a bigfoot on ice, do you? Can you imagine Beckjord lying in Samsung’s (r) largest chest freezer with goat hair glued all over him? What a hoot! Would kinda explain why they kept changing the date for showing the world what they got. I know, gotta quit thinking outside the box…

  6. eyeofnewt responds:

    I’m guessing EB has left the building.

  7. Munnin responds:

    Hmmm. Perhaps “…Too weird to live, and too rare to die” should have been the last line of my previous post. LOL!

  8. Lyndon responds:

    Did he ever really exist in the first place? Maybe he was/is just a sasquatch in a Beckjord suit?

  9. subrosa responds:

    I just hope wherever he is, they don’t let him use the phone! (Too many 3AM calls from him).

  10. scmarlowe responds:

    Are you sure that obit wasn’t for “Elvis” Beckjord?

  11. Artist responds:

    Good one, Lyndon!

  12. cryptidsrus responds:

    This does look very Elvis-like.


    Actually, I don’t think so. Otter in a human costume, fer sure. 🙂

  13. adios responds:

    The jerk is dead and not sure where Jeff Teagle got this bit about a dead guy’s health improving.

    >Re: Jon Erik Beckjord
    >From: Jeffrey Teagle (jeffreyteagle@gmail.com)
    >Sent: Sat 7/26/08 6:59 AM
    >To: Jay ***** (jay*****@hotmail.com)
    >He is very dead.

    Adios, Jon Erik! You won’t be missed.

  14. aaha responds:

    This just in from a friend with some $$$ who loathes Beckjord:

    “He is not dead. His is not 69. He was born in 1954. He’s always passed himself off as two different people. This whole episode reeks of fraud.

    I now believe that he was seen in London at the main branch of the Bank of England on Threadneedle Street on last Tuesday afternoon, July 22nd, the day his alleged “death” was leaked. He apparently caused a commotion trying to withdraw money from his bank account. I’ll get to that in a second. This “death” is a ruse. It is an insurance scam. Anyone can call in an obituary. That sycophant J*ffrey T*agle is also in on this. Remember, he was in love with Beckjord – literally and both he and Molly Hanson are accomplices. It’s quite odd that she calls in this obit a month late – no? How about T*agle posting on his message board on JULY 22ND!! that “Don’t worry folks, Erik will ber back soon”. He has subsequently removed the comment.

    Nobody has any proof that he had cancer, let alone that he died. He tried to back off of that claim late last year when Loren Coleman wrote about it. I attempted to contact all “Family” listed in this notice.

    T*agle wrote it. It has no basis in fact. I hired a P.I. last week and he has drawn blanks on locating “Survivors include brothers Ross Beckjord of British Columbia, and Peter Beckjord of Maryland and sister Pam Forbes of Virginia. A private service and burial will be in Duluth in autumn.”. No such people according to my gumshoe. As you know he never lived at 817 Columbus ave, no 161 San Francisco,CA 94133. His mail was forwarded to an address Lafayette. My guy checked that residence. He did see a letter in his mail box from the Bank of England. He phoned there on a whim, described him to a security director and was told that he “believed that to be the fellow’s name” because “an obnoxious chubby American with grey hair caused quite a stir” when his funds were not provided to him as he could not show two forms of identification and they deemed his passport to be false.

    Remember – Beckjord always wanted to return to Britain and make crop circles (and probably chase faeries as well) on Milk Hill in Wiltshire. If killer Whitey Bulger can live over there undetected, so can a Bulging Whitey I guess.

    Remember that he uses 2 social security numbers to collect two S.S. checks. He is a known thief, con-man and liar.

    Also – It takes 30 days to process a death certificate and legally release it to an an insurance company or next of kin.

    The SF Examiner writer of this article has not responded to my inquiries.

    Another “unnamed” person told my spook that Beckjord is indeed dead. He killed himself and was found off of Route 24 lying on the front seat of his Ford Explorer. My guy is still trying to get a copy of the death certificate and corroborate this, but has struck out. This would indeed confirm the story and fits in with the type of coward that Beckjord was – and confirm his damnation. I’m waiting for this hunch to play out.

    I’ll talk to my P.I. tonight because I have to close out the bill.

    To quote Beckjord (on bigfoot no less): “No body…no dice”

  15. marksquatch responds:


    What’s this about Beckjord and the Bank of England?

    No one would normally go to the Bank of England’s premises on Threadneedle Street in London to withdraw funds (unless, perhaps, they were confused or carrying out a prank).

    The Bank of England is the UK’s central bank so the only organisations who would normally have an account there are other banks operating in the UK.

    As I understand it, it is possible, in *very* rare circumstances, for exceptionally wealthy individuals or corporations to have direct dealings with the Bank of England but I wouldn’t have thought this included Beckjord. And even if it did, it would be incredibly unlikely that he’d go there in person and expect to be able to withdraw funds over the counter.

    The only thing that a person walking in off the street could expect from the Bank of England would be to exchange their old and worn out paper money for a fresh new note.

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