Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 15th, 2006
The background story to the "Hand of Bigfoot" involves Tom Biscardi’s obtaining of the hand on April 19th, 2006, in a Pocatello meeting with a self-described “true world adventurer.”
Looking like a sideshow gaff, a created work, it is generating a lot of interest, not because it is proof of Bigfoot, but because it appears to be further evidence of Tom Biscardi’s Las Vegas promotional origins.
The hand Biscardi has came from the longtime but only recently covertly active Sasquatch investigator Don Monroe, who some say is in his 50s, while others say, his 70s. Monroe reportedly has had this hand for two years. The Sheriff’s Department in Butte, Montana, gave it to Monroe.
It was found at a dump and turned into them. They determined that it was not human and it kind of "weirded" them out, so someone thought was given to pass it along to someone. A member of the department knew of Monroe’s interest in Bigfoot. They decided to lend it to Monroe for further analysis. Technically, it still belongs to the Butte Sheriff’s Department.
Monroe does not have a computer, and does not know Biscardi that well. He has some misgivings about lending it to Biscardi, and is upset that Biscardi is now calling it a Bigfoot Hand. Monroe hopes to get it back soon. When the hand was found, it had the fingertips and the thumb to the first joint removed. Monroe sent Bigfoot researcher M. K. Davis X-rays of the hand to compare with other types of primate hands or bear paws. We are waiting for results here at Cryptomundo to pass on to our readers.
Davis, a good friend of Monroe’s, remarked: "Biscardi is P.T. Barnuming the thing."
For the initial item on how this began turning up in the media, see Craig’s posting here on Cryptomundo.
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.