Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 24th, 2009
Sometimes you have to wonder why some people say what they say.
It appears, despite the apologies and retirement statements of one-time admired Bigfooter M. K. Davis, he is back at it again.
He is “seeing” things in the various Bluff Creek area films (the Patterson-Gimlin footage and footage that John Green and Rene Dahinden used in their speaking engagements about the event) that few others see. It looks like this may have to be a topic here for a few days to fully reveal the new fantasies now occurring.
Did you know that the “killing field” scenario now involves “Sasquatch skin,” “a bloody leg,” and “baying dogs,” to name a few other incredible items that Davis has pointed out? And John Green now has been pulled into this mess and is being accused of a cover-up of the killing of Bigfoot.
[Update: The embedding of the following videos has been disabled. Upon further checking, M. K. Davis’ YouTube account, under the name primateer1 (which is a variation on his MySpace name, primateer) has been closed. Video captures of some of his “evidence” still exist, however. See below.]
M.K. Davis’ recent uploads have looked more like political rants than Bigfoot research, of late.
If one wishes to enhance a photograph or images in a way to reinforce a theory, of course, a fantastic conclusion can be drawn. Anyone can change color tone in videos of people to produce “red hands.”
A little background…
During the last few years, after establishing trust within the Bigfoot community, due to stabilizing the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film, M. K. Davis began reporting he saw all kinds of new physical characteristics (e.g. a ponytail, top knot, braids, white skin, humaness) for the Bigfoot in the 1967 footage.
As you may recall, before the Georgia hoax fiasco, the early Bigfoot story of 2008 was of M. K. Davis’s Bluff Creek Bigfoot “massacre theory.”
Davis, with the support of a small group of true believers, felt that Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin were involved in a massive coverup in which groups of men gunned down a “tribe” of Bigfoot late in October 1967. The famed October 20, 1967 Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot footage, according to Davis, is merely the deceptive end result of the killing fields.
During the spring of 2008, M. K. Davis shared what he was thinking with the greater Bigfoot community, in Ohio, at Don Keating’s conference, with individuals at a publicly-held small gathering. He felt that “Patty,” the nickname given to Bigfoot in the famed film of October 20, 1967, was part of a “massacre.” Those individuals in that meeting carried the information to a wider audience. The chatter grew louder and louder.
M.K. never did actually say the words “Patty was shot.” But he sure as heck lead us in that direction.John Cartwright, May 25, 2008.
People there reported that Davis speculated that Patty was shot twice, allegedly by Robert Gimlin, who has steadfastly maintained he merely stood guard with his rifle. Gimlin says he did not fire one shot at the Bigfoot he saw that day. And indeed, Davis says he never said any such thing, as such. But the source of the speculation was M. K. Davis. As the buzz reached an apex, a backhoe burying Bigfoot bodies, Gimlin as “trigger man,” and blood pools were part of the storyline.
Perhaps the words, “Patty was shot” were never uttered, but people who attended his informal talk came away with the impression that that is what he meant….In fact, Davis claimed that she was shot at again, and showed where her hair moves and she bobs her head in “reaction” to the bullet just missing her. It’s clear that Davis meant to make a case that Patty had been shot, and my correspondents did not understand this case to be provisional in any way.D. B. Donlon, Blogsquatcher, May 23, 2008.
Rapidly, the theory was unfolding, and an exclusive lengthy statement from someone who has been involved from the beginning with M. K. Davis, regarding the supposed killings, came from filmmaker
redacted by Cryptomundo.
Absolute nonsense! Wild fantasy! – Dmitri Bayanov
The reaction was swift, and after some miscues, such as a Florida Davis associate who attempted to get the wrong county to start an investigation, the “massacre” speculation seemed to be backfiring.
I’ve received that fantastic info about shooting Bigfoot in the Patterson film. I think it’s just fancy, just imagination by MK.Igor Bourtsev
Finally, Davis said he was through with it all.
Indeed, M. K. Davis had retired from the Bigfoot field before in 2007, but in 2008, he said he was through. But like Bret Favre, you can’t believe everything you hear from some people.
After stirring up many people and throwing the whole status of the Patterson-Gimlin film into doubt, Davis sent the following message, which was published on Cryptomundo, regarding his Bigfoot massacre investigations:
…I have ceased all public scrutiny of this film.
No more theory or conjecture will be forthcoming from me on it.
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Regards, M.K.Davis June 15, 2008 11:15:52 AM EDT
But now, in 2009, Davis and his disciples are back.
“I have ceased all public scrutiny of this film,” he wrote me in 2008. The man always seems to be choosing his words carefully, often making the excuse that this was supposed to be private research.
But it is obvious from M. K. Davis’ recent public YouTube postings that he is back – publicly. Each time he returns, his claims for what he sees in the footage he “analyzes” and the associated images become more and more bizarre.
Davis has employed “retirement” deception as a distraction technique, now twice (2007 & 2008), to remove heat from himself, and appears to also use agents provocateurs to get his “messages” out there. This pattern now has occurred so often, since we are into the third episode of M. K. Davis stirring up the field thusly, a quote from an old intelligence agent who wrote spy novels seems appropriate:
“Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.”
— Auric Goldfinger, (via Ian Fleming)
Over the weekend, John Green informed me that one of those people who has taken Davis’ material hook, line, and sinker, is pushing along the old images showing up in Davis’ new “evidence,” that purport to show Green being on site to clean up the “body parts” of the “dead Bigfoot” allegedly killed at Bluff Creek, 1967.
Needless to say, Green feels that M. K. Davis, and now Davis’s new associate, Dave Paulides, have lost all credibility in his eyes.
Here are pieces of the latest “evidence” for this:
But what is actually there versus what Davis and friends are “seeing” in those above images?
It doesn’t stop there. Shadows and tree limbs can become body parts in M. K. Davis’ brave new world.
Blogsquatcher’s haunting but elegantly simple statement, below, reflects on how people feel about the eventual outcome of M. K. Davis’ poisoning of the waters with his incredibly unsupportable “Bigfoot massacre” or “Bluff Creek killing field” theory:
You’ll ultimately have to decide for yourselves how you feel about [M. K. Davis’ speculations]. I will leave you with this thought though — for more than 40 years, nothing has been able to diminish the impact of the [Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot] Film. But maybe this grand conspiracy theory will.D. B. Donlon, Blogsquatcher, May 22, 2008.
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.