Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 12th, 2010
In the wake of the news of the death of Karen Crabtree, an internet rumor began circulating saying that Travis Crabtree, Smokey’s son who appeared in the movie The Legend of Boggy Creek, had died.
Actually, according to Lyle Blackburn, it was Smokey Crabtree’s oldest boy, Tommy, that was killed in a pipe welding accident back in 1987. Smokey and his three boys (from the first marriage), Tommy, Lynn, and Travis, were all welders. Lynn still lives in Jonesville, Arkansas, on the Crabtree property (near where he saw the monster), and apparently Travis is still alive and well, residing in Florida.
There seems little evidence of a “Legend of Boggy Creek” curse.
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.