Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 10th, 2011
Okay, let me be honest. I find the details and events tied to the Erickson Project confusing. I don’t think I’m the only one, so I thought I’d open the floor for a discussion, to see if any of the profound thinkers who stop by here can enlighten me. I’m serious.
Let’s see, here’s my attempt to boil down the facts into a simple string of events. First, a wealthy guy (e.g. Adrian Erickson, who seems to be a decent fellow) decides to conduct a secret project to prove Bigfoot exists, but there are immediately a bunch of leaks.
It gets out that samples of Bigfoot parts are needed, and reportedly Tom Biscardi (*red flag* goes off in my brain) is the first on the scene with a toe nail or some such.
Then other folks turn up with various samples, e.g. body parts, steaks, or whatever. Dr. Melba S. Ketchum (another seemingly decent actor in this drama) is picked to do the DNA testing, maybe coauthor a peer-reviewed scientific paper, and keep quiet. But she starts posting comments on the process on her Facebook page (*confusing red flags*).
Various people like Robert Lindsey, Guy Edwards, and Craig Woolheater serve as avenues of some of the leaks. It gets so bad that Edwards can quote Robert Lindsey on the Bigfoot Lunch Club (with teasers on Cryptomundo) in June 2011, to wit: “Surely, the most breathtaking news so far involves the sequencing of Bigfoot DNA. We already reported previously on the sequencing Bigfoot mitochondrial DNA, which is coming out 100% human. That means that the Bigfoot female line goes back to human females.”
Edwards entertainingly posts the chart up top.
That’s about how it all seems to be unfolding, with a few mores twist and turns, side treks and trips, as I see it in my simplistic overview.
What other details have tickled your interest in this melodrama? What have I missed? Has anyone really seen any good summaries or timelines on this whole project? Enlighten me, please!
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. 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.