Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 23rd, 2008
In an elegantly simple, but insightful concluding paragraph, blogsquatcher may have summed up the feelings overwhelming many of us as this turmoil-filled week draws to an end.
Has he illuminated the heart of darkness danger in what is unfolding within the subfield of P/G footage hominology with these words?
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 P/G Film. But maybe this grand conspiracy theory will.
You have read on Cryptomundo the various posts about the M. K. Davis claims, speculations, and observations, some noted as facts by him, presented at Don Keating’s Ohio Bigfoot Conference. These comments were given during the last weekend, as well as earlier to others, publicly to large and small groups, indeed, comments that have spread far and wide on the Internet.
From left to right – in Ohio last weekend – Don Keating, Ohio Bigfoot group director and host of the Ohio Bigfoot conference; Jeff Meldrum, professor and Sasquatch book author; M. K. Davis, Bigfoot film analyst; and Eric Altman, Pennsylvania Bigfoot group director.
Recent postings on the subject of Davis statements and some history include:
To get all sides of the story, I asked Bigfooter M. K. Davis the following questions earlier on Wednesday, but he says he had computer problems and could not answer until late yesterday. Here are my questions:
“People other than me are saying you proposed this theory. Are you denying this? Did you say or not say that Bigfoot had been shot? Why are people from all across the country saying you have a theory that Patty was shot in the thigh, and showed the exact spot during your presentation?
Can you send me a jpeg showing me the braids? The ponytail?”
Here is M. K. Davis’ reply:
Regarding the leg anomaly. This anomaly shows clearly on the exact spot where the famous “bulge” that is sometimes called a hernia is. It appears in the next adjacent frame. It is a round spot, surrounded by a concentric circle with the hair around it moved back and away. This is found on the very best images from the film that exist. I did not call it a gunshot wound. When asked if she had been shot, my exact words were “I cannot say that, I can only say that it is a round concentric circle with a spot in the middle.” I did my job in reporting that such was on the film. It is neither unexpected nor is it wrong for people to speculate on it, if it is made known that it is just that, speculation. It is a simple fact that could appear within the framework of a lot of different scenarios. I welcome them all.
Bob Gimlin is a personal friend of mine, and an intelligent man. I know that he understands that brainstorming sessions require the inclusion of all possible scenarios, with most eventually dismissed, and will not take such personally. I didn’t make the spot, and I’m as interested as anyone as to what it is. This is an animated gif. M. K. Davis, May 22, 2008, 3:01 PM Eastern.
He also sent along the following images of the leg hernia (I had seen something similar before), but did not forward any jpegs or answers clarifying or addressing the speculation about braids and a ponytail.
Then I ask:
“Are your words quotable?”
The words are quotable. M. K. Davis, May 22, 2008, 5:09 PM Eastern.
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.