April 22, 2009

Honey Island Monster Hoax

The Honey Island Swamp Monster story from the late 1960s and early 1970s keeps being revisited, even anew this week in 2009 by The Blogsquatcher, for example. But the evidence of a hoax was discovered earlier in this decade. Due to who did the investigation, the fakery seems to have been neglected as an important footnote to the story.

Many of us investigating and writing about the lore could tell that the sightings of an apelike creature just did not match the alligator-like tracks claimed for the monster. It was one of those cases that did not feel right in your gut. But it was the Bigfoot researcher M. K. Davis (pictured above) from Mississippi that broke the case open. Unfortunately, due to Davis’ concurrent wild “Digger Indian” claims and later massacre theories for the Patterson-Gimlin footage, his findings were lost in the shuffle.

Let’s revisit this bit of fakery, because the Honey Island Swamp Monster has come up again, not really surprisingly, without reference to Davis’ and Jay Michael’s complete info on this.

Saturday, April 03, 2004

Third Annual Texas Bigfoot Conference [in 2003]

By Bryan White
FATE Magazine
A Louisiana Hoax

M. K. Davis’s presentation…dealt with the “Honey Island Swamp Monster,” a Bigfoot-like denizen of Louisiana reported by an air traffic controller in the late 1970s and featured in the television series In Search Of… featuring Leonard Nimoy. Davis had an unbelievable stroke of luck. He found a man who had recovered one of the shoes used to perpetrate the hoax-for a hoax the story seems to have been. Davis showed footage of the shoe with a three-toed claw attached to the bottom, which was presumably used to fake the tracks. The other shoe is unaccounted for, but the Honey Island Swamp Monster seems to have been exposed once and for all. Bearing in mind [Loren] Coleman’s earlier remarks, there may have been sightings of some anomalous creature in the beginning, but the only available evidence points to fraud.


You can download, for free, the 15 minute video by M. K. Davis and Jay Michael, here.

As Michael wrote: “M.K. Davis and I, while working on a documentary in the Honey Island Swamp discovered evidence that suggests the Honey Island Swamp Monster is likely a hoax….The Honey Island Swamp Monster ‘Legend’ will probably live on, but as you will see…there is no physical evidence of the existance of this creature.”

The video is also for sale, online, and the description repeats that the hoax was discovered: “In 2003, M.K. Davis and I {Jay Michael} traveled to the Honey Island Swamp near New Orleans to film background footage for a documentary on the alledged monster there. What we found was startling evidence that suggests the monster is a fake. In this documentary you will see the evidence, and follow us along to our conclusions. You be the judge, is the Honey Island Swamp Monster a real Bigfoot or a contrived hoax? 15min”

The Honey Island Swamp Monster track cast.

From the side.

A cleaned cast of alligator. Some gator casts show the side toe.

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Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.

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