Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 16th, 2010
In June, I talked to investigator, cryptozoologist, and my youngest brother, Jerry Dale Coleman, author of Strange Highways and More Strange Highways and he was tired but recovering from new rounds of treatments for his various ailments. Since that time, sadly, due to his suffering from the effects of throat and lung cancer, he may now have weeks to live.
Two weeks ago, Jerry had another operation to repair an aneurysm on his aorta. The result was not good. They found another aneurysm they could not repair, so a vein was shut down and his spleen is being allowed to die. He is now in great pain, not eating, and, according to his wife, “gray” and barely hanging on. Jerry is in so much pain, he is no longer in good spirits, and apparently has “given up.”
In conjunction with my sister from California, I will be traveling very soon, from Maine, to go see him before the end of July.
As I have mentioned, Jerry has already been approved to have his body go to the Body Farm, a la’ Grover Krantz. He has decided to wear an International Cryptozoology Museum shirt when he is placed on the ground there for the forensic scientists to use his body for training new investigators.
If you would like to mail a final respectful card to Jerry, please send it to
Jerry Dale Coleman
199 Valley Crest Drive
Mount Carmel, TN 37645
Jerry is the one in the middle in this old photo, taken at 123 Longview Place, Decatur, Illinois. I am to the right (with the football) and that’s Bill at the left.
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.