Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 25th, 2011
First there was the video of the Bigfoot, allegedly Knobby of North Carolina. Now comes the taped interview of the eyewitness. Shelby resident Thomas Byers believes this figure spotted on a rural road outside Bostic could be a Sasquatch.
Corey Friedman, reporting for the Shelby Star, observes, in part:
Tufts of bushy brown fur. Thick, powerful legs supporting a stocky frame. If it wasn’t Knobby, Thomas Byers thinks the Cleveland County Bigfoot has a close cousin.
The Shelby native says he saw an apelike creature dart across the road during a trip through the hills below South Mountains State Park Tuesday evening. Byers and friend Carolyn Wright had planned to watch for paranormal phenomena at an old church graveyard when the shrouded, shuffling figure crossed their path….
Byers snapped photographs and recorded a brief video of the sighting with a pocket digital camera. As is often the case with footage of the camera-shy Sasquatch, Byers’ film is blurry and indistinct. He said the darkening sky made clearer pictures impossible, but he’s convinced the creature was genuine.
The video again? Here it is:
What are some of the things Byers is saying?
“She was hollering, ‘What is it, what is it?’ and I couldn’t even speak. It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. It looked like it was about 300 pounds and it was somewhere close to 7 feet tall. It came out of the field and came through the briars and bushes onto the road.”
“I saw its private parts. I don’t think it was anybody in a suit or anything like that. It was definitely male.”
“I’ve heard all the legends about Knobby. I’ve heard people talking about it. I don’t know about a blond one, but I know there’s a brown one. He was alive and well and in bad need of a bath.”
“It turned around, threw up its arms and snarled at me. It was real pissed off. I could see its teeth. I could see every detail of it.”
“There was a horrid smell like decay. It was a cross between roadkill and a skunk.”
“It was a lot faster than any man. It was just as fast or faster than a deer.”
“I have nothing to profit from for it to be a hoax. I’m open to the possibilities, but I think it was real.”
All the above quotes are from Thomas Byers.
A salt-of-the-Earth person who passed this on to me said, candidly: “He seems believable and not ignorant. Maybe he was the victim of a gag.”
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.