Bigfoot Spotter’s Interview Video

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.
Corey Friedman
Shelby Star

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 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.

10 Responses to “Bigfoot Spotter’s Interview Video”

  1. zigoapex responds:

    Phones are infinite focus so I don’t understand why it was so blurry, why didn’t he keep filming it?

    He said as fast as a deer or faster? It takes about 2 to 3 seconds for it to cross the road, and say the road is 20 to 25 feet wide, so that would be somewhere between 4 and 9 mph.

    I have a bum leg and I’m 45 and I could run faster than 9 mph.

    Deer have been clocked up 40mph, so the deer would be across the road in less than a second.


    Find a faster friend to cross the road for your next attempted hoax!

  2. wshinhamjr responds:

    Even if he was a victim of a hoax, he didn’t think it out of character for a creature that is known to be so evasive of man to do a little hop and wave at the camera? That wouldn’t tip him off?

    Furthermore, the guy in the suit was about as non-athletic a human being you could find. He nearly tripped over his own feet.

    If this guy was sincere and a hoax victim, why would he say it was faster than a deer? Cmon, this was just his five minutes of fame and he got it! Pretty pathetic IMO.

  3. BOOTYMONSTER responds:

    That is so obviously someone in a suit.

    LOL, they even waved.

  4. gridbug responds:

    This is just… I don’t even… oh, what’s the use.

  5. wolfatrest responds:

    What a load of crap. So of course the media grabs it and runs with it.

  6. DWA responds:

    This the only eyewitness who has ever seen a sasquatch “shuffle” across a road.

    The film is a guy in a suit. The markers all say “human in ill-fitting ape suit,” and are thorougly at odds with practically every road-cross sasquatch report I have read.

    What is with these people? To say nothing of the media, who have a really great story in the search for the sasquatch, if they would only cover it.

    Actually, THIS LOOKS LIKE A GUY WHO COULD FIT IN THAT SUIT. Perfectly. Talk about evidence against.

  7. glendoor42 responds:

    “So,.. we were out hunting for ghosts and I’ll be damn if we didn’t see Bigfoot instead” Yeah, ….ok.

  8. DWA responds:

    Confucious say, “Never trust man who trip over one bogey looking for another.”

  9. YowieLover responds:

    7 foot tall? Compared to the witness on the road, the BF on the road seems a lot smaller.

  10. Ulysses responds:

    It looks like someone doing the “walk of shame” with their shorts down below their knees looking for toilet paper. There is no “animal” gait or shuffle here at all. Even that gorilla walking like a human looked better.

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