Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 25th, 2012
Jeff H. Johnson is a well-known artist. His sculpture of the Patterson Bigfoot (above and below) is an important resin model, and not a toy. His cryptid replicas are familiar to most researchers.
Johnson was recently in Dallas, working on larger sculptures. He wrote the following, concerning an interaction about the Vietnam Wildmen or Nguoi Rung, that occurred there.
One of the people I was working with is a Vietnamese man named Chung. I have known him for years, and he is a quiet, serious, and hard working man. I saw the Destination Truth episode about the wildman in Vietnam, and thought I would ask him about it, to see if he had ever heard anything about it while he lived there.
I asked him, “Have you ever heard of the Vietnamese Wildman?”
I explained it is something like the Bigfoot of North American fame, an ape-like creature. He said “Yes,” and that they are quite violent.
Chung said that some people had been killed by this creature, all due to a group of men that had shot one. He said that (while drawing a map with his finger) a group of men had traveled from Laos, cut through the edge of Cambodia, and at the border of North/South Vietnam, encountered and shot one of the “Wildmen.” Then they fled back to Laos. Apparently, revenge was on the mind of the creatures, who attacked a small village in the area where the shooting took place, killing some residents. Chung made stomping and tearing motions while he described what they did to the victims.
I asked him when this took place, and he said about seven years ago. I then asked how he knew of the story, and he said he was visiting relatives in Vietnam while on vacation, and it was on the news there, even showing photos (of the victims, I believe). Interesting story, and I felt the need to relate it to you. Chung is a serious guy, and can be taken as such. So, somewhere in the media in Vietnam, there could be this story. Makes you wonder how many other “incidents” never reach Western news. I looked on a map when I got home that day, and the layout was exactly as Chung described it. Wanted to share this, Jeff
Nguoi Rung. Source: The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates
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.