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DNA Bust? – Ketchum Results Are In

Posted by: Lyle Blackburn on July 2nd, 2013

According to Houston Chronicle SciGuy, Eric Berger, testing of Melba Ketchum’s controversial “sasquatch genomes” did not yield positive results.


Berger was an early critic of Ketchum’s rather unorthodox scientific publication process, but after speaking with her on the phone, he decided to assist with further scientific testing. Although he had been critical of Ketchum in regard to her journal publication, he truly hoped the study would offer positive proof of a non-human species. According to a statement released today on Berger’s blog:

I am first and foremost a journalist, and I figured if there was even a 1 percent chance that the Bigfoot evidence was real, it was worth my time to check the story out.

So I agreed to be an intermediary between Ketchum and a highly reputable geneticist in Texas, whom I trusted and knew personally. I also knew that this geneticist was first and foremost a scientist, and if there was even a 1 percent chance the Bigfoot evidence was real, he’d want check out the story. I asked, and he was willing to approach the evidence with an open mind.Eric Berger

The end result, however, appears to be another dead end for bigfoot research. After consulting with the geneticist last week, Berger was told that the DNA submitted was “a mix of opossum and other species.”

Read the full story here.

Lyle Blackburn About Lyle Blackburn
Lyle Blackburn is an author and musician from Texas. His investigative cryptozoology books, "The Beast of Boggy Creek" and "Lizard Man," reflect his life-long fascination with legends and sighting reports of real-life 'monsters.' During his research, Lyle has often explored the remote reaches of the southern U.S. in search of shadowy creatures said to inhabit the dense backwoods and swamplands of these areas. Lyle is a featured speaker at cryptozoology and horror conferences around North America. He has been heard on numerous radio programs, including COAST TO COAST, and has appeared on television shows such as MONSTERS & MYSTERIES IN AMERICA, FINDING BIGFOOT, and the CBS SUNDAY MORNING SHOW. For more information, visit Lyle's website at:

21 Responses to “DNA Bust? – Ketchum Results Are In”

  1. Burton Caruthers via Facebook responds:

    Wow, major surprise there.

  2. semillama responds:

    Cue “Sad trombone” sound effect…

  3. Matt Bille responds:

    I can’t say I am surprised. I have always thought Ketchum was sincere in believing she had sasquatch DNA (although I don’t know what to make of her claim she has clear video she can’t show for some reason) and I certainly hoped she was right.

  4. DWA responds:

    I may read the link, I may not.

    But I can’t say that this surprises me.

    When the whole approach is this sloppy, expect a result that’s not much neater.

    OK, I read the link.

    I actually have people on another forum actually arguing with me that the mainstream wha? SURE they take this topic seriously.

    And we can’t even find out the “top of his field” genetecist’s name.

    Oh. OK.

  5. Johnathan Lackey via Facebook responds:

    thay are just putting a lid on the truth, very sad .

  6. RandyS responds:

    Where does this leave us? Weren’t Ketchum’s samples supposed to include those from Justin Smeja’s “steak”? If so, that story collapses (not that it had far to fall). But how many more dominoes does this report topple? How far reaching is this proof of no proof?

    It seems to me that, unless we choose to delude ourselves, we’re back to the P/G film and an assortment of footprints (and some of those need to be looked at critically), as far as hard evidence is concerned. And none of that evidence is enough to establish existence beyond a reasonable doubt. So, we’re at 1967, or maybe a bit later. Where do we go from here? How do we zero in on supportable evidence and stop ourselves chasing every story of a body in a freezer?

  7. slappy responds:

    100% not surprising

  8. Chris Avila via Facebook responds:

    SciGuy fail. Remind me never to work “with” him. #snakeinthegrass

  9. mandors responds:

    “I am first and foremost a journalist.” Nuff said, credibility zero.

  10. airforce47 responds:


    Dr Ketchum has been criticized from both sides of the aisle for her DNA work. I’m going to wait until Dr. Byron Sykes and company post their paper for peer review. I know the species exists having been the victim of specimen intimidation on a number of occasions.

    However, knowing that isn’t scientific evidence but one of our specimens was submitted to the latest tests. We will see come this winter. My best,

  11. Jeremy Shea via Facebook responds:

    Why bother to read it DWA? The conclusion goes against your faith therefor you will dismiss it and bully anyone who does not agree with you. See how this works?

  12. shmargin responds:

    Don’t worry, Dyer is showing us a Bigfoot body next month *suppressed chuckling *

  13. cryptokellie responds:

    Bigfoot steak…really? Come-on folks, I realize that hope springs eternal but were any of the “Samples” viably traceable to an actual Bigfoot…no. If they were this whole DNA episode would be a second line story after the main headline – “Bigfoot found”.
    Seriously, a man finds Bigfoot…maybe shoots it and then procures a chunk of steak? From where, it’s butt?…How about the head or hand or even – dare I say it…a big foot. All this Sasoonery is what continues to give the valid researchers a bad name. I have said this before, hire a world class tracker/survivalist and put him/her in a supposed Bigfoot high-traffic area for a year. With a small enough crew – 2 max – good equipment and ample cooperation, there’s no telling what that endeavor might discover. Perhaps nothing but that’s what makes it a horse race – as they used to say.
    Believe me I have no wish for the shooting of an actual Bigfoot but, fellow Cryptomundians – a body or substantial part of one is what’s going to solve this enigma once and for all.

  14. suanl004 responds:

    Before you conclude this was a “Bust”, check out Ms. Ketchum’s Rebuttal entry. What appears to have happened is SO typical of any government/establishment: the examiners either REFUSED or INTENIONALLY IGNORED to assess all of the evidence made available by Ms. Ketchum. They also reportedly declined to talk with her personally to obtain more information. It sounds like they were more interested in suppressing the truth or spreading disinformation rather than conducting science. TYPICAL!!

  15. cryptokellie responds:

    They, the Government/Establishment or any other group would be hard pressed to ignore or refuse to investigate the actual dripping head of a real Bigfoot and or any other substantial body part thereof. In fact, with all that’s occurring at certain government levels these days, they might welcome the break that an actual Bigfoot body parts discovery story would provide.

  16. DWA responds:


    ” Where do we go from here? How do we zero in on supportable evidence and stop ourselves chasing every story of a body in a freezer?”

    Go here.

    They’re doing it.

    And since Patterson and Gimlin, they are the only ones who have.

  17. Iceman responds:

    Alas! I suppose the onus of evidence must now rest primarily with the unimpeachable Mr. Rick Dyer (lol).

  18. Goodfoot responds:


    I didn’t read it. But I’m not sure this is the last of it. Or maybe it is. Many of us are here because we already know Bigfoot is real. Science will always be science, and truth will always be truth.

    And they are not always the same thing. Unfortunately.

  19. Dave Cornwell via Facebook responds:

    Is this a surprise? Not to me. Live one, a dead one or a sizable chuck of one is the ONLY definitive proof that will be accepted.

  20. PoeticsOfBigfoot responds:

    Who’s to say bigfoot isn’t a marsupial? That would account for the possum DNA.

  21. Iceman responds:

    PoeticsOfBigfoot; Your response conjured up the recall of that Aussie-made horror sequel, Howling III: The Marsupials. Perhaps someone should alert Linda Godfrey, since if what you conjecture is true, the lycanthropes that she investigates may have possom DNA as well!

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