Posted by: John Kirk on October 2nd, 2013
When I saw this footage last night, things leapt out at me without even having to use the analytical parts of my brain.
The first thing I noticed was the very human length of the arms in the bits and pieces of murky footage they adduced as evidence. They are far shorter than those of the sasquatch in the Patterson-Gimlin film and the descriptions by many witness of long arms that hang down.
Just about all the clips show something with sloping shoulders which again flies in the face of the descriptions by witnesses and the PG film creature. It would also seem that the footage shows creatures with some sort of neck which is contrary to the absence of necks in sasquatches remarked upon by those who have had encounters.
The gait of the persons in the Erickson footage shows that they walk like people especially the one shot with night vision from the back. There is none of the knees-bent gait of Patty and her ilk.
What is most galling is that they would use a piece of footage with a Wookie costume that they previously stated would be the best ever piece of close-up footage of a sasquatch. I find this absolutely incredible and did they think that sasquatch researchers and the general public would accept this at face value? To introduce footage of a fictional character with clear partial canid facial features into the mix of an animal that is oft-described as a hominid (as Ketchum herself insists) – maybe pongid – species is so utterly preposterous that I cannot believe they seriously thought that the creature in the footage was a real sasquatch.
I recall Bill Munns talking about this several months ago and again I must completely agree with him that this closely resembles a wookie and not a sasquatch. If you look carefully in the footage the wookie head turns and looks at the camera by using its NECK. When Patty turns to look at Patterson and Gimlin she has to turn her entire shoulder structure as her head is so deeply set on her shoulders that she is unable to turn it very far. Another tell-tale sign that this footage does not appear to be what it claims to be.
In future when we look back to this debacle in the history of sasquatchery, we will remember that our cause was shunted backwards by a group of people who presented less than acceptable material as evidence and made the world wonder about the people who participate in sasquatch research and investigation.
In the wake of this debacle, we need to get back out in the field and obtain evidence that is definitive and clear. It has to be verifiable scientifically and by neutrals that have no connection whatsoever to those submitting the evidence. Nothing less will do.
Now, as others have said here, I await the unveiling of Bryan Sykes’ results and come what may positive or negative, I would welcome them as they would either assist our cause or send us back out to see if it is possible to obtain tangible evidence.
One of the founders of the BCSCC, John Kirk has enjoyed a varied and exciting career path. Both a print and broadcast journalist, John Kirk has in recent years been at the forefront of much of the BCSCC’s expeditions, investigations and publishing. John has been particularly interested in the phenomenon of unknown aquatic cryptids around the world and is the author of In the Domain of the Lake Monsters (Key Porter Books, 1998). In addition to his interest in freshwater cryptids, John has been keenly interested in investigating the possible existence of sasquatch and other bipedal hominids of the world, and in particular, the Yeren of China. John is also chairman of the Crypto Safari organization, which specializes in sending teams of investigators to remote parts of the world to search for animals as yet unidentified by science. John travelled with a Crypto Safari team to Cameroon and northern Republic of Congo to interview witnesses among the Baka pygmies and Bantu bushmen who have sighted a large unknown animal that bears more than a superficial resemblance to a dinosaur. Since 1996, John Kirk has been editor and publisher of the BCSCC Quarterly which is the flagship publication of the BCSCC. In demand at conferences, seminars, lectures and on television and radio programs, John has spoken all over North America and has appeared in programs on NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, TLC, Discovery, CBC, CTV and the BBC. In his personal life John spends much time studying the histories of Scottish Clans and is himself the president of the Clan Kirk Society. John is also an avid soccer enthusiast and player.