Posted by: Guy Edwards on January 3rd, 2013
Rough estimate of the New York Times Front Page, Headline accurate
In 2003, January 3rd, The New York Times printed a front page article reporting Ray Wallace’s “death bed” confession as the guy wearing a Bigfoot costume in the famous Patterson/Gimlin film.
To Bigfooters, the Sasquatch in the film is referred to as Patty. Ray Wallace has been claiming he was Patty long before he died, but somehow as a “death bed” confession the story seemed to stick better. He also claimed at one point his wife was in the suit. The testimony of Michael Wallace, Ray’s son is the thrust of the article.
“This wasn’t a well-planned plot or anything,” said Michael Wallace, one of Ray’s sons.
“All it means is that Ray Wallace is dead, not Bigfoot,” said Dr. Wolf Henner Fahrenbach, a zoologist in the Portland area who is retired from the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center.
Though some Bigfoot believers had long suspected that Mr. Wallace created the tracks, he kept his secret, and his family never confirmed it until his death.
Michael Wallace said his father had a friend carve the feet. Dr. Fahrenbach has tried to prove — by DNA analysis of hair samples — that Bigfoot is a species heretofore unknown to science. “Sasquatch feet grow in substantial excess of general body dimensions,” Dr. Fahrenbach wrote in one study. “Hence the justifiable moniker Bigfoot.”
Filmed in the Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California, not far from where Ray Wallace laid his tracks, the short film shows a bewildered-looking apeman walking upright, while glancing at the camera.
The film has its believers, Dr. Meldrum and Dr. Fahrenbach among them. “As long as Dad was alive, he was Bigfoot,” Michael Wallace said.
Our favorite part is when Dr. Matthew Johnson gets wrapped into this famous article. Dr. Matthew Johnson is an active leader in the Bigfoot community and a Bigfoot witness who currently offers parenting advice via books, CDs, and conferences. His site Family-Rules.com is one-stop center for “Parenting with a Plan.” He also has a popular Facebook Group Team Squatchin’ USA.
Dr. Matthew Johnson’s participation as a witness transcends the academic argument. Read how at Bigfoot Lunch Club.