Controversial Bigfooter Answers Cryptomundo

Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 23rd, 2008


In an elegantly simple, but insightful concluding paragraph, blogsquatcher may have summed up the feelings overwhelming many of us as this turmoil-filled week draws to an end.

Has he illuminated the heart of darkness danger in what is unfolding within the subfield of P/G footage hominology with these words?

Blogsquatcher wrote:

You’ll ultimately have to decide for yourselves how you feel about [M. K. Davis’ speculations]. I will leave you with this thought though — for more than 40 years, nothing has been able to diminish the impact of the P/G Film. But maybe this grand conspiracy theory will.

You have read on Cryptomundo the various posts about the M. K. Davis claims, speculations, and observations, some noted as facts by him, presented at Don Keating’s Ohio Bigfoot Conference. These comments were given during the last weekend, as well as earlier to others, publicly to large and small groups, indeed, comments that have spread far and wide on the Internet.


From left to right – in Ohio last weekend – Don Keating, Ohio Bigfoot group director and host of the Ohio Bigfoot conference; Jeff Meldrum, professor and Sasquatch book author; M. K. Davis, Bigfoot film analyst; and Eric Altman, Pennsylvania Bigfoot group director.

Recent postings on the subject of Davis statements and some history include:

M. K. Davis: Bigfoot Has Ponytail

Bigfoot Braids?

Shooting Incident At Bluff Creek?

Bigfoot Massacre: The Theory

To get all sides of the story, I asked Bigfooter M. K. Davis the following questions earlier on Wednesday, but he says he had computer problems and could not answer until late yesterday. Here are my questions:

“People other than me are saying you proposed this theory. Are you denying this? Did you say or not say that Bigfoot had been shot? Why are people from all across the country saying you have a theory that Patty was shot in the thigh, and showed the exact spot during your presentation?

Can you send me a jpeg showing me the braids? The ponytail?”

Here is M. K. Davis’ reply:

Regarding the leg anomaly. This anomaly shows clearly on the exact spot where the famous “bulge” that is sometimes called a hernia is. It appears in the next adjacent frame. It is a round spot, surrounded by a concentric circle with the hair around it moved back and away. This is found on the very best images from the film that exist. I did not call it a gunshot wound. When asked if she had been shot, my exact words were “I cannot say that, I can only say that it is a round concentric circle with a spot in the middle.” I did my job in reporting that such was on the film. It is neither unexpected nor is it wrong for people to speculate on it, if it is made known that it is just that, speculation. It is a simple fact that could appear within the framework of a lot of different scenarios. I welcome them all.

Bob Gimlin is a personal friend of mine, and an intelligent man. I know that he understands that brainstorming sessions require the inclusion of all possible scenarios, with most eventually dismissed, and will not take such personally. I didn’t make the spot, and I’m as interested as anyone as to what it is. This is an animated gif. M. K. Davis, May 22, 2008, 3:01 PM Eastern.

He also sent along the following images of the leg hernia (I had seen something similar before), but did not forward any jpegs or answers clarifying or addressing the speculation about braids and a ponytail.




Then I ask:

“Are your words quotable?”

Davis replied:

The words are quotable. M. K. Davis, May 22, 2008, 5:09 PM Eastern.



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.

12 Responses to “Controversial Bigfooter Answers Cryptomundo”

  1. The Blogsquatcher responds:

    Perhaps the words, “Patty was shot” were never uttered, but people who attended his informal talk came away with the impression that that is what he meant. He is said to have shown “the shockwave that went through her body” at the moment in question. He showed, immediately following the hernia/gunshot wound frames, that Patty “stumbles,” and he showed frames that he claimed exhibited bloodstains on her heel and in her footprints. He discussed how Patty “came down on her leg differently” after the hernia/gunshot wound frames. He then showed where she later trips, and at another point claims that she fell down. All of this is clearly intended to build the circumstantial case that Patty was shot.

    In fact, Davis claimed that she was shot at again, and showed where her hair moves and she bobs her head in “reaction” to the bullet just missing her.

    It’s clear that Davis meant to make a case that Patty had been shot, and my correspondents did not understand this case to be provisional in any way. So while he may be accurate that he never said the words “Patty was shot” or something like them, he did mean to “propose this theory” as you asked in your question. You may have noticed he doesn’t deny it, but he seems to be saying something along the lines of, “when you are brainstorming, you throw a lot of mud against the wall and see what sticks.” But the attendees that I’ve talked to didn’t hear the theory as provisional. They took it as a well developed theory offered as an explanation of the facts. In fact, Davis was so persuasive that my correspondents believed it.

    As far as the bullets and the evidence for them go, I have to be agnostic because I haven’t seen the evidence that others have seen. But I have noted on my blog the deficiencies in the “conspiracy theory” narrative, and those defects can’t fill me with confidence that Davis’ theories are correct. If Davis has proof of his theory, he ought to release it to his peers so that it can be reviewed, and we can stop talking all around the fringe.

  2. greywolf responds:

    If Patterson was on the ground with the camera and Gimlin did not shoot the BF as he has stated. WHY is it not possible that the BF was shot at an earlier time by some one else and the BF had stopped to clean it. Human or animal they all clean wounds when they are safe.

  3. kittenz responds:

    All of the hash and rehash of the Patterson-Gimlin film is like beating a dead horse – nothing much can come of it. The film is forty years old. Some of the main players are dead, and the remaining ones are sticking to their varying stories. With no more evidence than the film itself, it’s a case of “He said – HE siadi”.

    No amount of arguing and analysis, no matter how contrived, is going to answer the fundamental question about “Patty” : is “she” a real specimen of a scientifically undescribed native species of primate, or is “she” a hoax that snowballed to mythic proportions.

    Until more unambiguous, incontrovertible evidence comes to light, “Patty” is still just an interesting artifact.

  4. sschaper responds:

    The stablized segment is very interesting. The legs are amazingly realistic. Did they glue fur on actors in those days for fx?

    She still looks like she is wearing panties.

    The buttocks do not flex, they are inert. That shouldn’t be the case on a real animal. The torso seems inert as well.

    There is something wrong with the way the arms move. Like the weight is wrong for a real animal. I don’t know how to describe this. Just watch it over and over.

    The exposure on the animal is different from the background such that it has a very obvious ‘photoshopped’ outline.

  5. scmarlowe responds:

    Having been “in the loop” on these events and MK’s “discoveries” for quite some time now, I feel that I have to weigh in on the enormity of the speculation that has arisen out of Don Keating’s conference.

    First and foremost, while some of the photographic “evidence” seems to support the more extreme conjecture surrounding the events at Bluff Creek as attributed to MK, these speculations are a long way from being considered facts.

    As redacted by Cryptomundo pointed out, there are a number of alternate explanations for each and every observation made from the images evolving from the Patterson/Gimlin film as enhanced by MK.

    It is essential that these “leads” be properly run down before reaching any valid and reliable conclusions regarding same. Else, the whole “theory” as described by John becomes nothing more than wild imaginings developed from watching too much TV crime dramas.

    I am highly distressed by the mere act of leveling what are, at this point, unfounded accusations at the person or persons involved in the P/G film creation and the circumstances surrounding it.

    While I agree with John that IF the “theory” were to pan out as being accurate, or substantially so, the parties need to face justice, I also want to scream from the mountain tops that this accusation is a very big “IF!”

    Proper forensic research, in so far as this material is concerned, has been laid waste and answers which would resolve this long standing issue in the Bigfoot community may now be lost as a result of the “loose cannon” activities associated with the new “evidence” and rush for ratings and sensationalism instead of pure and simple fact.

    I have counseled for restraint and proper scientific method throughout the development of MK’s imagry since I met with him at Chester Moore’s conference several years ago — at which point I became involved with this research. I am highly disappointed, and quite frankly peeved, that MK apparently took it upon himself to reveal SOME of his findings prematurely — thus starting this tidal wave of non-science.

    Unfortunately, I’ve also been taken to task for “concealing” information regarding these issues on other sites and fully expect to be chastized (if not muzzled) elsewhere in cyberspace for trying to be a voice of reason and restraint. So if you want to take pot shots at the “messenger” go ahead.

    But, doing so won’t alter the probable result that nothing useful will be the outcome of this now tainted research and the damaged credibility and reputation of some of the parties involved.

    Indeed, with the accusations being made, the truth of it may only be revealed in a court of law — if at all.

  6. CamperGuy responds:

    So from the Mr. Davis statement is he saying he himself does not conclude and put forth Patty was shot? Mr. Davis seems to be putting it out there yet distancing himself from it at the same time.

    Please pardon my bluntness but no one cares about slight misquotes that may have been attributed to you Mr. Davis.

    Mr. Davis I ask you to simply state clearly what you ARE saying. What is your point?

    What do propose as merely interesting, speculation, a working theory, fact?

    This should be in the form of clear bullet (no pun intended) statements:

    Patty was shot. Followed by whatever you have to support the statement.

    There is a braid. Followed by whatever you have to support the statement.

    Patty was shot? Really? A speculative spot and speculative change in stride.

    What about the reaction of a very powerful animal to being hurt? The humans are not ran away from or attacked by an animal this reported to be able to move very quickly. There is also no report of a blood curdling yell Bigfoot is reported to be able to make which would be expected if shot.

    Challenging your point of view whatever it really is does help the Bigfoot community at large. It shows that everything attributed to Bigfoot is not readily accepted and absorbed thus it cannot be said “those people will believe anything”.

  7. Kimble responds:

    What this Cryptozoological discipline needs is a peer review proccess.

  8. John L. Johnsen responds:


    Great comment.


    I agree with the peer review comment. But, as in every peer review process whether it be in medicine, law, or academia, the reviewers can, by acting on personal biases, ruin the work of the peer presenter. In this realm, there clearly are no parameters within the bigfoot community for judging evidence as there are no positively identified examples for comparison. I would whole heartedly support a panel of forensic and scientific people who would simply apply an even handed assessment of evidence. I.e., “yes, that is part of what was captured in the film or picture and not noise or dust”, or, “yes, the DNA provided was a pure sample, uncontaminated and clean”…or something such as that. Until there is final, irrefutable scientific evidence for this creature for use as a benchmark, “peers” don’t have a leg to stand on in the criticism of another’s findings.

  9. scmarlowe responds:

    That is very true, Kimble.

    However, there are far too many folks in Crypto-ville that think “Peer Review” means heaping unprofessional, uninformed commentary and vicious personal attacks constitute the kind of constructive debate that science attaches to that concept.

  10. Tamarack responds:

    Mr. Davis says “It is a simple fact that could appear within the framework of a lot of different scenarios. I welcome them all.”

    The most obvious scenario that I see is that Mr. Davis has been staring into his looking glass too long. In the animated .gif I see at least 4 other spots that are round throughout the upper thigh and pelvic area as well as a much larger round spot at the top of the picture.

    One “speculative scenario” could be that this is from a grenade launcher and the grenade is protruding through the chest cavity and the smaller round spots, well since there is no red visible this could have only been caused by 5 or 6 other shooters who all shot at the exact same millisecond.

    Mr. Davis also claims “Bob Gimlin is a personal friend of mine”.

    I know Mr. Gimlin to be a very kind and gracious gentleman. Since these traits are not frequently found I think that you may have mistaken them for personal friendship. I would only believe that statement if it were to come from Mr. Gimlin himself.

    However if you consider him to be a friend, is this the way you treat your friends? You will put out there a “theory” that has all the components of the most serious crime of murder, but try to distance yourself from all of the angst you have caused. Well, with friends like you ………………!

    As far as the film itself, I stand by Bob Gimlin and Roger Patterson’s statements as to what really happened that day.

    The only “baby” that I will be throwing out with the proverbial bath water is Mr. Davis and his work.

  11. DWA responds:

    What kittenz said. OK, a bit more.

    I’m not “overwhelmed” by any feelings here, other than the overwhelming feeling that once more, the proponents vastly underestimate the power of the evidence to hand, beside which Patty is as a grain of sand against a beach. They needlessly worry third-rate artifacts, not to mention a pretty good film that’s been poisoned as evidence by irrational attitudes, and conveniently focus the attention of the skeptics on the impossibility of proof without a real animal.

    You can’t get anything from this film other than:

    1) Looks like an animal.
    2) Looks subtly but definitely non-human.
    3) What can be analyzed, which has been, by experts, not one of which has come down with the conclusion of “fake.”

    Case closed. Until the animal is confirmed.

    Yes, MK Davis is doing damage to the cause. The main source of the damage? All of the handwringing by proponents, which count on it Davis wants – and plays for – just as sure as Madonna plays for the sort of attention she craves. If there’s a “heart of darkness” you should fear, it’s looking silly breast-beating over this crap, rather than brushing it off and soldiering onward, into the field, where the critter awaits, if it’s real. Which, pay attention now, ‘cause here’s what you need to pay attention to:


    Proponents need to understand this! The skeptics sure won’t do it for them.

    Davis has helped, some. Unfortunately he’s a drama queen who just can’t get enough.

    The evidence – most of it – is not in this film. Which is – and no more – what it is.

    Sschaper: your objections fall into a common skeptical trap: assuming that Patty’s going to be just the same as other animals. If she’s not a fake, she’s a new species, and by definition not everything we see on the ones we know about. Don’t know what your qualifications are. But highly-qualified people in relevant fields have brushed off your – and many other – reservations about the reality of this film. Including a hoax scenario, on which for my money Bill Munns has put in the last word: didn’t happen.

    Argue with them, not me.

    (As to the “photoshopping”? What do you expect with something that’s been played with this much? The experts – at least many of them – looked at the original; and today’s experts, count on that, can get past “photoshopping” with no problem.)

  12. jaguarchicagoman responds:

    I also attended the 2008 EOBIC last weekend, and saw Mr Davis’ presentation of his work on the P/G film. It was an electrifying moment, to say the least!

    While I am not as familiar, however, with Mr Davis’ work as some others are, I must say, with all fairness, that I while I applaud this effort to present a greater understanding of “Patty” as a living, breathing animal, I must also say that some of the conclusions made in the presentation were, to say the least, disappointing and confusing.

    It is one thing to present a detailled image, showing us things which we have never seen before.

    It is another, however, to definitively state or infer any meaning about these details.

    Mr Davis stated several times that he saw “chevrons” in the braided bit of hair that swings forward over Patty’s face in one frame. Well, I must tell you, I was sitting in the front row, and I didn’t see it.

    I only saw what Mr Davis had hand-drawn over the image….

    Mr Davis also presented free-swinging, flowing hair (or something like it) from the top of Patty’s head, almost like a topknot. I do not recall him using the word “ponytail”, however.

    As for the “gunshot wound” frames, I really must say, I was truly disheartened by Mr Davis’ implications. Insofar as I am concerned, Mr Davis clearly inferred that, if Roger Patterson was holding the camera, someone else was holding a gun, and firing it into Patty’s leg. He did not state that this person was Bob Gimlin, however, but the implication was made, nonetheless. This seemed, to me, to be rather a bit of a slur on the reputation of both these men.

    Was not the point of this effort, as per Mr Davis’ own words, to restore Mr Patterson’s good name?

    Was then the point of this to then slur Mr Gimlin instead?

    It was also inferred that perhaps Roger & Bob were not alone on that day at Bluff Creek. It is my understanding that other researchers were in the area, but I do not have more knowledge of this than others may possess.

    And what of the red pool? This part of the presentation was absolutely the most fun. The conversation between Dr Meldrum and Mr Davis most definitely showed, at least to this writer, that Dr Meldrum is not someone to be fooled, nor to be fooled with. He is a highly intelligent person with a great deal of experience in this field; also, he has been to Bluff Creek as well. The man knows his stuff!

    In my own (humble) opinion, I should daresay that, based upon the visual evidence presented, the red pool was, in all probability, a rather large puddle of standing water from the recent rain/flood (I cannot remember which?), and, in an area of possibly red clay or ferrous earth, had been coloured accordingly by its surroundings. I do not, for a minute, believe that this was a pool of blood, and I sincerely wish that this had not been presented in this format. Regrettably, Mr Davis’ own file names for his photographs were labelled “The Blood Pool” and I daresay this is what many persons in the audience inferred, whether he stated it or not.

    In conclusion, then, I really must say, I applaud Mr Davis’ efforts, but I cannot applaud his presentation.

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