May 20, 2016

Smokey Crabtree Inducted into Ohio Bigfoot Hall of Fame

On May 14 at the 2016 Ohio Bigfoot Conference, Julius “Smokey” Crabtree was honored posthumously with an induction into the Ohio Bigfoot Hall of Fame. The honor was presented by conference organizer Marc DeWerth and commemorated by the elegant plaque shown in the photo below. Myself and Bryan Impey had the great honor of accepting the plaque on behalf of the late Mr. Crabtree and his family. We will be presenting it to Smokey’s son, J.E. Crabtree of Texarkana, in recognition of Smokey’s timeless contributions to The Legend of Boggy Creek and to Bigfoot research. 

Like the creature he sought to prove, Smokey has become a legend himself and will always remain as one of the key pioneers in this research field. 

Rest in Peace, my friend.



Lyle Blackburn About Lyle Blackburn
Lyle Blackburn’s research and writing on the subject of legendary creatures and unexplained phenomenon has been widely recognized as some of the best in the field of cryptozoology. His previous books, including The Beast of Boggy Creek and Momo: The Strange Case of the Missouri Monster, offer a balanced view of the subjects while delivering gripping accounts of real-life mysteries. Lyle is a frequent guest on radio programs such as Coast To Coast AM, and has appeared on television shows such as Monsters and Mysteries in America, Finding Bigfoot, and Strange Evidence. Lyle has also been featured in several award-winning documentary films, including Boggy Creek Monster and The Mothman of Point Pleasant. For more information, visit Lyle's website at:

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