Unlike many Bigfoot researchers my interest in Bigfoot
didnt start with movies called Sasquatch, The Legend of Bigfoot
or The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas. These movies are
now considered classics in the Bigfoot field. While growing
up in Northwest Connecticut, I cant remember if any these movies
ever made it to the local cinema.
My interest in these creatures happened by chance. I had
purchased a Whites Eagle Spectrum metal detector to search
the hills of Northern Virginia for Civil War relics. It was
a new hobby for me, it got me outdoors and I found it enjoyable.
I learned many things about the life and times during the
Civil War. The manual for the detector stated its best to
learn proper use of a detector on your own land Make a fool
of yourself in your own backyard before you start digging
up other peoples property. I took that saying to heart. Before
long, I had potholes all over the place. I did find some Civil
War coat buttons, some bullets and even a Confederate stirrup.
Later I found out that my backyard was actually on land that
the Confederate Calvary occupied for a short time.
It was a short time later I was invited to spend a day metal
detecting around some abandoned gold mines located in Culpeper
County Virginia. It was mid March and the trees were still
barren of leaves. After a fun day of stomping around the woods
we headed back to my friends house. It was about 3:30 PM.
The three of us were walking down a hard packed logging trail
when all of a sudden my friend stopped and stretched out his
arms and said stop! I need to add that my friend served three
tours of Vietnam as a point man and at that time worked as
Special Agent in the US Government. He has sense retired.
After stopping he pointed towards the woods and said, follow
from my shoulder to the tip of my finger, 75 feet behind that
tree is a man! At that point he drew his 9mm pistol that he
carried and pointed it at the tree.
I later found out that he had seen this person out of his
peripheral vision just before it saw him. Right after eye
contact, the person hid beh.nd some trees. Being a special
agent, he knew that woods were sometimes used by people to
grow drugs and they sometimes stood guard over their area.
That was the reason why he raised his pistol. It was soon
apparent that this person was not a person at all. Within
a few seconds, a large head looked right at us from the side
of the tree. It pulled back and a split second later this
thingtarted running right in front of us. It ran, and I mean
ran from our left to right, arms swinging legs outstretched!
Its speed and lack of noise while running contributed to the
experience. It continued running and then it used its foot
to pivot off a six-inch pine tree. At that point it continued
to run away from us, down a hill and then out of sight. As
the creature ran away from us, you could see its huge shoulders
moving back and forth until it went out of sight.
I have never seen such massive shoulder muscles, the whole
body was built for speed and agility. That sighting will always
be etched in my mind. We went back the next day to look for
anything that could help us understand what this creature
was. We did locate a great footprint where the creature placed
its foot before it jumped over a small creek. We also found
the pine tree where the bark was pushed to the ground. The
damage to the tree confirmed the creature did use it to pivot
off of when it made the turn. In most other Bigfoot sightings
the creature will just turn and walk away from the people.
This sighting was different. I think the creature deliberately
ran in front of us to draw our attention from what was following
behind it. What it was we will never know. It could have been
family unit or its mate. But this creature took a big chance
by running directly in front of us.
I have spent many long hours hiking and studying the land,
we have found several other Bigfoot type footprints, all of
them different in size. I have even deployed a video surveillance
system that would be activated only when an animal or person
passed in front of it. I have gotten lots of deer, birds,
and all types of other animals, tut no Bigfoot. There were
a few times when something would approach the camera, which
was supported seven feet high in a tree. Most of the activations
occurred around 1:00 to 2:00 am. I also had a microphone recording
as well. You could here something approach the camera and
tap the housing that the camera was located. Then a few seconds
later you could hear it walk back into the dense woods.
But what really bugged me was that some of the video showed
deer looking directly into the camera lens from about twenty
feet away. The deer ears would twitch around but would always
point towards the camera. I theorized that the deer could
hear the camera operating so I purchased an ultrasonic leak
detector from the online auction house Ebay.
Ultrasonic leak detectors are used to locate extremely small
leaks in pressure vessels.
It was then I found out that the camera I was using did
produce ultrasonic sound, it is generated by the horizontal
sync on the CCD chip within the camera. Not only the camera
I had deployed in the woods, but also most surveillance cameras
did the same. Even handheld video cameras produce ultrasonic
sound. After experimenting with the detector outdoors, I realized
that even walking on grass or walking through the woods produces
large amounts of ultrasonic sound. In my opinion, I think
animals like deer can hear the ultrasonic sound our electronic
cameras produce, even hear us as we carefully walk through
the woods. Does this mean Bigfoot can hear into the ultrasonic
range, I dont know for sure. But I have a hunch they can.
After a few years of hiking around the countryside I decided
that I was really no closer to finding an answer to my mounting
questions. So I placed an ad in the Northern Virginia Electric
Co-Op. Its a magazine that is mailed to all its members throughout
Virginia. I thought an ad might generate a few calls about
possible Bigfoot sightings here in Virginia. I was wrong,
the first ad produced 26 calls and the second produced 20
calls. Most of the calls were from hunters that had seen these
creatures while hunting. I could tell by their voices they
had seen the same type of animal that I saw. Many of them
would not even tell their spouses or friends out of ridicule.
I would spend hours on the phone gathering information about
the sightings. Many people had heard of the Sasquatch or Bigfoot
in the Pacific Northwest, but could not believe that these
creatures could possibly reside alongside us here in Virginia.
There were even hunters that stopped hunting after their sighting,
they are too scared to travel into the wood again. Other calls
included homeowners that had seen the creatures while taking
out the trash at night or just driving down country roads
in the evening.
I did travel to several of the sighting areas to deploy
video surveillance equipment. But many problems arose, such
as power outages and equipment breakdown. I would have the
cab of my truck loaded with cameras, enclosures, cables and
This is when I decided to purchase and outfit a vehicle
just for my Bigfoot studies. I needed a vehicle that would
hold all my electronic surveillance equipment and the batteries
to power it all. Sense most of the sightings happen during
the nighttime hours I decided the vehicle should be equipped
with a shower, bathroom and sleeping quarters.
A motor home would work out just right. But as I was looking
for a motor home, I stumbled across a 1989 mobile veterinarian
clinic. It was for sale at a local car repair shop because
the owner did not want to put anymore money into it. The owner
had purchased a new mobile unit and was trying to sell the
old one. SOLD!
With a little time and money, I knew I could convert this
vehicle into a great research platform. Well, the little time
dragged into a year and the money kept adding up.
Its amazing what a 10-second Bigfoot sighting can do. I
finally have it finished and have been to sighting areas in
Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Fellow researchers and
I even entertained a French film crew for a long weekend.
They produced a made for TV documentary called Hunters of
Unknown Animals Most of the filming was shot here in Virginia,
with other shots in Maryland and Pennsylvania. It was hard
work but everyone had fun. I hope it turns out well, filmmakers
are well known to turn boring documentaries into spectacular
I will place new ads in hopes that even more people will
come forth and let me know of their sightings. I will also
travel throughout Virginia documenting sighting and talking
to lots of great people. Its very difficult for people to
explain what they saw, but they know it was some type of unknown
creature. I know that these creatures exist and I would like
to see one up close, I really want to look into the eyes of
one of these animals. Maybe then I can get on with my life.
This has been a time consuming and costly hobby for me but
I wouldnt trade it for the world!
Also, I would never want any harm to come to these creatures.
I think they have been around this planet a lot longer than
we have and would hate to see them disappear because of mans
ever increasing need for development. I hope they will remain
with us for generations to come. Maybe they can teach us a
thing or two!