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“Backyard Bigfoot”: Witness was “Seeing Things”

Submitted by on July 11, 2010 – 8:48 AM23 Comments | 1,368 views


Patterson/Gimlin Bigfoot

Patterson/Gimlin Bigfoot



I think myself, as well as GhostTheory readers, saw this one coming a mile away. Contrary to what some blogs out there started posting as “Real evidence” or “Confirmed!”, No one had actually gone out to the location to investigate “Mr. Mike” and his claim that he was interacting with a group of Bigfoot.

That is to say, not until Christopher Noel posted a report on FaceBook about how a colleague of his actually went to visit “Mr. Mike” and soon realized himself that all these interactions that “Mr. Mike” claimed to be having were all just figments of his imagination. What a surprise.

Christopher Noel is an acclaimed author, having written 5 books on various subjects, his latest is called:
Impossible Visits: The Inside Story of Interactions with Sasquatch at Habituation Sites

Listen to the initial interview clip in which “Mr. Mike” talks about his interaction with the creatures:

Facebook Video

Noel becomes skeptical by Mr. Mike’s story:

I was definitely of two minds about the show last night. Like all of us, I so want “Mike” to be on the level, but now there are three babies and more adults? And they’re now freely venturing into the front yard, near traffic? It’s getting like Grand Central Station over there. On the other hand, “Mike” continues to sound persuasive, and if the private eye really did see and photograph large shapes…

And then later on his Facebook page, Noel informs the world of what his colleague had found out about Mike:

Man with Sasquatch Behind his House: UPDATE.
My colleague has been able to determine that “Mike” was simply
seeing things. “Mike” himself came to realize this during the course
of the night on-site, when the “creatures” did not materialize before
the thermal cameras. His initial account was compelling, and persuasively articulated,
so I think the responsible follow-up was performed…(continued
below)

…Yes, this outcome is disappointing, but let’s look at it, also, as good news: It restores Sasquatch, for us, to its true nature, which is NOT to set up camp night after night in someone’s backyard, allowing him to come near them. If this were their MO, the species would not have been able to survive alongside us for eons, at least not as an autonomous creature not dominated by Homo sapiens.

Here is a short version of the video showing the
Sasquatch behind the woodpile, in East Texas. I post it now to mark a
contrast with “Mike’s” account. This species is MUCH more cautious than
the figments that appeared in his urban yard.

So much for “Mr. Mike” being a credible witness.

There will be people coming out of the woods from time to time and talk to many about having seen a Bigfoot and having had interactions with them. They will sound sober, credible, articulate and seem to have nothing to gain from their story, but in reality most of them turn out to be attention-seekers or just a few marbles short.

Today’s technology allows us to disseminate information at break-neck speeds all over the world. And like winning the lotto, it could be a good thing or it could be a bad thing. Depending on how you use it and who you tell.

I’m glad that we have respectable researchers out there committing their time and effort to debunk some of the craziest claims we have read in the past few years. This is a “Thank you” to all researchers out there whose work advances Cryptozoology and the paranormal.

Godspeed people, godspeed.

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I'm a writer, a runner, and a hell of a coffee drinker residing in Los Angeles. I'm currently working on a book about Doris Bither and her terrifying account of a haunting in Culver City, California. The case was dubbed "The Entity" and it stands to be one of the most controversial cases ever to be studied by parapsychologists.

  • David Rodriguez

    I ended up listening to the blog radio show until late last night. I even decided to call in.

    There is a complicated series of events and much has been misconstrued. There is still an ongoing investigation. The investigators on site do appear to be the colleagues of Chris Noel. He clearly was getting nervous when questioned by Lan. He should come clean to Lan. It would seem that the statement about Mike “seeing things” has been completely blown out of proportion too. Many statements were taken out of context on the blogs since.

    I’m not so inclined to have much faith in the present investigation. Most researchers just don’t understand that just their presence and new activity will contaminate the situation immediately. Not to mention all their fancy equipment and cameras. Do they really think that any bigfoot present will hang around to be identified?

    There was one incident Lan talked about after the period when ‘Jack’ (the investigator) had the FLIR out. Jack and Mike apparently had seen some kind of hot spot, but when Jack investigated further, he saw nothing. This is the ‘seeing things’ episode. BUT apparently Lan had his PI put some other cameras up at the scene beforehand, which caught something standing there when Jack went to look. I would really like to correlate these two pieces of footage because it may reveal some things that the bigfoot field does not want to hear.

    I remain inclined to believe that there is truth in Mike’s claims regardless of how the rest of the community sees it. The majority of the community doesn’t quite understand the dynamics of a habituation. However we may never find evidence because its the same investigative techniques being used now. You don’t just start putting cameras up with teams working the area and expect for the sasquatch to continue their visitations as usual. I think the team there had already grown frustrated and that is what Noel published. I wish I had the opportunity to visit there myself. Alone. This is where having my own encounters over the decades would come in handy. I now know how to ‘behave’ around sasquatch. Most people who have never had an encounter can’t understand that either.

    But, its in the hands of a ‘team’ of researchers right now. It sounds like they are close to writing it off however because of his supposed mental status. If Lan didn’t inform them that he had something on his camera, well I think they might be done. Now they won’t know what to make of it because it will contradict their scientific methodology. That is sad, I understand how they are making this conclusion. That is why we don’t understand these Sasquatch. They will eventually rationalize the scene as a dead end, but the damage will be done and the sasquatch will stop visiting Mike. At least for a while. As is the norm, it may take a while for him to rebuild their trust after having all these strangers show up. Hopefully he has enough time in his life to do so.

    I hope to be talking with Lan a little more privately about this matter. Maybe something can be salvaged? Apparently others have tried to explain that people and cameras showing up to a habituation will ruin it. My opinion is that what he really needs to do is pull everyone out and allow the residence to ‘cool down’. These sasquatch need to be recognized as being highly intelligent and they aren’t going to put up with being proven. Assuming Mike is being visited, then we need to try and understand ‘why’. There’s a lot that is involved in that which most people may not comprehend. Sasquatch know things. They may well be trying to bring Mike comfort in his last years on earth. They probably ‘see’ that he is caring for someone and this empathy is transferred to them.

    So that’s my take for now. Yeah I believe there is something to Mike’s claims because I have had my own share of activity. I understand my own mistakes made, I too put up cameras and lost their trust. Now I also realize that I need an opportunity to visit one of these other habituations myself because I can ‘relate’ to the witnesses. This one may be too late but there will be others. Maybe someone will read this and contact me next time. If not, that’s OK too.

  • David Rodriguez

    I’m just fine jbondo.

  • jbondo

    David,

    Your reasoning just perplexes me. There was nothing there yet you continue to push the idea that there was. Mike suffers from dimensia, admitted that he was seeing things yet you continue to believe that he saw Bigfoot.

    I am doing my darnedest to respect your opinions and beliefs but you don’t seem to be able to distinguish the line between reality and fantasy.

    Are you saying even Loren C. or Craig W. don’t know of what they speak over at cryptomundo?

    I’m not meaning to insult you but I just can’t justify what you say.

  • David Rodriguez

    No he didn’t ‘admit’ like many want to say he did. It was discussed on the air. Did you listen?

    The point at which Jack the researcher claims Mike was seeing things was when they were looking through the FLIR. They did see a hot spot but you have to understand, FLIR was new to Mike too. Well Jack went to investigate what the hot spot was and saw nothing there. But there was another camera on site that did see a shadow there. This perplexed Jack the Researcher whose gear remains on site.

    What I am saying jbondo is that most researchers don’t know how to deal with habituations and also don’t recognize that even their technology isn’t reliable. And just because someone is old with failing health, you don’t write them or their claims off.

  • You succcck

    Hey Javier, I know you have a black belt in masturbation and everything but really mate, when are you going to get a grip on something other than your sausage?
    Your silly mug is attached to nearly every stupid un researched article Ive seen in the last few months and Im starting to believe you are in competition with Micheal Cohen for the title of “wanker of the year”.
    It will be a tough call but you guys are neck and neck.
    I bet your Mother cries herself to sleep every night, was she the one that let you play with the lead based paint?

  • http://ghosttheory.com Javier Ortega

    You succcck,

    Keep trying.

    -Javier

  • jbondo

    It’s not Javier’s job to research articles. He just posts them and allows things to develop from there. If you were as smart as you try to make us think you are you’d know that attacking something with a group is more efficient than spending multiple hours as a single.

    If you are such an authority, then please by all means; direct us to your website so we can bath in light of your genius.

  • http://ghosttheory.com Javier Ortega

    jbondo,

    I’ve been meaning to do more researched articles (Featured articles. On top right) but I’ve been so busy lately working on my book and my regular 9-5 that I barely have time.

    I just ignore some of these negative comments. Why? Because:

    -Javier