Release date for Dr. Melba Ketchum DNA paper revealed. We are finally able to give an approximate date for the publication of the Ketchum DNA paper. According to sources close to the Ketchum camp, the paper is due to be published at the end of February. That is one month from now. A news conference will be held at that time. But Ketchum has given approximate publication dates several times before, and all of those have been wrong. But this one is after the paper was already accepted for publication (around December 31), so it’s likely to be more accurate.
There will be more than one Ketchum DNA paper. We have now learned that Ketchum will write not one but at least several DNA papers about this data. This is very interesting news. So the upcoming paper will not be the last word on this data from Ketchum.
On the other hand, I have problems with this to the extent that data about the materials used in the study may be locked down from release to the media for a long time even after the publication of this paper. For instance, after publication of this paper, I would assume that all data about the materials used in the study could be released.
However, if the material is then to be used on new studies, it may be embargoed again under the Ingelfinger Rule. All of the NDA’s, etc. so far have been done for a variety of reasons, but one of the reasons behind Ketchum’s secrecy is the Ingelfinger Rule.
However, the rule frequently allows a certain amount of release of data, so her paranoia doesn’t make much sense under an adherence to that rule. What the reasons are for it then, I am not sure. Anyway, it just prevents mostly her from releasing data to the media, and doesn’t prevent her from releasing data to fellow scientists say at a presentation. For instance, she is not supposed to do media interviews about the study before it is published.
Now, people like me can run pretty much any report we want about an unpublished study, but revealing the study results in detail would be pretty snarky and would almost constitute prior release under Ingelfinger. In the case of the Ketchum study, that would mean if we released actual DNA sequences or technical findings.
Erickson Project in Hollywood verified. This was previously a rumor, but we have just been able to verify that the EP is indeed in Hollywood working on their film, and there is big money behind it. So Randy Brisson is apparently lying in his denials. A release date for the film? The only thing I heard was “soon.” Erickson is totally broke, so apparently he is shopping the film to Hollywood to try to make back as much his money as he can from the film. Whether he is going the TV route to say National Geographic or via a film release, I have no idea.
EP video shown to a very wealthy Bigfoot investor. Adrian Erickson recently showed his footage to a a very wealthy Bigfoot investor, who shall remain nameless, but many of you can guess who it is. This person watched the footage and said there was no way it could have been faked. They saw the footage from Crittenden, Kentucky of the male, the young female, Matilda, and her two babies. The male is absolutely huge – up to 10-12 feet tall – absolutely massive. That is so gigantic that I am dubious, but this is what people are saying they see on the screen.
Olympic Project Bigfoot licking camera verified. This was another rumor, but we have now verified that the photos of the Bigfoot licking a trailcam on the Olympic Peninsula are real and have been proven by DNA. We have also verified that it is also, as we guessed, the first photo of a Bigfoot verified by DNA. Previously, this was just conjecture on my part based on putting two and two together.
The Bigfoot actually turned the camera around so it was facing the tree. This enabled the preservation of the DNA, but it also meant that for the next two weeks, the camera shot pictures of tree bark. A source tells me that the OP has a lot of problems with Bigfoots turning their cameras around so the camera faces the tree.
I don’t know why they do this, and I don’t know why the Bigfoot licked the camera. A colleague asked me, “If these things are so smart, why would they lick a camera? That’s animal behavior.” I don’t have an answer to that question, but I don’t think these things are as smart as some people think they are. Do I believe they are as smart as we are? No.
Bigfoots braided the mane on one of Ketchum’s horses. One of the strangest stories I have ever heard about Bigfoot-type creatures is that they like to braid the manes of people’s horses. Most such reports come out of the Caucasus region and refer to Almas type creatures.
We can now report that Ketchum says that the Bigfoots have braided the mane of a horse at Ketchum’s friend’s house where Ketchum sees the Bigfoots and where she also stores some of her many horses. I believe that she sees the Bigfoots at a cabin in the Honobia region of Oklahoma that her friend Arla Williams has access to, and I also think she stores some horses there. Therefore, Bigfoots apparently braided a mane on one of the horses that Ketchum keeps at Arla’s place.
Is it true? Ketchum would not make up a wild lie about this – that’s not like her. And I definitely do not feel that Ketchum is mentally ill or insane. Therefore, I will tentatively take her word for it that this happened, as crazy as it sounds. And we also have cross-cultural data from the Caucasus indicating that Bigfoot type creatures do this.
But why? Why do they braid the manes of horses? It’s so weird.
Bigfoots use tools and fire? Thom Powell has informed us that Bigfoots do use tools, and they even steal tools from humans to use. For instance, they steal knives. What they do with them, I have no idea. Powell said in one case, they stole an altimeter. What they are going to do with that, if anything, I have no idea.
Powell also said that they know fire, but don’t want to use it because it’s a giveaway. He said that they do use it underground though, and Bigfoots live underground a lot. As I mentioned previously, the Bigfoots in the Josephine Long story from ~1880 near Harrison Lake, British Colombia had fire in their cave. Powell also said that Bigfoots will not steal guns, even if they are out in the open waiting to be stolen. For some reason, they don’t want anything to do with guns
Powell feels that Bigfoots are prehistoric men like Neandertals or Java Man.
“They never went extinct,” said Powell. “They just switched to the nocturnal niche.”
Keep in mind that there is no good hard evidence to date that Bigfoots are able to use fire, either aboveground or underground. I think they know what fire is and are afraid of it, but at the same time are also fascinated by it. I have heard a number of reports of Bigfoots grabbing sticks from fires and running around with them like torches.
Photo of the Bigfoot steak. As I mentioned, there are photos of this object out there, but the photos are not of the steak itself. Instead, they are photos of a portion of the steak that has been fleshed. All that is left is skin and hair with some fat stuck to it.The photo is hard to obtain, but I am trying to get ahold of it. There may also be some copyright issues involved that prevent publication.
Derek Randles and Bart Cutino lying for Dr. Jeff Meldrum. As we stated earlier, we do not believe Meldrum’s rejoinder to our account of his appearance at the Sierra Kills site. In my opinion, Meldrum is simply not telling the truth – that’s all there is to it.
It looks like then Cutino and Randles were enlisted to lie for the good doctor. Randles apparently did this because he needs to keep in Meldrum’s good company due to Meldrum agreeing to be present on one of the OP’s outings this coming year. Cutino’s just a hack.
My source for this is someone who is close to a number of people who were present at the site that day.
My information is that Dr. John Mionczynski and Meldrum were shown a plastic bag with a small piece of the steak in it that had been fleshed. Justin Smeja fleshed it and salt-dried it so it would not spoil on the 3-day trip to the Kills site. Fleshed means that flesh was removed, and all that was left was the skin and hair.
Mionczynski got excited because he had had an encounter with a Bigfoot in 1972, and this smelled just like the Bigfoot he had encountered back then.
Mionczynski was saying things like, “My God! This smells just like what I smelled back then!”
Meldrum agreed that he had never smelled anything like it before.
Meldrum then examined it, saying over and over, “Wow, this is really great. Wow. Wow,” along those lines.
Meldrum also noted that it had a naturally tapered tip. The two doctors spent around two hours looking at the sample and talking.
They kept telling Smeja, “Oh yes, I believe you. This is the real deal,” along those lines.
In addition, while Mionczynski and Meldrum were examining the sample, both Randles and Cutino were chiming in with the doctors saying how the sample was the real thing.
Then the party disbanded. Later both doctors said they thought it was a piece of coyote. In fact, Meldrum told one of my sources that as soon as he saw the sample, he thought it was a coyote. But that doesn’t jive with his behavior at the Kills site. I have no explanation for the behavior of the doctors at the site or of their subsequent behavior in which they completely retracted their statements and said something different. Did they not want to tell Smeja to his face what they thought the sample was?
Anyway, all of this, the two doctors examining the sample, was caught on videotape. The tape exists, and I know who has it. The person with the tape feels that Meldrum is lying about his behavior at the Kills, and if Meldrum keeps it up, the tape might just get released to let people make up their own minds. So maybe for Meldrum, discretion would be the better part of valor?
Sources have told me that what is really going on here is that Meldrum is terrified of coming out and saying for sure this or that about anything Bigfoot-related. He doesn’t want to be wrong. And he’d rather error on the side of “not a Bigfoot” than “Bigfoot.” He’s been burned before by hoaxes, and skeptics have thrashed him over this.
He’s taken a lot of heat for his position in support of Bigfoot in his profession, and we ought to support his bravery for that. For instance, a source told me that his fellow professors at Idaho State think so little of him, possibly for his Bigfoot belief, that they boycott him at coffee hour and won’t even have coffee with him. That’s got to be painful. And there have been mumblings about revoking his tenure and how he’s an embarassment to the university.
In relation to the Sierra Kills, Meldrum is terrified of being caught in another hoax, so he just hedges and says he’s not sure. About the steak, he’d rather say it was a piece of coyote than a piece of Bigfoot. It’s always safer to hedge on the side of skepticism.
Explanation for Meldrum’s outburst towards us. We feel that our posting on Meldrum’s behavior at the Kills called him out and was embarrassing and humiliating to him, so he reacted as people do when they are embarrassed or humiliated, by lashing out and killing the messenger.
In addition, sources have informed me that Meldrum has finally accepted the fact that these Bigfoots are not apes after all – they are people. This is totally stressing him out, as he’s about to see 18 years of books and movies promoting the Ape Line go down the tubes.
On the other hand, as we mentioned earlier, his personality type is that he doesn’t want to appear wrong, and he doesn’t know how to retract all of his earlier work. His solution is that he is going to stick to his guns and ride the Ape Theory for all it’s worth to the bitter end. My post basically called him out on that, hence his rather normative if unpleasant psychological reaction. In recent days, to be honest, Meldrum has been hedging a bit on the Ape Theory and has been suggesting that he is open to the idea that Bigfoots might be Homo after all.
The problem is that if it comes out that they’re Homo, others will call him a failure. He may even see himself that way. He may view this as much of his career and life crashing down around him. So psychologically and even spiritually, this is the dynamic, out of a Greek tragedy. It’s not a pleasant place to be, and I am sympathetic to him. If Bigfoots are determined to be Homo, how Meldrum rides that out will be a testimony to his character and the adaptability of his psyche. It will be an interesting ride to watch, if not to buy a ticket on.
Smeja uncertain on the bodies issue. Smeja’s position on the issue of whether or not bodies were obtained from the Sierra Kills is that he doesn’t have any bodies, and he doesn’t know anyone who does. However, he acknowledges that some parties may have gone to the site at some time, possibly with cadaver dogs, and recovered something or other, either more flesh, bones or bodies/parts of bodies.
Battle between the Homo Theory and Ape Theory line of the Bigfoot community. As we suggested earlier, there has been a battle royale going on the Bigfoot community for a very long time now, at least as long as 15 years and possibly longer. The fight is between those who believe Bigfoots are Homo or humans and those who believe Bigfoots are apes.
The Ape Theory has been the dominant theory up until very recently. Six years ago at Bigfoot Forums, the number of people espousing the Homo Theory was very small, and they were totally outnumbered and ridiculed. That’s all turned around now, and there are presently many in the Homo camp.
However, most who have been around a long time are in the Ape camp. We listed the prominent members of the Ape camp in a previous post.
There is a tremendous amount of bad blood between the two camps. In particular, the Homo camp as the subordinate group is furious (as subordinate groups tend to be) at the Ape camp for monopolizing the field for the past 20 years and shutting them out of debate.
This is the line according to the Homo camp in italics below. Please note that the italicized is merely the view of the Human Camp towards Meldrum and the Ape camp, and doesn’t necessarily reflect my view towards either the man or his theoretical tendency.
The Homo camp line on the Ape camp and Meldrum:
Meldrum has set the Bigfoot community back to the year 2000 or even 1967 with his persistent pushing of the Ape line. He inherited this line from Grover Krantz upon Krantz’ death, but the line originally started with John Green in 1967.
John Green is the brains and money behind the Ape line. Meldrum gets money from Green for pushing and promoting the Ape line. Green gives money and backing to anyone who will push his theory. Green paid for Meldrum’s recent trip to Russia to take part in the Yeti conference.
Meldrum is an egomaniac, attention whore, liar, profiteer and bully. He will lie and shout and shout until he shouts you down. He goes around the country lecturing at conferences where he sells his books. He sells copies of his plaster Bigfoot casts and appears on TV and in movies promoting Bigfoot. He sits and signs autographs for hours on end. It’s all gone to his head in the worst way.
There are many in the Ape camp, and they work together as a tribe to discredit and destroy people in the Homo camp because they see the Homo camp as a threat to their view. Many in the Homo camp have been taken down like this in the past, all because they were a threat to Meldrum and those in his camp.
Meldrum is treated as some sort of God, when really he’s just a mortal and quite fallible human. Most of the community is frantically brown nosing him and competing to see how far they can get up his ass. They also want to hitch a ride on his shooting star.
The IM index which supposedly shows that Patty, and therefore all Bigfoots, have long arms extending down to the knees, is nonsense. There is no evidence that Bigfoots have a midtarsal break in their feet.
My notes to the above are underlined below:
We don’t want to talk too much smack about Green, as he’s an old man who is dying of cancer.
There are those in the skeptic community who chime in and say Meldrum’s selling books at his conferences is unethical behavior for an academic to engage in.
It is interesting that after I attacked Meldrum, I was told many times in online comments more or less that “I have no future in Bigfootery anymore.” This is unseemly, and it does seem as if Meldrum throws his weight around.
This reminds one of the actors who make “anti-Semitic” remarks and then get dragged into some Big Hollywood Jewish director’s office and told, “You will never work in this town again.” Recall the Marlon Brando affair, and Brando’s sickening and groveling apology to his masters afterward.
Both the IM index and the midtarsal break are hallmarks of the Ape line. I’m not sure if we know how long Bigfoots’ arms are, and I’m not sure if a midtarsal break is relevant. My research indicated that Homo Erectus had a midtarsal break until 200,000 YBP. In fact it appears that the human arched foot is a new innovation, possibly appearing only with the Sapiens line. The midtarsal break question is hard to work on paleologically, as you need to find footprints of ancient hominins for evidence, and that’s hard to do.
The Ape camp as the dominant group does not have much to say in its defense.
I don’t take much of a position on most of the judgments of Meldrum’s character matter above. My only criticism of Meldrum is that he’s just another douchebag with a PhD, arrogant and bullying. I don’t have much opinion of him beyond that, although I think he has done a lot of great things for our field and will do more in the future.
The Homo line’s charges of him being a serious liar are in doubt. A sources tells me that he has a good reputation for honesty, but like many people, he will lie to save himself. About the profiteering, I have no opinion. It’s a capitalist country, and you have a right to make a buck.
As far as Meldrum being treated as part of a seraphic Bigfootery pantheon, my motto is: Destroy all Gods!