Mass confusion over Ketchum Project’s status at Nature Magazine. We reported earlier that Dr. Melba Ketchum’s Bigfoot paper was at Nature Magazine at some point. Our source for that was ultimately David Paulides, who is about as close to Ketchum as you can get. The rumor was later confirmed by Matt Moneymaker, who said that he had spoken to a peer reviewer at Nature, who said the paper had been handed back for a couple of reasons, including not having a testable hypothesis and no zoologist on board.
However, we recently checked in with our sources, and it turns out that the whole Nature rumor may have been in error. The source said that two people had written to Henry Gee, editor of Nature. He replied to both of them, stating that no paper by Ketchum was under consideration at that time. Apparently this means that Ketchum’s paper was never at Nature in the first place. The source said they did not know why Paulides was wrong about this.
So…Henry Gee is lying? This doesn’t seem right.
Matt Moneymaker is lying? It seems a bit odd for him to make up a story out of whole cloth like this, but he’s an nasty piece of work with an extremely low reputation in the field on the moral and personal level. Bottom line is he’s widely hated for ample reason. But would he make up a lie like this? Doesn’t seem like Matt.
At the end of the day, we are left with a mystery about whether or not the paper was ever at Nature Magazine. On the face of it, it appears that the paper was never there, but that means that Moneymaker made up a huge lie, which seems a bit out of character even for him.
Paulides somewhat out of the loop with the Ketchum Study. Recently, David Paulides has tried very hard to intimate that he and his group and the Ketchum DNA study are one and the same thing. This goes along with his grandiose personality, but what’s the truth behind it?
Granted, he is close to Ketchum. But how close? It appears that if he got the Nature rumor wrong, there is no way that he is a hard and fast part of the Ketchum study. The Ketchum study is run by…Ketchum. Paulides is just another hanger-on, and positioning himself as running the thing gives Paulides narcissistic supply.
But Ketchum seems quite clear that he’s not an integral part of the project because apparently she has not shared with him the truth about the Nature study, nor did she correct him when he was wrong. She’s apparently not discussing many of the intimate details of the study with Paulides. Which is all to her credit, of course, since it shows she is running a very tight ship and locking down her secrets well.
Ketchum reveals she has seen Bigfoots on multiple occasions. In a stunning post on her Facebook page, Ketchum admitted that she has seen Bigfoots on multiple occasions recently. The news was carried on major sites like Cryptomundo.
Yes, I do know about them now. I am glad I didn’t see them until after most of the data was in. I needed to prove it scientifically to myself first as a former skeptic before hitting the field so to speak and actually observing them. I had no fear, the ones I encountered were peaceful and gentle. I keep going back, I know why so many people love doing this now.
This is a most interesting post! It has sparked a lot of controversy on the Net, to say the least.
We have our own theory about what is going on here. Here is what happened:
Sometime in the past year, at least by mid-October, Ketchum got the opportunity to visit a Bigfoot habitation site in Oklahoma. We believe it was in the Honobia region of Oklahoma, on private property, at or near the residence of a woman named Arla Collett-Williams. While there, she was able to see a family of Bigfoots. She has since gone back a number of times, and has apparently seen Bigfoots on each occasion. Why she has not snapped pictures or video of them, I have no idea.
Arla Collett-Williams is part Native American of Tsalgi and Chata blood, and people say that she takes people to a place where they can see Bigfoots. Whether this place is on her property or not is not known.
However, Collett-Williams has come by the site to say that Ketchum has never been to her property and she never takes anyone to see Bigfoots.
However, we believe that Collett-Williams, like so many Bigfooters, is lying. In the MNBRT radio show about the Honobia Conference that aired around mid-October, host Abe Del Rio states that Ketchum told him that she had seen a group of Bigfoots when she was in the company of Collett-Williams.
What is behind the December 31 release date rumor for the Ketchum paper? Sources tell us that there never was a supposed 12-31 release date for Ketchum’s paper. Instead, the December 31 date referred to when Ketchum was hoping to have made it through the peer review which she is up to her neck in. From the looks of her positively giddy post after the New Year saying, “It won’t be long now,” she may well have passed the peer review.
If she really did make it all the way through review by New Year’s Eve, then the paper may be getting published in ~3 months, but that’s strictly conjecture.
Ketchum paper was rewritten. As part of the peer review process, Ketchum’s paper has gone through a complete rewrite at least once so far.
Ketchum’s paper expected to take a long time. Ketchum has previously been through peer review a couple of times, but both of those were a breeze. However, this is a whole new kettle of fish. There was some speculation that publication could be delayed as long as two years after Ketchum’s initial rewrite, which could mean that we have to wait at least another year for publication.
Background on Ketchum. Ketchum obtained an extremely competitive Moody Scholarship which is apparently given out by the Moody Bible Study group. There are ~1,000 scholarships granted nationwide every year. She then enrolled in a rigorous fast track combined BA + DVM program that lasts only 5 years. She had set up her own veterinary business when she was only 23 years old. That’s quite impressive.
Sources tell me that Ketchum is very, very smart. One criticism is she is not a geneticist. However, she has been studying genetics deeply on her own for a long time now, and has become quite the autodidact in this area.
Justin Smeja visited by California Department of Fish and Game recently. In his radio interview, Smeja made a shocking assertion. He said that he had been visited by two uniformed officers of the CA DFG around November 15, 2011. They knocked on his door, and he was not happy to see them. They asked to come in, but he said he’d rather talk to them outside. He went outside and locked the door behind him.
They said, incredibly, “We are here to investigate the killing of 2 Sasquatches in Northern California in October of last year.” Some conversation ensued, and they said they wanted to search his house.
Smeja said, “Well, you can’t do that.”
The officers replied, “Ok, fine. We will go and get a search warrant then. It only takes half an hour to get one.”
But they never came back. Smeja had a small piece of Bigfoot in his house, and he quickly moved it somewhere else. Later he called the office and said he wanted to make a deal with them. He would come down to the office with an attorney and give them one small piece of Bigfoot in return for no prosecution on any charges. The office replied that they were putting the matter on the back burner for the moment and would be back in touch with him.
We were not able to confirm any of this story with DFG sources, but they did not deny it either. My DFG source said they had heard of the story, and they were looking into it to see whether or not it even happened. The source expressed some doubt that the story was true. The officer did admit that he had done some minor investigation into the Sierra Kills on his part. However, he felt that the Kills story was ridiculous, and he thought Bigfoots did not even exist.
If it is true that uniformed officers showed up to investigate the killing of a Bigfoot, this would be a major event. Of course, we have had many reports in the past of authorities investigating Bigfoot killings, but seldom has the witness given us his name. And this is the first case to my knowledge where a US government law enforcement agency has admitted to investigating the shooting of a Bigfoot.
We were ridiculed for running this story, but it looks like it is true.
MNBRT radio’s interview with Justin Smeja. The investigation, research and questioning of Smeja was handled superbly by top notch researchers JC Johnson and Abe Del Rio. It would have been nice if they credited us for breaking the story. After all, if it wasn’t for us, that interview never would have happened.
Sierra Kills adult Bigfoot was a male. We have now heard from two separate sources that the adult Bigfoot killed in the Sierra Kills was a male. The two sources are high ranking members of the BFRO. Note that although the BFRO officially says that the Sierra Kills story is nonsense as per Dictator Moneymaker’s directive, some individual members believe in the story.
Derek Randles lying about Sierra Kills. Randles stated that he did not go to the site of the Sierra Kills for 10 months because he didn’t have the money and because he was all tied down with work and hobbies. But this is not the truth at all. Sources tell us that as soon as the Olympic Project was told the story about the Kills, Randles said they had a team ready to go down there the very next day.
The Olympic Project are the pros of the pros, and they are boots on the ground guys. They’ve never been known to hoax, and they are top notch researchers of the highest quality in the field. So, while shocking, the admission that they could head down there the very next day does make sense.
Why do we talk crap about people on here? We do it because we don’t like them! Why do we not like so many people? Because we think they’re nasty, and they deserve to be slammed or disliked. Next question?
Another part of it is we are dedicated to the whole story about everyone, the good, the bad, the ugly and the indifferent.
Why we don’t list sources. Well, sometimes we do, but not usually. Our sources are at significant risk for talking to us. Some have been threatened with violence for doing so. Others are violating their NDA’s. Some can be run out of their Bigfoot groups for talking to us. People can be fired from their jobs and pretty much have their careers ruined if they’re traced back to us. That’s how ruthless the people who run Bigfoot groups are. So that’s why we don’t list sources. We put them at too much risk if we do that.
Where are our sources? It’s clear that all of the big players in the Bigfoot world hate us, that is, the leaders of the big organizations and those running the major studies and whatnot. That’s ok with us. Just look at the motto of this blog. The major groups have been scrambling like crazy to plug leaks and are paranoid and obsessed with secrecy. Nevertheless, we still have good sources in many camps. Here is rundown of where we have sources and how many we have:
Erickson Project: Leaking like a boat full of holes. We have several sources with them, but have stopped printing things from them because matters have become so crazy over there with Adrian Erickson cracking down. 3-4+ sources.
Ketchum Project: Harder to get good info from, but we have several sources there too. 3-4+ sources.
BFRO: Very tightly locked down. We have several sources there also, but they are not as well developed. 2+ sources.
Olympic Project: Very hard to get information out of them, and much of what I get is only conjecture. A very secretive and almost conspiratorial group, to their credit. 2+ sources.
NABS: Very hard to get information out of this notoriously paranoid and secretive group. 1+ sources.