Has the MABRC captured a Bigfoot? Middle America Bigfoot Research Center is run by DW Darkwing Lee, about whom I know little except that I don’t like them. Ed Lee is often associated with the group for some reason, but he is not actually a member. Instead he is a member of a group called the Orig-6. However, Ed Smith often posts on the MABRC Forums, so many people have misidenified him with the group.
Ed Smith is the typical unpleasant, egotistical, narcissistic, loumouthed, blustering blowhard that we know so well in this business. Ed has been talking a great game for years now, but he’s never had a thing to show for it. All bark and no bite is his name.
Specifically, he’s claimed to have definitive biological Bigfoot evidence for a long time, and he claims that it was tested at genetics labs. However, the results that he laid out on his website don’t seem to make any kind of sense at all. So that’s the story with Ed Smith.
However, this post on October 11 is rather interesting. Bolding is by me. Pay attention to the bolded text.
I’m posting this in order to end some of the rumor mill speculation as to the reasons for my exit from the group. My expanding responsibilities of the family enterprise and the creation of a new business entity just would not allow me to continue in my original role in the O-6.
The remaining members of the group have been working diligently to get thier (sic) new organization on its feet and I’m sure they will achieve thier (sic) post capture goals and I wish them continued success.
Until next time…
Am I imagining things, or did Ed Smith just imply that MABRC has already captured a Bigfoot?! He’s probably full of it as usual, or else the sentence was meant to have some meaning other than the one I read into it, but it might be nice to put Ed in the spotlight and at least have him explain what he means in this post.
If indeed MABRC has captured a Bigfoot, that is huge news indeed!
RIP Richard Stubstad. I hate writing eulogies because I never know what to say.
Richard Stubstad passed away around September 24, 2012, after a many years’ battle with terminal prostate cancer. In the last year or two, the doctors were just buying him time. But boy did Richard love his time. Richard was the sort of fellow who first came to mind when you thought of “carpe diem.” He grabbed for all the gusto, even dying of cancer, and packed more life into a month or so than most do into a year or many years.
Richard was committed to Bigfoot research, nearly fanatically, in the way he tended to do things.
When I first heard of Richard, I knew he was an engineer. I figured a nerdy engineer type.
He was nothing like that at all. Richard was a very well-rounded man.
Brilliant, with a near-genius IQ, he was also an accomplished social actor or nearly a social butterfly. He loved people, companionship and conversation. He knew many folks in this business and got on well with most all of them. It was hard not to get along with Richard Stubstad, an easy going fellow. His social skills were superb. He was quite healthy psychologically. He was a sensual man who lived to fish, camp, visit friends and relatives and go to NASCAR races.
I spent a couple of interesting days with him last summer.
Most interesting to me was a 69 year old man who had a superb relationship with all three of his adult male sons. Sons typically don’t get along well with their fathers, and this is a more or less normal stage of male development. It was certainly the case in my life.
To me, that a father would get along famously with adult sons was so shocking I nearly could not believe it. Over a couple of days, we managed to speak with all three of his sons. All three were warm and genial towards their father, like boys to Dad. That nearly knocked my socks off.
Richard had a reputation for being a “tough old bastard,” but it was all an act. Inside I sensed a man of deep and profound compassion. And he actually showed compassion towards me, which is something few people do for whatever reason.
He also had an immensely scientific mind. Schooled as a statistician, if you asked him if Bigfoots were real, he would say he was “97% sure.” That was the scientist talking.
The depth of Richard’s knowledge was pretty impressive. No matter what you brought up, he was onto you right away. And he had a lot of wisdom. He had a good understanding of psychology and how the human mind operated. Although he was an atheist, he told me he was “spiritual.” He was a former student of Gurdjieff’s.
Most scientist types are pretty cold fish. But Richard could delight in poetic speech and insights as well as any misty-eyed artist type with his head in the clouds. He was an excellent student of human beings and could sum up various people’s personas and life histories easily and effortlessly.
He was a real man and he raised his boys to be real men. From a guy with an egghead advanced degree and fancy desk job, that’s something I respect.
He kept in contact with his wife while he was gone, and they parried back and forth in Danish. Richard had gone to Denmark as a young man, where he met and married his wife. As they spoke, I sensed a deep love between them, almost like children playing.
We meet so many people in this world, but how many really leave an impact on us? How many will we never forget? I spent two days with Richard, but it may as well have been a year.
Who will you remember at the end of day, when the lights go out, when the world dims down one last time?
I will remember Richard Stubstad.
Snelgrove Lake appears very isolated. Skeptics say that there is an Indian village of 900 only 5-10 miles away from the lake where Bigfoot evidence, now the provenance of Dr. Melba Ketchum’s DNA study, may well have been found in an elaborate study that involved Jeff Meldrum, a TV show, and some rinky-dink geneticists.
The end result was supposedly “American Indian,” but all they looked at was MtDNA, and Bigfoot MtDNA is human. The sample came from a creature that stepped on a nailboard that Meldrum and others had set out to catch an intruder that had been smashing up the cabin. Something stepped on the nailboard, leaving blood and hair. How many humans have hairy feet?
The sample is said to have made its way to Ketchum’s study, and it is said to be included in the paper. I don’t know for sure, but I would guess that it’s positive for Bigfoot DNA.
Skeptics say it’s merely an Indian, and the lake is not nearly as isolated as we say it is, pointing to the nearby Indian village. Someone needs to tell Google about this Indian village because it doesn’t show up on any maps. In fact, no towns, and not even any roads, appear to be present for maybe 100 miles around the lake. Snelgrove Lake may well be as isolated as we say it is.
Information on the Adrian Erickson Project’s Crittenden, Kentucky Bigfoots. I can now disclose the location of the site and name of the couple at the site. The site was located on Mann Road in Crittenden.
The couple’s name was Roger and Lucille Johnson, both in their late 20’s. Roger is said to be a bit of a redneck. They were described to me by a source as “somewhat shady people.” Around the time of the study, the couple had apparently been burning through money like crazy and they were in hard times financially. This is apparently why they sold the videos and the site to Erickson.
Adrian Erickson purchased the Janice Cater farm as a possible habituation site. Erickson bought the farm in December 2005. Then he paid Janice a stipend that lasted until 2007. Erickson never found any Bigfoot evidence at that farm.
It is said that Janice has a paranoid schizophrenia diagnosis, and some say she is not too smart.
It is uncertain whether she actually has schizophrenia. A source who has spoken with her said she is quite lucid, and this is not typical for someone who by now should have a diagnosis of chronic paranoid schizophrenia.
By the time the illness becomes chronic, characteristic problems in speech and communication develop that are difficult to describe in words. Look up any recent communication or video of Charles Manson and you can see what the disorder looks like at an advanced stage. Suffice to say that her mental dx is dubious.
She is actually quite intelligent. She is a registered nurse (RN) and she has a Master’s Degree in Nursing.
Sierra Kills baby Bigfoot shot and killed was a male! I can now reveal that the juvenile Bigfoot shot and killed at the Sierra Kills site by Justin Smeja was a male. This has never been reported before. The adult was also a male. How did they determine it was a male? Probably simple observation.
Smeja shot the adult Bigfoot from his truck. This aspect of the story had always seemed nutty to a lot of us, and people I talked to kept saying that the way the story was set up, it didn’t appear possible that he got out of the truck to take that shot as it was reported.
And in fact we were right. He never got out of the truck, and he shot it from his vehicle. As you may know, it’s illegal in California to hunt from your vehicle.
I asked Justin about this, and he was shocked that I knew. Then he confessed. He also said he had confessed to CA Department of Fish and Game (DFG) officials that he shot the Bigfoot from his truck. They reportedly laughed, told him it’s not illegal to shoot an imaginary animal from your truck and sent him on his way.
By the way, it is true that this part of the story was deliberately distorted in the official writeup. The parties involved did not think it was important, and they did not see any reason to make Justin look bad.
Justin’s driver’s name revealed. I am not sure how many people know this, but I will now reveal information about the driver who was with Smeja at the Sierra Kills on that sad and fateful day almost two years ago to the day (October 10, 2010).
The driver’s name is Jack, and he is a US military vet from Afghanistan and Iraq. He is about Justin’s age, around mid twenties. He is a neighbor of Jusitn’s and only lives a few blocks away from him. I believe that Jack also retains a portion of whatever amount of Bigfoot tissue was recovered at the site.
Why the compliant gate? The compliant gate is much discussed in Bigfoot circles, especially by Jake Barnes of Facebook Find Bigfoot. Skeptics ridicule the notion. The compliant gate means that Bigfoots walk with their knees bent all the time. Why do they do this? A source informed me that you need to walk like that if you are a biped and weigh 800 pounds. If you walk rapidly straight legged and you weigh that much, you might break your legs.
Why the midtarsal break? This is another feature that Bigfoots are said to have, though it is controversial within the field. Some say it is nonsense. Jeff Meldrum, who is a good scientist at least, is the major champion of the midtarsal break. But why the break? A source told me that once again, if you weigh 800 pounds, you can’t have an arch in your foot if you want to walk fast. You will break your feet!
Erickson Project got video of Bigfoots at Golden Ears Provincial Park in British Columbia. GEPP is where the EP gathered five hair samples from a family group of Bigfoots. All five samples tested presumptive for Bigfoot in Ketchum’s study.
They were gathered by Randy Brisson, an extremely belligerent and none too bright fellow with a highly checkered past that includes apparent and obvious hoaxing. Nevertheless, he hit the jackpot with this one. And apparently it is none other than Brisson who videoed the Bigfoots for the EP.
Brisson is a prickly fellow and quite an odd duck, but he’s basically a habituator. Brisson is more or less a guy who runs around in the woods for years habituating Bigfoots in this park. That’s a pretty strange thing to do, and maybe it helps to be a little bit off to undertake such a quirky endeavor.
Bigfoot shot and killed in Cadamon, Alberta in 1930. This is an old story. The Bigfoot was shot and killed by Italian immigrants. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are unclear. However, the shooters reportedly said it was “a man, a hairy man.”
In deference to their belief that it was a form of man, albeit a prehistoric one, the immigrants gave it a Christian (Catholic) burial. In Catholicism, animals don’t get proper Catholic burials. Only humans do. Before the Bigfoot was shot and killed, locals reported the familiar but very strange behavior of the Bigfoot braiding the manes on local horses. Once again, he hear the bizarre mane-braiding story.
Researchers are now trying to find the burial site of the Bigfoot so they can possibly exhume the grave.
Relationship between Erickson and Ketchum. If you watch the recent and excellent interview with Richard Stubstad by the fine documentary film maker Ro Sahebi, Richard hints that Erickson and Ketchum had quite a falling out. I’ve reported on this for some time.
Sources report that Erickson is no longer feuding with Ketchum and instead is instead simply not involved with her, washing his hands so to speak.
However, Erickson’s wife Simone, a former freelance photojournalist from Belgium, has a good relationship with Ketchum. In fact, they have always gotten along well. I know other women who have gotten along pretty well with Ketchum. It appears she may commune best with her own gender, or perhaps it takes another woman to discern her wily ways.
Status of Ketchum Project. All of my contacts connected with the Ketchum Project are pretty much dead now. The best information is coming from someone named Indiefoot on Bigfoot Forums. He has some relationship to the Ketchum Project, but I don’t know who the person is.
Indiefoot reports that the Ketchum paper passed peer review a few months ago, (I reported July 10) but since then, the journal is trying to dredge up photos and video to go with the article. It’s been quite a drawn out process, and that is where things are right now. I regard this story as about as good a status report on this project as we have right now.
Status report on Erickson Project. I have very little to report here, but once again, Indiefoot says, referring to Erickson’s relationship to the Ketchum Project: “Erickson? He’s in, he’s out. He’s in, he’s out. That’s how it is going.”
So Erickson is variously either in with Ketchum or out with her, depending on whatever. This was something like what a source reported to me, that their relationship seemed distant, cut off, or even over.
Update on Dogmen.I reported earlier that Ketchum had isolated what she calls Dogmen DNA from one or more of the samples that were sent into her. A Dogman is apparently just some sort of a local Bigfoot type, although they may differ somewhat in behavior and appearance.
I was widely ridiculed for reporting that, however, my source for that was ultimately Ketchum’s PR lady, Sally Ramey. Former BF Forums member and now skeptic and James Randi Forums skeptic Jody is said to have caught up with Sally in a chatroom. Jody, incredibly enough, asked Sally if Ketchum indeed had Dogman DNA. Unbelievably, Sally affirmed that it was true: yes, Melba had isolated DNA from a related but different creature she was calling a Dogman.
So there you have it folks. There appears to be something to the Dogman story after all.
I have some videos and photos I would like to go through, but let’s end this update now and save it for another day.