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Sasquatch and Paranormal Activity

Over time and after hundreds of alleged encounters a question arises, “Is there more to Sasquatch than just flesh and bone?” For centuries Sasquatch, Bigfoot and Paranormal Researchers have been asking themselves that very question. Whenever an alleged Sasquatch encounter takes place, and it just vanishes without a trace, researchers wonder why, if it is real, how could it just vanish. Skeptics and non-believers use that very question to try to prove their point that Sasquatch is only a myth and does not exist. Another question that Sasquatch and paranormal investigators ask themselves when they find alleged Bigfoot tracks, “Why do the tracks go so far, just stop, and go nowhere?”

Barry Webster Bigfoot Paranormal Interview (Photo and audio by Thomas Halek)

Stan Gordon, a Sasquatch and paranormal investigator, in an interview, “The Amazing Sasquatch UFO Connection,” on Before It’s News, stated, “Bigfoot phenomena was much more unusual and complicated than I could have ever imagined.” He also went on to say, “Many reports of UFOs, Bigfoot, and other phenomena could be explained as misidentifications of natural or man made objects, there were strange encounters being reported yearly that were not so easily dismissed.”

In an interview with Mike Paterson, a Sasquatch investigator from Canada, he talked about how in the winter he would find tracks, follow them only to see them stop and go no further and wonder how could that be possible.

In “Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture” author’s Christopher Bader, F. Carson Mencken, and Joseph O. Baker, focus on people who believe in Bigfoot and the paranormal and how it has shaped their lives. This book presents a different view of the Bigfoot, UFO phenomena.

The chainsaw-carved "Bigfoot," by George Kenny, is seen on Sunday March 30, 2008 in Federal Way, Wash. The winning carving, to replace the carving that was stolen from outside Tom Payne's chiropractic clinic, was made by Charlie Hubbard, 58, of Gig Harbor, whose 9-foot work was taller than the pieces made by Kenny of Allyn, Wash. and Mark Herrington (54) from Wilkeson, Wash. (AP Photo/The News Tribune, Russ Carmack)

The chainsaw-carved “Bigfoot,” by George Kenny, is seen on Sunday March 30, 2008 in Federal Way, Wash. The winning carving, to replace the carving that was stolen from outside Tom Payne’s chiropractic clinic, was made by Charlie Hubbard, 58, of Gig Harbor, whose 9-foot work was taller than the pieces made by Kenny of Allyn, Wash. and Mark Herrington (54) from Wilkeson, Wash. (AP Photo/The News Tribune, Russ Carmack)

This is a 1977 still photo made from a 16mm film made by Ivan Marx reportedly showing the legendary Big Foot cavorting in the hills of northern California. (AP Photo/File)

This is a 1977 still photo made from a 16mm film made by Ivan Marx reportedly showing the legendary Big Foot cavorting in the hills of northern California. (AP Photo/File)

On February 16 and 17, 2016, the subject of Bigfoot and its possible paranormal link will be taken to a new level when Rez Squatching Research, led by Barry Webster on the Omaha Indian Reservation in Macy Nebraska, will be conducting night investigations in pursuit of alleged Bigfoot, to explore the possibility. Stay tuned for future publications on the night investigations on this website.

Rez Squatching Research 2016 Spring Bigfoot Expedition

Rez Squatching Research

Rez Squatching Research is a group of Native Americans from the Omaha Indian Tribe located on the Omaha Indian Reservation in Nebraska. The group is dedicated to the scientific research of collecting evidence with the hope of help proving the existence of Bigfoot. Barry Webster, an Omaha Native American Bigfoot researcher, founded the group in 2010. The other members of the group are Barry’s brother Derek Webster, nephew Elvis Freemont, and niece Jane Parker.

Rez Squatching Research group photo: Right to left – Derek Webster, Elvis Freemont, Jane Parker, and Barry Webster (Photo by Thomas Halek)

Rez Squatching Research group photo: Right to left – Derek Webster, Elvis Freemont, Jane Parker, and Barry Webster (Photo by Thomas Halek)

Bigfoot’s Possible Existence

The question of Bigfoot’s possible existence is a controversial topic. In an article by Eric Bailey in the Los Angeles Times dated April 21, 2003, wrote George Schaller, a pioneer in gorilla research, and director of international science for the Wildlife Conservation Society, a Bigfoot skeptic said the giant ape cannot be dismissed as fantasy or folklore without a thorough scientific inquiry. Schaller also said that finding the animal “would reshape our thinking of the status of humans on the Earth. People write it off as a hoax or myth. I don’t think that’s fair.” On Friday, September 27, 2002, on a talk show, NPR Talk of the Nation: Science Friday, Dr. Jane Goodall commented that large undiscovered primates such as Yeti or Sasquatch do exist.

2015 Rez Squatching Research Expedition

In 2015, on July 8 thru July 12, Rez Squatching Research held their annual Bigfoot expedition on the Omaha Indian Reservation.

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Bigfoot researcher Richard Soule gives presentation on stick structures and the European Contagion Theory (Photo by Thomas Halek)

During the five days, there were night and day investigations. There were presentations by Bigfoot researcher Richard Soule on stick structures, and the European Contagion Theory.

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Stick structure theorized to be built by Bigfoot. (Photo by Thomas Halek)

Jane Parker conducts a demonstration showing a technique for footprint casting.

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Jane Parker demonstrates footprint casting. (Photo by Thomas Halek)

There was also a demonstration by members of the SRA (Sasquatch Research Association) located in Minnesota, on using drones for locating possible Bigfoot sightings by air.


Drone used for possible Bigfoot sightings by air. (Photo by Thomas Halek)

Jane Parker also performed a traditional Native American dance.

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Jane Parker is performing a traditional Native American dance. (Photo by Thomas Halek)

2016 Spring Rez Squatching Research Expedition

The 2016 Spring Rez Squatching Research Bigfoot expedition will take place in April of 2016. In addition to night and day investigations, there will be presentations by leading Bigfoot researchers on theory, investigative techniques, and Native American Bigfoot folklore. The names of the presenters for the spring expedition will be announced as soon as commitments finalize.

Spring Expedition Signup Information

The spring expedition promises to be an extraordinary experience. Get your inquiries in now, spaces are limited, and April will be coming up fast. Email Barry Webster at or through the Rez Squatching Research group page on Facebook at

Gifting Bigfoot a Sweet Morsel

Bigfoot Night Investigation Omaha Reservation, Macy Nebraska                                                                                                         Video by Thomas Halek

On Wednesday, July 8 to July 12, 2015, on the Omaha Reservation in Nebraska, a 5-day and night Bigfoot investigation took place. Barry Webster, an Omaha Native American Bigfoot researcher, and three members of his team led the investigation. His team members include his brother Derek Webster, his nephew Elvis Freemont, and niece Jane Parker. Webster is the founder and leader of Rez Squatching Tours, located on the Omaha Reservation in Macy, Nebraska.

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The Omaha tribe originated as a larger woodland tribe made up of the Omaha and Quapaw. They settled in an area by the Ohio and Wabash rivers near where Cincinnati, Ohio is today. While the tribe migrated west, it split into two tribes, Omaha and Quapaw. The Omaha tribe settled near the Missouri river, but conflict with the Sioux forced them to relocate in an area around Bow Creek, Nebraska. In 1780, the Omaha tribe had about 3,000 members, however by 1802, scourged by sickness and welfare were down to about 300. In 1830 and 1836, the Omaha tribe joined other tribes in treaties with the U.S. Government. In a treaty on March 16, 1854, they ceded all their lands west of the Missouri River, south of a line bearing due west from where the Iowa River leaves the bluffs. The lands north of this area were turned into the Omaha Reservation. The tribe today has approximately 5,000 members with about 3,000 living on the Omaha Reservation at Macy, Nebraska.

Webster and his team have been actively researching Bigfoot encounters on the Omaha Reservation for several years. Native American Folklore regarding Bigfoot goes back to the beginning of time. Native Americans have been taught to respect Bigfoot and not do them any harm. In the video, you can hear Webster and his team call out to Bigfoot in English and their Native American dialect with respect and compassion.

The video takes place around midnight, the first night, July 8, 2015. At the edge of an alfalfa field Webster and his team slowly walk into the woods and advance about 80 yards past an abandoned old house, stop by a tree structure and Webster and his team member talk to Bigfoot. At 1:56 till 2:06 into the video you can see eye glow flashes moving from left to right across the screen. At various points in the video, you can hear wood knocks and more wood knocks with possible movement in the dark. A candy bar was left as a gift and while leaving the forest the distinct noise of the candy bar wrapper being handled could be heard. Unfortunately, the camera had been turned off at that point, and it did not record the sound. The next morning the site was photographed and also the candy bar that had been sampled and set back down on the log in the opposite direction it had originally been placed. Two distinct Bigfoot prints were seen next to the log, one juvenile print, and one adult print.

Photos that were taken the next day after the night investigation:

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Entrance into the woods                                                              Photo by Thomas Halek

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Barry Webster approaching abandoned house                          Photo by Thomas Halek

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Abandoned House                                                                      Photo by Thomas Halek

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Surrounding Woods                                                                   Photo by Thomas Halek

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Barry Webster studying tree structure                                       Photo by Thomas Halek

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Candy bar next morning after night investigation                       Photo by Thomas Halek

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Juvenile Bigfoot print next to log by candy bar                         Photo by Thomas Halek

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Adult Bigfoot print close to log where the candy bar sat           Photo by Thomas Halek

Did a European Contagion Annihilate Bigfoot?

European Contagion Theory                                                                                                                                                                Video by Thomas Halek

Native American cave drawings and folklore legends show that Native Americans lived side by side at one time. Richard Soule, author and producer of The Nox Gigas Study, has come up with the European Contagion Theory. A theory that the diseases brought by Europeans not only decimated the Native American population but the Bigfoot population as well. Soule, in his study, has concluded that because Bigfoot and Native Americans lived side by side, Bigfoot, exposed to the diseases as well, perished with them. Soule shows map evidence of Giants and will be at a Bigfoot Conference on October 24, 2015.

In the sixteenth century, Europeans immigrated to the North American Continent. They brought with them disease, the Black Death, that would help devastate the Native American population and wipe out entire villages. In an article, “Black Death: The Greatest Catastrophe,” (published in History Today, Volume 55, Issue 3, March 2005) author and historian Ole J. Benedictow describes in detail how in the 14th century, the Black Death killed 50 million people or 60 percent of Europe’s population. Diseases such as smallpox spread among the immune defenseless Native Americans before encountering Europeans.

In an article on, “Apocalyptic, a mysterious plague killed millions of Native Americans,” by Richard Thornton, describes how in 1500 a smallpox epidemic, which was started, by one of Christopher Columbus’s crew, a carrier of the disease killed millions. The disease appeared in Cuba immediately after Columbus’s second voyage and from Chontal Mayan merchants who sailed between Yucatan and Cuba spread it. Mayan merchants spread the first plague to hit North America. Thornton goes on to say that in 1513 when the first Spanish explorers landed on the coast of the Southeastern United States, a plague had already killed many of the native villages along the coast. They reported abandoned villages with skeletons scattered all over.

In an article, Ker Than, a writer for National Geographic News wrote, “Massive Population Drop Found for Native Americans, DNA Shows following European contact about 500 years ago, according to a new study.” Than reported that the study results supports the historical accounts that Europeans launched a deluge of disease that had horrific results across America. The researchers using samples of modern and ancient mitochondrial DNA calculated a demographic history for Native Americans. In conclusion, based on the data, the research estimated Native American population all-time high 5,000 years ago and all time low at 500 years ago. The all-time low reached a few years after Christopher Columbus reached the New World.

Bigfoot and Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman

Loren Coleman, one of the world’s leading Cryptozoologist, was born on July 12, 1947. Coleman has been researching and investigating in the field cryptozoological evidence of Bigfoot and folklore for over 40 years. He has written 17 books and over three hundred articles, lectured across North America and London, and appeared on many radio and television programs. Coleman has been a consultant both on and off-camera on several reality-based programs. The programs include A & E’s “Ancient Mysteries,” Discovery Channel’s “In the Unknown,” and History Channel’s “In Search of History.” In 2003, Coleman founded the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

At the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale’s undergraduate program, Coleman majored in anthropology, minored in zoology, and did summer work in archeology. At Simmons College in Boston, he earned a graduate degree in psychiatric social work. Coleman pursued doctoral courses in social anthropology at Brandies University, and in sociology at the University of New Hampshire’s Family Research Laboratory.

Since 1980, Coleman has been an instructor, assistant/associate professor, research associate, and documentary filmmaker. At the University of Southern Maine, in 1990, he taught one of the first credit courses on cryptozoology. Coleman has authored, coauthored, or edited books in human services including the critically acclaimed “Suicide Clusters.”

Coleman has received many book awards. In 1999, he received the Anomalist Award for “Cryptozoology A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature” who he co-authored with Jerome Clark.

Loren Coleman on Social Media Websites

On Twitter, @romiteransito tweeted, “Tom Slick: True Life Encounters in Cryptozoology by Loren Coleman.” Also, @mitziflyte tweeted, “The best site for #cryptids. Loren Coleman, one of the founders, was invited to the NY Museum of Natural History to speak.”

On Facebook, Chasing Legends at Shooting Star Casino & Event Center posted, “Just met Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, such a nice guy!” Also, Midwest Paranormal Files with Brian Halstensgaard and Loren Coleman posted, “Only at #ParaCon2015#awkwardddfamilyphoto with Loren Coleman!

 On Google Plus, Jacob Leverson posted, “Loren Coleman to Speak in Pittsburgh, PA November 14 John Venture.” Also, Area51.Org posted, “Tour of Loren Coleman’s #Cryptozoology Museum. #Bigfoot! Loren Coleman.”

 On LinkedIn, Loren Coleman, Director at International Cryptozoology Museum. Also a video, “International Cryptozoology Museum (Loren Coleman),” interview with Coleman at the museum.

The Grammatical and Perplexing Plural of Bigfoot

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Bigfoot, by cryptozoology standards, is an ape-like creature ranging from 7 to 10 feet tall at maturity. Even though Bigfoot has been in Native American folklore and cave drawings for hundreds of years, science has not provided proof of their existence. There are scientific organizations such as the BFRO and SRA that dedicate scientific field research to finding proof of the existence of Bigfoot. That topic would be the subject of another publication. This publication deals only with the correct grammatical interpretation of the noun, Bigfoot.

Grammatically, Bigfoot is a noun that is both plural and singular. In the world of animals and fish, many are both plural and singular. There can be one antelope standing by itself, or there can be a herd of antelope. There can be one goldfish swimming by itself, or you can have a school of goldfish. There can be one buffalo walking across the prairie or a herd of buffalo in a stampede. There can be one bass heading upstream or a school of bass in a lake.

The plural of Bigfoot is Bigfoot, and the plural of Sasquatch is Sasquatch. However, in other parts of the world, they are Abominable Snowman and Yeti. The plural of Abdominal Snowman is Abominable Snowmen, and the plural of Yeti is Yetis. Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, in his writing, describes a “manual of styles” that was adopted by the International Society of Cryptozoology’s editor, Richard Greenwell, who documents the proper cryptozoological names.

However, with all the documentation above, Merriam-Webster Dictionary, in its on-line definition of Bigfoot, shows the plural as Bigfeet or Bigfoots. Another interesting occurrence happens when typing Bigfeet into a Microsoft Word document. Word earmarks it as miss-spelled. In an article, he wrote on North American Bigfoot, the co-host on the TV series Finding Bigfoot, Cliff Barackman, states Bigfeet implies more than one foot and not the creature.

In conclusion, whether or not the creature Bigfoot is real, the documentation above proves that grammatically, Bigfoot is both singular and plural.

Jeffrey Meldrum, Ph.D. Educator, and Sasquatch Researcher

Jeffery Meldrum Interview On Possible Existence of Sasquatch                                                   (Interview by Thomas Halek)

Jeffrey Meldrum, Ph.D. is currently at Idaho State University and holds the titles of:

  • Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology

  • of Physician Assistant Studies

  • Affiliate Curator, Idaho Museum of Natural History

Jeffrey Meldrum’s Education:

  • S., 1982, Zoology (Anatomy & Physiology), Brigham Young University

  • S., 1984, Zoology (Anatomy & Physiology), Brigham Young University

  • D., 1989, Anatomical Sciences (Physical Anthropology), the State University of New York at Stony Brook

  • Postdoctoral Visiting Assistant Professor, 1989-1991, Duke University Medical Center

Jeffrey Meldrum’s Publications:

  • Meldrum DJ. 2012. Are other hominins (hominoids) alive today? The Relict Hominoid Inquiry 1:67-71

  • Meldrum DJ. 2012, Adaptive radiations, bushy evolutionary trees, and relict hominoids, The Relict Hominoid Inquiry 1:51-56

  • Meldrum DJ and Zhou Guoxing. 2012. Footprint evidence of the Chinese yeren. The Relict Hominoid Inquiry 1:57-66

  • Youlatos D and Meldrum J. 2011. Locomotor diversification in New World Monkeys: Running, climbing, or clawing along evolutionary branches. The Anatomical Record 294:1991-2012

  • Lu Z, Meldrum DJ, Huang Y, He J Sarmiento EE. 2011. Pedal skeleton of the Jinniushan hominin from the Middle Pleistocene of China. Homo 62:389-401

  • Sarmiento E and Meldrum DJ. 2011. Behavioral and phylogenetic implications of a narrow allometric study of Ardipithecus ramidus, Homo 62:75-108

  • Meldrum DJ, Lockley MG, Lucas SG and Musiba, CM. 2011. Ichnotaxonomy of the Laetoli Track ways: The earliest hominin footprints. J Afr Earth Sci 60:1-12

  • Evaluation of Alleged Sasquatch Footprints and Their Inferred Functional Morphology

Jeffrey Meldrum’s Books:

Jeffrey Meldrum’s Biographical Sketch:

“Meldrum joined the ISU faculty in 1993, after a stint with Northwestern University. His research revolves around questions of vertebrate evolutionary morphology, especially primate loco motor adaptations. His formal study of primates began with doctoral research on terrestrial adaptations in African primates, and has since taken him from the dusty skeletal cabinets of far-flung museums to the remote badlands of Colombia and Argentina in search of fossil New World primates. He has published extensively on the evolutionary history of the South American primates and has described several new extinct species. He has documented varied primate loco motor specializations in a laboratory and semi-natural settings. More recently his attention has returned to the emergence of modern human bipedalism. His co-edited volume, From Biped to Strider: the Emergence of Modern Human Walking, Running, and Resource Transport, proposes a more recent innovation of modern striding gait than previously assumed. As the acting director of the Center for Motion Analysis and Biomechanics (CMAB) he is collaborating with engineering faculty, paleontologists, and the Idaho Virtualization Lab, to model the pattern of evolution of the hominid foot skeleton. His interests also encompass the evaluation of the footprints purportedly left by an unrecognized North American ape, commonly known as Sasquatch. Meldrum has authored an expanded companion volume to the very successful Discovery Channel documentary, Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science. He also edits the online refereed journal The Relict Hominoid Inquiry.”

Two posts on Twitter that reference interviews with Jeffrey Meldrum, Ph.D.:

Melissa Adair interviews Meldrum on the 1967 Patterson – Gimlin film.

Fade to Black Jimmy Church interviews Meldrum on the best evidence of the existence of Bigfoot.

Two posts on Facebook that show what Meldrum is working on:

Link to Jeff Meldrum on Google+

Link to Jeff Meldrum on LinkedIn:

Link to Jeff Meldrum on YouTube:


Bigfoot Stick Structures                                                                                                          ( Video by Thomas Halek)

Bigfoot researchers believe that Bigfoot has a system of ‘stick structures’ to communicate with their kind and leave messages to those that are not. On July 10, 2015, at the 2015 Rez Squatching Expedition on the Omaha Indian Reservation in Eastern Nebraska, Richard Soule, a Bigfoot stick structure researcher did a presentation on Bigfoot stick structures. The video is about that presentation.

In an article, Stick Structures – Evidence or Controversy, Dorraine Fisher, a Bigfoot researcher, reports on various stick structures or strange configurations that defy explanation and not built by humans or natural means. In 2012, Fisher wrote a documentary titled Bigfoot: The Evidence Files. In the documentary over 20 Bigfoot researchers, present their findings and evidence on every facet of Bigfoot including stick structures.

Dr. Melba Ketchum, a Bigfoot researcher, reported that Bigfoot make stick structures and use them as a marker, message, or symbol.

In an article, Stick Structures – What Are They and What Do They Mean, by Bigfoot researcher Scott Carpenter reports, “Stick structures are an interesting phenomenon. Some say they are just an act of nature while others see any X in the woods as a stick structure. I think most are just that, random formations, but I think a few are the real deal.”

In an article posted on Bigfoot and Beyond, Cryptozoology and Paranormal Research titled Bigfoot Communications & Stick Structures, described in detail are stick structures and their possible meanings.

  • Upside down, hangers are 1 to 10 feet long and found in trees above Buck rubs, deer beds, deer paths, and where there is deer activity. The end of they is the ripped off end indicates the travel pattern of the deer.

  • Bigfoot use a 2-foot stick broke at both ends and place it within a 20-foot radius around a hunter’s tree stand.

  • Bigfoot place logs and trees sideways at the edge of the woods that lead to humans.

  • Bigfoot place trees at a 45-degree angle facing into the woods as a signal to retreat there or they will lean a tree facing outward indicating it is safe.

  • X tree structures indicate a direction of travel.

An article, Bigfoot Twig Symbols, looks into possible meanings for stick structures. The article reported that stick structures may be:

  • “A message to others to show clan’s territory marker.”

  • “An attempt to communicate with each other or us.”

  • “A marker for food or water sources.”

  • “A warning, spiritual marker or a marker to recall where they went.”

The truth lies out there somewhere and one day the truth will be proven one way or the other.


Encyclopaedia Britannica states, “Sasquatch also called Bigfoot is a large hairy human like creature believed by some to exist in the Northwestern United States and Western Canada. Sasquatch is variably described as a primate ranging from 6 to 15 feet tall, standing on two feet, often giving off a foul smell, and either moving silently or emitting a high-pitched cry.”

The United States and Western Canada in 1805

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24-Inch Footprints

Encyclopaedia Britannica stated, “Footprints have measured up to 24 inches in length and 8 inches in with.” Jeffrey Meldrum, Ph.D. is a Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology at Idaho State University. In an article, Is Bigfoot Real, and tells of how he has studied Bigfoot phenomena since he was 11 years of age and has collected over 200 casts of supposed Bigfoot tracks.

Jeffrey Meldrum, Ph.D. Interview

In an interview, Meldrum said, “I had a good fortune of being shown a set of tracks, quite extensive, provocatively fresh and very clear. There was no mistaking they were either an extremely clever hoax or were Sasquatch tracks.” In addition, he stated, “It was obvious to me that it was an animate living foot that had left those tracks, not a mechanical contrivance or prosthetic big foot.”

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Sasquatch Footprints – Text from “Footprint Evidence of Chinese Yeren” by Jeffrey Meldrum, Ph.D. – Infographic created at by Thomas Halek

Meldrum’s Vast Collection Of Footprint Casts

To the authenticity of his collection, Meldrum stated, “I think that the vast majority of the examples have been well documented and do represent the footprint of a real creature.”

DNA and Sasquatch

In an article, “Genetic analysis of hair samples attributed to yeti, Bigfoot and other anomalous primates,” the results of research to identify the species’ origin of 30 hair samples were released. The results were that the hairs were from a range of extant mammals.

A team of Scientists from the Sasquatch Genome Project announced on November 24, 2012 the results of their study of DNA samples from a species known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch. The study shows that Sasquatch is in North America and is a human relative that came into being about 13,000 years ago and is a cross between a man and a primate species.

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Sasquatch DNA – Text from “Novel North American Hominins, Next Generation Sequencing of Three Whole Genomes and Associated Studies” – Infographic created at by Thomas Halek

Novel North American Hominins, Next Generation Sequencing of Three Whole Genomes and Associated Studies

A team of experts in genetics, forensics, imaging and pathology did the study. Dr. Melba S. Ketchum in Nacogdoches, Texas led the team. In an interview, she states, “When I first started the project I did not believe it, but now I do. The DNA proves it.”


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Flyer – Created by Tom Halek and Donna Larsen

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, a roundtable discussion was held at the Rush City Public Library located at 240 West 4th Street in Rush City, Minnesota. An invitation was extended to all those that have witnessed or knew of incidents of the bizarre and unexplained to come and share their stories at the meeting.

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Photo By Melanie Hedberg

Twenty-six attended ranging in age from nine to sixty-eight. During the event many happenings of the bizarre and unexplained that were shared included, a haunted hotel, a cat that reappeared after its death, pulling of hair, tapping on the shoulder, happenings after a Ouija session, spirits in the land and a haunted jail.

Melanie Hedberg – Photo By Jocelin Schellbach



Melanie Hedberg shared what she knew about a haunted hotel in Rush City named the Grant House. She said, “Previous owners embraced more of the paranormal activity that had gone on.”



Melanie Hedberg                                                                                                                          Video By Jocelin Schellbach

Colleen Rand - Photo By Jocelin Schellbach

Colleen Rand – Photo By Jocelin Schellbach



Colleen Rand shared a story about the spirit of a cat that her children had been fond of. She said, “I didn’t see her, but the kids saw her, and she was gone.”



Colleen Rand                                                                                                                                             Video By Jocelin Schellbach

Cindy Martin - Photo By Jocelin Schellbach

Cindy Martin – Photo By Jocelin Schellbach



Cindy Martin describes an incident where she felt like someone or something was pulling her hair. She said, “All of a sudden it felt like someone tugging my hair.”



Cindy Martin                                                                                                                                              Video By Jocelin Schellbach

Hedberg describes a bizarre sensation. She said, “It physically feels like someone has either tapped me or touched me or put their hand on my shoulder.”

Melanie Hedberg                                                                                                                                           Video By Jocelin Schellbach

Olivia Bearwinkle - Photo By Jocelin Schellbach

Olivia Bearwinkle – Photo By Jocelin Schellbach



Olivia Bearwinkle talks about the happenings after an Ouija game. She said, “In the living room there was a picture of Jesus with his face burned off.”



Olivia Bearwinkle                                                                                                                             Video By Jocelin Schellbach

Donna Zastera

Donna Zastera – Photo By Photo By Jocelin Schellbach



Donna Zastera shares her story about spirits in the land. She said, “Things that happen in that spot, not in that house or building.”




Donna Zastera                                                                                                                          Video By Jocelin Schellbach

Hedberg tells of a haunted jail in Taylors Falls, Minnesota. She said, “Will I actually see this girl?”

Melanie Hedberg                                                                                                                Video By Jocelin Schellbach

The two establishments that were discussed as to being haunted are the Grant House and The Old Jail Bed and Breakfast. Colonel Russell H. Grant, a second cousin to President Ulysses S. Grant, built the original Grant House in 1880. Many Grant House ghost stories have been documented over the years. The Old Jail Bed and Breakfast, built in 1884, consists of The Jail Cottage, The Cave Suite, The Balcony Suite and The Overlook Suite.

The meeting concluded after about an hour, when all had shared their stories of the bizarre and unexplained.