Eureka, California editorial disses Bigfoot research

Regarding The Birth of Bigfoot by John Driscoll, published October 30, 2008 in the Eureka Times-Standard…

Hard to believe, isn’t it? The newspaper that published the original article in 1958 about Jerry Crew’s Bigfoot footprint casting from Bluff Creek now has published an editorial that states, “We now know the whole thing was a hoax — or a brash attempt to claim credit for one.”

Rather than being a bit objective and relating facts which you can find in John Green’s seminal book on Bigfoot research, Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us, John Driscoll’s article dismisses the entire 1958 Bluff Creek footprint phenomena as the work of one man, Ray Wallace, and a few accomplices.

It implicates Wallace’s brother, W.R. “Shorty” Wallace, saying, “Shorty Wallace’s explanation that no one would stomp around making footprints after work is obvious bunk in hindsight. His role likely was to instill doubt.”

It also implicates a former Times editor, L.W. ‘Scoop’ Beal, quoting his wife as saying, “They were in on this hoax. It was just a fun thing and the fun got out of hand.” Beal, now deceased, can’t give us his take on what actually happened.

Editorial writer John Driscoll’s analysis of the origin of the term, Bigfoot, wouldn’t be so disturbing if he’d taken the time to get another perspective on what happened at Bluff Creek in 1958. You can find what I believe is better information by reading John Green’s book, pages 65 to 82.

John Green, a Canadian newspaperman, saw the story about Jerry Crew in a Vancouver paper back in 1958. He’d been researching the Canadian Bigfoot phenomena for a while. Of course, back then they were commonly called “Wild Men” not “Bigfoot”.

Intrigued by the discovery of the Bluff Creek footprints, Green left British Columbia with two friends to check things out in Northern California. While in the Bluff Creek area he was able to see a few large footprints. Later he went to Anderson, California, where he met Bob Titmus, another Bigfoot researcher. He wrote, “Calling on Bob Titmus turned out to be the most important thing we did on the trip.”

A few weeks later Bob Titmus phoned John Green with a hot tip: another researcher found large footprints on a sandbar of Bluff Creek, and they were not the same as the ones found on the road. He made another trip to Northern California where he and Bob looked for footprints and analyzed them.

He wrote:

“The sand on the bar was hard packed and damp. . . . I had to jump off a log about two feet high and land on the point of one heel to make a hole as deep [as the tracks].

“We could not think of any way a man could have made the tracks without the use of some sort of specialized heavy equipment, and there was no apparent way that such equipment, assuming that it existed, could have reached the sandbar. Both sides of the valley were steep and covered with heavy underbrush. Taking a machine down without leaving evidence of its passage seemed out of the question. . . . About the only answer would have been to fly the machine in with a large helicopter, but that could not have been done secretly because at the time the tracks were made there were construction workers living in a camp just a few hundred yards away.” – John Green, Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us, page 68

Ray Wallace was the road construction subcontractor that Jerry Crew worked for. It is true that he owned a set of wooden stompers for making fake tracks, but they don’t match the tracks found at Bluff Creek. Also Ray Wallace didn’t claim to be responsible for starting the Bluff Creek Bigfoot story; that was a claim his family made after he died.

More information:
From Wikipedia: Ray Wallace
From the BFRO: Wallace Hoax Behind Bigfoot?

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