In the past…
Okay gang, we’ve been working here very hard to dispel hoaxes and separate fact from fiction…
Some of the things in the past we’ve dispelled some myths that have hit television:
- In the 1990’s A&E Ancient Mysteries documentary on Bigfoot, (hosted by the late and legendary Leonard Nimoy), longtime and respected (by myself included) Bigfoot researcher Henry Franzoni stated that “Ape Canyon,” was named after the 1924 Fred Beck incident, in which a group of hunters had rocks and boulders thrown upon their hunting cabin, resulting to Beck allegedly killing one of the creatures. In truth, “Ape Canyon,” was named after the “St. Helen’s Apes,” a youth collective (similar to the Boy Scouts) which used to explore, hike and frolic upon this canyon and discovered Ape Cave in the 1950’s, later named after their collective which had been organized in the 1880’s.
“Let’s get one thing clear straight-away: there have never been any apes in the Ape Caves. Sorry. The name comes from the first of Mount St. Helens’ four major eruptive stages and was bestowed upon the caves by an outdoor group called the Mount St. Helens Apes.”
- Dispelling an ABC news report in 2003, mixing up and combining the story of the Patterson Gimlin Film and the Ray Wallace Wooden Footprint find. In 2003 ABC news had reported that the Patterson Gimlin Film was a hoax because on his deathbed in 2002 he confessed to the film being fake. Completely misinformation. As a matter of fact, Wallace never admitted to ANY hoaxing. His family found a pair of “Stompers”", aka wooden Bigfoot feet in his shed after he passed away. Did he make the famous 1958 Jerry Crew tracks which coined the term “Bigfoot” up? There seems to be a difference.
Right: The Jerry Crew Cast, Center: The Wallace Stomper, Left: Blue Creek Mountain Track
When looking at the three above it becomes apparent which one was a Wallace print and which one was not. Forensically it is easy to see, granted the stomper is a right foot and the track is a left. The sad news is in regards to the ABC news foul up, I received a response when I complained, that if they were wrong they would print a retraction, and despite sending them numerous references, they never followed up. So much for accuracy in the news.
Of course we don’t have time to correct all the inaccuracies that the media may kick out, but some of the major ones. we want to correct and do our best to uphold some semblance of truth before misnomers and lies do indeed become the truth.
This information needs to be repeated every so often because of the constant influx of new people.
Hence the reason why a hoaxer is allowed to dupe a whole other group of researchers for a second time, using an old Frank Hansen stunt. (Bodies and bringing a phony on tour is no sign of originality.)
“A lie gets half way around the world before the truth has a chance to get it’s pants on.”
– Winston Churchill
So why were people so angry at “Bigfoot Captured?”
Unlike Animal Planet’s Mermaid “Documentary,” and Megladon “Documentary” that appeared on Discovery Channel, at the beginning of this History Channel “documentary,” it clearly stated that some portions of the film have been “dramatized.”
The captured “Bigfoot,” from the false documentary “Bigfoot Captured.”
Well I will explain why.
verb (used with object), dramatized, dramatizing.
1. to put into a form suitable for acting on a stage.
2. to express or represent vividly, emotionally, or strikingly:
verb (used without object), dramatized, dramatizing.
3. to express oneself in a dramatic or exaggerated way.
In this case I thing the director of the documentary got the word “dramatized” with the word FICTIONALIZED.
verb (used with object), fictionalized, fictionalizing.
1. to make into fiction; give a somewhat imaginative or fictional version of.
- Second, the film isn’t clear what is documentary and what is an act. For example, is Kelly Shaw’s experience; made up or real? Many people think the former not the latter. If you ask him I am sure he will tell you different. And that’s just the first problem.
- Third, people could misconstrue Dr. Meldrum’s or any of the real researchers part as fiction as well. Dr. Meldrum has publicly stated his distaste for the outcome of the production, and he is so very right in so much as when you sign on to do a documentary or program, what they tell you or what the outcome of production is, you have very little say. Sounds to me like they soft balled the pitch to him.
- Fourth it causes the public to believe wrong things about this mystery. The confusion was so bad it forced Snopes.com to comment on it:
“While the program started with a brief disclaimer stating that Breaking History: Bigfoot Captured featured "some dramatization" and ended with credits listing various actors who pretended to be Bigfoot hunters, the episode was presented in documentary form and therefore fooled a number of viewers into believing that a Bigfoot creature had actually been captured during the process of filming.”
- Fifth, It puts all future documentaries in doubt. How would you like to put out a class A documentary and full of 100% source checked facts, only not to be believed or accused of faking stuff because of productions like this? I wouldn’t that’s for sure, but that’s what we’re up against now.
- Sixth and finally the dishonesty of the “documentary” continues even today on the show’s webpage do they lie by stating the following describing the program with a smear of dishonesty,
“Bigfoot is America’s most legendary creature, and has always inspired more questions than answers. Could something resembling a massive man-ape really be roaming forests and hiding in the shadows undetected? Whether you believe in Bigfoot or not, there’s something provocative about the idea that we could be living with an unseen monster. But what if one day we did more than catch a glimpse of one? What if we captured the creature? This two-hour special, compiled by a director who traveled the world looking for proof Bigfoot actually exists, takes an unexpected turn when a Sasquatch capture is caught on camera. What happens when what most of us think is fiction becomes fact? And what does it mean for us all if the creature really is out there.”
No disclaimer on the site of any “dramatization.”
The Center for Media and Social Impact describes itself as,
“…an innovation incubator and research center that creates, studies, and showcases media for social impact. Focusing on independent, documentary and public media, the Center bridges boundaries between scholars, producers and communication practitioners across media production, media impact, public policy, and audience engagement.”
What they say in one of their surveys about documentaries put out to filmmakers recently is not surprising,
“At the same time, many of the filmmakers surveyed spoke of commercial pressures, particularly in the cable business, to make decisions they believed to be unethical. The trend towards faster and cheaper documentaries and the “assembly line” nature of work has proven challenging to filmmakers’ understanding of their obligations to subjects in particular. They also blurred the line between traditional documentary, reality, and hybrid forms. These developments often troubled documentarians…Filmmakers also face pressure to inflate drama or character conflict and to create drama where no natural drama exists. They may be encouraged to alter the story to pump up the excitement, the conflict, or the danger.”
It is very obvious there is no easy solution as reality television, which includes documentaries evolves. Let us hope this hybrid type dies a quick death. We all thought it did a couple of years ago with those prior phony documentaries, but it once again reared its head with one twist: This time it used real people to foster their “dramatization.”
And finally… another LNP slip?
We recently outlined some of the problematic things with Linda Sue’s (Linda Newton-Perry aka Ms. Sparkles) “Miller Document,” indicative of many of her other hoaxes: For example,
- “ESP’s” Bigfoot pic which they named, “Big Clyde.” Clyde was the name of the Orangutan in Clint Eastwood’s “Every Which Way But Loose” and “Every Which Way You Can.” Strangely when we found the actual people LNP was using pics for as the “ESP” team, they tended to a bull by the name of “Big Jake.”
Here’s LNP’s “Hank Parchell” (Gene Tilley) at the Ft. Worth Stock Yards with “Big Jake.”
- The ESP member Hank Parchell. In the first picture put out by the ESP Team it was easily identified as an inverted photo cap of the Bigfoot used in the 1977 movie, “Sasquatch, The Legend of Bigfoot.” In that movie there was a character named Hank Parshall.
Thanks to one of my Facebook friends, Carson Hopper, we now may know LNP got some of her names..
Left: A calling to her alleged “posters” for help to verify claims. On right
In the past especially with her ESP Team and Big Clyde/Sasquatch:Legend of Bigfoot debacles where LNP plead help from “Bill Emery’s” friend “Marcy” for help Here was see LNP asking help by these otherwise anonymous folks, for help regarding he Miller / Wentworth scam.
Well here’s the synopsis of “A Year of Novembers.”
The protagonist of this self published author, (the Perry’s are also self published) is named Sophia Alcaster.
Well it seems LNP is sticking to her patterns or just yet another coincidence that seems to keep popping up around all things Bigfoot Ballyhoo. We should call it, “Bigfoot Baloneyhoo.” We’ll keep digging and letting you know more here!!!
Till Next Time,