Hoaxed Chewbacca

“We are being hoaxed, but probably not always by other humans”


Is bigfoot an ape or an early human, is it just a big hoax or something else? One who prefers alternative explanations for the phenomenon is DB Donlon. The former blogger and bigfoot researcher tells in this exclusive interview why he left the field so suddenly in 2010, why he thinks that bigfoot may be related to UFOs, and why Chewbacca from the Star Wars movies is relevant to our understanding of the events at the Erickson Project and the phenomenon as a whole. “I don’t think we will get to the bottom of what bigfoot is if we are only looking at bigfoot,” he says.

This interview was conducted via email in winter 2017/2018.


I know that you lean towards a “paranormal” explanation for bigfoot, DB. I’ve been on the fence. But I have honestly no idea how to explain some of the weird stuff that appears again and again in reports. And: Why are there no bones? Why isn’t there any better photographic documentation of the creature than the Patterson film? It’s mysterious.

DB Donlon: It’s still my opinion that there is an “unknown extra factor” involved. I think it’s all much weirder than we can really grasp just yet, an it is no longer looks credible to me that they could be an unknown relic hominid.

I see where you are coming from. My talking to Richard Germeau from the Olympic Project (link) really made me consider the alternative explanations.

Rich’s dreams and experiences after his sighting are important, but researchers want to ignore all of that. Yet when I was researching, I found many people had similar things happen to them. Several of the witnesses had paranormal occurrences akin to poltergeist experiences and strange dreams happen to them afterward. This is also commonly reported by people who think they’ve experienced alien abduction. I don’t think this is an accident. I’m not saying it’s aliens, but whatever aliens are I think they’ll wind up being pretty much the same thing bigfoot is.

Bigfoots as aliens is definitely an interesting way to think and speculate about this phenomenon. I have no clue what they’d do here on earth or why they’d appear as giant apes but who could say what a probably incomprehensible race of extraterrestrials was up to?

The thumbnail sketch I use is something like: bigfoot is not a natural creature but a manufactured one used by a technologically superior civilization to accomplish their aims much like we’d use a rover on Mars. The benefit to having a living creature is that you don’t have to keep up with it or control it all the time. You just tell it what you want done and then off it goes to do it.

It also helps to explain why sometimes legit DNA samples come back as human or other terrestrial animal if we are willing to assume bigfoot gets made as a species right here, not brought from another world.

Note that I do not actually “believe” that, but that’s an operational hypothesis. It’s a tidy theory, but it’s also unwieldy as it begs for way too many unproven components. Occam’s Razor slashes it to pieces.

So how did you arrive at this hypothesis? What stages did you go through as a bigfoot researcher and blogger? Did you start off as a skeptic?

I wouldn’t say I was ever a bigfoot skeptic by the time I had heard of bigfoot. I had several personal experiences before I learned about it, and these taught me that the world is probably not exactly the way we are told. But by the time I got into active “squatchin’”, I assumed that there was a real creature that would not be all that difficult to prove the existence of now that new technologies were becoming available. I mean things like night vision and Hi Def camera traps.

I was particularly interested in recordings of purported bigfoot vocalizations, because this was something that I thought I might be able to help figure out. And maybe I did help figure out a little, but the trouble with a recording is that you almost never have positive ID of the creature that made the sound.

I never came down one way or another whether bigfoot was an ape or not. I thought it probably was too intelligent to be any naturally occurring ape.

What I do know is that people are having these experiences, because I’ve been there while they had them at least twice. I missed seeing the creature both times, but I heard it and smelled it, and observed the reactions it provoked in people and animals.

Now, what is it? That’s the question. I doubt it’s just an ape, but I guess it might be, and all the rest of this stuff is a really strange psychological overlay. But that would be stranger still.

The strangest of all would be if there really were no underlying physical thing that causes people to have these experiences. That, too, would demand an explanation and would certainly be worthy of study by science. I haven’t ever seen anyone doing something about that, though. Of course, what do I know? I’m only a former blogger who was a Liberal Arts major! The scientists are certainly sciencing circles around me.

You had weird stuff happening to you as well which eventually made you stop blogging and doing research.

In my own case, I had many strange and terrifying dreams about bigfoot, and ultimately I saw a UFO down the street from my house. It finally drove me away from active research. I think that’s something that the phenomenon wanted. It doesn’t want someone who will question what’s found or go against the current paradigm.

Also, as Rich and I both found out, the phenomenon will threaten our families to get us to stop researching. In my case it happened in a dream my son had shortly after we saw the UFO. The creature said, “I will eat you in front of your father.” When I heard that, and I already knew they knew where I lived because of the UFO.. well I couldn’t do it anymore. What father could live with putting their children in danger? I know what Rich felt when his wife called him and told him about the rocks.

What’s weird to me is that in both cases, you have to draw a few inferences yourself. I mean, the dream was explicit, but it was a dream. If there hadn’t been that UFO there, which the same son also saw, I might have just waived it off as a nightmare. But as soon as the UFO appeared I had a sinking feeling. They know where I live. You can see Rich also had that same thought.

So as you can see, while I’m not an active researcher anymore, my mind keeps after it in theory anyway. I can’t seem to give it up completely. In one way I feel that being threatened like that made me more determined. Whatever is going on here, there’s a dangerous element to it and people should know that.

In the end, I don’t think we will get to the bottom of what bigfoot is if we are only looking at bigfoot. I feel the events at places like the Skinwalker Ranch show us that all of these paranormal topics are intertwined.

The Skinwalker case is utterly weird.

As to the point about what some investigators have observed — I would only stress that something else seems to be in control of the evidence. You get what they want you to have. If you’ve read the book, you’ll have seen where the scientists weren’t able to get any evidence at all, even when the laws of physics as we understand them say that we should have.

I’m thinking in particular about the destruction of the camera on one pole while it was being filmed from another camera on a different pole. The cameras took pictures at intervals, and somehow a camera was destroyed, and its wires ripped out, with another camera pointed at it, within the space of a second. Not only did the camera record nothing, but the animals below the broken camera didn’t react either.

The phenomenon seems to know what you’re up to.

It can get into your head, and here’s one of the main clues — you will often note that witnesses will say something like, “I had a feeling that I should look..” and then they see what they see. I know that Henry Franzoni told me this about his own bigfoot sighting. And I think this happened during my UFO sighting.

Now, when we look, we see something out there, but the fact there is a preceding “announcement” in our own consciousness would suggest to me that our consciousness is intimately involved. In my own case, I saw the UFO and tried to get my son to see it. It took him a couple seconds before he did. I think this is another possible clue that the mind had to be “primed” to see it, perhaps?

Interesting. There are other clues like the eyeshine and even self-illuminating eyes or the fact that bigfoot is seen all over the world. There even are credible sightings in Great Britain and Germany! I remember your interview with Nick Redfern (link) and what he said about the Tulpa theory, that there may be a force within us which can literally create beings.

The fact that the creatures are seen in more places right now could be an argument that the entire purpose of the bigfoot project was to get people to know about it so that they could see it everywhere. This only makes sense if our consciousness is somehow of necessity for these things to exist.

If you’ve read any Carl Jung, you may know that he considered the archetypes were real creatures that lived within the body of humanity as a whole. They were usually mental (eg, seen in dreams or visions), but could manifest and be interacted with under certain conditions. The only problem with believing what Jung says is that he got it from the archetypes themselves, so if they were up to something there’s good reason to believe they’d have misled him (so that he could then mislead us).

I think the Native Americans have been telling it to us straight all along. They are quasi-physical beings sometimes, but most often spirits. Fred Beck’s tale is full of spiritualism and was one of the earliest bigfoot accounts. He claimed to have seen physical creatures, but also saw bouncing lights and even an arrow made of light that guided his path. It’s a crazy story. And his bigfoot creatures had pointy ears, which maybe means it didn’t happen, but you’ll often find that bigfoot doesn’t look the same in different places, just as the alien visitors in the 50s and 60s didn’t look the same. I think there’s a clue there.

The main issue I have with these alternative explanations is this: Why are — apparently — some researchers experiencing it and others not? The researchers from the North American Wood Ape Conservancy (NAWAC) said to me numerous times that they had never seen UFOs, orbs or vanishing Bigfoots. The same is true — from what I’ve heard — with the Erickson Project (EP) researchers.

As to whether there are two or more phenomena involved, I can’t say. I wonder. I suppose there are areas where it’s still possible an undiscovered natural animal lives, but insofar as one is willing to go along with the paranormal version, it would seem Occam’s Razor is more satisfied with just that one weird creature doing all the things.

And there is weird stuff in both the EP and the NAWAC accounts: eyeshine, the sense of being watched, bigfoots doing incredible things, and then there’s the alleged shootings in the case of the NAWAC. Twice, they say, did researchers shoot at sasquatches. In both cases they were sure that they had hit it, but didn’t find a body.

It just seems that these researchers want to stick to the great ape/hominin hypothesis and interpret their weird experiences in a naturalistic way. One main reason for this could be that they want to appear scientific and rational. It’s one thing to propose that there is a giant, undocumented hominoid species out there, but a whole other thing to propose that these creatures are from an alien civilization or a hidden dimension.

Yes, and don’t forget that these guys are also in charge of what gets to count as legit experiences or not. As a BFRO member, I saw that very many reports were quashed because they were deemed too weird. They stayed in the database, but they would never be published. In some cases that I observed, the disqualifying factor was simply that the witness had also seen a UFO. I know that there is a a study someone did ten years ago or so that compared bigfoot and UFO sighting locations. They overlap almost perfectly. There could be many explanations for that, but one of them is that the two are related.

You were involved at the initial stages of the Erickson/Kentucky project as an investigator for the BFRO (link). What’s your conclusion about this whole matter? Was it all just hoaxing?

I feel there’s a whole side to this phenomenon that Erickson hasn’t understood yet. The fact is he was hoaxed several times by the people who sold him the property and films (as was the BFRO while I was a member). This doesn’t mean that there wasn’t “bigfoot activity” at the site. In fact, the two things go together. The mindset that these high tech researchers and scientists go in with works against them.

What’s their mindset?

They don’t believe they can be hoaxed. This is the same old thing that happened between Grover Krantz and René Dahinden. The thing is, I don’t think people have realized the ones doing the hoaxing — that is, organizing it and directing when and where it would happen — is the phenomenon itself!

Do you mean that the people there, the property owners, didn’t hoax themselves?

Of course I can’t prove that and I could well be wrong about it, but this is what I’ve come to believe. The evidence and the hoaxing go together. It would seem to me that it’s an attempt to corral us into a certain set of beliefs.

The so-called Matilda footage is probably the best clue that at least somebody was hoaxing at the EP. The creature looks like Chewbacca from Star Wars.

This footage makes Adrian and the BFRO look ridiculous, which is, I believe, what the intelligence behind the phenomenon wanted. I think there are ramifications of that which need to be explored further.

Whatever is behind all this is so familiar with human culture and how we think that they can manipulate us quite easily. If you or I saw something in the woods and it looked like a guy in a Chewbacca mask, we’d probably think that’s exactly what it was. But Adrian and the BFRO people — and many of them are really smart, dedicated researchers — won’t even hear that they are being hoaxed. Probably this is because something moved in a way they don’t think masks can. What they don’t consider is that maybe it is a hoax, but it isn’t being done by simple home owners looking for easy money, and maybe it’s technology that’s advanced beyond what they are familiar with.

It would be quite strange for there to actually be a living creature that looked exactly like someone wearing a Chewbacca costume. This would in itself cause us to question quite a few things. I suppose if Chewbacca were really some kind of Jungian archetype or whatever. But that’s a step too far even for me. It comes down to the nose.

Chewbacca’s nose?

Chewbacca was a fictional character created by George Lucas and the costume was designed by Stuart and Kay Freeborn in the 1970s. Those are real people, very disconnected from anything involved in bigfoot research. They were artists. Since it was a movie, there were a lot of different hands in the final appearance of the costume. It was not designed based on any one particular known animal, but the nose is key.

Lucas’ idea came from seeing his dog sitting beside him in the car. He thought it would be cool to have his dog as a co-pilot. This is why Chewbacca has a dog’s nose. The inclusion of that nose was to give the viewer that visual association so that it would evoke certain feelings. Well, natural selection doesn’t work like this. There is no reason for a relic hominid to have a dog’s nose. Even if that creature was somehow against all odds a living creature, that it has a dog’s nose shows that it was designed, manufactured. It is ridiculous to think something like that could exist naturally and I can’t believe these otherwise smart people believe it.

Of course, by Occam’s Razor, if it looks like a guy in a costume, then..? Most people who see it are going to say, “That’s a Chewbacca mask and these guys are idiots.”

I think this goes a long way toward supporting my favored hypotheses. We are being hoaxed, but probably not (always) by other humans.

But who’s hoaxing?

By something much more advanced technologically than we can understand. Until researchers begin to take that idea seriously, they cannot progress further. As Rich’s account shows, the phenomenon knows that you are looking for it, and this is quite beyond human capability. Skinwalker Ranch shows this in even better detail. Adrian and the BFRO fell into a trap, and they’ve done it more than once. I used to write “We are not well served by the leaders of bigfoot research,” and here’s a classic example of that. I don’t know if they are of any use.

On your Blogsquatcher site you had an intriguing post about the connection between the Paranormal/bigfoot and narcissistic people. Can you elaborate on that?

I think narcissistic people are deliberately drawn, because all they really care about is becoming famous or important in some way. The hoaxing fellow I called Bob was one of these, and probably a pathological liar as well.

Bob was a guy who told you he knew about an alleged sighting of a sasquatch in Virginia, right? It turned out that he was lying, and he finally admitted that he had been trying to hoax you (check out this episode of Sasquatch Watch Radio for more info).

He got it into his head that he simply had to hoax me. He told Billy Willard specifically that it was me he was trying to bring down. Why would he do this? I can’t say I have any proof, but my own dreams told me that the fellow behind all this (insofar as the dream image goes, anyway) couldn’t stand me and was constantly trying to harm me in some way. To be clear, I suspect Bob wasn’t really acting on his own.

This may not appear rational enough to most people who are happily aligned with the materialistic world view to be creditable, but I think there’s something to it. I think he was easily led by whatever these things are. He’s still involved in bigfoot research even though he probably hoaxes all his evidence. Of course, I don’t know that. I only know that he did hoax quite a bit while I was involved with him.

But why would he (or the phenomenon behind it) want to hoax you?

I would guess the answer is that people like you enjoyed reading my take on things, and I don’t buy everything I see or hear. I’m not a super skeptic — and those folks are not ever getting to the truth of things — but I am skeptical enough, while also being open-minded enough, to help others find their own way through this stuff. And, I didn’t take their deal, if you remember what the psychic lady told me. “We will make you BIG” they said. As if that was any kind of lure for me, but this is how they think.

The property owners in Kentucky were quite a bit like Bob. The fellow there, who I don’t think actually owned anything, had some previous legal trouble for receiving stolen property. Nobody would take him for a credible witness, and I believe he was probably behind the first hoaxes. I can’t believe that Adrian believes the Chewbacca mask is an actual bigfoot, but he and Matt Moneymaker apparently do. This may be because they saw one of them moving and appearing lifelike.. if you see where I’m going.. Both Matt and Adrian might share some of those narcissistic traits — heck, I had it bad when I was a younger man myself. I think such people make useful tools because they are easily led, and they help to do the things that whatever is behind the bigfoot phenomenon wants done. And that appears to be, discredit it in the eyes of many. Because ultimately that’s what the DNA project and believing bigfoot looks like Chewbacca has done.

The hoaxing really is a constant in Bigfoot research. You can observe it in almost every (major) case. The Todd Standing controversy is a recent example. The footage looks fake, it seems obvious that Todd has created the creatures with masks or with digital means. At the same time people like Jeff Meldrum experience Bigfoot during outings with Standing in the area where the footage was taken and tend to believe in Standing and what he’s telling.

It’s also interesting that there are some strong hints to “high strangeness” in this case through Les Stroud. Stroud made a spin-off series called Survivorman Bigfoot. In one of the episodes he visits Standing and installs a game camera that points to the food bait. During the night he sees a UFO and has a weird dream that he doubts was just a dream — in the morning he checks the camera, the bait (an apple) just disappears but there’s nothing that is taking it..

The hoaxing goes right back to the beginning of the modern bigfoot phenomenon, with Ray Wallace as the obvious example, but also Roger Patterson to a degree. I don’t know that he hoaxed anything in the field (and his film sure looks believable) but before the film he wrote a bigfoot book. I’ve compared his takes on certain well known tales, and it’s clear that he embellished or changed facts for effect. Heck, even René Dahinden hoaxed because he thought the scientists were putting on airs.

The very literal-minded, or naive materialists will insist that this is all there is to it. We are all being hoaxed all the time. This may in fact be true, but it would sure seem weird to me if that was all there was to it.

Let me tell you about some incidents that I personally witnessed but have never spoken about before. Note that I did not observe any hoaxing.

Go on, please.

I went on a BFRO expedition to West Virginia (probably in 2005) as an active BFRO member. I had assisted another member in looking for the site, but in the end the site chosen wasn’t based on our recommendation. This is not the issue — the site that was ultimately chosen did make for a more comfortable experience for attendees, some of whom weren’t really ready to rough it. But it bears mentioning that neither I nor the other fellow visited the site that was used. Yet when we got there, locals were talking about someone having been there the week before driving an expensive car with plates that had the word bigfoot on it. This detail may not be important, but I mention it because it did happen, and it would support someone who believed that the area was pre-scouted and even possibly set up to look like a legit bigfoot location.

Another fact that fits with this theory and has always bugged me — one of the expedition leaders pointed to a ridge and had Mark Maisel and I scout it out. There we found several tripod structures.

It took me a while to put those facts together, and I am not convinced they mean anything. I think it would have been hard for someone to have set up the tripods earlier and then directed us to the right location. Even if he had, there was no guarantee that we’d find the spot in our search.

Other oddities included vocalizations heard across the Greenbrier river (only about 20 to 30 yards across at that point I would guess) on the first night. What are the chances? Later, large rocks were thrown into the water while one of the leaders was sleeping during a stakeout. The people with him were shaken because of the size of the rocks. You’d have to hold those rocks with two hands and I don’t think any of us could throw them very far, but nobody had night vision at that time so..

Again, it’s hoaxing intertwined with apparently real encounters/experiences. That’s also a point that George Hansen makes in his book The Trickster and the Paranormal. All these phenomena — bigfoot, ghosts, ufo — share similar if not identical properties. One of them is the hoaxing, the trickster aspect — that all those fields are riddled with hoaxing. Another one is the “betwixt and between” aspect — that all of these phenomena appear a lot of times in situations of uncertainty and times of change which is also reflected in their meaning: Ghosts are between life and death, Bigfoot between man and animal, and UFOs between heaven and earth.

I don’t know Hansen personally, but I do know of him. Well, except that he commented on one of my blogs once or twice, so there’s that brief interaction. To my embarrassment, I have his book but have found it hard to get through because his writing style is pretty dry and academic. And I’ve read a lot of academic books in my day that I didn’t think were quite so tough.

It seemed to me that there was the possibility of a slight contradiction in his method. By naming the phenomenon he is after, he gives it a place, but “the trickster” inhabits that area between concepts or definite spaces. He ought to indicate that or there’s the danger that one would fall into the same conceptual trap as ever. This would be to miss something that is rather essential. Then again, maybe he did say that and I didn’t read far enough. But the point is, I think if the trickster is the applicable paradigm, then it can never be the same thing. As soon as you think you have it nailed down, it will have to change. And, certainly, there’s an element of this to UFO phenomena.

But if you’ll bear an academic analogy — he is apparently still operating in a “structuralism” of thinking, while the phenomenon he is after inhabits a post-structuralism worldview. If he is, a good portion of the world is right there with him in that way. Most people are not yet even aware, let alone comfortable with ideas that became central to understanding the world as long ago as the early 20th century.

From my point of view, the long history of the trickster is useful to know because it tells us that this phenomena is not new, and it tells us how others have conceptualized it. But it does not tell us a great deal more than that. The most practical bit that I’ve seen come out of it is the idea of liminality — people who are “on the edge” of something or “in between” things, even events in their own lives, often experience something paranormal. That is a key insight because it tells us something about our world that we could not have discovered through purely physical means. A more scientific study of that sort of thing might reveal something about that non-physical part of our reality, about which we know very little.

It’s a fascinating book. I ponder especially about the parallels between UFO and Bigfoot research. In ufology you have — similar to sasquatch research — a nuts and bolts (flesh and blood) camp and a high strangeness/paranormal/psychic camp.. Both fields share the same properties, both are riddled with cases that combine apparently genuine experiences with hoaxing and weird phenomena.

I have noted this. I entertain the notion that this is probably not something that happens naturally but is created in the same way intelligence agencies interfere with groups they don’t want to succeed. Each group attracts a lot of self-aggrandizers, though. So it could well be natural.

Just take a bigfoot researcher I know as an example. He has said that he does not care about whether bigfoot is paranormal, or involved with UFOs, but people don’t like it so he tries to keep them separated in his public statements. I don’t think that’s good scientific method (scientists would have already been laughing if they had even read this far..) He says that he’s interested in finding a scientific solution, but I don’t think that’s really his goal. He’s fine with science so long as the main goal is achieved, and I think the main goal is promoting himself.

I don’t know anything about the leadership of, say, MUFON, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the leaders had similar thought patterns — and if so, perhaps that’d just be the natural result of self-aggrandizing people rising up through the ranks, seizing opportunities.

But sometimes I think it looks a bit more directed than that.

What kind of books would you recommend to anyone who’d like to understand the bigfoot phenomena?

My knowledge of the books ends at about 2011 or so. I’m sure there have been books written that I don’t know anything about since then. When I was blogging, I made a goal of reading all bigfoot books ever written. I got hold of quite a few of them before I stopped. Reading them gave me some appreciation of how differently individual authors can handle the same stories. Or sometimes they might not be very different at all, suggesting that later authors are relying entirely on the work of the earlier writers. I don’t know how important that is, but what it meant to me is that often the written accounts, which is the main thing that got most of us involved in bigfoot in the first place, are not really reliable in the way that you’d like them to be.

The BFRO and other orgs attempts to rectify this, and I do prefer to read the accounts in the words of the experiencers themselves when I can get it. Once writers get their hands on it, I’m afraid they — I should say we as I’m as guilty as anyone — often cast stories through the lens of our own personal obsessions. There’s nothing terrible about this because that’s how one goes about testing and attempting to prove theories. But the stories themselves should remain in a state that is untouched by any outside authorial slant in a perfect world. For the stories from most of the 20th century and earlier, this doesn’t seem to be possible very often. But the trouble with the BFRO is that there is still a filter. I was briefly a member, and I spent some time looking through the archives for my state. As I mentioned, several accounts were flagged as unpostable because they mentioned UFOs.

In a way, bigfoot and UFO researchers are in the phenomenological business of trying to figure out what exists in our world. You can’t do that if you’ve already decided something doesn’t exist. You have to collect the data and follow where it leads. If it’s true that bigfoot and UFOs don’t have anything to do with one another, I’m confident that the full database would show that.

Now, having gone off the trail like that, what were my favorite bigfoot books? I loved reading John Green’s books when I was young. Green’s bigfoot seems like a mostly harmless forest ape. I hated reading the book by B. Ann Slate and Alan Berry when it was new. It was too hard for me to read about these weird creatures that might hail from other worlds. It asked me to accept too many possibilities. But since those days maybe my opinion has turned around. Green’s books are still good to read, but we have to remember that he’s giving us the bigfoot he wants us to see. The same can be said for Slate and Berry. But I’m not criticizing them by pointing out their biases, just saying that we have to be aware of them.

Later on I also liked reading Meet the Sasquatch by Chris Murphy, and Loren Coleman’s book Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America. On the other side of the coin, I’ve enjoyed books by Thom Powell.

I remember while I was blogging that I was impressed by the book out of Australia by Tony Healy and Paul Cropper about the Yowie, the Australian bigfoot.

Are there any important general lessons that you’ve drawn from your time as a bigfoot enthusiast?

Only that the phenomenon is bigger and stranger than we think when we get into it, and if you really want to be as objective as possible, you may have to suspend your disbelief sometimes. I’ll use for an example the “Matilda” creature. To anyone who grew up post Star Wars, that’s a guy in a Chewbacca mask. And I’m prepared to accept that as the final explanation. But as you know, I think this thing is deeply weird.

So this is what I have been saying to you about that and now everyone can hear it: I think bigfoot is a much larger phenomenon than we think it is, and that it is “stage managed” in a way that would be hard to see if you are the one having the experience. I think it’s possible that the Matilda film is of someone in a mask, but that the researchers were allowed to see something very similar moving around naturally. The forces involved know how ridiculous the film looks, and it’s their intention to discredit those that promote it.

If you go looking for stories like this in the UFO literature, you can find some there too.

What do you do nowadays? Are you still following the bigfoot stuff on the internet?

I do peripherally. For five years while I was blogging, I dug up bigfoot news every day and tried to be as on top of things as I could be. It was not easy to stay so focused. Once I gave it up, it was a relief on that level. I haven’t really gotten back into it like that since. But occasionally I do run across some news and read it, or someone emails me. I would say that I am minimally involved now. I’m more interested in knowing about the kinds of things that Graham Hancock talks about. I think he’s on to something. As far as the weird or paranormal, I’d say I’ve become a Fortean. I think the world we live in is weird, and that there are parts we don’t understand at all yet.

Will we ever see a Blogsquatcher comeback or see your book getting published?

I doubt I’ll ever try to do anything with the book now. I posted most of what I had written on the blogs I kept. As far as blogging again, I don’t think so. To do it well takes a real commitment of time and energy and that’s hard to justify when there are other demands on you. And, as you know, I stopped because of some weird circumstances. I would not be in a hurry to draw those back into my life.




Some posts that appeared at DB Donlon’s Blogsquatcher site are still available via the Internet Archive.

Photo credits:

– The main picture that shows a Chewbacca mask was shot by Daniel Huntley (via Flickr).
– The other picture of a Chewbacca mask was shot by Henry Fong (via Flickr).
– The picture of the entry to the Skinwalker Ranch was shot by Tyler Reid (via Flickr).

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Chris Kummer is a journalist and historian based in Switzerland. He focuses mainly on scientific controversies and inquiries into so-called paranormal phenomena.

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