In 1963, John Bindernagel shared with his university class a magazine report about a tall, hairy creature said to populate the forests of North America. His biology professor and classmates dismissed his interest with a laugh.
In the ensuing years, Mr. Bindernagel became a respected scientist who worked for the United Nations on three continents. After returning to Canada, his pursuit of a great ape of the woods became an obsession of sorts and he became world-renowned in cryptozoology circles for his work on a creature known variously as yeti, bigfoot, or sasquatch.
He made plaster casts of what he insisted were sasquatch footprints found on a Vancouver Island trail and claimed to have once heard the chimpanzee-like cry of the creature.
He never stopped searching and some others never stopped laughing.
Mr. Bindernagel, who has died at the age of 76, preferred the term Sasquatch in recognition of the Coast Salish name Sasq’ets for a mammal he insisted was alive and not just a supernatural being of myth.
The wildlife biologist spent four decades in search of the elusive creature, aware of the ridicule his pursuit garnered in some circles, notably the popular media.
“I don’t go around trying to convince people that the Sasquatch exists,” he once said. “What I’m looking for is a forum to explain and tell the evidence we have and say this is worthy of scientific scrutiny.”
John Albert Bindernagel was born in Kitchener, Ont., on Dec. 22, 1941, to Mona (née Sparrer) and Albert Bindernagel, a painter and decorator. He was an only child who enjoyed the solitude of exploring the woods and examining the creatures who lived there.
He graduated with a biology degree from the University of Guelph in Ontario in 1964, and later completed a doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mr. Bindernagel worked on contract as a wildlife conservation adviser for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as at the Serengeti Research Institute in Tanzania. In Iran, he wrote a report about conflicts in the forest habitat of the Caspian red deer (Cervus elaphus maral).
Even as he studied wildlife around the globe, he keenly followed reports of Sasquatch sightings in North America. In the 1970s, he moved to Courtenay on Vancouver Island, the forests of which he considered prime habitat for a giant hairy biped.
It was on a hike in Strathcona Provincial Park not far from his home, in 1988, that he encountered a trio of barefoot impressions in the soil that he was certain were those of sasquatch. Although he was in bear country, the prints lacked claws. He made plaster casts of the 38-centimetre (15-inch) prints, which he brought with him to university conferences, museum presentations and forums on mythical creatures, including those held during Sasquatch Daze at Harrison Hot Springs, a resort in B.C.’s Fraser Valley east of Vancouver that has used the sasquatch as a promotional lure for tourists for years.
Four years later, while hiking near Comox Lake, Mr. Bindernagel claimed to have heard a loud and resonant “whoop, whoop, whoop” call that reminded him of the great apes he had encountered in Africa.
He accumulated what he described as more than 2,000 witness accounts over a span of 150 years throughout the continent, including sightings in far-off Florida and even on the Niagara Peninsula.
Mr. Bindernagel wrote two books on the subject, North America’s Great Ape: The Sasquatch (1998) and The Discovery of the Sasquatch: Reconciling Culture, History and Science in the Discovery Process (2010), both released through his own Beachcomber Books imprint.
He never wavered in his belief that evidence of the existence of the creature would one day be confirmed.
“When the discovery of the sasquatch as an extant North American mammal is finally acknowledged, we will owe a huge debt to the aboriginal people for their willingness to explain the sasquatch to disbelieving anthropologists,” he wrote in 2014.
Although he had an aural encounter, Mr. Bindernagel never saw his elusive quarry. He knew more physical evidence would be needed before his work would be recognized for its scientific acumen instead of being dismissed as delusion.
“Some people just won’t be convinced until we have a carcass and bones,” he acknowledged.
He expressed a weariness at having spent a lifetime gathering evidence of the creature’s existence only to have his work dismissed as sensational tabloid fodder. He railed against describing sasquatch as a monster in popular culture and found the modern shorthand of referring to the creature as “squatch” to be disrespectful to aboriginal culture. He might have been unaware that the derivation became popular after a professional basketball team named its hairy ape mascot Squatch.
Others were not reluctant to poke fun at his findings. The late humourist Arthur Black once examined the case.
“Either John Bindernagel had the tracks of sasquatch,” he wrote, “or Dennis Rodman was running around the Canadian wilderness with a terrible case of gout.”
Mr. Bindernagel died of cancer on Jan. 18. He leaves his wife, the former Joan Keyes, as well as a son, a daughter and four grandchildren.
Bodies Of Mythical Creatures Unearthed In A Mysterious British Mansion
Numerous wooden boxes with mythical creatures and strange paperwork were discovered by a fluke in the basement of a deserted British mansion.
Since forever, mythical creatures such as fairies and dwarfs were thought to be just that – mythical. In the latest contemporary era, many people claimed evidence there is much than just a fable.
In 2006, construction workers were bulldozing a place to make way for a new suburban block. All of a sudden, they came across an old mansion which used to belong to a man named Thomas Theodore Merrylin.
In the old house’s basement, they discovered many peculiar boxes of wood.
At the thought of finding something precious, the workers started opening the crates one by one.
Surprisingly, however, they didn’t find some valuable treasure but rather plentiful weird creatures. The findings were later entitled as the Merrylin Cryptid Collection.
The ex-owner of the British mansion, Thomas Theodore Merrylin, was born in 1782 in Hellingshire, North England. He was a Crypto-naturalist, Zoologist, and Xeno-Archaeologist.
His favorite hobby was gathering different uncatalogued specimens as part of his compilation.
But likely one of his weirdest traits is that he had an incredible lifetime of 160 years.
Later accounts reveal that he looked as he was 40 years old when he was actually 80. This detail was very weird at the time and now as well.
Merrylin began a trip through the US to exhibit his unique compilation to the public. In the beginning, his bewildering acquirement was put on center stage.
However, later, considering the dogmatic viewpoint at the time, he was marked as a hoax by the rest of the cryptozoologists.
During his journey, he met many outstanding biologists and mathematicians. He captured the attention of everyone not only with his collection of mythical creatures but with his knowledge in science and chemistry as well.
Alongside the wooden crates, workers also found Merrylin’s diary. His records contained mysterious insights of quantum mechanics which wasn’t yet set up to endure at the time the notes were written.
Theodore was later accused of stealing by another collector of rare species. His notoriety was on the brink, so he decided to go into obscurity. His profile never returned to the scientific community again.
In 1942, a man purporting to be Theodore granted a building to an orphanage in London requiring only one condition: the basement never to be unlocked.
The man was in his 40s, so people assumed he was probably a relative of Marrylin. This was the last time anyone heard something from him.
Documentary Tracks Down Wisconsin Werewolf Legend
The latest documentary from Seth Breedlove and Small Town Monsters tracks down one of Wisconsin’s strangest legends, the beast of Bray Road.
Small Town Monsters has produced a series of fantastic documentaries about some of the strangest backroads legends and lore from around the country. But, as a native of the great weird state of Wisconsin, I am the most excited about their latest project: The Bray Road Beast.
A clip from the film was released earlier this week of an eyewitness discussing the possible occult origins of the Beast of Bray Road, but now we have a full-length trailer exploring the phenomena of werewolf sightings in Wisconsin and around the country.
About The Bray Road Beast
“In 1989 a country road outside of the Wisconsin town of Elkhorn became the center of a media frenzy unlike anything the world had ever seen,” Small Town Monsters writes. “‘People were seeing, what looked to them, like a werewolf…’ said Linda Godfrey the newspaper reporter who brought the story to light in a local publication called ‘The Week’. In fact, many people -locals and out-of-towners alike- had sightings and encounters with the creature that came to be known as The Beast of Bray Road. Many of these sightings were largely ignored or under-reported… that is, until October 5th when the new documentary film, The Bray Road Beast will unlock decades of history relating to ‘werewolf’ sightings around the US.
“The film explores not only the infamous Elkhorn creature sightings but also centuries of Werewolf legends and myths from across the globe. From the predominant theory that witnesses merely saw an undiscovered species of large wolves to more bizarre aspects of the phenomena, no stone is left unturned in this 66 minute film, shot on location in and around Wisconsin. The seventh film from award-winning filmmaker, Seth Breedlove, arrives on streaming platforms and DVD.”
The film, directed by Seth Breedlove and narrated by Lyle Blackburn, hits streaming platforms and DVD on October 5th. There will be a special sneak-preview screening of The Bray Road Beast at HorrorHound Indianapolis on Saturday, August 25th, and a Wisconsin premier at this year’s Milwaukee Paranormal Conference.
Visit smalltownmonsters.com for more information.
Massive Black ‘Dire Wolf’ Chases Dog – Who created this HUGE Creature?
Unidentified giant animal attacks dog walker in the woods.
Not much is known about the origin of the grainy footage. It is believed that it was filmed somewhere in the United States of America in about 2015. However, the specific location of the incident and the person who captured the footage is still a mystery.
In the footage, a dog can be heard barking anxiously as the dark colored creature begins shifting in the trees. All of sudden, the black creature springs upwards and charges straight towards the dog which presumably disturbed it. Initially, the two animals keep their distance from each other but eventually, the spooked creatures attacked each other.
What happened when the enormous beast and the dog actually squared up to each other the camera does not manage to capture the incident. However, given the worried shouts of the dog’s owner and the distressed yelping from the dog suggests that the encounter was violent and that the canine didn’t stand much of a chance against the enormous mystery animal.
The footage has sparked a number of theories about what it could have been. Recently, there have been several sightings of enormous wolves giving rise to speculation that this could be a rare species of a wolf which was believed to be extinct. Others have said that it may well have been that the animal was just a particularly large wolf. More fancifully, some have suggested that the animal could have been a pony although even wild horses are not known for acting in such an aggressive manner and tend to flee from dogs rather than confront them.
Other people have suggested that this creature could have even been supernatural. Some have suggested that it could be a man and dog hybrid creature although this is considered to be rather unlikely.
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