Bigfoot is making headlines again–this time in our own backyard! Within the past two months, Bigfoot or Sasquatch, …whatever name you call it…is making tracks. This time in South Carolina. Oconee County, to be exact. And a team of investigators is hot on its trail.
While members of the Carolina Society for Paranormal Research and Investigation, Inc. (CSPRI), will admit they are looking for Bigfoot in the woods of Oconee County, they’re hesitant to name the exact location for fear that others with less investigative experience will join the search and unwittingly destroy some of the evidence that has led the group to this particular area.
According to Brandon Hudgens, the director of CSPRI, the group is anxious to find Bigfoot, “We want to see it. We want to shake hands with it. We want to talk to it.” CSPRI has taken casts from 18 inch footprints that are 8-9 inches in width. Most of the casts show toes and a heel imprint. The group is particularly drawn to the area because it has discovers what it calls “out-of-the-ordinary” movement of limbs and branches as well as trees broken at the base in addition to wooden structures and nests.
Reports of this kind aren’t uncommon in Oconee County. According to the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization, in late 1994, two women were driving down State Hwy. 24, a desolated stretch of road between Walhalla and Westminister around 2:00 a.m. when their headlights flashed across a large animal lumbering across the road. Thinking the animal was hurt, the two women turned the car back around to get a closer look and noticed the animal climbing the adjacent embankment on all fours. Based on the animal’s size, the amount of fur, and similarities between an ape and man, the two are convinced they encountered Bigfoot. Other sightings date back as far as the 1970’s.
You only have to go back to 2007 to see that Bigfoot was alive and well in Pickens county: The Long Way Home:A Bigfoot Story is the name of my Indy Film that won nest narrative feature at the New York International Film and Video Festival.
Moving past the grainy footage, the first-person accounts and questionable evidence. Spike TV is looking to get to the bottom of the Bigfoot mystery once and for all with its next reality competition series, “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty.”
Not surprisingly, the series, which premieres in January, hasn’t attracted many you studious, academic types. Instead, angry rednecks yelling at each other in the woods are what you can expect from this thriller. And what better way to attract a notoriously camera-shy, quite probably mythical creature, than to have a bunch of people arguing in the woods? Such is the stuff that TV is made of!
The show claims to offer the biggest prize in history, and it’s even underwritten by Lloyd’s of London, but they’re probably not worried about their investment. The conditions for winning are definitive visual and DNA proof of Bigfoot’s existence.
Two scientific experts will be on hand for the series: a biological anthropologist who runs New York University‘s molecular primatology lab, and a primatology expert.
According to Spike, DNA evidence will be processed using a mobile DNA lab. If no definitive proof is found, the group that presented the “most compelling evidence and theory” will be awarded a $100,000 research grant to keep searching.
The series is just the latest in our recent preoccupation with Bigfoot. Any chance that $10-million prize will actually get awarded? This Bigfoot lover and believer is hoping so!
J.L. Mann (Bubba) Cromer is an Attorney in Columbia, whose practice focuses on DUI Defense, Criminal Defense & Probate Administration and Estate Planning. Admitted to practice in South Carolina, California & The District of Columbia, “Bubba” has been in practice for 26 years. In addition to his Solo Practice at Cromer Law Offices, LLC, Bubba Served as the only true Independent In the S.C. Legislature from 1990-1998. For the past 16 years, he has Served as the Reading Clerk of the House.Bubba resides in Columbia, S.C and Rosman, N.C. where he built a cabin 4 years ago. Bubba lives with his Hungarian Golden Retriever Casper.