I don’t believe in monster monsters; there are just too many horrifying people to get past. I believe what you see can hurt you so don’t worry about beasts in the forest. (Nor the fins in the sea; shark attack stats are stacked high in your favor.) I moved through the world without fear.
That’s before I walked into the room where my husband was watching a documentary about the Menk, the Russian Yeti, or Big Foot to you. In 1959, nine students in Siberia set off on a camping trip and never returned. Rescue parties found them later, scattered half-way across a plain before the land rose up toward the Mountain of the Dead.
The tent had been ripped open from the inside; none of the students were there. One group had run into the tree-line; another in the other direction. One group was slumped around remnants of a fire, as if they had been trying to stay warm. The cause of death would later be judged exposure. The other group was scattered about. All died of internal injuries; it was almost as if they had been tossed in the air and brought down on a rock. One young woman had her tongue pulled out.
The bodies and their belongings were brought down out of the mountains and examined. A camera with film — all the shots taken – was found and developed. This photograph (above) was the last one on the roll. (If you ever find yourself in Siberia, there is a museum dedicated to this event. You can even see the negatives.)
Tonight, Wednesday April 3, our favorite monster hunter Nick Redfern joins The Travel Channel’s new series In Search of Monsters, traveling to the spots in the United States where you are most likely to catch a glimpse (and hopefully that’s it) of our Menk, Big Foot. Here’s some recent data on sightings from the Big Foot Field Researchers Organization:
Washington 2032 registered sightings
California 1697 registered sightings
Pennsylvania 1430 registered sightings
Check out Nick’s books on monsters and the paranormal.