Typically, Bigfoot is not known as a violent creature. There are, however, exceptions to the rule. In other words, not all of the Bigfoot are like Harry of Harry and the Hendersons! In fact, quite the opposite - as you'll see right now. One classic and disturbing example occurred back in the summer of 1924, in a canyon in the vicinity of Kelso, Washington State. As evidence that tales of Bigfoot are not solely limited to the last few decades, the story was written up, at the time, in the pages of the Oregonian newspaper. An extract of the salient points reads thus: "The strangest story to come from the Cascade Mountains was brought to Kelso today by Marion Smith, his son Roy Smith, Fred Beck, Gabe Lefever and John Peterson, who encountered the fabled 'mountain devils' or mountain gorillas of Mt. St. Helens this week, shooting one of them and being attacked throughout the night by rock bombardments of the beasts." Now, onto another example of danger in the Bigfoot field.
It's not every day that a U.S. president makes comments and observations on what just might have been a Bigfoot. But, as incredible as it might sound, President Theodore Roosevelt may have done exactly that in the pages of his 1890 book, The Wilderness Hunter. Roosevelt, who was a keen hunter and an avid outdoors-man, told a story that sounds eerily, and chillingly, like a close encounter with a crazed, deadly Bigfoot. In fact, too close. I should stress that most Bigfoot encounters don’t end in violence and death, but there’s a strong possibility that's not always the case – hence the story I’m sharing with you today. With that all said, here’s how the strange saga began. Roosevelt said: "Frontiersmen are not, as a rule, apt to be very superstitious. They lead lives too hard and practical, and have too little imagination in things spiritual and supernatural. I have heard but few ghost stories while living on the frontier, and those few were of a perfectly commonplace and conventional type. But I once listened to a goblin-story, which rather impressed me." It did indeed impress Roosevelt.
As the story told to Roosevelt went on, and when Bauman returned to the campsite of the two friends, the footprints of what was described as an "unknown beast-creature," clearly "printed deep in the soft soil." The unfortunate man, having finished his packing, "had sat down on the spruce log with his face to the fire, and his back to the dense woods, to wait for his companion. While thus waiting, his monstrous assailant, which must have been lurking in the woods, waiting for a chance to catch one of the adventurers unprepared, came silently up from behind, walking with long noiseless steps and seemingly still on two legs. Evidently unheard, it reached the man, and broke his neck by wrenching his head back with its fore paws, while it buried its teeth in his throat. It had not eaten the body, but apparently had romped and gamboled around it in uncouth, ferocious glee, occasionally rolling over and over it; and had then fled back into the soundless depths of the woods." A strange and sinister way to die. At the hands of a monster? Maybe.
There are far more than a few reports on record where witnesses in close proximity to Bigfoot have reported feeling inexplicably terrified, nauseous, confused, disoriented, dizzy, light-headed, and physically unable to move. This may not be due to sheer terror and the pounding flood of massive amounts of adrenalin coursing through the bloodstream. The culprit may be something called infrasound. In simple terms, infrasound is an extremely low frequency sound, one which is significantly lower than 20HZ, which is the typical extreme of human hearing. A number of animals use infrasound as a means to communicate with each other. The long list includes giraffes, whales, and elephants. It’s a form of communication in the animal kingdom that can be highly effective for miles, even in excess of one hundred miles. There is another important aspect of infrasound: when it is directed at humans it can provoke a wealth of unsettling, terrifying physical sensations, as well as hallucinations of both the audio and visual kind.