Sep 13, 2022 I Nick Redfern

The Weird Sides of Bigfoot: Maybe, Even, the Paranormal Sides

Bigfoot: it's just an unidentified ape, right? Not a chance. It's far more than that. Many cryptozoologists / monster hunters won't accept there could be a supernatural side to Bigfoot. The fact is, though...there is such a side. Let's begin with nothing less than the "zapping" of people by the Bigfoot creatures - and in a way that will deter us getting close to them. 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 physical sensations, as well as hallucinations of both the audio and visual kind.

“Mysteriously snuffed out candles, weird sensations and shivers down the spine may not be due to the presence of ghosts in haunted houses but to very low frequency sound that is inaudible to humans,” reported The Associated Press in September 2003, continuing: “British scientists have shown in a controlled experiment that the extreme bass sound known as infrasound produces a range of bizarre effects in people including anxiety, extreme sorrow and chills — supporting popular suggestions of a link between infrasound and strange sensations.”  “Normally you can’t hear it,” said Richard Lord, an acoustic scientist employed at the National Physical Laboratory in England who worked on the project. “Some scientists have suggested that this level of sound may be present at some allegedly haunted sites and so cause people to have odd sensations that they attribute to a ghost - our findings support these ideas,” added Professor Richard Wiseman, a psychologist working at the University of Hertfordshire in the U.K.So much for ghosts, but what about Bigfoot?

(Nick Redfern) Bigfoot: the most mysterious cryptid creature out there

Sasquatch expert Scott Carpenter said of his very own encounter with a Bigfoot: “I am not an acoustic expert or a scientist. My findings are based on observation and common sense. I think that I was under the influence of infrasound during my encounter with the Bigfoot on April 30th , 2010. The Bigfoot manipulated my perception and sanitized my memory. Even more disturbing was the fact that I did not react to observing the Bigfoot. I had to have initially recognized what it was and where it was hiding. I made two attempts to zoom in on the Bigfoot and get a close up video. Sometime during this process I was subjected to the influence of infrasound and strongly influenced or ‘brain washed’ into walking off. It is almost like my memory was wiped clean and I was given instructions to leave and I did.” 

Now, let's get onto invisibility. Yes, you did read that right! Most investigators of the Bigfoot and cryptid ape phenomena take the view that the beasts they seek are flesh and blood animals that have been incredibly lucky, in terms of skillfully avoiding us, or getting captured and killed. There is, however, another theory that may explain how and why Bigfoot always eludes us, at least when it comes to securing hard evidence of its existence. It’s a theory that posits the creatures have the ability to become invisible – that’s to say, they can “cloak” themselves so that we do not see them. It’s a theory that the bulk of Bigfoot enthusiasts have absolutely no time for. It is a fact, however, that regardless of what people think of the theory, there is certainly no shortage of reports. The website Native Languages notes: “The Bigfoot figure is common to the folklore of most Northwest Native American tribes. Native American Bigfoot legends usually describe the creatures as around 6-9 feet tall, very strong, hairy, uncivilized, and often foul-smelling, usually living in the woods and often foraging at night...In some Native stories, Bigfoot may have minor supernatural powers - the ability to turn invisible, for example - but they are always considered physical creatures of the forest, not spirits or ghosts.”

In 2014, one of the most intriguing Bigfoot-themed books was published. The author is Dennis Waller. The title of his book is In Search of the Kushtaka: Alaska’s Other Bigfoot. This is an excellent read for anyone fascinated by cryptozoology in general and Bigfoot in particular. It’s also a book that is likely to polarize its readers into two wildly differing camps: (a) those who conclude its alternative take on Bigfoot has merit; and (b) those who have no time for anything beyond the “Bigfoot is just an unknown ape” scenario. As you may very well deduce, Waller’s title is not your average Bigfoot book. And that’s not a bad thing at all. It demonstrates time and again, the Sasquatch phenomenon is not just strange. Simply put: it’s very often downright too strange. We never, ever, find a body. The beast is seemingly impervious to bullets. There are reports of Bigfoot vanishing before the witness – and by “vanishing” I do mean that literally. Bigfoot is seen in the same location and time-frame as other anomalous phenomena. And so on and so on. In the minds of many, Bigfoot is not just an unknown ape. I don’t pretend to have the answers. I do, however, think the body of high-strangeness that surrounds Bigfoot demonstrates we need to focus outside of the box when it comes to the matter of what the beast is. Or is not. All of this brings us right back to Dennis Waller’s book: the weeird side of the creatures.

(Nick Redfern) Bigfoot is supernatural: deal with it or don't

Let's address that matter of Bigfoot and bullets a bit more: On  the hugely popular radio show, Coast to Coast AM, author and Sasquatch expert Stan Gordon spoke about his Bigfoot research and writing. Gordon’s Bigfoot studies demonstrate a connection between the strange beasts and multiple, weird phenomena – including matters of a psychic nature and also UFOs. One of the issues that Gordon discussed on the show was Bigfoot’s seeming ability to remain unaffected when blasted with bullets.  This was made clear in the summary of Gordon’s interview, which appeared at the Coast to Coast AM website the very next day: “[Gordon] explained that, in October of 1973, witnesses spotted a slow-moving, bright red UFO apparently land in the pasture of a farm…Suddenly, they noticed two Bigfoot creeping along a barbed wire fence about 75-feet away from the UFO and making those strange sounds.” One of the men “…then tried shooting the Bigfoot with live ammunition, but the bullets had no effect and the creatures wandered off into the woods.”

Now, to some strangeness and Sasquatch: A perfect example has been recorded by Jack Lapseritis, author of The Psychic Sasquatch. He tells the story of a group of people that had an amazing encounter with a Bigfoot. The story came from a Mrs. Jeffery, and whose story Lapseritis summarizes as follows:  “After returning from a long hike, the group was stunned when a nine-to-ten foot Sasquatch stepped out in front of them a short distance away. Then, in the twinkling of an eye, the Bigfoot completely disappeared in front of the witnesses!  The witnesses insisted that it literally dematerialized!  Mrs. Jeffrey reported that she was so awed at what she saw, that when they returned home, she did not leave the house for two weeks.  The woman was in such a total state of shock that she did not return to the area for some time.”

Ronan Coghlan is the author of a number of acclaimed books, including A Dictionary of Cryptozoology and – with Gary Cunningham – The Mystery Animals of Ireland. In a 2012 interview with me, Coghlan provided his views on the nature of Bigfoot, and what he believes may be evidence of a link between the phenomenon and that of multi-dimensions. His words are primarily focused on Bigfoot in Britain, but they could quite easily apply to the creatures seen just about here, there, and everywhere. “The idea that there is a viable, reproducing population of apes or humanoids in Britain is totally risible; it just couldn’t be. So, alternative explanations for their presence are to be sought,” begins Coghlan. “A lot of the British reports seem to be quite authentic. So, there probably are actual beasts or humanoids out there. And the question is: How did they arrive there in the first place?” Coghlan answers his question with the following words of reply: “It’s now becoming acceptable in physics to say there are alternative universes.”

He continues on this controversial but thought-provoking path: “The main pioneer of this is Professor Michio Kaku, of the City College of New York.  He has suggested that not only are there alternate universes, but when ours is about to go out in a couple of billion years, we might have the science to migrate to a more congenial one that isn’t going to go out. I think he expects science to keep improving for countless millennia, which is very optimistic of him, but whatever one thinks about that, the idea of alternative universes is now gaining an acceptance among physicists, and he’s the name to cite in this area.”

Coghlan also says:  "I have the distinct suspicion we are dealing with window-areas that either contact some other planet, or they contact another universe. My money is on the other universe, rather than the other planet, to be honest with you. Either a short-cut through time, or a short-cut through space, is recognized as possible these days. This is kind of cutting-edge physics, as it were. “Now, the other one isn’t cutting-edge physics at all. It’s my own little theory. I think, looking at a great many legends, folk-tales, and things of that nature, it is possible to vibrate at different rates. And if you vibrate at a different rate, you are not seen. You are not tangible. And, then, when your vibration changes, you are seen, and you are tangible; maybe that this has something to do with Bigfoot appearing and disappearing in a strange fashion." I have to go along with Coghlan, who very generously put this highly thought-provoking paper together. Moving on...

(Nick Redfern) The Big Thicket and its mysterious balls of light

For many people, any mention of the words “Texas” and “the Lone Star State” provoke imagery of vast plains, cactus, tumbleweeds, and scalding hot deserts. In reality, however, the traditional image of Texas is very wide of the mark. Yes, much of West Texas is noted for its massive amounts of cotton fields. However, the desert environment that often springs to mind is far more applicable to New Mexico and Arizona. On top of that, most of east Texas is very heavily forested. Indeed, one only has to drive east out of the city of Dallas, to be in the heart of dense forest land. All of which brings us to a place called the Big Thicket, an undeniable magnet for mysterious apes and savage wild men. To demonstrate just how heavily wooded Texas is, the Big Thicket alone – which is situated not at all far from the city of Houston – is more than 80,000 acres in size. It’s dominated by near-endless numbers of oak trees, beech trees, pines, and swamps and rivers.

By day, the Big Thicket looks like pretty much any other large, sprawling mass of forestland.  It’s after the sun has set, however, and darkness has fallen on the Big Thicket that things begin to change – and to a significant and creepy degree. Much of the high-strangeness of the Bigfoot variety is focused in the vicinity of a six-mile-long stretch of fairly primitive road that runs through the woods and which is called Bragg Road. While that’s the road’s official title, it also has an unofficial name, too: Ghost Light Road. It takes its curious name from the fact that, for centuries, people have reported seeing, strange, eerie, floating balls of light flitting around the woods – balls of light that vary from the size of approximately a tennis ball to a soccer ball. And, it’s against this weird background that the Big Thicket Bigfoot dwells. Bigfoot and strange lights? That's yet another angle of this strange controversy of Bigfoot and the paranormal.

Now, a few final words from me. I'm not really sure why so many Bigfoot seekers are extremely against the paranormal angle. Why should it matter if the creatures are something beyond our realm, and have the ability to enter our world? So what? It's the same about Infra-sound, UFOs and invisibility. It's clear to me we are dealing with a creature that is far (way far...) from what we are. Just an unknown ape? Not a chance. My final words: Bigfoot is paranormal. Like it or not.

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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