Is there room in the Para/Crypto/Fortean world for a gun-toting, paranoid, bipolar, opinionated bastard? A lonely romantic in search of his lost soul? A knight, Samurai, gunslinger, born in the wrong century? A self-destructive, doom-driven survivor seeking redemption? A heavy drinking gonzo outlaw cryptozoologist whose ego is exceeded only by his libido?
No, there isn't. That's why I'm here...

25 January 2011

Atypical Bigfoot Sighting, Bigfoot At The Marriott

No, that's not a typo, I mean "atypical" as opposed to "typical". From the files of the BFRO comes this tale of a Bigfoot sighting at the Huntsville, AL Marriott. You heard me right, folks. Not on some lonely rural backroad, not in a remote woodland, not at an isolated mountain cabin. Nope, right off I-565, practically next door to Space Camp!
Here's BFRO's report:
Report # 25559 (Class A)
Submitted by witness on Friday, February 27, 2009.
Exec on business trip has sighting from balcony of hotel near Huntsville

YEAR: 2009

SEASON: Winter

MONTH: February

DATE: 24

STATE: Alabama

COUNTY: Madison County

LOCATION DETAILS: I was on 6th floor of Marriott Hotel facing the Rocket Center--(room 614)--creature was 30-35 yards from parking spaces where the loading docks and dumpster area is if you are facing hotel it will be the area to the left where there is a walking trail

NEAREST TOWN: Huntsville Al


OBSERVED: I was staying at the Marriott hotel 6th floor in Huntsville Alabama at the Space and Rocket Center-At 5:40am on Feb 24th 2009 I went on the balcony to drink my coffee as the room was too stuffy and hot. I was out there just thinking and staring off at the woods when something caught my eye--after refocusing on it I realized there were legs, then arms, then I could clearly make out his face. The creature stood 6-7ft tall and was staring directly back at me-it seemed to have fine hairs all over -grey color hair that got more black as the hair got closer to the skin--the tips of the hair were much lighter--the face (lips, eye lids, etc) were more of a very dark brown-it stood very erect, was very muscular, and did not seem to have the apelike protruding mouth and nose but more flat faced human like--after 30 seconds he started rocking back and forth--I then realized this was moving and could in no way be mistaken for a dear or bear or anything else--this was a fully erect apelike animal that seemed to want me see him --he was rocking back and forth from side to side. After the initial 30 seconds he rocked for about 10-12 seconds then stood and stared at me --I was on the 6th floor about 120 yards away in decent lighting due to hotel lights and street light behind loading area of hotel-he then would stare back then he would remain face forward with feet only about 2 feet apart would lean over to his left with his right arm would start pulling bark off a very large pine tree--it looked as if someone were in a sawing position--then he would stand up stare at me then rock and then pull bark--this was done in that order 3 times over a 5-6 minute period--after five minutes of re-verifying what I was looking at I felt this creature was docile and smooth moving--I decided I would try and get a closer look--as I opened the sliding glass door he stared and I stared back--I ran out of the hotel room and there was security in our hall laying the morning news at the hotel room doors--I asked him to come with me and asked for back up since he had no gun--we ran around the corner outside - as we were running I Finally got the nerves to tell them what I saw--we get to the reference points I had chosen and there were a lot of fresh bark removed from the large pine tree--I tried to pull bark from it to no avail -- it was too hard--I am 6'4" 300 lbs. I went back after 7am (light) -- I did notice what looked like scat --it took the form of explosive diarrhea and looked like a hundred birds had pooped in a small area--like in a shotgun pattern-heavy in the middle and lighter to the outside perimeter-I put a large handful in a Marriott laundry plastic bag--It looks like feces and digested berries and seeds. (It was dry although it had rained the night before) One of the Marriott employee's saw two large footprints --more like deep indention's in the pine straw--I took off my shoe and placed my foot in it and there was about a one inch area all the way around my foot in order to fill the indention--Something very heavy had to make these indention's--I tried and I am 300lbs and could not. I am 100% positive of the above discription--I watched this clearly for 5-6 minutes!

ALSO NOTICED: I did hear the bark coming off the tree when creature was pulling it off. There was a small (12-16 inch pine stick with no bark on it) he could have been using it to pull the bark off the tree--the bark on the ground was very fresh and had holes in the back of it as if beetles or grubs were living in the bark.

OTHER WITNESSES: There were 2 other Marriott employees that saw the bark missing and large foot indentions.


TIME AND CONDITIONS: It was 5:40am about 30 minutes before dawn starts to light up fast--Previous day and night was rainy-that morning it was clear and chilly- There was a parking (street) light about 25 yards directly in front of area he was standing.

ENVIRONMENT: Hotel area-with a natural walking path --small wooded area behind opens to t afield a the bottom of a small mountain--


Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Joanna Cuva:

This witness has requested to remain anonymous. He has never followed the Bigfoot phenomenon and has always felt people were more than likely misidentifying other animals in his words. His report was consistent with what he described to me over the phone. He was very excited about the whole ordeal and couldn't get over the fact that he witnessed something that is not supposed to exist. I do not feel the scat specimen was related it was very "bird like" in appearance. Unfortunately the sample was not in its original state over 2 weeks later. I was impressed that he took the time to get the sample to see if it was related. There is still an active investigation with this sighting and I will make updates accordingly.

I spoke with *** who is the second shift manager at the hotel. He said that the guest who had the sighting came down to the lobby in the early morning of Feb. 24th and asked the security guard to accompany him outside. He also asked if he had backup and a weapon, just as he said in the report above. He also verified the bark missing on the tree and the impressions. He stated that surrounding the hotel grounds are nature trails and a large deer population. He also said that it was only 100ft from the back of the hotel to the area of the sighting. He has heard of no other sightings in the area.

This sighting isn't unique in the world of monsterdom. Mystery canids, Chupacabras, and yes, Bigfoot have been reported in places where they "ain't got no business bein'". I picked this case because it's pretty recent, plus I'm familiar with the area.
So what to make of it? Of course, we could dismiss it altogether. It doesn't "fit the profile" or jibe with our notion of where Bigfoot should be seen. Either the guy's delusional, or he's just plain lying. "On to the next..." Okay, that's one approach.
Maybe the witness was the victim of a hoax? Possible, but not likely. The witness said it appeared that the "creature" wanted to be seen, not typical behaviour for a creature of such legendery elusiveness. Not to mention that even in the wee hours of the morning, this is an area with constant traffic, a rapidly responding police presence, and the hotel abuts Federal Govenment property (NOT the kind of place where one would want to be caught trespassing!) If it was a hoax, it was pretty pointless. It's not like it held any headlines or riveted the attention of the public at large or even the BF community.
So, how about the Conventional Wisdom the Bigfoot is an unknown large primate, with even a sparse breeding population, that has eluded or avoiding mainstrem science. This particular place is alongside a bust major highway, it's between to popular tourist attractions, the Hunstville Space and Rocket Center and the Huntsville Botanical Garden. The property runs to the Redstone Arsenal and US Army Missile Command. There ARE some wooded areas, but it's not exactly remote, and of course the properties owned by the military and NASA are fenced and patrolled. Is a lone Squatch or small family of BFs existing alongside this considerable human presence and still escaping detection? I suppose one could put on the tinfoil and cry out about government conspiracy and cover-ups, but do you REALLY think even the government could keep such a secret? Doubtful to say the least. (as an aside, I read an account of a hunt for Louisiana's Honey Island Swamp Monster in which the investigators mentioned large areas of the swamp were restricted, being owned and patrolled by... NASA. So hey, there you go! Remember: shiny side out!)
I know there are a few caves and caverns in the area, of course I can't say if there's any kind of extensive network that could serve as a home/breeding ground/concealed travel route for a population of big hairy apes. The whole North Alabama area features numerous known and explored caves, and certainly more that remain unexplored. Again, possible, not probable...
I realize it's not really science to use one unexplained phenomenon (the "paranormal") to explain another (Bigfoot), I can't help but go there sometimes. BF & Company supposedly don't exist, science will tell us that such things can't exist. The problem, of course, is this: People keep seeing the damned things!
BTW, the article mentions that the witness scooped some poop. It doesn't mention what happened to it, if it was ever analyzed,or any other clues to the fate of the sample, so I guess we'll never know the answer to the eternal question: "What kinda shit is THIS?"


Autumnforest said...

Good find, BG! It doesn't make a lot of logical sense, but a few things sounded genuine, like him rocking back and forth. I've heard that in a lot of accounts. Is this guy sure it wasn't an in-town basketball player staying at the Marriott? Hee hee. I'm still wondering why at 5 am in January in Alabama someone would step out onto the balcony because it's stuffy.

Heather said...

Love the last line of the post - brilliant!

Gummerfan said...

@Autumn: I wondered about misidentification. Can't blame this one on a bear. Interesting possibility there, a 300lb plus basketball player takes a stroll on the walking trail, is suddenly overcome by an attack of explosive diarrhea, and Macguyvers up some pine bark toilet paper. Hmmm...

@Heather: What kind of poop did the poop scoop scoop if the poop scoop did scoop poop? I guess we'll never know.

Adsila said...

If only they didn't scoop the poop and get rid of the evidence. I wonder if BF wanted to check in, and rest on a bed for once? Some of the story sounded like it could have happened.