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Home > Archives > Cryptozoology > A Nitpicker's Guide to the Patterson/Gimlin Bigfoot Film

A Nitpicker's Guide to the Patterson/Gimlin Bigfoot Film
by Davy Russell
POSTED: 16 January 99

Author Phil Farrand is known for his "Nitpicker's Guide" books exposing the errors, flaws, plot discrepancies, and production oversights for television series including the X-Files and Star Trek. It appears now that another film has fallen under the scrutiny of nitpickers...but not Mr. Farrand. Instead, Cliff Crook and Chris Murphy, two bigfoot enthusiasts, claim they have found evidence to support the famous 1967 Patterson/Gimlin film as a hoax.

They base this claim on findings by Chris Murphy in 1995 when he used a photocopier to duplicate a frame of the footage and became increasingly suspicious as he zoomed in on a "bottle opener" shaped object at bigfoot’s waist. The object appeared in four consecutive frames and seems to be moving with the fleeing Sasquatch. Murphy theorizes this object is geometric and man-made....a fastener keeping the bigfoot costume in place. Bigfoot researcher, Cliff Crook, supports Murphy’s idea that the film is a hoax. Interestingly, the X-Project Magazine, along with many of our readers, have cast a skeptical eye on a famous photograph published by Crook in 1995, showing an alleged bigfoot in a swamp.

This is not the first time that the famous minute of 16mm film footage, showing a female Sasquatch escaping into the woods of Bluff Creek, California, has suffered skeptical claims of fakery. Strange Magazine editor Mark Chorivinsky conducted a one-year investigation into claims that the famous Patterson bigfoot was actually a man in an ape suit fabricated by sophisticated Hollywood make-up and special effects.

Unconfirmed rumors suggest Hollywood make-up artist John Chambers was involved in creating the fleeing man-beast. John Chambers is credited with several cinematic costume/make-up projects including "Planet of the Apes", "Outer Limits", and "Lost in Space". Chambers is believed to be the only person who had the knowledge and skill to create such a realistic bigfoot in the Patterson film at the time. (For more on this, click here.)

Among the other criticisms of the Patterson/Gimlin film is the fact that Patterson conveniently ran out of film, providing a safe reason for ending the taping...perhaps to limit the likeliness that other production flaws would be discovered, as some suggest. Nevertheless, the Patterson bigfoot is the standard for many researchers who compare plaster casts of tracks against the creature. Much information on bigfoot’s behaviour and anatomy has been taken from analysis of the film as well.

Crook’s and Murphy’s claims are probably not going to have a very devastating impact on the Patterson bigfoot film, as it has avoided concrete evidence of fakery over the last 30 years of its existence despite similar claims from others. We will just have to wait for the next observation that once again sheds controversial light on an already controversial film.

SOURCE: New Claims allege Bigfoot was Hoax - Nando Media and Associated Press

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