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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Fred Beck's Account of the 1924 "Ape Canyon" Incident: Do You Believe Him?

By James Alex Gerard

A number of you may have heard about -- as I did when I was younger -- of the supposed attack several "Bigfoot-type" creatures waged upon a group of miners in 1924. Occurring in the Mount St. Helens, Wash., area, the incident apparently gained a measure of publicity at the time, and went on to become the stuff that legends are made of.

It wasn't until last year that I came across a firsthand account -- from one of the participants -- at the following URL:

This miner, Fred Beck of Kelso, Wash., described the events of that incident in 1967 (oddly enough, shortly before the Roger Patterson-Bob Gimlin film) to his son. It is posted as a short -- but riveting -- book that's posted online there: "I Fought The Apemen Of Mount St. Helens, WA."

Beck As "Major Thinker;" Story Met With Skepticism
I must say that this is among the most complex of "Bigfoot Tales" I've ever read. And I read a lot of them. If anyone is interested in Beck's account, please read it online -- rather than have me ramble on with what I think. Please be sure to read the entire work, because the last chapter seems very insightful for just "some old boy from some boondocks" to surmise and perceive as he describes.

Mr. Beck is a major thinker to me, although a number of critics emerged through the years to attack Beck's character. I can relate firsthand to what he says about being clairvoyant, and experiencing things beyond the "normal senses" that most do not. And despite the accounts that labeled Beck a liar, basically, I feel there is something truly behind what he says.

But I encourage the power of independent thought, so I'd like any of the forum members here to draw their own conclusions. I did read that Becks claims he never made a dime from his account and didn't want to. If so, that is a hard thing to find in a world where so many hoaxers seek some measure of fame and profit for staging purposeful deceptions and downright lying about what they present as evidence -- and supposed truth.

You Can't Libel The Dead
I've learned something useful things during my years in journalism, including the following. There's a simple rule of "tell-all stories" that people should be aware of. In the United States' legal system, you can't libel the dead. Anyone can write a work -- or say anything -- about a deceased person and be safe from the responsibility of character defamation.

After Roger Patterson's death, his name and reputation were discredited. He indeed may have had some "shady traits," but he's been basically convicted of creating a fraud with the 1967 film of the supposed Bigfoot. Beck may share that share measure, becoming discredited as a liar and hoaxer after his own death as well.

It comes down to this, fellow readers: Fred Beck's Account of the 1924 "Ape Canyon" Incident: Do You Believe Him?
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  1. The film that Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin made in 1967 of Bigfoot was real. The creature they filmed was half man and half gorilla. If you don't believe that humans and primates can reproduce hybrids, then watch this new closeup video of Bigfoot.

  2. I did see the video link. But being around zoos years ago -- as an amateur herpetologist, I conclude that film is some enclosure-monitoring video of an African gorilla. I've been around Gorillas before, and that looks like one to me.

    This is one that has me baffled:

    Now, that subject is larger than any Gorilla I've seen. And the terrain doesn't fit what I know of Africa. What's even more intriguing is the gait of the subject. I've never seen any primate walk like that. That's not a Gorilla, I feel.

    If it's a hoax, it's a darn good one. And if it's someone in a suit, it's a very large person. Remember perspective with objects. It's being filmed from above, and will appear smaller than it really is.

    You can refer to astro-photogragher M.K. Davis' enhancement of the subject of the Patterson film, especially this photo. Although enhanced in some way, It has detail I feel is real, and would be very difficult to fake:

    Enlarge that photo and look closely. It apparently has Caucasian features. Right down to the brown eyes.

    I've held that photo as credible. And the Patterson-Gimlin film does prove to me that there's some kind of half-human, half-primate being inhabiting the Pacific Northwest, among other places.


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