A hiker found a large footprint he believes may be evidence of Sasquatch in the Bear River Range of northern Utah.
Bigfoot erotica devotee Denver Riggleman wins congressional race in Virginia.
Denver Riggleman made headlines back in July when he shared the cover art of his upcoming book on Instagram. The book is called The Mating Habits of Bigfoot and Why Women Want Him. The cover image is a sketch of a buff sasquatch with a sensor bar over his genitalia.
Riggleman’s opponent Leslie Cockburn tweeted a screenshot of the post, saying that Riggleman “has been exposed as a devotee of Bigfoot erotica.”
My opponent Denver Riggleman, running mate of Corey Stewart, was caught on camera campaigning with a white supremacist. Now he has been exposed as a devotee of Bigfoot erotica. This is not what we need on Capitol Hill. pic.twitter.com/0eBvxFd6sG
— Leslie Cockburn (@LeslieCockburn) July 29, 2018
“Yes,” Riggleman responded, “I wrote a book about Bigfoot believers. Bigfoot pics by military bubbas are meant to be funny. I didn’t know what Bigfoot Erotica was until @LeslieCockburn mentioned it.”
Yes-I wrote a book about Bigfoot believers. Bigfoot pics by military bubbas are meant to be funny. I didn't know what Bigfoot Erotica was until @LeslieCockburn mentioned it. Weird things happening in her campaign-Let's stick to issues and Leslie's book. #bigfoot #DangerousLiaison
— Denver Riggleman (@Denver4VA) July 30, 2018
Well, the people have spoken.
Thanks to yesterday’s election, Riggleman beat out Cockburn for the position of U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District seat.
Now, if you’ve been following Cult of Weird for a while (which it seems Riggleman hasn’t, or he would know) the rise of monster erotica in recent years has helped turn Bigfoot into a veritable Fabio of the cryptozoological world.
In related news, the deceased owner of the Bunny Ranch brothel was elected in Nevada.
We live in exciting times, folks.
It’s been 50 years since the controversial footage of a large female Bigfoot was filmed by Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin in Northern California.
Stabilized Patterson-Gimlin film footage
The famous Patterson-Gimlin film, which seems to depict a female sasquatch roaming the woods of Northern California, was shot 50 years ago today on October 20, 1967.
Patty, as the Bigfoot in the film has come to be called, is clearly seen walking off into the woods from the edge of Bluff Creek.
Watch the original footage:
When I met International Cryptozoology Museum founder Loren Coleman at last year’s Milwaukee Paranormal Conference (and got a signed plaster Bigfoot print from the Patterson-Gimlin filmsite) I asked him if he believed the film was authentic.
He said he is “97% sure it’s real.”
Plaster cast of a bigfoot print from the Patterson-Gimlin filmsite
A quick recap of the 2016 Milwaukee Paranormal Conference with appearances by Loren Coleman, Butch Patrick, Katrina Weidman, Linda S. Godfrey and more.
The Milwaukee Paranormal Conference was originally dreamed up last year by author Tea Krulos as a release party for his book Monster Hunters. Rather than take the spotlight, however, he decided to organize a celebration of the bizarre with authors, artists, vendors, filmmakers, ghost tours, and numerous experts in the fields of cryptozoology, folklore, paranormal investigation, and haunted places. Due to the success of last year’s event, Tea promised bigger and better in 2016…and he did not disappoint.
The conference was held this weekend at the University of Milwaukee Student Union with a packed vendor floor and two halls hosting panels and speakers throughout both Saturday and Sunday. The Cult of Weird table was perfectly positioned between Grave Digger Candles and J. Nathan Couch, author of Goatman: Flesh or Folklore?
Butch Patrick, the actor who played Eddie Munster, was a last minute addition since he just happened to be in the area. I couldn’t resist picking up an autographed Johnny Lightning Dragula for my fledgling diecast hearse collection.
The Munsters diecast Dragula autographed by Butch Patrick
Me with Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster)
The first speaker I caught was Linda S. Godfrey, author of Monsters Among Us, American Monsters, and many more. She covered 25 years of investigation into eyewitness accounts of dogmen in the Midwest, a phenomena she first encountered in the late 1980s when she reported on the Beast of Bray Road sightings near Delavan, Wisconsin for a local newspaper.
Linda Godfrey speaking about dogman sightings in the Midwest.
Later there was a Q&A session with Katrina Weidman from the Destination America series Paranormal Lockdown, where she talked about some of the most convincing evidence she has collected, as well as the upcoming Halloween special in which she and Nick Groff (formerly of Ghost Adventures) investigate the Black Monk House. That was followed by The Roswell Debate with Donald R. Schmitt and Mark O’Connell. Both were involved in last year’s conference, but I didn’t have a chance to catch them this time around.
Me with Loren Coleman
The day culminated in a thoroughly fascinating presentation by International Museum of Cryptozoology founder Loren Coleman on the Minnesota Iceman, reports of Bigfoot abducting dogs and children, and the current clown hysteria as it relates to a long history of phantom clown sightings. It was Coleman’s first appearance in Milwaukee, providing the opportunity to have Terry Cullen get onstage and recount his early encounter with the Iceman.
Cullen was a zoology student in Milwaukee when he found the stinking, rotting corpse of a hairy hominid at Chicago’s International Livestock Exhibition and Fair in 1968. Of course, many great hoaxes have been perpetuated in dimly lit tents. Cullen said he always paid to get into those exhibits so he could learn what fakes look like. But the Iceman was different. He had the opportunity to examine the body better than anyone since, and remains convinced it was authentic.
For more on the Iceman read Neanderthal: The Strange Saga of the Minnesota Iceman by Bernard Heuvelmans. Coleman provided an afterword to this newly translate edition of one of the best books on the topic.
On a side note, when you have the opportunity to buy a plaster cast of a Bigfoot print from the Patterson-Gimlin filmsite signed by Loren Coleman…you do it.
Bigfoot cast from the Patterson-Gimlin filmsite signed by Loren Coleman
Wisconsin’s Wildest Urban Legends panel happened Sunday with Tea at the helm. J. Nathan Couch discussed the connection between goatman and Lover’s Lane legends. Valerie Kedrowski of the Steven’s Point Paranormal Club shed some light on roads with a ghostly reputation such as Paradise Road and Boy Scout Lane. Christina and I talked about the bizarre history of St. Nazianz and JFK Prep, as well as the circumstances surrounding the allegedly haunted cauldron believed to have been owned by Ed Gein. Tea went over some of the locations where the ghost of Al Capone are said to roam.
One of the defining moments of the afternoon was the Krampus parade, in which members of the Minnesota Krampus group stalked through the vendor hall in their traditional goat hide costumes with menacing hand-carved masks, flogging any unfortunate soul who happened to get in their way.
At the end of the day we had the pleasure of hearing the top three winners of the summer writing contest read their submissions. It was great meeting everyone and catching up with all the amazing folks we met last year.
Vintage 1940s Hasko Mystic Tray for sale from Steve and Kim of Kadywumpus
Artist Cait May. She had an amazing lake monster print I should have bought. See more of her work at www.caitmayart.com
Christina with a Krampus
Zombeans by author/illustrator Donovan Scherer
Watch for more photos from the conference at www.milwaukeeparacon.com
Go in search of Bigfoot with this retro metal lunchbox, complete with cool sasquatch art and fun facts.
Whether you’re going on an expedition to find the legendary sasquatch, or just going back to school, this retro metal Bigfoot lunchbox is perfect for transporting your peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Also, if you’re one of the kids from the 80s like me who is responsible for getting metal lunchboxes banned from school, you could probably use this thing for some pretty serious blunt force trauma.
In the event that you have to fend off an angry yeti in the woods, of course.
*Lunchbox not for use on human heads.
Get your retro Bigfoot lunchbox right here.