You may be thinking to yourself, “What is the Patterson-Gimlin film?” well chances are you’ve seen it at some point. You probably looked at it and laughed, disregarding any chance of its credibility. If you’ve heard about it, you probably heard wrong. Here’s the real story, taken from Jeff Meldrum in “Sasquatch Legend Meets Science”. On October 20, 1967, a 16mm film was taken at Bluff Creek, northern California by Roger Patterson accompanied by his good friend Bob Gimlin. When Patterson heard about sightings of an unknown “monster” in California, he took a trip in 1964 to investigate; little did he know he would be returning with a 17-inch cast of a track (Meaning a footprint). Three years later, he found himself in the same location after word of fresh tracks. This time he would come home with the most credible evidence in the history of Sasquatch reports. Riding horseback through Bluff Creek, Patterson and Gimlin were on a hot pursuit for a Sasquatch, intrigued by the recent local reports. While in search, the two horses were suddenly spooked by a large hairy figure walking sixty feet to their left. With the creature in view, Roger Patterson grabbed his camera from the saddlebag, and ran towards the figure filming its determined strides (Meldrum, 134). The figure in the film pivots at the waist while swinging its arms widely. It takes a look back at the camera and keeps walking wearily. The figure shows a layer of short black hair and seems to be heavily muscled. The most intriguing observation of the “creature” is its large breasts however the clarity and duration of the film is what makes it the most credible evidence today. After the film of the Sasquatch was taken, the two men casted footprints where the creature had been walking. The evidence collected seemed to have been enough to convince just about anyone, however there are many skeptics on the matter.
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