|Sasquatch in British Columbia
A Chronology of Incidents and Important Events
Christopher L. Murphy & Thomas Steenburg
Review by The Canada Post
IN THE 1960S, the fascination with the mysterious 'Sasquatch' was arguably at its zenith, a height reached with the help of the so-called Patterson-Gimlin film, a grainy-piece of cinematic magic that surfaced in 1967 and depicted a creature, a Bigfoot (or else a fat guy dressed in what appears to be a modified gorilla suit) walking near the Klamath River near Orleans, Calif.
Whether this was a hoax or not, many contemporary Bigfoot-believers insist it is not. And a new book, which amounts to a catalogue of documented sightings, lends further support to that famous clip that took hold of so many imaginations and still does today.
According to Bigfoot chroniclers Christopher L. Murphy and Thomas Steenburg, there were sightings of the famed hairy upright beast that had been documented in multiple ways long before 1799.
In fact, strange footprints locked in time, and in First Nations art, have triggered speculation for centuries and also provided possible evidence of the existence of an actual sasquatch, or sasquatch-like creature, stretching far back into recorded history. Then, shortly after Europeans first came to North America, they began to document strange sightings and strange occurrences involving a tall 'beast of unknown species' in the forests of Northwest America.
Then from the beginning of the 19th century onwards, continued sightings and other incidents further intensified the belief that the legendary creature might indeed be -real- neither a myth nor a figment of the imagination. Moreover, with greatly improved communications, news reports and the arrival of cars, sightings became ever more frequent moving the sasquatch from mere myth to the edges of science.
It is this history that Murphy and Steenburg document so thoroughly and with plenty of occasionally grainy photos which some readers will regard as incontrovertible evidence that the sasquatch truly exists as other readers, though ever interested, will remain skeptical.
Either way, this is a fascinating read chronicling sighting after sighting and providing the full historical background of this strange creature that has captured the imagination of so many for so long.
Book Review by Ray Crowe
Sasquatch in British Columbia
Christopher Murphy in association with Thomas Steenburg, 2012.
Hancock House has released another winner by Murphy/Steenburg. Just finished reading it..best part, pages that lie flat without closing. Then on to the wealth of information contained in the well illustrated pages. A section even includes many color prints, besides all the black and white photos laced liberally throughout the book..a good many of them original and never viewed before.
There are many listings of sightings throughout the province, starting with the beginning fossil footprints until the late 1700's when First Nations people are said to fear unusual creatures. The historical reports are a wealth of information, plus the views of many First Americans. Not only are reports of Sasquatch covered, but any event in British Columbia of importance has been addressed along with articles concerning many of the contributors, besides important media coverage.
The remainder of the book has a vast store of well researched information filled reports of tracks and sightings of the Sasquatch down through the ages. One thing I noted is that they are extremely well documented with sources and credits.
Finally there is a statistical listing by date and then by location order for easy reference followed by a good index. A final advert by Hancock House has a useful and handy listing of all the Sasquatch titles available. Murphy has put his almost 20 years of research to good use.
$29.95 at Hancock House Publishers, ISBN 978-0-88839-721-8.
526 pages, cover photo of Bob Titmus.
Review by Henry May
June 6, 2012
This is an excellent book, written by Christopher L. Murphy in association with Thomas Steenburg, basically chronicling for the first time most of the reports from the Western province of our neighbors to the North.
It takes reports not only from books by John Green, Steenburg and John Bindernagel, but also from The Bigfoot Casebook and Who's Watching You?. But it also compiles reports from John Green and Steenburg's personal Case Files, as well as from the BFRO database.
The book covers reports and events from 1799 to as recent as April 2011. It covers not just reports, but also major events, such as important milestones in research such as The Skookum Cast, the Sasquatch Summit, the opening of the Meet The Sasquatch exhibit in Vancouver and also in Pocatello, Idaho, and notable passings and beginnings in research with different researchers and scientists.
If I were to give this book a rating on a scale from 1-10, I would give it a solid 9 1/2. Absolutely terrific book.