Bigfoot Film Controversy: the original Roger Patterson Book
By: Patterson, Roger, Murphy, Chris
Binding: Trade Paper
Size: 8.5" X 5.5"
Publication Date: 2004
PHOTO Highlights: 46 color photos, 23 b/w photos & 38 illustrationsThe essential story as we know it of Roger Patterson's Bigfoot research and the 1967 Bigfoot film at Bluff Creek California. In December 1959 Roger C. Patterson of Tampico, Washington took up the challenge to prove the existence of North America's elusive Sasquatch or Bigfoot creature that for centuries had evaded capture and had never been filmed At age 26, Patterson attacked the issue with tremendous zeal and enthusiasm. Despite serious health problems, he diligently interviewed witnesses, listened to the stories of native people, read all he could find on the subject and with his partner, Robert Gimlin, explored wilderness areas in the Pacific Northwest. In 1966, Patterson published a book on the subject, Do Abominable Snowmen of America Really Exist? the first book to provide a detailed account of Bigfoot sightings and footprint findings. In October 1967 Patterson and Gimlin captured a Bigfoot on motion picture film in Northern California, the first scientifically authenticated footage of the creature. In less than five year's time, Patterson succumbed to Hodgkins disease and passed away on January 15, 1972. Continually in demand, Patterson's book has had three printings. This, the fourth printing, provides not only the complete Patterson book, but also a detailed account of the filming, its aftermath and a dissertation on the recent controversy regarding the film's authenticity. Full-page color enlargements of the twelve clearest film frames and many supporting photographs/illustrations make this work a highly valuable research resource. The information gathered and assembled by Roger Patterson in his epic work will truly impress the reader. One cannot help but feel this author's passion for the subject and associate with his burning desire to fully substantiate the remarkable accounts he has collected. Chris Murphy's detailed but easy-reading documentation of the filming, its aftermath and the film controversy is both very informative and entertaining. Chris has provided us with a nice clean highly illustrated package. He keeps it frank, simple and factual, saving the reader the trouble of wading through superfluous page fillers.
THE BIGFOOT FILM CONTROVERSY is the essential story as we know it of Roger Patterson's initial Bigfoot research and the film taken by Patterson and Robert Gimlin at Bluff Creek, California in 1967. It is a book for Bigfoot researchers, enthusiasts, skeptics and the curious. It is an adventure you will not forget.
Reviewer's Bookwatch May 2005
Michael J Carson, reviewer
Midwest Book Review
The Bigfoot Film Controversy presents the complete text of Roger Patterson's landmark book Do Abominable Snowmen of America Really Exist? along with a paragraph of historical corrections, and a supplementary update on the famous Patterson/Gimlin Bigfoot Film. Black-and-white as well as some color photographs enhance the text, and a general index allows for quick and easy reference. Patterson's original book describes native American legends as well as details of various individual sightings and even a horrifying Bigfoot story attributed to Theodore Roosevelt. The supplement discussing Patterson's film includes enlarged color images and testimonies from biomechanics expert, a forensic examiner, and an anthropologist, discussion of questions raised (including issues concerning the anatomy of the creature and whether or not the film featured an actor in a costume) and more. An excellent resource for anyone looking to investigate the legend of Bigfoot, whether one is a skeptic, a believer, or simply an inquisitive-minded individual at heart.
Review by: Richard Hucklebridge a Curator with the B.F.R.O
This new book is lot more than I expected, due the fact that it has Roger Patterson's entire book incorporated between its covers. For myself, I found this to be profound, because I have not had the opportunity to read his book, due to the fact, that it has been out of print for a number of years now. I have always wanted to know more about the filmmakers from Yakima, Washington, and now I had my first chance to find out just why Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin went to Bluff Creek in Northern California in the first pace, to make this now famous 1967 Film of a female Sasquatch. I really enjoyed Roger Patterson's illustrations that were posted through out the book. Not only are they good, but also they are informative, and from time to time you can also get a good laugh out of them. Christopher Murphy's explanation of what took place on those fateful days in Northern California during, and after the P-G film of October 1967, is a piece of history that we all should have some knowledge of, if we are to understand a little more about this short film that was recorded by Roger Patterson. The author has incorporated numerous colored pictures of the female Sasquatch that were used in that 1967 film. He also tells us about how our American Scientist treated Patterson and Gimlin after they presented the film to them, and then we learn how the foreign scientist felt about this film. What a difference! Summary: This is a must have book by Chris Murphy and Roger Patterson for your enjoyment, and collection. For me, it fills in a lot of missing and interesting information about what took place with the P-G film fifty plus years ago. I do believe that this book will give our younger generation more of an incentive to learn about this creature