Bigfoot Film Journal
By: Murphy, Christopher L.
Binding: Trade Paper
Size: 11" X 8.5"
Publication Date: 2008
50th Anniversary of the Patterson / Gimlin Film!
PHOTO Highlights: Descriptive color photos & maps throughout
Legal Documents mentioned in text can be found here.
Description: Everything Christopher L Murphy presents is based on his current knowledge. He has had to continually revise his findings in view of new revelations.
The story of the Patterson/Gimlin film is complicated, confusing, and lacking critical details. To make matters worse, as the years roll by memories fade and important facts become harder and harder to obtain. Indeed, in most published works that mention the film, the authors virtually tiptoe around the film’s history. They have done this to avoid becoming embroiled in the mass of loose ends and dead ends.
There are only two people who know (or knew) all or most of the historical answers—Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin. Patterson, of course, is no longer with us, he passed away in 1972. There are many questions he should have been asked before he passed away. Investigators failed to realize the importance of certain details. We are, therefore, left with Bob Gimlin alone. Bob has certainly done his best to answer questions. Thomas Steenburg and I recently (2003) spent some five hours with him and went through the events of the filming and its aftermath in considerable detail. The information Bob provided was straightforward and simple. There are some specific things he just does not know or cannot remember, and he told us exactly that when such was the case. I am totally convinced beyond any doubt that he is not hiding anything. Certainly, we would be much further ahead if questions asked of Gimlin in recent times had been asked thirty-nine years ago, but there is nothing we can do about that now. There is one other major player who I thought for many years could possibly shed a little more light, Patterson’s brother-in-law, Al DeAtley Jr. I was told that DeAtley gave the cold shoulder to researchers, so I never attempted to interview him. However, current research by others indicates that DeAtley remembers very little of what happened on October 20 to 22, 1967. While this might appear odd on the surface, trying to remember details of an event (even a major event) that occurred 40 years ago is impossible for many people, including myself.
Christopher L. Murphy retired in 1994 after 36 years of service with the British Columbia Telephone Company (now Telus). During his management career, he authored four books on business processes, and after retirement taught a night school course on vendor quality management at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. An avid philatelist, Chris has also authored several books on Masonic philately.
Chris met the noted Sasquatch researcher René Dahinden in 1993, and then worked with René in producing posters from the Patterson/Gimlin film and marketing Sasquatch footprint casts. In 1996, Chris republished Roger Patterson’s book, Do Abominable Snowmen of America Really Exist? and Fred Beck’s book, I Fought the Apemen of Mt. St. Helens. In 1997, Chris published Bigfoot in Ohio: Encounters with the Grassman, a book he authored in association with Joedy Cook and George Clappison of the Ohio Bigfoot Research and Study Group. Chris subsequently updated the Patterson book and the Ohio book, and Hancock House Publishers published them. In 2000, Chris embarked on a project to assemble a comprehensive pictorial presentation on the Sasquatch. This initiative led to the 2004 Sasquatch exhibit at the Vancouver Museum, British Columbia, and his book Meet the Sasquatch (Hancock House), written in association with the noted Sasquatch researchers, John Green and Thomas Steenburg. In May 2006, Chris provided his Sasquatch exhibit to the Museum of Natural History in Pocatello, Idaho, which is part of Idaho State University. The exhibit opened on June 16
and will run for one year.
Throughout his 13 years in the field of Sasquatch studies, Chris has applied his artistic
talents in several ways to provide a better understanding of the creature. He enhanced an
image from the famous Patterson/Gimlin film, which might provide some insights into
the creature’s actual facial features. He also created a scale model of the site where the
creature was filmed, which has provided a much better understanding of the filming
circumstances. Chris has made many presentations on the Sasquatch at conferences in both the U.S. and Canada. He works closely with major researchers in the field.
Review By Henry May
June 10, 2009
This e-book, the first from Hancock House, is a terrific one, dealing exclusively with the Patterson/Gimlin Movie, and it's a good one. It deals with the timeline issue surrounding the filming and the controversies surrounding that, as well as speculating in favor of the film's authenticity. It also deals very fairly with both sides of the issue, pro and con, and Murphy even uses information from Greg Long and his book The Making Of Bigfoot. Of course, the efforts of those past and present are highlighted-notables such as Grover Krantz, John Green, Rene Dahinden, Peter Byrne, Patterson and Gimlin themselves, M.K. Davis, Jeff Glickman and the work NASI did, the Russian scientists, such as Dmitri Bayanov, Igor Bourtsev and Dmitri Donskoy and the British scientists, such as Don Grieve and John Napier. The book is illustrated profusely throughout with illustrations, mainly by Brenden Bannon, as well as photos and papers and other items scattered throughout. There are also links to items online which correspond to the subject matter which can be perused. When this is made available widely, I do recommend getting it. Probably the most important book on the film since Bigfoot At Bluff Creek and America's Bigfoot: Fact, Not Fiction. (I have now read the hard copy, and really do not have anything to add to the review I posted above. Still a great book.)