Yale & the Strange Story of Jacko the Ape-boy
By: Murphy, Christopher L.
Binding: Trade Paper
Size: 8.5" X 5.5"
Publication Date: 2011
PR Highlights: Updated with all historical information in 1 book
PHOTO Highlights: Historical photographs and illustrations
Description: A re-examination of the story around the capture and disappearance of a mysterious creature in BC in 1884. In July 1884 a major newspaper in British Columbia, Canada featured a detailed article about the capture of a creature resembling both an ape and a young human boy along the railway line between the towns of Boston Bar and Yale, BC. Nicknamed Jacko, the creature was taken to Yale and thereafter simply disappeared. The story remained buried for some 75 years. It was then resurrected by researchers in a quest to discover the truth behind sightings and other evidence of the existence of sasquatch, ape-like creatures said to inhabit North American forests. Since then, the story has been told and retold in many books and magazines.
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Yale & the Strange Story of Jacko the Ape-Boy focuses on information surrounding the reported capture of "A British Columbia Gorilla" (as featured in the newspaper headline) that was described in the Victoria, British Columbia newspaper Daily Colonist in 1884. The book features Christopher L. Murphy's and Barry G. Blount's recent trip to the Yale region of British Columbia, where the capture reportedly took place, as well as present and past photographs of various locations. Pages 7-9 feature the July 3, 1884 article "What Is It? A Strange Creature Captured Above Yale -- A British Columbia Gorilla" that describes "Jacko" as "something of the gorilla type standing about four feet seven inches in height and weighing 127 pounds. He has long, black, strong hair and resembles a human being with one exception, his entire body, excepting his hands, (or paws) and feet are covered with glossy hair about one inch long. His fore arm is much longer than a man's fore arm, and he possesses extraordinary strength, as he will take hold of a stick and break it by wrenching or twisting it, which no man living could break in the same way." Page 9 notes the article was reprinted on July 5, 1884 in another British Columbia newspaper The Columbian and on July 15, 1884 in the Manitoba Daily Free Press under the heading "A Man-Beast: Alleged Capture of a Frontier Creature in B.C." as well as Chilco Choate (Appendix B on page 32) and Mrs. Hilary Foskett (Appendix C on page 33), whose relatives remembered hearing about the Jacko event. Page 21 notes the Barnum & Bailey collection had a drawer with the title "Jacko" that had no information, providing possible support for Grover Krantz's speculation that Jacko may have been a planned circus attraction. Information regarding the Jacko event is also featured on pages 36-39 and 319-320 of Sasquatch in British Columbia: A Chronology of Incidents & Important Events, and on pages 202-204 of Bigfoot Sasquatch: Evidence and Big Foot Prints a Scientific Inquiry.