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Virginia TV anchors lose it over new (alleged) videos of Bigfoot

October 03, 2013|By Matt Pearce

Here's more proof that Bigfoot is really, really, truly real: There are new videos!

But if the morning-news anchors at WTKR in Norfolk, Va., are any guide, the new evidence may not be winning over skeptics that huge, furry, bipedal demihumans have been stalking around North America, perpetually evading capture and general scientific credibility for decades.

"Sweet baby Jesus in the manger, I didn't think I was going to make it," said anchor Jessica Larche, after struggling to give straight narration over fuzzy night-vision clips purporting to show a Bigfoot walking around in the distance and closer-up shots of a partially obscured creature sleeping or appearing to look at the camera.

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The footage comes from a group called the Sasquatch Genome Project, which held a Tuesday news conference in Dallas to reveal exclusive video said to be captured from Kentucky.

The genome project, led by Melba Ketchum, claims to have sequenced the DNA of Bigfeet and published what it calls a "peer-reviewed" study of the data, which other scientists later described to the Houston Chronicle using words like "bizarre" and "fake." (A third geneticist, approaching the Bigfoot study more open-mindedly, asked, "Is the evidence here compelling?" then answered, "I don’t know.")

"It seems mainstream science just can’t seem to tolerate something controversial, especially from a group of primarily forensic scientists and not 'famous academians' aligned with large universities, even though most of our sequencing and analysis was performed at just such facilities," the Sasquatch project says on its website.

The video was gathered by another group called the Erickson Project, which has a drum-heavy promotional trailer hyping a forthcoming documentary.

WTKR's Larche and Blaine Stewart gave a slightly more subdued recap of the new Bigfoot footage, except until meteorologist Myles Henderson started stalking through the background. You can check out their coverage below:


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