Vintage Sasquatch Cases/ USS Indianapolis Disaster

Hosted byGeorge Knapp

Vintage Sasquatch Cases/ USS Indianapolis Disaster

About the show

After a nine-year hiatus from his last Bigfoot book, David Paulides has returned to the Sasquatch arena with revelations of vintage news articles dating as far back as the year 1680 about bipeds looking like Bigfoot. He joined George Knapp to discuss some of these accounts, as well as the DNA testing and analysis of alleged Bigfoot hair as presented by Melba Ketchum. One of the most intriguing reports was from 1934 in Washington state when rocks were thrown at hikers and hunters by what looked like Bigfoot, he recounted. The Sheriff was going to put a posse together to kill them, but then three Native American tribes held a press conference, warning not to harm them, as the "creatures" were from a different tribe of people they had communicated and traded with. "They have certain abilities you don't understand," they added.

Most Native American people, Paulides noted, classify Sasquatch as another tribe or type of person, which conflicts with the segment of the Bigfoot researchers who adamantly insist that it's a kind of ape species. The case going back to 1680 concerned a large black cloud-like mass that landed in a field and released a huge hair-covered being that was seen briefly before disappearing. As to why the bones of dead creatures are never found, according to some Native Americans, Bigfoot do bury their dead but place large boulders over the spots so no one can get to them, Paulides cited. Speaking of the Ketchum DNA findings, he marveled that the nuclear DNA couldn't come back with a match with anything in GenBank.


Just after midnight on July 30, 1945, days after delivering the components of the atomic bomb from California to the Pacific Islands in the most highly classified naval mission of the war, USS Indianapolis was sailing alone in the center of the Philippine Sea when she was struck by two Japanese torpedoes. The ship was instantly transformed into a fiery cauldron and sunk within minutes. In the latter half, authors Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic detailed how 300 men went down with the ship but nearly 900 made it into the water alive and for the next five nights and four days, almost three hundred miles from the nearest land, the men battled injuries, sharks, dehydration, insanity, and eventually each other.

Vladic noted that because of the secret coding and protocol of ship messages during wartime, timely rescue efforts were hobbled. As the crew in the water were carried by eddies and swells, they eventually were spread out over a 25-mile area, making them harder to spot and rescue, Vincent recounted. Captain Parks, she continued, was one of the heroes, keeping a group of men who had only life jackets connected together on a line. But on the third day, he succumbed to hallucinations and then death, causing the men to become desperate. Some drank seawater and went insane. There were also shark attacks, and some of the sailors were literally punching the sharks in the face to keep them at bay. In the end, only 320 were rescued, and out of those 316 ultimately survived.

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