Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Ep. 019 - Talkin' with Tom Shay - Part Two

Ep. 019 - Talkin' with Tom Shay - Part Two: Cliff Barackman and James 'Bobo' Fay continue their discussion with Kentucky-based field researcher Tom Shay!

Ep. 018 - Talkin' with Tom Shay - Part One

Ep. 018 - Talkin' with Tom Shay - Part One: Cliff Barackman and James 'Bobo' Fay speak with prolific Kentucky field researcher Tom Shay about evidence that he's gathered, a bigfoot named Goliath, and Tom's sightings. There's so much fun stuff, we had to split it into two episodes! You can catch these three 'squatchers together Sept 7th and 8th at Cryptid Con in Lexington, KY. Tickets are available at

Cast 8/7/19

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Was Grendel in the poem Beowulf a possiable Sasquatch or Yeti

Recently while attending a speaking engagement, one of the attendees approached me with a question.  In the epic Beowulf do you think Grendel may be a bigfoot or yeti? I answered that I really don't know. I was so intrigued with the question. I needed to research this a little.
The poem Beowulf is located in the Nowell Codex. The poem is believed to have been written between the 8th and 10th century. It is quite unique its the only manuscript in the Codex to mention monsters.
Scholars have several numerous interpretations of Grendel.
One is Grendel and his mother are descendants of Cain which were exiled forever from society and cursed by God. In the epic poem it states that Grendel and his mother dwelt for a time in misery along the banished monsters of Cain's clan, Grendel is described as a man beast living in the marsh's, fields, and forest sounds similar to our Sasquatch of today. Also Cain and his descendants were believed to have magical powers, such as being able to shift their shapes and have bright shining eyes something that our Sasquatch have in common.
Grendel also has these magical powers. He is able to cast a spell so he cannot be harmed sounds kind of like being Zapped by a Sasquatch?
Grendel understands the ways of mankind but mankind cannot understand him. This fuels his rage and hatred of mankind, Maybe the Sasquatch of today can understand us and how destructive we are and when we enter there domain this is why they throw branches and rocks?
Another  interpretation scholars believe Grendel's origins comes from the book of Enoch. Specifically, in the book of watchers, it contains the origins of demons and giants
In the poem Grendel is described as a "Sceadugenga" a shadow walker or one who travels at night. Also the poem refers to him as "Ettin." This means troll in the old Norse language. Beowulf describes Grendel as a "Lotun" or giant in English. So was Grendel a Nephilim? How can this be since the Nephilim was destroyed in the Great flood. We now to go back to the bible as a reference, Genesis 6 where as the descendants of  the Seth " The sons of God"  intermarried with the descendants of Cain "The daughters of men."   Noah's sons married the descendants of Cain. 
Also we need to look at Hams sin  (Gen. 9:20-23; cf. Lev.18:8; 20:11). When Noah cursed Ham and said,  "Cursed be Canaan: a servant of servants shall be unto his brethren" (Gen. 9:25). Canaan was the fourth son of Ham. He is considered the father of the Canaanites: Jebusite, the Amorites, the Gigasites, Giants who all lived in the land of Canaan. 
Now we go to Numbers (13:32-33). So the men Moses had sent to spy out the land, and who had returned and made all the congregation grumble against him by bringing a bad report about the land. They said, "The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there. The Nephilim is mention after the great flood in the time of Moses. So A Sasquatch or Yeti could be a descendent of a Nephilim as some researchers believe. Now lets talk about the mark of Cain, It has been considered that the mark of Cain that God placed upon him so man would not seek and kill Cain was the number of the beast, color of the skin what if it was the mark of gigantism as with Goliath everyone would fear going up against a 7 to 8 foot tall, 300-400 pound man.
So now there are scholars that believe that Grendel was used in the poem to explain what we could not understand such as plague and pestilence that ran rampant though out Europe at this time. The world was in chaos we were thrown into the dark ages with the fall of Rome. This may be the case but if one was to tell of a hero defeating something that he could not see he would be more likely to use sorcery or magic to defeat the unknown I would think.
This is my theory, This was a time when the Vikings raided the coasts of Europe and Paganism and Christianity clashed, and the time of the adventurer and wanderer and this where it comes to light. What if a wanderer or adventurer traveled to the orient maybe the Himalayas and heard the stories of the yeti or maybe seen one of these creatures, perhaps they visited one of the pagan tribes of the time and heard the oral stories of a man beast that dwelt in there lands, and the story was overheard by a scribe and written in a form that brought back hero's in a time of despair. 
We must take in to consideration that every story has some bases of truth, So my opinion is that Grendel could have been a Sasquatch or Yeti. I leave it up to you to decide if Grendel was a real creature or a tale to amuse us.  

Thomas Shay       

Cain's clan, 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

casting in wet conditions on a budget

As you know we had an extremely wet spring and early summer here in Kentucky, I was investigating a area of a sighting and come along some prints casting the same way I always do was difficult due to the extreme saturation of the substrate. the plaster mix I used was useless cause the mix kept drawing up the moisture from the ground and wouldn't cure like it should in any case I eventually got the castings cured enough to remove. When I got home I had a 50 pound bag of hydrocal "$60.00" which is expensive for someone on a fixed income and having a 50 pound bag of plaster of Paris "$14.00" I started mixing and testing for the best mix to prolong my plaster and cast in extremely wet conditions and eventually I got the right mix   For every 1 pound of plaster of Paris add 8 ounces of hydrocal. when I used this mix on extremely wet substrate what happens is the hydrocal displaces the water forcing it from the plaster also giving it a extra hard and durable casting. when mixing the mixture it should be a little thick but still able to pour smoothly. after pouring you will be able to use a paper towel to remove the water from the top of the casting.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

June 14th-16th 2019 Expedition ( Witness statements)

On June 14th-16th 2019 We conducted our first expedition of the year Quite of few things happened on this outing on the first night, Earlier in the evening heard objects being thrown in the direction of our basecamp and a few vocals. At this time we were listening on the parabolic and heard something bipedal walking the perimeter of the base camp. It wasn't quadruped foot falls but bipedal.
After about an hour, things settled down, until around 12:30 am. At this time, the landowner pointed out 3 strange lights in a triangle formation in the tree canopy. The lights appeared to pulsate several times and disappear and reappear in a different location white and yellow in color. We tried to debunk the lights as light showing through the tree canopy but ruled this out due to the lights appearing against a hillside. This went on for around 15 to 20 minutes then stopped.
Just before 2 am, Dusty Ruth, John Gregory Jurasevich and myself placed ourselves on the southeast edge of basecamp just outside the firelight to observe the valley and creek bed.  I left to go basecamp to retrieve a bottle of water and speak with rest of the group. Dusty Ruth suddenly called out to me to get my opinion on what he was seeing thru his thermal.
After returning to his position, he described seeing what appeared to be a figure about a hundred yards out at his 10 o'clock. By this time John Gregory Jurasevich, Ben Taylor and Rich Taylor, and I was scanning the area with our thermals and night vison equipment.
As I was scanning I picked up the figure on my night vison. Dusty Ruth stated that it wasn't moving, and at that moment the figure moved its upper body. As we were watching it, we concluded that it was trying to conceal itself by using the banks of the creek as it spied on us. The figure then proceeded to climb out of the creek bed and belly crawl using the existing trees and brush as concealment while inching its way toward us. It approached us up to 30 feet at this time only showing its shoulders and head. We watched it until a little after 4 am. It then disappeared using the creek to sneak off. It was surly just as curious about us as we where of it.
The one thing we noted was the fact it made no noise as it approached us. The people who witnessed this have written statements which they have allowed me to post with this report.
I went back to the site and reinvestigated the area and took measurements using a still photo from the night vison. I took measurements to get a possible height and width. These measurements were done repeatedly and my conclusion is that the figure 8 to 8 1/2 feet in height and the width at the shoulders was around 4 feet 9 inch. Its my opinion his is one of the creatures that roam Trimble county known as Goliath. There is more investigating to be done in this area and we will soon return for another weekend investigation.
Thomas Shay          

Dusty Ruth
Friday, June 15th, 2019 2:00 a.m.
While on an expedition with Tom Shay, at an undisclosed property in Trimble Co., Kentucky, I was sitting up keeping watch at the edge of our basecamp. Most everyone else had either gone to sleep or were sitting around the campfire. It had started getting chilly so I thought I’d use my sleeping bag as a blanket and cover up with it. I was afraid once I did, I may fall asleep so I decided to scan the perimeter of our camp one more time with my Flir TK III 640 thermal. I started at my extreme right and scanned to my left. At about my 10:00 position, I noticed what appeared to be a figure from the chest up, sitting and I assumed watching us from about 50 yards to 100 yards. I could see its chest shoulders and head. At this time, I wasn’t able to detect it moving so not being sure, I called for Tom, who was at the fire, to get his opinion. 
Once Tom joined me, I pointed out where the creature was and described what I was seeing. I told him it had the right shape for a bigfoot, but I couldn’t detect any movement so I wasn’t sure. Tom was able to locate it also and within seconds said that he did see it move and that it was swaying. I continued watching it and noticed that it began to crawl and got behind a tree where I was temporarily unable to see it. I kept begging for it to come back out and show itself to us again. By this time, we had been joined by John Gregory Jurasevitch, Ben and Rich Taylor. All of us were trying to track it with thermals. 
I continued watching and next noticed that it crawled out from behind the tree and was continuing to move toward us and to our left, its right. At one point as it was crawling and trying to stay behind cover, it reached a spot where cover was scarce. It continued crawling forward, but in not having any cover, I got a pretty good look at it for a few seconds. I was able to watch it crawling and see it completely. It eventually crawled behind another tree and I was never able to see it again. I didn’t know it until daylight, but there was a winding creekbank directly behind the last tree. It’s my opinion that he didn’t stay hidden by the tree, but used the creekbank to either move away to another location or make his escape. I was amazed and impressed as to how silently he crept. At no time did I detect him breaking any twigs or rustling any leaves. He was completely silent. The next day, I was able to study the area in more detail. It appeared that the spot where I first saw him was about 50 yards away and was behind a broken stump. The tree where I was last able to see him was about 20 yards away. I know Tom is collecting measurements and we’ll have more accurate distances the

John Gregory Jurasevich
I had observed a figure belly crawling  on Dusty Ruth's therm. His thermal was set on a white/ greyscale. The outline of the figure was light in color and defiantly had two sizable arms and legs moving in a very fluid manner. The figure was approaching our camp and was estimated to be within 30' of our camp. I didn't hear any noise associated with the creatures movement.

Rich Taylor
Shortly after 2:00 a.m., Dusty indicated that he had a “hit” on the thermal.  According to Dusty, he was looking at what appeared to be the upper torso and head of a large human-like figure sitting very still observing our campsite.  At this point I got our thermal camera and tried unsuccessfully to locate the figure.  Shortly afterward those that had seen the creature indicated that it had apparently moved and that they had lost sight of it.  After continuing to scan the area for several minutes with my thermal, I eventually spotted what appeared to be the same creature now looking out from behind a large tree.  Others noticed this as well.  After some period of time it appeared to stay very low to the ground as it crawled to another spot behind another tree.  Over the next hour or so I was able to catch glimpses of the creature as it appeared to move occasionally while watching our camp.  By about 4:00 a.m. whatever it was had disappeared for good.  The next day, an investigation of the area showed that the large tree behind which the creature was hiding was approximately 30-40 feet away from our location.  In addition, directly behind the tree the ground drops off about 4 feet to a creek bed.  We surmised that if the creature used this creek bed, it would explain how it could have appeared to be so low to the ground at times.  It would also have afforded an exit path that we could not see from our vantage point in camp.

The next evening, at about 4:00 a.m., I heard a single loud rock clack from the vicinity of the creek bed that ran along the path into the camp area.  Over the next 60 to 90 minutes or so, about every 10 to 15 minutes I heard another single, loud clack.  Each one, however, seemed to originate from a slightly different location so that by the end of the 90 minutes whatever was making the noise had managed to move completely around our camp.  It was almost as if something had marked the boundary of our camp area with a series of single clacks.

Ben Taylor
Just around 2:00 am, Dusty mentioned that he saw something interesting on the thermal and wanted Tom’s opinion. My Dad and I were both intrigued so we walked over and sat down with Tom, Dusty and John.  Dusty had apparently seen what appeared to be a figure sitting very still watching our camp site.  After some searching, Tom also was able to locate the figure on his thermal.  While I tried to find it with my night vision camera, I was not able to do so.  My Dad tried to see the figure with our thermal camera and was unable to at first. However, after it moved around, my Dad noticed it peeking out from behind a tree. Afterward, we traded devices and I was scanning on the thermal when I was able to see it seemingly peeking out from behind a tree. This went on for about an hour until around 3-3:30 I had given the thermal back to my Dad, when Dusty and Tom both saw it seemingly belly crawling closer. I was unable to see this, however, I remember the discussion between us with those who did witness it. The next day, we discovered that the tree we all saw it peeking out from (myself and my dad included) was approximately 30-40 ft away. Additionally, during the day before the incident, Tom heard bipedal walking on the parabolic in the same direction as where we saw it later that night. I listened for myself and also heard the walking. 

Monday, July 1, 2019

General Butler State Resort Park Investagation

After a year of research and investigation I feel its time to close the file on General Butler State Resort Park. My research failed to find any evidence of a group of Bigfoots or (as others have mentioned), forest people. Over a year of audio recordings and trail cam photos as well as personally searching in the remote parts of the park yielded nothing--no trackways, prints, or structures. There is a lot of wildlife in the park, such as deer, rabbit, squirrels, and all the other critters you would see in a state park. On occasions, I would happen along some homeless people and a couple of inebriated fellows sleeping one off after a long night of drinking. A few years ago I received a couple of reports of sightings inside the park. One witness I interviewed left me with doubt of his story due to his questionable character. The other, it took everything I had including almost biting off the tip of my tongue to not laugh in his

I wouldn't be surprised if one of our hairy hominids might have passed through the park at one time, but there don't seem to be any living in the park now.  If there were, I would have found some evidence.  So if you plan on squatching in General Butler State Resort Park, my advice is to pack a lunch, enjoy the park, try a little fishing, or stop in at the Two Rivers Restaurant to sample the cuisine.

Thomas Shay
Field Researcher
Northern Kentucky Bigfoot Research Group.      

NKBRG Northern Kentucky Bigfoot Research Group


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