Cryptozoology & Paranomal Museum

Strange activity during Memorial Day weekend at Littleton

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It has been a great Memorial Day weekend here at the Crypto Paranormal Museum. We have been very busy and we have had some amazing activity. On Sunday we had a fantastic group of paranormal investigators visit the museum and they captured some amazing evidence.

Upon visiting the museum, one of the investigators, Jaxon Bunton took a photo of the fron of the house, and captured a really interesting sight: he called us back shortly after leaving and told us he had captured a woman’s face in the window of the front of the museum.

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What do you see in the upper part of the lower right hand pane?

The same investigators returned later for a ghost tour beginning out of the museum, and they had a great night, we had all of our meters going off, responding to questions and multiple people were touched.

This great group of investigators was also great at taking pictures of everything along the way. This is important in any investigation because it allows you to catch things you would miss otherwise.

 

This especially came in handy today when we reached out to them to see if they had any photos of the Mrs. Beasley doll. Those who have been to our museum will know we display her prominently and she has moved before, but we really wanted to have a photo taken just a day prior if possible.

These investigators came through, and the difference is remarkable. This I will remind you, is a locked box.

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Photo taken 5/29 by Jaxon Bunto

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Photo taken 5/30 by Stephen Barcelo

 

 

 

 

 

Unusual sighting and evidence

The Crypto-Para Museum Team took a trip to Medoc Mountain State park today. We decided to walk the Bluff Loop trail, where we had found our 2nd print last season.

The first unusual thing we noticed was a silhouette in the trees. Here are the photos Stephen took, but they do not do it justice. We thought it might be a stump that looked like a person, but as we got closer (around a bend) there was no tree or stump, and when we returned to the location later, it was gone.

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The second interesting thing: as we continued along and followed the trail away from the stream, we heard the breaking of large branches, which caused us to freeze, and then we heard a deep menacing grunt which sounded like a large animal. We were rather alarmed as we could not see anything to help identify the creature and it sounded angry. We continued onward (hurrying a bit), thinking that the trail returned to the parking lot. However we reached a point where we realized we would have to retrace our steps to return to the parking lot, passing the same spot where we heard the creature. We walked rather quietly as we did not want to disturb whatever it was.

As we approached the spot where we had heard the creature, we found an unusual print. It could almost be a large human print, if a human slid in the mud and was not wearing shoes. As you can see, we were wearing boots, and I could not see anyone walking these trails barefoot.

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Not far from the print we found a large log in the path which had not been there five minutes ago. We even rolled the log to the side to see fresh leaves under it. Which indicates the creature we heard was something other than a bear. Also we had heard nothing fall, so this log had to have been placed rather gently.

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At this point we headed back to our vehicle, stopping at the point where we saw the silhouette, tried to recapture it but it was gone.

It was an eventful day at Medoc Mountain, we will be heading back soon, hopefully with some volunteers with us. Next time we will bring a thermal.

Daily Herald Interviews the Museum

 

rrheraldOur local newspaper the Daily Herald interviewed Stephen in regards to the new sighting in the area. Click here to see the article, or view the video below. Dont forget to take the poll! We want to know what you think.

 

 

New Bigfoot Sighting in NC

The museum was called this morning for a Bigfoot sighting early this morning January 6th, 2016 in Littleton N.C. on Moore St within walking distance from the museum.

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Witness Tifanie (last name redacted) reported “When I looked out the window I saw a large upright black bigfoot type creature with long black hair” walking through a trail in the woods behind her home, it was close enough that she could hear the branches being crushed as the creature passed.
As per Tifanie, the bigfoot was moving very quickly northwards in woods west of Moore St. She states it was too large to be a human and it definitely was not a bear.
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Tifanie pointing to the branch that was at the height of the creatures head to show the height of the creature.

While we were on the phone with Tifanie she spotted a dog walking along the same game trail behind her property. The dog appeared to be following a scent as it traveled in the same direction the creature had earlier. Our investigation did not uncover any footprints, as the ground was all leaf litter, though there were places where the brush and leaf litter was crushed as if by large feet. Also, there were broken branches at the witnessed height of the creature.
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Depressions and crushed plants along the game trail.

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Recently broken branch along the game trail behind Tifanie’s house.

Museum Sneak Peek & Wine Tasting on Halloween

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Is that a photo of a bigfoot?

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What does this Haunted doll do?

Find out on Halloween!

Come see the Museum and check out some Halloween themed wine with Main Street Produce. The event is free, just come to the Cryptozoology & Paranormal Museum at 328 Mosby Ave, Littleton NC after 5pm and taste some great wines! If you want we will have ghost tours available after the wine tasting.

Bigfoot in Literature: Epic of Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh and Enkidu respectively, Cylinder seal from Ur, 3rd millennium bce, height 1-1/2 inches.

Gilgamesh and Enkidu respectively, Cylinder seal from Ur, 3rd millennium bce, height 1-1/2 inches.

Most people we have found, think of Bigfoot as a modern phenomena. That is one of the most common arguments, against the existence of Bigfoot since a hominid creature is not just going to pop up recently. While the term “Bigfoot” is a modern term, the history of Bigfoot or, if you prefer, Bigfoot like creatures, extends through history and literature.

The Epic of Gilgamesh is famous for being the oldest narrative in writing, it was recorded in cuneiform tablets around 2700 BCE, over 4700 years ago.  It tells the story of Gilgamesh, a king of Uruk and Enkidu, who is a “wild man.” Wild Man is the usual terminology for bigfoot like creature from ancient times up past the middle ages.

An analysis of one of the older tablets gives a very interesting story about Enkidu, “Like an animal Enkidu’s body had hitherto been covered with hair, which is now shaved off. He is anointed with oil, and clothed ‘like a man.'”(1)

Enkidu, is very large and very strong, who is covered with hair and does not live in civilized society. This sounds very much like a Bigfoot like creature. Of course the Epic of Gilgamesh is widely recognized as a piece of literature and not necessarily historically accurate, however Gilgamesh is a true historical figure. “Historical evidence for Gilgamesh’s existence is found in inscriptions crediting him with the building of the great walls of Uruk (modern-day Warka, Iraq) which, in the story, are the tablets upon which he first records his great deeds and his quest for the meaning of life.”(2) 

This is not a claim that a story about killing a giant is historically accurate down to the details, but as the main figure is accurate, it could very well be that the story of Enkidu is based on fact, even if artistic license was used liberally in the final story. Even if this amounts to nothing more than the fact that bigfoot sightings were common enough to write about a bigfoot type creature as the hero in a story.

There is much more to learn, as in 2003 a German expedition was able to map the ancient city of Uruk and believes they may have found Gilgamesh’s tomb, “I don’t want to say definitely it was the grave of King Gilgamesh, but it looks very similar to that described in the epic,” said Jorg Fassbinder of the Bavarian department of Historical Monuments in Munich.(3)  The research has been halted due to the political situation in Iraq, but the department of Historical Monuments in Munich is hoping to get in to continue their study.

As you can see, bigfoot is not a modern phenomena, as Enkidu with all of his bigfoot like characteristics, is present in the oldest written narrative. Bigfoot is as ancient as the written word.

(1)Jastrow, Morris, and Albert Tobias Clay. An Old Babylonian Version of the Gilgamesh Epic, on the Basis of Recently Discovered Texts,. Reprint ed. New Haven: Yale UP, 1920. 20. Print.
(2)Mark, Joshua. “Gilgamesh.” Gilgamesh. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 13 Oct. 2010. Web. 12 Sept. 2015.
(3)“Gilgamesh Tomb Believed Found.” BBC News. BBC, 29 Apr. 2003. Web. 12 Sept. 2015.

Haunted Dolls

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Our haunted object exhibit is where we showcase items that have residual energy attached. Some have emotions attached, some have more formless energy and some seem to react in a limited manner to the environment. We have a number of haunted objects that have been donated to the museum. The haunted dolls seem to capture the visitors the most. Here is the story behind one of our first acquisitions.

1967 Ms. Beasley Doll:

We were given the doll by a family who had collected the Ms. Beasley doll as a nostalgia piece at a yard sale. After they brought the doll home, the problems started. They left the doll on a small table as a decoration; however they kept coming in to find the doll moved. They had fights about who was moving the doll, but soon realized that they were all too scared to have been the ones to move it.

Sometimes it was lying down, sometimes it was turned backwards, and on one memorable occasion its head was turned to face the door so it was staring at whoever entered the room. They gave the doll to us as they felt they could no longer have it in their home. Since we have had it, we have noticed it seem to be in a different position then it was set, but as we have people in and out of the room we cannot definitively say anything yet. We plan to put a video on her now that she is confined to the box to see if we can find any movement.

 

 

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