Daily Mail It is straight out of the X-Files, but conspiracy theorists are buzzing with speculation that the shooting and killing of the legendary Bigfoot in Altoona, Pennsylvania has been covered up by authorities. According to Bigfoot enthusiasts, on May 14th, police in Altoona, Pennsylvania took a 911 call from a John Winesickle claiming to have proof of Sasquatch a few miles from his property and wanted them to come and verify this. While the 911 call is not in doubt, what followed has become a matter of dispute and debate as various rumors have circulated – mainly focusing on an unidentified turkey hunter who had shot and killed the mythic beast and a menacing helicopter hovering over the alleged scene. On Tuesday 14th May, officers with the Somerset County police force traded messages about an individual who had contacted the Game Commission requesting a call back about proof he had of Bigfoot. The man in Paint Township wanted an officer to come and inspect his ‘evidence’ for Bigfoot. That was at around 10.30 a.m. in the morning – after which events began to spiral out of control. By 2.41 p.m. the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society received an email which claimed that they had overheard chatter on police scanners which seemed to confirm that a Bigfoot had sensationally been shot. ‘Today in Somerset county PA a turkey hunter shot and killed an animal he claimed is a Sasquatch,’ read the unusually specific mail. ‘The state police were called and responded to the scene, according to chatter on the local police frequencies the officers confirmed there was an unidentified animal shot and killed. Details are a bit fuzzy at this time.’ However, 40 minutes later the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society received an even more outrageous email that they claim has a name and contact number attached.
Beginning, ‘Hello, YES this is legit, a strange report came over the scanner here in Somerset, Pa. just a few miles from Flight 93memorial,’ the email stated that the Bigfoot had been shot on either Russell or Rustic road in Somerset County. The email goes into detail as to how they heard the police scanner radio, mentioning the alleged turkey hunter. ‘What he said he heard was that a hunter had called and stated that he had shot a Bigfoot. He soon heard some radio chatter from police who were reportedly joking about the report,’ says the email. ‘It was about 20 minutes later that he said he heard a police officer radio back and state, ‘there was a body’. He said the next radio transmission to the officer was, ‘call the center.’ The email also mentions ‘a large helicopter,’ approaching where the Sasquatch was. ‘The sound was so loud it shook his house, so he went outside to take a look. It was then that he observed a formation of four Army Apache helicopters approaching from the north and moving in the direction of Somerset.’ However, despite the frenzy of speculation that the mythic Bigfoot had been found, it seemed the truth was as disappointing to conspiracy theorists as always. According to wearecentralpa.com, the origin of the call requesting an officer come and see his Bigfoot evidence was local man John Winesickle. He did indeed show an officer ‘picture after picture’ of alleged footprints – but no body and he wasn’t even turkey shooting. Winesickle told police that he has believed in Sasquatch his entire life and that he knows one lives near his Paint Township home. He even refuted the polite denials of his picture by the police officer. ‘No, No,’ said Winesickle in an interview with WTAJ. ‘A bear can’t go down a steep bank on all twos,’ he said. ‘This is Bigfoot.’ He said he once came close to actually seeing what he claims was Bigfoot, but added whatever he saw quickly ran away. ‘It’s deathly afraid,’ he added. ‘It won’t hurt you.’ Although the police report concludes that Winesickle saw bear tracks, he’s still thankful they investigated, and he still insists Bigfoot was in the area. ‘The police have been very nice to me,’ he said. ‘It wasn’t a bear, it was Bigfoot.’
I can tell you this, the footprint picture above that John Winesickle showed police officers is certainly a bear footprint. It lacks all of the characteristics of the footprints that we have seen in the past which are allegedly those of a Sasquatch. The prints are short, wide and have claws plus they lack the ridge that is prevalent in other alleged Bigfoot prints. These prints are unlike those that we expect to see when looking at a Sasquatch print, long foot, dermal ridge and toes. In my expert opinion, John Winesickle is just another guy who loves the legend of Bigfoot and tried to put together what he thought was an elaborate hoax and a cover-up conspiracy to go with the hoax.
My bullshit detector is screaming at John Winesickle’s story. He is off the charts on the bullshit meter.
I do think its possible that an undiscovered bipedal exists, but in the vast wilderness of Washington State, Oregon, Alaska or Northern California. A species that knows its environment so well and has learned to fear humans so much, that it is capable of avoiding detection by people through adaptation which started when the first humans walked across the land bridge into North America 30 thousand years ago or more. If we have not found evidence of these creatures by now, it is because they are very good at not being found, and don’t plan on being found anytime soon.
But no way is a Sasquatch going to walk into a WaWa in Altoona, Pennsylvania one afternoon and order a turkey and cheese shortie. If they exist, John Winesickle does not hold the key, and we are not discovering them in Pennsylvania.