I have decided to tackle one hot topic here— the Ray Wallace hoax— because it is the hottest thing that has happened in Bigfootery of late, and it sadly reveals the lack of analytical ability that should be essential to such a pursuit. I was dismayed that both John Green and Jeffrey Meldrum are the main protagonists of what is at worst lying and collusion to deceive (which I do not believe) and at best a clear indication of analytical and scientific incompetence.
I have great respect for John Green’s ability to chronicle Bigfoot, and his work is indispensable to the pursuit. But in his rebuttals to the Wallace hoax he has shown himself terribly duped. I was going to let the immense duplicity go unmentioned until my book’s release, but the error has taken leaps and bounds beyond Green thanks to Jeffrey Meldrum. I was dismayed that John Green’s 2004 The Best of Bigfoot/Sasquatch contained the introduction “Big Foot Did Not Die” where he treated the Wallace family claim with outright error. But then when receiving Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum’s 2006 book Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science in which Meldrum repeats the same errors, I had to put up this response.
Ray Wallace had been the lumber contractor who was Jerry Crew’s boss at Bluff Creek. On October 6, 1958, newspapers carried the stories of something that the locals called “Bigfoot.” There was a picture of Jerry Crew holding a plaster cast of an enlarged flat human foot. Bigfoot was born. In 2002 when Ray Wallace died his family admitted that he had made the fake feet that suckered his lumber men at Bluff Creek and began all the nationwide interest in “Bigfoot.”
Ray’s nephew, Dale Lee Wallace, finally showed the feet to the world. The media was thrilled. Bigfooters, however, were not. The Media blew it up into the complete destruction of the entire Sasquatch legend. Bigfootery responded by condemning Wallace as having been “unstable” and openly laughed at how the wooden feet did not match the Crew Print. Websites placed the 2 together to accentuate the difference.
For the newbie, this selective response was no doubt enough to win the day. But when Bigfooter arguments finally found solid print in John Green’s 2004 book and then in Meldrum’s 2006 book, their entire method of investigation was laid bare, revealing what kind of approach they used for the bigger Bigfoot/Sasquatch question all these years.
Let’s us engage in some rather harmful comparative analysis. Apparently, since the death of the late Dr. Boris Fedorovich Porshnev I am the first historian to tackle the question of hominids. As any historian, I must seek out and find a primary source. From there, well, let us continue the article:
For any keen old enthusiast in Bigfoot, Wallace’s wooden feet were a revelation that was easy to accept. Prints unquestionably made by these feet can be found throughout John Green’s old books on the topic, especially his seminal work On the Track of the Sasquatch, 1968, and its 1980 reprint, and now, of course, in his 2004 reprint of these The Best of Bigfoot/Sasquatch.
The developing history of Bigfoot at Bluff Creek is easy to follow thanks to John Green’s admirable ability at ferreting stories. Because he was unique in his view that Sasquatch was real rather than an Indian legend of tall hairy Indians, he was one of the first to take the Humboldt Times seriously, the paper from which all newswires picked up the story. He drove from Canada to California and searched out taxidermist Bob Titmus, who was friends with Jerry Crew, and also mentioned in the article. After touching base, in November Green returned to Bluff Creek. Titmus had written him he found more tracks on the Bluff Creek sandbar. Together they examined them, Green being taken by the stride and the depth of the prints in the hard sand.
Over the years these identical prints would be found, causing Green to pen in On the Track of the Sasquatch. “An unusual feature discernable in most tracks, in varying degrees, is a division right in the middle of what appears to be the ball of the foot.”
These same tracks appeared in August 1962 and were cast by Midshipman Clark. They also appeared again in August 1967 on Blue Creek Mountain road, an occurrence which brought the old Bigfooters back out of semiretirement and caused them to descend on Bluff Creek again.
Concerning the Blue Creek Mountain road tracks, Green writes: “They were familiar to me— the same 15-inch print with a split in the ball of the foot that I had first seen 9 years before. . .” And, again, “This is the type of track first found by Bob Titmus [November 1958] and the type cast by Midshipman Clark.”
There at Blue Creek Mountain road Green and Rene Dahinden, another of the famous original Bigfooters, took many clear photos. There is no question that the Wallace wooden feet shown to the world match these prints and all the tracks John Green ever chronicled at Bluff Creek. Pictures can be found of Green measuring them, describing them and the unusual and pointless groove in the ball of the foot, and clearly declaring, as in the picture below, that these are typical prints.
It is true that the Wallace wooden feet and the Crew Print do not match. But Green’s books also prove that the Crew Print never turned up again after October 1958. Every print he mentions and describes at Bluff Creek is Wallace’s fake foot.
This is serious, for it proves that Wallace’s fake tracks alone are what maintained the interest in the idea of a Bigfoot resident at Bluff Creek, even as late as August 1967, two months before Patterson would “film” one there. Green never shows or describes the Crew Print. It exists merely in a picture of Crew taken by the Humboldt Times.
Blow-ups of this Crew Print do exist, and it is with the blow-up compared to the Wallace prints with which Bigfooters at first defended their belief that Wallace could not have faked the Bigfoot tracks.