OK, this guy would probably be annoyed if I called him a conspiracy theorist, but he's a "bigfoot expert" so hopefully he's used to it. Anyway, it's my new favorite thing.
His name is David Paulides. And this is his terrible website, which is the only place to order his books unless you want to pay triple on Amazon: http://www.nabigfootsearch.com/home.html
I am going to order some of his books.
Here's the story in a nutshell. This guy was researching big foot stuff, because that's what he does, when he was approached by a couple of park rangers who told him about a cluster of weird disappearances, and the NPS' failure to investigate or or even keep records of those disappearances properly. So, he started to investigate, and detected 28 "clusters" of disappearances around the USA and other parts of the world, with certain similarities.
The people who disappear generally do so in thin air - often companions are like, "S/he was right behind me." They disappear for several days, but when found (alive about half the time), are generally in good shape, and sometimes much farther away than they would normally be able to walk. The disappearances are often immediately followed by terrible storms, which is weird anyway, and makes it even stranger that people are found in good shape. Many are children or developmentally disabled people who can't tell their stories, while those who can just say that they can't remember, or they "woke up" wherever they were found. Berries, in particular huckleberries, are often associated with the disappearances. Bodies of water are also associated with the reappearances. Like, a 3yo kid will be found a week later, after a horrible storm, 22 miles away with no shoes on, his feet in perfect condition, lying on a sandbar in the middle of a little river. Oh, yeah, most victims lose their shoes, and often other items of clothing. A disproportionate number of disappearances happen in places with supernatural-type names, like "Devil's Punchbowl" or whatever.
Here are a couple of radio shows to listen to if you want to get all stoned and freaked the fuck out:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh1yKqsnulYhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAh02EB7SNI
SO. He sort of became an expert on weird missing person cases doing this stuff, right? Which led him to another set of mysterious disappearances, urban disappearances of young men, who are found in canals.
Here's a radio show. Yes, these things are like two hours long. And they are amazing.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOfQmhvrmhM
Basically, there are dozens, maybe hundreds of young men who are disappearing in various cities. They tend to be athletic, intelligent university students or graduates, often of German heritage. They typically disappear after a night of drinking, and their cell phones often go dead right as they disappear. Like the National Park disappearances, they are often with people who lose sight of them for a moment or two, and then they're gone. Poof. They also lose their shoes and sometimes other items of clothing. They're found weeks later in canals or other bodies of water, always dead, with huge amounts of alcohol and other drugs in their systems. The weird part is that they appear to have died on dry land, apparently after being held somewhere for days or weeks after their disappearance, then dumped in the water much later.
So, I really like this guy because he's totally respectful of all the callers who keep telling him it's aliens, bigfoots (bigfeet?), the CIA, the KGB, etc etc, but he's very careful not to discuss anything except actual evidence. Like, "This is what the coroner's report said." Which makes the whole thing even creepier.
Anyway, just thought this was the appropriate place to share this stuff. CREEPY AS FUCK.