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The Clear Face of Bigfoot? Screens from Secretive Sasquatch Project Leak

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Have frames from the infamously secretive Erickson Project video leaked, showing Bigfoot’s face in the most compelling evidence since the Patterson film? Maybe…

A screen capture allegedly grabbed from the infamous "Matilda" footage claims to show Bigfoot's face

A screen allegedly grabbed from the “Matilda” video claims to show Bigfoot’s face

Dr. Melba Ketchum, the woman behind the controversial DNA study into Bigfoot, has been working with a group of people calling themselves “The Erickson Project”. The project’s claim to fame? They swear that they were actually able to sneak up on a sleeping Sasquatch and capture ultra clear video evidence of the creature.

While that evidence has been teased for quite awhile, having been seen and even verified as genuine Squatch evidence by the likes of Finding Bigfoot head honcho Matt Moneymaker, the only clip that has ever come to light was a very inconclusive bit of footage that cuts away without ever showing us the money shot – Matilda’s face.

According to our friends over at the Bigfoot Evidence blog, the complete footage is so enticing that Erickson has offered to sell it at the price of one million dollars, with rumors that the Discovery Channel may have even purchased it already. With eyewitness statements from Moneymaker, interest from Discovery, and a seven figure price tag, you can’t help but wonder just how convincing Matilda’s face is.

Well, if the recent leaks of what are purportedly frames from the Erickson footage are to be believed, the answer might be “not very”. In fact, “Matilda” might just be a painted and re-touched Chewbacca mask.

The frames were posted by Bill Munns on the Bigfoot Forums along with a pointed request for those who have seen the Matilda footage to verify it and somehow prove that the creature’s face is not just a mask.

From the post:

isthismatildaWith this posting, I cordially suggest the following:

1. If anyone wishes to publicly acknowledge that this is their footage, I invite them to do so, and if they are correct, I’ll acknowledge it to be true.

2. If anyone feels the video frames show a real creature and not a Chewbacca mask, I welcome their analysis of why we should consider that to be so.

3. If anyone has seen the “Matilda” footage, I invite you to let us know if this is or is not the footage you call “Matilda”, because maybe what I’m looking at isn’t her, and I welcome being corrected if that is so.

4. If my display of this chart causes anyone to feel that they should file some type of civil action against me, please have your lawyer contact me at wmunns@gte.net so we can set an appointment for my receiving the service of papers, and we can discuss the matter on the public record, in a court.

For the record, I will confidently and clearly offer an appraisal of evidence as being something real, if I truly find the evidence leads to that conclusion, and my appraisal of the PGF as being real supports that position. But as much as we must support what we find to be real or valid, we must also reject or discount what we find to be false or fake. Our obligation is to find the truth, and I think it’s time we all knew the truth about this “Matilda” thing. I finally decided it’s time I did my share to get the truth out.

If what Munns says is true, this comes as another blow to a Bigfoot project claiming “definitive evidence” that has already seen several hits to it’s credibility, whether it be the refusal of science journals to even touch the project or the paper’s citing of an April Fools joke in it’s references.

On the other hand, the leak might just be viral marketing for Star Wars Episode VII.

What do you think? Is this the face of Bigfoot or just a high quality Chewy mask? Are these even frames of the Erickson footage or just a cruel anti-Sasquatch hoax? Have you seen the Matilda footage? Did Han shoot first? Share your thoughts with us on twitter @WhoForted, join the conversation on our official Facebook page, or leave a comment below! If you haven’t yet gotten your fill of Bigfoot, you can also watch our 2011 documentary The Bigfoot Hunter: Still Searching absolutely free!

Greg Newkirk

Greg Newkirk

Senior Editor at Who Forted
Documentary film-maker, professional monster chaser, and mystery monger, Greg is the senior editor for Who Forted? 'Zine. When he's not occupied by writing about the wide world of the weird, he's busy directing and editing documentary films like The Bigfoot Hunter: Still Searching or writing about offbeat travel for Roadtrippers. He's currently in production on his new project: an original documentary web series titled Planet Weird. He currently lives in Cincinnati.
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27 Comments

  1. mxyzptlk

    02/25/2013 at 1:15 PM

  2. Marc

    02/25/2013 at 5:26 PM

    Yeah…I’m going with fake…The fact this footage is being shopped around is the red flag. Well, that plus it’s lame.

  3. Totem

    02/25/2013 at 7:51 PM

    Damn wookies!

  4. Michael

    02/25/2013 at 7:58 PM

    Well at least it’s better than snot on a window…

  5. revtbonesteak

    02/25/2013 at 8:33 PM

    it is sad that grown men have spent entire lives searching for something that really does’t exist.
    the nose is a dead ringer. the incissors are a perfect match with same angle as chewwy. i think the bigfoot world is about to unravel especially now that the bigwigs of bigfoot are starting to turn on each other.

    • JP Smith

      10/01/2013 at 7:36 PM

      I’m not trying to get into a debate over whether or not Sasquatch exist, but I don’t understand the logic in assuming something doesn’t exist simply because you’ve never witnessed it.

      I will say that they absolutely, 100% do exist and in far greater numbers than most people realize.

      In regards to the Erickson Project and their videos/photos of “Matilda”…it’s complete and total B.S. It’s actually quite laughable. That’s a full-on Chewbacca mask…LOL!

      You’d think these people (hoaxers) would have better things to do, but apparently they do not…lol!

  6. grwww

    02/26/2013 at 5:56 AM

    So what amazes me the most, is to think that people don’t have the opposite thoughts going on. Who says that George hadn’t already seen a bigfoot and decided that he needed to use that for Chewy? Why wouldn’t it then have a lot of similarities?

    Second, has anyone griping on here about “it doesn’t exist” and “grown men wasting their lives”, actually looked around at the real world examples of the reputable Bigfoot researchers?

    I mean, really, do you actually think that every single animal, that is alive on this planet, has actually been seen and cataloged? Do you know for sure that a person has stood on every single square yard of the planet simultaneously to know for sure that every living thing was being observed and cataloged?

    I find it completely amateurish, if not completely childish, to keep posting on Bigfoot forums that there is no such thing. If you are the freaking experts, then prove for certain that it doesn’t exist! No, really, provide that proof so that all the rest of the population on the planet will no for sure that there are no more surprises.

    I can imagine that you’d find that hard to do…

    • JP Smith

      10/01/2013 at 8:09 PM

      There you go again…using logic!!!! *sigh*

    • Jim Mabbott

      10/05/2013 at 8:19 AM

      That is an illogical argument. We rarely can prove a negative – can you prove that unicorns don’t exist? No, but we are certain they do not since we made them up. The question that you need to ask yourself is: if these ‘scientists’, who have devoted their lives to proving this existence, were able to sneak up on this creature and extract blood and saliva, why didn’t they use a tranquilizer on it so their proof could be digitally photographed and filmed for all the world to see? This would have included close up footage of the creature waking up, etc. Better yet, why didn’t they take the creature to group of nationally renowned scientists? Why? BECAUSE IT DOESN’T EXIST!!!

  7. busterggi

    02/26/2013 at 6:48 AM

    Everyone seems to be ignoring the obvious – that bigfoot ARE Wookies!

    • Coppertop

      02/26/2013 at 8:15 AM

      Dear God. What does that make the ewoks?

    • Nick

      02/28/2013 at 11:45 AM

      No! That’s not true! That’s impossible!

  8. Dave

    02/26/2013 at 9:10 AM

    You don’t go claiming a Wookie was in on a Bigfoot hoax. Now I know humans may get upset with the accusation, but a Wookie will rip your arms off. ;)

    • Cherie

      03/05/2013 at 8:15 AM

      Especially if you beat ‘em at chess.

  9. Jason M. Destiny

    02/26/2013 at 5:18 PM

    I agree, it’s an obvious hoax.

  10. alanborky

    02/26/2013 at 5:50 PM

    To me Greg the most compelling pics and accounts of Sasquatch’re the ones which represent them as having broad oblongular areas round their eyes and nose devoid of hair/fur. It’s these naked slot shaped regions which detractors immediately point to as proof of masks forgetting that but for modern grooming habits most human males and even some females would look pretty similar. It’s the complete absence of any sort of slot on the pics above which convince me this’s a hoax.

    What tends me towards believing the whole Erikson Project’s also a complete load of bollocks is the fact if THEY can so easily monitor and catch Sasquatch there’re OTHERS out there infinitely more rich and powerful who’d quite happily shell out unspeakable sums of money and resources simply to indulge a desire to participate in the incredibly exclusive activity of hunting down and killing creature that supposedly don’t exist before holding parties even presidents can’t get invited to simply to swank away in front of Sasquatch heads they’ll’ve hacked off themselves before having them mounted on plaques alongside the heads of other species also killed because they’re on the verge of extinction.

    In fact I’ve long held the suspicion the reason Sasquatch’ve became if anything even more elusive is precisely because their numbers were being seriously depleted by the sort of bored powerful pillars of society who can arrange to have numerous undergound cells built under council houses in the centre of Belgian cities so known child molestors like Marc Dutroux can act as the concierges of the rape hotels they freely visit to torture and murder god knows how many young girls snatched off the street on their way to school.

    The sort of all powerful individuals in fact who freely slake their demonic appetites by vanishing forever any trace of thousands of young women snatched each year off the streets of certain Mexican towns and cities even as anyone who dares to publicly question this order of things is invariably found mangled to death themselves.

    The sort of individuals indeed who have the power to casually brush aside decades of allegations of Irish orphanages being used as paedo and snuff factories while arranging for some absurd superannuated clownish DJ figure called Jimmy Saville to freely come and go without question any time of the day or night at homes for delinquent schoolgirls hospitals for poorly children and homes for the senescent elderly not to mention the keys to every lock in insane asylums containing the likes of the Yorkshire Ripper.

    The only good side to this possibility if there’s any truth to it being maybe Sasquatch [and the Russian Alma and the Chinese Yeren given the newly emerging super rich in those regions] much like the undernourished foxes me and our kid’ve observed foraging in Liverpool City centre waste bins will be forced to come more and more out into the open if they’re to have any chance of surviving such hypothetical world wide onslaughts.

  11. drporkchop

    02/26/2013 at 7:43 PM

    wookiegate. there needs to be clean sweep of all the head honchos in the bigfoot arena and start over. after the botched dna paper, “i shot bigfoot” types, book sales and documentaries. cheezus its the 20th century version of the snakeoil salesmanship.

  12. Vicar Lee

    02/27/2013 at 8:18 AM

    As a friend of mine once said to me: “When they catch Sasquatch, do you think they’ll finally admit to themselves that it’s been a Wookie all along?”

    Now we know why UFOs are sometimes associated with Bigfoot. It’s the Millennium Falcon overhead. Chewie’s just come down to grab some supplies, maybe take a poo, stretch the old Wookie limbs…

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  17. Allie

    03/31/2013 at 2:04 AM

    Sasquatch do NOT have hair on the face.

    • Greg Newkirk

      03/31/2013 at 2:11 AM

      I don’t mean to question you, but I’m genuinely curious as to how you know that. Had a run in of your own?

  18. Thomas

    08/30/2013 at 5:46 PM

    Has anyone ever considered that what George Lucas put in the film is what he has actually seen?

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  20. austin

    10/26/2013 at 9:11 PM

    good point but how do you explain the dna

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