- Paperback: 150 pages
- Publisher: Hancock House Publishers, Limi; First edition (2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0888396074
- ISBN-13: 978-0888396075
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,708,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bigfoot Encounters in Ohio : Quest for the Grassman Paperback – Import, 2006
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This is Chris Murphy's third bigfoot book, this time centering on sightings and stories from Ohio. He and the two 'co-writers' run through each Ohio county alphabetically and then chronologically per county on stories/encounters with the grassman/wild man creatures. But first, he gives us a brief rehashing of the "origins of sasquatch", Jerry Crew, and Roger Patterson. Then proceeds into the sighting section. These pieces of info is, for the most part, very brief and reminscent of Philip Rife's book (which was very weak and internet heavy). He has two brief chapters on bigfoot and bears in Ohio; followed by strange deer killings possibly linked to the Ohio bigfoot creatures. He then delves into animalistic looking humans such as circus sideshows, why I'm not really sure.
All in all, this is a very low grade book, coming in at around 130 pages. If you take out the intro chapters and the ending chapters that deal with nothing in Ohio, then the book is maybe 70 pages of Ohio-based sightings/encounters. Its bonus is the book is printed on glossy pages so should be more durable.
Personal opinion here... Murphy has now put out three bigfoot books and this coming from a guy (along side Cliff Crook) that had previously tried to 'debunk' the Patterson film with the infamous "bell shaped zipper" blow-up 10 years ago. Now he's purportedly a staunch supporter of the creatures. Is he writing these books because he argues for bigfoot existance or for the low term money returns?
From its glossy paper to its 141 brilliant illustrations, this book exemplifies small press publishing at its finest. More important, however, is the broad scope of its relatively abbreviated text, which manages to cover not only the Buckeye State's 153 Bigfoot reports between 1869 and 2004--with discrete subchapters for 43 counties and two major parks--but also to survey such diverse topics as the origin of Bigfoot's nickname, the 1967 Patterson film, and unknown primates reported from other parts of the world throughout human history.
In short, Bigfoot Encounters in Ohio is a satisfying feast of knowledge that no self-respecting cryptozoologist (armchair or otherwise) should omit from his or her library. The authors are veteran Bigfooters with some two decades of field research under their belts, and it shows in their finished product.
I expected a more in-depth analysis or perhaps some more up to date research. With the exception of the information on deer-kills(which is in any case common knowledge to many)there just didn't seem enough substance to warrant an entire book.
If you live in Ohio & have only recently discovered that it's a common spot for Close Encounters of the Sasquatch Variety, this little book might be interesting for you, and fun to read.
For the rest of the "crypto community" it will probably not be quite as much a pleasure, or hold as much new factual information as one might want or expect.