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Sasquatch For Sale: Death, DNA and Duplicity Paperback – July 25, 2014
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About the Author
Michael Greene had a BA in English Lit, and a Masters degree in Psychology. He is the former Chief of a State Fraud Investigations Bureau and an Expert Witness on forgery, EMT, Private Pilot and served as a Tank Commander in the 4th Recon Squadron, 6th Armored Cavalry Regiment. He currently lives in North Carolina where he divides his research efforts between the nearby Uwharrie National forest and the Sierras of California . his website
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Top Customer Reviews
The chapter regarding Ketchum was essentially a gathering of loose blog posts and quotes that detracted from my previous interest in Greene's thoughts but instead was given everyone else's opinion.
The final chapter is also just a s***-fest on a lot of people in the field and how old and tired Greene is with everything. The final line, "Life's a bitch." is also a cheesy way to wrap the book up.
Overall, the book summarizes a lot of recent drama in the Bigfoot community but Greene puts everyone down but himself (mostly). I wish Greene gave more of his first-hand accounts as those were more interesting and the strong points of the book.
I was getting bored with the first one third of the book and skipped much of it until I got to around page 140. That's when the real story starts. Before that, you get his life story and failed expeditions trying to hunt down Bigfoot. All that could have been summarized in a few short paragraphs in one chapter. It wasn't written badly, it just did not need to have taken up so much space.
The dirt he exposes is quite eye-opening. But, as one reviewer already pointed out, he participated in some of these same questionable group expeditions just like the money hungry Matt Moneymaker. He never quit this guys huckster organization....he had to be kicked out for being too critical of some of the phoney people and "evidence"......and kudos to him for doing that.
There was one comment by Justin Smeja, alleged bigfoot mother and child murderer, that branded him as a scumbag of the highest order right away. I won't reveal what it was. I will let others come to that conclusion if they decide to read this book. I do find it troubling that the author spent a whole chapter tearing this guy's improbable story apart and then does a 180 about face in the next chapter because he passed a lie detector test. Gee, I guess chronic liars and sociopaths never fool lie detectors and innocent people never fail them. There's a reason they're not accepted in any court in this land. For what it's worth, Smeja's partner in crime refused to take a lie detector test and gave an excuse even the author found ridiculous.
Bottom line: despite some hypocrisy and flaws, I still enjoyed having read this book and the goings on behind the scenes. I do not agree with the author on some of his conclusions; but, he does a credible job presenting the warts and petty infighting that many in this field bring to the table and their websites. It's nice to have it summarized and know who these people are that would jump on questionable evidence just to have their case made about Sasquatches or make themselves look important.
Matt Moneymaker of the BFRO, also known from “Finding Bigfoot”, is depicted in a particularly unfavorable light. So is Melba Ketchum, the geneticist who claimed to have proven that Bigfoot exists and that the creature's DNA is 80% human, 20% “angel”. The BFRO itself is criticized, although a certain love-hate relationship shines through (Greene is a former member). By contrast, Greene has a soft spot for Justin Smeja, the man who claimed to have shot and killed two sasquatches under very unlikely circumstances. While Greene doesn't entirely buy his story, his attitude is far from hostile. The author reveals that a multi-millionaire named Wally Herson has bankrolled many Bigfoot hunters, including a couple of people who later turned out to be hoaxers. “Sasquatch for Sale” also contains gossip about Animal Planet's popular reality show “Finding Bigfoot” and its cast. Greene thanks Bobo, Ranae and Cliff for their aid in researching the book, which suggests that his information comes straight from the horse's mouth.
You would think that Greene is a skeptic, but actually he is one of the true believers in the physical existence of a flesh-and-blood hairy hominid stalking the U.S. wilderness. He made the first thermal recording of what may be a Bigfoot, the so-called Squeaky Thermal. Yet, not even Greene's enthusiastic reports about his expeditions can hide the fact that there is *something* very strange about the entire phenomenon. Greene points out that the BFRO data base probably only contain a small number of all Bigfoot sightings, yet these sightings come from all across the Union (with the exception of Hawaii). This would make Bigfoot a very common animal, an animal seen almost every other day. Yet, nobody has been able to catch one for centuries! Hmmm…
Personally, I think that “Bigfoot” is really a composite phenomenon, a bit like UFOs. While some unknown tree-hugging hominid could theoretically be hiding out in the hills of some Pacific state, most reports are probably a ragtag of hoaxes, misidentifications, hallucinations or, dare I say it, some kind of paranormal phenomenon. Pennsylvania UFO-Bigfoot flap, anyone?
That being said, I think “Sasquatch for Sale” is a “must” read for everyone interested in Bigfootdom, pro or con, alongside “Sasquatch” by Jeff Meldrum, “The Locals” by Thom Powell and “Abominable Science” by skeptics Loxton and Prothero. Even that accursed reality show “Finding Bigfoot” is interesting, due to its featured eyewitness reports of whatever it is that's lurking in the shadows…