A noted Bigfoot researcher has written a book about disappearances in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and across the U.S.
David Paulides, a California resident, came to Alcoa Tuesday to distribute copies of a new book to the media during a press conference that touted “disturbing new information” about the cases of Dennis Martin, Trenny Gibson and Thelma Pauline Melton, who all disappeared in the Smokies.
The book, “Missing 411: Eastern United States,” summarizes information from newspaper accounts and other sources to offer recaps of unexplained disappearances.
In the book, Paulides also raises questions about what he considers unusual elements of the stories.
Paulides did refer to accounts of “wild men” living in the Smokies but never directly made any allegations concerning a connection between their possible existence and the disappearances.
“If these wild men exist, then there is an illicit element going on that is not being acknowledged,” he said.
Source: The Daily Times (Tennessee)
Well, this story is interesting in two ways. First, in the comments, the author himself, subject of the article, notes that reporter messed up this story! He says not once did he mention “Bigfoot” in connection with “wild man”. He explains:
This reporter is attempting to twist the facts in the presentation, very disturbing. McCarter stated that “Wild Men”, meaning men who have lived in the forest and don’t live by any laws had attacked a ranger in the past and was never captured. McCarter also acknowledged that Dennis Martin may have been abducted.
The reporter was more interested in trying to draw a parallel between my past books and the missing people then trying to tell the public the issues we were presenting. There is NOT one mention of bigfoot in the eastern version of “Missing 411”, or in our presentation…..The attempt to make the “wild men” that McCarter spoke about something bigfoot related is an abomination and insult to Dwight McCarters 30 plus years in the park service.
So, the author is referring to real people doing the abduction, not Bigfoots. Did the reporter miss the difference? Did he just hear bits of the story and make erroneous connections or do it deliberately? You can sort of see how that could happen.
But also, the author is making a big claim. Just because there are reports of dangerous people does not mean they really exist or are responsible for the crimes. People disappear seemingly without a trace in the wilderness. It’s not difficult to comprehend they got lost or were injured.
All in all this is a really weird story that might best have not been published at all…