A great mystery is unfolding in the world of cryptozoology that is as interesting as any plot found in your typical thriller novel. It has its unscrupulous villain, its weary protagonist, and a cast of witting and unwitting accomplices. It may even have two dead bodies.
The source of this bubbling cauldron of drama is a long awaited report by Dr. Melba Ketchum on the DNA analysis of an animal that is currently relegated to the world of American myth. It’s been described by tens of thousands of witnesses over the years and has reportedly appeared in thousands of blurry photos and shaky videos. Perhaps it’s best known for the footprints it leaves behind, the first piece of evidence that saddled it with an unfortunate moniker, Bigfoot. It’s a name as ridiculous as the idea of an eight foot, bipedal man/ape roaming the forests of North America.
To many, the suggestion of such a thing is laughable. The skeptics on the subject are as steadfast and obsessive as the believers. They spend countless hours decrying the myth to the point that objective observers may think that they suffer from far worse mental disorders than those who see Bigfoot in every photo with trees. The Bigfoot phenomenon engenders the same kind irrational and passionate discourse that one would expect to see in a political debate.
And that is why the Ketchum report has taken on so much meaning. The rumors have been flying about her paper that she has co-authored with as many as five other individuals and submitted for peer review to an unidentified scientific journal. What does the paper say? Those who know aren’t talking, and those who don’t know are leaking information like a hole in a hot air balloon. In fact, there is more disinformation than information circulating about the Ketchum report. And I do mean disinformation.