The final chapter in the saga of Mr. Mike and Bigfootby Cherlyn Gardner Strong on Jul. 13, 2010, under General Paranormal, Life, Monsters
As a result of my last Bigfoot post on Sunday night, Internet radio host Lan Lamphere of OvernightAM contacted me via email to offer the “real story” behind Mr. Mike and the disappearing Bigfoot Facebook statuses.
In his written message to me, Lamphere vehemently stated that he never directed anyone, especially Chris Noel of the Bigfoot Facebook page, to delete the Bigfoot group’s Facebook statuses. He invited me to call him or listen to his radio show to get the full story. Due to a chaotic atmosphere with three newly adopted barking dogs, I opted to listen to the show to hear Lamphere’s explanation after the dogs went to sleep.
A few minutes before Lamphere’s show was scheduled to begin last night, I tried to get the live feed on my laptop. Despite several downloads and installations, I could not get the audio feed. I was able to see the listener chat window. I followed the chat while I tried to access the audio.
Several listeners were chatting about Lan Lamphere’s profanity-filled rant related to his disdain of Loren Coleman. Loren Coleman, for those who don’t know, is a cryptozoologist who writes for the website Cryptomundo. Coleman had reported the initial Bigfoot Facebook statuses in question on his blog. I was subsequently not able to find these statuses that Coleman reported about.
When I visited the page, the statuses had been deleted.
Last week, the story of Mr. Mike and the quickly multiplying family of Bigfoot creatures living in his yard had the Bigfoot community buzzing. I wasn’t too impressed with the story that prompted the investigation into that case. I was just interested in the deletion of the “live daily status updates” that the Facebook page claimed, coupled with the sensationalism that surrounds Bigfoot these days.
It was around the time of the anti-Coleman rant on the show that I repeated the entire OvernightAM installation process on my desktop computer. I was finally able to listen in to Lamphere’s show, just in time to hear what Lamphere wanted me to hear.
First off, Lamphere made it clear that he did not direct anyone to delete Facebook statuses. Instead, there is an agreement within the BFRO (Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization) that only Bigfoot blogger Sharon Lee is designated by Lamphere to provide scoops regarding the Mr. Mike saga on her blog. Noel posted his Facebook status updates prematurely. Blogger Sharon Lee was also present in Lamphere’s chat room last night, waiting for the announcement by Lamphere that she was the only person authorized to scoop future stories – not Loren Coleman.
Designated Bigfoot blogger Sharon Lee had much to say in her blog about last night’s events surrounding Lamphere’s show and about the Bigfoot community in general. She wrote, “As I stated in my previous blog post, the people in this field can be quite nasty to one another, even their so-called friends.” She continued by stating, “Lan wants you all to go away. He doesn’t care if you listen to his show ever again.”
Lee goes on to say that the Mr. Mike saga is not yet over, much to the disappointment of many of us, I might add. Lamphere revealed last night that he sent a private investigator over the weekend to shadow the “reputable researcher” that was sent by the BFRO, selected to investigate Mr. Mike’s Bigfoot claims. As you may recall, the researcher got Mr. Mike to admit that he was just seeing things.
Lamphere claims that there is more to this story. He revealed that his private investigator captured a nine foot tall shadow that may or may not be Bigfoot. There also will be future developments related to Mr. Mike.
If anyone is interested in future developments on this, it won’t be reported by me. This is a personal choice on my end. Sharon Lee guarantees that she will be the only one to have the “real story” behind the matter. You can rest assured that I’m not giving this story any more time in the future. I’m going to put forth every effort to ignore the entire circus that surrounds the Bigfoot community.
In fact, the only reason I am writing about it now is that Lamphere wanted it known that he never directed anyone to delete Facebook statuses. When I was able to hear the replay of the show, I got to listen to the very beginning of it where Lamphere mentions me.
Referred to only as “some woman in Tucson”, Lamphere said that I falsely stated that he directed the Facebook page status deletions. No, that wasn’t me. That was Bigfoot research community member Chris Noel. I only quoted Noel’s statement about why the statuses were deleted.
I am left with a major feeling of disappointment over the current state matters associated with Bigfoot. It’s really too bad.
Bigfoot stirred my interest in paranormal matters when I was five years old. I wanted to become a cryptozoologist to research illusive monsters like Bigfoot, Nessie, Champ, and The Jersey devil.
I am glad I didn’t pursue that childhood dream.
I do have a message for paranormal bloggers outside the BFRO who dare to write about Bigfoot. It’s best to avoid Bigfoot matters, otherwise things get quite nasty.