Yes, yes, yes!!
If you red the linked Paulides thread, you'll see I'm a massive fan. And I do have to say before anyone makes claims of accidents, or growers or
animal attack... read the books.
Paulides goes into great detail where possible (some cases are from so far back newspaper accounts are sparse) to discount the mundane. Sure,
accidents DO happen. Of course they do. In such a wild area it's incredibly likely that some of those who go missing are the victims of mishaps.
Animal attack is usually discounted for the simple fact that the area where someone goes missing (or, as I believe, taken) lacks any evidence of
attack. Almost always the scene is pretty calm. No signs of struggle, no blood or gore etc. Where there is signs of struggle there's almost never
blood at the scene, and it looks more like someone has been tossing belongings around for purely vindictive reasons. Growers, I firmly believe, would
not kill or kidnap someone who discovered them. These people are running a highly secretive and illegal operation, and the last thing they want is
hundreds of people combing miles and miles of forest for someone they've taken out. It would be incredibly illogical for them to kill. Which, of
course, isn't to say they don't, however.
Children are found in areas which it would make no sense for them to be. In the middle of lakes or rivers is common. Thousands of feet higher in
elevation than it would make sense to climb. Often those who disappear have been tracked running straight from forest, over a well marked path which
would lead to safety, and back into the forest.
I recall several cases where, for example, people recall being chased, or meeting other persons (among other things) in the woods who have fed
From reading the books, I can only state what I believe. I believe that whatever is happening to people is the result of something intelligent,
something fast and strong, and something that knows the woods better than any person.
I recall in the Dennis Martin account, Paulides interviewed a ranger (can't remember his name, forgive me) who said in at least the Smokies, there
were wild men who lived in the forest. Not cave men or Bigfoots (feet?), but human beings who live in the forest. Whether that can explain everything,
I don't know but it is something to bear in mind.
Oh, and one other thing which I find quite disturbing. I recall the case of a young woman who was found at the bottom of a waterfall. Park officials
said it looked like she'd either tripped or committed suicide and dusted their hands. The sheriff's dept. turned up and told them the body had
clearly been dragged away from the initial impact point, which itself was so far away from the base of the cliff that she would have had to have been
from the top.
Oh, and the post mortem revealed she was raped, almost certainly after the fall which resulted in most of her head being inside out.