posted on Apr, 28 2018 @ 02:01 PM
Dear ATS Readers, Writers,
The year that this took place can only be a educated guess for me...but I am saying it was early 1970's my best guess.
My cousin and his wife were staying with mum and dad until he got a job and settled down. (He had recently returned from Viet Nam)
It was in Flagstaff, AZ USA, and on a street that at the time was pretty much backed by woods, at the foot of MT Elden.
My uncle was a policeman and on nightshift at the time.
My cousins wife Marcia, was up at 2 am feeding their new baby daughter Shannon.
My uncles poodle, Candy, starts barking and growling, and sniffing the bottom of the front door.
Marcia goes to the front door and looks through these little windows on it, and sees this really tall, really big person pulling on the limbs of a
willow tree in the front garden.
She thinks this person has some real gaul to come into the garden, inside a 5 foot chain link fence too. And just "what" was he doing pulling on the
limbs of this weeping willow tree for at bloody 2 am!?!
So she turns on the porch light, and she sees it is a "man" in a very hairy "gorilla suit" or something.. and it steps out of the light and heads
for the fence. When she turned on the porch light, the dog saw it too, and no longer growling or anything, hides under the couch, Ha!
Now Marcia is ready to call the cops, but my uncle was due to be rolling in from his night shift as a policeman...any time now...
So she sees this thing just step over the 5 foot fence like it was a 2 foot fence for one of us normal sized people.. it heads down the dark
As it passes a VW beetle parked on the road she notes that it's hip is even with the roof of the VW bug!
And off it goes down the street covering distance quickly with it's large stride.
So my uncle gets home about 20 minutes later, and Marcia starts "going off" about what she saw in front yard, and that he needed to do something or
call some of his work buddies and find whatever it was.
My uncle being tired, starts asking her crap like so what were you smoking before I got here? (Hey, it was the 1970's after all)
So I come sliding by my uncles house later that morning to catch up with my cousin Tony.. and hear about this wild tale from Marcia. My uncle is in
bed asleep. We all went out to the front yard, and you could see where the ground was kinda mashed down where it stepped over the fence, but no
defining foot print per se" just a depression in the ground like a big shoe maybe..
We kind of chuckled and got weird nervous humour going, and Marcia, well she is pissed off, because no one is believing her story very much.
Here is the clincher folks...
that evening newspaper The Daily Sun, had an article about a "bigfoot" being seen in 2 different spots later that SAME night...!!
Well, now Marcia is REALLY going off when she read the paper... really having a "go" at my uncle for not believing her, and what about the footprint
by the fence... she rattle off several other facts in the story that back up her sighting that same night but only earlier.
My uncle was up.. and having dinner, and getting ready for another night shift...He was not so dismissive of Marcia now...
The other 2 sightings that night were in a direct line in the direction it walked away from my uncles house. One was in a neighbourhood called Bow and
Arrow Acres, out by Lake Mary Road... and further out Lake Mary Road, in a roadside campground.
Both of those people were quite upset about what they saw too, per the papers article.
Personally, I never saw it. Marcia did... I did see the depression in the grass on the other side of the fence though.."Something" heavy had hit the
I have no doubt Marcia was telling the truth.. so that incident kind of got me started on these kind of weird things to be interested in.
Hey it was the 70's, if it wasn't bigfoot, it was UFO's mutilating cows or something.. (Yeah that happened too in the Flagstaff area back then.)
Interesting enough though was if you extended the sightings line on a forest service map, it was a "beeline" to the Blue River Wilderness area; that
to this day very few go there. Only backpacking and horses are allowed there, or at least in 2010 when I was last there.
It is a region that is VERY wild and lots of thick forest, and steep numerous canyons in it. Perfect habitat for a reclusive critter like bigfoot.
When we told my uncle about that, he said "Whatever, you'll never find it in that country.."
Although that was a great area to go hunting for deer and elk... the region around the Blue wilderness Area was avoided by my uncle after that! HA!
I put this up to just get it captured, and maybe someone from back in the day from Flagstaff might know of the newspaper article I am referring to.
My cousin finally got a job with the Post Office, he and Marcia got divorced some years later.. He raised his daughter Shannon..in the Las Vegas,NV
My uncle has long passed away...no clue on how to get ahold of Marcia...it is just one of those weird things from the 70's that I felt like
"Forrest Gump" moment had happened in my life now in hindsight these decades later.