Editors note> I looked into this case a long time ago. I always thought it was interesting when John said “I shot a bigfoot” the police officer chatter on the radio was of a joking nature. When John said he had a body, all police chatter stopped and a military helicopter was brought in and was flying over the area. Who knows what this guy shot, a bear, a Sasquatch? The response after he says he has a body is what is intriguing.
It is straight out of the X-Files, but conspiracy theorists are buzzing with speculation that the shooting and killing of the legendary Bigfoot in Altoona, Pennsylvania has been covered up by authorities.
According to Bigfoot enthusiasts, on May 14th, police in Altoona, Pennsylvania took a 911 call from a John Winesickle claiming to have proof of Sasquatch a few miles from his property and wanted them to come and verify this.
While the 911 call is not in doubt, what followed has become a matter of dispute and debate as various rumors have circulated – mainly focusing on an unidentified turkey hunter who had shot and killed the mythic beast and a menacing helicopter hovering over the alleged scene.
On Tuesday 14th May, officers with the Somerset County police force traded messages about an individual who had contacted the Game Commission requesting a call back about proof he had of Bigfoot. The man in Paint Township wanted an officer to come and inspect his ‘evidence’ for Bigfoot. That was at around 10.30 a.m. in the morning – after which events began to spiral out of control.
By 2.41 p.m. the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society received an email which claimed that they had overheard chatter on police scanners which seemed to confirm that a Bigfoot had sensationally been shot.
‘Today in Somerset county PA a turkey hunter shot and killed an animal he claimed is a Sasquatch,’ read the unusually specific mail.
‘The state police were called and responded to the scene, according to chatter on the local police frequencies the officers confirmed there was an unidentified animal shot and killed. Details are a bit fuzzy at this time.’
The email goes into detail as to how they heard the police scanner radio, mentioning the alleged turkey hunter.
‘What he said he heard was that a hunter had called and stated that he had shot a Bigfoot. He soon heard some radio chatter from police who were reportedly joking about the report,’ says the email.
‘It was about 20 minutes later that he said he heard a police officer radio back and state, ‘there was a body’. He said the next radio transmission to the officer was, ‘call the center.’
The email also mentions ‘a large helicopter,’ approaching where the Sasquatch was.
‘The sound was so loud it shook his house, so he went outside to take a look. It was then that he observed a formation of four Army Apache helicopters approaching from the north and moving in the direction of Somerset.’
However, despite the frenzy of speculation that the mythic Bigfoot had been found, it seemed the truth was as disappointing to conspiracy theorists as always.
According to wearecentralpa.com, the origin of the call requesting an officer come and see his Bigfoot evidence was local man John Winesickle.
He did indeed show an officer ‘picture after picture’ of alleged footprints – but no body and he wasn’t even turkey shooting.
Winesickle told police that he has believed in Sasquatch his entire life and that he knows one lives near his Paint Township home.
He even refuted the polite denials of his picture by the police officer.
‘No, No,’ said Winesickle in an interview with WTAJ. ‘A bear can’t go down a steep bank on all twos,’ he said. ‘This is Bigfoot.’
He said he once came close to actually seeing what he claims was Bigfoot, but added whatever he saw quickly ran away.
‘It’s deathly afraid,’ he added. ‘It won’t hurt you.’
Although the police report concludes that Winesickle saw bear tracks, he’s still thankful they investigated, and he still insists Bigfoot was in the area.
‘The police have been very nice to me,’ he said. ‘It wasn’t a bear, it was Bigfoot.’
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