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Show Notes with Shannon-Lon Strickler and Sean Forker


Show notes with Shannon welcomes, Lon Strickler and Sean Forker of Arcane Radio. Lon is a cryptid researcher who writes and mentors on a variety of Fortean subjects. In 1981, Lon had an encounter near Skykesville, MD, and since 2005 has produced the very popular and informative, Phantoms and Monsters blog. He has been on many radio broadcasts and Destination America’s Monster’s and Mysteries in America show. Sean is also a Fortean Investigator, with a specialized focus in Bigfoot/ Sasquatch Research. He is the Founder and Director of the Keystone Bigfoot Project, a research group that collects data across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding Bigfoot Sightings and Encounters (Historical and New). Sean sits on the Board of Directors for the national organization, the Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers, and is the Associate Director for the PA Bigfoot Society.



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45 Responses to “Show Notes with Shannon-Lon Strickler and Sean Forker”

  1. Christopher c

    My Sister lives @ Fort Mead MD. and is now retiring from N.S.A. ,I asked her if she believes in Bigfoot after telling her my accounts and her reply : there’s no doubt they are there,I am so proud of her for the service she gave to our country, she is retired Air Force , did a tour in Afghanistan, and while working with N.S.A. she was responsible for the coordinating the covert- op movements that were resonsible for the rescue of the missionaries that were kidnapped by the Columbian FARC,love you sis you rock!

  2. Joseph B

    The guy with the cough needs to be “put down”. How F’ing rude not to mute out. Other than that, the show was decent, but a lot of the same old, same old. Shows need to have guests that have something real to add. These guys are the typical BF want-to-be researchers with the typical story of not enough money or time to do it “for real”.
    After listening to Sas-Chron and several other podcasts, the only way to come back with hardcore evidence is gear up and plan on 3 to 5 weeks of DEEP woods camping with recorded sounds of large primates, foods that when cooked puts off a desirable scent like sausage, meat stews, etc. Believe it or not, slow burning honey over a small fire in a can is an awesome attractant.
    Also, if I hear one more story that a researcher that had a rifle, but felt it was to small to take down what they saw I am going to end my interest in the subject.
    I lived in Northeastern PA and have taken numerous large deer with a well placed .22.
    Smith & Wesson sells an M&P 15-22 that looks like an AR, but shoots .22’s. The clips hold 25 rounds and they sell mag clips that allow you to attach 2 mag’s together. That is 50 rounds of CCI Stinger rounds that if placed in the head area would drop an elephant.
    The weapon costs $500 and a laser sight for it is another $75. The weapon is light, reliable, tested, and if you know anything about ballistics, CCI Stinger rounds are downright hard hitting (especially at close range), and do a LOT of damage.
    If you are a so called “researcher” and want to prove out the existence of this creature, you need to grow a pair and drop one. If possible, monitor a family pod and take the eldest or injured if possible. You can take 3 million pic’s / videos and they mean nothing. You come back from an expedition with a head, hand, foot, heart and pictures of one of these creatures and it will end all the confusion. There are countless ex-military that took hundreds of human lives overseas for this oil war. I can not imagine one of them caring very much about dropping a Sasquatch to prove out the beings existence.
    If you plan to do this, you need to get past this “underwear changing” BS and know in your head and heart you are going to see and kill a LARGE animal. If you can NOT get past that, stick to reading books and listening to encounters on the web.
    I know they exist and that is good enough for me. Getting mainstream science to accept it will require body parts – period.

  3. Patricia R

    The last 2 Shannon Shows have been the best. Really liked the interview with Linda Godfrey and now this one with Lon and Sean. The shows are getting better and the interviewing is a little more rapidly paced as well. The coughing in the Lon and Sean show was distracting – maybe the cougher could have moved away from the microphone or muted it – hope the cougher gets better soon.

  4. Derek G

    1. The cougher has a name; Dave. I for one could care less if he coughs here and there throughout the show. Shannon explained well enough and Dave said he has been sick for the last 2 weeks…. Give the guy a break… there are a lot of things that come under the descriptive, ‘rude’, and that isn’t one of them.

    2. Joseph B. I get what you are saying about rifles and big game but there are some things to point out. First of all I do believe a well placed .22 shot to the head will certainly, at least, stun pretty much anything we have here in North America except maybe a Moose, Grizzly Bear or Kodiak but you are talking about multiple shots with a .22 so yes it could.

    I’m a moose hunter and I’ve talked to my dad and brothers about how people worry that a high powered rifle such as a Brit. .303, 30-06, 300 Win Mag, .308 might not be enough for something as big as a Sasquatch. I remember the 1200lbs bull moose my dad and uncle shot when I was on my first hunt when I was 16. It took 7 shots with 2 Brit. .303s to put that thing down and they still had to take an 8th head shot to put it out of it’s misery when they finally found where it was down in the bush. Sound Bogus? Like bad shooting? No, I still have the one bullet that embedded itself in the Moose’s spine. That was just 1 shot the 6 others were fairly well placed as well. The fact is that most hunters know that a well placed shot center mass or in the head with a high powered rifle will bring a big 1200lbs moose down or a comparable Sasquatch but how many people are going to get that perfect shot once they decide to shoot. Moose, bear and Sasquatch are not deer. I hit a deer center mass with my .303 and it basically knocked the thing over at a 100 yards but deer are extremely small in comparison with a moose and don’t expect a moose to just get knocked over by a high powered rifle unless it is a picture perfect shot!!! A nice buck can be anywhere from 150 to 260lbs but that is nothing compared to a nice moose at 1200 to 1400lbs or a 800 to 1000lbs muscular Sasquatch.
    There are two stories, one of a kodiak that was shot close range with a rifle through the heart or at least in the chest and it still had the adrenaline to charge and kill the shooter. The second about the same thing but with a tiger. Don’t underestimate adrenaline in animals.
    I firmly believe that any high powered rifle is plenty enough to stop a Squatch but my advice is to be comfortable with your shooting ability and capability of your rifle and if, if, if you shoot a sasquatch dead on, you shouldn’t have to worry but if it isn’t a kill shot and you piss it off or if there are more than one of them around, you had better be quick at shooting cause there is always the risk that it’s not going to go down without a fight. They are super large animals plain and simple and there is such thing as rational fear and prudence when being prepared to confront one, even with a gun, even for someone who thinks that a .22 could take down an elephant…… exaggeration just a tad….. maybe…

    • Joseph B

      You, as most ignorant people to ballistics fail to see that I am talking about head shots. A lot of the time the encounters say they only see the head. If you know anything about anatomy, the face is the softest bone, no muscle, and the most lethal damage can be delivered there. Notice I did not mention moose, elk, etc., but they do not have the same soft bone structure as a BF with a primate facial structure. You are trying to compare apples to ??? Sasquatch have the same facial bone frame we do. Granted it is a it thicker, but we are talking millimeters, so to hit the brain pan with CCI Stingers or equivalent is the same. Now if you want to take the creature center mass, number one you are an idiot as most center fire cartridges are not designed for a beast like this, especially an Alpha, but 9 out of 10 encounters have the creature hiding behind something showing its head. I can wip 3 Stingers at that head before anyone can put one 30.06 on the same point and do 10x’s the damage from a weapon that is so light in the field, it is not a burden to carry, my backup is 43 more rounds, and I am not announcing myself with the report of the rifle to the next 4 valley’s over. Use common sense my friend, not high powered loads and heavy gear.

  5. grant d

    Please the mute button, sick or not it’s so annoying. If your too sick to do the show then wait another week. But otherwise the shows have been interesting enough. Nobody wants to hear someone hacking repeatedly on the mic….

  6. Chris S

    Great show. But the coughing in the second half of the show especially at story time was very annoying. I agree if your sick cover the mic or use the mute button. Its pretty loud on this end.

  7. Jimmy

    Great show…great guests…great host! (Make that hosts, lol) Being a PA guy it was really cool to hear about the Keystone Project, etc. Side note…for the remarks about the coughing: While i did not find it distracting at all, it seems that some here did. But honestly i feel that our community here could do with a lot less complaining over trivial things. Just my 2 cents. By the way, i like the closing song…..anyone know the name of it? 🙂

  8. David H

    Hey Guys, I completely agree. I was muting my laptop, but didn’t realize it had to be done through blogtalk. Yeah, coughing is VERY annoying. All apologies.


  9. Eddie M

    When the guy mentioned encounter interviews and being able to tell if the person describing the personal encounter was emotionally moved by it I immediately thought of Tracy in ME Miss. I don’t believe I’ve ever heard as much emotion in a voice. I was surprised that didn’t come to mind as an example of this. Tracy’s encounter was a life changer on many levels. Not many can say they peed on a booger and lived to tell about it but, I never doubted his account one second. I suppose that emotion is what he meant…it locks in credible. I agree.

  10. DonRay

    Great listening Shannon & guests…. nice to hear im not the only one who doesnt like to give out locations….. Thought it was selfish, but it always seemed necessary….

  11. LC B

    oops other thread my bad…

    LC B

    These guests are an interesting pair to say the least, I do not know how they can work together given the different fashion of thinkers they seem to be. I felt Lon’s brains might fall out while discussing his opinions on the flesh and blood nature of the creature, and the other guy was kind to entertain him, as was Shannon. Just did not feel he was critical enough of a thinker to present anything substantive from my perspective. The more he rambled the more annoyed I got…maybe it’s just me…Shaun had a more credible approach in my opinion and did not come off as trying to sound like an expert, whereas I felt Lon was trying to impress us with his wealth of information.

    March 3rd, 2015 Reply

    LC B

    Well I am old and cynical, so who care what I think, I can’t stand myself half the time, so no offense to Lon.

  12. William M

    Another great show Shannon & now Dave. I have to turn the volume way up for most of your shows because the host/guest volumes aren’t the same. Otherwise I can’t hear well. The coughing was almost unbearable during the second half. Not too difficult to cover the mic or mute for a second is it? Otherwise, great show.

  13. Derek G

    Idiot!? Ignorant!? I’ve been called worst things by better men!
    Wow! Joseph B you have issues man!
    Sorry for stirring up the hornets nest under your ass with a little voice of reason!
    I’m pretty sure you are not the only one that can shoot a gun!
    For the record I did acknowledge that you were talking about head shots(with a .22), but out in the field hunting big game it just doesn’t happen like that, come on. I was simply reminding someone I thought was a fellow hunter that the head shot is one of the least taken shots for most game so how much more difficult to get one off at a Sasquatch unless you have nerves of steel and are at very close range but real life doesn’t happen like that and you know it. So yes if you are hunting with a .22 or low caliber gun then you better take head shots but when I go moose hunting I’m not taking my .22 and if I come across a Sasquatch and feel threatened I will hit it wherever I can which most likely will not be the head.
    Even veteran hunters get shaky and nervous sometimes when game they are expecting comes out of the woods to their stands.
    Anyway the majority of kill shots are taken by shooting at the side or if the animal is facing you, center mass or the chest. That is just a fact. Head shots are not always the best shot but if you are that confident Davy Crockett go for it when and if you ever see a Sasquatch.
    Anyway you can disagree with me, whatever…… you may not have mentioned moose….. but you did mention an elephant….
    I mentioned bigger game only for some common sensical size comparison of a Sasquatch.
    You appeal to common sense, fair enough, but please… enough of the uncommon nonsense.

  14. Renee B

    @DerekG very well reasoned and I apreciated you perspective as an experienced hunter. What gets lost in all of this is one vital thing. These creatures tend to travel in packs similar to the velociraptors in Jurassic Park. I don’t care what kind of weapon you have if while you are shooting and killing the one you see the two or more others you don’t see are killing you. Unless you are with others as a group I think you are asking to be featured in David Paulides next book in you go in with guns blazing. As for the cough its not that bad. I’ve had a persistent cough for a week and sometimes you have a cough come on. It happens.

    • Derek G

      Thanks Renee,
      I am by far the most experienced hunter but I think common sense and prudence can make up the difference. I and my brothers are of the same opinion as you. From what I have read and heard Sasquatch are much like a wolf pack. You may see only one but the others are around and can get there pretty quickly if there is a threat. There have been many encounters when people of shot at the Sasquatch. You might have listened to it but on one episode Wes and Will interviewed a deer hunter who shot one and he said it was picked up right away by another one and carried off. I think that guy was very lucky to get out of there. At the end of the day, really, who knows what one would do in an encounter or what circumstances may change someone’s reaction. I don’t think i would shoot a Sasquatch just because I see it. I would have to feel threatened or trapped, I’m not going into the woods to hunt a Sasquatch but at the same time I don’t want to be hunted by one either. I do think going off into the woods on one’s own is not the best way to go about looking for Sasquatch that is for sure.

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