In 1958, a series of large, human-like footprints were discovered by employees at a California logging site. A casting of one of the prints was made by the man who discovered them, Jerry Crew, who took his unusual find to a local newspaper… and an American legend was born.

However, decades later it was revealed that one of the men overseeing the logging operation, Ray Wallace, had been involved in a hoax using large wooden carvings to create the huge footprints. Many skeptics argue, on account of this, that the origins of what came to be known as “Bigfoot” can be traced back to the 1950s, but is this entirely true?

This week we look at the history behind the famous Ray Wallace Bigfoot hoax of 1958, and the earlier American origins of the Sasquatch.

Chapters in This Episode

  • Intro   0:00
  • News   5:52
  • Rocket Man   23:51
  • I. Why Do People Believe in Bigfoot?   36:07
  • Interlude   47:39
  • II. The Case for Relict Hominoids 48:55
  • III. Bigfoot Beginnings: 1958   53:39
  • IV. The Hoax Unravels   1:05:25
  • V. Misunderstanding Sasquatch   1:20:37
  • Conclusion   1:40:05

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