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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

1965, FOUKE, ARKANSAS, USA, JAMES LYNN CRABTREE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

In the literature about the "Bigfoot" and in one ufology catalogue, it was told that close to Fouke, Arkansas, USA, in 1965, James Lynn Crabtree, aged 14, was hunting squirrels when he heard horses run and plunge into the lake close to his house, then he heard a dog howling as if in pain.

He ran to check out what was going on, but while he approached the sound changed. He approached with ecaution and saw a hairy animal turning its back at him, observing the horses in the lake and seemingly agitated about them.

This animal was7 to 8 feet tall, with brown-reddish hair approximately four inches length on its body. It was stood like a man, but it had long arms.

The creature turned around, saw the boy and stopped to look at him. Its face was covered with hair, showing only a flat and dark brown nose. The creature stretched, sniffed the air, and then started to walk towards the boy, who shot it in the face with his 20 gauge shotgun, three times, but the thing kept on coming at him and the boy run away.

The boy told that the animal did not show any sign to have been wounded by his shooting; other versions do not indicate this.

Other stories of this kind were reported in the same area, a movie was made in 1973 with witnesses acting their roles, the Crabtree family owns a gift shop selling books and souvenir items about what is now called "the Fouke Monster", of which a representation for the tourists was put on in the city. In fact, it seems that the principal witness is actually still avakiable to answer requests for information, that his book can be read, but it seems that the Bogfoot books authors took no step about that.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000603
Date of event: 1965
Earliest report of event: 1970?
Delay of report: Day, years?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Sensationalist book by John Keel.
First certain record by: "Bigfoot" website.
First alleged record type: Sensationalist book.
First certain record type: "Bigfoot" website.
This file created on: June 12, 2008
This file last updated on: June 12, 2008
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Arkansas
Type of location: Outside, near lake, near home.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: No
UFO departure observed: Yes
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages:
Witnesses types: Not reported.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Humanoid
Entities height: Small
Entities outfit type: One piece tight fitting
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Came out of UFO, saw witness, went back in, departure.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, shot, fled.
Witness(es) feelings: Curious then frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Possible bear.
Explanation certainty: Medium.

Narratives:

[Ref. jb1:] JANET AND COLIN BORD:

The authors indicate in their catalogue that in 1955, in Fouke, Arkansas, Lynn Crabtree fired at the "Fouke Monster".

The source is indicated as Fate no.264 p.28.

[Ref. lc1:] LOREN COLEMAN:

The author indicates that in the 70's, the Fouke monsters, as in many other cases, featured gorilla-like features.

[Ref. mb1:] MINNESOTA BIGFOOT SOCIETY:

The society indicates that John Green tells of 14-year-old James Lynn Crabtree who witnessed a 7 to 8 foot tall reddish haired animal in 1965 near Fouke. Crabtree claims to have shot the creature three times in the face, but with no effect.

The source is indicated as "Sasquatch; The Apes Among Us; John Green."

[Ref. mb2:] MINNESOTA BIGFOOT SOCIETY:

This Bigfoot research society reviewed the 1973 film about the so-called Fouke Monster of 1965 and wrote:

Other benign sightings are by Fred Crabtree and James Crabtree. Fred, while out hunting spotted the creature by the bank of the creek apparantly washing its feet. Fred states that if he had his rifle with him rather than his shotgun, he could have shot the creature. However, Fred Crabtree states he doesn't think he would have shot it anyhow because its characteristics resembled a man's. James Crabtree's account also took place while hunting in the swamp bottoms. He states that while he was hunting, a strange silence fell over the woods. No birds or small creatures were anywhere to be seen. Shortly thereafter, James witnesses the creature step right out in front of him in a casual and curious manner.

[Ref. jg1:] JOHN GREEN:

John Green says strange things started to happen near Fouke, Arkansas in 1965, as James Lynn Crabtree, 14, encountered a strange animal while squirrel hunting. He first heard horses running and plunge into the lake near his home, then he heard a sound like a dog hollering in pain.

He ran towards the noise but as he got nearer it changed to a different sound. He approached cautiously and saw a hairy animal with its back to him, watching the horses in the lake and acting quite agitated about them. This animal was 7 or 8 feet high, with reddish-brown hair about four inches long all over its body. It stood upright like a man, but had extra-long arms.

The creature turned and saw the boy and stopped to look at him. Its face was covered with hair, showing only a flat, dark-brown nose. The creature stretched, sniffing the air, and then started walking towards the boy, who shot it in the face with his shotgun, three times, but the thing kept coming and the boy ran. He said it showed no sign of being hurt by the light 20-gauge loads.

John Green idnciates that it was the first report that attracted attention to what has since been called he "Fouke Monster," but it turned out that it had been seen at least three times previously, and within a month another 14-year old boy saw it and shot at it while deer hunting. John Green tells of more such reports in the next years.

[Ref. in1:] A WEB PAGE:

A web page indicates that Smokey Crabtree and members of his family were actors in a movie entitled "The Lgened of Boggy Creek", concerning the Fouke Monster. Smokey also served as wildlife guide for the filming and published a book. It was Smokey's fascinating experiences and knowledge that made the legend, and he was very disappointed with the filmed legend because so much was left out and so much was not explained. He wanted to tell facts behind the scenes about the large, hairy wildman of the bottom lands of Arkansas.

His book was completed with 33 pictures, 19 in color, a full detailed up-to-date story on the Fouke Monster he wanted to keep on a truthful basis. He told how his family knows more about what the monster actually looks like than any other person living today, as they have had a daylight view of the Monster at 80 yards away, a front view and also a back view. Smokey drew a free-hand sketch of what was seen.

The author of the page pointed out that Smokey Crabtree is very much alive today, that he spent much time in the woods with the unidentified hairy man, that he lived the legend and tells the true story untampered with by movie makers.

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that near Fouke, Arkansas, in 1965, at an unknown time, in a swampy area 14-year old James Crabtree encountered a seven to eight-foot tall, reddish haired creature. Crabtree claims to have shot the creature three times in the face but without any effect.

Albert Rosales indicates as source "Ron Schaffner."

[Ref. js1:] JOHN STEELE:

John Steele says that in 1965, near Fouke, Arkansas, 14-year-old James Crabtree was squirrel hunting when he heard some horses galloping into a nearby lake. Then he heard a dog howling in pain. Investigating, he came up behind an 8 foot tall creature, covered all over with 4 inch long reddish-brown hair. It turned, and he couldn't see anything of its face, other than a wide flat nose. Everything else was covered in hair.

The bigfoot started walking towards Crabtree, who, terrified, shot it in the face three times with his shotgun. As the creature didn't seem to notice, the boy left as fast as he could.

[Ref. mb1:] MARK BANTA:

Mark Banta read Smokey Crabtree's book "Smokey and the Fouke Monster" and wrote a review. He first points out that the classic movie, The Legend of Boggy Creek, 1975, presented as a "true story", is quite unfamiliar to Bigfoot enthusiasts, and tells that Smokey Ceabtree's book tells a different story.

From Mark Banta's review, we learn that the book tells the life story of Smokey Crabtree and how he got involved in the making of The Legend of Boggy Creek, and his opinions on how movie creator Charles Pierce conned the small town of Fouke, and that there were lawsuits following the film.

Banta also tells that he met Smokey at 2005 Jefferson Bigfoot Conference, that he quite a unique character, a pleasant man in person who dedicated a lot of time and money into telling his side of the story,and also a very good salesman, which "is evidenced by my purchasing all three of his books."

[Ref. sc1:] "SMOKEY" CRABTREE:

Smokey Crabtree has his main website at www.smokeyandthefoukemonster.com and another at www.tooclosetothemirror.com

Points to consider:

The story comes apparently first from a John Keel book, and also from a 1973 documentary-style drama, or a "pseudo-documentary" according to one critic who questions the existence of a monster in that Arkansas swamp. It seems that what we have here is more how a local folklore develloped than a real research about a real monster.

Obviously, whether the Fouke Monster existed or not, it does no have any relation with the matter of UFO occupants.

Obviously, much more documentary research could be done on this case, for example, it should be found out if J.E. "Smokey" crabtree is actually James Flynn Crabtree or his brother who apparently also reported a sighting. Obviously, many answers on such questions could be in Mr. Crabtree's book, and he could be contacted and interviewed as well.

So the points underneath are not really dealing with the yet-to-explore occurrence but more the the "story" as it was published in the Bigfoot litterature and a ufology catalogue, as if there were no possibility of further research.

After all, I do not have to make this research: this catalogue is about sighting reports of entities really related to UFOs, and to me, it is already obvious enough that it is not the case here. The affair thus might have to do with cryptozoology, not ufology, and I leave to Bigfoot researchers the care to do more research.

Crabtree bookstore

Left: "Smokey" Crabtree owns a bookstore in Fooke selling souvenirs of the "Fouke Monster".

As a "bigfoot sighting", it raises credibility and accuracy questions on Bigfoot literature that Bigfoot researchers should address. For exemple, why does the 1973 documentary tell that Crabtree did not shoot at the creature whereas other versions claim he shot three times? Was this a detail added by John Keel, an earlier source, and an author who often made things much more sensational than they really were? Why are we not told wtheher this happened by day or by night? How distant from the boy was the animal? Is Smokey Crabtree the witness or a relaitive to the witness?

Before being called a bigfoot, even if just using the existing "Bigfoot" litterature references on the case, it should also be wondered why it could not have been quite simply a bear. The description is actually that of a bear.

Fouke Monster

Left: There is in Fouke a representation of the "monster". It is a silhouette, with a hole in the place of the face, so that the tourists put their head in it and can be photographed posing as "the monster." The silhouette also strongly evokes a bear.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe June 12, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source not available and unknown. Help needed. Opened.
2 Ufology Severe June 12, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No investigation report available. Help needed. Opened.
3 Ufology Severe June 12, 2008 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Possibility of a bear apparently never investigated or considered. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Possible bear.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross June 12, 2008 Creation, [jb1], [lc1], [mb1], [mb2], [jg1], [in1], [lc1], [ar1], [js1], [sc1].
1.0 Patrick Gross June 12, 2008 First published.

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