Albert Ostman

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Albert Ostman (died 1975)[1] was a Canadian prospector who reported that he was abducted by a Sasquatch and held captive for six days.[2] He stated that the event took place near Toba Inlet, British Columbia in 1924.[3] On August 20, 1957, police magistrate A.M. Naismith wrote an affidavit which states "...I found Mr. Ostman to be a man of sixty-four years of age; in full possession of his mental faculties. Of pleasant manner and with a good sense of humor. I questioned Mr. Ostman thoroughly in reference to the story given by Mr. Green. I cross-examined him and used every means to endeavor to find a flaw in either his personality or his story, but could find neither..."[4][5] Albert Ostman also signed a Solemn Declaration indicating that his account of the Sasquatch story was true under oath and by virtue of the Canadian Evidence Act.[5][6]

The story[edit]

In 1924, Albert Ostman went on the area.[7] As Ostman lay asleep one evening a Sasquatch purportedly picked him up and carried him off while he was in his sleeping bag.[8] Ostman was carried in his sleeping bag across country for 3 hours by the Sasquatch.[9] The Sasquatch dropped Ostman down on a plateau. Standing around him was a family of 4 of the creatures.[10] Albert was kept captive by the Sasquatch.[11] The captors were 3 adults and a child which held Ostman captive for six days.[12] One of the Bigfoots was reported as being 8 feet tall.[13] Ostman did not use his gun on them as they had done him no harm.[14] He stayed with the Bigfoot family for a week.[15] Ostman ate “sweet tasting grass” that they gave him.[16] According to Ostman the female Sasquatch washed and stacked leaves.[17] Albert escaped by making the large male Sasquatch groggy by feeding him some snuff.[18] He did not tell his story for more than 24 years after it happened for fear of being thought of as crazy.[19][20] As more Sasquatch stories appeared in the press Albert decided to tell his story to a local newspaper in 1957.[21]

Influence[edit]

Bigfoot advocates[edit]

Many Bigfoot advocates such as John Green cite the story as evidence for the existence for Bigfoot.[5]

Children's literature[edit]

The Albert Ostman story has been cited as a good nonfiction story to get children excited about reading.[22] The Boy Scouts of America have featured the story in their magazine Boys' Life Magazine.[21]

Media appearances[edit]

The event has been retold in numerous books, magazine stories, and television programs.

Television appearances[edit]

  • Northern Mysteries Television Documentary Series. "Albert Ostman Bigfoot Tale" Episode.
  • Monsterquest Television Documentary Series. "Sasquatch attack" Episode, Season 1, Episode 2.

Movie appearances[edit]

Criticism[edit]

In 2007, the writer Joe Nickell characterized the story as a hoax.[23] Critics of Ostman note that he did not make the event public until 1957, thirty three years after he said it took place.[24] Primatologist John Napier states that "Ostman's story fails to convince me primarily on the grounds of the limited food resources available."[25] Bigfoot researcher Peter Byrne cannot accept Ostman’s story without more evidence.[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guittilla, Peter (2003). The Bigfoot Files. Timeless Voyager Press. p. 29. ISBN 9781892264152. 
  2. ^ Laks Gorman, Jacqueline (2003), Bigfoot, Gareth Stevens Publishing, p. 4 
  3. ^ Loren Coleman (November 24, 2009). Bigfoot!: The True Story of Apes in America. Pocket Books. p. 190. ISBN 978-1-4391-8778-4. 
  4. ^ Police Magistrate A.M. Naismith (August 20, 1957), affidavit. 
  5. ^ a b c Green John, On The Track of the Sasquatch. Cheam Publishing. 1968
  6. ^ Police Magistrate A.M. Naismith (August 20, 1957), Solemn Declaration. 
  7. ^ Juanita Rose Violini (October 1, 2009). Almanac of the Infamous, the Incredible, and the Ignored. Weiser Books. p. 131. ISBN 978-1-60925-090-4. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ Christopher Bader; Frederick Carson Mencken; Joseph Baker (January 1, 2010). Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture. NYU Press. p. 103. ISBN 978-0-8147-8642-0. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  9. ^ Life Magazine Vol. 64 No. 13. Time Inc., March 29, 1968 
  10. ^ Boys Life Magazine (The Boy Scouts of America.). October 1980. p. 34. 
  11. ^ Weekly World News. April 28, 1981. p. 20. 
  12. ^ Rory Storm (November 4, 2008). Monster Hunt: The Guide to Cryptozoology. Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-4027-6314-4. 
  13. ^ Michael Burgan (July 1, 2004). Bigfoot. Capstone. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-7368-2715-7. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ Lionel & Patricia Fanthorpe (October 4, 2010). The Big Book of Mysteries. Dundurn. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-77070-456-5. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  15. ^ Therese Shea (October 30, 2005). Bigfoot. Rosen Classroom. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-4042-5675-0. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  16. ^ M. Halpin ,Marjorie, M. Ames, Michael (1980). Manlike monsters on trial: early records and modern evidence. University of British Columbia. p. 225. 
  17. ^ Philip Spencer (July 2008). The Wildman of Kentucky: The Mystery of Panther Rock. Reality Press. p. 2. ISBN 978-1-934588-38-3. 
  18. ^ Bil Gilbert (January 1, 2004). Natural Coincidence: The Trip from Kalamazoo. University of Michigan Press. p. 57. ISBN 978-0-472-02546-6. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  19. ^ Walker Kathryn (2009). Mysteries of Giant Humanlike Creatures. Crabtree Publishing. 
  20. ^ Nelson Yomtov (January 1, 2011). Tracking Sea Monsters, Bigfoot, and Other Legendary Beasts. Capstone. p. 15. ISBN 978-1-4296-4817-2. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  21. ^ a b Boys Life Magazine The Magazine For All Boys. (The Boy Scouts of America). July 1991. p. 27. 
  22. ^ A. Baxter ,Kathleen, Kochel, Marcia Agness (1999). Gotcha!: nonfiction booktalks to get kids excited about reading. Greenwood Publishing. p. 82. 
  23. ^ Nickell, Joe (January–February 2007). "Mysterious entities of the Pacific Northwest, Part I". Skeptical Inquirer 31 (1): 21. 
  24. ^ David J. Daegling (2004). Bigfoot Exposed: An Anthropologist Examines America's Enduring Legend. Rowman Altamira. p. 67. ISBN 978-0-7591-0539-3. 
  25. ^ Debenat, Jean-Paul, L. Murphy, Christopher (2009), Sasquatch/Bigfoot and the Mystery of the Wild Man: Cryptozoology & Mythology. 
  26. ^ Rick Emmer (2010), Bigfoot: Fact Or Fiction?, InfoBase Publishing.. 

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