Albert Ostman (circa 1893 – 1975) was a Canadian prospector who reported that he was abducted by a Sasquatch and held captive for six days. He stated that the event took place near Toba Inlet, British Columbia in 1924. 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..." 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.
In 1924, Albert Ostman, a lumberjack and tough woodsman, went to the area for a vacation. Ostman had heard stories about the "man beasts" who supposedly roamed these woods but refused to believe them. As Ostman lay asleep one evening a Sasquatch purportedly picked him up and carried him off while he was in his sleeping bag. Ostman was carried in his sleeping bag across country for 3 hours by the Sasquatch. The Sasquatch dropped Ostman down on a plateau. Standing around him was a family of 4 of the creatures. Albert was kept captive by the Sasquatch. The captors were 3 adults and a child which held Ostman captive for six days. One of the Bigfoots was reported as being 8 feet tall. Ostman did not use his gun on them as they had done him no harm. He stayed with the Bigfoot family for a week. Ostman ate "sweet tasting grass" that they gave him. According to Ostman the female Sasquatch washed and stacked leaves. Albert escaped by making the large male Sasquatch groggy by feeding him some snuff. He did not tell his story for more than 24 years after it happened for fear of being thought of as crazy. As more Sasquatch stories appeared in the press Albert decided to tell his story to a local newspaper in 1957.
The Albert Ostman story has been cited as a good nonfiction story to get children excited about reading. The Boy Scouts of America have featured the story in their magazine Boys' Life Magazine.
The event has been retold in numerous books, magazine stories, and television programs.
- Northern Mysteries Television Documentary Series. "Albert Ostman Bigfoot Tale" Episode.
- Monsterquest Television Documentary Series. "Sasquatch attack" Episode, Season 1, Episode 2.
- Survivorman Television Documentary Adventure. "Mystery of Bigfoot Mountain" Episode, Season 6, Episode 3.
- Bigfoot Man or Beast (1975). Bigfoot documentary by American National enterprises.
- The Mysterious Monsters (1976). Bigfoot documentary movie.
In 2007, the skeptic Joe Nickell characterized the story as "more likely the result of imagination than of recollection". Critics of Ostman note that he did not make the event public until 1957, thirty three years after he said it took place. Primatologist John Napier states that "Ostman's story fails to convince me primarily on the grounds of the limited food resources available." Bigfoot researcher Peter Byrne cannot accept Ostman's story without more evidence.
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- A.M. Naismith (August 20, 1957), affidavit.
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- A.M. Naismith (August 20, 1957), Solemn Declaration.
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