1921, Post Falls, Idaho: Dr. Otis Sherman Arrested for False Claims


1921, Post Falls, Idaho: Dr. Otis Sherman Arrested for False Claims

Dr. Otis Sherman was a traveling confidence man of some infamy.  Throughout 1919 Sherman traveled up and down the East Coast,  in a horse drawn carnival car selling an elixir he purported would increase intelligence, virility, and cure rickets.  When several lawsuits were filed against him, it was nearly impossible for him to pull into a town without the local authorities taking notice.

Sherman moved West. Slowly making his way across the county, Sherman perfected his new scheme of selling Wild Sasquatch Milk. Basically, Sherman sold water mixed with a bit of chalk and onion stirred in. Claiming that he kept a female Bigfoot chained up in the woods just outside of town. A thing that would be cruel if the female Bigfoot were not so dreadfully terrified by human contact and would stop her from producing the magical potion. This Bigfoot Milk would shrink enlarged kidneys, clarify blurry eyesight, and quiet all chest complaints.

His final mistake occurred in Post Falls, Idaho.  After a lively afternoon of hacking his quackery, Sherman decided to stay the night in town since they had a first class hotel and it had been weeks since he slept on a real mattress.  Some of the young men from the town mustered up enough bravery to head out into the woods to see this Bigfoot for themselves. After several hours of searching and finding nothing, the young men returned.

The group stomped into Sherman’s room and demanded proof of the Bigfoot. Sherman hemmed and hawed and grew somewhat agitated – a ploy that usually allowed him a speedy escape. But this time, one of the young men happened to be the sheriff’s boy. So when the sheriff arrived at the disturbance, he gave Sherman a choice, either produce the Bigfoot or stay in jail until he would.

After spending three days in jail, Sherman admitted that there was no Bigfoot. At which point he was arrested on making false claims and confidence schemes.  A month later, at his trial, Sherman claimed that angels had told him divine secrets and if he did not turn his life around he would burn in hell. The jury believed him and did not convict him. Though he did have to repay any money to people who wanted a refund.

Unsurprisingly, few people who purchased the Bigfoot Milk came forth to demand a refund from the now Holy Seer, Dr. Otis Sherman.

1922, Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee: Boy Chased After Fishing Trip


1922, Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee:Boy Chased After Fishing Trip

Mark Science tells the following story from his childhood, growing up in the Smokies.

He loved to fish the river about a mile from his house.  Mark loved it so much he would wake up hours before dawn  just to get some fishing in before he went to school.  Even in the pre-dawn dark, Mark knew the way to his favorite spot.  He even knew where the path dipped low and there was always a deep puddle, which if you stepped in you sank up to your belt buckle.

Mark had fished for maybe 45 minutes and caught a good number of fish, when he heard what sounded like a whole group of men coming through the woods.  Quite a loud commotion with shuffling leaves, breaking tree branches, and all sorts of huffing and puffing.

Knowing better than to mess with any of the men who drank all night on the ridge and lived in the hollows, Mark sank into the nearby underbrush, hiding as best he could.  From his muddy hiding place, he watched as the darkness parted and a huge monster appeared out of the woods.

The creature, probably 12 feet tall and covered in dark black hair, sniffed the air.  Its huge nostrils puffing up to snort like his grandfather did after dinner when he dozed off on the couch.  Then cocking its head, the monster turned to where Mark had his morning’s catch hanging from a tree.

The creature grabbed the fish and devoured them all in two big gnashing bites.  Watching as fish parts flew in all directions, mark got incredibly scared and bolted out from the safety of his hiding place.  He ran with all his might.

The creature grunted in disgusted and chased him.  Mark never ran so fast in his life, but he remembered with the sinkhole was and nimbly dodged it.  The creature was not so lucky.  The last Mark heard of the monster was a powerful howl and water splashing.

1923, Reed Smoot and the Bigfoot Threat to LDS in Georgia

In early 1923, Reed Smoot while on a whistle stop in Georgia wrote in his diary that after praying with representatives from f Georgia’s  Latter Day Saints Churches, several of the state’s elders pulled him aside. They feverishly told him of a grave and existential threat faced by many of Georgia’s LDS congregations. From what the elders told Smoot, a black hairy creature with glowing yellow eyes ransacked several churches, terrorized the children and made the women weep.  But since all the local sheriffs, being Christians themselves, did not look kindly on the Latter Day Saints, and nothing was ever done. They sought Smoot’s intervention in the matter. But Smoot, facing discrimination himself among his fellow Washington politicians, kept silent on the matter, lest he be labelled more of a suspicious kook for believing in monsters.