Class 3a

Two sisters have sighting through bedroom window while staying with grandparents in Piney Woods of East Texas.

Report#
01040024
Occurred Summer 1960s
(Submitted October 23, 2004)

Witness Observation

Just wanted to acknowledge that myself & my sister sighted a bigfoot, or what looked like one in the 1960s in East Texas at my grandparents' home in the Piney Woods.

It was in the summer and we could see out the bedroom window, there was a full moon and we heard something step on branches or twigs. We looked out the window and saw a big, hairy animal. My grandfather knocked the screen out of the window and shot. The animal bellowed or roared. About that time we heard him running and saw him clear the barb-wired fence that separated the pasture from the area around the house. He cleared that fence, just practically stepped over it. There was a creek on down the pasture area, Boggy Creek, it was a spring creek with lots of pine and cedar trees. We had a lynx or bobcat on that creek, too.

This animal had lots of hair and looked somewhat like an ape but was walking tall and upright. He had his back turned to us. We were simply looking out my bedroom window at the creature, but he was huge, around 7 foot tall I would say, and I had 20-20 vision at that time. I was a teenager and my sister, Mary, was 4 years younger. I don't remember my exact age or her's, or the year, either, but definitely remember the incident. This happened at Bradfield Chapel in Daingerfield, Texas, County, Morris.

Sounds

Bellowed or roared.

Time and Conditions

Nighttime - Nighttime, clear, full moon. We lived on a small farm and neighbors had a farm, lots of farms in that area.

Investigator's Comments

Charles DeVore

This investigation was conducted as a result of an incident that allegedly occurred in Morris County, Texas in the 1960s.

The witness saw the article in the Dallas Morning News and contacted us; I interviewed her on 26 November 2004. She added a few details to her report that were previously not mentioned.

The grandparents' farm was located just a little south of Bradfield Chapel on a private road approximately 4 miles east of Daingerfield, Texas. The creek that flowed through the property flowed generally south to join Big Cypress Creek that flows into Lake O' The Pines approximately 10 miles south of the incident location. While the time of incident was not remembered, it was after her grandparents had gone to sleep.

The witness and her younger sister were sitting on their bed with the lights out just talking. It was a clear night with a full moon making plenty of light for moving around in their room. Hearing footsteps crunching on twigs they looked out to see this very large, hairy figure walking on two legs in their yard. Her younger sister woke up their grandfather who ran to their room. When the grandfather saw the subject, he quickly retrieved a rifle, kicked out the screen and fired. The subject bellowed or roared loudly and quickly ran away, still upright and erect on two legs.

The witness recalled that they thought the subject was about 7 feet tall, and was large enough to step over the barbed wire fence without leaping or breaking stride. The grandfather put the screen back in the window that night.

The next day everyone looked for sign of footprints, blood or anything and could find no sign of it.

Further details:

The yard was mowed grass leaving no sign of footprints.

On talking about it the next day, the grandfather was not sure if he hit the subject or not. The grandfather had no idea what they had seen and told the girls not to tell anyone about the incident.

The estimated distance from the window to the subject was about 45 feet.

The grandfather's farm had plenty in the way of food source. They raised chickens, ducks, geese, cattle, horses, and hogs. It was not remembered if any animals were missing that night.

The rifle used to shoot with that night was likely a .22 caliber. Like most farm homes, they kept the .22 loaded and ready for wild dog packs, coyotes, and other predators that would regularly try to make a meal of their animals. All agreed that the grandfather likely missed his target. After the first shot, no other shooting was necessary as the subject was in flight at that time from all the commotion of running for the gun, kicking out the window screen, and firing the rifle.

This incident had a very profound effect on the witness who up to this time was always playing in the surrounding woods. After this incident she was afraid to go into the woods or even ride her bicycle on the gravel road that led to their farm.

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