Sasquatch Conspiracy or Blood On Bigfoot Mountain
A major Sasquatch novel by
J. Hector Beelart
Two buddies fish the body of an
accidentally-killed Bigfoot out of the Columbia River.
What ensues demonstrates what might really happen if such
an event actually occurred, nicely wrapped around an
engaging story line, excellent character development, and
a rich textural painting of the rugged beauty of the
Pacific Northwest. Contains illustrations by famed
Sasquatch artist Rob Butler and 4 appendices, including
Ray Crowe's Best of the Track Record. This book
is bound to become a must-have in the libraries of all
Bigfoot believers - Cybersquatch Internet Bigfoot
The back cover says it all: "A
little something for everyone: SEX (mild allusions to),
VIOLENCE (sort of Shakespearean), and BIGFOOTS (the
"Plus a cast too big to mention -
well ok, we'll mention a few: mobsters, Native Americans,
lawyers, tabloid, timber, religious, small town, and
secret government agency people among many others........
appendixes full of facts and opinions, and finally, the
Best of the Track Record! "
Great Sasquatch Conspiracy or Blood on Bigfoot Mountain by J. Hector Beelart
Appendix A: A Brief History of Bigfoot
Appendix B: The Best of The Track Record
Appendix C: Sasquatch Safaris
Appendix D: Bibliography With Notes
And don't forget about the wonderful Rob Butler drawings
sprinkled throughout the book.
Copyright 1998 by Joseph Hector Beelart, Jr.
355 pages, 7 X 10", printed on 24# acid-free paper
Price: $19.95 postpaid
Western Bigfoot Society
Ray Crowe, Director
225 NE 30th Ave.
Hillsboro, OR 97124-7055
11721 SE Home Ave.
Milwaukie, OR 97222
Review by John
Horrigan, Bay State Bigfoot Society
Let me first say that I
knew of this book when it was in its treatment stage and
professed to Ray that it was indeed a worthwhile
endeavor. A supposition about a captured bigfoot and the
subsequent human nature and greed that would accompany
such a find. Kind of like that lottery ticket scam we had
back here when a store owner kept a lottery ticket for
himself. Joe put alot of heart and soul into it - but
alos alot of guts. What a great premise! IF A BIGFOOT
BODY IS EVER RECOVERED - I bet that the sequence of
events would unfold parallel to Beelart's book. The humor
is inviting, a driving narrative and speculation and
paranoia rear their head. You can't help but like Joe's
main character. He knows his stuff. It is great how
Beelart weaves a tapestry of popular bigfoot lore and
myth, as well as some famous encounters into his book.
This is a breakthrough effort. Here is an author offering
up a piece of fiction that is not pure conjecture but
more like a probable series of events that would play
themselves out in time of a spectacular find as such. If
you collect bigfoot books or memorabilia, then there is a
void in your library right now until you pick up your
copy. Beelart gets five stars. Here then is a new genre
of bigfoot literature. Uninhibited postulation woven from
the consciousness of contemporary America. Beelart's
perception of how certain authorities would react in time
of this startling discovery is the true gem within this
work. The character nuances, the jargin, the reactionary
diatribe spouted by those who have dark intentions and
the innocence of those not "in the know". Ah,
Joe - this is a screenplay-in-waiting buddy. If you have
not begun to circulate this in Los Angeles you are doing
a "grave" injustice to yourself, the study of
bigfoot and entertainment in general. Mark this - this
will get picked up and put up by a producer within two
years. And selfishly Joe, I would love to audition for
one of the roles. This book is a game winning goal.
The bonus of this book is
the "Best of The Track Record" section. I only
subscribe to Crowe's "Track Record" and
Keatings "Bigfoot Report". I proudly boast that
I have every single issue of both of their newsletters.
Keating knows Ohio upside down/ inside out and keeps you
posted on what is going on in the topographical expanses
of Ohio. Don is a"just the facts please"
investigator and rarely deviates or specualtes if at all.
The "Track Record" is a wonderful read,
blending legends, fourth-hand stories, scientific theory
and eyewitness accounts with the major players in the
Pacific Northwest like Rene, Peter and Larry. Rob
Butler's depictions make him the best Sasquatch artist on
the continent. Ray and Don have produced these
magnificent newsletters (at a loss I'm sure) for years. I
really don't need all of this on-line stuff if I get
their newsletters. If you have not subscribed to the WBS
or EOBIC by now I can urge you now to do so. I have read
their editions to the blind on my "Tails"
program in Marshfield for almost five years now and they
are quite popular to people that can only HEAR them.
To conclude this stroke
session, pick-up Joe's book. You get two-for-one: a great
tale with historical accuracy and the most intriguing
bigfoot accounts found anywhere in the "Track
Bay State Bigfoot Society
Review by Craig
What would you do if you
had in your possession a genuine Bigfoot body? Would you
sell it to the highest bidder or give it away for the
sake of science? Would there be any cultural,
sociological, economic or religious after affects to the
disclosure of the body? These are the questions put forth
in this atypical novel by J. Hector Beelart.
Limited to a small printing run of an initial twenty
copies and five authors copies, this novel was offered as
a fund raiser to the Western Bigfoot Society and has
their society as the publisher. The first batches are
signed by three persons, J. Hector Beelart (the author),
Ray Crowe (the director of the WBS) and Rob Butler (the
illustrator). Included with the novel of 289 pages, there
are also several appendixes that have been formed from an
unpublished nonfiction book The 1999 General Bigfoot
Season. The appendixes cover reports, histories and
search tips, including notations and explanations on the
idea of Standard Sasquatch Areas (SSA's). The main
emphasis of the book is the novel.
The story is told from two perspectives, one of the
humans (or Jakes as they are called by the Bigfoot in the
story), and Bigfoot (or Bigfeet when multiple Bigfoot are
being used within the story). Although this concept is
not a new one, it is utilized in this case to a large
extent to demonstrate the perception of each of these
species in regards to each other. Essential the story
unfolds as two men are fishing on the Washington side of
the Columbia River. In the event of fishing one of these
men catches hold of a big one, the body of a Bigfoot that
has died and is floating in the water (from the Bigfoot
perspective the story of how the dead one came to be is
revealed, and accident during a time of play).
Now the idea of what to do with the body comes into play.
Do they decide to cut it free, notify Fish and Game or
keep it? This initial decision acts upon the rest of the
story. Eventually the fellows decide to keep the body,
and bring it home. But, the problem is it is two heavy
and the weather is to harsh to allow the boat and body to
get out of the water. So the body gets chopped up into
more accessible pieces and eventually it is stored in a
freezer. From there it is basically decided that the body
will not be given away, but will become the subject of
bidding. Whoever bids the highest of the people
contacted, will be the ones to have the body.
In the course of events environmental organizations are
contacted or hear of the body included are: logging
companies, museums, a religious group, the tabloid press,
Native Americans, a secret government organization and a
group of Bigfooters. Each wanting the body for a specific
reason whether to avoid logging bans due to this
disclosure of the existence of Bigfoot, the reaction to
religion if the Bigfoot is an evolutionary link, and the
sanctity of the Bigfoot in Native American culture.
Perhaps the most curious inclusion is of a group wanting
not the body, but to hunt living Bigfoot in their
environment. These are rich hunters who have hunted the
world (possessing a Yeti, Congolese dinosaur, Saber-tooth
Cat, and more).
As one can imagine the ramifications of these mingled
groups can caused heated atonement. At one point a brawl
between religious seekers, museum persons, tabloid
reports, Bigfooters, and Native Americans breaks out. All
the while a secret government agency is watching it all
like Big brother. Eventually the situations get settled
out, but not without death and the lose of some of the
It should also be noted that the human characters are
presented at times as extensions of real people. Various
Bigfooters are portrayed in the novel, without their
names being presented:
"The two hunters were looking at a tall man, crisply
dressed in real safari gear. He had on sturdy ankle high
boots that had seen days of trail time. His shirt had
epaulets and they bulged like they had been actually
used. He was wearing an ascot. He walked straight, not
hunched like many men in their early sixties. He was
clean shaven and wearing a good felt hat with flat rim
and a small plain leather band."
This is Peter Byrne being described, although his name is
not mentioned directly. Also mentioned in is the Western
Bigfoot Society, Grover Krantz, Jeffrey Meldrum and
others. Ray Crowe's The Bigfoot Bar & Grill is
written of in passing as well. So for a historical
representation of some famous Bigfooters, the story does
offer a little.
As the human saga is carried out, the Bigfoot one is
continuing as usual. They are presented as a family group
that moves depending on the food availability and the
nearness of man. They are shown as caring, for the most
part, to their kin and a tight group in order to survive.
The concept of the Bigfoot behavior is fairly
straightforward with the idea that the young must be
taught how to survive, where to get food, and how to hide
from humans. There are various areas of thought tossed in
as to how the Bigfoot handles their dead:
The group had special places to put the cold ones and the
places were where the forest cats, coyotes, winged things
and the clumsy wallowing furry forest beings could not
find the cold one and eat their members. These places
were mainly in special rock crevices far back in the lava
tubes, especially the ones that went down and down. On
the north end of the group's territory, there were some
old places dug into the stone by the bothersome Jakes.
They made especially good places to put the cold ones.
When let down some of those holes, a cold one would fall
and fall and then would come up a hollow, echoing
Sometimes they used the marshes and the thick mud when
someone went cold, but, they could only use those places
when it was cold weather. If they put a cold one in the
marsh when the sun was in the north and it was warm, they
would pop up in short time with a huge stomach. Sometimes
when they went to move the risen cold one, the stomach
would suddenly break and a lot of stuff would blow out
and the smell and icky mess would be very bad. From time
to time, an old one would get sick and go cold, but that
was not as often as for the young ones."
These paragraphs show a theory that the dead are disposed
of in an orderly manner, this way to hide the bodies from
scavengers. But, it also demonstrates a thought process
as to when to use a particular spot. These ideas are
unsupportable, but interesting suppositions as to the
behavior of the Bigfoot as a group.
One highly controversial inclusion in the story to the
Bigfoot is the ability to telepathically communicate.
Much has been made of this idea in relation to other
fictional works (John Darnton's Neanderthal, Random
House; New York; 1996). In humans the ability to
telepathically communicate is not proven to exist, in
other animals it is likewise an unknown. Typically a
species communicates with another through body language
and vocal iterations, although other sound makings are
used at times (like tree hitting). The usage of telepathy
in the book at hand is but only a side note, wherein it
is mentioned but dealt with off hand as a common behavior
in order to communicate with another without being heard,
or warn another without having to speak. Whether Bigfoot
actually possesses this ability is unknown, and in all
likelihood would be unknown even after a specimen were to
but two things were missing from her Bigfoot
culture. The first was a complex spoken language that
could communicate social and natural history. Of course,
except for crude carve marks, writing was not existent.
With some history, the group would know about and pass on
to her, knowledge about the killing and eating of their
kind by Jakes of the distant past. They would also known
about the disease that the Jakes passed on when contact
was close in the far past and especially when the white
Jakes came not long ago. When the white Jakes came and
started turning over the soil and taking down the trees,
thousands of Bigfeet quietly died from simple disease.
They would also know that the white Jakes' diseases were
what wiped out many of the dark, traditional Jakes that
left the land and the Bigfeet alone. While they could not
pass on these reasons, the avoidance instinct was
mightily strong because of them.
The second thing that was missing was the lack of fire.
With fire and a stable fire hearth, many things would
change for the Bigfeet.
The youngster would live from instinct and a few values.
The elders would teach her self-reliance. Family values
were basic - if there was a geography suitable to
supporting a group. In a group situation, the instinctive
values were to eat, but not necessarily to share. This
was especially the case in the pursuit of small animals
like hares and rodents or in the taking of
And in that the further outline of behavior is
determined. The Bigfoot is hence drawn by instinct
instead of history. This is viable when compared to
behavior associated with the great apes, wherein behavior
is instinctive with some teaching of a limited degree.
More to the point though, the relationship of the Bigfoot
with Native Americans is shown, where the Native
Americans are shown as separate from the behavior of the
white settlers. This can be carried over into the Native
American traditions of Bigfoot type creatures, and the
reverence shown for them. Equally as important is the
notation of diseases wiping out the populations of
Bigfoot. This did happen with many Native Americans whose
immune system was not suited to handle the myriad of
alien ailments brought by the white settlers to the
continent. To pass this historical fact onto the Bigfoot
groups is only a small stretch, first their immune
systems must be akin to a human system in order to
contract a human based disease, and second they must have
close contact with the white settlers. Historic records
of encounters from the early 1800's and late 1700's are
scant, so the proximity of the settlers to the Bigfoot
groups is unknown, as is the immunology of Bigfoot.
Essentially the Bigfoot are portrayed as instinctive
creatures that react to a situation in an established
manner. They scavenge for food, and at times hunt larger
game. They refrain from interactions with humans, and
violence is utilized only against an aggressor, be it
another Bigfoot or a human. They are portrayed as
extensions of reports and a mingling of theories as to
The novel itself is atypical due to its treatment of what
if to the body of a Bigfoot? And the after effects of
what could happen upon its discovery. In the vein of
fictional works pertaining to Bigfoot, The Great
Sasquatch Conspiracy deals with the subject matter
in a humorous, but straightforward manner.
Milford, NH USA
release announcement in The
MEDIA, BOOKS AND STUFF
June 10, 1999
* Well...its finally out. Joe
Beelart has the first 20 copies hot off the press that
are special editions and have been donated generously to
the WBS. For sale, postpaid, $19.95. The Great
Sasquatch Conspiracy or Blood On Bigfoot
Mountain, Is one really terrific read. The general
topic is a dead Bigfoot, fished from the Columbia River,
and how to keep the body out of the hands of Federal and
State officials, and sell it to the highest bidder. Of
course there are religious fanatics, tabloids, museums,
native Americans, timber people...all trying to convince
the finders the corpse should go to them. There ends up
being a fist fight (yeah...a popular Bigfoot Society buff
gets beaten up) when all congregate at the same time...a
really well written melee. Hate to tell you any more of
the story line though...dont wanna ruin it.
Should mention though that the story is told from two
perspectives...that of the humans and that of the
Also, there is also a special appendix
containing The Best of the Track Record, and
other non-fiction reports. Lots of nice art, especially
on front and back cover by Rob Butler, The Sasquatch Art
Works. The 355 page book, 10 X 7 inch soft-cover book
special has been autographed by Joe, myself and Rob.
Order yours now...before theyre all gone!!
Its first come...first serve, and there are 6 gone
the first day (note: this was 6/10/99 - all autographed
first editions have been sold).
Ray Crowe, Director
Western Bigfoot Society
Available only from:
Joe Hector Beelart, Jr.
3412 Ponderosa Loop
West Linn, OR 97068
Unfortunately, the first and all
subsequent editions of Joe's self-published book have
completely sold out through the sixth printing. However,
putting your name on the waiting list by sending him an
email or note helps Joe judge when he should print up
another 40 or 50 copies. The usual wait from one printing
to the next is about six months. The cost remains $20
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