UPDATE 4:00 – 12/06/20: Dr. Ketchum responded on Facebook to the “rumors.” I’ve placed her response at the end of this post.
…Paper that is. Or at least one that will be published anytime soon. Warning: Bitter pills to follow.
News reports are trickling in that Dr. Melba Ketchum’s paper on Sasquatch (hybrid-humans/h-humans) DNA has been rejected. I gave her the benefit of the doubt last week that she only made an announcement because the journal gave her permission. It now appears – reading between the lines of the original source that leaked the story – that this may have been a ploy to raise the profile of the paper in order to force the journal’s hand. If we are to believe previous stories on this topic, the paper has been rejected and rewritten on numerous occasions.
This news will, of course, lead to an uprising of conspiracy theories about the bias of mainstream science. While I have no doubt that a majority of the scientific community thinks the subject of Bigfoot is silly, no reasonable scientist is biased against solid research based on sound scientific principles. At this point, we must all assume that the paper is not worthy of publication.
This should also put to rest all the ridiculous claims that there is a body. There is no body. How do I know? Because Dr. K would have released photos/video of said body in order to bolster her claims. And if she’s not in possession of a body, but someone else is, they would certainly have taken the opportunity by now to release evidence that they have a body on a block of ice given the media attention her announcement was given.
Dr. Ketchum also issued a statement that she is in possession of HD quality video of these h-humans that she will release when the paper is published. Everyone is assuming that this is the famous (or infamous) Erickson footage. Logic dictates that these images are not game changing images, otherwise, at the very least, a clip or two would have appeared to add credibility to her press release. Few people have seen the Erickson footage and even fewer still have been impressed by the footage.
It is time for the researchers that submitted samples to the study to step forward and break their non-disclosure agreements. Thanks to the publicity this stunt generated the paper is most likely DOA, and will never see publication in a reputable journal. Disclosure cannot damage the paper anymore than it is already damaged. If you are a contributor to the study, and you contact me, I don’t do the anonymous sources crap. You contact me, you go on the record. This community is rife with secrecy that serves no real purpose other than to give cowards cover. I won’t be a part of it.
Sane people have been witness to something in the woods of North America. I’m not willing to completely dismiss their accounts. Statistically speaking it’s much more reasonable to believe something large and unknown is out there than it is to believe they are all simply lying or misidentifying known animals. However, as of now, there is no proof of Bigfoot, and making claims to the contrary is nonsense.
Dr. Ketchum’s response – “The paper is still under review and the rumormongering is counterproductive. The science will speak for itself once the manuscript publishes.”
To elaborate on her response, the news of the rejection came from Igor Bustrev, a Russian researcher who types in broken English. I believe the Ketchum camp is claiming he meant ‘revision’ instead of ‘rejection.’
That being said, Dr. Ketchum is not off the hook. She would be better served if she released some of the footage that is allegedly high quality HD footage. I can think of no logical reason to withhold something that would only support the claims she made in her press release.