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Submitted by witness on Wednesday, July 05, 2006.
Adult recounters childhood sighting on Black Mountain
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STATE: North Carolina
COUNTY: Buncombe County
LOCATION DETAILS: Near the top of Black Mounain.
NEAREST TOWN: Black Mountain
NEAREST ROAD: Highway 9
OBSERVED: I was getting ready for bed one night at our upper house here on Black Mountain. There was no development at this time so the woods behind that house would still be considered wilderness. We had a cat that wasn't supposed to be in the house, so when he ran inside and hid under our bunk beds I had to go and get him. I bent down to pick him up from under the bed, and as I stood back up, I looked out the window that was right in front of me. As I looked out at the starry sky I was shocked, if not terrified, to see the dark outline of a strange figure walking past the window.
Because of the tree tops, I could only see the top half of the body, but I would estimate it to be at least seven feet tall. It looked very large and lofty. I knew it couldn't be anybody that was on the mountian at the time. The shape of the head was that of a man with a mullet hair cut, so you couldn't make out the contour of the back of the head, it sort of went straight down. One thing I remember thinking was strange about the way it walked -- it swung it's arms as it walked by, like pendulums.
ALSO NOTICED: Other than the shape of the head and the way the creature swung it's arms back and forth. It also seemed to slouch a little.
OTHER WITNESSES: No, but I freaked out and told my Aunt and Cousin about it immediately.
OTHER STORIES: Just the one on this sight.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Dusk, the weather was clear and there were no clouds in the sky because I could see the stars easily. The moon was also giving off more light than usual, so there was a good backdrop for a sillhoutte.
ENVIRONMENT: Regular mountain forest. Steep terrain and lot's of big rocks and vegetation.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Patty Lee:
I spoke with the witness about his sighting and he had the following to add:
Mr. A.S. was 9 years old at the time of the sighting. He had left the door briefly open to his home and his outdoor cat harriedly raced in. As he was retrieving the cat from beneath the bed in his room, he glanced up and noticed a very large silhouette move past his window.
There is a dirt slope seven to eight feet beyond the window and a tree-line. That was where the figure was walking. The witness said he was leaning down and glancing upward, out the window which gave him a good view of the slope, the treeline, the unusually bright night sky and of course, the bigfoot. I asked him why he did not think it was a local mountain man cutting through his property and he replied, "The arms gave it away. They swung like heavy pendulums."
He added its gait was fluid-like and it was hunched over. The hair came down its neck and there was no division between the head and neck. He described the hair as shaggy and its overall stature as hulk-like.
Mr. A.S. still resides at the property and in November of 2004 heard heavy stomping noises around his home again. The stomps happened intermittently for two months and ceased.
Black Mountain has remained heavily wooded and sparsely populated until the past few years. New housing developments are being constructed on the mountain. Mr. A.S. is part of a construction crew currently working on one of the developments.
About BFRO Investigator Patty Lee:
Patty Lee (photo) lives near Charleston, SC and is a member of the Southeastern BFRO Tracking Team
- B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Colorado
- Certified Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT)
- Traveled and camped extensively in Canada, Alaska, and Lower 48
- Former manager of a high end climbing and wilderness outfitting retailer in Virginia
- Organized the BFRO's November 2007 expedition in South Carolina
Patty attended the following BFRO expeditions: