Geographical Index > United States > Louisiana > Avoyelles Parish > Report # 24413|
Submitted by witness on Wednesday, August 13, 2008.
Woman recounts a tale her Grandfather told her about a frightening incident near Horseshoe Lake
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COUNTY: Avoyelles Parish
NEAREST TOWN: Bordelonville, Louisiana
NEAREST ROAD: Horseshoe Lake
OBSERVED: Because of today's report of a Bigfoot Body, my memory was jarred by a story from my now deceased grandfather. In the Fall of 1925 my grandfather and his brother were hunting duck around Horsehoe Lake in Bordelonville, Louisiana. The area was swampy and woodsy, but opened onto farm land and pastures. Paw Paw and my uncle were headed into the duck blinds at sunrise. The weather was cool and the steam was coming off the water. After climbing over a pasture fence with a kerosene lamp, they saw two red, round reflections in the tree line ahead of them. They stopped in their tracks as the "lights" came closer to them attracted to the light. Paw Paw said that he and his brother were frozen in fear and couldn't move. I don't know what the french name they used for it, but as it came closer it was a lumbering, furry figure, with red eyes reflecting in the light. When it came within a few feet, my uncle panicked and slapped my grandfather and they dropped everything they had with them and ran like hell all the way back home. That story is our family legend and I always thought they were joking when telling it. Maybe they weren't.
OTHER WITNESSES: Two brothers were together, going hunting.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Sunrise - blackness against a rising sun. Dark enough for a lamp to light the way to the duck blind.
ENVIRONMENT: Woods with brush that was on the edge of a swampy part of the lake. I think now the land has been developed.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Cathy Betz:
I spoke to the granddaughter of the gentleman that had this encounter. She stated that from the time she was very small her grandfather had told her this story time and time again until he eventually passed on. I asked her if her great uncle, the other witness to the story, had ever told her what had happened to them, and she said that he never spoke of it to her. When her grandfather told her, and other members of the family, what had happened that night, her grandfather was always adamant in that what he related to them actually happened and that it was a true story.
During the 1920ís her family owned land next to Horseshoe Lake. She said at the time the area was mostly comprised of croplands that consisted of cotton, sugarcane or pasture land for cows. The rest was woodlands, marsh and brush. In my research of the area I have found that little has changed except that sugarcane has been substituted for corn and soybeans. Some of the surrounding areas have been converted into wildlife refuge parks, with a few subdivisions added here or there.
I found the granddaughter very willing and matter of fact when I spoke to her over the phone. The story she submitted is dear to her and her family and she feels that what her grandfather had told her was true.
About BFRO Investigator Cathy Betz:
Cathy has been a nurse for over 27 years and currently works in a busy ICU. An amateur naturalist, Cathy has been intrigued by the bigfoot phenomenon from an early age.
Attended the following expeditions:
- The 2006 Florida Expedition
- The 2007 North Carolina Expedition
- The 2008 South Florida Expedition
- The 2008 North Florida Expedition
- The 2009 Central Florida Expedition
- The 2009 Utah Expedition
- The 2010 TN Survey Expedition
- The 2011 East Texas Expedition
-The 2012 North FL Expedition
-The 2013 Michigan Upper Peninsula Expedition
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