Maine Newspaper from 1886 Reports Killing of Sasquatch-like Monster

20-10The Bangor Daily News digs deep into the vaults and returns with a tall tale of a vicious, hairy wild man. Take it with a grain of salt: “Wild Man” stories were part and parcel of the late nineteenth century rural press.

WATERVILLE, Maine — In the same month the Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York in 1886, a handful of newspapers in New England published stories about a deadly encounter in the Maine woods involving what today likely would be termed “Bigfoot” or “Sasquatch.”

The story of the 10-foot-tall “wild man” with 7-foot-long arms and hair growing all over his face and body was reported in broadsheets of the time after first gracing the pages of the Waterville Sentinel, a weekly paper that no longer exists. The Waterville Morning Sentinel was established 18 years later in 1904.

Tales of these seldom-seen, mysterious apelike beasts are found in Maine folklore, according to experts, but they are more prevalent in California, Washington and Oregon tales. Online searches yield hundreds of similar stories from around the globe.

The Maine story starts in early October 1886 when “an affrighted Frenchman from over the line” arrived in the Elm City to weave a frightening tale of woe, according to an excerpt from the Sentinel published in at least two other papers of the era, the Wilton Record and The Industrial Journal of Bangor.

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  • TheLie

    Why was this posted? In what way does this better the readers of Disinfo? This seems like the alternative news version of meaningless celebrity drivel, sensationalism of the lowest sort.

    • Ted Heistman

      You take this site way too seriously bro. If you use this as your main source of News you are a moron.

      • TheLie

        Definitely no projection in that post. In no way did I insinuate or imply this site is my main source for news.
        It just seems strange that Disinfo deliberately presents itself as a counter-weight to the obfuscation and banality of mainstream media, only to post newspaper articles about newspaper articles from 1886 concerning the ever-unsubstantiated cryptids.

    • Matt Staggs

      It’s because you’re not the only person who visits this site, and some of them are interested in folklore, cryptozoology and the media. Lighten up, Francis.

  • Ted Heistman

    These Wild man stories are actually really important to the whole Sasquatch Mystery. Not all of them were as sensationalistic as this one either. A hundred years ago people in North America were much more rural and seeing these wild men was fairly common. People were much more regionally oriented and less connected to the rest of the country and often had small town newspapers reporting on strange local event like this. A pattern was only revealed later. By the 1950’s people have moved off the farms and into the sub urbs and the local Wild man stories were forgotten from the collective memory and until the first “big foot story” Broke in Northern California and captured the public imagination.

    • Matt Staggs

      Good points, all.

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