Discovery Channel Doc Suggests ‘Russian Yeti’ Responsible For Dyatlov Pass Deaths

Pic: Dyatlov Pass - some of the victims.

Pic: Dyatlov Pass – some of the victims.

I love me some crypto critters, scary stories, and urban legends, but the Dyatlov Pass incident is plenty interesting enough for a documentary without dropping a squatch into the mix. (By the way, you should be aware that if you start Googling the story you’re probably going to run across some supremely disturbing photos of the bodies – not the best thing to see if you’re, say, up blogging at 1:00 AM in an empty house.)

Investigators baffled by the unexplained and gruesome deaths of Russian college students decades ago have come up with a new suspect, albeit an unlikely one: the Yeti.

On February 2, 1959, nine college students climbed the icy slopes of Dyatlov Pass in the Ural Mountains of Russia. They never made it out alive. The students bodies were found with broken ribs and fractured skulls. In one grotesque case, a woman’s eyes had been gouged out and her tongue was missing.

At the time of the tragedy, investigators cryptically declared the Dyatlov Pass deaths were due to a “compelling natural force,” according to a new television documentary reexamining the case.

Since the massacre occurred during the Cold War, some have speculated the students were killed by a top secret Soviet weapon. Others claim an indigenous tribe lashed out at the hikers for trespassing.

However, the murder site doesn’t seem to jibe with those explanations:

A new documentary, “Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives” airing June 1 on the Discovery Channel explores the remote possibility that a “menk” — the Russian word for Yeti — may have been responsible.

via Mysterious Deaths Of College Students Blamed On ‘Russian Yeti’.

25 Comments on "Discovery Channel Doc Suggests ‘Russian Yeti’ Responsible For Dyatlov Pass Deaths"

  1. Adam's Shadow | May 31, 2014 at 1:26 pm |

    God, I love this story. A more talented person with more time could turn this into an underground horror film quite easily.

  2. misinformation | May 31, 2014 at 1:32 pm |

    I just listened to the first (free) hour of this Red Ice interview. The guest claimed that, after studying the photos while increasing resolution, etc, he could see a UFO stalking the hikers and that is ultimately how they met their demise (of course, he doesn’t go into detail about how).

    For the record, I stopped listening before the hour was up because the guy seemed full of proverbial shit – that’s saying something because I rarely stop short and Red Ice often has some pretty unbelievable guests.

  3. Anarchy Pony | May 31, 2014 at 1:59 pm |

    I love creepy mystery murder shit like this. Especially when it’s in isolated rural areas, adds extra creep factor when the killer might be a mysterious beast.

  4. Was it a Yeti? Was it a KGB hit gone bad? Was it a murder-suicide? Was it a freak accident? How many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop?

    The world may never know.

    • Echar Lailoken | May 31, 2014 at 6:53 pm |

      What if it was a group of conspiracy theorist writers that wanted something to write about, so they committed their own conspiracy. In the end there’s a twist though. We learn as they sit heavily medicated in institutions for the criminally insane that it was actually the Illuminatti.

      It’s revealed through hypnosis and regression techniques that remote viewing and project monarch triggers were used to control them into committing crimes that would denigrate the image of conspiracy theorists. This evil genius act also helped to get rid of a group of people who were unwittingly camping too close to one of their bases. To the mystery van!

      • Number1Framer | Jun 1, 2014 at 2:13 am |

        There were also rumors of Monarch butterflies fluttering about despite the -20 temp and the snow forming what was described as a ‘checkerboard pattern.’ There ya go David Icky, I just birthed a new conspiracy. Take it from there in your next 2,000,000 page book.

  5. Or…or…just goin out a limb here…what if…serial killer/batshit crazy person? Russia hates admitting it has them…but it does. Monster stories always sound more fun that than the horrifying possibility that humans are entirely capable of savagery on a level that animals have never imagined. (mostly cause we have electricity).

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  6. Matt Staggs | Jun 3, 2014 at 12:45 am |

    Read both, but didn’t care too much for Skinwalker. I thought Mothman was a little more gonzo.

    • Adam's Shadow | Jun 3, 2014 at 11:17 am |

      Yeh, Skinwalker tried very hard to be “scholarly” which is hard when you’re talking about some haunted ranch in the middle of Ute country. Still, I liked it, as it’s just a good story.

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