A group of dedicated researchers are searching the north woods of Vermont and New York for a strange creature long thought to be extinct-known in folklore as Bigfoot or Sasquatch. In the North Country of New York, New England and Quebec, the creature is known by its regional Indian name, correctly spelled Wejuk (wee-juck).
Bigfoot or Wejuk sightings are the focus of the Northern Sasquatch Research Society based in Hudson Falls, N.Y. Its members include Frank Siecienski of Hubbardton, Brian Gosselin of Whitehall, Cliff South of South Glens Falls, and John Pearson and Bill Brann of Glens Falls.
Former Whitehall police officer Brian Gosselin was an eyewitness to a now famous August 1976 Wejuk incident on Abair Road in Hampton, N.Y., near the Vermont state line, across from Fair Haven.
Gosselin has been featured in several television documentaries about Bigfoot or Wejuk.
Bigfoot researchers around the word know all about the famous sighting of a creature, by former police officer Brian Gosselin and others, in August 1976 in the Whitehall, N.Y. area. Bill Brann and Brian Gosselin of NSRS continue our discussion.
L.V.: Many of the accounts of the August 1976 Wejuk sighting near the New York-Vermont state line, even those recreated in recent television documentaries, don't seem to jive with what Brian Gosselin told us. Why is that?
Brann: When the 1976 story was first reported it was full of holes-it was wrong. The reporters seemed to either ad lib or just didn't take the time to investigate the story. So, they had Brian being on-duty as a policeman-he was off duty at the time.
A popular book appeared, titled "The Bigfoot Casebook", and the authors took the original news articles and never did any investigation on their own. So who knows how many people reading the book are thinking it happened another way, the wrong way. This is why it's good to have Brian here with us to describe what he saw to your newspaper-you get a good, clean version; not a copy.