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The Man, The Myth, and The Legend of Grover Krantz

In the early 1990s in Sequim, Washington, on the heavily forested Olympic Peninsula, anthropologist Grover Krantz was building a helicopter to search for Sasquatch. He ordered the kit from some guy in the Midwest and spent several years trying to assemble it. He hoped the craft would provide the aerial view necessary to locate and retrieve a Bigfoot carcass.

“My attempt to build and fly an ultralight helicopter and use an infrared imager to locate a decaying body [of Sasquatch] so far has failed,” Krantz told a reporter in a TV interview. “I finally figured out what the problem was [with the helicopter assembly], but for three years now, I haven’t had the chance to correct the situation.”

He planned to make one last attempt in the summer, he said, and insisted no reporters be there for the flight. “I don’t want somebody photographing my bloody body as it’s dragged out of the wreckage,” Krantz said, only half-joking.

Until his death in 2002, Krantz was unwaveringly dedicated to the search for Bigfoot, and was willing to risk life, limb, and career to discover it. When a reporter asked Krantz what the likelihood was that Sasquatch existed, he replied without hesitation, “Guaranteed.”

So what exactly convinced Krantz, an anthropology professor at Washington State with two degrees from UC Berkeley, that Bigfoot was real?

It all started with a movie…

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