A still frame from the original Bluff Creek video. Image Credit: Roger Patterson / Bob Gimlin
Filmed in 1967 in Northern California, the Patterson-Gimlin film has long remained the most hotly debated and tantalising piece of footage ever recorded in relation to the Bigfoot phenomenon.
The video, which offers a clear view of a large bipedal ape-like creature walking along the creek bed, soon became world-famous and attracted the attention of Bigfoot enthusiasts and critics alike.
Patterson himself sadly passed away back in 1972 which means that Bob Gimlin, who sold his share of the rights to the film to another researcher for the measly sum of $10, is now the only person left alive who knows what really happened that day.
The level of harassment and abuse he has since received over the footage however has left him wishing that he had never agreed to take part in the original expedition in the first place.
“It ruined me,” he said. “They’d come driving in my driveway all times of the night and go ‘Bob! We want to go out Bigfoot hunting.’ My wife was a teller at a savings and loan institution. Of course, she was sitting right there and the public would come in and make smart remark.”
“This went on and on and on until she come home crying. She’d say, ‘I’m not tough enough.’ A couple times we were going to split up over this.”
Despite these problems however Gimlin still maintains that he knows what he saw that day.
“I can understand why they don’t believe in it – because I didn’t believe it either. But I saw one. And I know what I saw. And I know it wasn’t a man in a suit. It couldn’t have been.”