(Note: This story was originally written by Rob L. in 2014 and is now being reposted here.)
As the story goes…….
A man and carnie showman named Frank Hansen shot and killed a bigfoot in Minnesota in the late 1960s. He kept it around for a while until he got into a bit of trouble trying to cross the Canadian border with it. He was actually arrested for illegally transporting a corpse (human) across international lines! Gerald Ford, who later became President of the USA, helped him get off of the charges and after that Hansen put the corpse in a freezer and commissioned someone to make a fake for display in sideshows and county fairs. Two leading cryptozoologists saw the original, however, and said the corpse was covered with insects and it had grass between its teeth. They also said is smelled like decaying flesh and in their opinion it was the real corpse of some Neanderthal-like hominid.
Hansen toured the US with the fake and he was mostly evasive about how he obtained the original. What he did say was repeatedly, however, was that “laws may have been broken.” He was fearful of being arrested for and imprisoned for murder! One thing that is known is that Hansen did once tell the story of how he first encountered this creature. According to that story the thing attacked him in the Minnesota woods during a winter hunt. A group of these creatures was huddled down over a deer they had just killed when Hansen just happened to stumble upon them. One of the males jumped up and came at him and Hansen shot it in the face. Hansen said it was a big hassle getting the thing off the frozen lake he’d killed it on (Lake Superior?) and into his vehicle because it weighed so much.
The creature became known as the “Minnesota Ice Man.” In December of 1968 a Belgian zoologist and science writer named Ian Sanderson examined the corpse for three days which was frozen in a large block of ice. The creature was first displayed by Hansen in 1977 in Chico, California. Hominid researcher Lloyd Pye got a chance to look at it for himself and he said the body was in a 7 ft. freezer which was about 3 ft wide and 3 1/2 ft deep. He claimed the creature had been put into the freezer with its knees lifted up a bit so it would fit so it must have stood a little over 7 feet tall when it was alive. Pye said the creature had one arm up over its head. Apparently, when Hansen shot it the creature lifted its arm to shield its face from the bullets but to no avail. Continue Reading