The other day, while glancing at a website called monsterislandnews.com, I stumbled across an intriguing article entitled "A Brief History of Bigfoot in Southern California" by Ken Hulsey and Terri Pressley. Oddly enough, certain aspects of the article actually tie in with my new book, CHAMELEO. If you read Chapter 7 of CHAMELEO (specifically pp. 48-50, which describe modern sightings of "ape-men" in San Diego County), then read Hulsey and Pressley's article, it would be difficult to overlook the obvious connections.
As Hulsey and Pressley write, "It may come to the surprise of those who follow stories about Bigfoot and other mysterious creatures that the first report of these creatures by European settlers did not come from the East Coast, Midwest, or even the Pacific Northwest. It actually came from southern California. In 1769, Spanish priests founded the first missions in San Diego. Local Gabrieleno Indians told the padres about 'harry devils' that lived nearby. In fact, according to written accounts, the Indians lived in fear of these large, foul-smelling, 'wild-men' and refused to [go] anywhere near their reported home called 'towis puki' (camp of the devil) on the southern bank of the Santa Ana River."
To read Hulsey and Pressley's entire article, simply click HERE.