Interview with Ben Radford – Solving the Mystery of the Chupacabra

You can’t seem to turn on the television anymore without seeing a paranormal themed show propping up average joe’s as science-minded investigators.  Shows like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures, along with Destination Truth and Fact or Faked have created a dozen seasons between them of doing just that.  The problem is, the cast members frequently use unsound scientific techniques because they generally just do not have a background in science or investigation.  And to top it off, they never actually seem to solve any mysteries.  Ben Radford, however, does.  With a degree in Psychology, and applying legitimate scientific methodologies, Radford has investigated and solved the 1997 Pokemon panic of Japan, the Santa Fe Courthouse Ghost, and The White Witch of Rose Hall, among others.  He is the managing editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine and the “Bad Science” columnist at  He has published several books, most recently “Scientific Paranormal Investigation,” and “Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore” which offers a detailed history of the creature and claims to put the mystery to rest once and for all.  To learn more about Ben, check him out online at WWW.RADFORDBOOKS.COM

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Interview with Bigfoot Hunter Tom Biscardi

Here is a recent interview I conducted with Tom Biscardi.  Tom Biscardi is one of the most controversial names among Fortean enthusiasts. You can’t Google him without the words fraud, hoax, and liar appearing in the search results. In this interview he will answer his critics and tell, what he says, is the “true story” behind the Georgia Bigfoot Hoax.

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About two weeks ago there was hairless creature found in Frankfort, Kentucky.  The mysterious creature which was found by Mark Cothern was quickly dubbed the ever elusive Chupacabra.

The Chupacabra is said to inhabit Mexico, parts of The United States and Puerto Rico (where it originated).  The name means “sucker of goats” and it is a product of legend and folklore.  It is said that this creature is responsible for draining livestock of blood. 

But cryptozoologists and paranormal enthusiasts don’t get excited yet; its origin is not supernatural, at least not in the case of the Kentucky “chupacabra”.  Thanks to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, biologist Steve Dobey says, “The anatomical features of it, the skeletal features, the general appearances, particularly in this instance the paws, it gives it away. That it is in fact a raccoon.”

What is even more interesting is this isn’t the first time biologists have seen this hairless raccoon.  In 2007 the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife actually caged a live specimen.  However biologists are still interested in studying this dead animal.  Dobey says, “Not to determine the species. We know it’s a raccoon, but to determine what the cause of this is. It’s likely some form of obvious hair loss.”  

Biologists say it is not mange, which has been the case out west with the sudden outbreak of “chupacabra” sightings, most of them turning out to be coyotes with mange. 

In the case of the raccoons this disorder seems to be something similar to alopecia in humans.  Biologists say there are many reasons why a raccoon may lose its hair, for instance it could born without it, it could be some sort of disease, shock or a genetic disorder.

Whichever way you want to look at why this raccoon lost its hair, it is still a raccoon.  So I would like to extend a sorry to the cryptozoologists and myth mongers out there, sorry guys, maybe next time.

My Take on the Eerie Image Captured in the Woods

This is a story that is a couple of weeks old but for some reason is still making its rounds around the internet. 

On the 13th of December I was told to read a story about a deer hunter who picked up some strange image on his game camera.  The picture of this creature was said to be taken on a reserve in Berwick near Morgan City, Louisiana.  Anyway as the hunter was hiding in the dark, he claims that this “ghoulish” creature appeared out of nowhere.  It had glowing eyes and it looked into the game camera and vanished as it went back into the bushes.

Now the hunter wants to remain nameless *red flag* said he was so scared, that he broke his camera but luckily he was able to remove the undamaged memory card. 

So what is this ghastly creature lurking through the woods?  Could it be a rabid werewolf or a zombie bear?  There were many speculations on what this creature could be; I heard everything from a bear with mange to an alien humanoid to the Dover demon to a chupacabra.

One of the best discrepancies on this photo is the date.  One says 11/30/2010 and the other photo says 12/04/2010 *red flag*. 

Now on twitter Insomniac Games gave it away that this creature is a grim, which is a character from their Resistance series (Resistance 3 will be released September 6th 2011).

“Whoops… looks like one got out. If you see a Grim on the loose… please return to Insomniac Games, Burbank, CA:”    

GRIM From Resistance 2

GRIM From Resistance 2

However Insomniac Games deleted this tweet saying that it was a total joke.

A lot of people are speculating that it could be an image from the up and coming movie titled Super 8, which is a Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams collaboration.

However there are a lot of people that are claiming this isn’t a viral campaign for either Resistance 3 or Super 8.  Personally I don’t see why it can’t be some person at home who faked an image.  I mean the hunter wants to remain nameless and the dates on the pictures don’t match, I don’t know how much more evidence one needs to see that this is a blatant fake.

Still there are people that astound me, for instance someone said on a message board I frequently post on that he/she has evidence that this white skinned creature really exists.

“this is my weirdest experience i have ever had, and still to this day cannot explain what it was, or why it happened but hear go’s, when i was about 11 years old, me and my friend were walking around the neighborhood going to the lake, i had another friend named Tim who lived two houses away from the lake, all of a sudden i saw movement out of the corner of my eye and i looked up and to the right, what i saw was unbelievable and i told my friend to look at it she saw it to, what we saw was a white demon like thing up in the tree in Tim’s front yard, if you have ever seen the show “chalk zone” this creature looked kinda like one of those characters, it was all white except for the outline of its body and its eyes and mouth. it had black beady eyes that stared at me the whole time, and it had an evil grin on its face, it had a chainsaw that looked like a cartoon to, it then started cutting down a big branch from the tree looking at me the whole time, and then the branch fell and as we watched it fall we looked back up and the creature was gone, it fell on Tim’s parents car and totaled it, they had to get it towed away it was in such bad shape, and they had to get a new one.
has anybody experienced anything like this? if anybody on hear is hell bend on calling me a liar, then don’t post, I’m looking for real explanations not for someone to psychoanalyze me, i did not imagine this, it was not a dream, it was 100 percent real, and it really did total their car, so if anybody can offer me an explanation or has had similar experiences I’d love to hear them, this event has bothered me ever since it happened, not cause it was scary but because i could never explain it and that’s why I’m posting this in hopes that someone can help me understand that event, what it was and why it happened.


I could spend all day explaining why this story is ridiculous but I will spare you that, however notice that the eyes were black, not glowing.  Also this isn’t evidence of anything, its anecdotal at best. 

So please everyone lets use our brains, don’t be afraid of white skinned, glowing eyed zombie humanoids walking the throughout the woods, pay more attention to reality.  Animals such as a grizzly bears or mountain lions, rabid skunks or porcupines, these are animals that live in the woods and can really inflict some damage upon you. 

Thanks for reading Pork Rhine.