Submitted to BFRO by witness on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
Humanoid figure spotted at night near Octagon Hall during paranormal investigation
COUNTY: Simpson County
LOCATION DETAILS: Octagon Hall
6040 Bowling Green Rd
NEAREST TOWN: Franklin, Key
NEAREST ROAD: 31W
OBSERVED: This sighting occurred while doing a Paranormal Investigation at Octagon Hall in Franklin, Kentucky. Upon arrival, we talked to the curator of the property and he advised us that an investigator from the previous night had a possible Bigfoot sighting. He also produced a cell phone picture taken the next day of the fields about 3/4 of a mile away where the sighting took place. Around 2 a.m. a teammate and I headed out to investigate the area in question. There is a large clump of hardwood trees and other foliage (about 3/4 mile long & 1/2 mile wide) in the middle of the otherwise barren field I vocalized a loud “whoop” a few times with no results. As time passed I decided to try the loudest, most guttural howl I could muster. I performed the call and heard two responses from a mile or so in the distance, but thought it could be the echo from the howl. A few minutes later my fellow investigator and I saw movement beside one of the trees about 30 – 40 yards away. We both stood still and saw a large silhouette of a humanoid figure peek out from behind a tree. It swayed left 3 times, paused; and then sways 2-3 times to the right and stop. Since we weren’t using our flashlights, our eyes were much attuned to the darkness. The figure was around 7 feet plus in height, the 1/2 of a large head, shoulder and arms that were past the knees. This activity continued foe a few minutes, to the point that I asked my fellow investigator if he was seeing what I was seeing. We actually took turns mimicking the movement as it happened. First me, then him. The timing and movement was exactly the same in real time as what we were viewing. We initially thought it could be a “shadow figure” of a large Civil War soldier, but the height, arm length and recent activity on the property prompted me to conclude that it was a flesh and blood Bigfoot sighting and not of a spiritual nature. When we tried to get closer to the figure it retreated for a final time and was no longer there. We both went to the tree and there was nothing there that could explain the dark figure we both saw.
OTHER WITNESSES: My fellow investigator.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 2 a.m., moderate night, low 70’s, minimal clouds/flashlight usage as the moon was bright.
ENVIRONMENT: Large open fields for miles with one clump of trees about 3/4 of a mile from Hall.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator B. Sipley:
This observation occurred during a paranormal outing at Octagon Hall. This Plantation Home was built in 1859 and today is thought to be a hot spot for paranormal activity. During a check-in with the curator of the property, the witness was told of a Bigfoot sighting that occurred the night before. The picture shown to them by the curator was of the area where the sighting had occurred so they made their rounds on the property and performed a previously planned EVP session.
They continued on to the area where the previous night’s sighting occurred and made a few whoops and howls. One of the calls they received was either an echo or a response. It was recorded but when played back was too faint to be of comparative use. While debating which it was; they observed something “peeping” from around a tree about thirty to forty yards away. It was 2 A.M. and with a slight moon, they described observing “a silhouetted humanoid being swaying from behind a tree.” Half of the being was visible as it swayed. They noticed the head was much larger than a human and the arms seemed disproportionately long.
Since this incident, the witness has returned to Octagon Hall and had rocks thrown. The location is noted on the map below.
They also photographed a possible footprint, also noted on the map. I am not including this photo because we found it inconclusive.
Octagon Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was used during the Civil War by Confederate and also Federal troops, it served as a Civil War hospital. Built prior to the Civil War, it is now site of the Octagon Hall Museum & Kentucky Confederate Studies Archive. There is a slave cemetery and historic gardens in season.
Map of the location:
About BFRO Investigator B. Sipley:
B. Sipley has had a lifelong interest in the outdoors and grew up along the Appalachian Trail. He is an experienced camper, hiker and mountain biker who has traveled all over the US in the pursuit of these activities.
He attended the following expeditions:
2012 BFRO West Virginia
2012 Tennessee – private
2012 West Virginia – private
2012 Kentucky – private
2013 BFRO Florida
2013 BFRO Kentucky
2013 West Virginia – private
2013 Kentucky – private
2013 Indiana – private
2013 Ohio – private
2013 Georgia -private
2013 BFRO West Virginia