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Riegelsville mayor still haunted by Bigfoot encounter

By T.K. Randall
December 3, 2021 · Comment icon 17 comments

What was the creature that stood outside Stokes' tent ? Image Credit: Steve Bexter / Pexels
Mayor Greg Stokes experienced something while camping in 1984 that would stay with him for the rest of his days.
It had started out as an idyllic camping trip with his girlfriend in Pike County, Pennsylvania, yet what happened that night in July 1984 would lead him on a search for the truth that continues even to this day.

Things had started out fine, with Stokes setting up the tent and starting a campfire.

"About quarter to 10, when it was good and dark, something walked up on our campsite," he recalled. "It was definitely something on two feet, and I could hear it snapping sticks as it walked."

Terrified, he gripped his knife and hatchet as the intruder came to a stop just outside the tent.

"This animal let out a scream that was just the most terrifying thing you can imagine," said Stokes. "This creature, this thing, was so close to our tent that I could hear its lips pop open when it started to scream."

"It had a terribly deep guttural tone, but also this high-pitched tone, and the scream went on for 20 or 25 seconds. I didn't think then, and I don't think now, that a human being is capable of making that sound. "
"This scream was definitely territorial, and it was definitely directed at us."

"It shook my body so hard, I couldn't see the inside of the tent. It was like looking through shimmering water. The sound went all the way through me."

"If you stand in front of a big bass amplifier at a concert, that's what it was like."

Stokes would go on to spend the next 37 years attempting to find an answer to what it was he encountered that night.

"I didn't know what I heard," he said. "But I knew what I didn't hear - any animal found in North America."

Source: Bucks County Courier Times | Comments (17)

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Comment icon #8 Posted by psyche101 2 years ago
  A mayor who went camping is an outdoorsy fellow is he?    LOL.    He didn't actually see it. He heard it's lips pop apart   Maybe it was a unicorn. He didn't see it you know. Or a ground dugong.Sea Cows of the dirt they are known as.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Myles 2 years ago
The bolded is the main part.   This idiot get's to 99% certain without actually seeing it.   
Comment icon #10 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 years ago
Dude, this was 1984. Crimminy!
Comment icon #11 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 years ago
Now, Myles... Now Myles... why is he an idiot? Please remember, he was there. Judging by the sound it made and how strong it was, it is no known animal in NA. Soooooooooo....
Comment icon #12 Posted by Myles 2 years ago
He is at 99% from a sound he heard.   That is idiot math.   If he would have said 50% it would still be too high but 99% puts it into idiot levels.   But if it is no known animal in NA, how would he know?  He heard something big walk by.   He heard a loud sound he didn't recognize.  That's all he has.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 years ago
It is NOT idiot math, Myles. You only think that because you did not hear the creature, but the ear witness did and has had 37 years to research it and think about it. LOL - come on, Myles. Talk about mitigating the circumstances, good lord. The man gave an apt deion of what he heard and it is far more than just a sound. The man was in a tent where he got some measure of protection, yet the sound was so loud that it shook his eyeballs so badly his vision was distorted to the point where what he saw looked like it was in disturbed water. dude! that is a lot more than "just a sound". The man als... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by Pettytalk 2 years ago
Are we in hell? The mayor must be, if he can tell us that the scream came from hell. Or at least close enough to hear the sounds coming from hell. Stokes is the name? stoke /stōk/ Learn to pronounce   verb gerund or present participle: stoking add coal or other solid fuel to (a fire, furnace, boiler, etc.). "he stoked up the barbecue"
Comment icon #15 Posted by Pettytalk 2 years ago
There's only one way out, and that's the narrow back door, which is also the only way we can come back through, but only if we tell the truth, which is that we, "all-man," have been cheating with some other man's promised bride. Too bad a tent has only a front opening. Have a knife? make an emergency exit before real Big Feet come stomping out of hell, and will not just be "screaming "Bloody Murder" as they will be out to get vengeance on behalf of their Lord, for spilling innocent blood..... Listen to this sound, one coming from another Bigfoot, through inspiration. I'll link only, as some he... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
As the old saying goes, when you see it - it's bigfoot, when you don't see it, but you hear it - it's Yeti. 
Comment icon #17 Posted by Phil1684 2 years ago
  In the early 2000s, my son and I were camped out on the Columbia river in Washinton state. We were awakened around 2 AM by a loud (and I mean loud) bloodcurdling scream. I was so petrified that I couldn't take a peek from the tent, even though I was armed with a large caliber handgun. 

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