This Day in the History of Hoaxes: May 24

May 24, 1976: Abducted by Bigfoot
After going missing while searching for Bigfoot in Humboldt County, 23-year-old Sherie Darvell showed up screaming outside a Bluff Creek resort on May 24, 1976, claiming she had been abducted by a Bigfoot. She said the creature had scooped her up and carried her off, but that it had abandoned her unharmed during the night, after which she had wandered through the woods for several days. Sheriff Gene Cox dismissed her claim as a hoax, noting that she didn't appear to have spent any time in the wilderness. Her clothes were clean and she smelled of perfume. [Wildman of the Woods, Eugene Register-Guard]

May 24: 2000, Police arrest Kitti Papasarabol Mark Twain apologized in May 24, 1864 Territorial Enterprise for hoax about diverting charity money to miscegenation.  Boy creates kidnapping hoax to avoid going home, police say - May 24 @ 8:00 PM ET

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Posted on Sat May 24, 2014


Just an FYI... her name is misspelled. Should be Cherie with a "C".
Posted by Paul  on  Wed Aug 06, 2014  at  06:38 AM
Paul -- I wasn't sure because newspaper reports from the time that showed her picture spelled it "Sherie". And because it looks like a high school yearbook photo, I assumed they were getting the spelling from the yearbook. Which doesn't mean they were spelling it correctly. But it just seemed like they were closer to an official source.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Sun Aug 17, 2014  at  05:09 PM
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