This week we are discussing the Ape Canyon incident of 1924 with researcher Marc Myrsell of the Dark Waters Paranormal Group. Marc and his group have been researching the incident for over 5 years, culminating in the potential rediscovery of the cabin site in 2013. They have reportedly excavated evidence of the cabin 6in underground. The exciting find and continued work is currently being compiled into a book & DVD powerhouse entitled MOUNTAIN DEVIL! For years investigators have been searching for the cabin site. Even Peter Byrne traveled to Ape Canyon circa 1972 in an attempt to locate it, but was unsuccessful. There were tales of the cabin burning down in 1968 and some suggest the site may have been buried or destroyed due to the 1980 eruptions of Mount St Helens. With future expeditions planned in order to further excavate the site and analysis underway to date some of the evidence, Marc and the D.W.P.G. may be on the cusp of a major discovery.
On July 10, 1924 four miners, including Fred Beck, were prospecting for gold on their claim 2 miles east of Mount St Helens in Washington State. Allegedly the 4 prospectors were assailed in their cabin late that night, for upwards of 6 hours, by what they described as Hairy Apes and Mountain Devils. The incident may have been precipitated by one of the miners shooting at a creature earlier that evening. And reportedly the morning after the incident one of the men shot and killed a creature sending it hurtling 400ft off a cliff and into a gorge below. The men were so anxious to leave the area, they left behind about $200 in equipment and supplies. The men reported the creatures to be over 7ft tall and found prints 19in long the following morning. The story and interviews with the miners were published in many of the West Coast newspapers including The Portland News, The Seattle Post Intelligencer, The Oregonian, and the Longview Daily News.
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