Bigfoot of Ashe County: AIMS Under Attack!
The S3/Ep07 of Mountain Monsters was a strange business indeed, getting into the Cherokee Devil, a kind of Bigfoot with alleged mind-control abilities. Like a Jedi Master of Star Wars fame manipulating the mind of an Imperial Storm Trooper, this Bigfoot we’re asked to believe used his powers of mental dominance to befuddle and manipulate two members of the investigative team of “West Virginian Sons.” Clearly, he wasn’t the droid that they were looking for…
Now this Bigfoot from North Carolina was first spotted in the 1600’s, stands a whopping 8-1/2 to 10 feet tall, weighs in at about 800 lbs., is black to gray in color, and has prominent eyes. Interdispersed with the usual coarse and questionable humor, the team first interviewed a furniture maker called “Liz” who spotted the creature and was mentally dominated by him, loosing four hours of time when she regained conscious awareness in a different location later.
On the first night’s investigation, the team found “Honeysuckle Domes,” nests of sorts used by the creature. They heard something large in front of them, and when team member “Buck” led the way, he vanished and was found later sitting down in a broken down shack in a kind of trance state. “He told me not to move,” muttered Buck about his encounter. The team took Buck to a safe location, where he later said he was sick and confused, sleeping badly that night. The next day, Buck related that the Cherokee Devil Bigfoot had pulled him by the elbow and tossed him in the shack, showing team members some nasty bruises on his left upper arm and shoulder. Buck also maintained that he saw a Cherokee girl appearing with the Bigfoot.
The team believed that Bigfoot was trying to hide something in the woods, later finding a totem pole type object. “Huckleberry” then fell, becoming agitated and then zoning out when he got up. They bundled Huckleberry away in their truck, where he muttered spooky things like “It doesn’t matter,” and “I know who’s gonna die.” When leaving the spaced-out Huckleberry alone in the truck for a few moments, he wandered off…
…Buck had rejoined the team by then, and in searching for Huckleberry claimed that he had seen the mysterious Cherokee girl again. The team sought out the totem pole that they had found previously for answers, but found it was missing! A short while later they heard Huckleberry scream, and found the rascal nearly naked and muddy (not a pretty sight) holding the totem pole. Tackling him in a body of water, the shock of that seemed to restore him while doing nothing to enhance his appearance.
With enough freakiness for then, team leader Trapper decided to pull the team out, regroup, and come back again another time. Such repeat encounters usually don’t go well either, and are equally unrevealing. The season finale is upcoming for those of stout hearts and strong stomachs…groan!