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Now this one is a story that really got my imagination going. Several years ago, an old 8mm video, dated April 1977, surfaced on the internet and was supposedly discovered in a box purchase from an estate sale. It is three and a half minutes long without audio, and appears to portray the hunting/camping trip of an older man (or woman, as the gender is difficult to make out) and one or two teenage boys, depicting them snowmobiling, chopping wood, and working on a late model truck.

At 1:40 in the film, the first unusual shot is seen. It looks as though the person videotaping is just staring into the winter forest, until you realize something in the middle of the frame is actually moving, resembling a darkly-furred animal, which can again be seen briefly at 2:40. At 3:08 is where it gets really frightening. The camera operator seems to have gotten closer to the animal in order to see what it is, only to have it charge toward him, as he drops the camera and runs with it still in his hands. At 3:25, there is a flash of teeth, and the camera falls to the ground, motionless.(*Note: Many people believe that, while the video has not been cut or edited, the shot of the teeth was superimposed later, which tends to shed a very skeptical light on the whole thing.)

Now, if this were scary enough, another 8mm video surfaced on Youtube in 2009, but this time instead of a snowmobiling trip, it’s a police video record. According to the person who posted it, who calls him/herself QuinlanOUR12 (who has since either deleted his account or had his account suspended):

“I was at my little brother’s house Friday June 10th and my sister-in-law was watching Fox News. (She’s madly in lust with that Sean Hannity guy). A short segment came on about “the Beast of Bray Road” [click to watch -Steve]. Hannity then played a clip from a film named…”The Gable Film”.

Sirens went off in my head.

Our only uncle was a film nut in college, back in the seventies. He was always making home movies and beer commercials. He was even hired, (not for pay), to help the Michigan Department of Natural Resources investigate and document a bear attack, just north of Bellaire. (Our Grandmother worked in the Antrim County Courthouse,…. she had a hand in getting him the gig). The victim’s name was Aaron GABLE!

My mother tells us that after filming the attack scene, our Uncle John was so distraught that he packed up his stuff and moved to Florida, two weeks later!. Mom says his behavior was becoming very psychotic, he couldn’t sleep at night and he kept going on about how “bears have FIVE toes,….. dogs have four”!. Just a week after he left, a DNR officer hand-delivered the film that Uncle John made to my Mother’s house. It’s been in a box in the basement ever since.

Now, I seem to recall that these films usually lasted about five minutes or so, but the film we have is only about a minute long… and the end of it was obviously torn off, not cut clean.

I wonder just how much is missing? We almost threw this film away just a couple of years ago, but I wound up buying a vintage projector on eBay, just to see what was on this film. (Boy, was I suprised). NOW,….. I find that there’s this “Gable” film out there?  I wonder if these two films are related. I’ll see if I can get it in better resolution, other than with Wifey’s camera-phone. (It might be expensive,….. but I’m sure it’ll be worth it).

One thing’s for certain, whatever it was on that clip that they played on Fox News,….. it sure didn’t look like no Bear.”

*Warning, extremely graphic! Footage of Severed Torso of Deceased Victim*

Watch for yourself.  Scroll down to watch video.

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There has been much deliberation as to whether or not these videos are elaborate hoaxes (for the time) or actually evidence of a unknown bear-like creature killing the people in the video. There are arguments on both sides, and both sides have valid points, as well as those that are not so valid. Some of the believers assert that this could be anything from a modern day werewolf attack to a distant cousin of Sasquatch. However, thankfully, there are more rational theories, as well as some impressive evidence to suggest it is actually an authentic find. The first is the fact of the evidence littering the ground around the corpse. After the cameraman takes some shots of the body, they head out farther into the field to catalog the evidence marked on the ground with tags. One piece of which was a pair of black rimmed glasses with what looks like a tag laying next to it. Because of glare and width of the camera lens, the only discernible letters are “G L A”. It’s safe to assume that the tag reads “glasses”. However, this detail was not ever mentioned or seen in the original film. If this is is a hoax, how and why would someone have the forethought to add the glasses at all? Both of these films are actually very authentic looking, for one. It seems like it would be more trouble than it’s worth to create not one, but two separate videos, possibly filmed by two different people just to play a prank, especially considering how much the props would have cost (I.E. The bear outfit, the prop body, the camera, renting the cars and vintage police uniforms, the gory intestines, and so on.

On the other hand, Deniers have some pretty solid evidence, too. They pick apart both of the videos, trying to find as much wrong with it as possible in order to debunk it. The first of which is that the blue pickup truck is seen in each of the tapes. In the first film, the truck is being worked on by the older victim. In the second, it’s parked in front of the police cruiser on the road next to the field where the victim lies (who, now that we see her more closely, appears to be female due to the feminine curve of her arms). An answer to this fact may be as simple as the victim could have parked there before she was killed, as it’s obvious she is the one driving. Interesting to note, the notepad the policeman holds up says “Reel 2: Attack Site” on the first sheet and “Vehicle Reg. Aaron Gable” on the second, indicating that they already knew about the first reel and the identity of the victim(s). There is the distinct possibility of both films being hoaxed, but if there is a possibility of authenticity, why create a hoax based on something that was already real?

And now for something completely different… but kinda the same. Another Youtuber named Zach Luemke claims that he was the one who discovered the tape. After emailing him several times about it, Quilan wrote an email back, and Luemke decided to share with others. It’s is as follows:

Re: Gable Film

“I’m sorry I haven’t answered any emails, I’ve been… unavoidably detained.

Let me just say that I can’t say for certain that Johnny wasn’t a big practical joker, he left Michigan before I really had a chance to know him. I didn’t shoot this film, I wish I could tell

you with absolute certainty what this film is,… but Denouncing Negative Reactions Can Often Vilify Every Rational Uniform Position, so I can only say that this looks like just a matter of individual interpretation.

… I hope you understand.

I never meant to mislead anyone, or do anything illegal… I just found this all very interesting, and wanted to share.

That’s all.

Tell the troops I said good-bye.”

(QuinlanOUR12).

You’ll notice every word in one of the sentences is upper-cased. When read, they spell “DNR Cover Up.”

Now, I mentioned much earlier that, in the original tape, the teeth you see in the last few frames were added to the film, for whatever purpose by some unknown person. To end this article, I leave you with a video that shows you exactly, or at least plausibly, how it was done.

Many, like myself and the owner of the tape, Steve Cook, remain neutral about the possible authenticity of the film. Cook has never claimed it to be anything more than an odd video and does not make any assertions about what it could or could not be. He himself isn’t even sure of what he sees when he watches the tape and is reluctant to jump to conclusions, which says to me that he, at the very least, is not being deceitful. But he is not the person who shot the video, so we still don’t know if the Filmer was setting up a very lifelike hoax, or if a person, or perhaps two or more people, have fallen victim to whatever is shown in this movie.

***Information credited to Steven J. Busti and The Museum of the Weird (http://www.museumoftheweird.com/)

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