There are countless big names, researchers, scientists and voices in the field of Sasquatch. People who dedicate their time to seeking out these creatures and proving their existence.
While everyone’s contributions mean something, even in a small way, there are four men who have made significant impacts within the community and beyond. And they’re collectively known as the Four Horsemen of Sasquatch.
So, who are the four horsemen, you ask? Meet John Wilson Green, Rene Dehinden, Grover Krantz and Peter Byrne. Researchers, authors, academics and, most importantly, Sasquatch believers. These are names we should all know.
John Green, Author of Encounters with Bigfoot
John Wilson Green was a Canadian journalist and Sasquatch researcher who made big waves. He started searching for Sasquatch in 1957, when he teamed up with fellow horseman, Rene Dehinden. The two paired up to conduct interviews and first-person sightings.
Green graduated from the University of British Columbia, before taking his Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University. He lent his writing skills to the cause in 1968 when he published his first book, On the Track of the Sasquatch, that recounted incredible tales of possible sightings.
He continued searching for Sasquatch and writing about them, publishing five additional books that included Year of the Sasquatch, The Sasquatch File, The Best of Sasquatch Bigfoot, Encounters with Bigfoot and Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us, which was touted as “best written book on the subject” by the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. He was also featured in the documentary film Sasquatch Odyssey.
Sadly, Green’s search for Sasquatch ended in 2016 when he passed away at the age of 89.
René Dehinden, Researcher
René Dehinden was born in Switzerland, but moved to Canada in his early 20s. His interest in Sasquatch was sparked shortly after his arrival at his new home and he spend decades collecting interviews and conducting research, trying to prove the existence of Sasquatch. Dehinden was an advocate of the controversial film by Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin that was largely touted as being a Sasquatch hoax. He also co-wrote the book Sasquatch/Bigfoot: The Search for North America's Incredible Creature with Don Hunter and was the inspiration for the Sasquatch-hunting character in the 1987 film Harry and the Hendersons. René Dehinden died in 2001 at the age of 70.
Grover Krantz, Author and Anthropologist
Grover Krantz was an anthropologist and cryptozoologist, and one of the only scientists who not only researched Sasquatch but also openly professed his belief. While he started his Sasquatch research in 1963, he also played a significant role as a scientist in the field of evolutionary anthropology as well.
Unfortunately, much of Krantz’s research was dismissed by scientists outside of the Sasquatch community because of its subject matter, it made a huge impact on the community itself. He’s one of the few scientists to contribute credentials to the community alongside his research.
In addition to academic papers, Krantz also contributed written works to the research of Sasquatch, including The Scientist Looks at the Sasquatch, The Sasquatch and Other Unknown Hominoids and Bigfoot Sasquatch Evidence.
Krantz passed away in 2002 at the age of 70.
Peter Byrne, Author of “The Hunt For Bigfoot”
Peter Byrne is the last remaining of the horsemen. He has spent much of his life searching for Sasquatch. He’s known inside the community for his immense contributions to Sasquatch research, but to the external world, the possible Sasquatch hair he sent to the FBI in 1976 is what he’s most known for.
While recent documentation released by the FBI has stated the Byrne hair was that of a dear, not an unknown creature and possibly Sasquatch, he’s still “95 to 98 percent sure” that Sasquatch is out there lurking in the woods.
Throughout the years, Byrne published a number of books including The Hunt for the Yeti and The Last Great Elephant. But it’s his 2016 book, The Hunt For Bigfoot that made a real splash. It recounts his comprehensive research on the creature, and on the back cover he said it is a comprehensive record of the phenomena, “leaving only one more book to be written—when a physical finding is made.”
But the publication of the comprehensive Sasquatch book wasn’t the end of his career. He’s still out there, walking the woods in Oregon's Coast Range, seeking Sasquatch out.
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By Tae Haahr
Research Writer, Sasquatch Syndicate Inc.