The Discovery Channel ran a show called Russian Yeti, The Killer Lives. This was based on a guy who wanted to solve the mystery of the nine students that were brutally killed in Siberia in 1959, one of which had her tongue pulled out.
The summary of his investigation was that a Sasquatch-like creature locals called a Menk was provoked by a missile explosion nearby. It went a little nuts defending its territory when it came upon the camp of the nine students. All of these events were pieced together on speculation, but the more they showed documentation, the more the theory made sense. Local tribes said Menks dined on the soft interior organ of deer and other animals. Guts or offal, as today’s chefs call it.
That was the first time I’d heard this. That makes sense for an animal who is possibly an omnivore, who has not discovered the benefits of fire, to prefer softer organic substances. Raw venison would be a little chewy, and fur covered.
The investigators traveled to the student’s campsite and found a cave nearby that might easily have been a Menk shelter. Inside they found moss beds made from tufts brought in from outside. One fairly fresh. So they did what any good investigator would do and pitched a tent right in that cave to wait for Mr. Menk to come home for the evening. Something did, but only sounds were captured on film.
This was my biggest problem. Why would these people go to all the trouble and expense of getting to such a remote area in Siberia and not bring cameras to set up outside the mouth and inside the cave itself that could have been retrieved days later? Or even to place outside their tent to capture whatever approached it? Did they forget a case with their cameras? I don’t understand how this happened.
Did they take samples of the moss to see if there was hair that could be tested? Not that they mentioned. Why not?
I know it’s easy to be an armchair critic, but if I’m going to great lengths and expense to travel to such a place, and risk my life in the acquisition of proof, I would hope I’d be better prepared.
For the investigators to conclude “the killer lives” is presumptuous in that the murders occurred in 1959, and they could only speculate that the Menk was the killer of the students. The very creature, if it was a Menk, might be dead by now.
I enjoyed this piece as it pieced together the theory. I did not care for the reenactment of the murdered students. It’s worth a look when they rerun it again.