At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD


On This Day in Weird, August 2...

2002: "Persons unknown" murder zoologist Jordi Federico Magraner at his home in the Bumboret Valley of Kalash, northern Pakistan, by slashing his throat. A 12-year-old houseboy dies in the same attack. Magraner, who spent 12 years seeking the barmanu, Pakistan's "hairy wild man," is an enigmatic figure in himself, said to be of Spanish origin but French citizenship. Police name a local guide as their prime suspect but, at last report, have failed to arrest him. Suggested motives for the double murder—none confirmed to date—include suspicion of Magraner's involvement with various intelligence agencies or jihadist groups on one hand, and alleged Muslim outrage over his "illicit" relationships with young boys on another. Dead at age 35, Magraner believed the barnamu might be surviving Neandertals, a claim he pursued with French colleagues Yannik and Erik L'Homme on behalf of Association Trogloydes.

Jordi Magraner (left) with Pakistani hunters


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