Hulu True Crime Doc ‘Sasquatch’ investigates the murder of three NorCal cannabis growers by Bigfoot

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While visiting a pottery farm in northern California in 1993, investigative reporter David Holthouse heard a story that still haunts him about a savage Bigfoot attack.


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The most interesting real crimes are often those that seem so improbable that they border on fiction, moving from headlines to myths. Hulu’s new series “Sasquatch” covers this type of crime, investigating rumors that three cannabis farm workers have been murdered in a gruesome manner attributed to the legendary forest monster Sasquatch.

Directed by Joshua Rofé (“Lorena”), the Hulu series follows gonzo journalist David Holthouse as he investigates an anecdote he heard on a northern California cannabis farm in the 1990s. better known as a hotbed of cannabis cultivation has gained a reputation in popular culture as a particularly dangerous region, in part thanks to the Netflix series “Murder Mountain”. Although the series has been criticized as sensational, its sentiments are echoed by longtime cannabis growers interviewed in “Sasquatch.”

Holthouse, who worked as an on-board reporter for 25 years covering topics such as neo-Nazi communities, is the show’s lead detective, making his way through Mendocino County in an attempt to find clues to the alleged murders . Scenes were often shot with a single cameraman and without a support team in order to create a sense of security between Holthouse and his sources, many of whose voices and images are obscured.

“In some cases, he developed sources over the course of an entire year,” explains Rofé. “Her wheelhouse is basically pockets of society that would make us really uncomfortable and really scared. He thrives in these situations.

While visiting a pottery farm in northern California in 1993, investigator David Holthouse heard a story that still haunts him about a savage Bigfoot attack.
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The three-part series that aired on April 20 is indeed terrifying. For inspiration, Rofé did not turn to other real crime documents, but rather to tense feature films like “McCabe & Mrs Miller”, “Zodiac”, “The Parallax View” and “Memories of a Murder ”by“ Parasite ”director Bong Joonho.

Sources repeatedly warn Holthouse against further investigation or for his own safety. Although all three of the alleged murders are now 28 years old, sources acknowledge that the deaths are part of a pattern of other missing people that locals would prefer to be forgotten.

“I didn’t know it would be such a dangerous world we would enter,” says Rofé. “It sounded weirder. A Bigfoot killed three guys on a weed farm? I knew there was a darkness that was there of course, but I couldn’t guess how dark it was going to get.

While visiting a pottery farm in northern California in 1993, investigative reporter David Holthouse heard a story that still haunts him about a savage Bigfoot attack.
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Rofé recounted one night when Holthouse planned to meet a source without a cameraman. The meeting changed twice, first in a public place in the afternoon and then at 11 p.m. at a location that turned out to be closed. Even Holthouse was nervous at the time, and then eight more people unexpectedly arrived. One of them called another source, then offered to drive Holthouse right away to meet them three hours away, in the middle of the woods. Meanwhile, Rofé was back in a hotel room, wide awake, waiting for texts from Holthouse that he was safe. Holthouse, perhaps wisely, declined the invitation.

“I am a filmmaker, I am an extreme film geek,” says Rofé. “But suddenly you realize you’re not just doing that docs series that you were eager to do.” There are things that are so real, and [the sources] don’t give like you’re doing your little doc series for Hulu. They don’t care what themes you want to explore. Things can get really risky, and you quickly realize that.

The iconic Bigfoot pose captured in the Patterson-Gimlin movie.
The iconic Bigfoot pose captured in the Patterson-Gimlin movie.
Courtesy of the US Forest Service

While the overall tone is dripping with paranoia, there are still a few light moments left, largely thanks to interviews with Sasquatch enthusiasts that range from true believers to scholars who view the beast as an allegory. Rofé himself refuses to say if he believes Sasquatch exists, but whatever his opinion on the myth, the experience of filming the docu-series has changed him in at least one significant way.

“I never want to go camping again,” he said.

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