Melba Ketchum, the veterinarian-turned-fulltime Bigfoot crusader from Nacogdoches has been riding high this month. First, she and her team released "definitive video and DNA evidence" of the creature's existence and its kinship with human beings. Then, online animal nomenclature database Zoobank accepted her proposal to give sasquatch the scientific name of Homo sapiens cognatus -- a "natural choice," seeing as they're the only "living proven hominin besides us."
Ketchum sensed that victory was just over the horizon. "We are slowly winning the battle with our massive amount of genetic data!," she tweeted. "Sasquatch is real and any open minded scientist is going to know."
The skeptics must have sensed this, too, since Ketchum discovered that the website for Denovo, the scientific journal she either created or purchased after others refused to publish her findings, had been hacked.
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The extent of the mischief is unclear. Ketchum wrote that "they put up a bunch of untruths." The Bigfoot News Journal, a blog devoted to sasquatch-related news, described it as "destroying and altering content." The screenshot the blog provides as proof of the damage suggests that the hackers added Ketchum's face and made the background white.
"The haters have been busy. May God bless them and forgive them," Ketchum said in a statement to the Bigfoot Field Journal. "I ask prayers for those that have so little to fill their lives that they waste valuable time here on earth doing evil."
Because they could be searching for Bigfoot.