Monday, April 18, 2011

Retired Air Force Sgt Remembers Minnesota Iceman

Wikipedia describes the Minnesota Ice man as:
The Minnesota Iceman is a purported man-like creature frozen in a block of ice and displayed at state fairs or carnivals in and around Rollingstone, Minnesota, and Milwaukee on and around December 17, 1968 as a "missing link". It has been described as male, human-like, 6 ft tall, hairy, with large hands and feet, very dark brown hair about 3 - 4 inches long, and a flattened nose. One of its arms appeared to be broken and one of its eyes appeared to have been knocked out of its socket, allegedly by a bullet that was supposed to have entered the animal's head from behind. If a genuine animal, the specimen would be a significant zoological discovery, as some have suggested the creature was a neanderthal, Bigfoot or Yeti, while others contend that it was a hoax.

The Salisbury Post writes about a retired Air Force Sgt. Thomas Finley and his encounter with the original Minnesota Iceman in 1968 (in 1969 another "version" of the iceman toured the Illinois State Fair; considered a fake with great investigative work by Loren Coleman -- read Rejecting The Minnesota Iceman)

Ever since Finley laid eyes on the Iceman it has inspired his art. As the article continues, it ends with a request from the sergeant to contact him so he can more accurately produce Bigfoot with his paint and canvass.

SALISBURY POST Monday, April 18, 2011 12:00 AM

When writing the stories about Michael Greene’s Bigfoot hunt in conjunction with Animal Planet, I had no idea where they would be read. Retired Air Force Sgt. Thomas Finley, now at home in Essex, England, wrote me for more information. He also sent along two of his own paintings of Bigfoot. Finley is also a Bigfoot hunter. He has been interested in Bigfoot since a visit to the Olmstead County Fair while a youngster in Minnesota. There was a creature frozen in a block of ice called the Minnesota Iceman, and it was purported to be a Bigfoot.

“As a child of eight, I was afraid that the ice would melt and the creature would get me when I was sleeping,” said Finley.

His interest continued through high school, and he once wrote to the FBI about the “Iceman” case. An FBI agent called the house and asked why he needed the information. Finley’s mom told the agent that her son was just 15 years old and was writing a paper for school.

Later, when Finley was interviewing Cuthbert Otten, a mechanic for the famed Flying Tigers of World War ll China, and became even more intrigued. Otten told him of an encounter with a large hairy, man-like creature near the edge of an airfield.

“It was big, and looked like the gorillas that you see in the picture books.”

The Chinese forces on the base called the creature a “Forest Demon,” and said it was bad luck to see one. The next day, Otten rode off into the brush with his friends looking for the creature with Thomas machine guns. They didn’t find him.

Finley is a disabled veteran who formerly worked a sensitive job for the military. He now lives in Essex, England, with his wife Nicola and they have two grown sons. Finley works for an international charitable organization. He has been an artist his whole life and loves to paint Sasquatch, or Bigfoot. Finley has not seen one up close, but is looking for someone who has so that he can do a better portrait of one. One of his hobbies is collecting personal accounts from people all over the world who have had experiences with the paranormal, Bigfoot and other mysterious animals and UFOs.

Finley makes an offer to our readers. He would love to hear from any readers who have stories on any of the above subjects. He prefers older or previously untold accounts, possibly those that would go unrecorded. All who write will be sent a packet of material and a signed print of Bigfoot or UFO artwork that he has personally done. Contact Tom Finley at

Currently Finley’s favorite quote comes from an Osage elder who was asked about his tribal belief in Bigfoot.

“Just because you cannot see him in the forest doesn’t mean he is not there,” said the elder and Finley believes these are good words to live by on the subject.

He also had a few unusual words seldom heard from a Bigfoot enthusiast. “Personally I hope that Bigfoot is never found as it would mean an end to a great mystery,” and then continued “When painting Bigfoot it should be noted; a Bigfoot a day keeps the doctor away.” Finley says “I am not an expert, but I am interested in the accounts people have of these beings. It sounds like fun to me, and I’m sure it will be for Mr. Finley also. I hope gets some good information.

SRC: Salisbury Post Article
Wikipedia: Minnesota Iceman
Loren Coleman's Post: Rejecting The Minnesota Iceman

Arriving late to the Minnesota Bigfoot Party
Bigfoot Communicating by Stick-art in Minnesota?
Utne Reader: The Meaning of the Yeti and Sasquatch


  1. I have a vague recollection of seeing this when I was a wee lad. I was allowed to run around the carnival by myself, so I musta been at least 6 yo (Ma was on a bench near-by) but more likely 10 or so. I paid a quarter to stand on my tiptoes and look inside this glass case inside of a trailer. This was in Port Orchard, Washington about 1958. The Pacific Northwest, not in the mid-west as reported by many. Could I have seen a doppelganger? A test run before the real one was brought in front of the world? Anyone else over here know anything?

    1. This story was aired on a TV Show called "Unsolved Mysteries" in the 1980s.


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