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SPOKANE (AP) -- A Washington State University professor known for his studies
of the so-called Sasquatch, or Bigfoot, has testified that the footprints of a
Spokane man standing trial for murder don't match bloody prints found at the
scene of the crime.
Grover Krantz, an associate professor of anthropology, also discounted
prosecution testimony about a bootprint found in blood. That print, he said,
appeared to have been made by a woman's boot, rather than a cowboy boot
allegedly worn by Waldo Emerson Waldren-Ramsey II.
Waldren-Ramsey, 28, is charged with first-degree murder for the fatal
stabbing of Irene C. Livers, 46, in her home on Oct. 21, 1985.
Prosecutors contend Waldren-Ramsey killed the woman after her daughter,
Raissa, reinitiated a complaint to police that she earlier had dropped. She
claimed he had beaten her while the two were living together in Oakland, Calif.
A podiatrist serving as a prosecution witness testified that bloody
footprints, both bare and booted, found in the Livers' home could have been made
by Ramsey. But he also said that any of a group of people could have made the
Krantz testified Monday in Spokane County Suprior Court that his own
comparisons of Waldren-Ramsey's bare footprint with the bloody print cut from a
chunk of carpet at the Livers' home convinced him they couldn't have been made
by the same person.
Krantz said he has developed knowledge of footprints largely through his
ongoing study of the so-called Sasquatch, supposedly a large, reclusive primate
that some people believe roams the wilds of the Pacific Northwest.
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believe roams the wilds of the Pacific Northwest.