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Encino Man: Infamous “Minnesota Iceman” Body Reappears In Texas After Vanishing in 70’s


After vanishing from the public eye for nearly half a century, one of the most infamous pieces of Bigfoot history has finally been rediscovered, and its heading straight back to the stage.

Last October, Sasquatch hunter Lupe Mendonza, reported an intriguing rumor to our friends over at Bigfoot Evidencenews that the famous “Minnesota Iceman” had been “rediscovered” after having gone missing way back in the 70’s. Mendoza claimed that both the original body, which was encased in ice for traveling displays, as well as a duplicate body created by sideshow promoter Frank Hansen, were being whispered about in certain cryptozoology circles and rumored to be making a comeback.

MinnIceman7eIt would seem that he was correct, because just a few months later in February of 2013 the following eBay auction was listed:


This is the actual sideshow gaff billed as “The Minnesota Iceman” by Frank Hansen in the 1960’s. This is a one of a kind hoax that was fabricated by a mid-20th century showman. The Iceman was featured in an issue of Argosy Magazine (as you can see in the pictures) and spawned decades of debate as to its authenticity. For around 40 years the whereabouts of the Iceman were unknown to the cryptozoology community.

The body was listed for a $20,000 starting bid, but considering the hugely important role this piece of sideshow schlock played in crypto history, it should come as no surprise that the item was snatched up almost instantly by a mysterious buyer. But who was it?

Thanks to a piping hot press release, we now know that the new owner of the Minnesota Iceman is Steve Busti, owner of the Austin, Texas Museum of the Weird.

From the release:

MinnIceman8In 1968 a carnival attraction being billed as “The Siberskoye Creature” began showing up at malls and fairgrounds across America. Also known as “The Creature In Ice,” the exhibit appeared to be the body of a hairy Neanderthal or Bigfoot-like monster frozen in a solid block of ice in a refrigerated coffin.

The “Iceman” soon garnered the attention of scientists, the Smithsonian Institution, and even the FBI, who all wanted to get their hands on the creature. Then, as suddenly as it appeared, the Iceman seemed to mysteriously vanish without a trace, and along with it all hopes of ever having the body thoroughly examined.

Over the ensuing decades the enigma of the Minnesota Iceman, as it were later to be called, became the subject of many books, lectures and television shows including Unsolved Mysteries and Animal X. The story grew to near legendary status among the generation that remembered seeing it, and for over three decades the mystery of whatever happened to it became as much an open question as whatever “IT” actually was.

Now, after many years of its whereabouts being unknown, the long enduring mystery of “Where is the Minnesota Iceman?” can finally be answered.

Museum of the Weird owner Steve Busti announced today that the Minnesota Iceman is currently in his possession, and will soon be exhibited to the world once again in his Austin, Texas tourist attraction.

Busti is aiming to have the Iceman set up in his museum and open to the public within a week, with plans for a special Grand Opening event in July in cooperation with popular cryptozoology site Cryptomundo.com. Texan cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard, author of Monsters of Texas will be giving a presentation on the history and backstory of the Minnesota Iceman.


In addition to taking up permanent residence in Austin, it’s also been announced that the infamous attraction will be making a short visit to Loren Coleman’s International Cryptozoology Museum in Maine sometime next year as well, offering a good opportunity for folks in every part of the country to experience something that is truly a piece of weird history.

Are you going to go check it out next week? Be sure to send us some photos if you do!


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  1. Not Even Wrong

    06/26/2013 at 8:39 AM

    Here is where it gets weirder. There was a claim that there was a real body and then this replica made (or more likely a fake body then another fake body made). If you look at the book cover in your article or the picture in the bigfoot book taken by Ivan Sanderson, the mouth doesn’t seem to match what is showing in this exhibit. So the question is, where is the other gaffe and which is the original?

    • Dina

      10/27/2015 at 11:38 AM

      I saw this creature at a fair in 1971. My sister saw it, too. I’ll never forget because for a long time afterwards she called me a “homo pongoid”, which is what it was categorized as.

      A few years ago I read that the owner had a fake made because he was being investigated for transporting remains into Canada. Apparently it was so human like that there was the possibility of him being charged with murder since he shot the creature in Minnesota.

  2. XDisk

    06/26/2013 at 1:06 PM

    I believe the “Real body, then replica” theory. I remember reading an article in the 1980’s about an anthropologist describing viewing it up close and with the lid open. He said the toes were barely sticking out and there was a strong smell of decomposition. He viewed it at a carnival a few years later and said it appeared different, in particular the teeth, which were straighter in the original viewing and more animal like the second time.

    I believe the refrigeration unit either broke down or was about to break down and the owner had the fake made so he could keep his revenue flowing.

    I’ve been trying to find a link to this story, but since it was published in the 1980’s, it may not be online. :^(


  3. Loren Coleman

    06/26/2013 at 2:19 PM

    The “short visit” will be 6 months long, during the warm months of 2014. Watch CryptoZooNews.com for details on the Portland, Maine visit of the exhibition.

    Thank you,

  4. Coppertop

    06/26/2013 at 4:21 PM

    Austin, you say? Time for a road trip!

  5. Chris F

    06/26/2013 at 8:45 PM

    Steve Busti has had the body for awhile . Last night’s A&E show shipping wars had one of the drivers delivering it(with steve riding along) sometime this winter.You can see on AandEtv.com
    And XDisk I remember the same story it was from the Unsolved Mysteries episode stated in the article which maybe on youtube.

  6. agent k

    06/27/2013 at 7:20 AM

    So then this article is a bit misleading because Bisti does not have the original body, just the replica which is essentially worthless to us. This story remains an open ended mystery.

  7. Dana

    09/25/2013 at 1:55 PM

    The one on the magazine is different than the one in ice??

  8. silly one

    01/10/2014 at 4:54 PM

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