Around these parts we have an enigmatic creature not unlike the Sasquatch or the Yeti – The Reindeer Man of Rolla.
According to the legend, The Reindeer Man was conceived on Christmas Eve. Conception coincidence or not, he was born with a set of fully formed antlers. As would be expected in such a birth, The Reindeer Man’s mother died painfully. Distraught over the loss of his wife and shamed by his freakish son, The Reindeer Man’s father put the baby in a basket and cast him out into the woods. The baby was discovered by an actual deer and spent his formative years side by side his adoptive mother.
As a boy, tragedy struck The Reindeer Man when his mother was killed by a truck on the Alaska Highway near Dawson Creek, BC. The occupants of the truck, Rio and Liz Fitch, were wracked with guilt over the accident and took the young orphan boy in. They named him Reno, after the Spanish word for reindeer, and decided to raise him in the rural community of Rolla, BC so as to keep him out of the cruel and invasive public eye.
Not much more is known about The Reindeer Man other than he is thought to live in a house next to his adoptive family and that somewhere along the line he became absolutely mad about playing the mandolin and completely snapped. He is almost a total recluse but is thought to lure children into his house with cookies and cake whereupon he forces them to play mandolin with him for days on end. If they can’t or won’t he shoves them into his wood stove and sprinkles their cremains in his next batch of baked bait.
Such a conscious and calculating recluse is hard to spot, and after years of hoax sightings he was deemed nothing more than an urban myth meant to scare children away from visiting Rolla. Certain this could not be pure myth, I decided to take a 6 month leave from work and devote my time to investigating this creature. Under the cover of many dark nights and with the aid of an extreme telephoto lens, this past weekend I was finally able to produce what no one else has – hard photographic proof of The Reindeer Man’s existence.