Over at Cryptomundo, a website dedicated to all things cryptid related, owner and operator Loren Coleman wrote a post titled “9/11’s Forgotten Fatality: Robert Steele.”
Coleman shamelessly plugging his book, The Copycat Effect, pastes a paragraph about a man who was killed by an alligator attack in Florida.
“Ellen Steele, 81, heard the screams of her 81-year-old husband Robert on September 11, 2001, and couldn’t do anything to save him. But most people never heard about Robert, and how an 11-foot-long alligator near Sanibel, Florida, fatally attacked him as he walked his dog that day. There was something much larger on the media horizon that day. On September 11, 2001, four jet airliners, with Flight 11 being the first, were involved in the largest single homicidal-suicidal effort in history to bring bloodshed, death, and terror to the core of American society.”
First of all, yes I feel sympathy for the family of this man…But I am failing to see how this attack is relevant at all to cryptozoology. It isn’t a hidden animal, it isn’t mysterious, the alligator wasn’t in an area they are not native to, hell it wasn’t even considered abnormally large for an alligator. Sure 11 feet sounds huge, I sure wouldn’t want to tango with one, but the common size for an adult American alligator is between 9 to 14.5 feet.
I am sorry that the world “forgot” about Mr. Robert Steele death, but Mr. Coleman I am sure you forgot about the 100,000 other deaths that occurred worldwide on 9/11/2001. This was a cheap, tasteless attempt to try and plug your book and get hits on your website…nothing more.