NEWS CLIPPINGS FROM THE LAKE TAHOE BULLETIN a monthly news magazine
TAHOE WILD WOMAN HUNTED June 1893
Two search parties were combing the rugged, unsettled Sierra region, west of Lake Tahoe last night for a wild woman. The woman was naked to her thighs. She was wearing a pair of high boots. The boots appeared to be made of grizzly fur. The woman was first sighted by several fishermen in the vicinity of Miller’s Meadow, but she fled into the underbrush when chased. “I believe the creature was plum demented,” one of the fisherman told this reporter. “She threw rocks at us. All we wanted to do was talk to her a little bit.” Description of the naked woman is: a tall muscular female, possibly a half breed with black cropped hair. She appears to be around the age of twenty. Pomo Indians in the area claim no one is missing from their tribe.
DEPUTY SHERIFFS SEARCH September 1893
The discovery of ashes from a series of campfires, scattered about four miles apart, led rangers and deputy sheriffs to believe they had been kindled by the wild woman. It is possible she built the campfires at night as protection against the cold. During the day she probably wandered through the rock ribbed timberland, living on small fish and berries, officers said. One search party led by Constable Thomas Hopkins of Placer County, left Tahoe City yesterday to establish camp at Miller’s Meadows. Constable Hopkins is the brother of Doctor James Hopkins. Doctor Hopkins told the press that he believes the demented woman should be found and treated. He believes she can be taught to live in society. when asked if he thought this was possible in view of the fact that some reports were of her foaming at the mouth he replied, “If she is foaming at the mouth then I would say she is very dangerous. That sounds to me like she may have rabies. In that case we can all hope for an early death for the poor creature. And we must be careful because she is obviously creating a health hazard in our communities.”
TAHOE WILD WOMAN KILLS HUNTER July 1904
Two hundred members of twelve searching parties combed the Sierra’s today. It has been reported that Bill Barnes, a hunter and his son, Timmy, spotted the wild woman in the shrub. The woman is said to be half crazed. According to the son’s account the woman had a sling that she used to fling a rock that hit Mr. Barnes in the temple, killing him. “Her eyes were red as berries,” Timmy told the press, “That there is why we didn’t shoot ‘er is ’cause we saw red and hunters aint sposta shoot red.” When Constable Hopkins ask Timmy to describe the creature, he was told “she had long hair covering her- her -her…” The boy then shyly turned his head and giggled when asked what her hair covered. He then described the boots she wore as looking like grizzly claws. “My day just wanted to talk with her,” the boy said, sobbing, “And she killed ’em! He said, now Timmy, you stay right here, Paw’s gonna talk to the lady. The lady let out a howl like a wolf. Next thing I knowed was the lady had a sling. She put a rock in it and swung it around like this and wham hit Paw in the head.” The poor boy told reporters that he saw wolves following the wild woman into the forest. Doc Hopkins took the boy to Rose Grove to be with his grieving mother. The wild woman is considered extremely dangerous and all Sierra’s residence are advised to stay away from her if possible.
SHERIFF WIRES WASHINGTON August 1911
Constable Hopkins wired president Roosevelt asking for help in finding the wild woman. The President granted a party of mounted police and Carson City deputized a hundred cowboys.
RESIDENTS KEEP DOORS LOCKED September 1915
Residents of the Tahoe basin region are advised by the governors of Nevada and California to not travel alone and to keep doors and windows locked at all times in order to avoid dangerous encounters with the wild woman.
CHURCHES PRAY FOR SAFETY October 1915
Churches around the basin meet with their congregations daily to pray for an early winter. They feel the an early winter will rid the hills of the mysterious wild woman who is believed to be a curse from the devil. A shrill laughter is often heard mixed with the howling of wolves late at night. According to history an early winter will not stop this woman. This reporter found the woman was first reported in this paper more than twenty years ago. News reporters from as far away as Germany came to Lake Tahoe to perchance get a glimpse of the wild woman. Doctor Hopkins said that a raccoon that was found near Miller’s Meadow tested positive for rabies. The raccoon entered a home in Tahoe City. The residents fled. The rabid raccoon may have become infected by the wild woman.
FAMOUS ANTHROPOLOGIST COMES TO BASIN May 1922
Through out the years there have been occasional sightings of a woman known to the Lake Tahoe region as the wild woman. Mr. Rinhose, a noted anthropologist has brought a party of scientist to the area in order to find and study the wild woman. “She may be a missing link of some sort,” Mr. Rinhose said. Attempts at finding the strange woman to encourage her to live as a civilized person has proved futile. At one time the woman is said to have killed a man in cold blood and terrorized the country side.
WILD WOMAN FOUND October 1955
The woman who was first spotted in 1890 and was known as the Wild Woman is believed to have been found dead. Two hunters found the dead body of an old woman wrapped loosely in the skin of a deer and wearing long bear skin boots. The Wild Woman had been not been dead for more than a day, according to the coroner. “She’s a lot smaller than I thought she’d be,” Henry Smith said. Mr. Smith grew up hearing about this wild woman looming over the lake. He figured it was a story along the lines of ghost stories until he went hunting with Bud Thompson a friend from Oregon. “I know this much,” Smith said, “She had a snicky little smile on her face.”