Case File: The Ice Man
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Date: December 1968
Description: The Ice Man (or "Minnesota Iceman" as it is known within cryptozoology) is described as a man-like creature that has ape-like features, frozen in a block of ice. It was approximately 6 feet tall, and apparently had a traumatic injury on the left side of his face.
History: From 1967 to 1968, a bizarre creature named the "Ice Man" was shown at the Chicago Stock Fair. It was six feet tall, was covered with hair, had both man and ape-like features, and was frozen in a block of ice. Several people who have seen the creature are certain that it was an actual deceased primitive human. Terry Cullen visited the creature several times and was convinced of its authenticity. He convinced a local anthropologist to look at the creature. The man was shocked and amazed by the creature.
A man named Frank Hansen got possession of the "Ice Man" in 1967; he showed it briefly to several scientists and fair-goers. When the creature became national news in the summer of 1969, the FBI became involved, believing that the creature was a murder victim. An officer met with Frank and asked to see the creature in person. Frank told him to come back the next day. That night, however, Frank left town with the creature.
Frank later turned up showing off a replica of the "Ice Man" at several fairs in the Midwest. The real "Ice Man" has not been seen since 1969. Frank refuses to talk about the creature and where it really came from.
Background: Frank Hansen claimed that in 1967, he was showing of the "first gas-powered tractor" at a sideshow when he was approached by a mysterious stranger. The man had found the "Ice Man" in Minnesota. Frank and the man met at a refrigerated warehouse where he showed him the Ice Man. The man gave it to him to display. However, Frank has since changed his story several times. In another story, he claimed that the man had found the creature in Siberia.
Investigations: In December of 1968, scientists Ivan Sanderson and Dr. Bernard Heuvelmans examined the creature several times and concluded that the "Ice Man" was a genuine creature with severe head injuries to the side of the face. They believe that it was a prehistoric relative of man that survived into the 20th century.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the September 25, 1994 episode. Cryptozoologist Mark A. Hall of Minnesota appeared on the episode detailing his involvement in viewing and documenting the movement of the Minnesota Iceman for Ivan T. Sanderson and Bernard Heuvelmans, in conjunction with similar tracking occurring throughout the Midwest by his associate cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, then living in Illinois.
Results: Unsolved. Sanderson and Heuvelmans each thought the carcass could have been that of a surviving Neanderthal or other prehistoric hominoid. In 2013, the Ice Man allegedly resurfaced; it was auctioned on eBay and purchased by the owner of the "Museum of the Weird". The new owner claimed to have purchased it from a man who purchased it from Frank Hansen's family after his death in 2003.
- Iceman at Wikipedia
- The Mysterious Creature in Ice
- Minnesota Iceman: Mysterious Frozen Creature From ‘60s Resurfaces At Museum