The BC Feet Mystery

Feet, severed feet, usually lodged in shoes, are washing up on beaches in British Columbia.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, that’s a province in western Canada, north of Washington state. Now, all sorts of things wash up on shore, and it’s not news that people drown or fall off of fishing boats. But how many severed feet would you have to find before you started to consider it a bit odd?

A total of eight goddamned feet have been found in the last few years, five of which have been put on a map for some reason. Strangely, almost all of the feet are in running shoes. Also, some creepy bastard stuck an animal paw into a running shoe as a hoax, after the story hit headlines.

Out of two pairs of feet and six lone wolves, one pair has been identified—the dude’s left foot having been found four months after the right. Police mentioned the man was depressed and likely killed himself. Mystery solved?

Haha, no. The first two feet were found in the same week. They were both right feet and found in different places. Some theorize the feet are from a boating accident or plane crash, but they’ve been found in very different places and carried by different currents.

The other theory is the one you probably immediately thought of the moment we pointed out lots of severed feet were washing up on the beach: some psychotic killer is behind it.

If you’re wondering why he hacks off the feet and throws them at the beach, the answer is he probably isn’t. If there’s a body decaying in the water, feet often rot off the relatively weak ankle. Tennis shoes float, so you wind up with free-floating feet. As for who the other feet belong to, and why they keep showing up on British Columbia beaches in running shoes, well, we probably won’t know until we find the rest of the victims.


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