Jordi Magraner: Obituary
Jordi Magraner, the famous zoologist who was doing field research
on the barmanu (wild man of N. Pakistan) has been found assassinated in Pakistan.
He was killed (his throat was cut) on Friday, August 2, 2002, in his house in the
north of Pakistan. The primary suspect is one of his local guides. A friend Chamsu
discovered the body and alerted the police and Magraner's family.
For twelve years Magraner has been on the track of barmanu, the local wild
man, (which means "the big hairy one"), encouraged at the beginning by
Bernard Heuvelmans. He has been studying barmanu in Northern Pakistan and
In one specific expedition, from 1992 through May 1994, his French trek to the Shishi
Kuh valley in the Chitral region of Pakistan investigated the barmanu and
found footprints. Jordi Magraner, Dr. Anne Mallasseand, and another associate, all
Europeans, said they also had heard unusual guttural sounds that could have been
made by a primitive voicebox and then tracked down the witnesses who claimed to have
seen the horrible smelling animal that made them. According to the expedition leaders,
eyewitnesses asked to choose among various images of mystery primates, most often
selected pictures of the Minnesota Iceman to describe what they had seen. Further
barmanu seeking expeditions into Pakistan occurred throughout the 1990s into
the present century.
Jordi Magraner was to return to France in September 2002.
[ Appreciation to Jean Roche and Michel Raynal for this information.]