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Jordi Magraner
(1967-2002)

Jordi Magraner (1967 - 2002)

Jordi Magraner, 35, the famous Spanish zoologist and cryptozoologist who has been conducting field research for 12 years 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, along with his 12-year-old servant. The primary suspect allegedly is one of his local guides. A friend discovered the body and alerted the police and Magraner's family.

Magraner had been on the track of barmanu, (which means "the big hairy one"), in Northern Pakistan and Afghanistan, using strict scientific methods in his witness interviews. He was encouraged to undertake this adventure by the late Bernard Heuvelmans.

Magraner's findings were intriguing and hopeful. For example, from 1992 through May 1994, during his trek to the Shishi Kuh valley in the Chitral region of Pakistan, his expedition investigated the barmanu and found footprints. Jordi Magraner, Dr. Anne Mallasseand, and another associate, all Europeans, said they also had heard two series of unusual guttural sounds that could have been made by a primitive primate voicebox. They tracked down witnesses who claimed to have seen the horrible smelling animal that made the sounds. 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 and Afghanistan occurred throughout the 1990s up through 2002. Jordi Magraner was to return to France in September 2002. The cryptozoological and hominological communities are in shock.

His paper "Oral Statements Concerning Living Hominids: Analysis, Criticism, and Implications for Language Origins," can be found here:
http://www.n2.net/prey/bigfoot/biology/jordi.htm

Michel Raynal's site on Magraner is:
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/cryptozoo/personalia/magraner_eng.htm

-Loren Coleman

Appreciation to Jean Roche and Michel Raynal for information.
Photograph of Jordi Magraner taken by himself, with permission to reproduce by Michel Raynal.

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Daily News
Gulberg II, Lahore
Pakistan

Tuesday, August 06, 2002

Six arrested for SpaniardÝs murder
Funeral to be held in Kailash Valley

PESHAWAR: Police on Monday arrested six suspects in connection with the murder of a Spanish researcher and his servant in a northwestern valley.

ýThe suspects are all residents of the area,ţ local police officer Pir Azam said. The Spaniard, named by his family in France as Jordi Magraner, according to police, was found dead on Friday night in a house he was renting in a village near the town of Bumburate in ChitralÝs Kailash valley.

The police said MajranerÝs throat had been slit with a sharp weapon.

His 12-year old servant, Wazir Ali, was also found dead with his throat slit. Another domestic employee, Asif Ali, 20, an Afghan refugee had disappeared, they said.

The police suspected the missing Afghan might have slipped into neighbouring Nuristan province in eastern Afghanistan, which is just four hours away by foot.

The police said efforts were under way to track down the missing Afghan, who they believe could help the investigation.
Majraner had been on a 12-year mission to track down the so-called snowman, locally known as ýbarmanoţ, which is said to be found in the mountains of Chitral, police and residents said.

According to the police, they received a faxed message from his brother, Andrew, asking the funeral rites be performed by MajranerÝs friends in Kailash, as the researcher had stated in his will. A three-day funeral ceremony had begun in the Kailash valley. ˝AFP


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Daily News
Gulberg II, Lahore
Pakistan

Tuesday, August 06, 2002

Spanish researcher killed in Chitral


PESHAWAR: A Spanish researcher and his young servant have been murdered in Chitral, police said Sunday.
Majraner Federico was found dead in his home in a village near the town of Bumburate in the Chitral valley on Friday night, police officer Fazle Elahi told AFP here. His throat was slit with a sharp edged weapon, the officer said quoting a forensic report.
Elahi said FedericoÝs 12-year old servant, Wazir Ali, was also found dead with a cut throat while another employee, Asif Ali, 20, an Afghan refugee was missing.
He said police had been trying to track down the missing Afghan who they believe could help the investigation. ˝AFP









The News International, Pakistan
Monday August 05, 2002
Jamadi-ul-Awwal 25, 1423 A.H.

Spanish national, servant killed

By Shah Murad Baig


CHITRAL: A Spanish national residing in Kalash valley of Chitral district was allegedly assassinated along with his local servant in Bamborit last night, police and local Kalash people said.

Jordy, the only name locals knew about him, who was residing in Karakar village of Bamborit valley for the last 13 years, was found dead along with his Kalash servant, Wazir Ali Shah, inside his residence. Another servant of the deceased foreign national told the police that Mr Jordy and his servant Wazir Ali Shah had been slaughtered at night inside the house, which was otherwise, a restricted area for locals.

Local Kalashis said that Jordy was living in the valley in the hope of meeting the mythical snowman one day, which they said, did not happen but resulted in loss of his own life. One of his Afghan servant, Asif Nooristani, is missing since the assassination of the Spanish. Police believe that the involvement of people close to Mr Jordy could not be ruled out. So far no arrests have been made while the police took the bodies of the slain persons for autopsy and filed the double murder case against unidentified assailants.

Jordy was fond of horses and different breeds of dogs, including some of the violent species. Police said that dogs performing duty as watchmen during the night were drugged by the assailants before committing the crime.

Jordy had widely travelled and recently returned from a month-long journey to some undisclosed country, locals said. He was fluent in speaking Kalashi, Chitrali and Pashto languages and had rented a house for the last so many years.

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The Nation
Monday  August 5,  2002,  
Jamadi-ul-Awwal 25, 1422
Lahore Karachi Islamabad Multan
Pakistan
Front Page

Spanish researcher murdered in Chitral 

PESHAWAR (AFP) - A Spanish researcher and his young servant have been murdered in Chitral, police said Sunday. Majraner Federico was found dead in his home in a village near the town of Bumburate in the Chitral valley on Friday night, police officer Fazle Elahi told AFP here. 
His throat was slit with a sharp edged weapon, the officer said quoting a forensic report. 
Elahi said FedericoÝs 12-year old servant, Wazir Ali, was also found dead with a cut throat while another employee, Asif Ali, 20, an Afghan refugee was missing. 
He said police had been trying to track down the missing Afghan who they believe could help the investigation. 
FedericoÝs body is being flown to Islamabad by helicopter, and then will be taken by plane to his hometown in Spain, police said. 
The 35-year old Spaniard had been on a mission to track down the so-called snowman, locally known as barmano, which is said to be found in the mountains of Chitral, which borders Afghanistan. 
Police said Federico had been pursuing his mission for the past 12 years. He used to frequently visit the area and stay in a rented house in a village in the picturesque Kailash valley, some 40 kilometres from Chitral, police said. 
Another police officer, Sultan Shah, said the Spaniard had arrived on Thursday, about a week after he was asked to leave Chitral late last month over complaints by locals that he was allegedly preaching Christianity. 
ŰHe was advised to leave the area in the interest of his own security,Ý Shah said. 
Kailash valley located at an elevation of 1,128 meters is a favourite of mountaineers, anglers, hunters, naturalists and anthropologist. 
The Kailash Kafir tribe known for wearing black robes is one of the attraction in the valley.



el Periodico
Spain
August 5, 2002
Assassinated in Pakistan

A Catalan investigator who looked for yeti

The NEWS Of the DAY/
Last hour 19:48 hours    

Peshawar. - - The Catalan zoologist Jordi Magraner, who has spent last the 12 years in Pakistan looking for a man of snows local, known like barmano, in the valley of Kalash, was found the past Friday dead by hurt of thrusting weapon, presumably caused by one of his employees, according to has informed the independent agency of the news NNI. Magraner, of 35 years of age, used to cross the jungle of Chitral and certain regions of Afghanistan in search of the barmano. With him two Afghan refugees worked and a young paquistaní of 12 years, that was found dead next to him. One of these employees, Shamas ur Reham, was the one who discovered the corpse in its dormitory and warned the police, that it suspects that his other employee, Asif Alí, of 20 years, is the author of the murder. The body of the investigator was transferred in helicopter to Islamabad, from where it will be repatriated Spain. A police official has explained agency France Presse that had asked the Spanish investigator who left Chitral by the complaints of the villagers, whom they accused to him to preach the Christianity. "Then it was requested to him that it left the aerial one by its own security", indicated.
-- Agencies


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News Network International, Sunday, 4 August 2002
Pakistan

A Spanish found dead


CHITRAL, August 04 (NNI): A Spanish searching for "Snow man" was stabbed to death by his local servant, accused managed to escape after committing crime.
According to detail, a Spanish, Mage John Judi, residing in a local hotel in Kalash valley with his servant for the last 15 years.
Mr. Judi often wandering in the jungle of Chitral and Afghanistan in search of "Snow Man" and employed two Afghan and a local national to help him.
Shamas-ur-Reham, one of his servants reported police station that Mr. Judi was stabbed to death with knife in his bedroom. Police has taken the dead body into custody and started investigation.
Police source said that his visa was expired from the last several weeks and he was residing illegally and was involved in some mysterious activities. He was also served with notices to leave the country.
Police further disclosed that he has kept several pet animals including horses and dogs and his house was furnished with sophisticated communication equipment and no body was allowed to go near his residential areas.
It is believed that he used to go to Afghanistan by his horses and had dubious links, due to this he has many foes and one of them might kill him for his alleged activities.

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