Larry Doil Sanders and Jimmy Glenn Knighten had gone *noodling in the **South Canadian River the previous day, Sanders said, and the two men had gotten into a physical altercation, according to the affidavit.
*What is Noodling?
Simply put, noodling involves finding a Catfish hiding underwater, sticking your arm in its mouth, and dragging it out of the water with your bare hands. You use your own fingers as bait and the Catfish’s bite as the hook. Because of this, noodling is also known as “hand-fishing” or “grabbling,” as well as more inventive names like “gurgling” and “cat-daddling.” Fishing Booker
**The Canadian River is roughly 906 miles long and flows through Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. It’s the largest tributary of the Arkansas River and has a massive elevation range, with a starting point at 9,500 feet and an ending height of 466 feet. Uncover Colorado
“Larry claimed that while at the river, he discovered Jimmy intended to feed him to sasquatch/bigfoot,” the affidavit said. “Larry indicated Jimmy attempted to get away from him so that the sasquatch could eat Larry. Larry would not let Jimmy get away. Larry punched Jimmy and struck Jimmy with a stick. Larry and Jimmy fought for an extended amount of time on the ground. Larry confirmed he killed Jimmy by choking him to death near the river.”
Sanders’ daughter, the affidavit said, told the deputy her dad confessed to the slaying after the noodling trip with Knighten. “She claimed Larry later returned to the residence, frantic and talking about Bigfoot. … Larry claimed Jimmy was trying to feed Larry to bigfoot so Larry had to kill Jimmy. … Larry mentioned something about strangling Jimmy, and possibly firing two shots from a pistol,” the affidavit said.
“He’s just a good old country boy,” said Stacey Kelley, the victim’s ex-wife and friend.