Checking in with Bigfoot

Last week I predicted that the discovery of Bigfoot's body was bound to be a hoax. Score one for me. I also said the "body" looked like a Bigfoot costume. Score another one for me.

In all fairness, it was like shooting fish in a barrel. The Bigfoot Body farce was so obviously a hoax that I'm surprised it gained as much traction as it did. But then, the media can be relied upon to eat up a good Bigfoot story.

Meanwhile, Bigfoot promoter Tom Biscardi, who paid Georgia "Bigfoot trackers" Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer $50,000 for the body, is trying to pass himself off as the victim of a scam. And Whitton and Dyer are trying to portray themselves as clever pranksters. My sense is that they were all out to make a buck.

Links: Fox News, Yahoo! News.


Posted on Thu Aug 21, 2008


"... "Everyone who has talked down to us is going to eat their words," Whitton said at the time."

Posted by Big Gary  on  Thu Aug 21, 2008  at  09:06 AM
Mmmmm.... Yummy words.
Posted by fuzzfoot  on  Thu Aug 21, 2008  at  09:25 AM
It is amazing just how badly some people WANT TO BELIEVE, isn't it?

Biscardi must be feeling pretty stupid right now.
Posted by coit  on  Thu Aug 21, 2008  at  09:35 AM
Whitton is a police officer who may now get fired over this stupidity.

Clayton County, Georgia Chief of Police: "He's disgraced himself, he's an embarrassment...his behavior is unbecoming of that of a police officer."
Posted by DC  on  Thu Aug 21, 2008  at  10:28 AM
I wish it had turned out to be a human corpse in a gorilla suit - now THAT would have been a news story!
Posted by laurie  on  Thu Aug 21, 2008  at  11:04 AM
Did you have any particular human in mind, Laurie?
Posted by Big Gary  on  Thu Aug 21, 2008  at  02:17 PM
I still believe in it's authenticity.Nothing will convince me otherwise.
Posted by Isaiah  on  Thu Aug 21, 2008  at  04:33 PM
... all I can say, is, any of you that were planning on going to your Halloween party dressed in a gorilla suit, well, the price of those costumes has just... well, you get the idea...
Posted by Christopher  on  Thu Aug 21, 2008  at  04:40 PM
I'm with you, Alex. This was intended to somehow make a buck. There was no social commentary involved in it; it wasn't that kind of hoax.

Don't these guys have some kind of "Bigfoot safari" business or something?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Thu Aug 21, 2008  at  06:27 PM
Um, Colt, why would HE be feeling stupid?
William Wald Lett Jr. of Eaton, Indiana is the one that's out 50 grand. He was duped into fronting the money for Biscardi. linky:

And it's not like Biscardi hasn't done this before:
Same ol', same ol' "I've got Bigfoot right here, just pays yer money and I'll let you look later!"
Later: "Aw shucks boys, I was hoodwinked just like you, shame about your money!"

Like I said when Alex first posted this story, it reeked of hoax the instant Biscardi's name was mentioned in the same breath as Bigfoot.

And yes, Cranky Media Guy, for a few thousand dollars, Biscardi will send you and anyone else who'll pay off into the woods in "Prime Bigfoot Territory" for a happy little camping trip. He's not the only one that sells such expeditions, but he's the only one that'll say, I almost caught one last week, but "left his tranquilizer gun and his wire-mesh grenade launcher at home".

Just FYI, I'm actually skeptical that there is a bigfoot/sasquatch/wendigo/swamp ape/yeti/ what have you, but I don't dismiss it completely. If fanged deer exist, why not a world roving apeman?
Linky, for people that think I'm kidding:;=&spon;=&pagewanted=all
Posted by Captain DaFt  on  Fri Aug 22, 2008  at  01:19 AM
This whole thing just screamed FAKE right from the get-go.

If *I* found a real Bigfoot, the first thing I'd do is contact the National Enquirer and sell the rights to photos of it. THEN I'd hold a press conference and announce that the pictures would be in the paper next week or whenever. Simultaneously, I'd be working on the book, movie and TV deals.

Then I'd get the damned thing stuffed and take it around to every State Fair in America and charge two bucks a head to look at it.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Fri Aug 22, 2008  at  02:04 AM
I support CMG and everyone else who thinks isaiah is wrong....
Isaiah get a life.....
Posted by Silvar  on  Fri Aug 22, 2008  at  06:29 PM
Say whatever you want about me,But just because I am a sensible person does not mean that I should be insulted.Biscardi was probably bribed to claim that this was a hoax.BIGFOOT EXISTS,IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT.
Posted by Isaiah  on  Fri Aug 22, 2008  at  09:57 PM
BIGFOOT DOES NOT EXIST you clearly crazy and nutty person...
Biscardi was not bribed
YOU bribed the asylum to let you out of your cell and use the computer you nutcase...
come on go back in to your cell go on go on you can do it...
Posted by Silvar  on  Sat Aug 23, 2008  at  11:19 PM
Hi,everyone I've been out camping and therefore have not commented recently.Let's clear one thing up right now,I still feel that Bigfoot exists and merits further study.I also wish to explain that I AM NOT CRAZY,I'M JUST A BELIEVER!this still is probably genuine,just as UFOs and the loch Ness Monster,Aleins,Windigo,spirits and Fairies are.(for my explanation on the existance of fairies then google "cottingley fairy photos")I understand that a few of you may not except this phenomon for what it Is,but let it be clear-I DO AND ALWAYS WILL!!! Isaiah August 25,2008
Posted by Isaiah  on  Mon Aug 25, 2008  at  06:28 AM
I love how you don't let silly things like FACTS get in the way of your beliefs, Isaiah (assuming, that is, that you aren't simply a troll.)

The Cottingley Fairies were admitted to be a fake by one of the women who staged it when she was a girl. Kind of like how this recent "Bigfoot" fraud has been confessed to by its perpetrators.

Just because the people who actually fake something admit to it is no reason to stop believing in its authenticity, right, Isaiah?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Mon Aug 25, 2008  at  07:03 PM
Dear Cranky Media Guy,The Cottingley Fairy incident showed that the FIRST FOUR photos had been faked using paper cutouts,but Frances Griffith maintained to her death that the last photo was genuine,and it obviously was genuine.It was very much unlike the others because the fairies had a three dimensional appearance.thank you.
Posted by Isaiah  on  Wed Aug 27, 2008  at  07:09 AM
oh,one more thing I'M NOT A TROLL.Every word of what I post here,I genuinely mean.These are my beliefs.thank you.
Posted by Isaiah  on  Wed Aug 27, 2008  at  07:13 AM
I still believe. Isaiah September 02,2008
Posted by Isaiah  on  Tue Sep 02, 2008  at  07:01 AM
hey im kelly reed and omg fucking bigfoot just fucking stepped on my head. help me help me. omg he just raped my house and burnt down my mom... omg help help. bigfoot and i are talking about getting married. what what but the police and stuff cant find him because he's underground building us our house under there so that no one can find us. well get over it girls he is mine. bye bye now. ♥kelly.m.reed♥
Posted by Kelly Reed  on  Mon Sep 29, 2008  at  12:02 AM
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