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« on: August 19, 2008, 01:10:06 pm »

Surprise, surprise: Bigfoot story a hoax
'I observed the foot which looked unnatural ... and confirmed it was a rubber foot'
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 | 12:35 PM ET
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Bigfoot hunter Tom Biscardi holds a photo of what he claims to be the mouth and teeth of a deceased Bigfoot or sasquatch creature during a news conference Friday. (Ben Margot/Associated Press)The website that promoted the finding of the supposed remains of the legendary Bigfoot has confirmed what most people suspected: the body was nothing more than a rubber sasquatch costume.

An investigator with Searching for Bigfoot, Inc., the group that promoted the discovery, reported the confirmation on Tuesday, just four days after a circus-like news conference in which two Georgia men claimed they had bagged the dead body of the mythical man-ape.

Georgia residents Matthew Whitton and Ricky Dyer claimed at the news conference Friday in Palo Alto, Calif., that they had stumbled across the corpse in the woods of northern Georgia.

But Steve Kulls, a self-described sasquatch hunter, wrote on the company's website that once the body arrived for examination, it became obvious that it wasn't real.

"As the team and I began examining this area near the feet, I observed the foot which looked unnatural, reached in and confirmed it was a rubber foot," he said.

Kulls wrote that sasquatch promoter Tom Biscardi, who runs the Searching for Bigfoot, Inc. website and appeared onstage with Dyer and Whitton to defend their find, "informed us that both Matthew Whitton and Ricky Dyer admitted it was a costume."

Even before the admission, skeptics had already noted that one photograph released that of a hairy corpse stuffed in a freezer looked suspiciously like a Halloween costume available at retailers.

And the evidence presented at the news conference including a blurry photo of teeth and inconclusive DNA samples had done little to sway public opinion.

"What I've seen so far is not compelling in the least, and I think the pictures cast grave doubts on their claim," Jeffrey Meldrum, a Bigfoot researcher and Idaho State University professor, told Scientific American magazine.

Meldrum also cast doubt on the find because the two men went to Biscardi and not the scientific community.

"I've had interactions with Tom Biscardi in the past, and based on that history, I would say that anything he is involved in is suspect," he said.

Kulls said the website reportedly paid Whitton and Dyer "an undisclosed amount of money" for the freezer they said contained the body. They are now looking into taking action "against the perpetrators of this fraud."

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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2008, 01:16:55 pm »

Tuesday, August 19, 2008
No Surprise... Bigfoot "body" was a hoax.

 
While we would certainly all love it to be true, sadly this was no Bigfoot, but rather just a rubber footed Bigfoot costume with some possum guts thrown on it and fake teeth and tongue added for good measure.



This update was pulled from naturalplane.bogspot.com who has been closely following the story. Be sure to click the link for the full story of what was found when they unfroze the "body".


"The body has been discovered to be a rubber costume that contained cinder blocks and bricks to add weight. As well, Kulls states that there is definitely decomposing animal matter under the costume because of the odor. Tom Biscardi was not present for the examination and was notified by phone of the discovery. Whitton and Dyer signed a contract with Tom Biscardi for an undisclosed amount of money before the body was turned over. Tom Biscardi has requested the return of the money but it has become apparent that Whitton and Dyer have fled. Though Kulls is declaring the Tom Biscardi was not involved with this hoax, that is a matter that needs to be examined because of his notorious background and the comments he made publicly at the press conference."

http://www.intheweird.com/2008/08/no-surprise-bigfoot-body-was-hoax.html
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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2008, 01:23:16 pm »

Cinder and cement blocks added to a Halloween costume to give it weight, plus teeth and animal guts glued in there.  Sounds pretty rank if you ask me.

You'll notice the two guys "fled" after turning the "body" over.
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« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2008, 01:27:21 pm »

Web Site: Bigfoot Finding A Fraud

POSTED: 11:45 am EDT August 19, 2008
UPDATED: 1:45 pm EDT August 19, 2008




ATLANTA -- A Web site that claimed two Georgia men had found Bigfoot says the men's claim is a fraud.

SeachingForBigfoot.com has confirmed that the two Georgia men who claimed they found bigfoot were lying.

The Web site said that Matthew Whitton and Ricky Dyer delivered the freezer containing the reported remains of the Bigfoot the day after the press conference that they called for. It also said that Whitton and Dyer were given an undisclosed amount of money from Saerching For Bigfoot before they went public with their find.

"On August 15th, 2008, Tom Biscardi, Ricky Dyer and Matthew Whitton held a press conference at the Cabana Hotel in Paolo Alto, California, announcing that the corpse of a creature fitting the description known as 'Bigfoot' had been discovered. A police officer of seven years, on medical leave, labeled as a hero for being wounded in the line of duty, got up in front of the world and told the world of how he and Ricky Dyer uncovered this creature. This has since been proven a lie. It is notable that Rick Dyer insisted on this press conference and told Tom Biscardi he would not release the 'body' unless the conference was held on this specific date," said Executive Director of Squatchdetective.com Steve Kulls on SearchingForBigfoot.com. 

After the Searching For Bigfoot team and "The Real Bigfoot Hunter" Tom Biscardi began to thaw out the creature in a 1,500 lb. cooler of ice, they discovered it was a rubber suit. Biscardi contacted Whitton and Dyer and they agreed to admit the truth to the public. When Biscardi arrived at their hotel, the pair had vanished.

Searching For Bigfoot believes that their motive was financial.

"It is still unclear why Whitton who, being a police officer for the Clayton County Police Department in Georgia got up before the world and lied and was complicit in a scheme to defraud in a felonious manner" said Kulls.

CBS 46 News tried to contact Whitton or Dyer on the Bigfoot Tracker Tip Line and left a message, but neither has returned our calls.

CBS46.com called Chief Jeff Turner with the Clayton County Police Department and left a message, but no one has returned our call.
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