More Bigfoot fun

Tim

Creative Writer
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England
#1
The cost of that cosplaying outfit is disturbingly expensive! Should be interesting to hear about the men in black suits excuse for when they turn up empty handed tomorrow at the press gathering :)

From Times Online

August 14, 2008
US hunters claim to have found Bigfoot

To the untrained eye, it may look suspiciously like a cast-off from a fancy dress party. But to Bigfoot believers, this is the latest “evidence” that the mysterious ape-man said to dwell in the forests of North America is more than just a hairy myth.
Named Rickmat in honour of Rick Dyer and Matthew Whitton, Bigfoot hunters who claim to have bagged the 500lb ’corpse’ during an expedition in the US state of Georgia, it was being hailed today as potentially the “greatest discovery of the millennium” - by its finders, at least.
But that was not all they found in the woods. For as they marvelled at the seven foot seven inch, red-haired, flat-footed beast prostrated before them as they trekked through densely wooded mountains, Dyer and Whitton, 33 - who is currently on leave from police work after accidentally shooting himself while pursuing a robbery suspect - claim that they also spotted several of Rickmat’s friends and relatives lurking among the trees.
They are due to present the purported corpse, and their video footage of the shy Bigfoot clan, in public tomorrow, along with what they describe vaguely as “DNA evidence”.




“I think you’ll find that this is the real deal,” claimed their spokesman, Robert Barrows.
Photographs of Rickmat lying crumpled and apparently decapitated in a chest freezer drew so many visitors to one website today that it crashed under the pressure.
But Dyer and Whitton’s own website - bigfoottracker.com - appeared well prepared for the onslaught, advertising opportunities for the public to take guided tours in the footsteps of Rickmat for $499 a time, and selling T-Shirts declaring: “Bigfoot for President.”
“We have located a family of Bigfoot and besides the clear photo and video we have something even more shocking, A BODY. Please bear with us at this time. We have hired legal help. History is in the making,” they stated on their site.
The story was being met with heavy doses of scepticism tonight, not least because of the lack of scientific validity and the involvement of Tom Biscardi, an ’expert’ with a prior record of dubious discoveries relating to Bigfoot - also known as the Sasquatch, America’s equivalent of the Abominable Snowman.
The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organisation, which believes in Bigfoot but not in Rickmat, said the deceased apeman displayed a remarkable likeness to the “Deluxe Sasquatch Costume” on sale on a Hallowe’en costume website for $449.
Ben Radford, managing editor for Skeptical Inquirer magazine, said: “It’s smelling to high heaven like a hoax.”
“They can claim to have DNA, but its not going to be possible for them to prove through DNA analysis that they have Bigfoot because there’s no specimen in a jar that says, ’This is Bigfoot’, to match it to.
"And the video?... it’ll be what’s known in the Bigfoot research community as a Blobsquatch, an indeterminate, dark blob that may or may not be a man, a bear, a Bigfoot, an elf, a dragon...who knows?”
 

Kevin

Code Monkey
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Pennsylvania
#2
It'll be interesting to see what evidence they present, that's for sure.

Does the UK have similar monsters loose? I know I saw a documentary on a creature (a black leopard) that was supposedly loose in the woods in a UK forest, but I don't recall much more.

Scotland has Nessie, The Pacific Northwest USA & Canada has Bigfoot, Tibet has the Yeti, Mexico has the Chupacabra, and then of course there are bunch of local US legends (eg: The Jersey Devil).

Not counting mythical creatures (eg: dragons of many Asian cultures, etc.), what else is out there?
 

Tim

Creative Writer
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Jan 16, 2005
Location
England
#3
There is the odd story of a big cat that appears in the news. Drivers noticing them as they pass by, etc. Some blurry pics from time to time. A lot easier to explain as escaped animals from zoo's or private collections. Especially when compared to bigfoot/yeti
 

Mojo

Rocket Ranger
Joined
Jul 29, 2008
#4
It looks like this Bigfoot is -- gasp! -- a fake:

From CBS 46:
Web Site: Bigfoot Finding A Fraud

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

SearchingForBigfoot.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 Searching 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.