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Alleged “Bigfoot” Body Found - Press Conference Planned Aug. 15, 2008
Posted: 15 August 2008 12:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Interesting updates from an MSN article:

A hairy corpse crammed in a Georgia freezer is Bigfoot, say two men who have been tracking the legendary creature, when they aren’t busy looking for leprechauns and the Loch Ness monster.

Whitton and Dyer promise to tell the story of how they found the corpse at the news conference. They have offered three different tales so far:

- In early videos, the animal was shot by a former felon, and the men followed it into the woods.
- In a second version, they found a “family of Bigfoot” in North Georgia mountains.
- In the third, the two were hiking and stumbled upon the corpse with open wounds.

An anonymous letter sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Reserve said the creature is “the remains of a small gorilla or chimpanzee that may have undergone some taxidermy treatment.

Other Bigfoot hunters call Biscardi a huckster, a Las Vegas promoter and a scam artist. (Added note - you have to be pretty bad when OTHER bigfoot hunters call you a scam artist!)

Efforts to reach Whitton and Dyer early Friday on their Bigfoot Tipline were unsuccessful. The voice mail recording says they have expanded their search to look for leprechauns and the Loch Ness monster. They also offer weekend expeditions to search for Bigfoot in the north Georgia mountains for $499.

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Posted: 15 August 2008 04:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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And the “big reveal”? Nothing!

“DNA evidence” revealed possum DNA. The men claim it’s because bigfoot eats possums.

All they presented at the press conference were the same photos on their website - they didn’t even have them blown up - they held up 6x4 little photos for the reporters.

Their plan now? Two “Russian hominid specialists” will conduct a top-secret autopsy, which will be filmed and then sold as a documentary.

So this whole thing was a plug for their upcoming fake documentary. I’m sure they’ll be selling it at stupid conventions for years.

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Posted: 15 August 2008 06:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Re. the issue of the DNA, check out the article HERE:

“Bigfoot” fails DNA test
2 hours, 37 minutes ago
PALO ALTO, California (Reuters) - ... One of the two samples of DNA said to prove the existence of the Bigfoot came from a human and the other was 96 percent from an opossum, according to Curt Nelson, a scientist at the University of Minnesota who performed the DNA analysis. ...

Also present were Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer, the two who say they discovered the Bigfoot corpse while hiking in the woods of northern Georgia. They also are co-owners of a company that offers Bigfoot merchandise. ...

I can’t believe the NYTimes printed an article on this nonsense.

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Posted: 15 August 2008 08:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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Jules - 15 August 2008 04:55 PM

Their plan now? Two “Russian hominid specialists” will conduct a top-secret autopsy, which will be filmed and then sold as a documentary.

Perhaps the same person who made the Alien Dummy for the Alien Autopsy Video made this Bigfoot Dummy for its autopsy.

I kept wondering how they were going to make money after they wouldn’t be able to back up their claims.  But I forgot that true believers will go on believing no matter what.  I made the mistake of looking at their endgame through the lens of a rational person.  They aren’t marketing to people like me.  They are marketing to the true believers.

The sad thing is the true believers will continue to be just that - true believers.  All the hype and build-up deflated in an instant will not cause even so much as a hint of doubt in their mind.  I sometimes think the true believers don’t even want proof to be found.  The search and the mystery is much more important and fun for them. 

For completeness sake on this topic, here are two of the pictures they showed at their <strike>commercial</strike>, “press conference.”  The first is the teeth in the dummy’s mouth.  I wonder which one’s grandparent is now missing their set of dentures?  The second is the “creature” in the woods.

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Posted: 15 August 2008 08:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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I recall one blogger asking why a primate would have six incisors. Good question.

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Posted: 15 August 2008 11:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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Animals (including humans) shed hair, skin etc all the time. If they were close enough to take a picture of the ‘bigfoot’ why couldn’t they find hair that was pulled off when it brushed against the scrub? If it existed, with all of the ‘photo proof’, someone should have been able to find a clump of hair or pile of scat to test for DNA. It works just fine for other animals biologist track. Unless of course the ‘bigfoot’ has a flush toilet stashed somewhere! wink

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Posted: 15 August 2008 11:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Jules - 15 August 2008 04:55 PM

So this whole thing was a plug for their upcoming fake documentary. I’m sure they’ll be selling it at stupid conventions for years.

OMG I hope the new documentaries come with tinfoil hats!  Mine caught fire while I was microwaving a hotpocket the other day…now I can only dream in green :(

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Posted: 16 August 2008 12:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Jules - 15 August 2008 04:55 PM

So this whole thing was a plug for their upcoming fake documentary. I’m sure they’ll be selling it at stupid conventions for years.

OMG I hope the new documentaries come with tinfoil hats!  Mine caught fire while I was microwaving a hotpocket the other day…now I can only dream in green :(

The sasquatch probably told them stories of alien abduction with sexual experimentation and exploitation. Coming to a bookstore near you soon!!!

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Posted: 17 August 2008 06:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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Another blogger pointed out something interesting about the photo close-up of those questionable teeth - Bigfoot practices excellent oral hygiene!

No one knows where Bigfoot got the toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, or how he scheduled hand scaling at six month intervals, but he has not one bit of plaque on those six strange looking incisors!

If anyone has ever watched a nature show that films a monkey or ape baring their teeth or yawning, it’s NOT a pretty picture. There are years of plaque build up, all calcified yellow and brown.

Perhaps this Bigfoot’s money is to be made in toothpaste advertisements.

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Posted: 19 August 2008 10:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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These guys are rank amateurs compared to Roger Patterson.  Regardless of the fact that Patterson set out to con the world (and make a few bucks in the process), at lease he made a decent Bigfoot suit.  It clearly didn’t look like an ape or gorilla.  If I recall correctly from Greg Long’s book, The Making of Bigfoot, it was surmised he took the suit he purchased from Phillip Morris and modified it.  He didn’t just use it straight out of the box. 

Check out the face of the Patterson suit compared to this latest one and a real gorilla:

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Patterson made the face look more human than ape, especially in the nose, eyes and brow ridge.  But it is clearly neither human nor ape.  He was a true craftsman.  These guys just ordered the first thing they could find on the Internet and made no changes of their own.

Like I said, no matter Patterson’s nefarious motives, the man did a decent job on the suit.  Yes, it wasn’t perfect (the bottom of the feet and the lack of a butt crack), but it is much better than any other fake Bigfoot costume in the last 40 years.

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Posted: 19 August 2008 11:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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What fascinates me is that all of the obvious errors, inconsistencies, and demonstrated mistakes the purveyers have maded and that have been pointed out in newspaper stories and in the posts above, that there is still a large credulous audience for this drivel.

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Posted: 19 August 2008 01:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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Article too long to quote, its a costume

So, the “bigfoot expert” got fooled by two country bumpkins in a scam similar to several he’s perpetrated in the past, and expects people to buy that he’s a victim?

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Posted: 19 August 2008 01:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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Occam - 19 August 2008 11:57 AM

What fascinates me is that all of the obvious errors, inconsistencies, and demonstrated mistakes the purveyers have maded and that have been pointed out in newspaper stories and in the posts above, that there is still a large credulous audience for this drivel.

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There always is. When television arrived in New Zealand, a man from England claimed he had an antenna which could receive TV signals from the UK, and was willing to license the design for $25,000 (IIRC). I knew he was a liar and a fraud because a device like that would be worth $$ millions.

But the newspapers reported it as fact.

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Posted: 20 August 2008 07:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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Rubber Suit Update.

Some prime quotes from the latest story on this scam.  Emphasis added in all of the following:

SearchingforBigfoot.com owner Tom Biscardi had paid an “undisclosed sum” — Internet rumors put it at $50,000 — to Georgia residents Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer for their frozen “corpse” and the privilege of trotting them, but not the body, out in front of TV cameras. 
[That answers my question of how they were going to make money off of this!]

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The upshot? Bigfoot, once found, is now again missing. So are Whitton, Dyer and Biscardi’s money.
[Will other “Bigfoot Trackers” be brought in to track these guys down?]

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“They probably started out small, as a way to promote their Bigfoot tracking business, and got in way over their heads,” Coleman figured. “These are not very intelligent individuals.” 
[I don’t know about that.  They sold a $500 monkey suit for, possibly, fifty grand!  If so, it sounds like the person who bought the monkey suit is the one lacking intelligence!  grin ]
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“In a way, both sides may have been trying to out-con each other,” said Coleman.
[I’m shocked!]

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As for Whitton, he doesn’t seem to have a job to come back to in Georgia.

Asked for comment on Officer Whitton, Clayton County, Ga., Chief of Police Jeffrey Turner, corrected FoxNews.com. “You mean ex-officer Whitton.”
[Good for Chief Turner!]

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Posted: 24 September 2008 05:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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I’m glad to see a cop was fired for this. Number 1, it is an abuse of a position of trust. Number 2.. you paranormies stop throwing “witnesses” up as credible just because they are police/military/whatever. Clearly people can be idiots or hucksters no matter what sort of uniform they wear.

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