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Alleged 'Bigfoot' find proved to be big fake

Two Georgia men who claimed to have had the 500-pound body of a Bigfoot stored in a freezer for the past two months have been exposed as fakes who froze a hairy rubber costume filled with animal parts, Searching for Bigfoot Inc. founder Tom Biscardi said today.

Matthew Whitton, a police officer on administrative leave since he was shot in the hand, and Rick Dyer, a former correctional officer, appeared in a crowded news conference at a Palo Alto hotel Friday and said they had hiked into secluded Northern Georgia woods for a camping trip in June and found the creature dead near a stream.

Whitton also said he and Dyer spotted three other large, bipedal, apelike creatures walking about 50 feet from them.

Biscardi initially supported the men, introducing them at the conference and enthusiastically backing their claims.

During the news conference, Biscardi confidently said, "They do have the body."

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Biscardi, who said there are between 3,500 and 7,000 Bigfoot creatures in North America, added that when he was first shown the reported Bigfoot body, "It was a euphoric experience for me. I was in shock."

However, Biscardi's Menlo Park-based company today featured a statement on its Web site, http://www.searchingforbigfoot.com , revealing the internationally publicized hoax perpetrated by Whitton and Dyer.

Steve Kulls, executive director of Squatchdetective.com and host of Squatchdetective Radio, and Bob Schmalzbach, vice president of Searching for Bigfoot Inc., wrote the post, which outlines the timing of a financially motivated trick carried out by Whitton and Dyer.

Kulls says in the post that Biscardi received what the men told him was a DNA sample from the body Aug. 1 after becoming involved with the alleged Bigfoot discovery at the behest of Whitton and Dyer. The DNA results, released at the news conference, were inconclusive, with one result suggesting the creature was an opossum.

Biscardi confirmed the post was written by his associates, and said Whitton and Dyer requested money as a sign of good faith before giving over the body.

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The men allegedly received the money Thursday and Dyer insisted on holding the news conference Friday, Biscardi said.

Searching for Bigfoot then confirmed the hoax Sunday as they thawed the frozen body.

"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," Kulls said in the Web post.

Whitton and Dyer reportedly admitted the whole discovery was a trick, but left town Sunday and have not answered their phones since, Biscardi said.

"We have been victimized here. I gotta tell you, its just disgusting," said Biscardi, who said Searching for Bigfoot discovered today that Whitton and Dyer filled the frozen costume with animal bones and placed a donkey tongue on the mouth of the costume to make it appear authentic.

Whitton and Dyer, who remained straight-faced and adamant about their discovery during Friday's event, began a Web site some time after they allegedly found the Bigfoot corpse. The site, http://www.bigfoottracker.com , was down Friday and up and running again today, offering $499 Bigfoot tracking trips.

The site's Bigfoot tip line was also not working Friday, but was functioning again today. The message left on the line was far from serious.

After asking callers to leave Bigfoot tips, the message adds, "We have newly expanded our operation to also search for leprechauns and the Loch Ness monster. We are also looking for the Chupacabra if anyone knows where he might be. Also large cats and dinosaurs. If you see any of those, leave a message."

Biscardi, who said he believes Whitton and Dyer are guilty of fraud and breach of contract, said attorneys will handle the situation and work to retrieve the money given to the men. Biscardi said he also plans to seek damages and a public apology.

"This has been my passion for 37 year, and here I am thinking we are coming to the end of the quest," he said.

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Alleged 'Bigfoot' find proved to be big fake

Uploaded: Tue, Aug 19, 2008, 6:40 pm

Two Georgia men who claimed to have had the 500-pound body of a Bigfoot stored in a freezer for the past two months have been exposed as fakes who froze a hairy rubber costume filled with animal parts, Searching for Bigfoot Inc. founder Tom Biscardi said today.

Matthew Whitton, a police officer on administrative leave since he was shot in the hand, and Rick Dyer, a former correctional officer, appeared in a crowded news conference at a Palo Alto hotel Friday and said they had hiked into secluded Northern Georgia woods for a camping trip in June and found the creature dead near a stream.

Whitton also said he and Dyer spotted three other large, bipedal, apelike creatures walking about 50 feet from them.

Biscardi initially supported the men, introducing them at the conference and enthusiastically backing their claims.

During the news conference, Biscardi confidently said, "They do have the body."

Biscardi, who said there are between 3,500 and 7,000 Bigfoot creatures in North America, added that when he was first shown the reported Bigfoot body, "It was a euphoric experience for me. I was in shock."

However, Biscardi's Menlo Park-based company today featured a statement on its Web site, http://www.searchingforbigfoot.com , revealing the internationally publicized hoax perpetrated by Whitton and Dyer.

Steve Kulls, executive director of Squatchdetective.com and host of Squatchdetective Radio, and Bob Schmalzbach, vice president of Searching for Bigfoot Inc., wrote the post, which outlines the timing of a financially motivated trick carried out by Whitton and Dyer.

Kulls says in the post that Biscardi received what the men told him was a DNA sample from the body Aug. 1 after becoming involved with the alleged Bigfoot discovery at the behest of Whitton and Dyer. The DNA results, released at the news conference, were inconclusive, with one result suggesting the creature was an opossum.

Biscardi confirmed the post was written by his associates, and said Whitton and Dyer requested money as a sign of good faith before giving over the body.

The men allegedly received the money Thursday and Dyer insisted on holding the news conference Friday, Biscardi said.

Searching for Bigfoot then confirmed the hoax Sunday as they thawed the frozen body.

"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," Kulls said in the Web post.

Whitton and Dyer reportedly admitted the whole discovery was a trick, but left town Sunday and have not answered their phones since, Biscardi said.

"We have been victimized here. I gotta tell you, its just disgusting," said Biscardi, who said Searching for Bigfoot discovered today that Whitton and Dyer filled the frozen costume with animal bones and placed a donkey tongue on the mouth of the costume to make it appear authentic.

Whitton and Dyer, who remained straight-faced and adamant about their discovery during Friday's event, began a Web site some time after they allegedly found the Bigfoot corpse. The site, http://www.bigfoottracker.com , was down Friday and up and running again today, offering $499 Bigfoot tracking trips.

The site's Bigfoot tip line was also not working Friday, but was functioning again today. The message left on the line was far from serious.

After asking callers to leave Bigfoot tips, the message adds, "We have newly expanded our operation to also search for leprechauns and the Loch Ness monster. We are also looking for the Chupacabra if anyone knows where he might be. Also large cats and dinosaurs. If you see any of those, leave a message."

Biscardi, who said he believes Whitton and Dyer are guilty of fraud and breach of contract, said attorneys will handle the situation and work to retrieve the money given to the men. Biscardi said he also plans to seek damages and a public apology.

"This has been my passion for 37 year, and here I am thinking we are coming to the end of the quest," he said.

— Bay City News Service

Comments

Miss N. Link
Barron Park
on Aug 19, 2008 at 7:04 pm
Miss N. Link, Barron Park
on Aug 19, 2008 at 7:04 pm

Really, How did they hollow him out and make him into rubber?
What a shame. And I thought it was real from the start.


Quasi Moto
Charleston Gardens
on Aug 19, 2008 at 7:16 pm
Quasi Moto, Charleston Gardens
on Aug 19, 2008 at 7:16 pm

I own 20 acres of wheat fields here in Palo Alto, and the Sasquatches are the best field hands you can hire,
they only eat possum and Like to hide, so you dont need to pay them room and board.
They are real good at making crop circles though, Kind of weird if you think about it...


Idiots
Crescent Park
on Aug 19, 2008 at 8:02 pm
Idiots, Crescent Park
on Aug 19, 2008 at 8:02 pm

I knew it was a fake. I knew it one year ago. Sorry I knew it last century.
Americans are gullible - we are at war you know, I mean in Iraq - you know and in Afganistan - you know. We are idiots you know.



Tim
Crescent Park
on Aug 19, 2008 at 8:24 pm
Tim, Crescent Park
on Aug 19, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Maybe I can sell that old orange bridge in San Francisco, that I have owned for years!


DrNolove
Menlo Park
on Aug 19, 2008 at 9:04 pm
DrNolove, Menlo Park
on Aug 19, 2008 at 9:04 pm

Tom Biscardi and Steve Kulls are the real culprits of this hoax!

Steve Kulls admited live on a blog talk radio show tonight that Tom Biscardi was part of the hoax.

Steve Kulls is just as guilty.

Web Link


James
Barron Park
on Aug 19, 2008 at 9:48 pm
James, Barron Park
on Aug 19, 2008 at 9:48 pm
Hocus Pocus
another community
on Aug 19, 2008 at 10:51 pm
Hocus Pocus, another community
on Aug 19, 2008 at 10:51 pm

Biscardi stated in the press release he touched the body, he saw it, he went where they found it, there are pictures of him standing by the freezer with bagged ice on it. Why not report that Biscardi lied and that this sham is just as much his fault as anyone else implicated. Do some real reporting.


Nik
Old Palo Alto
on Aug 20, 2008 at 12:47 am
Nik, Old Palo Alto
on Aug 20, 2008 at 12:47 am

American are idiots, most of them voted for George Bush!!!!


This isn't it
Charleston Meadows
on Aug 20, 2008 at 12:45 pm
This isn't it, Charleston Meadows
on Aug 20, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Biscardi's history plus the similarities between the face and a known costume should have been a warning to the Weekly to ignore the issue.


Mike
Crescent Park
on Aug 20, 2008 at 1:59 pm
Mike, Crescent Park
on Aug 20, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Relax folks.

This is just a good old fashioned hoax. Nobody got hurt. There used to be a lot more of these when we all had a sense of humor..


julie
Palo Alto Hills
on Aug 21, 2008 at 10:42 am
julie, Palo Alto Hills
on Aug 21, 2008 at 10:42 am

if you walk in a crowded room and cry fire what happens. well if you go in front of the tv and cry bigfoot found what happens. plus they took money for this and they were law enforcement they should of known better. there are people out there who do believe and really search for bigfoot and do not i repeat do not cry wolf. what they did was wrong and they took it way to far. they made money off of lies maybe thats what everybody should do is lie lie lie and take people for their money and you think thats alrite no i don't think so. law enforcement should not be trusted this prooves it was not a bigfoot just some scam artist who learned the tricks of the trade.


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