Ok, this Yellow Top Bigfoot saga is getting weirder and weirder by the day. I’ve posted a few Youtube clips that show a Bigfoot-like creature walking through the woods. It was shot by a couple of guys who turn out to be filmmakers so eyebrows were raised from the outset, but they’ve posted a new video attempting to discredit their own video because of the creatures “manhood.” Look, the video is obviously a hoax, but I have to say, the hoax also feels like a hoax. Something doesn’t quite mesh for me on this. Watch the video below, and judge for yourself.
The folks who brought you the non-story of the year are back. Loren Coleman of Cyrptomudo fame is reporting that Matt Whitton and Ric Dyer have made a deal to auction off the original fake Bigfoot body and its deep freeze coffin. Alledgedly they are in the hole by as much as $50,000 to some unnamed Indiana businessman who thought he was buying a real Bigfoot body. All civil action will be dropped against the Georgia duo. Obviously they will raise quite a bit more than the $50K they owe. They will not be keeping the remaining amount raised. Any money above and beyond the $50K will be used to fund Joshua Warren‘s Hoax Investigation Museum.
I have no idea what the Hoax Investigation Museum is, but it is going to be an extremely well-funded museum.
**UPDATE: The bidding closed at $250,283.00. Part of me suspects we will learn the auction was a hoax.
Let the bidding begin. An ebayer knows a good hoax when he sees one. Seems someone from California is doing his best to capitalize on the dynamic Georgia duos hoax-tacular ways. He’s made a duplicate head of the fake dead Georgia Bigfoot and put it up for auction on ebay. It comes with its own custom cooler case and everything. The last I looked the bid was up to $600. Wait a minute he’s from California? Tom Biscardi is from California, and he’s out $50,000… nah, couldn’t be
Click here to see the head for yourself: Dead Bigfoot ACTUAL HEAD!!!!
***UPDATE: I’m saving the original post, but be advised rickmat.org is not the real Whitton and Dyer. Ironically, someone is hoaxing the hoaxsters. But on my part, I don’t want to sully their good names by suggesting they would be making false claims about saying they have a fake dead bigfoot that is actually a real dead bigfoot that they are protecting through issuing a fake claim that it isn’t real… or something like that.
Well, this Bigfoot body thing might not be over. Matthew Whitton and Ricky Dyer apparently aren’t going to go away quietly. They’re making new claims today that what we’ve been hearing about them isn’t true. Here’s an excerpt from their website:
Once the ball was rolling with Tom we had more second thoughts. Especially since we were receiving offers in excess of ten million dollars for the body. This really got our attention and made Tom’s offer and ideas look really sorry. But the thing that really sent us on the strange road was the blacked out window vehicles that started following us and our family members. Someone also broke into our houses and a garage where we store our hunting gear. Things were really getting out of hand and the ride hasn’t stopped!
And then this:
I won’t address all the lies being told about us right now but be certain we didn’t intend dupe anyone or rip off anyone. We are simply trying to survive right now and find someone who can help us end the nightmare portion of this saga. We really screwed up by following through with the press conference and delivering the fake Rickmat to Tom’s guys, but it was the only thing we could think of to buy time until we could secure a deal with one of the other more reputable bidders (can you say Ripley’s).
This is nothing if not entertaining. They certainly know how to milk their 15 minutes of fame. I do agree with one thing they said. They do need help. You can read the entire post here: Don’t Believe Anything You’ve Read or Heard
BTW – At least one of the Georgia duo has visited this site and left a comment. That’s how I found their website. Feel free to leave them a message in the comments below.
***UPDATE – The boys confessed to it being a hoax on an Atlanta news station. Click here to watch the video.
So, either the website was created by some posers or they’re just really, really stupid. It’s impossible to tell with these two.
I’ve noticed a few of you have clicked on the “What Would Sasquatch Do?” link located on the right hand column. I feel compelled to point out that this link was placed on this blog months ago and is in no way associated with the current Bigfoot controversy. A friend and I thought it was funny so we created a logo and creed. Just what would Sasquatch do?
Leave Lots of Footprints.
And what would Sasquatch not do?
Let two schmucks from Georgia stuff your dead body in a freezer.
Just wanted to clear that up. Carry on.
Bona fide Bigfoot bozo, Tom Biscardi claims he was duped by the North Georgia brain trust of Matthew Whitton and Ricky Dyer. According to Biscardi, he paid money to Whitton and Dyer so one of his colleagues could have access to the body and collect samples. When the body was thawed, the only samples to be had were made of synthetic hair and rubber because, as most of the sane world had all ready determined, it was a costume. What makes matters worse; Whitton and Dyer are now nowhere to be found.
There is one major problem with Biscardi’s new story. He said on several occasions that he touched the body himself. He saw it. He smelled it. How can he now claim that he didn’t know that the body was actually a costume?
I know this story is such a waste of time, but I can’t help myself. It’s like watching a really bad soap opera. The storyline is so unbelievable it’s compelling.
***UPDATE – Fox News Report (Someone’s in denial)
BTW – Reports are that Clayton County Police Chief Jeff Turner is filing the paperwork to fire Whitton. His quote: “Once he perpetrated a fraud, that goes into his credibility and integrity,” Turner said. “He has violated the duty of a police officer.”
***2nd UPDATE – RickMat website
Whitton & Dyer threw up a website shortly after the press conference. They make some very interesting claims. Here’s the site. I encourage you to leave them a message:
Okay, it is well established now that there was no Bigfoot body discovered in the mountains of North Georgia, but sadly there are going to be a few… slower adults that will still believe the hoax. And somehow the three guys that cooked up this scheme will find a way to benefit financially. They’ll write a book, make a film, sell t-shirts, bumper stickers, and signed posters of the now infamous Bigfoot costume in a freezer. But that’s okay because the people who buy into this crap are the same people who will spend their last twenty bucks on a pack of cigarettes and lottery tickets. In short, they get what they deserve.
But what about the rest of us? Where do we go from here? Look, I write science fiction and horror. I tend toward the unbelievable. It’s fun to think there’s a giant undiscovered bipedal ape running around in the forest somewhere in North America. Is it probable? No. Is it possible? Certainly. Even Jane Goodall believes in Bigfoot, and she’s been hanging out with apes most of her life. Who am I to argue? I believe because it’s just too damn cool not to believe.
Luckily there are scientist and researchers out there who are seriously considering the possibility of Bigfoot (Which is an awful name. I like Sasquatch much better). They are applying sound scientific methodology to the circumstantial evidence that is currently available. If Bigfoot is ever discovered, a press conference won’t be called by a talk show host and two guys who need help tying their shoes. It will be called by a panel of scientist with indisputable evidence.
To that end, Professor Jeff Meldrum has penned the definitive book on Bigfoot. It’s called Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science. It’s devoid of hyperbole and sensationalism. Meldrum is an expert in human locomotor adaptations. He applies his expertise to the evidence that is available. I recommend the book highly even if you’re a nonbeliever, but most especially if you want to find a reason to believe.
Here is a link to an NPR interview Meldrum did in November of 2006. ‘Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science’. I’m an author of science fiction and horror. It’s almost expected of me to believe in something as outrageous as Bigfoot. But think of everything that Meldrum is risking by saying he’s a believer. Now think about the extra scrutiny he’s receiving right now because three tools put a Bigfoot costume in a freezer and called a press conference. BTW – What is wrong with this nation’s media? They actually sent reporters to the press conference.