Matthew Whitton and Ricky Dyer, the two Georgia men who shocked the world last week when they claimed to have the body of an actual Bigfoot, have admitted the entire thing was a cruel, stupid hoax. That thing in their freezer that looked like a shitty Harry & the Hendersons costume covered in bear guts was just a shitty Harry & the Hendersons costume covered in bear guts. Congrats, guys. For five seconds, you pwnd every single person on Earth.
The details are a tad convoluted, so I’ll give you the basic rundown: that guy with the salt and pepper goatee at Friday’s press conference, Bigfoot “expert” Tom Biscardi, was lying his ass off when he told the media he had examined the body. Tom Biscardi hadn’t seen shit. Rather, Bigfoot radio show host Steve Kulls examined the body—over twenty-four hours after the press conference. He reached into the freezer, felt Rickmat’s foot, and realized that shit was rubber. Kulls called Biscardi and told him what was up. Tommy Boy called Whitton and Dyer, the pair admitted Rickmat was a big fat lie, and the trio made plans to meet up at Whitton and Dyer’s California hotel room. Of course, by the time Biscardi showed up to said hotel, the sly Georgia boys had already vanished.
Kulls announced all this on his show Monday night, Squatchdetective Radio. For a complete transcript (accompanied with great stinging commentary), check out Oregonbigfoot.com. You know, if anything good came out of this mind-blowing waste of time, it clued me in to some really thorough and reputable Sasquatch-related websites. Oregonbigfoot.com is by far the best, especially when it comes to this ridiculous-ass Rickmat story. Props to reporter Autumn Williams.
So, the question now is will these two bumpkins be prosecuted for their cryptid-related crime? Supposedly they got $50k in advance from a private investor—that’s some pretty big fraud action right there. Still, Clifford Irving got way more than that out of McGraw-Hill in 1971 when he presented his fake Howard Hughes autobiography, and he only served about sixteen or seventeen months in prison. So my guess is if Whitton and Dyer are tried and convicted, whatever they’re sentenced to won’t even be worth talking about.
At least we can savor the fact these clowns will be viewed as complete assholes for the rest of their natural lives by anyone with a shred of decency in their bodies. Matt Whitton may even lose his job as a Clayton County police officer because of Rickmat. That’s how this whole stupid thing came about—Whitton was on sick leave when he concocted the Bigfoot body hoax, having been shot in the wrist while attempting to apprehend a criminal in July. Not surprisingly, that story is also full of dubious, conflicting details (don’t worry, it’s covered on Oregonbigfoot.com). Anyway, last I heard, ol’ Matty boy was this close to getting canned harder than Oscar the Grouch.
As a lifelong Bigfoot follower, this entire Rickmat affair really brings me down. It’s only going to make life harder for the people legitimately trying to prove there might be some large, smelly, unknown entity lurking in our American forests. And what if I see a Bigfoot sometime before I die? All my friends and family will tease me, making relentless frostless freezer jokes while I cower in fear every time I hear a weird noise in the middle of the night.
God damn. Like I needed another reason to hate Georgia.
Well, at least this story finally put an end to collective Dark Knight conversation the world had been having since Heath Ledger’s death.
My pal Jonathan reminded me that this “incredible” footage of a possible Chupacabra was captured last week in south Texas. I think I forgot about it because the animal in question looks more like an injured, underfed coyote than a demonic reptilian blood-sucker.
Okay, I’m convinced now—the Montauk Monster, this Chupacabra video, the Bigfoot corpse—this has all got to be some kind of huge viral marketing stunt for that Splinterheads flick, the new season of “CSI,” or a forthcoming cryptozoology-based video game. What are the odds of three major cryptid stories like this all breaking at around the same time?* JG2 officially calls shenanigans.
I’ll bet you all the money in my piggy bank that Pauly Shore shows up at the Bigfoot press conference tomorrow and they just show the trailer for Encino Man 2. Mark my words. Stupidity is on the horizon.
* = don’t you say a damn word about global warming.
Yesterday I went on a little rant about the Montauk Monster and how disillusioning it is to think that bizarre creature might just be a promotional stunt for some grade z movie. In the last line of said rant, I called for the head of the Jersey Devil, bemoaning the fact I was losing my faith in “mysteries, legends, and folklore.”
The cosmic force in control of our universe must have heard my lonely, HTML-based cry, because I just came across the shocking news that some guys from Georgia might have a Bigfoot carcass.
Whoa. That’s way better than any part of the Jersey Devil.
These cats are holding a press conference on Friday in Palo Alto, CA, where they will supposedly present DNA evidence proving the big dead thing they have is Sasquatch. Here’s their press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2008
BIGFOOT BODY FOUND
DNA evidence and photo evidence to be presented at a
to be held on
Date: Friday, August 15, 2008
Time: From 12Noon-1:00pm
Place: Cabana Hotel-Palo Alto (A Crown Plaza Resort) 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, California 94306
Searching for Bigfoot, Inc. Menlo Park, California
Tom Biscardi, CEO
BIGFOOT BODY FOUND – EVIDENCE AND DNA DETAILS TO BE PRESENTED AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 15th
FROM 12 N00N TO 1:00PM AT THE CABANA HOTEL-PALO ALTO IN PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA
A body that may very well be the body of the creature commonly known as “Bigfoot” has been found in the woods in northern Georgia.
DNA evidence and photo evidence of the creature will be presented in a press conference on Friday, August 15th from 12 Noon to 1:00pm at the Cabana Hotel-Palo Alto at 4290 El Camino Real in Palo Alto, California, 94306. The press conference will not be open to the public. It will only be open to credentialed members of the press.
Here are some of the vital statistics on the “Bigfoot” body:
*The creature is seven feet seven inches tall.
*It weighs over five hundred pounds.
*The creature looks like it is part human and part ape-like.
*It is male.
*It has reddish hair and blackish-grey eyes.
*It has two arms and two legs, and five fingers on each hand and
five toes on each foot.
*The feet are flat and similar to human feet.
*Its footprint is sixteen and three-quarters inches long and five and three-quarters inches wide at the heel.
*From the palm of the hand to the tip of the middle finger, its hands are
eleven and three-quarters inches long and six and one-quarter inches wide.
*The creatures walk upright. (Several of them were sighted on the same day that the body was found.)
*The teeth are more human-like than ape-like.
*DNA tests are currently being done and the current DNA and photo evidence will be presented at the press conference on Friday, August 15th.The creature was found by Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer (residents of Georgia) in the woods in northern Georgia. (The exact location is being kept secret to protect the creatures.)
Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer will be flying in from Georgia to be at the press conference. Also present at the press conference will be Tom Biscardi, CEO of Searching for Bigfoot, Inc.
Whitton is a Clayton County, Georgia, police officer, who is currently on administrative leave after being wounded in the course of duty pursuing an alleged felon. Dyer is a former correctional officer. Whitton and Dyer are co-owners of bigfoottracker.com and Bigfoot Global LLC., a company that offers Bigfoot expeditions. Whitton and Dyer are working with Bigfoot hunter, Tom Biscardi, and Biscardi’s Searching for Bigfoot, Inc., to present and conduct the scientific study of the evidence and information on this body.
A few weeks ago, Whitton and Dyer announced the finding of the body on the “Squatch Detective” radio show, an internet based radio show hosted by Steve Kulls. While on that show, the commentator asked Rick Dyer “Would you allow one of our people to come down and verify the body?” Dyer replied, “The only person we would allow to come down and verify the body was ‘the real Bigfoot Hunter,’ Tom Biscardi.” The next day, the producer of the Squatch Detective show contacted Biscardi with pertinent information on how to contact Dyer and Whitton.
Extensive scientific studies will be done on the body by a team of scientists including a molecular biologist, an anthropologist, a paleontologist and other scientists over the next few months at an undisclosed location. The studies will be carefully documented and the findings will be released to the world, according to Biscardi.
Biscardi is known as “the real Bigfoot Hunter” because of his extensive investigations out in the field. He has been searching for Bigfoot since 1971 and over the past several years, he has been criss-crossing the United States and Canada tracking down the hottest leads on Bigfoot sightings.
Videography on the studies will be done under the supervision of Scott Davis, an independent producer and owner of TV Biz Productions in Phoenix, Arizona.
Currently, Tom Biscardi and his Searching for Bigfoot Team, in conjunction with Bigfoot Global LLC., are preparing to capture another of these creatures alive. That expedition will start very soon. The dates and the locations are being kept confidential.
The body that is currently being studied is being referred to as the “RICKMAT” creature, a name derived from the names of Rick Dyer and Matthew Whitton. [Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman recommends the term “Georgia Gorilla” be used to remove any taint of ego from the discovery, and so the general public, media, and science will have a comfortable moniker until a formal zoological name may be bestowed.]
Last year, a film that Biscardi produced about his investigations, called “Bigfoot Lives,” won first place in the Documentary category at the Pocono Mountains Film Festival. Biscardi also hosts a Bigfoot oriented internet radio show that can be heard on Wednesday nights from 7:00pm to 8:00pm PDT at Web Link. The show is heard in over thirty countries.
Searching for Bigfoot, Inc. has exclusive rights to all publishing rights, photo rights, television and film rights, production and distribution rights and other commercial opportunities related to the discovery and findings regarding this body and these creatures.
Interested parties may contact Searching for Bigfoot, Inc., in writing, at their mailing address, 1134 Crane St., Suite 216, Menlo Park, California 94025.
Here’s an alleged picture of the corpse. If this turns out to be some kind of elaborate commercial for Doritos or GoDaddy.com, I’m going to be so fucking pissed.