21 August 2008

Bigfoot and the true believers

There are true believers in Sasquatch. Steve Kulls may be among them.

If so, it would explain the money he invested in purchasing the alleged body from two fraudsters. And I imagine he is distraight for reasons that go further than the loss of cash, for what must have seemed to him a vindication has clearly turned into a fiasco.

Two Georgians [not the former Soviet sort of Georgians -- they have other things with which to concern themselves these days] exhibited photos last week of what looked like a mass of hair, and some sort of face emerging from all that hair. I've posted an example.

The two fraudsters (a police officer and -- intriguingly -- a car salesman) handed over to Kulls and his associates a block of ice, with the decedent creature's remains on the inside.

This is how Mr. Kulls has told the rest if the story, in a statement. His words have the officious sound of someone who would rather desperately not have to hear the phrase "I told you so!" from the world's many bigfoot skeptics over this.

On August 17th, 2008 Searching for Bigfoot Team Director of Field Operations, TJ Biscardi and myself, were up early to discover that some hair was now exposed. I extracted some from the alleged corpse and examined it and had some concerns. Bob Schmalzbach arrived and concurred. We burned said sample and said hair sample melted into a ball uncharacteristic of hair.

At that time we contacted Mr. Biscardi who gave us permission to begin an expedited melting process. We set up a salamander heater to heat the freezer. Within one hour we were able to see the partially exposed head, as I was now able to touch it, I was able to feel that it seemed mostly firm, but unusually hollow in one small section. This was yet another ominous sign. Within the next hour of thaw, a break appeared up near the feet area. 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.

At that point we immediately contacted, Tom Biscardi and advised him of the situation and he began to take action on his end. Later that day, Tom Biscardi informed us that both Matthew Whitton and Ricky Dyer admitted it was a costume. They reportedly agreed to sign a promissory note and admission of what they had done, and set a meeting in their hotel room in California for 8AM on August 17th, 2008.

Yup, that's right. They put a rubber ape costume into a fridge and sold it.

Matthew Whitton's superiors at the Clayton County Police Department say they've fired him, but they haven't been able to find him to deliver the termination papers.

His buddy and co-conspirator, Ricky Dyer, is probably going to get a pat on the back from his colleagues in auto sales.

I guess the true believers can always go back to watching that grainy footage from the 'sixties. That's always fun.

Or, you know ... get a life.

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