Aug 15, 2008

The cop, the creature corpse & the "carny" atmosphere

Tom Biscardi, who has been a full time, professional Bigfoot hunter for three or four years, joined Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer in early August, and has orchestrated press releases, pulling in national media attention. Biscardi released a picture and announced the press conference earlier this week.

The picture supposedly shows the Bigfoot corpse crammed into a chest freezer. The accompanying announcement describes the alleged creature as seven-foot-seven, weighing more than 500 pounds, with flat, 16-inch, human-like feet and a lot of reddish hair. Biscardi, who runs, claims the discovery has left him euphoric.

"I saw the body," he told the Clayton News Daily, Thursday. "I touched the body. It was all there."

Others are skeptical, speculating the "creature" is a hoax.

"What I've seen so far is not compelling in the least, and I think the pictures cast grave doubts on their claim. It just looks like a costume with some fake guts thrown on top for effect," said Jeffrey Meldrum, a Bigfoot researcher who is also an Idaho State University professor of anatomy and anthropology, in interview with Scientific American.

Dyer, talking to Biscardi on Biscardi's Internet-boradcast radio show, dismissed the criticism and everyone esle who has been involved in looking for the legendary animal. "We believe 99 percent of the Bigfoot world is lunatics," he said. "That's what our videos are about. We just wanted to turn things around and make fun of the Bigfoot world, and how crazy they are."

He insisted though -- both on the radio show and to the Clayton News Daily -- that the claimed creature is real, and not a hoax meant to embarrass "the Bigfoot world."

Whitton, who is currently on medical leave from the Clayton Police Department, where he has served for six years, said the people calling the creature a hoax are just jealous.

"A lot of these people in the Bigfoot world," he said, "are just huge frauds, and the thing about it is, when we come out with the Bigfoot, and evidence of a true Bigfoot, all the fraud things they've been saying, and what they put out there as gospel, is no longer true."

The evidence will supposedly be unveiled on Friday. Meldrum, however, isn't sure how the DNA test will prove anything. He said a DNA test would, at best, yield a gene sequence that doesn't match any known primates. He also criticized the "carnival atmosphere" surrounding the two Clayton County men and Biscardi, a man who has attracted the "carny" comparison before. He has been called a huckster, a Las Vegas promoter and a scam artist since he started seeking media attention in 2004.

Read the full story @ the Clayton News Daily:
Clayton cop's Bigfoot evidence set for unveiling