The Bigfoot bandwagon – Dyer’s tall tale that he has the body

Warning: Critical commentary ahead.

Here we go again – riding the Bigfoot wave. News of Bigfoot DNA testing was pushed out of the weird news headlines because of Meteor Friday. But Rick Dyer, admitted Bigfoot in a Freezer hoaxer, is capitalizing on the attention from the Ketchum news by claiming he has outdone everyone else. Now, he says, the body is real.

Man claims he killed Bigfoot in San Antonio | News – Home.

“Bigfoot is 100 percent real. There’s no question about that,” Dyer said, during a recent Skype interview from his home in Las Vegas, Nev. “I’m going to go down in history as the best Bigfoot tracker in the world.”

Over the past four years, Dyer said he has been on 90 expeditions, searching for Bigfoot across the United States, Mexico, Russia and China.

“I have been all over the world searching for Bigfoot. I have moved my family to seven different states. I am dedicated,” Dyer said.

It’s that dedication that led Dyer to San Antonio.

Dedication? I’m skeptical.

After hearing stories that homeless persons reported a Bigfoot sighting, Dyer investigated the site, says he put out bait and waited. He was rewarded with cell phone footage through the tent he was hiding in. But when Bigfoot returned a second time, Dyer shot it. Killing it.

According to Dyer, he rented a truck and transported the lifeless body to an undisclosed location outside of Las Vegas, where it remains.

The body hasn’t been shown to the public because Dyer said he has a contractual agreement with the documentary crew that they would get to release their film first.

The film is scheduled to be released in March or early April. Dyer intends to feed out pictures and results of the testing and eventually, the body. He has had “investors” along the way helping him with this project.

Even this article states that Dyer is reviled by the Bigfoot community –  nearly as much if not more than another well known dealer in hoaxes, Tom Biscardi, who also played a role in the Georgia Bigfoot hoax with Dyer in 2008 and who also has made several films. Curiously, one wonders if Dyer has taken lessons from Biscardi as he claims HE will be the one to find it, is always after monetary help with funding, and is teasing the public with these hard to confirm stories.

Dyer’s phone footage – 3 minutes of a few seconds-long loop.

Let’s examine this story. First, 50 years of Bigfoot and we are no closer to establishing it exists. We have claim after claim, so far NONE have stood up to scrutiny. Odds are, this one is not going to be the one that proves otherwise.

Second, Dyer has ZERO credibilty. Considering his prior activities, his attitude, his secrecy… there is no reason to give him the time of day. It’s a huge uphill battle to repair such a tarnished history. This story about shooting Bigfoot has been circulating in the Sasquatch circles for months now but has been roundly pooh-poohed. DN is bringing this out now because it hit the main news outlet in San Antonio, probably because Bigfoot is a hot topic right now. Also, it’s a reminder that news is entertainment.

That Dyer has called in a self-styled skeptic (Who the heck is Musky Allen? Why not a reputable journalist or scientist or REAL skeptic like Ben Radford?) is a lame ploy. The outlets he works through, such as Facebook FindBigfoot who claim every stump and blur is a Bigfoot, also have zero credibility. The pro-Bigfoot blogs promote this ridiculousness.

Third, and the most annoying, is that, once again, we see Bigfoot treated EXCLUSIVELY as a money grab. It seems very like the informercials selling products that don’t really work, the alt med companies pushing treatments that are worthless, and the charlatans trying to scam you out of your money with big promises. Integrity, duty to the world and respect for nature (if the creature is real) is completely missing. With very few exceptions, that has been the tone of Bigfootery for the past 5 years. It’s disgusting, as are many of the characters involved. Hoax after hoax after hoax. What a hive of scum and villainy.

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As some readers are aware, I’ve been a critic of the Bigfoot community for several years. I am not liked by the Matt Moneymakers of the world who make their living selling monster stories. They really can’t abide someone who questions their BS and says, “You insult our intelligence, you do not deserve respect”. That makes them look bad. Respect and a good reputation is something one must earn and then maintain.

It’s commonplace to see the outer circle media berate and joke about Bigfoot claims, but I’m heartened to see so many on Bigfoot forums asking probing questions and not taking these tales at face value. I’m tired of writing up these stories. You can understand how one can become so jaded about them. Every time I hear one, I think that perhaps I and others have a misplaced faith in humanity to do the noble thing. But that’s entertainment, I guess. Bigfoot is entertainment. I don’t find this entertaining anymore. It’s a joke.

  19 comments for “The Bigfoot bandwagon – Dyer’s tall tale that he has the body

  1. RDW
    February 16, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    I agree. And in the very unlikely event that a Bigfoot ever WERE to be shot and killed, I’d consider it to be something very similar to premeditated murder. Not to imply that I believe in it. Teeth, bone : they just don’t disappear. Something would have turned up by now. But as long as there are people who actually believe, there should be a place where they can have access to the simple facts. Maybe they’ll see the light. Hopefully they’ll make the choice to come to their senses.

  2. Chris Howard
    February 16, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Maybe he could send a DNA sample to Ketchum for evaluation?

  3. February 16, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    THE Musky Allen?

    • February 16, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      There’s more than one?

  4. One Eyed Jack
    February 16, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Sounds like a Peter Popoff.

  5. February 16, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    As long as gullible fools continue to bite, hoaxers will continue to cast out their lines.

  6. February 16, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    World’s biggest possum soon to be revealed to public.

  7. oldebabe
    February 16, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Every stump and blur? You got that right. It seems any and every moment is rife with Bigfoots of one kind or another.

    I suppose the scams et al will continue for the foreseeable future, i.e. witness the longevity of the Loch Ness monster story. Apparently, people just love any monsters, the more ridiculous the better. It is funny, all of it. The rather sad part is that there are still so many people who believe the nonsense, which encourages the fraudsters.

    • spookyparadigm
      February 16, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      Witness the Loch Ness Monster. It’s still a tourist draw. A pop culture figure. And you can still derive a weird story a year, or so, out of Nessie, for a few days. But that’s it. There is what, one or two dedicated Nessie hunters/investigators? And then there is Adrian Shine, an odd blend of advocate and skeptic for which I don’t think there is a comparable figure in bigfootery.

      Nessie has, for all intents and purposes, stopped being something people really believe in very much, and there is a community dedicated to studying, and become a pop culture figure only. Each one of these hoaxes, and especially each one of the failed challenges (DNA, body, real video) speeds that day for Bigfoot. I suspect it is not very far away at this point. These things often flame out with a lot of popular and media attention before the final disillusionment, and that’s where Bigfoot is currently.

  8. J
    February 16, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    A quotation comes to mind, by H. L. Mencken:

    ““No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.”

    It seems the real bandwagon is the trend of taking advantage of people using tried and true methods like this satisfying of a desire but preserving the dependence seen so often nowadays. From CAM proponents to individuals like this, the only thing to do is promote awareness of how these hacks work and hope they win Darwin awards sometime soon.

    • February 16, 2013 at 8:18 PM

      I don’t find the Darwin Awards to be worthy of praise. They misrepresent Darwin and are mean-spirited.

  9. Brian
    February 17, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    “After hearing stories that homeless persons reported a Bigfoot sighting, Dyer investigated the site, says he put out bait and waited. He was rewarded with cell phone footage through the tent he was hiding in. But when Bigfoot returned a second time, Dyer shot it. Killing it.”

    Reading that, I am having a hard time not picturing some poor homeless person who got shot, and is even now in a freezer with hair glued all over their body… :-(

  10. Lisa Barth
    February 17, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    You mean this guy put out bait & waited for Bigfoot & all he had was a cellphone camera. And why kill it? I’m not getting it.

  11. Jay
    February 17, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    I heard that the camera crew was there filming a documentary call Of Monsters and Men. Its about people who are obsessed with chasing monsters. im sure all this nonsense is all a bunch of hype for their film. Kinda reminds of the Blair Witch Project. I had a friend who actually thought that was real footage from missing kids!! LMAO!!! Anyhow heres a link to Minnow Films.

    http://www.minnowfilms.co.uk/in-production/Of-Monsters-and-Men.html

  12. February 18, 2013 at 3:31 AM

    Musky Allen is Allen Issleb of Wisconsin.

  13. Dougie
    February 18, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    “The film is scheduled to be released in March or early April”. My money is on April 1st.

  14. February 18, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    THE Allen Isleb?

  15. Nixter
    February 21, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    I don’t find the Kechum report all that “fringy”, she is just saying that hairy (slightly different), Humans are living in the woods. The skeptics have been saying that there is no way an undiscovered new Hominid is living in the wilds around the world. She has not contradicted this longstanding position with her paper. This claim basically says, “yes the DNA evidence shows them to be mostly Human”, it could be taken as a reasonable explanation for the various Bigfoot sightings. This DNA study is not making any wild claims that deserve the amount of attention I see being generated. It makes sense that if a group of humans started living an isolated lifestyle 13,000 years ago, they would become strange looking according to our standards, I don’t see why such a mundane theory supported with decent information is considered to be so completely unbelievable. If true, its a very simple, plausible explanation to an old phenomenon. It is just a bunch of people who have been living in the woods so long that they have started to look like hairy apes, nothing to see here, Folks, go home.

    • February 21, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      That is not what she is saying. She is saying an UNKNOWN hominin mated with a female human to create another UNKNOWN hominin. There is no evidence for that. The best you can say about what she has is some unidentified DNA. You can not leap any farther. But she is now calling for protection of the creatures. These conclusions FAR out pace where the evidence would reasonably take you.

      Her claims deserve massive scrutiny.

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