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.
“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.
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.