Originally published Jan 2, 2014. See update below.
Rick Dyer, perpetual hoaxer who loves to hear himself talk on YouTube, is back in the news because it’s been a few months since he said “I’m done” or “I have the body” or whatever hoo-haw he trumpeted before. So, I’m not going to say a whole lot about this but give you fair warning. He’s doing a press conference to announce he has the body of a Bigfoot, named Hank, that he shot in Texas in early September 2012. If you’ve been following this story at all, you will know how head-splittingly ridiculous that is.
Nearly a year ago a self-described professional Bigfoot hunter claimed to have shot and killed one of the creatures in San Antonio.
On Thursday Rick Dyer finally released pictures of the alleged beast’s body (see below).
Did he give the body to science? Did he call in experts? No, he will release “test results” and show the body in news conference (like Georgia 2008 which was ALSO Rick Dyer). Then, he will make like Barnum and will take the body on tour across the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Not for free, of course. How ethical.
Dyer is right up there with Melba Ketchum and Matt Moneymaker for those that make Bigfootery a complete joke. He has zero credibility and, at this point, he has behaved in a way that makes him appear mentally unstable, a sociopath. He claimed that the Georgia Bigfoot hoax was a government conspiracy, they confiscated the body. He STILL claims he’s the “Best Bigfoot tracker in the world”. The movie “Shooting Bigfoot” appears to make it clear that this whole Hank thing was staged and fake.
So, ignore anything else you hear related to Rick Dyer. He’s an attention hound and he’s not worth your time.
UPDATE (11-Jan-2014): This went ALL OVER THE media. Rick was petitioning the people from Spike TV to count Hank as proof and give him the $10 million bounty. Let us remind you that Dyer was arrested for fraud for failing to deliver cars he sold on eBay in 2011. He was never convicted since the charges were dropped. (We don’t know why but we suspect money was returned. Still icky.) Remember when he quit last October after the body thing didn’t work out then? I remember with fondness. But it didn’t last long. Attention hounds will do anything to keep you talking about them. What are the options? He’s tough to ignore, always in your face with nonsense.
His name is now synonymous with “HOAXER”. Let’s use his name whenever there is is a fakey Bigfoot scheme hyped – it’s a “Dyer”.
The press conference is said to be scheduled for February 9 in Washington state, plenty of time to set up a gaff and hype the circus. Dyer reminds me of a modern day Barnum, just not nearly as smart or talented. He’s promising more photos to be released
According to Dyer, the body has been at a university in Washington getting tested. He did not want to disclose exactly what university that was at the moment, but he did mention the university would be at a press conference in February to stand behind him.
Will he be saddled with “Liar Dyer” for the rest of his days? The problem here is not that the Bigfoot community and skeptics are damn sick of his antics, it’s that the public DOES NOT KNOW his history and the media did a terrible job of covering the background. Therefore, the 10 year old kid or the person just browsing the daily news may think there is really something to this. They won’t dig any deeper and they just remember, “Oh yeah, I heard Bigfoot was found.”
A clear statement must be made that will overshadow the ridiculous claims. But like others weaving their ever-more-fantatic squatchery tales – Justin “I killed baby Bigfoot” Smeja and Melba “Save the Forest People” Ketchum – they can all milk this for quite a while.