Posted by: Craig Woolheater on July 30th, 2006
Update on this earlier Cryptomundo post…
The San Jose Mercury News reported Friday:
Bigfoot lawsuit kicks up a notch
RESEARCHERS DISPUTE SASQUATCH LIBRARY
By Dan Reed
Sometimes, with this Bigfoot business, it’s hard to know what to believe.
And that’s not even addressing the purported existence of the publicity shy ape.
No, there is a fissure among three Bay Area Bigfoot researchers. It all came to light when the Mercury News wrote a story about a July 11 lawsuit filed by C. Thomas Biscardi, a Redwood City man who bills himself as a "World Renowned Bigfoot Researcher."
He sued North Bay residents Carole Rubin and Robert Shorey of the Great American Big Foot Research Organization, of which Biscardi used to be CEO.
It seems, Biscardi said, that the pair and their organization owed him $185,000 and the return of his Bigfoot library, which included many treasures of the animal and its legacy, including films, pictures and plaster footprint casts.
Rubin thinks — to quote her directly — that Biscardi "is interested only in self-promotion and not in the genuine study and research of Bigfoot." Rubin and Shorey said the deal was to pay him $65,000 and an additional $60,000 if profits came in, which they didn’t. And they promised another $125,000 for Bigfoot-finding expeditions.
And while most grown-ups think Bigfoot is an amusing myth, Rubin said her group spent more than the $125,000 on expeditions last year — paying for high-tech gadgets and whatnot to find the elusive primate, more than what’s needed to satisfy their deal.
Shorey, along with Biscardi and others, went up to Vancouver; they also went to Burney, Calif., Medford, Ore., and Happy Camp, Calif. Along the way there was disappointment. What were thought to be Bigfoot calls — perhaps a cry in the wild for a little loving? — turned out to be that of a coyote.
Shorey’s epiphany came in Burney. He said he looked up and saw the prized creature. "It was unbelievable," he said Thursday. "The hair on the back of my head raised up. I couldn’t believe what I was really witnessing, but I was witnessing something."
So, if Bigfoot exists, why haven’t any of its remains ever been found? "That’s a very interesting avenue," Shorey said — and clarified: "Maybe they pick up their own dead, and carry it someplace."
As for Biscardi’s library, the pair said he exchanged it with them for shares in their company. And he stored it all up at a deli in Happy Camp. So, if he has his own library, why is he suing for its return?
They’re not sure.
But Dennis Kazubowski, Biscardi’s lawyer, said Thursday that Erik Beckjord, another Bigfoot believer, tried to broker a deal to end the dispute. The deal would say the group did not have Biscardi’s library, but if it found it, it would be returned and he’d be given $10,000 to end the suit.
Rubin said it was one of several potential settlement proposals, but we "haven’t agreed to anything."
Meanwhile, Kazubowski said no deal. And he added: "Robert Shorey and Carole Rubin are pathological liars and possibly insane."
Told what he said, Rubin responded: "Gee, that’s a nice comment."
As for Biscardi, he’s all atwitter over his latest Bigfoot encounter outside of Paris, Texas. A local television station went along and its report can be linked to on Biscardi’s Web site (www.searchingforbigfoot.com).
He’s going back Sunday with some "special operations guys" and he’s looking for a capture.
"Unbelievable," he said. "It might be this week."
Feel free to offer opinions. Name calling will not be allowed however. Maybe Biscardi will have some earth shattering news from my home state. He is all atwitter…
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.