Officer’s Hometown Paper Dissects Body Story

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 16th, 2008

The Clayton News Daily is set to publish the following story today, Saturday, August 16, 2008.

On this anniversary of the death of Elvis, should we ask, has Elvis left the building yet? Did anything solid come out of the news conference in California yesterday?

What does Clayton County police officer Matt Whitton’s and tow truck driver Rick Dyer’s hometown paper have to say?


Here’s the article straight from Georgia to Cryptomundo:

Clayton men offer shaky Bigfoot ‘evidence,’ more promises

By Daniel Silliman

In a room full of reporters, with a world-wide audience waiting to hear what they had to say, two Clayton County men, who claim to have the corpse of a Bigfoot, didn’t deliver the evidence they promised would shock the world. Instead, backed by their controversial, California partner, they continued making claims, with a couple of fuzzy photos — and more promises.

Tom Biscardi, a professional Bigfoot searcher, who has been associated with a number of hoaxes and money-making stunts, said the alleged Bigfoot body was as real as the skeptical reporters. He said Matthew Whitton, a Clayton County police officer on medical leave, and Whitton’s friend, Rick Dyer, a tow truck driver, who once worked as a correctional officer, wouldn’t be part of a hoax.

“Do you think these fellows would come this far and put their reputations and their jobs on the line, if they didn’t have what they say they have?” Biscardi said.

At the end of Friday’s press conference in California, however, that claim — that this was all too crazy to be a con — seemed to be the strongest “evidence” the three men had.

They have claimed they have the dead body of seven-foot-seven, 500-pound ape-man, with 16-inch feet and a lot of reddish-brown hair. A photo was released on Tuesday, supposedly showing the animal, dethawed in a freezer. The image was met with some skepticism and suspicion, some smugness, and a willingness to wait, see, and to say “maybe,” until the evidence was unveiled.

The unveiled evidence consisted of:
• A photo of woods, with what looks like an upright black spot or a solitary, shadow-cloaked figure. Biscardi called this “a bipedal creature.”
• A photo of jutting, upper teeth and a flat tongue, sticking out at the viewer.
• Alleged DNA results from a scientist in Minnesota, reporting three tests, one showing an inconclusive gene sequence, one showing a human gene sequence, and one showing an opossum gene sequence.

Loren Coleman, the author of a number of Bigfoot books, who has closely followed Biscardi and watched what he has skeptically called the “Georgia Gorilla” discovery, described the press conference as a carnival show.

“Biscardi is a Las Vegas promoter and a showman, and he’s doing it again,” Coleman said. “That’s what he’s really good at. It’s like, ‘Would you like to come into my tent? I’ll show you this one picture. Isn’t that interesting? Pay me to see more.’”

The three men claimed there will be an autopsy next week, and more research results coming soon. The Associated Press reported that the 45-minute press conference was attended by several hundred skeptical journalists and a man in a Chewbacca suit. When Biscardi was asked how much money he hoped to make off the Bigfoot body, he said, “As much as I possibly can.”

The man reportedly attempted to raise $1.5 million for a Bigfoot hunting expedition in 2004, claimed to have captured a live one in 2005, when he started selling pay-per-view subscriptions on his web site, and then, backed out with a claim he had been hoaxed by “a crazy lady.”

“He’s already gone through several hoaxes,” Coleman said. “We always say, ‘This is the end of Biscardi. He’s never coming back.’ I mean, the man has nine lives.”

The Bigfoot Field Research Organization, a group that attempts to verify Bigfoot sightings, issued a release calling the whole thing a hoax, calling Biscardi a “sleazy vulture.”

“The purpose of this grand ruse,” the release claims, “is to attract lots of attention to himself … to hold the attention of the mass media while he arranges various deals for documentaries, books, etc.”

Coleman thinks Whitton and Dyer may have actually discovered something, and then got suckered by the experienced scam artist. He also thinks it’s possible they were running some scam, promoting their web site with videos and hoping to sell T-shirts and ball caps, when Biscardi came in and escalated the enterprise.

The Bigfoot Field Research Operators suggest that Biscardi may have set the whole thing up, but then back down and say Whitton and Dyer were running their own ruse when they got assistance from an expert.

The two men’s story has changed constantly since they started their Bigfoot tracking business in June. In early YouTube videos, the animal was supposedly shot by a former felon, and the two men tracked it into the woods. In a second story, they were on a Bigfoot search, looking for a “family of Bigfoot” they claim to have seen in the North Georgia mountains. In a third version, they were just hiking and found it, apparently dead of open wounds.

In the hotel on Friday, Whitton said he didn’t even believe in Bigfoot and it was just luck, though he continues to describe himself as “the best Bigfoot tracker in the world.”

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

7 Responses to “Officer’s Hometown Paper Dissects Body Story”

  1. Dragonheart responds:

    -“In the hotel on Friday, Whitton said he didn’t even believe in Bigfoot and it was just luck, though he continues to describe himself as the best Bigfoot tracker in the world.”-

    That’s what I call an unfavorable declaration. Everything points out to one of the biggest hoaxes we have seen since that indonisia incident. The one where that guy proclaimed he had pictures of an alleged bigfoot family. You now what I mean, the one with the pencil drawing of the eye section. This reminds me of that case, except that the media interest is so much bigger this time.

    If this indeed is a hoax, and that is what everyone is thinking right now, than Biscardi is done! And this time there will be nothing left of his so called reputation, when he has one after all.

    Thank you Loren for keeping the head’s up!

  2. serpent_seeker responds:

    Pictures and stories of supposed bigfoots thats all we see here.I feel that the riddle of bigfoot wont be solved, so many years of study of this man ape. May be we will have to wait until someone shows us honest evidence that these creatures exist. Scientist put so much research into this study and these two fellows come along and claim this and that, the pictures to me are a question mark i dont know. Some of the photos look real then again they look fake. Remember the johor bigfoot episode we all were so exicted then we were disappointed. We need facts.

  3. Ceroill responds:

    Welcome back, Cryptomundo! We missed you while you were gone. On to the topic at hand, this is a disappointment of course, but hardly a big surprise to most of us, I think.

  4. cryptidsrus responds:

    Great to have Cryptomundo back, Loren!!!

    Great lead up on the “hometown” view.

    Wonder if Biscardi will follow up on his promise to let Fox see the body. If he allows that or not.

    This too, whatever it ultimately is, shall pass…:) 🙂 :).

  5. fossilhunter responds:

    Who’da thunk that the article would be by someone named “silly-man”! (I’m sure that it is pronounced differently)

    On a happier note, if what was produced last Friday counts as proof of Bigfoot, think of all the solid proof we have for other cryptids! We just didn’t realize it was proof, we thought it was bad photos and random DNA!

  6. Phoenix xPx responds:

    There she blows…..
    CNN has announced the hoax was confessed.

    the thawed suite is rubber, Whitton and Dyer have taken a powder, and Biscardi is claiming he was deceived again (The World’s Greatest Hoax Patsy?)

    Bigfoot escapes again!
    Besides, I knew it wasn’t real because I’M going to find the first one 😉

  7. shumway10973 responds:

    how about if we just get them arrested. It is an obvious money making scam. Let the other 2 spend some time behind the bars with those they might have put there. Biscardi needs to get something a little worse. He’s been doing this longer. I think a felony should do it. After all, he has scammed more people out of money. By now it has to add up to a felony.
    When I saw that Biscardi was involved, I knew it was a fake–I just wanted to be optimistic. After all, inexperienced big footers wouldn’t know what a scam artist he is. They wouldn’t know that Loren Coleman and a few others would be better to invite.

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