Biscardi’s “Toenail of Unknown Origin”

Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 22nd, 2009

Yes, that’s right. He’s back. Tom Biscardi is out there, promoting “the toenail of unknown origin.” I kid you not.

Seligman, Arizona, the birthplace of historic Route 66, allegedly has been the site of Bigfoot sightings by Larry Jenkins, a Phoenix man recently.

One of Biscardi’s crew says he was called in after the most recent incident. There is apparently a claim of the finding of a “fingernail where the Sasquatch had stubbed his toe on a rock,” according to KTVK-TV in Arizona.

“Jenkins discovered mammoth 15-inch footprints leading up to his cabin and through his backyard wash. Even more mysterious was what Jenkins found next. Broken off in one of the tracks was a grimy, jagged toenail measuring more than two inches in width,” reported The Times.

Fair use for commentary: Biscardi’s Searching for Bigfoot shares the above photo of Larry Jenkins.

“Biscardi assembled a team of crack monster hunters, armed to the teeth with enough artillery to start a small war, and headed to the Arizona desert….Biscardi, a smooth-talking Las Vegas promoter who occasionally refers to himself in the third person, garners widespread media attention wherever he goes. He’s been featured on Inside Edition, Discovery Channel and CNN…Always donning a pair of brown leather cowboy boots, Biscardi is a handsome 61, with salt-and-pepper hair and a neatly trimmed mustache and goatee,” writes Shanna Hogan.

Then there was when Tom Biscardi’s assistants…

…carefully unrolled the bubble wrap from two huge plaster footprints, which measured over 20 inches in length, and handed them to Biscardi.

“You know what these things are worth?” Biscardi asked me.

“Thousands?” I guessed.

“One in this pristine condition is worth probably about $75,000,” he said as he showed it to the group. “One. We have 67 of them.”

Apparently, there’s a lot of money in Bigfoot hunting. That was just a small sample of Biscardi’s collection. He later told me he owns an entire fossilized dinosaur skeleton, worth over $3 million.

While all the evidence was impressive, I couldn’t help but regain a tad bit of my cynicism. After all, Biscardi has allegedly been involved in a few Bigfoot hoaxes over the years. Most recently, he reportedly paid $50,000 to two men who claimed to have found Bigfoot’s body, which turned out to be a frozen monkey costume. For the record, Biscardi claimed he was swindled.

“I saw the thing, I touched it…They showed me the body. They took me to the area where they found it – it took a day and a half to get there.” – Tom Biscardi, as quoted by the Australian media on August 14, 2008.

“Be still my heart, I felt bad for the poor thing. After being in the industry for the past 30 years, I wondered: Was it diseased? Did it die of old age?” – Tom Biscardi said of viewing the alleged corpse, as quoted by ABC News, August 15, 2008, when reporting on his claim he had gone to Georgia to see the body for himself.

“He’s not a true anthropologist.” – Tom Biscardi’s comment during the August 15, 2008 news conference, about Jeffrey Meldrum (Ph. D. anatomical sciences, with an emphasis in biological anthropology, from State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1989), who is a tenured Associate Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology of the Department of Anthropology at Idaho State University.

‘Nuff said.

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.

25 Responses to “Biscardi’s “Toenail of Unknown Origin””

  1. Kronprinz_adam responds:

    I really won’t like to see this guy actually killing a Bigfoot. Bigfoot does not deserve to be killed in this way. Not in the name of science.

    Remember the Georgia Incident? A Bigfoot costume in a freezer with some awful intestines spread all over.

  2. davidk responds:

    Odd. It occurs to me I have little trouble believing in Bigfoot – but a lot of trouble believing in Biscardi. Hmmmmmm.

  3. TheHighlandTiger responds:

    “One in this pristine condition is worth probably about $75,000,” he said as he showed it to the group. “One. We have 67 of them.”

    So a Bigfoot plaster cast is worth $75,000………….give me a break.

    If that was the case why not sell them, and use the $5 million to fund a proper research expedition.

    The guy is a joke; (not that we don’t already know this).

  4. BunniesLair responds:

    The irony of Biscardi is.. he will probably find hardcore proof of Bigfoot and no one will believe him. He is ‘the boy who cried wolf’.

    He “saw” the corpse. He “touched” the corpse. A corpse we all know is a fraud. Therefore he is a fraud.

    Biscardi could have rock solid proof in his hands, and I wouldn’t believe him. Not one word from him. And I wouldn’t believe his ‘scientific reports’ either. Because I would believe that he doctored them to fit his needs.

    And I really want proof to be found to substantiate Bigfoot’s existence.

  5. gridbug responds:

    A pity our dear Squatch hasn’t broken it’s toenail off earlier… RIGHT IN BISCARDI’S —


  6. Spinach Village responds:

    Dagnabbit. Don’t call Tom. That energy is so draining.

    …And this expert was supposedly fooled by the costume while getting an up close look? Did he touch it? Not just a little?

    He is a big disservice to serious Bigfoot researchers.

    I would like to see the documentation that came back from the lab with the test.

    Without Tom involved, I would have a much better attitude about this.

  7. Kimble responds:

    This is a fantastic piece of evidence! Biscardi could have a lab analyze the toenail with a nail from the HAND he has!

    $75k for a cast? I have a plaster cast. Hell, I wonder if I can get 20k for mine and pay off my new car loan.

  8. cryptidsrus responds:

    And so it goes…:)

  9. Alton Higgins responds:

    Yes, it is interesting, and telling, to see that Biscardi is still hauling that pickled bear paw around and leading people to believe that it’s the hand of a sasquatch.

  10. GCPickle responds:

    Gridbug – That’s really very funny – LOL

  11. Dj Plasmic Nebula responds:

    If it turns out fake, thank God I’m not Biscardi.

  12. mystery_man responds:

    I’m a little curious about what the circumstances were surrounding the quote “He’s not a true anthropologist.”

    It is such an off base, ridiculous thing to say that I’m wondering what this was in response to or in what context the statement was made. Meldrum being slagged like that from Biscardi of all people, I don’t know whether to be annoyed or laugh.


    Anyway, however this toenail thing turns out, once again Biscardi has gotten what I feel he craves more than anything else. Attention.

  13. andrewzoo responds:

    I often wonder if Biscardi is:

    A. Crazy Like a Fox
    B. Gullible
    C. Delusional

    Whatever the case may be, he has not produced a bigfoot, and neither has anyone else (at least not a body). To my knowledge, nobody has ever secured a bf toenail, either. So that thing must be worth, what, like, a gajillion dollars…? m hmmmm…

  14. Dj Plasmic Nebula responds:

    Well, we should at least hear his side of the story. What do we got to lose? We ain’t the ones who is bringing the “Toenail” to the table so, we won’t be the ones in trouble if this turns out fake. I am sicken of his Bigfoax. But if he’s right about this one. He may be off the hook to us Crypto lovers and cryptozoologist.

  15. shumway10973 responds:

    I, personally, wouldn’t care if he had Bigfoot handcuffed to himself, I still wouldn’t believe him until I actually touched it (or Loren). I don’t know about you guys, but I rarely hear about an animal stubbing its toe on a rock. Not to mention, how does one recognize a toe nail in the dirt, specially when it’s supposedly rocky. What size rock would it have to be to take off Bigfoot’s toe nail and why did the big guy miss seeing it? There’s only one reason an animal does something like that, and that is because they are being chased. If nothing is going on, most critters have no problem walking thru rocky terrain, but only when their attention is fixed on something or someone coming after them would they ever stub their toe.

  16. DWA responds:

    I don’t believe this guy’s real. Show me the evidence. Anybody can look like that. It’s a suit.

  17. korollocke responds:

    Horse feathers! Why even bother reporting about this goon!

  18. JMonkey responds:

    Shumway has a valid point. Most animals do very well on terrain no matter the conditions unless they are being persued. But one look at the picture above led me to believe that he may have been in the process of fleeing an armed assailant. My only hope is that someone can manage to find undeniable prood without killing this valuable animal.

  19. Alligator responds:

    How does Biscardi know that BF “stubbed his toe” and broke the nail? That’s a pretty powerful stub, and that kind of break probably means a little bleeding as well. Did Jenkins see BF hopping around on one foot, crying and uttering the BF equivalent of cuss words? No I don’t believe it for a New York minute. I’d say BF was using nail clippers and got careless where he was depositing his clippings.

  20. AlbertaSasquatch responds:

    I don’t even know what to say………except that I really like Larry Jenkins’ fashion sense. I heard that this new look where you wear your belt over a faded pink shirt was in, I just can’t believe how fast it spread, even older folks like Larry are doing it.

    In all seriousness though, are we really giving BScardi attention again? Why? Seriously, it is like he is a wart(which he is on the bigfoot community), no matter how much you try and forget about it, it’s still there, like it or not. It’s just to bad we can’t burn him off.

  21. Dj Plasmic Nebula responds:

    He discovered Mammoth footprints? Amazing really. Cabin? Dang.

  22. korollocke responds:

    A real mystery, where does he come up with all this money? Is he financed by a drug cartel or does he run one?

  23. Artist responds:

    I think every controversy NEEDs its Beckardis, Bisjords, Klasses,
    Nickells and Randis to anchor the lower end of its bell-curve of rationale.

  24. Ulysses responds:

    It’s the boy who cried wolf just too many times. He has no credibility but those in the cryptid community know that discovery seems to come exclusively from chance. Much like the Feds vaunted ” work” ends with a witness turning in the offender. We hope and hope against all odds that something comes up but it seems the scientific community in Cryptozoology turns in very little while amateurs reap the rewards and show us the way. Thank goodness for pros like Loren and the old pros.

  25. larry battson responds:

    After the efforts of many to lend some credibility to the Sasquatch mystery, then we have this. This is a very bad joke.

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