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Two men claiming body of Bigfoot are self-admitted hoaxers

 
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Two men claiming body of Bigfoot are self-admitted hoaxers
Doubt thrown on Bigfoot discovery

Arjun Ramachandran
August 15, 2008 - 7:58AM

The two men who claim to have found Bigfoot have admitted to filming a hoax video with a fake scientist, but they still claim they have a real Bigfoot corpse in the freezer and will reveal all at a press conference.

News that the legendary ape-like creature has been found has also kicked off a frenzied online response, with the story covered in newspapers around the world and generating so much interest that some blogs and websites devoted to Bigfoot have crashed.

Two US hunters, Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer, last month said they had discovered the body of Bigfoot in a forest in northern Georgia, a south-east US state.

They've promised to reveal all about the find, including "DNA evidence and photo evidence of the creature", at a press conference in California today (early tomorrow, Australian time).

However, it's been revealed that a video filmed by the pair, featuring an interview with a "scientist", was a hoax.

The video, uploaded to YouTube by Mr Dyer, shows a "Dr Paul Van Buren" after he had flown from Texas to Georgia to view the Bigfoot body.

After seeing the corpse, Dr Van Buren says: "It's obviously a male, we looked at a very, very large primate male, it doesn't fit into any of the taxonomic groups I can think of.

"Unbelievable, I'm still shaking... I've never seen anything like this before."

However, Dr Van Buren was later outed as being Mr Whitton's brother, Martin, and the pair was forced to concede in a subsequent video that the interview was a hoax.

But Mr Whitton insisted the Bigfoot discovery was authentic, saying the fake interview was filmed to stir up those in the "Bigfoot world" who had been hassling and stalking the pair.

"I'm just tired of all the stalkers so I had my brother, 'Dr Van Buren', come down ... I'm just glad you all had something to do on the weekend," Mr Whitten says on the video. "We still have a corpse," he adds later.

The supposed discovery of Bigfoot, also known as Sasquatch, has been widely reported in the US and around the world.

Websites devoted to the search for Bigfoot have experienced high traffic and some have crashed as a result, including Cryptomundo, a blog devoted to cryptozoology, the study of hidden animals.

In a report in The Times, Ben Radford, managing editor for Skeptical Inquirer said: "It's smelling to high heaven like a hoax. They can claim to have DNA, but its not going to be possible for them to prove through DNA analysis that they have Bigfoot because there's no specimen in a jar that says, This is Bigfoot, to match it to.

"And the video?... it'll be what's known in the Bigfoot research community as a Blobsquatch, an indeterminate, dark blob that may or may not be a man, a bear, a Bigfoot, an elf, a dragon...who knows?"

Jeffrey Meldrum, a prominent Bigfoot researcher, told science journal Scientific American: "I'm extremely sceptical about this Bigfoot claim.

"I've had interactions with Tom Biscardi [a well-known Bigfoot hunter who is holding the press conference] in the past, and based on that history, I would say that anything he is involved in is suspect.

"What I've seen so far is not compelling in the least, and I think the pictures cast grave doubts on their claim. It just looks like a costume with some fake guts thrown on top for effect.

"You hold out hope that Bigfoot will be found one day ... hopefully it wouldn't unfold in such a carnival atmosphere and the proper authorities and scientists would be involved."
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They admitted this video:

was a hoax:

Given their track record, it does not look very promising for their latest claim.
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At least the press-conference is still on.
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