In September of 2012, a man by the name of Rick Dyer had asserted that he had shot and killed the legendary Sasquatch near San Antonio, Texas. You may recognize the name. That’s because he has been associated with a dead Bigfoot body before. Back in 2008, Mr. Dyer, along with Sheriff Deputy Matt Whitton, claimed to have found a body of a Bigfoot and then attempted to preserve the body in a freezer. You might recognize this event as the Georgia Bigfoot Hoax.
The hoax gained widespread media attention when known Bigfoot hoaxer Tom Biscardi jumped into the mix. They went as far as holding press conferences and promising newscasters to join them on site. The charade lasted until August of ’08 when the sham was revealed to indeed be a falsity, to no one in the field of Sasquatchery, let alone cryptozoology’s surprise. After being shown to be in fact a hoax, the group of unscrupulous men claimed it all to be a big joke.
Mr. Dyer has shown up since then. You may have seen the video on the web of a Sasquatch outside of a camper’s tent. This was Rick Dyer. He captured the video of the alleged Woodbooger called “Hank” with his cell phone as it passed by to supposedly feast on pork ribs Dyer had set out as bait in a forested area on the out skirts of San Antonio. When the creature returned, Mr. Dyer shot and killed the animal. After dispatching the legendary creature, it was hauled off to an undisclosed location outside of Las Vegas. His “investors” provided the funding for the scientific testing, e.g. DNA testing, 3D Optical Scans and body scans, which have yet to be released.
Despite his checkered past, and stateing in an radio interview that the one reason for his website bigfoottrackers.com was “convert people who believe in Bigfoot into Bigfoot haters.”, Mr. Dyer has now stated that after a long dispute with his investors, he has once again reclaimed the body of the Sasquatch named Hank and plans to take it on a national tour. He will be charging a small fee for viewers to gaze upon this magnificent monster. I have been unable to find out exactly how much but I doubt it’ll be 25¢ a pop. Dyer also released a documentary of the event called “Shooting Bigfoot” back in April of last year. I’m sure that this isn’t a self-promoting campaign at all and that we can all have a sigh of relief knowing that the mythical hominid is finally proven a reality.
And definitely not an excuse to plaster his face on the side of his vehicles. That would be absurd…
In all fairness, if Mr. Dyer has the body of a real Sasquatch, I wouldn’t care that it was he who proved the reality of the animal to the world. I really don’t think anyone would. But if this is the greatest discovery in the history of zoology, the history of mankind even, it is hard to swallow that it would be carted around in the back of a trailer being viewed by paying spectators. Well, at least not this day and age. There are all too familiar parallels between this and the Minnesota Iceman which had made headlines again in the Fortean world last year being once again displayed, this time in the Museum of Weird in Austin, Texas. (Fun Fact: Austin is just a little over an hour away from San Antonio) For those of you who don’t know or can’t remember, the Minnesota Iceman was a human like hairy creature that was encased in a block of ice and exhibited at carnivals, side shows, shopping malls and state fairs in the U.S. and Canada in the 60’s and 70’s. There is still debate on its authenticity in certain circles today. So if history has taught us anything, we can be sure that Dyer’s Bigfoot body will remain in controversy for years to come. Maybe that’s what Mr. Dyer wanted all along.
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