There is a Yeti in the back of everyone’s mind; only the blessed are not haunted by it. ~ old sherpa saying

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Slick Commercialism of Tom Biscardi: The Carny Bigfoot Act Carries On

UPDATE: to further add to the Fortean Trickster vibe; Micah Hanks has positive things to say about Biscardi. Micah, whose writing I like and he seems like a good/nice person, knows Biscardi personally, which is more than a lot of us can say. You can read about that on Micah's blog Gralien.

(This remains the case -- that carny atmosphere -- whether or not the BF body is real. Which, it isn't. At least, I hope not, read on.)

Well, this keeps getting more Fortean by the minute. Barrows, works for an advertising and PR firm. Coleman gives it his "real deal" seal. Biscardi is involved; the only one allowed to "verify" the body. Scott Davis, the "videographer," is from "an independent producer and owner of TV Biz Productions." from The alleged BF body is named after Rick Dyer and Matthew Whitton, the two men who "found" the BF in Geogia."Rickmat" a blending of their two names. Understandable though selfish, to want to name such a mega find like this, but "Rickmat" that's one ugly name. Then there's this:
Searching for Bigfoot, Inc. has exclusive rights to all publishing rights, photo rights, television and film rights, production and distribution rights and other commercial opportunities related to the discovery and findings regarding this body and these creatures.

You can't own creatures like this; "these creatures" so what if someone else in Georgia goes out and stumbles upon Bigfoot?
This will sound surreal, but I hope this does turn out to be a hoax. I can't take any more of this slick commercial undignified King Kong like crap.

Press Release: Bigfoot Corpse in Georgia 'Real Deal' - UPDATED: Photos Released!

Posted: 13 Aug 2008 08:48 AM CDT


I have just talked with Robert Barrows, R.M. Barrows, Inc., Advertising & Public Relations, Burlingame, California, who informed me the following release has been distributed to news agencies worldwide. It is now in the hands of the media at large, and they will be going with this story. The embargo on the news is lifted. Therefore, here it is for Cryptomundo readers.

I feel, in all honesty, this, indeed, may be the real deal, and I say this carefully after reviewing information that has been shared privately with me. I cannot say more yet. But people will be very surprised. ~ Loren Coleman,

August 12, 2008
DNA evidence and photo evidence to be presented at a
to be held on
Date: Friday, August 15, 2008
Time: From 12Noon-1:00pm
Place: Cabana Hotel-Palo Alto (A Crown Plaza Resort) 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, California 94306

Searching for Bigfoot, Inc. Menlo Park, California
Tom Biscardi, CEO



A body that may very well be the body of the creature commonly known as "Bigfoot" has been found in the woods in northern Georgia.

DNA evidence and photo evidence of the creature will be presented in a press conference on Friday, August 15th from 12 Noon to 1:00pm at the Cabana Hotel-Palo Alto at 4290 El Camino Real in Palo Alto, California, 94306. The press conference will not be open to the public. It will only be open to credentialed members of the press.
Here are some of the vital statistics on the "Bigfoot" body:

*The creature is seven feet seven inches tall.
*It weighs over five hundred pounds.
*The creature looks like it is part human and part ape-like.
*It is male.
*It has reddish hair and blackish-grey eyes.
*It has two arms and two legs, and five fingers on each hand and
five toes on each foot.
*The feet are flat and similar to human feet.
*Its footprint is sixteen and three-quarters inches long and five and three-quarters inches wide at the heel.
*From the palm of the hand to the tip of the middle finger, its hands are
eleven and three-quarters inches long and six and one-quarter inches wide.
*The creatures walk upright. (Several of them were sighted on the same day that the body was found.)
*The teeth are more human-like than ape-like.
*DNA tests are currently being done and the current DNA and photo evidence will be presented at the press conference on Friday, August 15th.

The creature was found by Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer (residents of Georgia) in the woods in northern Georgia. (The exact location is being kept secret to protect the creatures.)

Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer will be flying in from Georgia to be at the press conference. Also present at the press conference will be Tom Biscardi, CEO of Searching for Bigfoot, Inc.

Whitton is a Clayton County, Georgia, police officer, who is currently on administrative leave after being wounded in the course of duty pursuing an alleged felon. Dyer is a former correctional officer. Whitton and Dyer are co-owners of and Bigfoot Global LLC., a company that offers Bigfoot expeditions. Whitton and Dyer are working with Bigfoot hunter, Tom Biscardi, and Biscardi's Searching for Bigfoot, Inc., to present and conduct the scientific study of the evidence and information on this body.

A few weeks ago, Whitton and Dyer announced the finding of the body on the "Squatch Detective" radio show, an internet based radio show hosted by Steve Kulls. While on that show, the commentator asked Rick Dyer "Would you allow one of our people to come down and verify the body?" Dyer replied, "The only person we would allow to come down and verify the body was 'the real Bigfoot Hunter,' Tom Biscardi." The next day, the producer of the Squatch Detective show contacted Biscardi with pertinent information on how to contact Dyer and Whitton.

Extensive scientific studies will be done on the body by a team of scientists including a molecular biologist, an anthropologist, a paleontologist and other scientists over the next few months at an undisclosed location. The studies will be carefully documented and the findings will be released to the world, according to Biscardi.

Biscardi is known as "the real Bigfoot Hunter" because of his extensive investigations out in the field. He has been searching for Bigfoot since 1971 and over the past several years, he has been criss-crossing the United States and Canada tracking down the hottest leads on Bigfoot sightings.

Videography on the studies will be done under the supervision of Scott Davis, an independent producer and owner of TV Biz Productions in Phoenix, Arizona.
Currently, Tom Biscardi and his Searching for Bigfoot Team, in conjunction with Bigfoot Global LLC., are preparing to capture another of these creatures alive. That expedition will start very soon. The dates and the locations are being kept confidential.

The body that is currently being studied is being referred to as the "RICKMAT" creature, a name derived from the names of Rick Dyer and Matthew Whitton. [Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman recommends the term "Georgia Gorilla" be used to remove any taint of ego from the discovery, and so the general public, media, and science will have a comfortable moniker until a formal zoological name may be bestowed.]
Last year, a film that Biscardi produced about his investigations, called "Bigfoot Lives," won first place in the Documentary category at the Pocono Mountains Film Festival. Biscardi also hosts a Bigfoot oriented internet radio show that can be heard on Wednesday nights from 7:00pm to 8:00pm PDT at The show is heard in over thirty countries.

Searching for Bigfoot, Inc. has exclusive rights to all publishing rights, photo rights, television and film rights, production and distribution rights and other commercial opportunities related to the discovery and findings regarding this body and these creatures.

Interested parties may contact Searching for Bigfoot, Inc., in writing, at their mailing address, 1134 Crane St., Suite 216, Menlo Park, California 94025.

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Lesley said...

Hi Regan,

Thanks bunches for posting that! I can't get through to cryptomundo and since I am not at home I don't get to the computer much.

It looked liked cryptomundo may have a new post up about it being a hoax?

Is that the only picture that has been released? All this time and that is the best photo they could take?

My hoax radar buzzes whenever Biscardi is involved in something.

Arkansas Controlss said...

Be afraid, be very afraid….

Call me skeptical if you wish, even a cynic, but the proliferation of articles about this recent discovery of a ‘Sasquatch’ carcass, or BigFoot if you prefer, in Georgia is completely ludicrous. What is really frightening about this is the number of people who seem to believe it. There are YouTube presentations, blog entries, and news articles from around the world, yet it doesn’t occur to any of these gullible believers that in America today everyone has at least a 5 megapixel camera and access to high speed internet? So why is there only 1 photo that can’t be zoomed in for enough detail to tell the difference between fur and shag carpeting?

I take better pictures of interesting wildlife whose existence isn’t in dispute, when I encounter it unexpectedly. Hunters and fisherman who consistently bag their prey take and publish a surfeit of quality photos when their trophy is even a little superior to the norm.

Ok, so they’re in the ‘bigfoot’ business and they stand to financially gain from maintaining some exclusivity over the property you say. Wouldn’t the fact that they ostensibly know where these creatures live be more valuable if the scientific community legitimized this find? These guys would have a monopoly on bigfoot tours if the Media took some live footage of this thing. If they turned the decaying body over to some university biology department how much publicity would they get then? Media from all over the world would be beating a path to their door and paying sizeable sums of money for exclusive interviews. They would be on every syndicated TV and talk show on the globe.

What value does a decomposing cadaver have to them? Any DNA evidence that is released would have infinitely more value if it were being studied and presented by an unbiased source.

I’m sure all of these points can be easily rebuked by some rational, reasonable, objective person who believes this finding is authentic. But can anyone offer a good explanation for why there haven’t been 100 photos of different angles from a quality camera posted to the internet? Or why the most viewed video on YouTube right now isn’t a 5 minute virtual examination of the body, instead of a hacked up Photoshop “Pan and Zoom” converted to frames with cheesy a sci-fi movie soundtrack in the background, all from the exact same photo, the only photo, that’s been released?

Come on people, please tell me that the gene pool hasn’t become this sullied. Perhaps it’s time we take another look Eugenics……