Whitton & Dyer Con men NOT Pranksters
Well, last night Steve Kulls was ubiquitous-- he was all over the place: first on his own blogtalk radio special show, then on Monsterquest. On the internet radio broadcast he indicated his feeling that Biscardi was indeed duped again, and explained that most of the Searching for Bigfoot Team (including himself) were operating in the dark, with only Biscardi's claims via phone conversations that he had really SEEN, INSPECTED and TOUCHED the body. Apparently Biscardi "went for" the hoax hook, line and sinker. He was blinded by his need to be THE ONE who "finds" bigfoot; he apparently made claims that were untrue (even to his own staff) to keep the ball rolling.
But the two hoaxers were guilty of more than just a "prank." They commited fraud, and managed to pull way too many people into this largely because of Matt Whitton's position on the Clayton County Police force. Many folks found it impossible to believe a deputy sheriff and former "correctional officer" could take a "prank" all the way over the top!
Now they are trying to weasel out of this by dissing the entire bigfoot community, making out that it's OK to lie about Bigfoot, "'cause everybody knew it was a lie." I really find this offensive especially coming from a former (he got fired) police officer. I guess Rick and Matt were not aware that many members of the police community in different parts of the country have come out with their close encounters of the bigfoot kind. The aforementioned Monsterquest episode included reenactments of deputies encountering what they could only describe as a bigfoot in upstate New York! One of the newest books on the subject of bigfoot "The Hoopa Project" was written by a retired San Jose policeman, who got involved in bigfoot research four years ago after he was convinced by two other policemen (from the Hoopa area in Northern California) that bigfoot IS REAL. I guess Matt and Rick didn't realize that the public at large like their policemen to be honest, and not commit childish hoaxes in front of the entire world via the internet.
To excuse the hoaxers because "bigfoot isn't real" would make a mockery of exploratory science. Many people in this country are involved in bigfoot research with an expectation that one day the truth will be revealed, either through careful scientific exploration or by a random act like a bigfoot roadkill. They engage in this study because they have either "done their homework" on this subject or they've actually seen one with their own eyes. The people who took Whitton on his word were grieviously damaged by this incident... skeptics will have a field day with this and ignorant news anchors (they don't do any research) will start to act out with all the bigfoot jokes, pushing the genuine study of this mystery further into a bad light. The two men committed fraud on an international level when they told their lies in front of a Press Conference, and showed every intention of indulging in other fraudulent endeavors on their web site (expeditions-$499; plus they printed up a product line of hats and shirts to sell) based on their claims of being the world's best bigfoot trackers. They are con men and bunko artists and need to be punished for this egregious act. Plus they actually bilked Biscardi and his investors out of hard cash.