As far as Bigfoot hoaxes go, it was short-lived one. – from Bigfoot Hoax: “Body” Is Rubber Suit
I really wasn’t following this story too much. After all…Bigfoot??? I went to the news article and started following the links and discovered a world I never knew existed. Oh, I knew there have been Bigfoot sightings and all. My daughter did a report in the 5th grade on Bigfoot and I helped her find some of the material. I had no idea there was a culture surrounding Bigfoot.
For those who don’t know the story, there were a couple of guys who said they found a dead Bigfoot. Who are you going to call? SearchingForBigfoot.com. They ‘paid’ for the frozen body, had a press conference and then started thawing out the body. Steve Kull, a Sasquatch Detective (yes, that’s right. His website is at: http://www.squatchdetective.com ) took some hair to analyze, but when it was heated it up it “melted into a ball uncharacteristic of hair.” That made them suspicious, but when they got to the rubber foot…well…you get the picture.
From the main article I went to the SearchingForBigfoot.com website. It was the CEO of this organization (yes, I’m just as surprised as you that 1) there is such a group and 2) there is a CEO) that paid for the body (or rubber ape suit). I also discovered a detective of sorts that tries to verify or debunk any Bigfoot related findings. There’s a radio show, movie, an online live video show (www.webjam.com/squatchdtv ) and probably books too. Wow. I never knew there was so much energy surrounding this mythical creature.
Of course there is also TJ. He is the Director of Field Operations for SearchingForBigfoot.com. If you ever see a Bigfoot you can call or email him and he will check it out. I would love to hear what kinds of calls he gets!
I’m not sure what this story says about our culture, but I think it says something….