Hoax Bigfoot was filled with road kill
Published: Aug. 21, 2008
(pauses to wipe tear away)
ATLANTA, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Two Georgia men who claimed to possess the body of a slain Sasquatch said the mythical beast was actually a Bigfoot costume filled with road kill.
Rick Dyer and Matt Whitton, a former police officer who was fired once the hoax was exposed, said the Bigfoot scam was a joke and they never intended their story to become as sensational as it did, WSBTV, Atlanta, reported Thursday.
"All this was a big joke. It got into something way bigger than it was supposed to be," Whitton said.
The men said the item they had claimed was Bigfoot's corpse was actually nothing more than a costume filled with opossum road kill and leftovers from a slaughterhouse.
However, Whitton said he disagrees with Clayton County Police Department Chief Jeff Turner's decision to fire him on the grounds that the hoax affects his credibility.
"I don't believe it does affect my credibility at all because this is Bigfoot," said Whitton. "It would be one thing if I came out and said that I had something else that is tangible or real, but right now, as far as I'm concerned, there is no real Bigfoot."
It is sad to see the level of lumpen dumbass to which the storied profession of hoaxing of rubes has fallen.
Now if only there was some larger lesson to be drawn from a story about
a legendary beast
that turned out to be
nothing but a hair suit