If nothing else, one could give Rick Dyer, self-proclaimed bigfoot hunter and known bigfoot hoaxer, credit for tenacity. In what seems to be another installment in a neverending series of self-promotions, Dyer produced photographic "evidence" of the existence of the sasquatch he claims to have shot and killed outside San Antonio, Texas, in September 2012. He also says that he will take the man-beast's corpse on a tour to allow people to see for themselves proof that the bigfoot creature is real.
As UPI reported (Jan. 6) Rick Dyer produced his "proof" -- stating that "Bigfoot is 100 percent real" -- over a year after he supposedly shot the legendary creature, claiming that he had been in a contentious legal battle with investors over the rights to the body. He released photos, one that showed what appears to be a blotchy and hairy face, and a video that does not reveal the sasquatch at all but depicts the reactions to those Dyer has allowed to see the body.
"I have been worried for so long. I have been put off for so long, and finally we went up to Washington (state) and we got the body," Dyer said, according to International Business Times. "Every test that you can possibly imagine was performed on this body -- from DNA tests to 3D optical scans to body scans. It is the real deal. It's Bigfoot and Bigfoot's here, and I shot it and now I'm proving it to the world."
He starred in a documentary called "Shooting Bigfoot" which chronicles the 2012 expedition where he purportedly shot and killed the legendary man-beast. It was released in April 2013. A poorly written account of the shooting incident appears on Dyer's website, BigfootToday.com.
But if Rick Dyer's claims seem just a little too familiar, well, there's a reason for that. Back in 2008, he teamed up with a Georgia police officer, Matt Whitton, and a known bigfoot promoter, Tom Biscardi, in what was known as the "Georgia Bigfoot Hoax." After several teasers that he and Whitton had a body of an actual bigfoot creature, not to mention verifiable proof, the "bigfoot" was discovered to be little more than a costume.
Still, it would seem that Dyer might be looking for redemption. At least, that's the spin the self-styled bigfoot hunter put on this go-round.
"Bigfoot is not a tooth fairy; Bigfoot is real," Dyer said. "The most important thing to me is being vindicated, letting people know that I am the best Bigfoot tracker in the world and it's not just me saying it."
And he's playing it to the hilt. He even posted a video to YouTube on Jan. 2 demanding Spike TV network award him the $10 million bounty they've put up on one of their reality shows ("The $10 Million Bigfoot Bounty"), which offers the money to anyone with definitive proof that the sasquatch beast actually exists.
Whether Spike TV tries to authenticate Dyer's kill or not, his plans are to take the body on tour of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. He will be charging a fee for people to see the corpse.
But will Rick Dyer become known as the best bigfoot hunter in the world? Or will he go down as just another hoaxer -- albeit a tireless one -- trying to prey on the gullible?