According to ABC News on Sunday, Dyer and his “promotions team,” in true carnival style fashion, are now touring the state of Texas to show off his trophy corpse of the fabled creature.
ABC tells the story:
To understand his Bigfoot story, you must first understand Rick Dyer. He is a former used car salesman who used to live in Vegas but travels the world making money off his Bigfoot stories. Stories even he admits have not always been true. Back in 2008, his original "Bigfoot" turned out to be a hoax.
Of course he would be a used car salesman. He likely also wears an oversized plaid tie and a sport coat with jeans.
The dubious display of his so-called Bigfoot catch – which Dyer claims he lured using Wal-Mart meat (this story can’t be any more hackneyed) – made its first stop today at the Trader's Village in northwest Harris County. Approximately 800 people turned up, and shelled out, cash to see the taxidermied sideshow spectacle under glass.
"We got here a day early and we just wanted to show as many people as possible," said Dyer, who by the way decided to name his Bigfoot “Hank.” Dyer says “Bigfoot is not the Tooth Fairy. Bigfoot is real.”
We’re glad Dyer can make a clear mental mark of demarcation between the illusory creatures like the Easter Bunny, Yoda and the Tooth Fairy and the real ones, like Bigfoot, shapeshifters and gnomes.
What did people think? As you might imagine, those individuals who actually seek out this sort of twaddle are already convinced, even if all they see under the glass is a drawing of Curious George.
"I'm not convinced," said a man named Mario Lopez, who visited the 9-foot glass coffin and peeked inside with his wife and children. But Lopez talked himself into believing."I believe the Roger Patterson footage is authentic because you can see the muscles and everything on there, but this one was kind of different. But [Dyer] did mention that after the autopsy the body kind of changes."
Roger Patterson is the fella who filmed one of the most famous “sightings” back in 1967. Patterson died in 1972, and the man who wore the gorilla suit in the film even admitted it was a hoax, but why allow actual facts to crowd out a salacious story?
Another visitor to Dyer’s display was Wendy Hernandez, who was so gosh darn excited that she even bought a shirt and had Dyer sign it. "It's amazing when you go inside, you feel different," she said. “I had never seen anything like this before, only on the Discovery Channel.”
The goofy traveling show, with its $20 per person admission fee, is only going around stealing folks money for a limited time however.
"I have 13 months with it," Dyer said last month. “Then it will probably go into a museum as the first Bigfoot ever killed.”
This is the same Rick Dyer who admitted passing off a frozen rubber gorilla suit as the real thing in 2008.
“There was a hoax in 2008,” he said. “It didn’t start out as a hoax and that’s what people don’t understand. This is about redeeming myself. I don’t want to go down as a hoaxer. I want to go down as the best Bigfoot tracker in the world.”
Good luck with that.