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Georgia Bigfoot
Georgia Bigfoot
Car salesman Rick Dye (right), a former corrections officer, and police officer Matt Whitton (left), announced on August 15, 2008, that they had found Bigfoot's body in a wooded area, packed him in ice, and brought him back to civilization to prove to the world that the creature really exists. They announced they would give their evidence to Carmine "Tom" Biscardi, a Bigfoot "expert" and former Vegas promoter. The men said they had seen three more of the creatures as they had dragged the dead carcass back to their car. The story was picked up by nearly every major (and minor) English-language news sources, as well as by many foreign ones. Once the ice thawed, though, researchers realized the find was merely a widely available ape costume stuffed with rotting animal entrails. Dye and Whitton made a few thousand dollars on the hoax before it unraveled and launched Bigfoottrackers.com, a business that purported to charter Bigfoot-seeking expeditions. Though there are a few lawsuits pending, the Georgians are not facing any criminal charges, though Matt Whitton, whose job in law enforcement lent credibility to the scan, was fired. The hoax was reminiscent of the famous, similar fraud perpetrated in a village in East Sussex, England nearly a century ago.
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