Promoter: Bigfoot body 'not a real body' - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

UPDATE

Promoter: Bigfoot body 'not a real body'

www.bigfoottoday.com www.bigfoottoday.com
www.bigfoottoday.com www.bigfoottoday.com
© www.bigfoottoday.com © www.bigfoottoday.com
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

If you've ever wanted to see Sasquatch, keep looking.

In what will come as a surprise to no one, the man promoting a "Bigfoot body" on tour across the United States has admitted that the exhibit is a fake.

The sideshow-like display featuring an alleged Bigfoot body was supposed to begin in Arizona in February.

The specimen came from Rick Dyer, a self-proclaimed "Bigfoot Tracker" whose website says, "I tracked a creature. I shot it. With tears in my eyes, I watched it take its last breath," Dyer said that was in 2012.

But on day one of the proposed tour, it was canceled because no venue would allow the display. Even the International UFO Congress, which held a five-day conference in Scottsdale, turned the body away.

"He's a known hoaxer," said conference organizer Maureen Elsberry. "We are a reputable conference and we did not want to be associated with that."

Dyer hired promoter Andrew Clacy to book stops on the "I Told You So" tour. Clacy told CBS 5 News that the body has undergone DNA testing, MRI scans, an autopsy and more scientific testing in the last year. However, results from those tests never became available.

Clacy now says Dyer tricked him. "During my time in the United States working for Mr. Dyer my suspicions in relation to authenticity of the body started to develop," Clacy wrote in an email to CBS 5 News on Sunday.

Dyer had already admitted to being the man behind one of the biggest Bigfoot hoaxes of all time. In 2008 he was involved in a scheme to sell another alleged bigfoot body to the highest bidder. The story got national attention and Dyer went into hiding for months.

Clacy continued, "I confronted MR. Dyer (in Daytona) on my suspicions, who admitted to me personally that the body of 'Hank' was not a real body but rather a construct of a company from Washington State which was paid for by Rick Dyer. Once I became [aware of] the truth I could not longer continue in my role with Rick Dyer on moral and ethical grounds."

Clacy previously had insisted insist the body was not a hoax. "I spent hours looking at the specimen and it's real," Clacy said in a Youtube video. "I've touched it, its skin. It's not a joke."

Michael Shermer, the executive director of the Skeptics Society, told CBS 5 News the whole idea is ridiculous. "Fake, fake, fake," he said.

"Science is not done by promotional tours," Shermer said. "Why hasn't he submitted the body for scientists to analyze? The answer is obvious: it's a fake. If he has nothing to hide then let him show it to the professionals first before taking his victory lap."

Clacy told CBS 5 News, "Mr. Dyer needed me to believe the body was real so I would contact the media and help make him money, which I did."

Clacy now said he hopes to restore his reputation as a marketing professional in Australia, and will cooperate with any authorities that wish to pursue charges. However, an investigation is not likely. It's Bigfoot, after all.

Dyer could not be reached for comment.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Hattiesburg pastor reacts to passing of Billy Graham

    Hattiesburg pastor reacts to passing of Billy Graham

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:03 AM EST2018-02-22 05:03:54 GMT
    Pastor Jeff Clark of Hattiesburg's Venture Church. Photo credit WDAM.Pastor Jeff Clark of Hattiesburg's Venture Church. Photo credit WDAM.

    A Hub City minister is reacting to the death of the Rev. Billy Graham, the most widely-heard Christian evangelist in history.   He died Wednesday morning at his home in Montreat, North Carolina at the age of 99.  Pastor Jeff Clark of Hattiesburg's Venture Church said Graham was a humble man of integrity who would be missed. "Billy Graham is who all of us wanted to be like," said Clark, who once saw Graham in person while he was a seminary student in Dallas ...

    More >>

    A Hub City minister is reacting to the death of the Rev. Billy Graham, the most widely-heard Christian evangelist in history.   He died Wednesday morning at his home in Montreat, North Carolina at the age of 99.  Pastor Jeff Clark of Hattiesburg's Venture Church said Graham was a humble man of integrity who would be missed. "Billy Graham is who all of us wanted to be like," said Clark, who once saw Graham in person while he was a seminary student in Dallas ...

    More >>
  • New film documents life of civil rights pioneer Clyde Kennard

    New film documents life of civil rights pioneer Clyde Kennard

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:45 PM EST2018-02-22 04:45:47 GMT
    A new documentary about Clyde Kennard called, "Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story," premiered at the Lake Terrace Convention Center Wednesday night. Photo credit WDAM.A new documentary about Clyde Kennard called, "Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story," premiered at the Lake Terrace Convention Center Wednesday night. Photo credit WDAM.

    A new documentary about Hattiesburg civil rights pioneer Clyde Kennard premiered at the Lake Terrance Convention Center Wednesday night.   "Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story" documents Kennard's attempts at enrolling at the University of Southern Mississippi in the 1950's when it was a segregated Mississippi Southern College. He was turned down several times and ultimately was sent to prison on trumped up charges.  He died of cancer after be...

    More >>

    A new documentary about Hattiesburg civil rights pioneer Clyde Kennard premiered at the Lake Terrance Convention Center Wednesday night.   "Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story" documents Kennard's attempts at enrolling at the University of Southern Mississippi in the 1950's when it was a segregated Mississippi Southern College. He was turned down several times and ultimately was sent to prison on trumped up charges.  He died of cancer after be...

    More >>
  • Laurel to undergo $5 million water and sewer project

    Laurel to undergo $5 million water and sewer project

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 10:12 PM EST2018-02-22 03:12:32 GMT
    The City of Laurel is planning a $5 million water and sewer project to improve aging infrastructure. (Photo source: WDAM)The City of Laurel is planning a $5 million water and sewer project to improve aging infrastructure. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The City of Laurel undergoing a $5 million water and sewer project. WDAM looked at what's happening. Mayor Johnny Magee said, "The problem is Laurel is over 100 years old and the water and sewer lines are about the same age." Caving in and sprouting leaks, Mayor Johnny Magee said it's time for an infrastructure revamp in the city.  Magee said, "We are going to redo the water and sewer lines all the way from the flagpole on Central Avenue about two and a half mil...

    More >>

    The City of Laurel undergoing a $5 million water and sewer project. WDAM looked at what's happening. Mayor Johnny Magee said, "The problem is Laurel is over 100 years old and the water and sewer lines are about the same age." Caving in and sprouting leaks, Mayor Johnny Magee said it's time for an infrastructure revamp in the city.  Magee said, "We are going to redo the water and sewer lines all the way from the flagpole on Central Avenue about two and a half mil...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly