Took $50,000 for "Body" of Fake Sasquatch
Bigfoot Busted! Georgia Cop Who Perpetrated Hoax is Fired
Matthew Whitton and His Partner Refuse to Refund Cash; May Be Arrested for Fraud
Clayton County, Georgia, Deputy Sheriff Matthew Whitton was fired for his participation in the recent Georgia Bigfoot Hoax. Whitton and his friend Ricky Dyer, a former corrections officer, claimed that they found the body of a dead Sasquatch in the mountains of north Georgia and froze it. The Sasquatch, which allegedly is an ape-like hominid the size of a man that lives in the forests of North America, is colloquially known as "Bigfoot" due to the casts of large feet that have been put into evidence by those claiming to prove the existence of the legendary beast.
There have been sightings of an ape-like, hairy man-sized creature in North America for 400 years, according to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization.
Last week, Whitton and Dyer announced their claim that they had the corpse of a Bigfoot in a deep freeze at a press conference in Palo Alto, California, about as far from GeorgIa as one can get while remaining in the continental United States. Despite the fantastic nature of their claim, the news got heavy media coverage.
On Saturday, August 17, 2008, the corpse was revealed in a press conference in Indiana attended by Sasquatch researchers, including Squatchdetective.com Executive Director Steve Kulls, a former security guard. Kulls and others who oversaw the thaw of the "Bigfoot Body" soon discovered that it was a rubber gorilla suit filled with meat.
"I observed the foot which looked unnatural, reached in and confirmed it was a rubber foot," Kulls claimed in a statement to the press. "Later that day, both Matthew Whitton and Ricky Dyer admitted it was a costume."
Whitton, who was out on leave as a police officer, and Dyer, who now works as an Internet-based used car salesman and operates a tow truck for Big Foot Towing Co., went on television and admitted that they had perpetrated the hoax for fun. They had filled a rubber gorilla suit with road kill and froze it.
Kulls claims that the two received remuneration for the alleged Sasquatch body from Searching For Bigfoot, Inc. He says that the two subsequently disappeared after the hoax was revealed.
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