The original motivation for the Georgia Body hoax was the attempt by sheriff
deputy Matt Whitton, and used car salesman Rick Dyer, to offer expeditions
like the BFRO. Bigfoot expeditions looked like a great business to them,
because the BFRO's expedition often sell out months in advance. They saw
an opportunity to attract the people who didn't sign up for the BFRO's
trips in time.
This same motivation was shared by the infamous hoaxer Carmine (Tom) Biscardi.
Years before this hoax Biscardi had started a company called the "Great
American Bigfoot Field Research Organization" (GABFRO) in a blatant
attempt to confuse people who had heard about BFRO expeditions. Biscardi,
a former Las Vegas promoter, eventually changed the name of his business
entity to "Searching for Bigfoot, Inc."
Even with a relentless publicity campaign to advertise his expeditions,
no one signed up. As his money started to run out he became increasingly
desperate for media attention. He saw the potential in the Georgia body
story for a lot of free publicity, so he jumped in to advise and partner
with the Georgia boys. With the help of tantalizing press releases television
he managed to bring nation-wide TV coverage to his bizarre, self-promoting
in Palo Alto. This press conference fulfilled the fantasy he had for decades
-- a live press conference wherein he could command the attention
(momentarily) of all major news media networks, and thereby proclaim himself
to be "the real bigfoot hunter" ... It was both madness,
and a scam.
The YouTube Videos by the Georgia Boys
In the process of trying to draw attention to their phony expedition business,
the Georgia boys noticed that some incredulous critics suddenly became
extremely polite, and even helpful, when the boys began claiming that
they had in their possession the body of a dead bigfoot. That particular
lie struck a curious chord in many people, as if the boys claimed to have
had a vision of the Virgin Mary. Like a vision of the Virgin Mary, the
claim of having the body of a dead bigfoot touched a nerve in many people
-- a superstitious nerve that makes them both fearful and hopeful at the
same time. The Georgia boys saw this happening so they began promoting
the "dead bigfoot" lie with full force, and even
more ludicrous videos on YouTube.
The fact that Whitton was a sheriff deputy is ultimately what made the
hoax go as far as it did. Most people, including those in the media, assumed
that a sheriff deputy would not put his reputation and career on the line
by promoting a hoax that was bound to unravel in disgrace. It didn't make
sense, so the Georgia boys were given the benefit of the doubt by the
When Biscardi stepped into the picture he convinced the two Georiga boys
that there was a way for everyone involved to make a lot of money quickly.
He convinced them that they had nothing to worry about, and they would
all make out like bandits before the hoax finally unravelled. The Georgia
Boys took the matter as far as they did because they knew hoaxes are was
not illegal, if the claims were only made to the news media and the boys
never made a false report to local authorities.
The two Georgia boys did make a few thousand dollars from the hoax, but
deputy Whitton lost his career in disgrace. His partner and motivator,
Rick Dyer, lost nothing in the process because he had no career to lose
in the first place. He was living hand-to-mouth as a self-employed used
car dealer. Biscardi hoped to make a windfall before the hoax unravelled,
but it appears now that he made very little from the hoax and is now destitute.
The BFRO Debunks the Hoax and Identifies the Costume Used
The BFRO had been tracking the antics of the Georgia boys several weeks
prior to the press conference. We tried to warn everyone via our public
discussion forum of the impending hoax a full week prior to the press
conference, after it was learned that the Georgia boys joined forces with
veteran hoaxer Biscardi.
Based on his past tactics we knew that Biscardi would shoot for maximum
publicity, and would come up with a scheme to make a windfall of money
from the intense curiousity on the Internet generated by the media publicity.
As the BFRO first announced, two days prior to the press conference, the
"body" was a widely available Halloween
costume stuffed into a large cooler, and filled with rotting
Confusion with Legitimate
At this stage everyone in the bigfoot research community would like nothing
more than to wisk this hoax into the dust bin of history. Unfortunately
we have to keep this page available and prominent a while. Because, unfortunately,
many people who heard about the hoax were only listening with half an
ear, or heard distorted details from other people.
In several instances people mistakenly assumed the BFRO was "the
group that said they had a dead bigfoot" ... rather than the
ones who debunked it.
In one example, a misinformed person assumed that the man who held
the press conference (the self-described "real bigfoot hunter")
must be "that professor from Idaho".
No, wrong guy, and wrong organization. It's a shame that we have
to straighten that out with people, because it means we will be
straightenning it out for a long time into the future.
The self-described "real bigfoot hunter" was the notorious
charlatan and scam-artist Carmine (Tom) Biscardi, a former Las Vegas
Crafty conman Carmine Biscardi on Fox News giving Megan Kelly a detailed
description of the body he claimed to have examined in Georgia (MP4
A New Form
An interesting consequence of this hoax was the creation
of a new form of public punishment/humiliation for those who use
the Internet (and particularly YouTube) to promote fraud schemes
-- the permanent documentation of the scam on YouTube.
These YouTube videos will haunt the Georgia boys and Biscardi for
the rest of their lives. It will prevent them from obtaining positions
of trust and responsibility in the future. More importantly, it
will prevent them from perpetrating more hoax-scams.
The Rap Sheet
on Carmine (Tom) Biscardi
When the Georgia boys first received some press attention in Georgia,
the press attention attracted the notorious Carmine (Tom) Biscardi.
Biscardi had been pushing hoaxed bigfoot evidence for several years.
He seemed to pop up wherever the bigfoot subject was getting local
press attention -- a sort of Reverend Al Sharpton of the bigfoot
world. But unlike Sharpton, who has become a respectable defender
of minority rights, Biscardi's ploys had won him the well-deserved
reputation among the bigfoot research community as a charlatan,
a parasite, a hoaxer, and a scam artist.
Biscardi didn't start the Georgia hoax, but instead latched onto
to it once it got traction in the media in Georgia. Biscardi's plot
was to hype the "discovery" as legitimate, then collect
money in various ways as the world grew eager to get a look at the
specimen ... then later claim he was "hoodwinked" about
the body so as redirect blame away from himself.
This was the second time Biscardi orchestrated this type of hoax.
This first time was on a nationally syndicated radio talk show --
Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.
The element that made this hoax attractive for Biscardi was that
one of the Georgia boys, Matthew Whitton, was a sheriff deputy.
Biscardi knew the law enforcement factor would help the story appear
more believable to the media, for a little while at least. That
was all Biscardi needed.
On Friday, August 15, 2008, Biscardi held
a hyped press conference in Palo Alto, California, after assuring
the press that he would "shock the world" with his evidence. He
introduced the Georgia boys, who told an implausible story about
how they found the body, but they didn't show the body at the press
conference. Instead Biscardi showed some fake photos, and some DNA
results which essentially proved that they did not have a
bigfoot corpse ...
After Biscardi was publicly busted and humiliated in 2005 for a
different version of a bigfoot body hoax, he claimed he was "hoodwinked"
by some bad people who had deceived him (all the while he was raking
in money from a phony pay-per-view "surveillance" project).
Roll forward to 2008. After the Georgia Body hoax unravlled prematurely,
Biscardi claimed he was "hoodwinked" ... again
... He subsequently claimed that he was going to take legal action
against the Georgia Boys ... in an attempt to distract legal action
against himself, by prosecutors, for fraud.
At the height of the Internet storm of curiosity, Biscardi was charging
$2 (on SearchingForBigfoot.com) to see the photos of the fake body.
Millions of people around the world wanted to see the photos. Biscardi
hoped to rake in a tidy sum. No one knows how much, if anything,
Biscardi raked in this way.
the Georgia Boys
After the body was revealed to be a fake to the mass media, some
newspapers reported that Biscardi was swindled out of $50,000 by
the Georgia Boys. That is incorrect. Biscardi persuaded a man in
front $50,000 to the Georgia Boys in exhange for the "body".
Biscardi promised to pay the man back in 90 days. But once it became
clear that the body was fake, Biscardi urged the man to sue the
Georgia guys in order to get his money back.
on Legitimate Bigfoot Research
Consider a historical parallel -- the "Alien Autopsy Video"
In the 1990's an unscrupulous television producer perpetrated a television
hoax with a video of a phony autopsy of a phony alien body. The video
was touted by a particular television network as a potentially authentic
piece of video footage. The same video producer and television network
later revealed their own hoax in a subsequent program. This televised
hoax got high ratings, and they all cashed in, but it wasn't illegal.
Everyone talked about this hoax for a while. Many people were very willing
to throw the baby out with the bath water. But the rational reality remained:
The Alien Autopsy Video Hoax had no bearing whatsoever on the question
of whether extraterrestrial life exists ... Though many people were heard
to say, in the weeks and months following the hoax, "See, I told
ya' that UFO stuff was all just a bunch of BS ... "
People don't generally say that nowadays. They only chuckle about that
program, if they can remember it at all ...
This will be the historical fate of the Georgia Body Hoax and the unscrupulous
Carmine Biscardi. In time people will merely look back and chuckle about
it, if they remember it at all. They will continue to hear about sightings
of sasquatches/bigfoots from various credible witnesses. Over the course
of time, society will come to accept and embrace their existence, whether
or not a corpse is ever collected.
There are many aspects to bigfoots that humans should emulate to some
extent. There is nothing to suggest that famines, epidemics or wars occur
among bigfoots, because they do not overpopulate. Even in those areas
where their numbers could dramatically expand, given the quantity
of food resources available to them, their numbers are still very low.
They do not exist in large numbers anywhere, even by ape standards. They
range widely, but not densely. They've never become a nuisance to humans,
or human livestock. And unlike gorillas and chimps they do not live in
large enough groups to make them easy to hunt by humans. Their impact
on the land is so subtle that it takes a trained eye to even notice it.
There are many other good reasons to study their behavior, and diet, and
Humans will benefit from these apes in ways that most people do not appreciate