But it isn't.
No, the banging you're hearing is the sound of Rick Dyer's drum. And he's beating it furiously.
In case you've been living under the proverbial rock, there has been somewhat of a media frenzy surrounding Rick Dyer this week, and even if you have been living under that rock you probably still heard about it.
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As most of us already know, this story has been rambling along for well over a year now, and has been a minor annoyance to the field of bigfoot research. Like that humming mosquito in your ear that you keep slapping at but can't seem to ever kill. Dyer has done an excellent job of preventing his fire to be completely extinguished. Time and time again he has billowed at the flames, changing the story, making excuses, producing nothing substantial, but never wiping that sarcastic grin from his face. And why would he? I mean after all the man is already famous for his 2008 bigfoot hoax where he claimed to have a bigfoot in a deep freezer. Holding onto the lie until the very final second when Steve Kulls finally squashed the hoax once and for all by physically touching and examining the "creature" as it was thawing. Prophetically Dyer announced afterwards that he would do it again.
Now here we are six years later. Rick Dyer, the professional bigfoot tracker, holding on with a death grip to the few "believers" he has left, launches a full scale publicity stunt. His vehicle and trailer adorned with vinyl wrapped graphics, his face being the most prominent of the graphics, makes his pilgrimage through Washington after supposedly retrieving the body from "a major university where all the professional and state of the art testing took place". But wait, I thought it was the work of a taxidermist? Does this university have one on hand or, nevermind. This is just another example of the numerous holes in his story. To start pointing them out would not only be redundant, but would literally be over a year's worth of blog posts, videos, emails, articles, etc. The fact of the matter is this story has never held water. It's actually had more points made against it than it has for it. I've made numerous arguments against it, as have many, many others. Randy Filipovic has an excellent documentation of this story and Rick Dyer's past antics on his website- bigfoottrackernews.blogspot.ca
The media has treated this story as though it's groundbreaking news. I'm fairly certain every state has ran the story, as well as major news outlets such as Fox (surprisingly the same network responsible for allowing Dyer a press conference during his 2008 bigfoot hoax). I've even seen a story on TIME.com and Hollywood gossip blogger Perez Hilton even wrote about it. What saddens me is the fact that apparently none of these media sources did any fact checking or research before running the story. Par for the course when it comes to media these days. Perhaps because the idea of a man hauling around a dead bigfoot and displaying it in parking lots like a sideshow attraction is such a ridiculous concept that they need not bother getting the facts straight, but then why give the story this much attention?
A simple Internet search is all that's required. Dyer isn't even from Texas, yet that's what he said, so that's what they published. Surprisingly enough I was unable to locate a major news source reporting on it in Las Vegas where Dyer resides. Dyer was even kind enough to supply some photos of the bigfoot body on display. Ridiculous photos of a clearly fake bigfoot. Not well sculpted, constructed, nor painted. You would think with all the money he has fleeced off of his followers he would have spent more on the actual body prop. I guess FJ Cruisers wrapped in vinyl don't come cheap.
For publicly released images of "Hank" click HERE
It's by no coincidence that this has all happened now. Bigfoot Bounty premieres this Friday, January 10th, on Spike TV. The show will feature 9 teams of bigfoot researchers and hunters, two of which Rick Dyer has a personal grudge against. Michael Merchant and Justin Smeja. Dyer has attacked both of these men on numerous occasions, especially Justin Smeja. I mean Rick is the self-proclaimed "best bigfoot tracker in the world". A title he gives himself based on his claim of shooting and killing a bigfoot. Smeja claims to have shot two bigfoot as well, and Rick can't stand the idea of someone else taking any of his spotlight. He has done everything to try and convince people that Smeja is lying about his claims, and is a hoaxer. What's that they say about the pot and kettle? In fact Rick Dyer has had a major announcement of some kind each time Bigfoot Bounty has received media attention. I mean they are offering $10,000,000 for the irrefutable proof of bigfoot's existence. Of course this amount is far too small for Rick to bother with. His words, not mine.
Dyer promises of DNA test results, scientific studies done by a major university, documentaries, public appearances, all of which will either be faked or not forthcoming. Rick Dyer will ride this out till the very end, soaking up as much publicity as he can possibly garner from it. Instead of this being the end of it all, I'm afraid the recent rash of publicity has only breathed new life into this dead bigfoot story. Or perhaps this is a grand finale to the worst fireworks display to have ever taken place.