Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 14th, 2008
ABC News talked to me, Ben Radford, and Jeff Meldrum today.
CNN News got Tom Nelson, chairman of the biology department at North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, to say he’s “pretty skeptical” the world will feast its eyes on a new species Friday.
“That would certainly rock mammalogy,” joked Nelson, who specializes in the study of mammals. “I see a research grant in my future.”
Over sixty news representatives will show up at the news conference in California tomorrow.
But you know from read forums and blogs, this story is crumbling already.
I can truly report the mainstream world has gone wild and slightly mad for the Georgia Gorilla, the Bigfoot body, the wild stories from the South and more, in the past few days and soon from the press conference on Friday.
I called the “body,” which was allegedly first shot with a 3.06, and then later “tripped” over in the woods, the “Georgia Gorilla” because 19th century newspaper reporters would use that kind of label for early tales of hairy things in the woods – whether they might be journalistic jokes, feral humans, misidentified bears, or apes in the bottomlands.
But there’s more. Others would have you call this thing by a name that is tied to the egos of the alleged discoverers’ names. Perhaps it should be called Biscardi’s Folly now, but I wanted a sillier name for this. Why? Because this body has little to do with Bigfoot and everything to do with a Sasquatch costume that someone developed after watching too many gorilla movies. The nares/nostrils are modeled on a gorilla and the mouth on the mask looks more human-like, while the teeth that seem to have been placed in the mouth could be my late mother’s false teeth. (BTW, Biscardi is trying to remember some quickly mentioned phone remarks of mine about primates, canines, and diet, but I never called this thing a “herbivore.”)
Parts of the story are falling apart. What of the rumors that millions of dollars have exchanged hands? Show us all the bill of sale. Hey, show us the body.
Rumors are flying. For example, some forums are saying I am going to be at the news conference in California. Not true.
Rumors also say that conclusive DNA results will show this is a verification of Bigfoot. Not true. The results being read on Friday supposedly are from Curt Nelson, who did the “Sasquatch Attack” tissue analysis for MonsterQuest, and they will sound as extremely inconclusive as the MonsterQuest results sounded.
As I ask in an earlier posting on this matter, do you remember the OJ Simpson trial? The chain of custody of the evidence for the “piece of meat” that this University of Minnesota senior scientist in the Department of Entomology has tested could be from anything.
The press release mentions that documentary filmmaker Scott Davis will be taping the autopsy. Rumors have flown that he is tied to $11 million dollars for the filming. The source of the rumors: Tom Biscardi. But the story changed today.
I asked Davis directly about this. He gave me an answer, but it had to be vetted before being published because he is under a gentlemen’s agreement in his forthcoming work.
After Scott Davis got approval to release a revised comment to me, the following is what Scott Davis said in response to my question about the rumor that he was one of the wealthy backers who allegedly bought the body. Please note, do not read this in any way as a characterization that Davis is complicit in what quite possibly is a hoax. That is not what I am saying. This is all about just “following the money.”
“I heard that rumor too. I don’t know who spread it but they are flat-out wrong. I have neither invested nor put together a group of investors. I rather like the rumor, though. Makes me look a little crazy and a little rich. And who doesn’t like a crazy rich guy?! Tom Biscardi is the one handling all financial and scientific arrangements – I am sure he can answer your future questions.”
Biscardi has not answered my questions about sharing the other photographs he promised, and I have a feeling that his attempt to use me is not meeting with the results he had predicted.
Clearly, if this was the real deal, there would be no reason at this point to not roll out the actual body tomorrow.
But the unusual structure of the face, the fabric-like look of the hair, and the close match with an actual costume does not speak well for this “carcass.”
This all seems to be some kind of master design to ridicule people in the mainstream field of Bigfoot research.
How could a couple guys in Georgia gotten this idea?
Do you all remember the Bushnell Trail Cam contest?
“We’re not saying we believe in Sasquatch, but if anyone’s ever going to capture an image of one, we’re guessing it’ll be a hunter with a trail camera. That’s why Bushnell is offering a chance at $1,000,000 to the first person using one who snaps a verifiable photo of the live beast.”
Do you recall this part of it?
“BONUS CATEGORY: For all you jokers out there – we’re giving away an additional Bushnell Trail Scout Pro camera for your best attempt to cheat Bushnell out of their $1,000,000 prize. So go grab your gorilla suit and head to the nearest woodlot. Just don’t get mistaken for a bear*.
*Please use caution when taking photographs outdoors and in the wild, especially when using suits or costumes that resemble wild animals (Gorilla, Sasquatch, or other).”
BTW, my personal websites (lorencoleman.com and the museum site, cryptozoologymuseum.com) have been hacked, destroyed, and I will have to re-build the entire two sites at new locations. For those that think this is all a joke, I just don’t see it that way. If you ask me, hacking in and taking down a website sort of reminds me of, well, burning books.