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I saw 'Bigfoot' body, says Wodonga man
Yowie / Bigfoot
21-02-2014

I saw 'Bigfoot' body, says Wodonga man

Prime7
Date: 13 January 2014
Online Source
[Transcript]

Reporter: Itís the stuff legends are made of Ė but Wodonga man, Andrew Clacy, a former Prime7 cameraman, believes heís part of the team thatís captured the real deal and they got the body to prove it.

Clacy: Itís human-ish but not human. Itís ape-ish but not ape. Itís 8 foot tall, 4 foot wide, big foot, big hands.

Reporter: Wodonga man, Andrew Clacy, was among a group that recently drove to Washington state to pick up the body of what he says is a Bigfoot nicknamed ďHankĒ. Itís claimed American Bigfoot tracker, Rick Dyer, lured the beast with ribs before he shot it in Texas in September 2012. Mr Dyer has been at the centre of a Bigfoot hoax in the past but says this video proves heís onto the real thing this time.

Dyer: I knew that if he came back to the camp I would shoot and kill him.

Reporter: Mr Clacy said that the body has undergone months of medical tests and will now be taken on a tour of America. But the story has its skeptics.

Skeptic: There are a lot of YouTube clips, film clips in general, purporting to be Bigfoot Ė none of them have been able to have been substantiated in any testable repeatable way.

Reporter: If you canít get to the States to see Bigfoot thereís a chance itíll tour Australia in the future. But Andrew says you may be able to see the creature in the flesh a bit closer to home.

Clacy: These things have been sighted around north-east Victoria, in Bright[?], up the mountains too.

Reporter: Believe it or not, the truth is out there.
Face of the Bigfoot nicknamed "Hank"
Andrew Clacy with "Hank"
Screenshot of Dyer's Bigfoot Video
Rick Dyer
Unnamed skeptic
Andrew Clacy - "Internet Marketing Guru" & Bigfoot Promoter
 
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 are not yet available.
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More on Andrew Clacy and his internet "get rich" schemes:
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Clacy's Links to "Yowie Research" Groups:
 
Victorian Yowie Field Researchers Organisation
     Members include:
ACT Yowie Research Group
     Members include:
Ray Doherty - see above
                          




Kim Little - see above
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Gippsland Yowie Research Group

     Members include:
Ray Doherty - see above
Kim Little - see above





"I spent hours looking at the specimen and it's real," Clacy says 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.

"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."

 

 

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Rick Dyer - the man who shot Bigfoot
 
In August 2008, Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer of Georgia announced that they had discovered the carcass of a 7-foot-7-inch, 500-pound Bigfoot-like creature while hiking through the northern mountains of their state. They said they had placed the body in a freezer in an undisclosed location. They also claimed to have seen three similar creatures when they found the body. Tom Biscardi teamed up with Whitton and Dyer to promote the claim that they had a Bigfoot corpse, and promised the media DNA evidence. The three held a press conference in Palo Alto, California, where they showed photographs of the alleged creature. Whitton boasted, ďEveryone who has talked down to us is going to eat their words." Biscardi also tried to reassure the media of the corpse's authenticity, saying, "Last weekend, I touched it, I measured its feet, I felt its intestines."
 
Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer have since admitted that it was a rubber costume.
 
Matthew Whitton, a police officer in Clayton County, Georgia, put his career in jeopardy after participating in the hoax. Clayton County Police Chief Jeff Turner said, "Once he perpetrated a fraud, that goes into his credibility and integrity. He has violated the duty of a police officer." Biscardi claimed that he was deceived, and that he was seeking justice.
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Bigfoot hoaxers say it was just 'a big joke'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rick Dyer & Team Tracker
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Ray Doherty
- "researcher": Australian Ape Project - Yowies in the Beerburrum State Forest
- featured in the episode "Finding Bigfoot - Australian Yowie"
- based in south-east Queensland
Tony Mehmed
- "researcher"
- hoaxed an encounter with a Yowie for YouTube (removed) in 2010
- based in central west New South Wales
Kim Little
- "researcher": contributor to Australian Ape Project (above)
- based in south-east Queensland
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Gary Opit
- wildlife expert at ABC North Coast
- self-published Yowie author
- featured in the episode "Finding Bigfoot - Australian Yowie"
- based in New South Wales north coast
Pixie Byrnes
- "researcher"
- featured in the episode "Finding Bigfoot - Australian Yowie"
- featured in Opit's self-published "Australian Cryptozoology"
- based in New South Wales north coast
 Nigel Francis
- "researcher": contributor to Australian Ape Project (above)
- based in south-east Queensland
 
 Melba Ketchum - American veterinarian, Bigfoot DNA scammer
Gary Opit - see above
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Tim Fricke
- American "researcher"
- part of Rick Dyer's "Team Tracker"
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Michael Brant Shermer (born September 8, 1954) is an American science writer, historian of science, founder of The Skeptics Society, and Editor in Chief of its magazine Skeptic, which is largely devoted to investigating pseudoscientific and supernatural claims.
26-02-2014
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The History of Yowie Research
04-04-2014
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San Antonio bigfoot a fake
Rick Dyer comes clean about latest hoax

KSAT
Date: 31 March 2014
Online Source
SAN ANTONIO - The man who claims he killed bigfoot in San Antonio has finally admitted he's been fooling everyone with a fake body.
     Rick Dyer's admission of the hoax came through a Facebook post over the weekend.
     In the post Dyer said, "From this moment on I will speak the truth! No more lies, tall tales or wild goose chases to mess with the haters! The people on my tour knew everything from day one, they just didn't expect me to ever come clean."
 Dyer's admission went on to say, "Everyone that went on my tour had less than $100 in the bank with nothing going for them. Some didn't even own a car. I made their life better. I never treated anyone bad. Iím a joker. I play around thatís just me."
     Dyer's former promoter for the tour sent KSAT 12 News his own statement via email Monday.
     Andrew Clacy said he was hired by Dyer to build and manage websites and arrange and coordinate media coverage of the tour.
     Initially Clacy said he was "of the view that (the body) was real and I was excited to be part of what I considered to be a history making event."
     As the tour progressed, Clacy said he became more skeptical.
     "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 the truth I could no longer continue in my role with Rick Dyer on moral and ethical grounds and made the decision to immediately return home to Australia to continue my business."
     Despite admitting the body he took on tour was a fake, Dyer still maintains he shot and killed a bigfoot in San Antonio in 2012.
     "We will continue with the second leg of the tour that is already booked. The side show will continue to inform people about Bigfoot," Dyer wrote. "I can't and won't give you a date of anything to do with the real body because I don't know."
     While it is unknown if Dyer will face any charges for his bigfoot body tour, an online petition is being circulated by change.org asking the Justice Department to file fraud charges. 

Clacy Statement

KSAT
Date: 31 March 2014
Online Source
I met Rick Dyer online some time ago after taking an interest in his very public work.
     Over the time, a relationship developed and the more I was of the opinion that the events and subsequent body were genuine based upon solely on the advice and information supplied to me by Rick Dyer.
     During 2013, Rick Dyer extended a business opportunity to me to travel to the United States
and to work for him in three main roles.

Bigfoot hoaxer: 'Nothing wrong with what I'm doing'

CBS5Az
Date: 4 April 2014
Online Source
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     "I'm an entertainer," (Dyer) laughed in a phone call Monday with CBS 5 News. "A myth-maker!" However, we called him something else: a liar. He laughed again. "Liar, hoaxer, myth-maker, P. T. Barnum, they all mean the same thing."
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     Dyer calls Clacy's claim nonsense. "He knew from the get-go," Dyer wrote in an email to CBS 5 News. "The only reason Andrew bailed is because of $$$$$ that's all." He followed up by phone, proudly taking credit for hoaxing hundreds of people who paid to see the body at each tour stop.
     "There's absolutely nothing wrong with what I'm doing," Dyer said. "More people should do it."
...
Apr 04, 2014 - Bigfoot hoax: Building the body
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Phineas Taylor Barnum
(July 5, 1810 Ė April 7, 1891)

was an American showman, businessman, scam artist and entertainer, remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
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  1. to design, build and manage various websites
  2. to arrange venue of which to exhibit the body known as 'Hank' around the United States and to support the events in person
3. to arrange and coordinate media coverage across he world in order to facilitate the release of the information on 'Hank'.
     I was of the view that Hank was real and I was excited to be part of what I considered to be a history making event. I put my Australian businesses on hold and accepted this offer and flew to the United States with the best intentions of being part of a genuine and significant program. Rick Dyer via investors paid for my travel expenses.
     During my time in the United States working for MR. Dyer my suspicions in relation to authenticity of the body started to develop
     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 the truth I could not longer continue in my role with Rick Dyer on moral and ethical grounds and made the decision to immediately return home to Australia to continue my business.
     Mr. Dyer has now confessed that he paid for the fake to be made by Chris Russell of Spokane, Washington.
     Mr Dyer needed me to believe the body was real so I would contact the media and help make him money, which I did.
     At no time have I received any income from Rick Dyer for my efforts other than travel expenses to and from the United States.
     I have personally become subject to extreme media and online criticism of my involvement and association with Rick Dyer, a relationship which I now deeply regret. However some of the online criticism of me is baseless and without foundation and based on legal opinion Defamatory. I am taking further legal advise on my options as it relates to various websites and publications.
     In closing I wish to make it clear that I am available and willing to cooperate with any Federal or State law enforcement investigations should they arise. I wish to thank all of the very good people I met in time in the United States and the people who where also 'Duped by Dyer' and I wish them all the greatest success in life as we continue our real work in trying to solve the question of Bigfoot.'

Andrew Clacy

Bigfoot hoax ruined my life, says Australian man
By: Nicholas McCallum

9 Stories; NineMSN
Date: 12 September 2014
Online Source
An Australian man says his life has been ruined since he exposed a world-famous Bigfoot hoax.
     Andrew Clacy left his home in Wodonga, Victoria, last December to join self-described Bigfoot hunter Rick Dyer, who claimed to have shot a Sasquatch dead and put it in a glass case.
     Clacy put his life on hold and joined the Texanís entourage to court media attention for what he thought would be a history-making adventure.
     For three months the Australian toured the US believing "Hank" was a genuine Bigfoot carcass Ė even after touching the creature's foot.
     "It felt slimy and like a dog's paw," he told 9 Stories.
     But the fantasy was shattered in March when Dyer, a serial Bigfoot hoaxer, privately admitted eight-foot-tall Hank was a dummy made in a Washington toy store.
     Clacy says he struggled with denial but soon decided to expose the hoax to the media.
     "I was broken-hearted when I came back to Australia," he said.
     "I felt like a fool."
     The venture left the Victorian $12,000 out of pocket, damaged his business and his family, and has seen him ridiculed by friends.
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     Dyer, since being exposed, has also allegedly conducted an online campaign to abuse and discredit Clacy, even trying to hack his emails.
     In a series of rants on his blog, Dyer has accused Clacy of knowing Hank was a hoax for the months he was promoting it Ė a claim the Victorian denies.
     "He is actively trying to destroy me and (other former associates)," Clacy said.
     "That's our reward for telling the truth."
     Clacy admits he was foolish to be duped by the notorious Bigfoot fraudster, who pulled off a similar hoax in 2008 with a rubber ape suit in a freezer.
     "I asked him if this was the real deal, and he said: 'Would I do this to my own family?'" he told 9 Stories.
     The Texan even had a phony taxidermist and doctor brought in to confirm the beast was real in front of the team.
     "There were much smarter guys than me who believed it," he said.
     "I thought I was part of something huge, I thought I was going to be part of history." 9 Stories tried to contact Dyer for comment but received no response.
     Hank the Bigfoot was eventually sold to the Mr Happy Wellness Centre in Colorado, a medical marijuana dispensary.
     In spite of his ordeal, Clacy still believes there is a real Bigfoot out there somewhere.
 
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Rick Dyer's response:
13 Sept 2014
"He knew it was fake evan before arriving in the US!"