Police Officer and Former Correctional Guard Accused of Fraudulent Bigfoot Story

Matthew Whitton and Ricky Dyer in Georgia seemed eager to grab their 15 minutes of fame to the point of claiming to have the actual body of a deceased Bigfoot frozen in their freezer. It turned out to be a rubber suit and the question now is whether the two will be criminally charged with fraud for their efforts. Whitton is a police officer in Clayton County who is on leave after being wounded in the line of duty and Dyer is a former correctional officer.

While the men succeeded in captivating the national media with their Bigfoot story, here, they notably proved reluctant to show reporters the body in their freezer.

Being a simple liar is not a crime.

However, it now appears that the men may have taken their hoax one step too far: they accepted money for their Bigfoot cadaver — which turned out to be a rubber suit.

A website called SeachingForBigfoot.com has confirmed that it paid the men for the body.
The Executive Director of the site, Steve Kulls issued the following statement:

“On August 15th, 2008, Tom Biscardi, Ricky Dyer and Matthew Whitton held a press conference at the Cabana Hotel in Paolo Alto, California, announcing that the corpse of a creature fitting the description known as ‘Bigfoot’ had been discovered. A police officer of seven years, on medical leave, labeled as a hero for being wounded in the line of duty, got up in front of the world and told the world of how he and Ricky Dyer uncovered this creature. This has since been proven a lie. It is notable that Rick Dyer insisted on this press conference and told Tom Biscardi he would not release the ‘body’ unless the conference was held on this specific date.”

When the site managers began to thaw out the frozen body, they discovered the rubber suit and sought out the men. Whitton and Dyer, however, had hotfooted it by the time the Bigfoot hoax was uncovered.

Taking the money potentially moves the matter from realm of a childish prank into the realm of criminal fraud.

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28 thoughts on “Police Officer and Former Correctional Guard Accused of Fraudulent Bigfoot Story”

  1. Bob, Esq.,

    Good description of the elements of fraud. But I always thought that the plaintiff’s reliance on the seller’s representations had to be reasonable. For element 7, you must show that the buyer “reasonably” relied on the representation that the seller had the body of bigfoot.

    That representation is inherently incredible. No reasonable person could believe the unsupported claim that the seller had a geanuine bigfoot carcass.

    Look at the old X-Files episode where Scully performs a video autopsy on an alien body and discovers a rubber suit. You cannot commit fraud by tring to sell an alien body.

    Next exhibit on the tour: the rare and exotic Egress!

  2. So martha h thinks that cops hang out with con men and laugh at their victims? Why do you have such a low opinion of cops, martha?

  3. I have to agree with rafflaw there.

    I’m sure there will be “sighting’s” of these two shortly.

  4. martha h,
    I think you may be giving these two too much credit. I don’t know if they are intelligent enough or lucky enough to hide from the Police for too much longer.

  5. Or are you denying you just lied by trying to paint a few of your inbred hillbilly peers as “yankee liberal’s”?

    In which case I’ve exposed you lying twice.

  6. What exactly am I supposed to be “getting away” with?

    You mean exposing you for a liar?

    Hell, that’s easy.

  7. cro magnum man AKA zakimar AKA bz bub. Your repeated posts within minutes of a previous post gives you away every time. If yo uwant to think you are getting away with something, wait until you gather ALL your little thoughts and post them at once instead of posting, reading your post appreciatively to yourself, then it dawns on you you left another “important point” out…

    Lunatic.

  8. Or did you think the owners of “Searchingforbigfoot.com” were liberals, and not the inbred camo wearing hunters that the site clearly shows them to be?

    Or didn’t you notice all the FOX news clips?

    Geesh. It’s one thing when you pick on liberals for doing the stupid things they sometimes do, but man. You guys are just founded in lies. You practically BATHE in them. When you guys make fools of your inbred selves, you lie everytime and claim its the liberals.

    God hates a liar.

  9. I’m sorry, when exactly did this story go from a couple of yokels that NO ONE BELIEVED, to these two making “clowns out of a couple of yankee liberal idiots”?

    No one believed them, so who are these “yankee liberal idiots” you’re referring to?

    Last I checked, the only ones who bought these two inbreds stories, were other inbreds…. hence, other neocons.

  10. raffalw: you need to find some common sense. This is Georgia. I don’t doubt the two are laughing it up with the Georgia state police right now over how they made clowns out of a couple of yankee liberal idiots.

  11. Now it would really be News if these two future criminals ran into a certain mythical, two-legged creature while hiding from the authorities in Georgia!

  12. Hey, with Bob’s ‘media circus’ and Mespo’s PT Barnum, we may have something. I say we set up a tent and charge folks to look at the very rare and completely original fake bigfoot suit.

    Let’s put that ‘sucker theory’ to the test.

  13. Since the issue of Fraud v. Breach of Contract always seems to find its way into pleadings, it’s nice to have this handy:

    A [civil] complaint in an action for Fraud should allege, at the very least: (1) character of parties; (2) defendant made certain representations to the plaintiff; (3) the representations made by defendant were false at the time they were made; (4) at the time of making the representations, defendant knew they were false or made them recklessly without knowing whether they were true or false; (5) defendant made the representations with intent to deceive plaintiff and to induce him or her to act in reliance upon the representations; (6) plaintiff was ignorant of the falsity of the representations and believed them to be true; (7) plaintiff relied upon the representations made by defendant and, as a result, paid money or conveyed or delivered property to the defendant or to another party; (8) plaintiff would not have paid the money or delivered or conveyed the property to defendant or to the other party, except for his or her reliance upon the representations made by defendant; (9) plaintiff sustained damage as a result.

    “Obviously the proof required to sustain a cause of action on contract is entirely different from the proof necessary to sustain a cause of action based on fraud and deceit. In the one case the recovery is based upon the express liability assumed by a person in his contract, and in the other case upon the liability incurred for a violation of the duty of honesty and fair dealing which the law enjoins upon one in his transactions with another.” Lipkind v Ward, 256 AD 74 (3rd Dept., 1939)

    Damages = money paid for the Big Foot corpse.

    In order to make a case for punitive damages in fraud, plaintiff’s would have to show that it was gross & wanton fraud on the general public.

    The law protects the weak; not the stupid.

    Unless the Court believes in Big Foot (and the Easter Bunny) at best plaintiffs have a civil action for the money paid for the wet suit. At worst, a sarcastic judge may punish plaintiffs for their own stupidity.

    The only way this rises to the level of a criminal offense is in the event that someone in the prosecutor’s office is looking to make a name for him/herself by creating a new media circus.

    And that’s my two cents.

    Bob

  14. Mespo –

    It’s entirely possible that Barnum’s watch was running a little slow …

  15. dundar:

    The only joke here is on the less than prudent people who paid money for this hoax. They probably believe in lots of other myths too. P.T. Barnum was the philosopher of our time when he said “there’s a sucker born every minute.”

  16. Everyone involved, from the hoaxsters to the hoaxees should be slapped across the cheek with the unfrozen paw of the monkey suit. And anyone who bought this story from the get-go should at least imagine how that feels.

  17. Nobody but NOBODY can take a joke anymore.

    Prudent people will wait for the rest of the story on this practical joke.

  18. This is really dumb-ass and greedy. Will they be charged with terrorist intent to inflame the public with tales of the “Invasion of the Homeland by Bigfoot”???

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