The men say they were hiking in early June when they discovered the body of a 7-foot-7, 500-pound half-ape, half-human creature near a stream. They also claim to have spotted about three similar living creatures -- and showed reporters video stills of what they say is one of those creatures shadowing them through the woods.
Whitton, a police officer on leave after being shot in the hand while making an arrest, is quoted as saying the following:
"We were not looking for Bigfoot." "We wouldn't know what we were doing if we did." "I didn't believe in Bigfoot at the time." "But you've got to come to terms with it and realize you've got something special. And that's what it was."
BLOG UPDATE (08/19/2008 6:15 PM EST): Okay, call off the hounds... the whole bigfoot discovery was a hoax. CNN.com reports that the bigfoot in the freezer was a rubber dummy:
The initial promoter of two hikers' claim that they found the body of Bigfoot in Georgia said he has determined that the discovery was a hoax.
The body turned out to be rubber, and the two men who claimed that they found it, Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer, have admitted that it was a costume.
Read the CNN.com article about the Bigfoot Hoax in Georgia here.
Read the CNN.com article about Bigfoot in Georgia here.
plez sez: ok... this time, i'm referring to the georgia in the united states.
there has been hoax after hoax about bigfoot. and as a youngster, i was inclined to want to believe the stories about a 7-foot half-man/half-beast roaming the woods of the pacific northwest. but in the woods in north georgia? a fully-intact dead bigfoot!
so these 2 yahoo's found bigfoot in june, stuffed all seven and a half feet of him in a big ass freezer, and now they're ready to go public with it?
it's obvious that "someone" has been watching too many late night movies, like "harry and the hendersons" featuring a young john lithgow. the premise of the movie also involves a presumed dead bigfoot (played by harry), who becomes a houseguest of the hendersons who hides him from the authorities and a bigfoot hunter... okay, it was a PG comedy, but it did win an Oscar in 1988 (for Best Makeup), which is more than i can say for the acting job of the guys who found bigfoot in the north georgia mountains.
plezWorld has a confession to make: i do recall going to see "harry and the hendersons" on a date with my girlfriend (better known as plezWife) when it came out in the movies in 1987. it is actually a funny and very good movie. the guy who played harry was a 7'4" Black man, named Kevin Peter Hall (1955 - 1991), who also played the Predator in the movies. he was in a very serious car accident and died of AIDS after receiving contaminated blood during a blood transfusion.