Bigfoot Hunter Admits Hoax

Corpse was made by a toy shop
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2014 6:36 PM CDT
Bigfoot hunter Rick Dyer stands with what he claimed was the body of Bigfoot in Paris, Texas, on Feb. 15.   (AP Photo/The Paris News, Sam Craft)

(Newser) – You might want to sit down: It turns out that the guy who said he killed Bigfoot after luring it with Walmart pork ribs was lying. Again. Rick Dyer's money-making hoax fell apart when his own spokesman learned the sad truth that the supposed corpse was fake and decided to come clean, reports the San Antonio Express-News. At which point, Dyer took to Facebook to break the news himself: “From this moment on, I will speak the truth!" he wrote on his since-deleted page. "No more lies, tall tales or wild goose chases to mess with the haters!”

Dyer went on tour earlier this year with the fake body and claims to have pulled in $60,000 from people paying $10 a pop. (In some accounts, he puts the figure closer to $20,000.) The corpse, however, was made by the Twisted Toy Box in Washington state, reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. The store's Chris Russell said he was told it was for a movie and that he had to sign a non-disclosure contract agreeing not to talk about it. Dyer pulled a similar stunt in 2008 when his proof of a kill turned out to be a rubber ape suit, reports the Daily News. Despite the pair of hoaxes, Dyer still insists he actually killed a Bigfoot in 2012. (Read more bigfoot stories.)

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