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I know this may be a little early, but it is how I feel right now about things and it is time for some appropriate words given the last several weeks in the Bigfoot research community.

In the United States, this month marks Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day which faded after World War II.  The holiday is a remembrance to all those that died while in service to their country, whereas Veteran’s Day is a celebration of one’s service to their country in the military.

 

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While no one in my family, that I know of died in the service of the country, many of my family did serve in times of conflict. 

My father served in the 3rd Army during WWII under Gen. George S. Patton. My uncle, became a Disable American Vet, when his Destroyer, the USS Ludlow took a hit from a German U-Boat. Despite being disabled, he worked and retired from the transportation authority. My Godfather served in a Submarine in the European theater in WWII.

My brothers served in the Air Force, one of my cousin’s retired from the Air Force a Lt. Col. and another one of my cousins was in ‘Nam.

All of these folks had or still have stories. As well as character. My family is proud of my accomplishments, but I am humbled and in awe by their service to our country and am grateful, that they survived their ordeals to give me some of their knowledge, character, and values along the way.

My Dad, Uncle and one of my brothers, are gone, but forever I will have their memories and in essence, their zeal for life.

I would like to take pause to thank not only the souls whom died for their country, protecting our freedoms, but their families for their sacrifices who too often we forget. God Bless you all.

Veterans or not, we have been shook a bit in the community by the loss of Ohio researchers Todd Clark and Hawk Spearman within a week, and last month with the loss of Mogollon Monster researcher, Mitch Waite.

I’d also like to take the time to mention and remember a few others that have passed on since my tenure, in the community that I so dearly miss their research, words of wisdom, discussions, laughs, or even sometimes, their zaniness.

Tim Cullen, Steve “Indy” Pickett, John Whitesel, Shane McMahon, Jon Erik Beckjord, Cliff Sparks, Dan Gordon, Stephanie Henderson, Phillip Spencer.

Out of the 12 mentioned here, I have radio interviews with 8 of them. Which I will always treasure dearly.

May you all rest in peace.

Till Next Time

Squatch-D

Hey gang, a quick update from a weekend reconnoiter by One of our team leaders, Ted V.

 

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SQD Field Team Leader Ted V. (left) with Assistant Director Steve Kannes (right)

(Credit: Stacey Horton / Squatchdetective.com)

 

Over the weekend Ted traveled to Research Area 1 when he met up with researchers from the Northeast Anomalous Research group when they noticed two trucks with yellow “Bigfoot Crossing” signs on them. (All my Team vehicles are unmarked.)

As they scouted the area they came across these obviously hoaxed tracks:

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Obvious fake prints found in Research Area 1

(Credit: Ted V. / Squatchdetective Field Team)

 

In the 2013 we noticed a sharp downturn in activity, with the exception of a rock throwing incident which occurred in the fall of the same year. Last year we only took one trip there in the Spring and due to the inactivity, we considered the area “spent,” at least for that year.

Sad thing is, hoaxers of this amateurish sort do not understand that after doing this for 16 years this is kind of the thing that we spot from a distance and call it.

It’s either, “Wow a great print,” (a rarity especially given the substrate of New York State forests) or “see the arch, that’s a human foot,” or “that’s a stamper!” In this case… it’s a stamper.

So the prints the hoaxer made will not get posted as evidence, or as an exciting find, but rather a pathetic individual’s attempt at creating some noise and as a tool for teaching.

Any researchers out there, feel free to use these photos to show folks what phony tracks look like. How we notice the uniformity of the print, the squaring and finally the lack of any toe splay whatsoever.

They thought they would get us, but instead the joke is on them.

Research Area 1 had been my primary area since 2000, when an encounter was reported to me. It had yielded some great results over the years and some interesting encounters.

Since we know there is at least one hoaxer in this area, we have no choice but to move on and move on happily knowing we have many more productive areas to explore.

But you never know..we may just hide some cameras to get a snapshot of our hoaxer too!

A great thank you to Ted and N.E.A.R. for making this discovery.

 

Till Next Time…

Squatch-D

On January 21st, 2015 Yoghita Patel of the Wall Street Journal penned an article that she claimed was going to be one thing, but turned out to be something completely different.

Essentially the article became a fluff piece for none other than Carmine “Tom” Biscardi and profiled his new company, Bigfoot Project Investments, Inc. It did cover some criticisms of Biscardi but I believe it’s a fluff piece because it left out the evidence and discoveries.

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Tom Biscardi on Bigfoot Black Friday – Teeth comparison perhaps. (Credit: Reuters)

I was personally involved in speaking at length with Yoghita, at her request. Forwarded documents. Apparently her editors must have been afraid to tell you what she found out and what I am about to here.

See the gist of the WSJ article, was covering Biscardi’s new company (however old schtick to us that have watched his hijinks over the decades) and his SEC filing to have a public offering for his new company.

To this effort, I applaud Biscardi, because it now lifts a big veil of secrecy behind his efforts finances.


Getting involved…

I was first contacted by William Allen Barnes about getting in contact with Yoghita in late 2013. He claimed she was doing a piece on Biscardi, but was also going to offer an alternative to Biscardi, in the Falcon Project and how his fund raising efforts differed from that of Biscardi.

He explained to Yoghita if anyone knew some insight to Biscardi it would be me.

We spoke and corresponded for almost a year on the article, and it appeared a lot of time was being spent on it.

Biscardi – Nilsen Connection

In late 2007 through 2009, Real Estate mogul, David Nilsen after initially contributing $50,000 as an investment into Searching For Bigfoot, became the company’s CFO.

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David Nilsen and the now very defunct Cedar Properties (Source: Squatchdetective.com)

Nilsen later was indicted in late 2009, and subsequently jailed in 2012 with an 8 year sentence for a Ponzi Scheme involving his Real Estate investment company.

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Nilsen’s indictment charges. (Source: Squatchdetective.com)

A question I pondered in my freshman book, “50 Large,” how much of Cedar’s monies, if any, got shuffled over to SFBI?

After much time going over Biscardi’s Georgia fiasco, with Yoghita, we came to the meat of the matter. I described my concerns since Nilsen was the CFO of SFBI at the time.

Since Biscardi was the CEO and majority shareholder at SFBI it would have been impossible for him to have not known about the monies, and given the fact that long time Biscardi cling on, Dennis Kazabouski was still involved as a controller in SFBI.

Coincidentally, the new company, Kazabouski just was assigned as temporary controller due to the immediate resignation of Sara Reynolds, filed with the SEC in March 2015.

Sara Reynolds

ADDRESS WITHHELD

Bigfoot Project Investments Inc.

Dear Board of Directors and Officers:

It is with regret that I tender my resignation from Bigfoot Project Investments Ins board of directors and CFO/Secretary/Treasurer, effective immediately.

I am grateful for having had the opportunity to serve on the board of this fine organization from the beginning and I offer my best wishes for its continued success.

Sincerely,

Sara Reynolds

Source: http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1569568/000107878215000426/f8k032415_ex99z2.htm

In April of 2014 I received a call from Yoghita and she seemed quite pleased  that my intuition was correct. She claimed she had contacted the Cedar Funding Bankruptcy Trustee, and discovered there were payments to SFBI shortly before Cedar’s demise in the amount of around $250K.  (Maybe my next book should be “250 Large!”)

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Will the next book be “250 Large?”

This also goes in tandem with Biscardi and Nilsen starting a short lived foreign corporation called New Limited Concept, Inc. in June 2010, after Nilsen’s indictment. Foreign corporation?

 


On anther note: Bigfoot Project Investments Inc. And their worth is…

Over at the Hall of Shame, and in “50 Large“, we’ve featured the 2008 SFBI Business plan which lists itself as and Entertainment company. Likewise, Bigfoot Project Investments, Inc. lists itself as a Movie Distribution company.

In January 2013, SFBI no longer became an independent company, but “bought out” by the new company for $924K by issuing a promissory note and issuing over 4 million shares of the new company’s stock, valued at $0.10 a share.

As part of the asset transfer agreement Bigfoot Project Investments, Inc. received the following assets:

Footprint cast of Bigfoot – 73 original casts

Photographs of Dead Creature from Strickler, Arkansas 1994 Dear Creature Incident

109-inch Skeleton

Various Media Artifacts – Video TV News Media – 52 news stories

Contract to sell Dinosaur fossil – most recent estimate by Paleontologist $1.2 million dollars

Rubber suit from 2008 hoax

Various DNA samples – Hair, and nails

License to use 6 dinosaur displays

Exclusive rights to the Bigfoot Website

Exclusive rights to the Bigfoot Live Radio Show

Exclusive rights to the Bigfoot Live Radio Show Website

360 hours of raw footage from expeditions for movie development

Various DVD Movies and Documentary film projects

Exclusive rights to all current contracts negotiated under Searching For Bigfoot, Inc.

The above list is a complete list of the fixed assets for Bigfoot Project Investments, Inc.

Source: http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1569568/000107878215000426/f8k032415_8k.htm

It was apparently obvious that they were using the template from the SFBI business plan, and not so descriptive, as we all now the descriptions in the original plan were inflated and filled with misrepresentations. Of course it looked good when trying to show potential investors especially when you valuate your materials at over … $17 Million Dollars.

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The 2008 SFBI Business plan asset list.

What I do find a bit “odd” is that none of their equipment, i.e. night vision gear, Thermal Imager, Talon Net system (which never worked), parabolic mics, camping equipment. All of which is NOT listed on their asset list either then or now.

According to SFBI former veep, Robert “Javabob” Schmalzbach, they never disturbed the skeleton, only removing a small sample. Why is it on their inventory sheet now?

The contract to sell a dinosaur fossil? That contract is now over seven years old if it hasn’t been rescinded yet. The original agreement stated that Biscardi had to sell the fossil for no less than $5 million.

After collecting over $700,000 under the guise of SFBI, through 2008, gone now is the goal of establishing museums. I am unsure of the amounts collected for Museums through 2013 when they became a non-independent entity.

Also on the list of assets, is the Rubber Suit from the 2008 Georgia Hoax. Wow, there’s an asset. Remember the one that Joshua P. Warren tried to sell on EBay for investor Bill Lett? Lett states Warren contacted him, but we all know who gave him Bill’s phone number. After all Biscardi had been on as a guest on Warren’s radio show a few times. The connection was quite clear.

In 2008 you claim 17 mil in assets.

In 2013 you pay $924K for SFBI.

Two years later this is what the new company claims its assets are:

Assets

Source: http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1569568/000107878215000426/f8k032415_8k.htm

Less than $8000 and only $2300 is in cash.

Their liabilities are inflated due to the buyout of the SFBI investors which they’re still on the hook for:

Liabilities

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Source: http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1569568/000107878215000426/f8k032415_8k.htm

Of course Angel Investor money keeps dribbling in making the amount of deficit even greater:

Shareholder Advances

Source: http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1569568/000107878215000426/f8k032415_8k.htm

Obviously, Stagecoach, Nevada 2005 and Georgia 2008 took a huge hit to him. Morgan Matthews movie, “Shooting Bigfoot,” certainly didn’t endear Biscardi to anyone except maybe to the people who make Snapple.

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Source: Shooting Bigfoot

The company’s two year cash flow has been,

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Source: http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1569568/000107878215000426/f8k032415_8k.htm

Kudos and salutations! The number’s don’t lie.

Till Next Time!!!

Squatch-D

Remember the Sykes study? You know the one that was being billed as going to be the one that defines Sasquatch, Yeti, Bigfoot?

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Geneticist Bryan Sykes

The study that dashed our hopes claiming that the Yeti was actually the reemergence of a fossil polar bear?

Well silently and off the BIG radar, some things about the Sykes have been revealed and they are not minor.


The Fossil Polar Bear

The crux of the study, at least in the Himalayas, was that the DNA collected on some of the samples belonged to a long thought extinct Polar Bear. A cryptozoological breakthrough if not necessarily the one anticipated. 

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List of samples tested by Sykes and results. (Credit: Royal Society Publishing)

But as always; hold the phone.  It appears an error was made.

In a letter to the Royal Society Publishing Organization, Sykes admitted to a  mistake by stating their GenBank search was in error, but now alluding that their discvovery was to the modern polar bear.

 

“Sykes and Melton acknowledged that their GenBank search was in error and but suggested that the hairs were instead a match to a modern polar bear specimen "from the Diomede Islands in the Bering Sea reported in the same paper”. They maintained that they did not see any sign of damage in their sequences and commented that they had “no reason to doubt the accuracy of these two sequences any more than the other 28 presented in the paper.”

Published Dec. 17th, 2014 – http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/282/1800/20142434

 

 

However while retesting the samples for replication done by Eliécer E. Gutiérrez, a researcher at the Smithsonian Institution and Ronald H. Pine, affiliated at the University of Kansas stated that the samples were genetic variants of brown bear near impossible to derive the difference between them.

 

By means of mitochondrial 12S rRNA sequencing of putative “yeti”, “bigfoot”, and other “anomalous primate” hair samples, a recent study concluded that two samples, presented as from the Himalayas, do not belong to an “anomalous primate”, but to an unknown, anomalous type of ursid. That is, that they match 12S rRNA sequences of a fossil Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus), but neither of modern Polar Bears, nor of Brown Bears (Ursus arctos), the closest relative of Polar Bears, and one that occurs today in the Himalayas… We have concluded that there is no reason to believe that the two samples came from anything other than Brown Bears.” 

Published March 16th, 2015 –

http://zookeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=4885%20

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Himalayan Brown Bear (Source: Wikipedia)

 

Meaning there was really  no breakthrough in Yeti research.

 


From Bad to Worse

Even more recent was an allegation made by colleagues of Dr. Sykes as reported in the U.K. Sunday Times by Science Editor Jonathan Leake.

“A GENETICIST at Oxford University whose new book claims to offer ‘the first scientific evidence on the survival’ of apemen such as the yeti and Bigfoot, has been attacked by colleagues who say the claims are nonsense and his research institute does not exist.”

March 29th, 2015 –

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/Science/article1537430.ece

 

 

According to an article on Retraction Watch entitled, “Bigfoot paper corrected because it doesn’t exist — the author’s institution, that is” quoted Leake stating Sykes admitted to his “white lie.”

"The paper gave Skyke’s affiliation as the Institute of Human Genetics at Wolfson College, Oxford. Sykes is a fellow of Wolfson but he admitted the institute was mythical. “The journal required some sort of additional address in the college and, hey presto, I became an institute!”

Source:

http://retractionwatch.com/2015/04/14/bigfoot-paper-corrected-because-it-doesnt-exist-the-authors-institution-that-is/

 

 

If this is true, with the above information what type of credibility does it lead to this study?

While people would consider Sykes “controversial,” every scientist out to put forth hypotheses into areas such as Cryptozoology, Ufology and Para-Anthropology, unless you’re towing the company (main-stream science) line, has been labeled as controversial. And in all science missteps are made such as the GenBank error.

However what I cannot condone, nor should anyone, is the acceptance of any untruth of any sort, any “white lie” or any misrepresentation to get published in a journal.

Has a familiar overtone doesn’t it?

Till next time,

Squatch-D

Quick Program notes

After taking some much needed time off from the blogosphere and had a lot of inner and outer reflections on our goals and studies here at Squatchdetective.com, some amazingly good things are beginning to happen and we are happily planning away at our 2015 research schedule now that this past winter has finally appeared to release most of its nasty grip upon us.

10270588_10152879239310979_6371615094837960539_n The team last fall planning night time activities

On another great note Squatchdetective Radio will soon be on the air once again as we have found a new home at BuzzSprout.com. Chris Bennett and I are quite excited to get back at it again.

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Now..the beef of the day

Someone brought up a good point to me the other day. I have been blessed in my life with a terrific family in so much as they accept what I do, and actually either participate or take interest in what I do between Bigfoot Research and my paranormal thing I do over at ExPERT.

There are many reasons why people get involved in Bigfoot Research, Ufology or Paranormal Investigation. For some it wasn’t ever planned, just a chance encounter which immersed them in their particular topic. Others because of an inane curiosity which needs to be satisfied. Others for a thirst of knowledge. Whatever it is, we have all come together with at least one commonality.

The battle for acceptance of loved ones in what we do.

Where the problems and toils begin for many researchers, is when some in their family becomes judgmental and critical. In my “older age” I have lost much patience for such.

Again I was blessed to have a parent, as my father passed away prior to this long foray into the Cryptid world and Paranormal, that was supportive. My father however also introduced me to this world and had quite an open mind to such mysteries.

My family always told me my father would have been proud to see what I have accomplished thus far. I am very modest, but my family dotes a bit much that I have been on TV, written books and does something very exciting.

To me its just having fun, a passion, friendships and some level of excitement. I have always stated that if you turn a passion into a career, then that is a life fulfillment. Although it is not a full time career, it still dominates a lot of what I do in my spare time. I am blessed to have a girlfriend right along side of me in my endeavors.

If what you do brings you joy (in multiple senses), and brings joy to some others (which is what we generally try to do here and especially in the paranormal field by helping folks), then that, is a special life of fulfillment.

Unfortunately some families that fail to see their own shortcomings because of a close minded, or “all knowing” approach, or throwing the “God Card,” as I call it. And criticize and even at times mock their loved one. That is a failure on their part not only in their own lives’ fulfillment but an injustice to those that they claim to love. Love is unconditional so should acceptance.

I have family with different political viewpoints than I, but I love them and accept their beliefs unconditionally. We may spar over these things, but it is respectful and never, “your ideas are a farce, or stupid.”

At the very least we try to understand the importance and meanings of our beliefs to each as an individual and accept them. 

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