*** To the armchair pundits whom hide behind initials or anonimity ***
The article was removed for which I had to wait to formulate some thoughts on. In other words I had “sleep on it.” The interim removal was necessary, because it needs a little more information and some caveats.
Update October 6th, 2012:
I had a conversation last night with Dyer:
Dyer admitted to :
- Shooting the tent video.
- His “damning evidence against me,” was going to be just made up.
- Stated the reason for putting “evidence” out there under a pseudo organization was because no one would believe him if he did it under his name.
- There is no “Dan Morgan” of ShootingSasquatch, he created the identity.
Now there was a lot of things in the conversation that did not add up. I am wise to the ways of mixing some truth with some fiction to make a BS story sound credible.
If the tent video has ANY credibility, then time will tell, with Dyer’s storyline. I for one, don’t think its real, but who knows? I cannot put boots on the ground, or even know the location. So certainty is out the window, however history always points to the truth.
Obviously my post hit home with Dyer. In our conversation he asked me, “What’s it going to take for you to take it down?”
My reply, was nothing. I’ll take it down. Because there was a private conversation, not for the record, that told me as an interviewer / interrogator, I hit close to home.
Plus, I don’t want any favors from him, exchanges or what as viewed upon as mutual cooperation.
If he wants peace, then he has the first move to keep it. The article was in direct response, to an action he started by personally attacking those whom exposed the video as coming from him.
Exposing the source was not personal, it’s our business.
In my work in the field of rehabilitation of folks, particularly those with developmentally disabilities, we cannot hide what is known to be at least partially true.
Since 2008, I have studied what motivates most hoaxers, and it turns out to be psychological needs.
Dyer believes this blog was an attack. No, it is an educational piece. Since he was on the receiving end, I can understand those feelings, but instead he should use it as education as well. My intent is not pain, but learning.
And if it is pain he sees, then I gently suggest that regardless of those feelings, that we are all culpable for our proven actions. Again he should see this is a tool for better behavior.
I kept my promise and took it down, but it has to return for the sake of the Bigfoot community, and education. Ethically, I’ll admit it was wrong to remove the piece. Perhaps because I am generally too nice a person.
Dyer had his radio show last night and apparently kept the conversation civil. We applaud that.
But this is not a caveat for people to feel sorry for Dyer. He is not insane and knows the difference between right and wrong. Hopefully he can stick to his facts without diatribe, as we in the Bigfoot community do the same.
As part of my ethics, I will inform Dyer that the post has be returned via telephone today.
People ask me if I hate Dyer or hoaxers. The answer to that is no. I am very clinical in my dealings with these matters. So should we all. As an investigator, if I hated every white collar criminal, I’d go insane. We too in the Bigfoot community should be far less “haters” and more clinical.
The person I have no time for however, is the one from Menlo Park, let me be clear on that. But truthfully, that’s it. It does the soul no aid in carrying vendettas, hatred or ill-will. That’s not what Bigfoot research is about, it’s about Bigfoot.
The Final Word on Rick Dyer
You know, Rick Dyer can espouse any garbage he wants. I appreciate folks telling me, he’s publicly stating he’s going to attack me along with everyone else that busted the Camper/Tent video hoax he tried to spring under an alias.
What version of the story is it this time?
What he’s really thinking: “I keep talking, but no one is listening
…and the ones that do, don’t believe me.”
If anyone doubts the true version of events, and about an event that is ancient history, well they can read what Matt Whitton had said to me in a taped interview after his departure from his “friend” Rick Dyer. Dyer thrives in attention. He doesn’t care if its good or bad.
That’s Dyer’s beef with me. I have not accepted him trying to go “legit.” Nor gave him attention while he was trying to act, “legitimate.”
Neither does the Bigfoot community. Nothing he says or does will ever be taken seriously. (Not our fault Rick…that’s yours.)
See, if you read “50 Large,” you learn in one example that there is little honesty about Rick Dyer, an internet car salesman, whom during the course of investigation was shill bidding his autos on EBAY to inflate the prices of his cars for sale.
Feedback left on profiles of his own accounts by his shill accounts
But why does he do this?
People often ask why does he do this? The answer is complicated and one we will not get the answer too quite easily.
What ever it is, it is likely because of some emotional trauma he suffered somewhere down the line in his life. Maybe during his stint in the Army or his short tenure as a Corrections Officer in Georgia. Whatever it was it caused some inadequacy, or social awkwardness. Maybe early in life caused by his stutter, which as an adult he seems for the most part to have in check.
He is, for all intensive purposes, an internet bully. If we look to Bullyonline.org, we see some of the tactics bullies use that Dyer tries so desparately to employ:
The emotionally immature person, however, has low levels of self-esteem and self-confidence and consequently feels insecure; to counter these feelings of insecurity they will spend a large proportion of their lives creating situations in which they become the center of attention. It may be that the need for attention is inversely proportional to emotional maturity, therefore anyone indulging in attention-seeking behaviors is telling you how emotionally immature they are.
Attention-seeking behavior is surprisingly common. Being the center of attention alleviates feelings of insecurity and inadequacy but the relief is temporary as the underlying problem remains unaddressed: low self-confidence and low self-esteem, and consequent low levels of self-worth and self-love.
Insecure and emotionally immature people often exhibit bullying behaviors, especially manipulation and deception. These are necessary in order to obtain attention which would not otherwise be forthcoming. Bullies and harassers have the emotional age of a young child and will exhibit temper tantrums, deceit, lying and manipulation to avoid exposure of their true nature and to evade accountability and sanction. This page lists some of the most common tactics bullies and manipulators employ to gain attention for themselves. An attention-seeker may exhibit several of the methods listed below
(Listed below are the symptoms Dyer exhibits)
- The mind-poisoner: adept at poisoning peoples’ minds by manipulating their perceptions of others, especially against the current target.
- The drama queen: every incident or opportunity, no matter how insignificant, is exploited, exaggerated and if necessary distorted to become an event of dramatic proportions. Everything is elevated to crisis proportions. Histrionics may be present where the person feels he is not the center of attention but should be.
- The feigner: when called to account and outwitted, the person instinctively uses the denial – counterattack – feigning victimhood strategy to manipulate everyone present, especially bystanders and those in authority.
- The busy bee: this individual is the busiest person in the world if his constant retelling of his life is to be believed. Everyday events which are regarded as normal by normal people take on epic proportions as everyone is invited to simultaneously admire and commiserate with this oh-so-busy person who never has a moment to himself, never has time to sit down, etc. He’s never too busy, though, to tell you how busy he is.
- The organizer: He may present himself as the one in charge, the one organizing everything, the one who is reliable and dependable, the one people can always turn to. However, the objective is not to help people (this is only a means to an end) but to always be the center of attention.
Now lets look at Narcissistic Personality Disorder, defined by Bullyonline.org as:
- A grandiose sense of self-importance. (BEST BIGFOOT TRACKER IN THE WORLD)
- Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.
- Believes that he or she is “special” and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions).
- Requires excessive admiration.
- Has a sense of entitlement, ie: unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations.
- Is interpersonally exploitative, ie: takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends.
- Lacks empathy and is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
- Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her.
- Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.
Let’s look at some differences between a compulsive liar versus a sociopath. (I know some here feel that labeling someone with a mental disorder is a little out of line for me. However, in interrogation and interview schools we were briefed on the symptoms and signs of a sociopath, because interrogation and interview psychological models do not work with them, which is a big reason why you will NOT get a confession from Dyer using such.)
A sociopath is typically defined as someone who lies incessantly to get their way and does so with little concern for others. A sociopath is often goal-oriented (i.e., lying is focused – it is done to get one’s way). Sociopaths have little regard or respect for the rights and feelings of others. Sociopaths are often charming and charismatic, but they use their talented social skills in manipulative and self-centered ways
A compulsive liar is defined as someone who lies out of habit. Lying is their normal and reflexive way of responding to questions. Compulsive liars bend the truth about everything, large and small. For a compulsive liar, telling the truth is very awkward and uncomfortable while lying feels right. Compulsive lying is usually thought to develop in early childhood, due to being placed in an environment where lying was necessary. For the most part, compulsive liars are not overly manipulative and cunning (unlike sociopaths), rather they simply lie out of habit – an automatic response which is hard to break and one that takes its toll on a relationship
In reviewing the definitions, it would seem Mr. Dyer would fall into the Sociopath class.
Lets face it….last year he was saying this to try to gain attention…
That in addition to, “the men in black stole my Bigfoot,” “I have permission from the Canadian government to shoot a Sasquatch,” and so on and so forth.
This past year Dyer got attention when his RV went up in flames.
The easiest and most effective way of dealing with Dyer is to ignore him, block him and do not play into his games.
FACEBOOK ALERT: Dan Morgan IS Rick Dyer.
“Dan Morgan” the name behind ShootingSasquatch…allegedly pictured here, lists his age as 61.
The purpose of this blog is not to give Dyer any attention, but rather to show why we SHOULDN’T give him any attention.
So if people want to know where I stand…
What I see here is a sad person. Sad that his only contribution to the world is a series of lies and venom, manipulation and slander when challenged or exposed.
He is a person in need of help. While he may seem and act happy, I know he’s a person inside who is very troubled. But he’s a person hard to like for those reasons.
When I wrote “50 Large,” every fact was cross checked and confirmed by more than one source.
As far as Dyer on shows and trying to create a buzz…
I will not participate and he is DEFINITELY not invited to call in my show EVER for any reason, because one, I have nothing to say to him and two he has nothing to say that is relevant or important to Bigfoot research.
Till Next Time,