Archive for October, 2012


Hmm…How do you find Bigfoot?

I like Mitch Waite (Former Air Force Major – Thank you sir for your service!)  alot, and he writes a very interesting article in his Examiner column, entitled “How to Find Bigfoot.”

Now this is not to knock him down, as he makes some great points in the article, which seem to point at a better suited title for the blog.

Mitch uses some clear ecological understanding of what motivates a Sasquatch, FOOD. More importantly points out to some of the food sources one might consider when  examining a potential Sasquatch environment:

An eight foot, eight hundred pound creature would need plenty of food. Their area must contain a large variety and quantity of food sources. Since most Bigfoot researchers believe Bigfoot to be omnivorous, the area must contain large quantities of edible plant matter as well as game to eat.

Some of the plants you can look for are fruit trees, berries, grapes, choke cherries, ferns, wild onions, pinion nuts, acorns, black walnuts, sweet grass, and much more. As far as animals go, look for deer, elk, antelope, javilina, bear, cows, dogs, cats, pigs, fish, and crayfish etc. You must also consider insect populations such as grasshoppers, crickets, and earth worms.”

But this article inspired me to write a little on my own, which Mitch, I thank you.

Since the beginning of  my research, I set out to get into the mind of a Sasquatch and try to think like they do. Studying and reading countless publications on primate behavior, including those penned by Dr. Jane Goodall and Dr. George Schaller.

What I came up was a model of getting near to where a Sasquatch or Sasquatches, consider their territory. I say near because, I do not like to encroach on their territory. Not only out of respect for them, but my own selfish need of not wanting them to be driven off as well, so I keep them in play.

But my answer to the original blog title is very simple. You DON’T find Bigfoot, they will find you.

What you can find is habitat’s suitable for conditions for a Sasquatch to exist, as well as finding, such as Mitch pointed out and using valid collected encounter reports this may be better upping the ante in perhaps having an encounter of your own.

Understanding the behavior in these reports and sightings, and what they mean in importance is the main topic of my book, “What Would Sasquatch Do?”

If you read encounter reports carefully and parse the data, this will take you to where their territory is, but do not enter it, if a friendly encounter is what you are seeking. Remember a Sasquatch is a member of the order of primates to which we as humans also belong to. It’s about respect and not upsetting the balance.

They will only do what they want to do. They along with every other creature in the world, demands control of the situation. So you have to make them at least think they are in control.

You need to attract their sense of curiosity. Then wait. Be alert, but not so much as act like a hunter, stalking about. Act casual. Creatures such as these are wise to understanding alert signals from other animals and creatures such as us. That’s why they are seen often at the outskirts of a campfire, or watching children play.

On having a firearm, a Sasquatch based on observation of hunters, may have a rudimentary knowledge that a firearm ( especially a long gun) is a weapon, perhaps even to be avoided.

I am a “No-kill” advocate, so I don’t recommend a firearm unless you are in bear country, even then I carry Bear spray, which is also an effective deterrent against other predatory animals as well.

The primate sense of curiosity is not in doubt and well on record,

Here’s a quote from “Behavioral Analysis of Mammalian Sleep and Learning.”

Published in Perspectives in Biology & Medicine, Autumn Issue,1969, pages 71-79 by University of Chicago Press, authored by David Bryson, M.D. and Stephen Schacher, M.D.

Most of the input classes of primates are learned, and the complex behavior of an adult primate requires a considerable repertoire of perceptual categories. Primates are often in the decision making mode, since they have so many behavioral acts to decide between, and since their tolerance for input variation during decision execution is relatively narrow.

Such variation is related to the phenomena of play and curiosity. These are common features of primate behavior, especially during development…”

Ahh..so the younger ones are the more curious. Well that article written some 43 years ago, coincides with the research and field data I have collected over the years.

To me this manner, allows both the Sasquatch’s natural curiosity, as we are their TV, to be fulfilled along with the person wishing to have an encounter in a friendly manner, without disrupting the Sasquatch’s territory, culture or habits.

I typically, abhor, letting the general public know everything about the Sasquatch I have learned. Because I can be dubious of their intent, and more likely their well being.

“Finding Bigfoot,” has been a great boon to the community, despite it not be a “research” show, but it is entertainment which in turn, allows the producers and networks that finance the show, income via advertisements. 

How is it a boon? Let’s put the science aside for a moment. Five years ago, most people thought Sasquatch, Bigfoot, call it what you may, was a joke or an oddity.

Today the general public are being educated, even if at minimum, that people are seeing these all over the place, and it is more commonplace that originally thought.

The show for the most part respectfully treats witnesses, and that’s good to see as well. Public opinion on the Sasquatch is starting to be swayed a bit. And any “up tick,” is a good one.

The downside is of course, more hoaxes, more misidentifications and more kids and people going into the woods looking for a Sasquatch some with, I’m afraid to say, with some dangerous actions yet to come, but hey that comes with the territory folks. It’s effects of the Sasquatch as a species, however can be viewed as a bit of a danger, given the fact that these people, who watch a TV show and then go out and try to be a seeker, may actually upset the species at a local or regional level.

But another upside, more sighting reports. People are opening up to reporting their encounters.

So take it as what it is.

Till Next Time,

Squatch-D

One of the more interesting stories are of when motorists purportedly hit a Sasquatch. One instance was a report from Louisiana which gained national attention on the Outdoor Channel’s “Mysterious Encounters.”

However one that skipped, at least under my radar, was one that occurred near Hollywood, Florida in 1974 R

On 1 A.M. on January 9th, 1974, the Florida Highway Patrol received a report of a man hitting a large, dark, 8 foot tall, animal at Hollywood Boulevard, approximately five miles east of US Route 27.

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The area of the incident as it appears today.

Today the area is abound with new houses, absent back at the time of the incident.

According to Trooper N.E. Johnson, there was damage to the front fender of the vehicle, but absent was blood, hair or fur.

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The area 4 miles from the accident scene, where a “very large animal” was seen limping down the road, by another motorist.

The story however does not stop there.

At approximately 3 A.M. a motorist reported seeing a “very large animal,” limping down the road side, 4 miles from the accident scene.

Police conducted a search, which lasted six hours, including the use of a helicopter but were unable to find the “animal” according to official reports.

One radio station reported that the police had the animal surrounded, and capture was imminent, however the police denied the report.

What I find interesting is the according to Johnson, they kept searching in fear it could have been a human, that was hit, however they had two reports within two hours that the official version states was an “animal.” 

Till Next Time,

Squatch – D

A gem from the past…

Doing some research this morning and I came across this article from the Vancouver Sun, dated Friday, April 26th, 1968

dahinden article 1968

Enjoy the quick read!

Till Next Time,

Squatch-D

The Final Word on Rick Dyer

*** 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.

Steve


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?

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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.

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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.)

From, TruthAboutDeception.com;

A Sociopath

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

Compulsive Liar

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…

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Motive: 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.

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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.

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“Dan Morgan” the name behind ShootingSasquatch…allegedly pictured here, lists his age as 61.


In Summary…

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,

Squatch-D

The proof is in…

This today posted on the ShootingSasquatch.com site:

proof

 

Of course Bigfoot Tracker LLC is…Rick Dyer!

 

Till Next Time,

Squatch-D

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