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RIP Dallas Gilbert

Sources have told me the extremely sad news that Ohio Bigfoot researcher Dallas Gilbert has passed away.

Dallas along with his best friend an research partner Wayne Burton, had been featured on their autobiographical documentary, “Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie.”

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Sadly Wayne had lost his wife earlier this year, now he has lost his best friend.

Although some of Dallas’ evidence may not have stood up to some of the community standards, every once in a while he came up with some very interesting photos.

One thing that was always certain of Dallas however, he believed in everything he did and had a great big heart.

Every once in a while I would hear from Dallas and he was always so enthusiastic about doing research. That enthusiasm existed throughout his life and never strayed.

He will be missed. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife and family and to Wayne.

Keep on Squatchin’ my friend.

Till Next Time,

Squatch-D

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Fallen Stars

Today is a sad day. That’s because one year ago marks the tragic ending of a pair of paranormal investigators made famous for their appearances on Ghost Adventures.

 

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Too often in our lives there are things that go on behind the scenes, that public folks, and yes I suppose I am one of them in circles, that some who cherish their privacy.

What most people didn’t know, myself included, was Mark and Debbie were estranged, and there were allegations Mark was abusive, however there were some reports Debbie was as well.

Previous to what I am about describe was an altercation between them about a month or two sooner which culminated in both their arrests for domestic violence.

Either way, on September 22nd, 2015, Mark went to Debbie’s apartment, shot and killed the man present there and kidnapped Debbie and took her to where he had ben staying. It turned into a standoff with the police, ending when Mark shot Debbie, killing her, and turning the gun on himself.

We take this time to remember domestic violence is a horrible thing. All too often we know someone in this situation. Take the time to help. The tools they need can be found here at the National Domestic Abuse Hotline:  http://www.thehotline.org/  or can call toll free at 1-800-799-7233


Penn State Grad in the pen.

Now lets move to a more current and fluent situation going on. The Ryan Buell arrest. Ryan was the team leader, narrator and Star of Paranormal State, which aired on A&E beginning in 2007. The show had a short run and ended abruptly.

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In 2011 Ryan Buell revealed he had pancreatic cancer and at the same time he began a tour. Unfortunately people shelled out $80K (source: ABC11.com)  in prepaid ticket sales. But venues were never contacted or booked, plane tickets never booked for the people appearing on the tours. And people had to fight to get refunds. Some did, some claim they did not.

Now let’s remember, in the United States people are innocent before being proven guilty by trial. On August 25th, 2016 Ryan Buell has been accused of two felony counts of receiving stolen property and theft of leased property and one misdemeanor charge of theft of services.

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The complaint was signed on September 14th, 2016 the complaint was signed and a Magistrate ordered the arrest of Buell which was completed in Buell’s home town in Wake County, North Carolina on September 18th, 2016 and Buell now sits in jail awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania where the alleged crimes occurred.  The agency that took the complaint was the Penn State College Police Department. 

According to Buell’s mother he does not suffer from cancer.

"He’s ill, but not from cancer. His family knows the REAL story. You all need to stop believing his lies and stop enabling him….PLEASE."

Source: http://abc11.com/1520780/

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What seems to be the majority opinion is that there is a drug addiction issue here.

In an earlier Facebook post, Buell’s friend and Paranormal State director and co-star Chad Calek wrote:

“In regard to Ryan’s “condition”, after reading Ryan’s Mother’s plea to the public, I would be truly surprised if anyone at this point is unaware that Ryan is suffering from addiction. This isn’t anything new. This has been going on, at different levels, with different substances, for as long as I’ve known Ryan.  Like many of you, over time I had also come to suspect that Ryan was not suffering from pancreatic cancer for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, it appears as though my suspicions were correct, as I just learned from reading his mother’s message that Ryan does not have cancer, as his mother states this as a fact in her public plea for help. I don’t know if this means that he never had cancer, or that he is now currently cancer-free.”

Source: http://www.livinglifeinfullspectrum.com.au/general/ryan-buell-the-lies-and-deception-of-a-celebrity-ghost-hunter/

It appears Calek has removed that post and posted an extremely long post, befitting what a good friend does, documenting his journey with Ryan on Paranormal State and vowing his loyalty to him. Although there are areas of the post where he agrees Buell has fallen.

If anyone hasn’t seen recent pictures of Buell, his transformation is stunning:

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(Left) Mugshot after arrest in North Carolina, (right) on a recent Twitch cast, source: PRS Bureau Facebook page

Either way, here is a sad sight regardless of the veracity of the allegations against Buell. There is a track record of Buell mishandling monies, and blowing off his fans and disappearing. And of course the facial transformations. All the hallmarks of someone with an addiction problem.

In my opinion, eliminate the addiction and you eliminate the problems that surround not just your health, but your life as well.

The sad thing is how amazing that despite the numbers of people having addiction problems, there is no national number to call for help for drug addiction. Most of the places, the first thing they will ask is, “What insurance do you have?”

Unfortunately substance abuse doesn’t excuse actions, which if they are proved to be true in court, he will have to face up to that and rightfully so.

At any rate, we do hope that Buell gets the help he needs and turns his life around.

Remember, folks on TV are people too. They can slip and fall. It’s all about how you pick yourself up.


Another note, I hope to see some friends at the Whitehall Sasquatch Festival this Saturday (Sept. 24th) in Whitehall, New York and at the ScareFest in Lexington, Kentucky Sept 30th – Oct. 2nd, 2016. Good times…good times!

Till Next Time,

Squatch-D

One of the toughest tasks to overcome in the cryptid world is ignorance. Now there is also a fringe of this element that goes on in the paranormal world that is applicable as well. (The folks that are holier than thou thinking paranormal investigation is the “devil’s work.”)

So first let me say this disclaimer, Folks who have followed me for years know what I am about. In 2009 when we released Squatchdetective.com 2.0, we issued what I called the Five Tenets of Bigfoot Research. It was OUR mission statement.

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First let me explain the Five Tenets.

Tenet 1: Keep an open mind.

By keeping an open mind it allows you to see what others may miss.

In living that, we should live that everywhere all the time. A closed mind not only makes blind to what may be going on around us, but also stymies us from life fulfillment. If I did not have an open mind, I would have never gotten into this field. It does not mean you cannot have preconceived notions, just that you should be flexible to change and challenge your own thoughts and thought processes.

 

Tenet 2: Remain objective

An open mind does not mean compromising reality.

Just because we have an open mind does not mean proven logic and science are thrown out the window. They still apply. An open mind with no barriers is fantasy. Objectivity is the perimeter that we must keep at all times. The beauty is, that works both ways.Objectivity and Open Mindedness are not antagonists, they work hand in hand in solving problems.

Tenet 3: Always tell the truth

Honesty is the best policy, never be afraid to report results that are negative towards your quest.

Here is the hitch-pin of what we do. What would we be if we weren’t honest not only with the public, but with ourselves? A person is only born with one integrity. Should it be compromised, you might as well hang up your trail cams. When I got into this field, I thought it was going to be ALL debunked. Little did I know. If you make a mistake, admit it. Don’t try to cover it up, or blame others. Nobody is perfect. To err is human. Embrace it. If you are in it for the glory, a sociopath, a hoaxer, or so self absorbed, throw this Tenet out the window.

Tenet 4: Responsibility to educate

Educating the public about the phenomena is a responsibility not an option.

We must do this. Not to advance our cause, or convince people what we believe in, they should believe in. But rather they understand the platform in which we come from is not one from silly thought, fantasy nor open mindedness without the barriers of objectivity, but rather from experience, science and solid investigative work. It is also a must to negate all the falsities and misconceptions that are said of the phenomena that casts a bad light on us as a collective.

 

Tenet 5: Expose the charlatans

Part of education is exposing the harbingers that bring junk science and misnomers to the world of Bigfoot research.

This is part of our job as well. We must stand for the truth, and when falsities and the truth are not vigorously defended, it is submission to the lies, hoaxers and misconceptions that are told of the phenomena. By saying nothing, you are standing for nothing.

 


Dealing with ignorance

Now first let me speak of something. When I posted the last blog, someone whom I had once known got on there and said I am fixated with the subject of  the last blog. We all should be. Why? Because he is still trying to get money from people, in his latest reinvention, for reasons as he explained in the past. More of the same. I didn’t fixate on him, the mainstream media did.  It wasn’t like I was looking to write another article on him, but to ignore what was said in the media would be a violation of Tenet 5.

Second, this person,  placed it on my fan page. I am sorry but that is just plain rude. He said something about me baiting him on Squatchdetective Radio over something not even related to the matter, which shows the man’s pettiness and why he has been blocked for years on my personal page. I guess asking tough questions is “baiting.”

This man, whom once called me and asked my opinion of the prior. I told him my opinions and shared some facts just after writing or in the process of writing my book on the topic: “ Fifty Large.”

His response? To get angry with me, and work with him anyway. Well, if he didn’t like what I was going to say, or value it, then why ask other than to run back to the prior and stir up trouble. Needless to say months later he called me and told me he had been burned by him. Sorry not even a crocodile tear; you were warned.

 

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Mind you he joined with this Hall of Shamer,  after the 2008 hoax the prior was involved in, and after he had announced his retirement from making films on cryptids, because of hoaxers, liars, etc.

So who does he turn to? Who does he think he really fooling?

What he wanted was a film award, and admitted  that to me, during the fateful day’s discussion. That’s why after announcing his “retirement” he went to the first inductee. The shot at getting the prestigious Pocono Mountain Film Festival Award. Hence…glory.

Today, by the looks of it, he still hasn’t retired, after making the rude and “lies by omission,”  comments under the guise of nicety, on my fan page. My social platforms are MY social platforms so since he has announced his retirement, many years ago, I felt obliged to retire him from his obsession with what I write.

Typical of this man’s tender ego, despite me not even naming him, I expect an email, or blog comment for approval blasting me for not being, “nice” as he put it. This guy has a habit of trying to get lawyers to shut people up about anything negative. Sound familiar?

Reference:

Look towards the bottom of the page for the story, Legal Beagle:  https://squatchdetective.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/is-it-me-or-is-this-year-a-bit-quiet/

Let’s see if reverse psychology works on this guy. 

Well when people deceive, have deceived, and having seen it firsthand, funny how facts aren’t “nice.” Sometimes, as I am with this guy, I am tired of being nice. I won’t even go into his junk science film.

But ignoring the habitual hoaxers is a mistake. It allows them to build steam, and invalidates Tenet 4. That’s why we do it. And if it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, I understand. They’ll be other blogs on other days.

I am not writing this blog for glory or popularity and definitely not money. I write this because it is how I feel and fulfillment of Tenet 4.

Mind you I do appreciate all the kind words over the years of me giving you my thoughts and calling them like I see them.

This blog is “Thoughts from the Squatchdetective,” so I get not everyone appreciates every thing I write. But what I do know is that some appreciate all, some appreciate some, and probably some appreciate none.


Squatchdetective Radio Update:

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Hey folks apologies to all, but Beyond Borders Paranormal Radio Network, has experienced severe technical difficulties resulting in the suspension of all network shows until a better delivery platform can be arranged. We thought originally this would be a shorter hiatus than it has been, but everyone hold tight, we’ll be back soon enough.  — Steve & Chris

 

Till Next Time,

Squatch-D

Fifty Large to $221.00?

What I took as a scathing article appeared on People.com regarding Tom Biscardi’s public venture, “Bigfoot Project Investments, Inc. (BFII), Stock Ticker BGFT listed on NASDAQ, which referenced a CNBC article, but more on that in a minute.

A Quick Recap…

As mentioned in an earlier blog, Bigfoot Project Investments is the parent company of “Searching for Bigfoot,” where allegedly the so called “Godfather” of Bigfoot, (ahem) is making his farewell tour and is allegedly turning the reins over to his son TJ. What I suspect and will make this prediction, is that the elder Biscardi at the very least will still remain in charge of Bigfoot Project Investments as its CEO, thus still being in charge of SFBI’s parent company.

According to the latest SEC filing, this appears to be the case,

“As of July 25, 2016, Carmine T. Biscardi, owns 58.92% of the outstanding common stock. As a result, Mr. Biscardi currently possesses and will continue to retain significant influence over our affairs.”

Source: https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1569568/000107878216003202/s1080516_s1.htm

Much of my material on SFBI and it’s leader, De Facto or not can be read here

The Big “Whoops”

Sometimes being a publicly traded company can open up some eyes to the actual reality versus the “preached” reality of a business. In this case the parent company of SFBI.

The article contended that somehow, BFII had a market capitalization of $10 Billion.

“Market capitalization refers the total dollar market value of a company’s outstanding shares. Commonly referred to as "market cap," it is calculated by multiplying a company’s shares outstanding by the current market price of one share. The investment community uses this figure to determine a company’s size, as opposed to using sales or total asset figures…

Large-cap companies typically have a market capitalization of $10 billion or more. These large companies have usually been around for a long time, and they are major players in well-established industries.”

Source: Market Capitalization Definition | Investopedia

According to CNBC.com,

“In its filings with the SEC, Bigfoot says its stock became eligible for trading on June 28, 2016, on the OTC Bulletin Board, but as of July 29 the stock had not yet begun trading. Still, this week FactSet listed a current share price of $50.01 for BGFT. That, multiplied by the number of shares outstanding (more than 200 million) gives the $10 billion figure for market capitalization.

It’s not clear where the $50.01 stock price came from.

What is clear is the tale of BGFT highlights the strange distortion effects that can happen in the pink sheets netherworld, a mysterious place where the metrics investors use to value companies such as market capitalization can lose all meaning in a haze of accounting fiction.

Market capitalization is a fine way to measure big, widely traded companies. But for a firm like Bigfoot, it doesn’t make any sense at all. A $10 billion valuation puts Bigfoot on a par with Xerox, Discovery Communications and Gap — well-known companies with massive assets and popular products.

(BFII), by contrast, lists current assets of $221 in cash along with 73 original casts of Bigfoot footprints, a 109-inch skeleton and a rubber suit from a 2008 Bigfoot hoax.”

Source: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/17/the-mystery-of-how-a-company-set-up-to-search-for-bigfoot-hit-a-10-billion-value.html

It is nice to know that I have more cash on hand than BFII. But in reality and what the other two news organizations failed to realize is that the $221 was a 2015 figure not the 2016 figure which lists cash assets as 19K on hand and a 2K money market account.

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But where did that money come from? Was it from revenue? No. It likely seems it came from a $81K from an advance from Shareholders.

“In the year ending July 31, 2015, shareholders advanced additional funds in the amount of $22,633. In the nine-month period ending April 30, 2016, shareholders advanced additional funds in the amount of $ 21,626. The balances of Advances from shareholders were $81,341 and $59,715 as of April 30, 2016 and July 31, 2015.”

Source: https://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/viewer?action=view&cik=1569568&accession_number=0001078782-16-003007&xbrl_type=v#

 

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This brings us again to the problem of at the time SFBI’s own self inflated, self worth, estimated by as the 2008 business plan stated, “by none other that Tom Biscardi himself, the world’s leading authority on Bigfoot.”

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Not to mention the fact that in 2006, SFBI had posted they never disturbed the skeleton, taking only a few artifacts from the grave site, after receiving a backlash from the Bigfoot community, discussing the legality over disturbing a gravesite let alone removing it without government permission.

Here is that statement direct from the SFBI website at the time:

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So where is the lie? If anyone has seen the original “Bigfoot Lives,” they most certainly are not just observing it, as we see TJ Biscardi in the gravesite brushing dirt. 

Biscardi stated he did not believe the the 10 Billion dollar evaluation stating, “Someone doesn’t have their facts right.” The SEC filing would agree with that statement.

2008: 17 Million / 2015: 27K

The real value of BFII is clearly seen on the balance sheet provided by an audit firm, also can be found from the sourced SEC filed document listed above. A far cry from the self appointed 17 million dollars it tried to portray to investors.

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Caveat Emptor

A big caveat emptor for their stocks is also another quip from the CNBC article:

“…it (BFII) is what’s known on Wall Street as a "pink sheets" firm. That means it is an over-the-counter stock traded in the OTC’s least-regulated and least-scrutinized market. On its website, OTC Markets describes the pink sheets market as home to penny stocks, shell corporations and "distressed, delinquent, and dark companies" that are not able or willing to provide adequate information to investors.”

Source: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/17/the-mystery-of-how-a-company-set-up-to-search-for-bigfoot-hit-a-10-billion-value.html

 

The People.com article was even less flattering:

“Biscardi’s company (stock ticker: BGFT) was registered in 2013 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It’s currently what’s known as a "pink sheets firm," which means it’s in the same category as penny stocks, shell corporations and other less-than-savory investments…The valuation quickly disappeared under scrutiny, as OTC Markets made a "courtesy call" to its data vendor after CNBC called them.”

Source: http://www.people.com/article/tom-biscardi-bigfoot-hunting-company-valued-10-billion

According to Investopedia, “”Pink Sheet” stocks are to be bought with caution.

“Investors should be aware of four cautions. First, most OTC stocks do not meet the minimum requirements for most exchanges and do not file with the SEC. Therefore, credible and reliable fundamental data are not available for analysis. Second, historically Pink Sheets stocks are penny stocks and are often near-insolvent companies. Third, some stocks are illegitimate shell companies set up to scam investors by issuing press releases, and having “analysts” promote the stock and issue more worthless shares. Fourth, Pink Sheets only has one requirement for a company to list – a company needs to have one market maker (broker) quoting its stock. The listing companies do not have to provide any financial information at all.

One common scam involving OTC investors is the pump and dump scheme where promoters buy penny stocks, promote and push up the prices for other investors and then dump their stocks while the late investors are stuck with worthless stock that they overpaid to own. These stocks are often promoted in spam emails or on message boards and blogs.”

Read more: Use Caution Trading Pink Sheet Stocks | Investopedia

Well that’s my stock market lesson and tip for the day!

Till Next Time,

Squatch-D

I started using the original video for analysis rather than using the picture circulated on the internet. Strangely the pareidolia aspect of it comes into perspective.

 

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Very clearly now you see a leaf which at  this angle is visible. The shadowing at another angle gives it the effect of looking like a face.

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Till Next Time,

Squatch-D

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