Tag Archive: Bigfoot Dummy

Hey gang, well what a busy week it has been. I am beginning working on some more analysis of some national things going on so please stay tuned for that. Let’s see what I can come up with now.

One interesting side note over the last several days was the admission of Washington state prop maker, Chris Russell of making Dyer’s Dummy. Now mind you Chris is an innocent here. He knew nothing of Tricky Ricky and knew nothing of his intentions.

Chris has come forward and answered honestly, and I give a big thanks for that.



Chris Russell

There was mounting pressure on Russell for a couple of months to come forward.  Like I said on previous posts, Dyer leaves an indelible footprint on the web wherever he goes! But Chris is a man of honor and had signed an NDA.

When Ricks tour collapsed, and Dyer confessed to it being a dummy, he gave Chris the go ahead to break the silence.

Last night, Russell agreed to an interview with a Washington researcher, Laura Michaels who does an awesome job of getting the information. And thumbs up for Russell coming forward and answering questions. 

Here’s the interview:

LM: Ok guys. here it is. One thing Chris Russell did want me to say, is that he wanted this to be copied, shared, or whatever, with his exact words. Please don’t edit it at all. Thanks!

I sent him questions via email and he worked on the answers while working in his shop.

CR: This is part of the mold for Hank. He was sculpted in WED clay to look like " and old, poorly made taxidermy prop" per clients request.



This is what is left of the plaster mold. The rest of it went to the dumpster. Latex is the yellow color seen in the photo in the mold. I will pull out the casting of hanks face tonight and send photos.




HANK was made of polyfoam filled latex with latex paints and red camel hair glued on… intentionally to look like an "old poorly made taxidermy of a bigfoot nearly 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide at shoulders" at clients request to tour the country while filming of a movie for film studio I will not publicly name at this time.




I signed non disclosure agreements with Dyer LLC to keep this a secret until the code word PROJECT FOOTPRINT was said. I was only to answer phone calls from a number listed in my phone as project footprint.

The email correspondent during the project also gave that code word. Last night in a live audio / video chat revealing the truth behind "the hoax" Rick Dyer said that he cannot reveal the maker of the prop because they wish to remain anonymous I spoke up and said the code word and Rick spoke the code word and identified myself as the maker of the body known as Hank the bigfoot.

I was the person who told Rick from the beginning that I did not want to be involved in the film, credited for the prop building, leaked to media, or on camera for the film crew filming everything. I specifically requested no film crew at my studio on pick up day and that only two people come, Rick himself and one helper.

He contacted me last year inquiring about having a prop bigfoot body made. I did not know him or his name prior to the phone call. He asked about different styles of props and I discussed options and prices for his body from realistic silicone and punched hair to the flat back prop with glued hair that was chosen.

Within a couple of days of Rick picking up the body I began hearing internet buzz and news reports on Rick and his story.

Rick did send me drawings and images of bigfoot and asked me to recreate certain features in his prop like facial features, fur, feet etc..

Many of the features explained in your question were intended by myself, although some were just happy accidents due to the nature of casting latex and foam.

When Rick inquired about the prop he did ask if I could have it finished in December 2013. I accepted the job knowing I was booked on current projects that would be finished to allow time for Ricks project.

I was paid and put the job on the project board in the shop. Once I started the project it was sculpted, molded , cast, painted and haired within two weeks. Rick did not rush me, I agreed to finish the job by a certain time and I did.

Project footprint is the code word that Rick Dyer and myself used to communicate about the project. There was an agreement because of the top secret nature of the prop that we neither of us would speak to anyone about this unless the code word project footprint was spoken unless this was said I was to keep everything a secret and never admit involvement.

My phone had a phone number listed under project footprint that Rick would call me from and I also received emails with the code word project footprint and information about the project. Rick had initially said that we needed a code word to know if it was okay to talk about this and project footprint was my suggestion.

Rick did have one person with him who came into my studio and did see the prop knowing it was fake. I asked Rick to only bring one person into my studio with him and I was introduced to the person although at this point I do not remember his name but I believe that person to be Lynk according to his description.

(Steve Kulls note: Dyer tried to accuse Andrew Clacy of being there in his “100% truthful statement,” now we know, that was a lie!).

Rick and his associate came into the basement of my studio and I lifted the body made of latex and poly foam by myself and took it upstairs where Rick and his associate put it into the box added curtains around the edge of the box and the three of us pushed the box down the driveway into the back of his "Rick Dyer see bigfoot inside " trailer that was parked in front of my studio

LM: Although Rick has confessed to having the body made, he still claims he has at least one Bigfoot body…somewhere. Did he ever tell you, during any of your conversations, that he DID kill a Bigfoot?

CR: Rick has maintained throughout all of our correspondence that he did indeed kill a real Bigfoot yet needed a prop body to take on tour so that the real Bigfoot would not be stolen.          

                                                               —Chris Russell via Facebook March 29th, 2014


Petition to Charge Dyer

I know how these things work. We need REAL victims, ANYONE who has given money to Dyer and feels ripped off, to call the FBI directly.

There is a petition, started by a concerned individual, but unless you were a victim a petition just won’t haul is ass to court.

It may help a prosecution IF VICTIMS COME FORWARD, ARE WILLING TO TESTIFY and put this guy away.

But do your part anyway at least symbolically


Sneak Peek

Like I said I’m working on some things, but here’s a hint:



Camera angle and head only shot makes it look awfully similar to this:




Question is, if these are both Sasquatch as Standing claims, why so different?? We’ll have more in the near future.



Till next Time,


Hey gang, good times, good times!  In a super positive mood this week as a lot of things coming to fruition.

First, the move is on to a new Squatch-D HQ in March. The new facility should be the best biggest yet. So there may be a little quiet streak coming up the last week of February, first week of March.

Road trip anyone???

In March of course, there is the Cabela’s Rare, Strange & Unusual Sightings, at the Cabela’s in Tridelphia, West Virginia.

A totally free event, with Eric Altman, Billy Willard, Dave Dragosin, Doug Waller, Stan Gordon, myself and featuring Dr. Jeff Meldrum.


(Left) Myself, Eric Altman and Billy Willard at the Steve “Indy” Pickett Memorial Barbeque, Salt Fork State Park, Ohio and (Right) Dave Dragosin and myself at the East Cast UFO/Bigfoot Conference, West Moreland, Pennsylvania.

There will be a meet and greet panel on Friday March 14th, and the speaker series on the 15th and 16th. Admission is $0.00, FREE, GRATIS, etc.

Okay time for my shameless plug…will have copies of What Would Sasquatch Do”  available for purchase and of course anyone who has purchased one in the past bring it, and I will make sure it gets signed.

I know there will be some other vendor tables as well and it’d be a great time to get any of Stan Gordon’s books you may have signed and see if he’s got some new ones. Of course Dr. Meldrum will perhaps have his awesome, Sasquatch: When Legend Meets Science there as well.

Series Finales???

Rumors are abound that filming just wrapped for the series finale of Finding Bigfoot, which will air next year,I believe.



The rumor started when a local newspaper where they were doing what may be the final filming (Humboldt County), in a  Walla Walla, Washington paper ( I always love how that town sounds, kind of makes me wonder if the have a Walla Walla Wal-Mart in town).

Question is, did the newspaper misquote and say series finale instead of season finale. Shows are usually hush hush about whom announces the series finale. Sources around the web are leaning to, that’s it.

I will just sit and wait. Nonetheless I am a bit melancholy to see the program go. 

I know, I know, its just entertainment my colleagues say. I agree. But I am a “Squatcher,” and I like to be entertained. The show also opened the door, not only for the shenanigans by some on the down side, but on the good side, did make people a little bit more tolerable to the possibility of their being a Sasquatch.

Not to mention inspiring a future generation of kids, who seem to love Bobo, to keep an open mind and perhaps one day get in the field themselves, much the way The Legend of Boggy Creek was to me and countless others in the 70’s.

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Some of the inspirations that created generations of researchers and enthusiasts

Of course media and TV programming is the latter part of the twentieth century’s inspirations but prior to that we had countless books by the likes of John Green, Ivan T. Sanderson, John Keel, Dr. John Napier in the past which set the tone for new researchers.

Finding Bigfoot, having well survived its first season, like it or not, has made its mark in history and developing a new generation of researcher yet to come. Not bad. 

A curious note was that the news media was always neutral on the matter until we saw a drop off for about a decade in the late 80’s. Then they turned on us believers with bias. It would seem without adequate reminders that this mystery exists, the news forgotten most objectivity in the matter and now consider it a side show attraction.


Just my observations, but still no word on Bigfoot Bounty’s renewal, but considering the time it took to cast the previous time, and having my ear firmly to the ground, it doesn’t appear that Bigfoot Bounty will be coming back. There’s just been no real big buzz about it like the time Finding Bigfoot went “wheels up.” Spike did not appear to enthusiastic about the Bigfoot Bounty the way Animal Planet was about Finding Bigfoot.

Speaking of side show attractions…

Dummy Boy has hit the road, and is trying to find a venue in Phoenix  while he lays low near Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

Last week we showed you a post where Dummy Boy was selling his little trailer, stating he bought one appropriate for carnivals and fairs, and side shows for that matter. Well this picture turned up from somewhere, showing Dyer did indeed obtain a new, bigger trailer and is not eating the most nutritious food.


Dyer Watch 2014.

We all know about the venue he has at the end of the month in Houston, and people from reports have been deluging the venue to pull out of the deal. However, here at Squatchdetective.com, we will be having our sources doing their thing at the venue.

Sources state that Dyer’s tour may end in San Antonio near the end of May.

This week on Squatchdetective Radio

Radio2  This week we’re bring back Don Boucher, to NOT talk about dummy boy, but rather about Bigfoot research and Bigfoot in Montana. Join us 8PM EST on Squatchdetective Radio.


Till Next Time,


As our old pal Allen F. Issleb aka “Musky Allen” continues to stand by his story of seeing a “real”  bigfoot ala “Hank,” despite the dummy looking nothing like Issleb’s description, we came across a comment on Robert Lindsay’s Blog, which was deleted some forty minutes later, after Robert felt it was defamatory against Issleb.

Here’s the comment,

So yesterday we read that Team Tracker members are starting to doubt Rick, and 24 hours later there’s a new post with all this new information that just had to get out today? I’m sorry, this excessive amount of content in such a short time suggests serious damage control from Team Tracker, and much of what is there points to Musky, who is as good as Dyer at spinning yarns. (And the more I read, the more it looks like these Facebook guys really are in on it.)

How did these two sociopaths get together anyway? You know it wasn’t in group therapy. Robert, did you know the Illinois attorney general sued “Musky” Allen Issleb for scamming homeowners? That’s just a coincidence and not a window into his character and ability to present false scenarios? The top judicial officer in my state hasn’t sued me for anything lately. Has yours come after you?”

                                                                                                    Deleted comment on RL’s Blog

As far as FBFB is concerned, we must remember that RL’s sources have been extremely off their mark concerning Dyer. In fact I will speak with reps of FBFB today to see if there will corroborate RL’s claim that FBFB is now sponsoring Dummy boy.

Back to Issleb…In truth the Illinois Attorney General did in fact sue ole Musky for allegedly bilking $13K out of customers from his company, AFI Construction based out of Island Lake, Illinois. of course we know Musky had some brushes with the law back in 1997.




“…Last year, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office received more than 2,200 complaints from consumers caught in home repair scams. In fact, home repair fraud is the most common complaint among Illinois consumers. Because of the growing number of problems, Attorney General Jim Ryan announced Thursday that his office is filing lawsuits against 14 companies that allegedly did shoddy repair work or took money and did not work at all…Among those companies was…

…AFI Construction of Island Lake and owner Allen Issleb. Prosecutors claim the company bilked consumer out of $13,000 by doing shoddy work or no work at all. AFI also failed to inform consumers about their three-day right to cancel a contract…”

Source: http://www.nwitimes.com/uncategorized/attorney-general-hammers-home-repairs-scams/article_66fa68c3-38e6-5525-99b0-d53d7028a9d3.html

Remember Musky Allen IS Allen Issleb, not Redman or anything else.

Email:  A.Issleb@XXXXX.com

Again…here’s a High School Year Book picture…you tell me…


“The two Isslebs”

A Similar but sadder note…

Well I always promised “The good, the bad and the ugly.” But always the truth… well here it goes…

One of my long time idols Peter Byrne has had a run in with the law at age 88, in what authorities had claimed a 20 year long theft of benefits from SSI and Medicaid.



Peter Byrne

88 Year-Old Author Sentenced For Fraud


December 05, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. – A former resident of Pacific City was sentenced in federal court on December 3, 2013, for stealing more than $78,000 from the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS), and Medicaid.  Peter C. Byrne, 88, was sentenced to a three year term of probation and required to pay full restitution by the end of the week. Byrne pleaded guilty in August and admitted that between 1992 and 2012 he concealed from SSA and DHS his travels outside the United States and his compensation, while receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and food stamps.  Byrne had previously deposited $25,000 with the court for restitution and indicated he was prepared to pay the full balance by the end of the day.

According to documents filed by the government and Byrne’s admissions, Byrne began receiving SSI, a need-based benefit, in 1990 and was required to report to SSA certain travel outside the United States as well as his income and compensation.  Between 1992 and 2012, Byrne traveled outside the U.S. for more than 30 days at least 15 times, on some occasions remaining outside the U.S. for more than four months.  Between 2009 and 2012, Byrne also maintained bank accounts with Barclays of England and Wells Fargo where he held more than $85,000 at one time, and failed to disclose these bank accounts to SSA and DHS.  When Byrne was questioned by SSA and investigators in 2012, he failed to disclose all of his travels and assets.  When SSA asked to see his passport, Byrne advised that he had accidentally destroyed his passport by running it through the washing machine.

Investigators subsequently served a search warrant at Byrne’s residence and located financial and travel records, and his Will.  Byrne urged that the Will be kept confidential because he feared the Social Security Administration would come after his estate for benefits he unlawfully received.  Agents also located a copy of a letter from Byrne to Safari Press directing that any future royalties for his published books be sent to his girlfriend.  Byrne had previously been questioned by investigators whether he was receiving royalties for the books he had written on topics such as his search for Bigfoot and game-hunting in Nepal.  Byrne denied receiving royalties.

Prosecutors also noted that in the 1990s, Byrne had two previous overpayments of SSI because of unreported travel and assets.  Those prior overpayments had been handled administratively by SSA.

The Honorable Garr M. King stated that Byrne’s actions had been intentional and criminal, but agreed with the parties’ recommended sentence of probation primarily because of Byrne’s age.

The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Oregon Department of Human Services, and the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, and was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Helen L. Cooper, as part of a partnership venture between the Social Security Administration Office of General Counsel and the United States Attorney’s Office in Portland.

Source: http://www.justice.gov/usao/or/news/2013/20131205_byrne.html

Thanks to Pam Farley for the heads up.

What this does to this man’s integrity? Well only time will speak of such.

The DOJ’s report is pretty condemning, but considering the amount and the time span, it amounts to about $325 a month in benefits that he was getting that he wasn’t supposed to.

But also consider he coughed up $78K in a week to pay restitution. 

I think I need a few days to process this one before it makes any sense.


Till Next Time,


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