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Hoax-Spotting

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Something I study is criminology and psychology behind crimes. In this, I have observed a number of hoaxing characteristics and psychology behind them are very similar. Hoaxing is not necessarily a crime but the reason why it shares many common traits with certain criminal activities is that it relies heavily upon deception, concealment, misdirection and the air of trying to get away with something.

A great article came out a few years ago, “5 telltale signs of an online hoax”.

The article has some “real world” examples which I will provide if you wish in the future involving the Bigfoot Community. However, I would like to go into some detail on those points covered in the article.

1. Timelines don’t add up

“People perpetrating a hoax often have to construct a backstory in order to build credibility. This may involve creating a history for a company, person, or other entity. The farther back they go to establish credibility, the more likely they are to make mistakes.”

That is provided you are given a timeline. Many hoaxes lack a timeline which in of itself is dubious. I always say, “A picture, video and audio is only as good as the story behind it.


2. Names and people are problematic

“The names and people cited in hoaxes often have gaps in their history, and offer a very thin profile. This is because most of the time they simply don’t exist.”

The lack of any source material, lack of names and places aside from scene preservation should be suspect.


3. It appeals to a specific group or ideology or is too perfect

“Humans love to hear things that we already believe. It is immensely comforting for us to be told information that conforms to our existing beliefs and knowledge.”

As I have stated previously, there is always a target group. Whether it be particular organization or the community as a whole.


4. It has the trappings of authenticity

“A hoax has to find ways to convey a sense of credibility. Fake news articles often cite other media reports to back up their claims, but they will not link to these (non-existent) articles or they’ll simply inset links that go to the homepage of the website they mention. "

The term “con” is an abbreviated slang for confidence. Always remember that. A person’s charm, sincerity should be discounted in these situations because to sell a story, you have to be a salesman (or woman). 


5. It falls apart when you focus on the details

“Click all of the links, Google all of the names, reverse image search all of the images, run a Whois on the domains mentioned. This is how you’ll find the loose thread that untangles the whole thing. Every piece of information offered is a detail to be examined. Something that reads as real will quickly fall apart in the face of a few clicks and searches.”

Con-artists rely on our natural human nature to be trusting and on laziness to count on you taking their word, rather than doing your homework.


Motive

Now I would like to move on to motive. For every audience targeted there is a motivation behind the hoax. As the internet progressed it is difficult sometimes to get to the real motivation.

Let’s look at some of the motivational factors for hoaxing (From the Squatch-D Hall of Shame):

The Psychologically Needy Hoaxer 

  One who hoaxes due to a recent psychological event in their life such as divorce, being widowed, or general loneliness and do it for company and or attention. They need to feel special or have special abilities to a particular class of people and have to fell superior within that class. These are the folks we see constantly on Facebook live espousing their special abilities to communicate,  detect or otherwise be “in the know.” This type of hoaxing overtook the field over the Prankster or Jokester with the advent of Facebook live and YouTube. Often when facing critics they use the term “jealousy,” often because it questions their superiority.

    -Subclass:  The Unintentional Hoaxer 

 One who has a legitimate sighting and due to psychological effect of the sighting, every bump in the night becomes a Bigfoot. Often confused with misidentification, however differs due to frequency of misidentifications by the subject. The reason why this is a sub-class because it’s root cause is a psychological effect of a sighting on them.


The Prankster or Jokester

One who hoaxes for humor and enjoyment. There is a psychological need , however in some instances. While there is obvious parody, which should not be misconstrued as hoaxing, the person, as a prank, tries to hoax,  is trying to belittle others in some manner either privately or publicly. The hoaxer at times wants to feel superiority over a particular group. It should be noted that some parody can be utilized for the same purpose. This motivation can be muddled at this point, due to monetization of YouTube Channels however. But the main motivation is usually the former.


 The Profiteer

One who hoaxes in an attempt to garner financial gain either directly or indirectly. These are the folks which associate most with criminal traits. Narcissism, sociopathic tendencies among others can be at play. Remember a person who hoaxes for profit, is the same type of personality which others take with more defined “shortcuts” in life. They often espouse their position with overconfidence and power plays.


Hoaxing will always continue to plague the community. The more aware we are of how to research and understand some of the psychological factors and behaviors associated with hoaxing, the quicker we can put the garbage to the back of the line and focus on more genuine material being presented.

Be sure to catch Chris Bennett and I on Squatch-D TV Sundays 9PM Eastern, the “not clickbait” show where we present the truth…the good, the bad and the ugly!

See you Sunday!!!

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Well we thought this was pretty well quashed in 2017, when the duo behind the Sasquatch Ontario hoax had a falling out. Darryl posted on the internet a number of items outing his former partner Mike Paterson in some cases with overwhelming detail by providing evidence that the whole thing was a hoax.

 

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Of course it would appear that the two have patched things up and are moving forward again in the hoax. The motivations behind this were always clear with Paterson’s GoFund Me pages and now the creation of a website with a convenient “Donation” button.

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In actuality you are “donating” to an individual. Sasquatch Ontario is not listed on Canada’s Not- for-profit list. (https://www.amcnposolutions.com/directory-of-canadian-not-for-profit-associations/ontario-n-to-z/).

I mean that’s okay, it you’re legit, but there has been so much shade thrown at this hoax I know there’s a prince somewhere in Nigeria, willing to give you at least six figures if you put up a small amount of money via Money Gram.

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The biggest piece of evidence aside from Strumm outing the “Nephratia” voice was him outing the “Sasquatch Eye” picture circulated by Paterson. Anyone with common sense could have seen that the eye was that of a fish. Strumm confirmed this by providing a picture of the fish that was used in the creation of that particular hoax, conveniently mounted on the cabin where all of this alleged malarkey was occurring.

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Much, much more evidence can be found in the Hall of Shame at Squatchdetective.com.

What exactly has social media done to hoaxing you might ask, even when they are caught with their pants down? No matter how many times they are proven to be liars, frauds and charlatans, all they do is deny it, ignore it or have their minions attack.

Mr. Paterson is exactly one of those folks, as is a number of others such as LNP, Standing and their ilk. A few on the Hall of Shame, moved on and rightfully so after being exposed. But these guys preys upon new people and their ignorance of the history of the topic.

Paterson has engaged in attacking anyone on YouTube, using the Fair Use Doctrine to intimidate people and remove their videos. This of course is to make critical attack difficult over an ultra-cautious platform like YouTube.

There is no defense from Paterson, only intimidation, threats and insults. Well people know me all too well to let a hoaxer bully me. That’s because I play by the rules, but still manage to get my message out.

The only strength of his argument is to make the evidence of his hoax disappear. No rebuttal because there is not scientific or investigative methodologies behind his processes. (The lighter measuring the “track” is a great example. (Maybe someone should donate to him, a measuring tape via PayPal.)

Clearly shown in Guy Edward’s Stages of a Bigfoot Hoax:

Number 2: Defensiveness or Attack of Critics

As far a Strumm being back with him, sorry the cat was let out of the bag, with some very nice examples provided. It cannot be undone.

There will be much more on Squatch-D TV in the near future!  See copyright does not apply when you become so much a public figure like he has become via his website, YouTube and Vimeo channels. When you only use snippets of a particular work for the purpose of commentary and education copyright is out the window. So any copyright challenge will be appealed and when he loses the bully will have his own YouTube account in jeopardy for a false claim which will be pursued.

See it is all in the delivery. This will not be a personal attack on the person (s) involved.  It’s all about the facts!

On that note, sorry for some of the Technical issues lately on Squatch-D TV. We have the sound issue fixed and finally are broadcasting again to Twitter, Twitch and the websites.

We will see you this Sunday at 9PM Eastern on Squatch-D TV!

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Well this one comes from a source that at this time does not want to be identified, but I’ve looked into it and it was spot on!!!

First who is Khat Hansen? Over the years she has posted multiple pictures of herself, but apparently not of the same woman.

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But she did come clean on the use of the phony pictures, which isn’t hard to realize why when one of them was very easily found!

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Recording Artist Joan Wasser

Now first we have Khat claiming a previously identified hoax as one of her named Sasquatch. The previous hoax; The Shawn Bannon / Sequoia Bigfoot Hoax .

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Shawn Bannon / Sequoia Bigfoot Hoax

Now we come to this gem, where she is trying to lecture folks on how much she knows about the Sasquatch. This video completely exposes her as a fraud and I am sure the more digging we do the more examples we will find.

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Alleged Khat Hansen picture of “Brattis.”

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Vid Cap from the UK Telegraph (2009)

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Comparison of the 2 noting the foliage totally gives it away!!!

With a little cropping, aspect ratio adjustment and some filters she created herself a Sasquatch named Brattis from Amani the Gorilla.

Ms. Hansen, whoever she is has been conducting a long term hoaxing of people claiming to know things about Sasquatch and speaking as an expert under false pretenses has just earned herself a spot on the Squatchdetective Hall of Shame!


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All the credit goes to “Sweaty Yeti” from the Bigfoot Forums… (A special thanks to Andrew Webster and Joshua Kitzakaze for bringing this to my attention.)

Check out two pictures that Standing had circulated in the past as being a real Sasquatch…

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Sweaty Yeti, provided the community with a GIF that shows that it looks like a little manipulation is here at play.

 

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Notice the blur on the foliage which disappears or appears with however order you look at the pictures from?

It would also explain as we called in in 2010, the different angles of light sources. Either this Sasquatch was very photogenic or came into a studio for a photo shoot.

CGI layering folks looking like from composite photos or videos. The subject in the film is a clay model as evidenced by the following picture.

 

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Unless the upper lip separates from the nose, which it does NOT in a primate, guess what? That line should not be there. In fact in the close up you can see the lines of the layer of clay used to construct this fellow.

Fact is the method would have been to construct the face first and the nose would have been added in afterwards. All consistent with a clay model.

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Squatch-D

Well for most if you haven’t been under a rock you know that early this week Rick Dyer stated he had a live baby bigfoot in his custody. Did I believe it? Hell no! But then he crossed the line and called me out to see it if I can get to LAX (Los Angeles International Airport).

I was going to ignore the bluff, but by Wednesday hours after the challenge was issued, I received a call from “Jack” and “Jeff.” from Facebook Find Bigfoot. Apparently they had enough faith despite our prior differences to trust me to get to the bottom of things. They cashed in frequent flyer miles and booked me a round trip ticket, and promised whatever support I needed.

We spoke and they stated that Dyer’s claims were pretty incredulous, especially the asexuality of the creature, knowing that no mammal is asexual.

Then came Dyer so frantically trying to call it off. He knew I did not have access to my computer, and he set deadlines. Finally I read off a confirmation number to my flight, and told him when I’d be in, with one great discrepancy, I was arriving 3 hours earlier than I had told him.

Dyer in his arrogance opened it up to anyone else who wanted to come, and two good friends, who were sitting on the fence about Dyer’s claims, who lived in California decided they would go as well.

The previous day many were asking on Facebook if I was going to see the baby, I replied the same to Robert Lindsay in an interview on August 8th, “I’m going there to bust a hoax.”

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My ticket to LAX showing my 10:35 AM local time arrival.

I arrived at LAX at 10:35 AM PST, and began to rally backup. Suzy Matash and Bugs Mitchell were in. So I waited an hour and called Dyer at 11:36 AM PST.

Dyer stated he was on his way and would be there until 2:30 – 3:00PM. While that was going on via telephone, Bugs, Suzy and I devised a plan that we would not leave their vehicle behind, and we would follow Rick to where ever his “baby” was.

Meanwhile I decided to have a very nice Asian Chicken Wrap with spicy Thai peanut sauce at the Encounters Lounge at LAX.

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(Left) the Encounter’s Lounge and (Right) my view from my table.

At 2:36 PM I receive a phone call from Rick that he can’t pick me up, that he believes he will be followed if he goes to LAX and wanted me to take a $10 cab ride to the Hollywood sign where he was waiting to meet now. (In actuality with LA traffic it would have been about a $100 cab ride.)

He desperately wanted me to get a cab and eventually burn me as you can see by these desperate texts from him. Needless to say I had full control of the situation and was waiting for Suzy and Bugs, (Suzy was caught up in traffic). What follows is me stinging along Dyer for almost two hours.

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Chat log from 8/9/13 with Dyer, my texts are in green…all times are EST on texts.

I had no intention of playing his game, and once Suzy and Bugs arrived, we took the five minute trip to the Holiday when Dyer had lost his patience, believing I was in a cab and spilled the beans he was a no show.

Dyer never expected anyone to call his bluff. I did. So he devised a plan by saying he would pay for a cab to the Hollywood sign and leave me stranded there. Unfortunately for him I was wise to his game minute one.

When I call “Jack” back, he said, “Now we know, it’s all a hoax.” We had talked previously about Dyer not showing up if this was a hoax. He sounded relieved that it was over.

Jack told me to enjoy the night in L.A. Mission accomplished, and to take a visit to In & Out Burger which we gladly obliged!  

 

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Bugs and I enjoying a cocktail at the Holiday Inn Lounge, and the California Experience…In & Out, (give me a Double-double with cheese and onions!)

We decided to actually celebrate. Dyer had proven himself that he has nothing and many of his believers, or should I say former believers thought he actually had a baby. I never did, but then again I wrote a book on the man.

He started hoax, and called me out, fully expecting me to whelch. Then an ill conceived plan to strand me, which didn’t quite work out.

On another note, many thought FB/FB was involved in the hoax. But as I have stated that Dyer in 2008 was trying to target someone for a fall. In this round he targeted FB/FB, with a man named Allen Issleb who told another skeptic previously, he “wanted to destroy FB/FB.”

Well I believe they have vindicated themselves in this matter. They saw the light, but we all have made misteps along the way, and personally I wouldn’t want to give Dyer the satisfaction of doing anything he set out to do, let alone destroy FB/FB because of his sociopathic tendencies.

Another failure of Dyer is the fact he is a sociopath. In pulling this stunt, he proved to the world that he has nothing, AGAIN, but brought together friends, now good friends, from across the nation, who in turn had a great evening discussing Sasquatch research and making plans to reconnect in the future in research.

Yeah, he really pulled a fast one.

Now is the time to forgive FB/FB, I’m sure they are much the wiser, and trust me when I say they ARE genuinely nice folks, not just because they were the driving factor in getting me out there to call Dyer’s bluff. Remember this is Dyer’s fault more than anyone. More over it is time to forget the name Rick Dyer, Frank Cali, Musky Allen Issleb and his minions, what he has left anyway, and move on to research and more pertinent issues.

As a side note, tonight I will be on Monster X Radio 7PM EST. Guess what topic?

http://monsterxradio.blogspot.com/2013/08/ding-dong-hoax-is-dead-tonight-7pm-est.html

 

Till Next Time,

Squatch-D

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