Saturday, October 8, 2011

Finally! A Journalist Does Real Research on Tom Biscardi

Before we praise Paul Gackle of The San Francisco Examiner for doing real journalism. We have to give Tom Biscardi accolades and credit. No one can write a press release like Tom Biscardi. Tom Biscardi must be the William Shakespeare of press releases. How else do you explain the newest coverage of his BBC expedition. How can a man claim to have a bigfoot body twice (once in 2005 on Coast-to-Caost AM and then again on CNN in 2008), fail to produce evidence, and then continue to get legitimate news coverage? In all fairness during both cases he claims he was hoodwinked. He was the victim of a hoax.

We asked a similar question in a previous post titled, "Why Don't Journalist Just Google Todd Standing?"

In that post we displayed what Google users think of Todd Standing--or at least what they type when searching for Todd. We showcased Google's well-known feature called "Google Suggest" or "Auto Complete". Start typing in a search, and Google offers suggestions before you’ve even finished typing.

Here are Todd's results (The second suggestion includes the word Hoax):

What are the results for respectable bigfoot researchers?

Now, for Tom Biscardi: (Similar to Todd, the second suggestion is Hoax)

This brings us to a refreshing article by Paul Gackle of The San Francisco Examiner. Mr. Gackle seem to have done more than reprint the press release, he actually respectively asked other bigfoot researchers what Biscardi's story is.

Redwood City Bigfoot hunter hopes to make giant capture
By: Paul Gackle | 10/08/11 4:00 PM
Special To The Examiner

True believer: Tom Biscardi says he’s come close to catching Bigfoot.
If Redwood City native Tom Biscardi is right, one of the world’s most baffling mysteries is about to be solved.

For decades, scientists, adventurers and monster hunters have explored the furthest reaches of North American wildlands in search of undeniable evidence that a species of gigantic, bipedal apelike creatures — known as Bigfoot — exist. Recently, Biscardi launched an expedition being filmed by English documentarians for BBC that he claims will finally put the Bigfoot mystery to rest.

“We’re going out there for a possible capture,” Biscardi said. “I really think this is going to be it.”

Biscardi hopes to finally silence his critics during an expedition that will focus on Arkansas, Florida, West Virginia and Illinois, where Bigfoot-related activity has recently been reported.

But others working to solve the Bigfoot mystery think Biscardi’s latest hunt is just another gimmick.

“It always ends up being nothing,” said Diane Stocking, who has researched Bigfoot sightings for almost four decades and created Stocking Hominid Research Inc. in Oregon. “To the Bigfoot community, he’s a joke. No one takes him seriously.”

In the past 40 years, Biscardi said he’s encountered Bigfoot six times. But while capture has eluded him, the infamous monster hunter, who moonlights as a Las Vegas promoter, has managed to turn Bigfoot into a thriving commercial industry.

Over the years, the founder of Searching for Bigfoot Inc. has produced four documentaries while hosting the weekly radio show “Bigfoot Live” on his website,, where he sells caps, T-shirts, mugs and doormats, among other creature items.

“You bet I’m in it for the money. I don’t work for free,” Biscardi said.

This isn’t the first time Biscardi has been accused of plotting a hoax. In 2005, he went on the radio show “Coast to Coast AM” claiming he knew the location of a captured Bigfoot close to the Oregon border and would air footage online via webcam for a small fee. But on the day footage was slated to be released, he said he’d been “hoodwinked” by a woman in Nevada.

Then in 2008, Biscardi held a news conference in Palo Alto with two Georgia men who claimed they were holding a Bigfoot carcass in their freezer. Biscardi confirmed the creature’s authenticity, saying he had measured its feet and touched its intestines. But soon after, the Georgia men admitted the pictures were nothing more than a Halloween costume stuffed with animal parts.

British director Morgan Matthews said his documentary, tentatively titled “Of Monsters and Men,” will be a portrait of several men like Biscardi, who devote their lives to chasing mysterious creatures.

“I think Tom has something to prove and that makes it interesting for us,” Matthews said.

“When you’re on top of the mountain, they all want to knock you down,” Biscardi said. “Hopefully this will be the time we put an end to this thing.”

Close encounters

Bigfoot buff Tom Biscardi says he’s had several run-ins with Bigfoot, and he is launch an expedition in hopes of finally capturing the mythological beast.

WHEN: Late 1960s
WHERE: Near Spokane, Wash.
QUOTE: “I was shocked. I said to myself, ‘What the hell is that?’”

WHEN: October 1971
WHERE: Near Mount Burney
QUOTE: “It looked at us and had juice from eating chokecherries all over its mouth.”

WHEN: April 1973
WHERE: Beaver Lake
QUOTE: “It was bathing itself in the water.”

WHEN: October 1977
WHERE: Near Mount Lassen
QUOTE: “It was an albino — pure white. It blew me away; he looked like a stuffed animal.”

WHEN: July 2006
WHERE: Deer River, Minn.
QUOTE: “We were pretty damn close to catching him. They move faster than lightning.”

WHEN: June 2008
WHERE: Lamar Point, Texas
QUOTE: “We tried to jump on it, but it moved too quick.”

SRC: The San Francisco Examiner


  1. Oh that Biscardi. He's like the Ripley's Believe it or Not/Barnum & Bailey circus barker of the Bigfoot world. The man is rather manic in his manner and attitude and and seriously has some ego issues. I wouldn't trust him to babysit my shoe collection while I went on vacation. He's just one hot mess and he muddies up the waters of real research by making everyone seem like a quack. Kind of like what that Derek psychic on "Most Haunted" did for psychics.

  2. This is the most sensible Bigfoot blog I've ever found, which is perhaps why I marvel that you've made such an effort to elevate Loren Coleman to this level. It doesn't take much more googling to discover that he, too, has committed some spectacular frauds (fake footprints, for example). The difference, I think, is simply that he's had more time to drown them out in the noise of his own self-promotion. On some leve, the concept of the famous bigfoot investigator is itself suspect: in what other field can someone become famous for FAILING to make a discovery--let along in such numbers?!

    1. He's also used others Photos, taking credit for them and been called on it! Ask Peter Byrne? OR just google it!

  3. PS--The above comment is not meant to question the existence of Bigfoot, but rather the sincerity of those who make a living by exploiting the phenomenon.

  4. Coleman is pretty good about calling out frauds on his blog. In "Apes in America," he describes many delusional and fraudulent claims, and you can just hear his heart breaking because he knows they're nonsense.
    > in what other field can someone become famous for FAILING to make a discovery
    That's a good point.

  5. Mr.Biscardi was scheduled to visit Northeast Illinois with the BBC. You can see in the press release that Mokena Illinois is mentioned. When the program finally airs you will see that the Illinois part of the trip was cancelled. You see, I had recently became acquainted with Tom and provided him a contact with information on Bigfoot families in Northern Illinois. I also did some local field research for Tom by personally interviewing two gentlemen in the Chicago area that had a very interesting and authentic looking print recovered from a cave in Missouri. When the Northern Illinois contact decided not to reveal the locations of the Bigfoot families I never heard back from Tom. There was no monetary exchange, either promised or expected, from any party.

  6. The only thing I can give Tom is that he goes into the bush. Time after time. I'll respect that. But in this field it has to be your "record" so to speak. Alas,,,,as the saddest part of this field for myself,,,,maybe even tied with hoaxers,,,is the few instead of spending time doing valuable research and making a positive difference,,,sit at expensive computers with all the bells and whistle editing programs obsessing over the latest video,,,to prove it a hoax and the researcher a lier. Most hoaxes are transparent. But I try to keep in mind at all times,,,How many story's,,interviews,,etc,,start out with "at first I thought it was some big guy in a suit,,and then,,,"

  7. It seems to me almost every "Bigfoot Researcher" especially those that achieved some notority Like Coleman, Biscardi or Matt Moneymaker to name a few. They all want to be the one that discovers proven evidience that Bigfoot exsists. Some of them gets so desperate that they will "Hoax" the "Find" or the "Evidience". Be wary of "Thermal images" as evidience. The Question is; "Who will be the first to find "100% inrefutable evidience" I'd be wary if it's any of those mentioned above. Whoever has a "Dead body" of a Bigfoot will be the "Great hunter"


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