An Australian man thought he was going to be a part of history, but now says that getting caught up in a Bigfoot hoax cost him $12,000 and ruined his life before he exposed the lie.
Andrew Clacy, of Wodonga, Victoria, traveled to the United States last December to join Rick Dyer, a self-described Bigfoot hunter who garnered international media attention when he claimed to have shot the manlike beast. Clacy toured the U.S. for three months with Dyer’s Bigfoot carcass, convinced that he was on a history-making adventure, 9 Stories relates. He says he was sure that the Bigfoot, named “Hank” by Dyer, was genuine, even touching its foot at one point.
“It felt slimy and like a dog’s paw,” Clacy related.
Dyer had been involved in high profile Bigfoot hoaxes before, however, as The Inquisitr has previously noted. In March, he privately admitted to Clacy that the carcass was, in fact, a fake. The Bigfoot dummy had actually been constructed by a Washington area toy store. Struggling at first with denial, Clacy eventually decided to expose the deception for what it really was.
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As the Daily Mail relates, Dyer admitted that his Bigfoot carcass was a hoax in a Facebook post in March.
“Coming clean about everything is necessary for a new start! From this moment on I will speak the truth! No more lies, tall tales or wild goose chases to mess with the haters!”
Clacy claims that his misplaced faith in Dyer cost him $12,000 out of pocket, leading to ridicule from friends. His involvement in the Bigfoot hoax has also damaged his business and family life, which he put on hold for three months while in the U.S.
Clacy also asserts that Dyer has launched an online campaign to discredit him, even hacking into his emails. In a series of posts on his blog, Dyer has accused Clacy of knowing that the Bigfoot carcass was a hoax all along. In response, Clacy claims that Dyer even brought in a phony taxidermist and doctor to confirm that the creature was indeed real.
“There were much smarter guys than me who believed it,” Clacy asserted, adding, “I thought I was part of something huge, I thought I was going to be part of history.”
A medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado, Mr. Happy Wellness Center, now own Dyer’s hoaxed Bigfoot.
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