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Todd Dills

Have you seen this sasquatch suit?

| September 04, 2008

According to a recent poll that probed truckers’ experience of the supernatural, 5 percent of drivers reported having at one time or other seen a “Bigfoot” out on the road. In July, Clayton County, Georgia, sheriff’s deputy Matthew Whitton was shot in the wrist while pursuing a suspect into a wooded area after said suspect robbed a Krystal burger joint, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. A month later, Whitton was back in the news claiming with Ricky Dyer that they’d found a dead Bigfoot in North Georgia. While Dave Shealy, owner of an Ochopee, Fla., campground and well-known promoter of Florida’s answer to the Sasquatch, the Skunk Ape, claimed the picture they’d taken of a halloween costume and animal entrails thawing in a freezer was probably one of the furry, stinky Florida creatures on the northern end of its range, many cryptozoologists saw Whitton’s association with Tom Biscardi as giving away the very fact of the hoax from the start. The folks at the Bigfoot Field Researchers’ Organization say Whitton and company had only recently failed at marketing themselves as bigfoot trackers in Georgia, and Biscardi was attempting to cash in by selling copies of the photograph and other items. However, according to Whitton and Dyer’s site,, Biscardi is now suing them.

pThe hoaxers’ press conference was held Friday, August 15, in Menlo Park, California, where they’d promised to deliver evidence, but of course didn’t (you can view it here:, but beware, it’s 43 minutes long). /p strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.


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