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Coast to Coast AM Keeps Biscardi on Track
by Loren Coleman
August 23, 2005
"Those who disregard the past are bound to repeat it." - George Santayana
What's the latest on the adventures of Tom Biscardi? Let's begin
with the Coast to Coast AM with
George Noory overview:
Monday August 22nd, 2005
First hour guest, cryptozoologist Loren Coleman reacted to Tom
Biscardi's Bigfoot hunt. On Friday night's program, Biscardi claimed
his group had captured one of the creatures and he would be
presenting photos of it on Monday. Coleman said over the weekend one
of Biscardi's associates posted in a blog that the capture story was
a hoax. "This man is a Las Vegas promoter," and his actions speak
louder than words, Coleman commented. Biscardi briefly phoned in for
"equal time" declaring that he would be giving out the full story on
On the night of August 23, Tom Biscardi will tell his "full story,"
reportedly. He could have directly addressed host George Noory's
questions about whether Noory was going to get a photograph of a
Bigfoot last night. Instead, Biscardi immediately used his airtime
on Monday to attempt to smear me and distract the listeners from
whether or not he had actually caught a
Biscardi rushed on air to repeat one side of an old story of a
misunderstanding between myself and a fellow researcher whom I
respect. Biscardi, naturally, was trying to discredit me because he
didn't like that I was skeptical of the twists and turns in his
fantastic tales. Nevertheless, the
question on the table was about Biscardi and his "captive Bigfoot."
What came so quickly out of Biscardi's mouth was expected. I guess
it was easier to do that than address the issues at hand. Bottomline,
I've never claimed on a national
radio program that I've caught a Bigfoot or requested people support
me with a million dollars to go on an expedition. And ask yourself,
if you had someone on your "team" catch a Bigfoot, would you sit in
your room for apparently ten days before going to see it, as Biscardi has said he has?
So folks, hold on to your hats. The next part of the melodrama on
C2C with George Noory is on tonight. Noory will do his job, I bet, and directly ask
questions about Biscardi's claims and the flip-flops on his captive
Bigfoot news. People want to know (and have been asking me in
emails), how much money has been netted after each Coast to Coast-Biscardi
appearance, for the $19.95/week registrations and $59.95
"passes" to see Biscardi's pay-per-view videostreaming and the
promised views of "his" captive Bigfoot? The more
important issue for me is what damage to the credibility of the
field will this fiasco
Will the "real story" Biscardi is going to tell go something like
the one that was apparently leaked over the weekend?
Linda Martin, identified as the editor of the Happy Camp News, the
one who invited Biscardi to Happy Camp, and now, as she claims, is
his friend and associate, wrote in her "Bigfoot Sightings" blog on
Saturday, August 20, 2005:
"I got the news a few minutes ago - Biscardi was scammed by a woman
in Nevada. There was no Bigfoot after all. I hope they didn't lose
much money on this fiasco. He will issue a statement on this soon
I'm sure. I'm so glad it is over."
"Though it is a big disappointment and embarrassment to be scammed
like this - going through this can make our team stronger in many
ways. And we can get back to business - what this project was
started for - to capture a Bigfoot and prove they exist. Yay! I feel
that we're on the right path again. I heard Tom filmed an apology
from the woman's husband, and I hope he adds it to the videostream!
It's all part of the story of this expedition. Very exciting stuff
if you ask me."
After receiving many negative comments about her involvement with
Biscardi and Biscardi himself, via her blog, late on Monday, August
22, Ms. Martin took her "No Bigfoot" entry off her blog.
What will tomorrow bring? Isn't this all such a detour from the real
search for Bigfoot? Won't it harm the credibility of Bigfoot
research? The recent and past history would seem to indicate as
During last night's program, I only had enough time to outline what had come before, and for those interested, here's the
In 1970, according to the Redding Searchlight newspaper and many
other sources, Tom Biscardi's mentor or associate, Ivan Marx said he
would capture a Bigfoot in a year. He apparently never did. What he
did produce were two films that are now universally said to be
alleged fakes, even though one was sold to the "You Asked for It"
television program for $25,000 in 1972.
In May 11, 1981, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, Biscardi
said he saw a Bigfoot on April 12, 1981, on Mount Lassen that "was a
male, 7-foot-4, some 450 pounds." Biscardi told the reporter he was
going to capture a Bigfoot. Apparently he never did.
In 1983, Tom Biscardi was the executive director and associate
producer of "In the Shadow of Bigfoot," a self-proclaimed
documentary that contains more Ivan Marx footage of apparently the
same pointy-headed, pointy-eared alleged Bigfoot seen in the earlier
Marx films. It also contained the infamous "Bigfoot in a snowstorm"
scene that had many film reviewers laughing off their seats. Once
again, critics were unexcited by this film and noted it was full of
factual errors. "Good for entertainment value only," wrote Mike Quast in his long entry on Ivan Marx, with notes on Biscardi, in his
book Big Footage: A History of Claims for the Sasquatch on Film
(2000). "In the Shadow of Bigfoot" was distributed by Biscardi's
company, Amazing Horizons, Inc.
With the 2003 news of legitimate organizations like the BFRO (bfro.net)
planning sponsored (pay-as-you-go) expeditions, Biscardi's
reappeared in early 2004, to put out press releases stating he was
trying to obtain over a million dollars from corporate sponsors to
conduct a Bigfoot expedition. "The timing of this current expedition
was prompted by the recent sighting
and news reports of an 'albino' Bigfoot. Biscardi has seen and has a
photo of a baby Bigfoot with white fur....The photo was taken by
tracker, Peggy Marx," noted the January 4, 2004,
press release. Later he
would say his expedition was going to be a pay-as-you-go trek, just
like the BFRO's. Biscardi's various group's names (e.g. "American
Bigfoot Expedition") then morphed into the GABFRO (Great American
Bigfoot Research Organization).
On April 16, 2005, ferry operator Bobby Clarke allegedly videotaped
a Nelson River, Manitoba Sasquatch and then sold the first rights to
broadcast, for reportedly "six figures," to Fox TV's "A Current
Affair". It screened on May 4, 2005.
On April 19, 2005, Marx's grandchildren, the Hickmans, and Biscardi
claimed to have seen a Bigfoot near Burney, California.
Unfortunately, Biscardi told the media, he "left his tranquilizer
gun and his wire-mesh grenade launcher at home."
On April 27, 2005, Jill Miller's project, in the planning for
announced. One of the innovations of the project is for Miller
to live on-site for six weeks and have real-time video feed from her campsite's
satellite uplink, 24 hours a day.
On June 29, 2005, another Biscardi press release appeared, saying that an "Imminent Capture Anticipated" (sic) of Bigfoot. The
release gave helpful contact information that the "findings and
materials forthcoming from this investigation will also be offered
for commercial sale and distribution. Organizations interested in
acquiring the rights for projects such as publishing, television,
film, merchandising, lectures and exhibits based on Biscardi's
expeditions, "could contact his p.r. firm." Some of the publicity from Biscardi's interviews with the
media, based on this release, have been revealing, as is the one on
July 21, 2005, in the North Coast Journal, entitled "BIGBUCKS."
Jill Miller's "Waiting for Bigfoot" project began July 2, 2005,
sending live feeds out from
waitingforbigfoot.com. Biscardi said he
was going to have a pay-for-view live feed from his "expedition"
site, 24/7, for $19.95 per week, or a $59.95 "pass." A site, findingbigfoot.com, is created for Biscardi's
Meanwhile, Miller's videos are placed on the internet for free
Next Biscardi followed up on his earlier promise to capture a
Bigfoot during an appearance on Coast to Coast AM, by announcing to
George Noory on Friday, August 19, 2005, that, according to
Biscardi, his team (although Biscardi hadn't seen it), had in
captivity for over a week, a 17 year old, male, over 400 pounds, 8
foot tall Bigfoot. Biscardi stumbled during the show and although he
had earlier said the Bigfoot was 800 pounds, told George Noory had
misheard him. (Noory would play back, on the August 22nd appearance,
that Noory had gotten it right.) Furthermore, inquiring listeners
emailing me wanted to know how can anyone, with a straight face,
claim they know a Bigfoot is 17 years old?
But as it turned out, according to the leak revealed on
August 20th and detailed above, there is no Bigfoot. So, once again, Biscardi is empty handed? Or is he? What will his next claim be?
George Noory can be trusted to ask the hard questions, once again.
Some of you knew how this was going to turn out, since, say, 1970 or
1981. For others, this is all new territory. Indeed, we will see if
Tom Biscardi's actions, not his words, stories, excuses, or
distracting attacks, are what speak volumes. It is up to everyone to
examine what has happened, learn from it, grow, and move on.
An Update: August 24, 2005
In what is being called the "I-was-hoodwinked account" (as coined by
Roger Knights, an insightful Bigfoot writer), Tom Biscardi appeared
on Coast to Coast AM, during the evening of August 23. Here's is the
short recap, followed my longer summary of the program:
Recap of Coast to Coast AM, August 23, 2005:
First hour guest, Tom Biscardi offered an explanation and apology
related to his earlier claims (made on Friday's show) that he had a
Bigfoot in captivity. He now says he was misled by an acquaintance
of his colleague, Peggy Marx. The acquaintance, who lives in
Stagecoach, Nevada, had told them of an injured Bigfoot that was
being cared for by two veterinarians. As the details of her story
began to unravel, Biscardi said he eventually concluded that her
reports were false.
George Noory asked Biscardi if he would refund people's money who
signed up for his Internet streaming service after Friday's
announcement that video of Bigfoot was forthcoming. Biscardi said he
would consider that. George suggested that people could also contact
their credit card companies about reversing the charges if they had
signed up for his service after Friday's show.
Biscardi's story just got more fantastic, saying an Indian shot an
injured Nevada reservation Bigfoot with arrows, that after the male
was captured, a female was also taken into captivity, and that one
of the vets treating it or them, "kidnapped" it or them. Reportedly,
this "kidnapped" Bigfoot is right now being kept in one of two
warehouses in Clearlake, California, just down the road from a
grocery store. Biscardi said it was a story from a woman in
Stagecoach, Nevada. (Stagecoach is not even close to his
"three team" sites near Happy Camp, California.) He never had a
video, never saw the Bigfoot, and there probably never was a
Bigfoot. He kept using the word "hoodwinked."
At a couple points, Biscardi seemed like he was trying to blame
Coast to Coast and its listeners as the source of the hoax, that a
listener of the program was behind this hoodwinking. Noory launched
into him about this, noting Biscardi can't blame the listeners for
what Biscardi said about having a Bigfoot. Afterall, Biscardi is the
one who came on the program and said what he said. Noory mildly
pushed back at Biscardi for attempting to shift the responsibility
Biscardi's rambling story of blame and hoodwink ended, thankfully,
when George Noory correctly moved on to the callers who had much to
say to Biscardi.
Biscardi began somewhat arguing with the people calling in, saying
at first they had not been "gipped." But, as the show rolled along,
it became clear from the callers that on Friday, August 19,
Biscardi's exact words were that "we have a Bigfoot" in captivity.
Not "we've heard about a captive Bigfoot" or anything similar. Also,
callers said Biscardi told listeners they were preparing the video
and pictures of the Bigfoot for their site. Not that he was still
trying to get a video, or that the Bigfoot wasn't under his control,
but some very obvious statements that misled people.
He was reminded by the callers that he had "sold" them on his
promises of seeing the footage of a "captive Bigfoot." The callers
confronted Biscardi with his marketing, that if they'd signed up to
his website on Friday, with the current reduced rates ($19.95/week
or $59.00/pass), they would be able to see the images cheaper than
the increased rate he was going to charge after the new footage of
the captive Bigfoot was posted. Biscardi was virtually speechless
towards the end of the program, after several callers in a row
appropriately challenged Biscardi's actions. The callers demanded
their money back, said they had been duped by Biscardi, and one
frankly noted that "this is fraud, dude." Another called it all an
"Abominable Snow Job."
George Noory was good, saying these events have questioned
Biscardi's credibility, and asking him several times if he would
give refunds to those that signed up to the GABFRO since the C2C
"we-have-a-Bigfoot" statements on Friday. Biscardi was not clear if
he was going to give refunds, seeming to say that he would to some
callers but then saying to Noory that "he had to check with some
One caller, who noted he is involved with the media, told Noory that
the GABFRO site reportedly got nine million (yes, 9,000,000) hits
after the Coast to Coast broadcast on Friday.
So, of course, the obvious questions are....what is the fiscal
database here? How many sign-ups, registrations did Biscardi get?
How much money are we talking about that needs to be refunded? How
much money did he get from the videostream subscribers? How much
will he actually refund? What evidence will we have to believe him?
George Noory ended this segment of the August 23 broadcast asking
his listeners to email him if they did get refunds from Biscardi.
(How many "friends" of Biscardi will send in false emails?) Noory
said that only if Biscardi did give refunds, would he regain his
credibility. And if Biscardi did not, Noory was never again going to
allow Biscardi on the program. Of course, Noory was too easy on him.
Some people feel Biscardi hoodwinked Coast to Coast's audience, and
Biscardi shouldn't be allowed on again, period. But George Noory is
a gentleman, and tries to be a diplomat in such situations.
Biscardi ended by saying his operation is still in the field,
operating and still distributing material for people to
pay-per-view. You know what they say..."Caveat emptor" and "Taurus
excreta cerebrum vincit."
For most of us, the end of Biscardi's credibility speaks for itself.