TODAY IN BIGFOOT HISTORY!
2006, Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve: Bigfoot Hoaxers Encounter Real Bigfoot
High School Seniors Anthony Carrizales, Mary Crate, and Calvin Hayden had found an old, beat up gorllia costume at a local thrift store. Without thinking they pulled their resources and bought it. A few days later, Carrizales came up with the idea of creating a Bigfoot hoax. The idea was simple enough, the trio would go into the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve, Carrizales would put the gorilla suit on.
After some very poor attempts to film Carrizales walking through the trees, Crate came up with the idea that Carrizales should run across the road as sight seers drove past. While they did get some good footage of cars stopping or backing up to investigate, the teens did not capture very good footage.
They were just about to give up for the afternoon, when Hayden saw a “creature that looked like four football players squished together” walking in the swamp. Hayden immediately tried to zoom in on the monster, while you can hear Carrizales and Crate expressing their surprise. The footage of the real Bigfoot was not at all clear and came under intense scrutiny, since the teens admitted they were out there trying to create a hoax.
“But this isn’t a hoax,” pleaded Carrizales, “this is the real deal. Bigfoot!”