Link: Buzzfeed Bigfoot longread

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I’ve had this Buzzfeed article sitting on my stack for two months: “The Hunter, The Hoaxer, And The Battle Over Bigfoot”. For people interested in biological anthropology, this is essential reading. The story is a remarkable picture of a subculture that most scientists are only vaguely aware exists.

The article has a very sympathetic profile of Jeffrey Meldrum, an Idaho State University anthropologist who has worked to make Sasquatch into a legitimate scientific inquiry. But the most amazing parts relate to Rick Dyer, whom the article presents as “an admitted serial hoaxer with a chameleon-like ability to cultivate a new persona for each gambit”. The article relates a series of Dyer’s unforgettable attempts to fool the gullible, or to gull fools, as you prefer.