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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Matt Moneymaker Confronts Critics

Posted by Loren Coleman on Cryptomundo-
Matt Moneymaker has addressed issues and content raised in recent postings here tied to his new program, “Finding Bigfoot.”
Here they are, unedited.
First, Moneymaker responses to the story that the Georgia police dashcam video is due to a teen hoaxer in a gorilla suit (“Georgia Dash Cam Footage a Hoax?“):
The comments by Jarrard were not true, as we discovered while we were there. He wouldn’t take questions from us when we tried to nail down his story.
No one from the sheriff’s department went out to speak with any of the neighbors after the incident … We spoke with the neighbors though when we were shooting the episode. There was never any college students living in the area, and there was no photo of college kids with a gorilla costume. Jarrard story sounded unlikely from the beginning, and apparently it didn’t happen.
None of the other sheriffs had heard about this story that Jarrard told to a reporter. It seems he came up with the story to quel any fear that local people might have about a monster in the woods, and to prevent hunters from going to look for one.
There was no other show that aired the dashcam footage. Finding Bigfoot was the first program to air the footage. Lotsa false nonsense coming up on this site today, but anonymous people claiming things they kinda sorta recall but can’t quite put their finger on it.
Next, Moneymaker replies to the “wood knock” and “call blasting” claims of who did it first:
That’s pretty weak … a book published in 1993 about a famous indian story teller. It doesn’t count. I had already been talking about that behavior for a year or more on the Internet (and debating with all the people who were saying I was crazy to suggest that) while that book was being assembled. I had been saying that bigfoots use knocks to locate eachother prior to 92, but all you have is the claim by a famous “story teller” in a 1993 book … that he knew they did that long ago. It doesn’t count.
Bill Dranginis is notorious for not telling the truth, and he was kicked out of the BFRO almost 15 years ago for exactly that reason. If he says he recalls an article describing someone else doing call-blasting before I did it … then he needs to produce that article. I kinda doubt it exists. Dranginis would not hesitate to make up something like that. Also, there were no recordings of sasquatches available in the 1980’s that could be used for that purpose. I got the first fairly clean recording that could that be used for sound blasting, and I got it in 1993.
Let’s see Titmus’ writings saying he did wood knocks back and forth with a sasquatch in BC … not just someone’s “recollection” of him talking about that.


  1. I love your show but wish that you'd get some better lenses for your Flir Equipment. Long Range Lenses might grant all of us our very first look into the face of that ever elusive creature. Just wanted to add my views. Keep looking Matt.

  2. Is there a website about the BFRO? I have tried every link I have encountered and so far I keep getting the "not found" messages. I really like the show and have actually tracked what I think was one some years back. I tracked the critter for about 20 miles (estimated) and wound up down by the Chattahoochee River outside of Franklin Georgia in Heard County. The tracks lead right to the river's edge and appeared that the being went in to the water to elude me.

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  4. The fact that the issue of who first made the wood-knocking / sasquatch connection is so important to Moneymaker in itself illustrates his egocentric, competition driven mentality. Who really cares who first documented the supposed (not proven) behavior we term wood-knocking. I believe it is important to understand that Moneymaker was not the first to make the correlation. The fact that he (Moneymaker) insists on trying to convince others that he is some kind of sasquatch research pioneer making groundbreaking discoveries can not stand. He goes so far as to insinuate that others are lying with slanderous statements like: “ Dranginis would not hesitate to make up something like that” and “Bill Dranginis is notorious for not telling the truth, and he was kicked out of the BFRO almost 15 years ago for exactly that reason”.
    So here we have Moneymaker calling other people liars and attempting to convince us that he kicks people out of the BFRO for lying. WOW!!! Perhaps Mr. Moneymaker would like to tell folks why I was banned by the BFRO! That would make for some interesting reading!
    Once again I’ll go on record here with the following true statement. Ivan T. Sanderson was a family friend and I had the pleasure of speaking with him about the sasquatch (North America’s abominable snowman) on several occasions in the mid to late 70’s.
    One of the topics that he was excited about at the time was the issue of reported sasquatch vocalizations and wood-knocking.
    Again though…I fail to understand why this is so important to him; issues such as this seem to identify him as a very insecure guy with low self-esteem.

  5. Sorry my mistake! It was a very long time ago. The conversation with Ivan T. Sanderson referred to above took place in the mid to late 60's not 1970's.