Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Hard to Find Sympathy When You’re Being That Damned Stupid
One of the first rules of a con is this: it’s almost impossible to con an honest man. Almost every con is based on the idea that the mark will do something dumb--and often illegal--to make a lot of money off of a small investment. A man who doesn’t give in to greed, who doesn’t look to skirt laws, and who understands that a deal to good to be true probably isn’t true will almost never find themselves on the short end of something like the purchase of a faux big foot filled with dead animal bits.
Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer, the Georgia men who claimed to have found a Bigfoot body, were being sought by Tom Biscardi, whose money they absconded with once the frozen “corpse” was revealed to be a hoax.
“We have a contract with these people,” Biscardi, a former Las Vegas promoter now based in Menlo Park, Calif., told Fox News Wednesday morning. “We paid them the money the night before [the press conference.] ... They didn’t figure I’d have a turbo heater on that thing to thaw it out before they left California.”
Biscardi wouldn’t confirm where the body was, but it apparently had been moved from Georgia to Indiana. An Indianapolis Fox affiliate was given a look at the “corpse” Monday by Biscardi’s investigator, Steve Kulls.
There’s a whole lot of stupid in giving a big chunk of change to a couple guys with a spare bigfoot in an icebox--and anyone who didn’t let their greed overtake their good sense would have done a bit more in the way of due dilligence before making such a stupid deal. Apparently, Tom Biscardi is either too dishonest, too stupid, or too greedy to have figured that out.