But now one has to lie down, shaking with shock, on discovering that the supposed Bigfoot discovery was, indeed, a gorilla suit in a freezer.
The Web site Searchingforbigfoot.com, owned by Bigfoot hunter Tom Biscardi, on Tuesday carried the words of Steve Kulls, who is apparently the executive director of something called Squatchdetective.com. Kulls was invited to be a witness to the thawing of the captured cadaver.
"We contacted Mr. Biscardi who gave us permission to begin an expedited melting process. We set up a salamander heater to heat the freezer," wrote Kulls.
"Within one hour we were able to see the partially exposed head, as I was now able to touch it, I was able to feel that it seemed mostly firm, but unusually hollow in one small section," he continued.
"Within the next hour of thaw, a break appeared up near the feet area. As the team and I began examining this area near the feet, I observed the foot which looked unnatural, reached in and confirmed it was a rubber foot."
Live beings do not have rubber feet.
Subsequently, Rick Dyer and Matthew Whitton, the two Georgians who claimed they had happened upon Bigfoot's body, allegedly admitted their sleight of mouth.
Kulls added: "The motives behind this fraud are still unknown at this time. It is still unclear why Whitton who, being a police officer for the Clayton County Police Department in Georgia, got up before the world and lied and was complicit in a scheme to defraud in a felonious manner."
Of course, now legal action is threatened because there appears to have been money given to Dyer and Whitton in exchange for the gorilla suit. And, presumably, the freezer.
According to Kulls: "At this time the victim of this series of deceptions, Searching for Bigfoot, Inc., is seeking justice for themselves and for all the people who were deceived by this deception. Due to this event peoples lives have been disrupted and many people, so wanting vindication about there prior experiences, were hurt. Let us all try to be mindful of such."
Regardless of how many more Searching For Bigfoot T-shirts have been sold over the last week, I believe I was hurt by this deception and I hope you do too. And I look forward to each of us receiving, at the very least, several hairs from the gorilla suit.