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Sasquatch Speaks: The Truth Is Out There

From: Loren Coleman <lcoleman.nul>
Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 01:02:15 -0500
Fwd Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 11:40:37 -0500
Subject: Sasquatch Speaks: The Truth Is Out There

The Washington Post
Washington, D.C.

The Reliable Source

By Richard Leiby
Sunday, March 7, 2004; Page D03

Sasquatch Speaks: The Truth Is Out There

Now it can be told: Bigfoot isn't real!

So says Bob Heironimus, a retired Pepsi bottler from Yakima, Wash., who
reveals to the Reliable Source that he donned a gorilla costume and appeared
in the famous grainy film clip that helped fuel the Bigfoot craze in 1967
and is studied by Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti investigators to this day.

"It's time people knew it was a hoax," Heironimus told us. "It's time to let
this thing go. I've been burdened with this for 36 years, seeing the film
clip on TV numerous times. Somebody's making lots of money off this, except
for me. But that's not the issue -- the issue is that it's time to finally
let people know the truth."

Heironimus, 63, makes his full "confession," as he calls it, in a
just-published book by paranormal investigator Greg Long, "The Making of
Bigfoot." Long spent four years investigating the 60-second film clip and
the people behind it. He traces the shaggy Bigfoot costume to a North
Carolina gorilla suit specialist, Philip Morris, who says he sold it for
$435 to an amateur documentary maker named Roger Patterson (who died in
1972). The hoax was staged near Bluff Creek in Northern California,
according to Heironimus.

"Patterson was the cameraman," Long tells us. "They made a gentleman's
agreement that Bob would get in the suit and walk in front of the camera for

But, Heironimus says, "I was never paid a dime for that, no sir," and adds,
"Sure I want to make some money. I feel that after 36 years I should get
some of it."

Backers of the Bigfoot legend include primatologist Jane Goodall, who was in
Silver Spring last week to tout a new chimpanzee documentary that premieres
tomorrow on Discovery Communications' Animal Planet network. Too busy to
comment herself, Goodall authorized an aide, Nona Gandelman, to tell us she
has read "countless books" about Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, Chinese wild men
and other creatures. "She's spoken to people whom she respects who say they
have seen one of these hominids," said Gandelman, "and to many other people
she respects who have heard strange calls they thought were made by Bigfoot.
As a scientist, she has a very open mind about this and has yet to close the
door on the possibility."

Bigfoot researcher John Green, a retired Canadian journalist, says the book
doesn't disprove the existence of the mysterious beast. "It's all
[expletive]," he told us. "There are going to be libel actions flying."

Tom Malone, a lawyer in Minneapolis, called us Friday on behalf of Bob
Gimlin, associate of the now-dead Bigfoot filmmaker. "I'm authorized to tell
you that nobody wore a gorilla suit or monkey suit and that Mr. Gimlin's
position is that it's absolutely false and untrue."

And the mystery lives on.....

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