The Hall of Shame
The internet's worst proven serial Bigfoot hoaxers.
Introduction to the Hall of Shame
No doubt, any person who pursues the field of Bigfoot researcher will encounter hoaxes, and people who wish to garner attention for themselves for various motivational purposes, if not for the more dubious reasons, but innocent as well such as loneliness, illness, and or a traumatic event in their life.
The worst of that ilk are people are the ones that call themselves researchers, but in reality are promoting an agenda for various reasons. The entries on our Hall of Shame are not taken lightly. In each instance it is an example of continued and constant neglect of the truth by the entries here.
We do not place entries here for people who differ in view points, or may not be the best scientists or journalists. The entries here are here because not for just a single or mere oversight or lack in judgment, but rather for a constant and committed assault on the truth.
Why we do this...
As one of our 5 Tenets of Bigfoot/Sasquatch Research, it our responsibility after thorough and fact based research to showcase them here, as our responsibility to educate.
This section is not in place, to attack people of different research philosophies or beliefs, nor for a mere lapse in facts or in judgment, but for those who on multiple occasions has attempted to deceive either, other researchers, or the general public regarding the Bigfoot/Sasquatch mystery.
The Psychologically Needy Hoaxer
One who hoaxes due to a recent psychological event in their life such as divorce, being widowed, or general loneliness and do it for company and or attention. They need to feel special or have special abilities to a particular class of people and have to fell superior within that class. These are the folks we see constantly on Facebook live espousing their special abilities to communicate, detect or otherwise be “in the know.” This type of hoaxing overtook the field over the Prankster or Jokester with the advent of Facebook live and YouTube. Often when facing critics they use the term “jealousy,” often because it questions their superiority.
-Subclass: The Unintentional Hoaxer
One who has a legitimate sighting and due to psychological effect of the sighting, every bump in the night becomes a Bigfoot. Often confused with misidentification, however differs due to frequency of misidentifications by the subject. The reason why this is a sub-class because it’s root cause is a psychological effect of a sighting on them.
The Prankster or Jokester
One who hoaxes for humor and enjoyment. There is a psychological need , however in some instances. While there is obvious parody, which should not be misconstrued as hoaxing, the person, as a prank, tries to hoax, is trying to belittle others in some manner either privately or publicly. The hoaxer at times wants to feel superiority over a particular group. It should be noted that some parody can be utilized for the same purpose. This motivation can be muddled at this point, due to monetization of YouTube Channels however. But the main motivation is usually the former.
One who hoaxes in an attempt to garner financial gain either directly or indirectly. These are the folks which associate most with criminal traits. Narcissism, sociopathic tendencies among others can be at play. Remember a person who hoaxes for profit, is the same type of personality which others take with more defined “shortcuts” in life. They often espouse their position with overconfidence and power plays.