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Man who created Bigfoot hoax kept it secret for 50 years

By T.K. Randall
September 4, 2023 · Comment icon 7 comments

Some hoaxes can last a lifetime. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 Carlstak
When Eugene Hendrick decided to fool his town into thinking Bigfoot was visiting, the prank ended up enduring for decades.
Hendrick's elaborate prank began one day in the 1970s in the town of Brantley, Alabama.

"I got a wild hair one day. I wanted to do something about a Sasquatch," he said.

"I cut some big ole feet and bolted some shoes to them and walked around by the river making tracks. I even made claw marks in the trees."

The stunt worked better than he had expected - so well, in fact, that police officers were even called out to conduct a search of the area with specially trained dogs.
Hendrick quickly decided that he'd done enough.

"I put the cut-out feet and shoes away and kept it a secret until 2017," he said.

When he finally came clean about what had happened some 50 years after he'd actually pulled off the prank, those who still remembered those events were shocked to say the least.

One man - Jimmy McGinty - had been just a child when he witnessed the tracks down by the river.

"I knew I wasn't crazy then. But, he got me," he said.

Source: Lad Bible | Comments (7)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Alchopwn 8 months ago
That's great and all, but what about all the sightings that weren't in Alabama?  Is there some sort of National Bigfoot Conspiracy or NBC?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 8 months ago
 I feel so... so... so violated! 
Comment icon #3 Posted by Cho Jinn 8 months ago
After 50 years, what is the point?  Idiot.
Comment icon #4 Posted by spartan max2 8 months ago
He wanted to be alive to see their reactions probably.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Son of Apollo 8 months ago
This is disinformation my friend’s. Bigfoot is real. That is why finding Bigfoot taught everyone to bang on trees and scream when looking for them. That’s was because the cia realized they were real, they put out finding Bigfoot because Sasquatch only cross over to hunt and gather resources. If you were 10 foot tall, 700 pounds would you stack wood by bending over? No you would lean it up against a tree. See, the truth is right in front of our faces. The big stupid animals are the humans, the Bigfoots are the smart ones. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by OverSword 8 months ago
He said he “put the feet away”. Where are they?
Comment icon #7 Posted by Trelane 8 months ago
A long running local legend of a BF turns out to be a hoax? Shocked, shocked I say.


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