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Bigfoot in S.C.? | Experts: Ďitís the real dealí[South Carolina]
The State ^ | 13 Apr 2008 | RANDY BURNS

Posted on 04/14/2008 10:26:30 AM PDT by BGHater

‘It’ attacked a van in Bishopville and attracted a Bigfoot-hunting team to the state

BISHOPVILLE — Something apparently attacked Bob and Dixie Rawson’s van in the early morning hours of Feb. 28.

The Rawsons live about two miles southeast of downtown Bishopville. They woke up Feb. 28 to find the front fender of their 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan chewed up, bite marks through the front grill, wheels on both sides bitten and metal crumpled in a wad. There was also blood on the front and sides of the car.

While there has been no “official” sighting of the Lizard Man since July 1988, the Rawsons’ evidence has created a stir, not just locally but nationwide.

After the Rawsons contacted a Columbia TV station, the story was aired on CNN. In March, filmmaker and self-proclaimed Bigfoot hunter Tom Biscardi and his five-man team visited Bishopville to discover the truth of the Lee County incident.

Equipped with thermal imagers and high-tech cameras, Biscardi conducted initial forensic tests and sent the evidence to California. The team also planned to use its cameras overnight in search of the creature.

The initial evidence found by Biscardi’s team is compelling, he said. “You’ve got the real deal here.”

While Biscardi hasn’t ruled out it was a bear, he thinks it was more likely a Bigfoot. “They’re called different names in the different communities,” he said.

The creatures have three toes, Biscardi said. They range in height from 6 to 9 feet and weigh 300 to 800 pounds. They are hairy. They climb trees and move around by doing what Biscardi describes as knuckle walking.

More than 3,500 Bigfoot creatures exist nationwide, Biscardi said. “They’re nocturnal creatures and they’re migratory,” he said. “They move from south to north this time of year.”

Biscardi said he doesn’t know if Bishopville’s latest incident is related to the 1988 sighting of the Lizard Man.

“I am going to talk with Liston Truesdale, who was the sheriff 20 years ago,” Biscardi said. “But I’m mainly concerned with what happened to the Rawsons’ van. I haven’t fallen off a turnip truck. I’m a firm believer that what you have down here is unknown.”

Biscardi doesn’t buy local authorities’ theory that a coyote damaged the Rawsons’ van.

“You can look at the jaw pressure that it took to do this damage,” he said. “It wasn’t a coyote. I think what you have here more than likely is a Bigfoot creature.”

Biscardi said the Rawsons are good, straight-up people.

“I wouldn’t have come 3,100 miles here from California if I didn’t think there’s something here,” Biscardi said. “My main concern is to find out what’s happened here now. This woman (Dixie Rawson) is afraid. They have cats who haven’t come around since this happened.”

More than a month after the incident, Dixie Rawson said she is still concerned about what might be lurking near her home. “Let’s just say that when I go outside, I have my gun with me,” she said.

Biscardi said he works with state and federal officials in many states whenever there’s a sighting.

“I have to admit I have a problem here in South Carolina,” Biscardi said. “What is law enforcement doing to protect these people? Where is the Department of Natural Resources? Where are the game wardens? What is going on here?”

Biscardi’s 2007 film “Bigfoot Lives” won several awards, including best documentary at the Pocono Mountains Film Festival. The documentary includes videos and interviews that show evidence of Bigfoot sightings in Texas, Minnesota, Ohio and Arizona.

Lee County Chamber of Commerce executive director Beth Hedegor said the chamber is embracing the Lizard Man.

While she personally believes the creature that attacked the Rawsons’ van was some type of known animal, probably a bear, she said the publicity is a positive opportunity for the community.

“We are not fighting this,” she said. “This doesn’t have to be a negative. We consider this an opportunity.”

“Lizard Man is Back” T-shirts are for sale at the chamber office on Main Street, Hedegor said. Hedegor gets the T-shirts from Vickie Moniz, owner and operator of the Blossom Shop on North Main Street.

“We have sold more than a hundred so far,” Moniz said. “And we are ordering more.”

Moniz welcomes any publicity about the Lizard Man. “I think I’ll go out there (to the Rawsons) and give this team from California a free Lizard Man T-shirt,” she said.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: bigfoot; cryptobiology; cryptozoology; sasquatch; southcarolina
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Bishopville is Lizard Man territory.
1 posted on 04/14/2008 10:26:30 AM PDT by BGHater
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More than 3,500 Bigfoot creatures exist nationwide, Biscardi said. “They’re nocturnal creatures and they’re migratory,” he said. “They move from south to north this time of year.”

The likelihood of these things being true is, oh, about nil, I'd say.

2 posted on 04/14/2008 10:30:02 AM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: BGHater

Well, if it’s stupid enough to try to eat a minivan, I don’t know what that says about it’s danger to us. Don’t hide in cars and vans? If it comes after you, throw it a car?


3 posted on 04/14/2008 10:31:56 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: BGHater

*snicker*


4 posted on 04/14/2008 10:32:22 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: snarks_when_bored
More than 3,500 Bigfoot creatures exist nationwide, Biscardi said. “They’re nocturnal creatures and they’re migratory,” he said. “They move from south to north this time of year.”

Yeah, and amazingly while we have enough photo and video evidence to prove that a Grizzly Bear does exist, we have yet to have one solid picture of this so-called creature having a refreshing drink from a stream...

5 posted on 04/14/2008 10:33:44 AM PDT by cspackler (There are 10 kinds of people in this world, those who understand binary and those who don't.)
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To: BGHater
“Let’s just say that when I go outside, I have my gun with me,” she said.

Hmmm. Sounds bitter.

6 posted on 04/14/2008 10:33:48 AM PDT by Jaxter ("Vivit Post Funera Virtus")
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To: snarks_when_bored
"More than 3,500 Bigfoot creatures exist nationwide," Biscardi said. “They’re nocturnal creatures and they’re migratory,” he said. “They move from south to north this time of year.”

Mr. Biscardi also noted that sightings tended to decrease when Congress was in session.
7 posted on 04/14/2008 10:33:48 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (feh)
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To: BGHater

8 posted on 04/14/2008 10:34:12 AM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: BGHater
Three toes? Might have been one of these.
9 posted on 04/14/2008 10:34:24 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (The Mainstream Media Controls Our Party. Go, RINOS!)
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To: snarks_when_bored

In order for over 3,000 large primates to exist in this country and not be regularly spotted would mean they have supernatural abilities, which would make the likelihood of their existence to be zero.


10 posted on 04/14/2008 10:34:49 AM PDT by attiladhun2 (Obama is the anti-Reagan, instead of opposing the world's tyrants, he wants to embrace them)
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To: snarks_when_bored

You’d think with no corpses found, or no live captures, that you are correct and this appeals to our curiosity, keeping the story alive. But there have been so many sightings, in nearly every state, that I have to give it a 0.1% chance. Too many people have had vivd sightings of upright walking creatures of this mold.


11 posted on 04/14/2008 10:35:19 AM PDT by mallardx
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To: BGHater

As many “bitter” Americans there are around this country during hunting season, I would say that the chances are less than zero.


12 posted on 04/14/2008 10:37:35 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: snarks_when_bored

This guy is not a big believer in Occam’s Razor, eh?

“Could be a bear, but most likely a bigfoot”


13 posted on 04/14/2008 10:38:00 AM PDT by When do we get liberated? ((Ok, Im the official Pit Bull Defender/If you can't stand behind our troops, stand in front of them.)
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To: BGHater

If it can bite tires and crumple up metal, it shouldn’t have a problem eating lead.


14 posted on 04/14/2008 10:38:45 AM PDT by pallis
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To: BGHater

Where has Butch Rhino been lately?


15 posted on 04/14/2008 10:38:58 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: mallardx
Too many people have had vivd sightings of upright walking creatures of this mold.

It seems to me that what abounds are hoaxers and dupes. But I guess you had to be there...(grin)...

16 posted on 04/14/2008 10:39:06 AM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: BGHater
“There was also blood on the front and sides of the car.”

Yet no mention of anyone analyzing the blood... If these things existed, you'd be able to find a youtube video.

17 posted on 04/14/2008 10:40:15 AM PDT by ryan71
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To: BGHater

Jeez. With bite marks and blood samples, you’d think it would be relatively easy to determine whether the perpetrator is a hoax, a bear or a previously unknow species of animal.

Also, I would think that a forensic footprint analyst could determine the weight distribution of whatever made the print, thereby getting a rough approximation of it’s mass (i.e. a little guy wearing big fake feet, vs. an animal that really has the heft one would expect for a print that size).


18 posted on 04/14/2008 10:42:33 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: cspackler
Yeah, and amazingly while we have enough photo and video evidence to prove that a Grizzly Bear does exist, we have yet to have one solid picture of this so-called creature having a refreshing drink from a stream...

Well, there's the Patterson-Gimlin fake, uh, I mean footage...clear proof, for sure...

19 posted on 04/14/2008 10:42:42 AM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: When do we get liberated?

Right. And he clearly doesn’t understand the meaning of the words “most likely”...


20 posted on 04/14/2008 10:44:21 AM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: BGHater

If there was blood couldn’t they just do a DNA test? That is if they really wanted to find out what did the damage?
susie


21 posted on 04/14/2008 10:45:37 AM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: snarks_when_bored

22 posted on 04/14/2008 10:45:43 AM PDT by BGHater (It's easy to be brave from a distance.)
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To: BGHater

Will Mr. Art Bell pick up the white courtesy telephone please?


23 posted on 04/14/2008 10:46:12 AM PDT by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: BGHater

Okay, I wuz wrong...Bigfoot lives!!!


24 posted on 04/14/2008 10:47:08 AM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: mallardx
But there have been so many sightings, in nearly every state, that I have to give it a 0.1% chance.

Sightings? Or, claimed sightings? There is a difference.

25 posted on 04/14/2008 10:47:56 AM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (While the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power.)
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To: BGHater
There was a car attacked in the same exact manner out west(South Dakota?), the post -Bigfoot theory was a bear or mountain lion tried to get at the families cats hiding in the wheel wells or under the hood. The cats hadn't been seen since then either. Photobucket Photobucket
26 posted on 04/14/2008 10:49:18 AM PDT by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: BGHater

27 posted on 04/14/2008 10:50:02 AM PDT by gunservative
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To: ryan71
>If these things existed...

If Hillary and
Obama fight for their votes
then we'll know they're real.

28 posted on 04/14/2008 10:50:07 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: BGHater
Lizard Man?


29 posted on 04/14/2008 10:51:37 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: BGHater

FR is doing better with Breaking News, but there is room for improvement. This was on Coast a month ago.


30 posted on 04/14/2008 10:52:58 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
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To: ryan71
Yet no mention of anyone analyzing the blood.

From post #1

Biscardi conducted initial forensic tests and sent the evidence to California.

31 posted on 04/14/2008 10:53:45 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Do we really want Huma answering the White House phone at 3 AM?)
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To: brytlea
couldn’t they just do a DNA test?

From post #1

Biscardi conducted initial forensic tests and sent the evidence to California.

32 posted on 04/14/2008 10:54:55 AM PDT by ASA Vet (Do we really want Huma answering the White House phone at 3 AM?)
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To: BGHater

Never mind the Swamp Thing. Has there been an Adrienne Barbeau sighting?


33 posted on 04/14/2008 10:55:25 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great...(until it happens to YOU).)
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marked to read later


34 posted on 04/14/2008 10:56:12 AM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: cspackler

35 posted on 04/14/2008 10:56:29 AM PDT by rjsimmon
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To: ryan71; Maceman

Exxactly. Blood is going to have copious amounts of DNA. Just hand a few samples to various zoologists and see what the consensus is.


36 posted on 04/14/2008 10:56:29 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: ryan71

“They woke up Feb. 28 to find the front fender of their 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan chewed up, bite marks through the front grill, wheels on both sides bitten and metal crumpled in a wad. There was also blood on the front and sides of the car.”

And there hanging on the door handle was a hook. Yahhhaaaarrrrrghhhh, as the camp counselor jumps out of the bushes and graps the camper from behind.


37 posted on 04/14/2008 10:57:06 AM PDT by dblshot
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To: ryan71
“They woke up Feb. 28 to find the front fender of their 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan chewed up, bite marks through the front grill, wheels on both sides bitten and metal crumpled in a wad. There was also blood on the front and sides of the car.”

And there hanging on the door handle was a hook. Yahhhaaaarrrrrghhhh, as the camp counselor jumps out of the bushes and grabs the camper from behind.

38 posted on 04/14/2008 10:57:30 AM PDT by dblshot
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To: mallardx
Too many people have had vivd sightings of upright walking creatures of this mold.

Both my dad and my grandpa (my grandpa to his dying day, in fact) swear up and down that the thing is real.

But I just can't believe that someone wouldn't have found a carcass at some point.
39 posted on 04/14/2008 11:01:10 AM PDT by JamesP81 ("I am against "zero tolerance" policies. It is a crutch for idiots." --FReeper Tenacious 1)
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To: BGHater
If they exist, why haven't people found corpses?

Even if you buy into them being reclusive and good at hiding, why having their remains been found. Even if they get preyed on by scavengers after death, there should be skeletal remains.

Even if they somehow hide the bodies of their dead, we would have found remains.

40 posted on 04/14/2008 11:01:53 AM PDT by untrained skeptic
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“They woke up Feb. 28 to find the front fender of their 2002 Dodge Grand Caravan chewed up, bite marks through the front grill, wheels on both sides bitten and metal crumpled in a wad. There was also blood on the front and sides of the car.”

Sounds like a bear to me, and not a particularly big one either. A bear can tear a car all to pieces in pretty short order.
41 posted on 04/14/2008 11:06:00 AM PDT by JamesP81 ("I am against "zero tolerance" policies. It is a crutch for idiots." --FReeper Tenacious 1)
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It’s very hard to find remains of animals. Sure you find some every now and then. When was the last time someone found the remains from a bear or lynx? Not often.

Rodents love to chew up of bones and our vultures, the bird type, not the lawyers do a great job of cleaning up.


42 posted on 04/14/2008 11:08:56 AM PDT by BGHater (It's easy to be brave from a distance.)
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To: BGHater
Bob goes out, gets blottoed, he hits something and smashes up the van, so he parks the van in the driveway and says "I've got to explain this! I know! I'll say Bigfoot attacked the car while we slept!" He then goes in the house and goes to bed like nothing happened . . .

Nah, too unbelieveable.

43 posted on 04/14/2008 11:29:23 AM PDT by ZGuy
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To: BGHater

Red eyes? Mothman lives.


44 posted on 04/14/2008 11:30:42 AM PDT by WVNan
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To: theDentist

The DNA results are always inconclusive. The sample is always degraded, or collected improperly, etc.

We’ll hear nothing much more about the DNA, imo.

When they got the so called Skookum butt print, there were apples with bite marks that were covered in the DNA of whatever bit them.

Yet we never heard about the DNA test results.

Why? Because an elk is not news.


45 posted on 04/14/2008 11:38:32 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: BGHater

I actually had a “Lizard Man” t-shirt back in the day.


46 posted on 04/14/2008 11:48:11 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.)
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To: Niteranger68

http://www.cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/lizardman-back/

Pics of the van damage can be seen there. Wonder why they recycled an old story?


47 posted on 04/14/2008 11:53:21 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: BGHater
It’s very hard to find remains of animals. Sure you find some every now and then. When was the last time someone found the remains from a bear or lynx? Not often.

It's been a while, but I've seen a black bear that was road kill on the highway before.

While I haven't seen the remains of many such animals personally, it isn't that uncommon to find remains in their natural habitats, and while there are far more bears, we aren't talking about something being rare, we're talking about them never being found.

They are saying that there are 3500 currently living nationwide. However, since some die and others are born over time, we are talking about more than a few thousand, and we are talking about remains that would be very unusual and would be far more likely to get reported than something like bear remains.

Sure scavengers will destroy some remains given time, but having never found remains? Not even close to being credible.

48 posted on 04/14/2008 11:55:01 AM PDT by untrained skeptic
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Nearly 50 posts without a Janet Reno picture.

This web site is slipping...


49 posted on 04/14/2008 11:55:47 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: ASA Vet

Thanks, I was reading fast and missed that.
susie


50 posted on 04/14/2008 12:02:25 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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