Some stories are just ridiculous. Take, for instance, every story you’ve ever heard about bigfoot, both the hoaxes and those uttered by true believers. Such is the case of the bigfoot story of Randy Lee Tenley, 44, of Kalispell, Mont., but not for the usual reasons of obvious delusion or the need for attention. No, Tenley’s story is ridiculous because he was attempting to create a bigfoot sighting story and became the bigfoot story himself.
Authorities say, according to the Los Angeles Times, that Tenley and a friend were out trying to generate a bigfoot sighting when Tenley, dressed in a Ghillie suit, stepped out into the roadway in front of an approaching car. The vehicle, driven by a teenage girl, struck him. He was then struck by another car, also driven a teenage girl, as he lay on the road.
Montana Highway Patrol Lt. Col. Butch Huseby told the Times: “This is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen. Really.”
Huseby noted that it was unclear if the first teen even recognized what was in front of her before her car struck the man. Ghillie suits are camouflage garments that resemble common terrain and foliage, most often used by military snipers and still hunters. The officer also noted that if the teen was unfamiliar with the suit, in addition to the fact that it was dark, she could very well have thought it was a sasquatch or bigfoot.
The incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday night and Tenley was pronounced dead at the scene.
His hoax partner admitted to authorities that they were out trying to prompt a bigfoot sighting report.
Police are still investigating the incident to determine if alcohol was involved and if the drivers might have been culpable in any way (such as a text message at the time of impact reading: “OMG…”).
The sad thing about Tenley’s death is: If he had been a real sasquatch, there would now be physical, quantifiable, tangible proof that the legendary bigfoot beast actually exists.
There have been over 1000 bigfoot sightings in 14 states since 1870, according to information derived from the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. To date, however, verified and corroborated empirical proof that sasquatch exists has never been presented.
What does exist is an annual list of individuals that do questionable things that are considered as contributing to their elimination from the family of man. This list is known as the Darwin Awards. Randy Lee Tenley and his failed bigfoot hoax will undoubtedly make this year’s list.