One Pennsylvania family has made it their mission to prove the existence of the legendary creature Bigfoot. Under the guidance of patriarch and grandfather Carmine ‘Tom’ Biscardi, three generations of Biscardi men want concrete proof that Bigfoot exists.
Tom, T.J. and Tommy Biscardi, alongside a few other members, make up the “Searching for Bigfoot” team. The group follows up on around 30 tips and reports each day. The family’s “Biscardi's Bigfoot Project Investments” also offers $1 million to any person with “information leading to the capture or delivery of a bona fide Bigfoot.”
“I want a creature,” said T.J., according to local WTAE-TV. “I’m done with pictures, done with prints, done with hair samples, done with fecal matter. I don’t want to be 70 or 80 years old and still have to be proving this. I want it to be done.”
Tom’s interest in searching for the creature was sparked 50 years ago when he watched the now-famous video of a purported Bigfoot creature walking in a California forest on “The Tonight Show.”
“I was watching Johnny Carson in 1967, and I saw the first 8mm footage that Roger Patterson took of the Bluff Creek finding Bigfoot sighting,” he said on his website. “I said to myself, ‘How the hell can we send a man to the moon, but we can’t find this creature?’ I went to the library and researched Bigfoot and my predecessors to see what kind of mistakes they had made so that I could do it better. I then started my own Bigfoot research company to stage expeditions to find the creature.”
The self-proclaimed “Godfather of Bigfoot” has been searching for proof ever since.
“There’s not just one,” he said. “There’s about 8,000 in North America alone.”
T.J. said he had been his “father’s biggest skeptic” before an incident that changed the way he thought about Tom’s endeavors.
“I was going to get the guy with the monkey suit and show my dad — Scooby Dooby Doo,” he recalled. Instead, he said he saw a real, living creature coming toward him. “It just looked at me and kind of tilted its head. Then it just walked away.”
Tom himself also said he had a first-hand experience with what he believed was Bigfoot when he came close to a massive creature.
That’s not to say the family hasn’t been disappointed by their ventures— the family was duped by a pair of Georgia men in 2008. The two men said they had a real corpse of Bigfoot inside their freezer, but the “corpse” turned out to be a rubber suit, according to PennLive. The hoax cost Tom $100,000, he said.
The family will continue its search for the foreseeable future and asks people on its website to call them with evidence or sightings of the creature. In the meantime, the Biscardi’s are filming a Bigfoot documentary and a Bigfoot reality show.
As for Tom, his invitation to skeptics, he said, always stands.
“Any time they want to come out and see the real deal,” he said. “They’re invited.”