Prospect Park Bigfoot video from Brooklyn has now been discovered to be a hoax perpetrated by a man named Brian Whiteley.
He admitted to being behind the Brooklyn Prospect Park Bigfoot video in an email to reporters and seems this isn’t his first go around. This Bigfoot 2015 sighting and footage was viewed across the web but honestly, i don’t think it comes as a shock to many Bigfoot enthusiasts that it’s a hoax as many in and around the community took that stance right off.
He claimed he came up and performed the hoax because he wanted to do something that combined people on a universal level and wasn’t looking for laughs but to provoke a reaction. We can now move on to other Bigfoot sightings 2015 which hopefully will be more genuine and actually from people serious about the search for Bigfoot.
Here is the full statement from the hoaxer of the Brooklyn Bigfoot video.
“I’m not trying to gain notoriety for a prank,” he said. “I want to do something that combines people on a universal level.”
The artist statement on his website is more blunt:
“I am not asking you to look, I am forcing you to pay attention.”
Whiteley shot and starred in the video, and sent it out to local news publications in late January using the pseudonym Russell Strark. He claimed to have been recording a time-lapse video of a snowstorm and discovering the Sasquatch when reviewing the footage. He came clean to legendary reporter on the paranormal Lee Spiegel, of the Huffington Post, the following week.
Whiteley said he has a longstanding a fascination with Bigfoot that has led him to dress up as the mythical creature in staged videos shot across the country, and to conduct interviews with Bigfoot “experts” and conspiracy theorists. In early videos, he said he walked too much like a human, but over time, driven by critiques from Bigfoot fans, he honed his hunched lurching.
Whiteley’s Prospect Park video was not the first time he has attempted to use the press to spread fake Bigfoot sightings, but it garnered more notice than videos past, and he said he began to worry that true believers would misconstrue his intentions.
“I’m not really interested in pissing off the Bigfoot community,” he said. “My end goal is to get a wide variety of people’s opinions. I’m interested in the reaction to mystery.”