Friday, December 14, 2007

Moneymaker on the Hunt Again

They're on a mission to find Bigfoot in California
A San Juan Capistrano man hopes to make history as the discoverer of Sasquatch and hosts trips for amateur Bigfoot enthusiasts to help make the find.

Devil Peak, El Dorado National Forest - Matt Moneymaker is standing on a mountaintop, screaming. The noise he makes is a low, inhuman moan rising to a shriek. It echoes over the hillside, then slowly dies, leaving Moneymaker standing in the inky darkness, listening. Above him, the black silhouettes of ponderosa pine loom against a star-flecked sky.It is about 2 a.m. in a place called Devil Peak – an apt name, as it turns out, considering what Moneymaker is searching for. In the distance, there is a sound. A faint knock.Moneymaker spins. His walkie-talkie crackles. He jams an eyeball against the scope of a $9,000 thermal-imaging camera.“Did you hear that?” he whispers.It is not the first time Moneymaker has stood on a mountain listening for things that go bump in the night. The 42-year-old San Juan Capistrano resident with a military crew cut and the pugnacious demeanor of the lawyer he once trained to be has made a major bet.If he’s wrong, Moneymaker will have to endure the ridicule that has dogged him from the backwoods of Oklahoma to the deep, green forests of the Pacific Northwest....


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