Randy Lee Tenley was known
as a big kid in a man’s body.
This is a cautionary lesson on how not to do a prank.
Mr. Tenley and a friend thought it would be a funny prank to get people to believe they’d seen the creature Bigfoot, also known as sasquatch.
They went out late one night to a highway in Montana, where they lived, and Mr. Tenley dressed himself in a Ghillie suit. That’s a camouflage outfit used by paintball players, hunters and the military to hide the form of the human body.
A Ghillie suit can make you look invisible.
If he ran along the road, maybe a driver would see him and report a sighting. Then he and his friends could laugh about all the excitement over a hoax that they’d started.
When a car approached, he ran onto the roadway.
Did the Ghillies suit slow him down? Did he mean to run right into the path of a car but jump out of the way just in time?
He did not.
The car slammed into him. And a second car ran over his body.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Said Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry:
"He was just a normal guy with a sense of humor that didn’t serve him well."
A Ghillie suit could easily be mistaken for Bigfoot.
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