A message from an ex MABRC member who dared question if Ed Smith were real:
"I know so much about the MABRC, I know several ex-members. In fact, it was the nonsense of "Ed Smith" and the "O-6" that lead to the mass exodus (well, mass expulsion) from the MABRC.
It basically started when Lee and Harrington (Driver Operator) approached Doug Bilby (Bullet Maker, then a member of the MABRC) about "Ed Smith" setting up an observation-command-center trailer in the feed plot that the MABRC had much success in. They ("Smith", through Harrington) were talking about making significant modifications to the feed plot and doing some kind of video show (for profit). Bilby wanted several assurances, including compensation for the loss of his hunting lease income; a clear contract for his part in the show; and most of all, to meet with the elusive "Ed Smith" before "Smith" and the "O-6" tore up his feed lot. According to Bilby, the demand to meet "Ed Smith" sent Harrington berserk. Within a week,Bilby had been kicked out of the MABRC, and the imminent MABRC outing scheduled at his feed lot was relocated.
Other members of the MABRC began asking about what happened to Bullet Maker, and they were promptly banished as well.
Bilby first became involved with the MABRC when he showed Harrington and Lee a picture that had been taken by a trail camera, supposedly of a bigfoot's back side, with a baby bigfoot visible over the shoulder. I do not know if the picture can even be called a blobsquatch, but Harrington and Lee both professed it to be *the* evidence everyone had been waiting for. A Oklahoma fellow by the name of John Phillips, a friend of Bilby's, thought that Lee and Harrington were just placating Bilby to gain access to his feed lot. This caused a schism between Phillips and Bilby, which was later healed.
Phillips became a rather vocal critic of the MABRC after he saw them operating in the field. You might think of Moneymaker and Bobo at their most buffoonish,but with the MABRC, it was constant. There was also personal dislike of Lee and Harrington, mostly stemming from a very large amount of take on their part with very little give. There were also a lot of schemes that might be described as Biscardi-ish. For his criticism, Phillips was rather viciously pursued and slandered on-line by members of the MABRC. It was during this pursuit that Phillips began to notice that there was a rather large amount of coordination, to the point that it was difficult to distinguish the individuals slandering him. Due to slip-ups by Lee and Harrington, Phillips noticed that Lee had aliases, such as Tod T. Kaufman. Phillips also noticed that the SquatchAbyss blog was run by Lee.
Lee's attacks were so vicious, that they constituted libel per se, and after Lee and Harrington attacked Phillips's family, he decided to pursue civil action. During the discovery, it was found that Lee had hacked a back door through at least one computer system, and was using it to manage the SquatchAbyss blog, and that Lee and Harrington were using computers at their places of employment to mask their use of aliases on other forum sites (such as the BFF). It is now rather definitive that many of the "people" attacking Phillips and Bullet Maker were actually Lee and Harrington.
Things concerning Lee and Harrington get even worse. According to one source still a "trusted" member of the MABRC, Harrington bragged about committing the arson at the Honobia Conference site in one of the secret areas (a chat room) of the MABRC forum. Lee and Harrington talked about disrupting Honobia, and may have been responsible for a big-arse cherry bomb down the toilets and a wide-area power outage as well (Lee works for the power utility). They were seen trespassing into a private gathering of natives. Apparently, the bigfoots started making a ruckus when Lee and Harrington tried to sneak in.
I have also had a brief encounter with Lee that backed up the things I have heard from ex-MABRC members. After responding to one of Lee's propaganda posts on the BFF, Lee PM'd me. He was making some claims concerning Bilby being untrustworthy, and told me that he had E-mails to back up how Bilby called off the thing with "Ed Smith". I believe in put-up or shut-up, so I asked Lee to send me those E-mails, with their headers (something Lee should know how to do). Lee shut-up.
I think Stan Courtney has also had some unfavorable experiences with Lee"