American Student Discusses Loch Ness Tooth and Fictional Thriller, “The LOCH”

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After months of silence, an American University student discusses his trip to Loch Ness where he and two companions discovered a half-eaten deer carcass and a shed 4-inch barbed tooth, later confiscated by the Highland Authorities.

After months of silence, an American University student agreed to be interviewed to discuss his trip to Loch Ness where he and two companions discovered a half-eaten deer carcass and a shed 4-inch barbed tooth, later confiscated by the Highland Authorities.

INTERVIEWER: Why should people believe this story?

DEL: Just look at the videotape and photos (posted at http://www.LochNessTooth.com). It’s all there. Besides, how could we even fake it? I mean, it’s a dead deer and a tooth! Where do you get a half-eaten dead deer?

INTERVIEWER: Some bloggers feel the tooth was the tip of an antler.

DEL: Well, that’s their opinion, but I held the thing. And my roommate, he’s from Minnesota. He and his dad go hunting all the time. He knows an antler when he sees it, and this was no antler.

INTERVIEWER: Some people are saying this is just a way to promote author Steve Alten’s latest fictional thriller, “The LOCH.”

DEL: I never met him, never even read his book, though he offered to send me a bunch of copies. I’m not out to promote anything, I just want the tooth back.

INTERVIEWER: To sell it?

DEL.: Yes, to the museum guys Mr. McDonald (Forensics Investigator Bill McDonald) has lined up. I’m going to law school next year. This could pay for all three years. Of course I want it back.

INTERVIEWER: Are you planning to sue the Highland Government?

DEL: It’s possible, but it’s costly. And I doubt that would work anyway.

INTERVIEWER: Why did you relinquish the tooth in the first place?

DEL: The guy had identification; we’re tourists in a foreign country. If a cop pulls me ove, I give him my license. If a water bailiff demands what we found, I give it to him.

INTERVIEWER: Why won’t you identify yourself?

DEL: I have a life; I don’t need to become the next “runaway bride.” When the tooth is returned I’ll come forward. My e-mail address and cell-phone are on the website.

Spencer Krawitz is a freelance reporter for several University newspapers.

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