OK, you can tell it’s getting on into late summer and the news is JUST silly as hell.
The fabled Bishopville swamp creature known as Lizard Man appears to have surfaced again Sunday afternoon.
The photo shows someone in a costume in low light at typical poor resolution. The source of the story is an email to the ABC News station.
Sarah, a Sumter woman who says she went to church with a friend Sunday morning, stepped out of the sanctuary to see the Lizard Man running along the tree line.
So she did what anyone else would do — took a picture with her phone.
“My hand to God, I am not making this up,” she wrote in an email to the ABC News 4 newsroom. “So excited!”
HONESTLY, ABCNews4, you resorted to this nonsense? For shame!
I’ve not heard that there is a movie about the Scape Ore Lizard Man in the works which might explain this scene. Is there a Lizard Man festival? The costume bears a remarkable resemblance, notably the pointy snout, to the description and artwork of RW Benjamin who ran the site Unknown Creatures and did several pieces of cryptid art. Sadly, that site is no longer on line.
The Lizard Man story begins in 1988 when the sheriff is called regarding damage to the exterior of a car parked near a home in a rural area of Browntown, South Carolina. The damage appeared to be due to teeth marks. There was also hair and footprints on the vehicle. These remnants were later found to be attributable to a fox. But a legend was born – as people reported seeing a seven-foot tall green or brown bipedal creature with red eyes roaming the area. The sheriff related that these witnesses suggested the creature was responsible for the car. One witness, Chris Davis, gained notoriety for his encounter at 2:30 AM on a back road as he described a monster attacking him and his car. The creature was said to be upright with three fingers on its hand. The story took off from there.
There have been other reports of car damage done by a “lizard man” but those are clearly accounted for by dogs. The footprints of the Scape Ore swamp lizard man were also clearly hoaxed. What the eyewitnesses saw, if anything, is undetermined, but let’s just say an upright lizard man is NOT plausible as an explanation.
The news station here has been hornswaggled by this hoax. But something tells me they don’t care, they like the attention. Everyone loves a local monster.