Lizard Man Legend
By James Donahue
When Dixie Rawson of Bishopville,
South Carolina, recently found large bite marks that tore
away portions of the metal grill of her van, and neighbors found dead cows that had been ravaged by some creature in a nearby
field, folks immediately thought about a 30-year-old legend of the Lizard Man.
The creature made its
first appearance on June 29, 1988, when Christopher Davis, then 17, blew a tire on a road that ran along the Scape Ore Swamp
while driving home from work at around 2 a.m. He told police a large beast, an estimated seven feet tall with green rough
skin, red glowing eyes and hands with three big figures and long black nails, coming up out of the swamp.
Davis said he jumped into his car as the creature bounded for him. It jumped on the roof
of his car as he was driving off, wildly swerving the vehicle to shake it off the car. He said his last glimpse was a flash
of green in his mirror when he looked back.
According to the old story,
Davis’s father found scratches around the door handle
of the car, the side-view mirror badly twisted and some deep scratches and marks on the top of the vehicle where the beast
The local newspapers quickly
dubbed it the “Lizard Man,” and after the first report, various other people said they witnessed similar sightings
that summer in and around the swamp as well as nearby Bishopville. Police said they were receiving so many calls they had
to establish a special “Lizard Man” hotline.
After that, the reports
subsided and stopped completely until October, 2005, when a woman at Newberry,
South Carolina, reported two Lizard Man type creatures outside her home.
of the stories were ever substantiated by police and the creature was never caught or photographed.
Now the legend has been
rekindled by an unexplained assault on Dixie Rawson’s van. In a letter Rawson sent to the local television news she
wrote that “the whole front half of our van is chewed up. There are bite marks right through the front grill. Both sides
of the van above the wheel wells were bitten and the metal is bent like a piece of paper.”
She said the damage reminded
her of the Lizard Man story. That she even mentioned the Lizard Man was enough to get the stories started again.
The strangeness in this
story is that something extraordinary appears to be occurring in and around the Scape
Ore Swamp in South Carolina. That Christopher Davis was frightened out of his wits by a seven-foot-high
creature with a scaly green skin might have been somebody dressed in a scary costume, but how do we explain the beast’s
amazing ability to jump to the roof of the car, and almost rip off the side mirror?
Even harder to explain
are the teeth marks in Rawson’s metal grill and wheel mounts. What could have done such damage to her car and leave
this kind of marking in the metal?