Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: Louisville Mojo
As most of you already know, I have an incredible fascination with monsters (no...is that why this place is called Monster Island News?) and strange creatures of lore, mythology, cryptozoology, television and, of course, movies.
Now, today, I was planning on writing an article about one of the lesser known cryptids that have been seen all over the world, Lizard Men. My article was going to focus on the history of sightings here in California, and their possible link to the lost continents of Mu or Lemuria.
Mu and Lemuria are basically the Pacific Oceans' very own versions of Atlantis, to make a long story short.
Low and behold, I left the materials that I was going to use for that article at home this morning in my haste......my bad.
Now, you may think that this is some sort of coincidence, but while I was skimming through the news on Google this morning I came across a story about a Lizard Man written by J.S. Holland for Louisville Mojo.
That's weird. I came actress a story about Lizard Men on the very same day that I was going to write my own.
Some of you may say that this was some sort of fate, a cosmic connection, others will simply dismiss this as randomness. I, however, believe that all things happen do to plan, whether that be by God's plan, or not.
Now to get to the meat of the J.S. Holland piece. It seems that way back on October 28th, 1878, there was an article in the Courier-Journal (Louisville) about a scaly "Wild Man of the Woods" that had been captured and put on display.
When one generally hears the term, "Wild Man", images of a Sasquatch or Bigfoot normally comes to mind, this creature, however, was far different. According to the original article, this strange being was about 6-foot-tall, with large eyes, and covered with scales.
This strange lizard-like humanoid was reportedly displayed in Louisville for some time before, like the "Minnesota Ice Man"and the Bigfoot captured by railroad employees around the turn of the century in Canada, it disappeared, never to be seen again.
I should be noted that 'hoaxed' newpaper stories were very popular in the 1800s. Articles concocted to stimulate the public and boost newspaper sales. The more wild and unbelievable the better. However, according to Holland (I didn't read the article myself) the 1878 story in question was, ".. treated rather matter-of-factly despite its outlandish subject matter.."
Does that add any credence to the validity of the article.......probably not.
Regardless, this 1878 account of a "Lizard Man" is not unique, not on a worldwide scale, or even for the American south.
In June of 1988, a sixteen-year-old boy named Christopher Davis was attacked by a 7-foot-tall, scaly monster, while changing a flat tire near the Scape Ore Swamp in South Carolina.
The "Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp" (also known as the Lizard Man of Lee County) reportedly tried to attack the youth's car as he tried to escape.
In the following months after the attack other local residents reported sightings and other attacks on vehicles. Seems this "Lizard-Man" wasn't much of a car buff.
Reports of the creature, and sometimes creatures, continue to this day in the area, the latest being reported in 2005 and 2008.
Other areas of the country that seem to be home to lizard-like humanoids include Loveland, Ohio (The Loveland Frog), Thetis Lake, British Columbia, Canada (Thetis Lake Monster) and also here in my home state of California.
More on these California sightings in a follow-up article.
Is there really a race of "Creature from the Black Lagoon" esque "Gill-Men" living in obscurity in North America?
Though, these things aren't seen with near the regularity of the Sasquatch, or Bigfoot, the reports may be worth some investigation.
Local legends of lizard-like races come from various periods of human history. There is the Cecrops, the mythical first King of Athens who was half-man-half-snake, the Dragon Kings of Chinese mythology, the Nāga in India and the Zahhak, a figure from Zoroastrian mythology, just to touch on a few.
One of the predominant theories about these creatures is that they are extraterrestrial, that is, they are aliens from another world. Indeed, there have been numerous reports of lizard-like aliens emerging from UFOs.
Many authors about UFO encounters have postulated that these guys are hear to start a colony, but if that's true, then they have either been really slow about it, or they are already living here.
More about that in my follow-up.
Food for thought, for now, I promise to write about all the California "Lizard Men" sightings as time permits.
Is there more here than meets to eye?
I know....I'm a tease...
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