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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Cryptids of the Week: 11/30-12/6, 2014

Welcome to the 4th Cryptids of the Week! These are the two cryptids picked for the week of Nov. 30 thru Dec. 6, 2014.

Bishopville Lizard Man

The Bishopville Lizard Man is a strange creature supposedly living in Scape Ore Swamp, near Bishopville, South Carolina. It is also known as the Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp or the Lizard Man of Lee County. Most witnesses say the Lizard Man is about seven feet tall. Some witnesses describe a scaly reptilian humanoid, but others describe something that looks like a Bigfoot, so no ones is really sure which description really describes the creature, if it exists. The most famous encounter with he creature occurred at around 2 AM on June 29, 1988. Christopher Davis had stopped his car in Scape Ore Swamp to fix a flat tire when something attacked him. He jumped back in the car and sped away, but the thing jumped on top of his car! He swerved and it fell off, and he escaped. He said the thing was humanlike, with green skin, three fingers on each hand with black fingernails, and glowing red eyes.
The Lizard Man seems to be especially fond of chewing on people's cars, In the 1980s and even as recently as 2013. Also in 2013, Lyle Blackburn published his second book, Lizard Man: The True Story of the Bishopville Monster, which covers the creature and was also named the Best Cryptozoology Book of 2013. 


Bishopville Lizard Man


Jersey Devil 

This monster is said to live in the Pine Barrons of New Jersey.  The Jersey Devil Legend dates back to 1735, when a woman, called "Mother Leeds", had her thirteenth child. She did not want another child, and cursed it, saying "Let this one be a Devil!"Supposedly, the baby turned into a hideous monster and flew out the chimney, to live the rest of its days in the Pine Barrons. The creature was supposedly sighted several times over the next couple hundred of years. In 1909, sightings really took off. Hundreds of people from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and other states reported seeing the monster. Some think it was all mass hysteria. There have been later sightings of the Jersey Devil, so maybe it's really out there. Even if it's not, it has a hockey team named after it!


Jersey Devil


Those are the cryptids for this week. The next CotW will be posted sometime next week.
Have a good day everyone. 

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