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Woman Killed on Pope Lick Trestle, Home of the Goatman

In Pope Lick, Kentucky, there is an old train trestle that is said to be home to "the goatman" or the "Pope Lick Monster."

There are reports of goatmen from around the country, but this one is particularly well known, at least to cryptozoologists. It is also known to be particularly deadly.

On April 23, an Ohio woman was added to the list of the goatman's victims. reports:

"LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A woman has died after a train hit her on the Pope Lick train trestle in far eastern Jefferson County, Ky., police said.
"A train approached a man and a woman on the trestle about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, said Louisville Metro Police spokesperson Alicia Smiley.
"The man and woman laid down on the tracks to avoid getting hurt. The train hit the woman, and she fell from the trestle. Police found her dead at the scene. The man was not hurt, however, police and firefighters were trying to determine how to bring him down safely from the trestle.
"Jefferson County coroner Jack Arnold said Raquel Bain, 26, of Dayton, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene.
"The tracks are owned by Norfolk Southern Railway. Further information may not be available until Sunday morning, Smiley said.
"The trestle passes over Pope Lick Creek near Fisherville. It is about 100 feet high.
"Local authorities have fenced off the area and taken other measures to prevent people form walking on the trestle over the years.
"It is the site of an often-told ghost story involving a mythical half-man and half-ghost figure called 'The Pope Lick Monster.'"

Pope Lick trestle

I think "half-man and half-ghost figure" should be "half-man and half-goat."

There are those who think the goatman at the Pope Lick trestle lures people onto the bridge and to their deaths. This is not the first time this has happened, and it probably won't be the last. Condolences to the victim's family.


  1. If I remember correctly, there is a urban legend in Kentucky about phantom hands holding a lantern which leads victims onto train tracks and to their doom.

    1. I'll have to look into that... Maybe it ties into the Goatman legend in some way.


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