The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp: The Legend

Sara B

Also known as the Lizard Man of Lee County, it is said to inhabit the swamp lands of Lee County, South Carolina. The reported sightings made local and national news, and the media frenzy was a cult appreciation for this and predictable events; it was ¨a chain of events: strange sighting, media attention, more sightings, followed by visits from curious tourists and monster hunters¨.

So, who is the Lizard Man of Lee County?

On July 14, 1988, there was a report of a car damaged overnight while parked at a home in the area outside of Bishopville, South Carolina. The location was near Scape Ore Swamp.

According to the report that was filed, the car had toothmarks and scratches with hair, and muddy footprints were noted. The Sheriff at the time was Liston Truedale, and he reported this was the first of many clams that eventually turned into a story about a lizard man in the swamp.

A witness, 17-year-old Christopher Davis, stated that his car was attacked by a "green, wetlike, about 7 feet (2.1 m) tall and had three fingers, red eyes, skin like a lizard, snakelike scales". His incident was two weeks before the other report.

However, he only came forward once other reports were in the area. However, Davis's incident was a bit different. He was driving home late at night, and his car got a flat tire. When he got out to fix his tire, he saw the creature walking toward him.

Davis got in his car and attempted to flee, but the creature jumped on top of the vehicle. Davis pushed on the brakes, and the beast fell off his car, allowing Davis to escape.

The local business then decided to capitalize on the idea and sold ¨Lizard Man T-shirts ¨. Due to the nationwide publicity, the area became a local tourist attraction. As well as the local radio station WCOS offered a 1 million award for anyone who could capture the creature alive.

Again, on August 5, there was another report from Kenneth Orr, an airman who was stationed at Shaw Air Force Base. Orr reportedly encountered the Lizardman on Highway 15; he shot and wounded it. Unfortunately, he was then in trouble for carrying a pistol and recanted his statement.

Orr also got a misdemeanor offense for filing a false police report and was prosecuted for carrying a gun. Orr then stated he made up the story to keep the excitement around the Lizard Man alive.

Lizard Man reports slowly died off as the summer ended, and the officials speculated it was only a bear. However, stories about the Lizard Man and strange encounters have been reported in the area from 2008 until 2017.

Investigators have questioned the story of Chris Davis, but his story remains the same. However, many claim that it was simply not true. Especially since many who reported Lizard Man described it differently, some saying it was covered with mud. To this day, no one knows what happened in Lee County, South Carolina, that summer.


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