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Lizard Man's Legend Continues

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A South Carolina couple isn't sure what's responsible for the damage to their car; 
some speculate it's the Lizard Man


Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp

The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp (also known as The Lizard Man Of Lee County), is a humanoid cryptid which is said to inhabit areas of swampland in and around Lee County, South Carolina.


The Lizard Man is described as being seven feet tall (over 2m), bipedal, and well built, with green scaly skin and glowing orange eyes. It is said to have three toes on each foot and three fingers on each hand which end in a circular pad on them that stick to walls

Davis Sighting

The first reported sighting of the creature was made by Christopher Davis, a 17 year old local, who said he encountered the creature while driving home from work at 2 AM on June 29, 1988. According to his account, Davis stopped on a road bordering Scape Ore Swamp in order to change a tire which had blown out. When he was finishing up he reported having heard a thumping noise from behind him and having turned around to see the creature running towards him.

Davis said the creature tried to grab at the car and then jumped on its roof as he tried to escape, clinging on to it as Davis swerved from side to side in an effort to throw it off. After he returned home, Davis' side-view-mirror was found to be badly damaged, and scratch marks were found on the car's roof--though there was no other physical evidence of his encounter.

    I looked back and saw something running across the field towards me. It was about 25 yards away and I saw red eyes glowing. I ran into the car and as I locked it, the thing grabbed the door handle. I could see him from the neck down the three big fingers, long black nails and green rough skin. It was strong and angry. I looked in my mirror and saw a blur of green running. I could see his toes and then he jumped on the roof of my car. I thought I heard a grunt and then I could see his fingers through the front windshield, where they curled around on the roof. I sped up and swerved to shake the creature off.

In the month that followed the Davis sighting there were several further reports of a large lizard like creature, and of unusual scratches and bite marks found on cars parked close to the swamp. Most of these are said to have occurred within a three-mile (5 km) radius of the swamps of Bishopville.

At the time, local law enforcement officials reacted to reports of the Lizard Man with a mixture of concern and skepticism, stating that a sufficient number of sightings had been made by apparently reliable people for them to believe that something tangible was being seen, but also that it was more likely to be a bear than a Lizard Man.

Two weeks after the Davis sighting the sheriff's department made several plaster casts of what appeared to be three-toed footprints - measuring some 14 inches (360 mm) in length - but decided against sending them on to the FBI for further analysis after biologists advised them that they were unclassifiable.[2] According to South Carolina Marine Resources Department spokesperson Johnny Evans the tracks neither matched, nor could be mistaken for, the footprints of any recorded animal. Evans also dismissed the possibility that they could have been made by some form of mutated creature.

The sightings attracted tourists interested in seeing the creature and hunters interested in tracking it, and nearby radio station WCOS[disambiguation needed] offered a $1 million reward to anybody who could capture the creature alive. [2][6] However, reports of the creature began to decline at the end of the summer with the last credible sighting of the year being reported in July. 

On August 5 Kenneth Orr, an airman stationed at Shaw Air Force Base, filed a report with the police saying that he had encountered the Lizard Man on highway 15, and that he had shot and wounded it. He presented several scales and a small quantity of blood as evidence. Orr recanted this account two days later when he was arraigned for unlawfully carrying a pistol, and the misdemeanor offense of filing a false police report. According to Orr, he had invented the sighting in order to keep stories about the Lizard Man in circulation.


  1. The Washington Post (1988-08-14) "Lizard Man' Claims a Casualty", The Washington Post
  2. Horswell, Cindy(1989-07-1989) "`Lizard Man' legend still alive, kicking", Houston Chronicle
  3. Milligan, Stephen (1988-08-07) "Sightings of a monster lizard from the swamp has struck terror into a small community in South Carolina", The Sunday Times.
  4. San Francisco Chronicle (1988-08-02) "Youth Who Saw 'Lizard Man' Gets an Agent", San Francisco Chronicle
  5. Horswell, Cindy (1989-07-30) "Lizard man leaves mark/Tale still told in sleepy S.C. town", Houston chronicle
  6. Horswell, Cindy (1988-07-31) "On a scale of one to 10, it rates a downright scary 11/Leapin' lizards! Is that brute for real?", Houston Chronicle
  7. Houston Chronicle (1988-08-13) "To keep a monstrous legend alive/Man admits lying about Lizard Man", Houston Chronicle
  8. "Police Log" Newberry Observer, October 5, 2005
  9. Video - Breaking News Videos from
  10. Dead cow, coyote found near site of "Lizard Man" mystery - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina  - March 6, 2008
  11. "Lizard Man" returns? - WIS News 10 - Columbia, South Carolina - Feb 29, 2008
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  • The Lizard-Man of Bishopville, South Carolina - John Rhodes - (Archived)
    • One dark night near Bishopville, South Carolina, in June of 1988, seventeen-year-old Christopher Davis stopped to change a flat tire along Scape Ore Swamp. As he was finishing the task and putting the flat tire in the trunk, he heard a noise coming from a nearby field. As he peered off into the darkness, he saw a seven foot tall creature with red glowing eyes running towards him on its two hind legs and grunting as it closed in. Christopher jumped into the car and sped off down the road.
  • Our local reptilian -  Micheal - AstroVera Forum
    • We have a resident reptilian near where we live. He/she/it has been around for quite some time. There are numerous credible sightings by down to earth local folks who don't seek attention or limelight. and There have been some attempts to debunk it. For example, a DNA sample from a recent attack ( was sent for testing and the results said it was canine. People here don't believe the results. There have been too many unreported sightings by locals who are completely trustworthy. It's been suggested that these things aren't entirely uncommon. They're cast-out exiles from the land below and live in swamps, caves and sewers. They still need blood meals and they're pissed off.

'Lizard Man' Claims a Casualty

Article from: The Washington Post 
Article date: August 14, 1988

Lizard Man' Claims a Casualty

Copyright information: Copyright 1988 The Washington Post. 
This material is published under license from the Washington Post.  All inquiries regarding rights should be directed to the Washington Post. 

There is no proof that the Lee County "Lizard Man" really exists, but a man who admits he fabricated a story about shooting it faces up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine for unlawfully carrying a pistol, the sheriff said today.

Lizard Man mania swept Bishopville after a 17-year-old reported being chased by a large, green, red-eyed creature.

Sheriff Liston Truesdale said Kenneth ... 


Dead cow, coyote found near site of "Lizard Man" mystery

Posted: March 6, 2008 04:37 PM 

Updated: April 1, 2008 05:14 PM 
LEE COUNTY, SC (WIS) - We have been following a renewed investigation into the "Lizard Man." 

Thursday we have learned that two dead animals were found in a field near the home of Dixie and Bob Rawson. The Lee County Sheriff's Department says it could be linked to some pretty serious damage to the Rawson's van. 

Last week, the Rawsons showed us how the van's front grill was chewed up, and how the wheel wells on both sides were bent. When some of the Rawson's cats went missing too, neighbors said the "Lizard Man" might be responsible. 

Lee County Sheriff E.J. Melvin is out to inspect the field near the Rawsons on his four-wheeler. "Just going to ride the field, see if there are anymore animals laying out dead." 

Already, they've found a cow and a coyote. It's significant in that they were both found only yards away from the Rawsons' car. 

"This is out of a book," says Dixie Rawson. And now, Rawson doesn't know what's fiction and what's real. 

WIS News 10 first showed you last week the bite marks and bends on her van. Neighbors told her it was the Lizard Man - a seven-foot green giant whose first reported sighting near Scape Ore Swamp 20 years ago entrenched him as a legend in these parts, a legend that's never been confirmed. 

So investigators told the Rawsons not to worry, all that must have been done by some other animal - likely, a coyote. Now Dixie Rawson asks, "If the coyote did this damage, what killed the coyote and the cow? Was it the Lizard Man? I don't know." 

Sheriff E.J. Melvin says, "I don't want to get anybody alarmed. But for some reason, I'm sticking with the coyote. But the coyote, that coyote is dead." 

What's left now is more speculation. Authorities had hoped to extract some blood left on the van's hood, but the Department of Natural Resources says the sample taken was somehow contaminated. For the record, DNR believes the holes were made by a dog - a dog trying to get at cats underneath the cars. 

About a half-dozen of the Rawsons cats are still missing nearly a week after the attack on their car. The passing time is doing little to answer their questions. 

Dixie Rawson says, "We're here in this quiet little town and all of a sudden, this happens." 

How this happened, no one is quite sure yet - making clear only that the Lizard Man mystery isn't ready to be solved.

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Reported by Dan Tordjman
Posted by Chantelle Janelle


"Lizard Man" returns?

Posted: Feb 29, 2008 03:02 PM 

Updated: March 5, 2008 08:55 PM

BISHOPVILLE, SC (WIS) - After a nasty surprise Thursday morning for one Bishopville resident, she's wondering if the "Lizard Man" is back.

Dixie Rawson of Bishopville sent WIS News 10 an e-mail about a big surprise she got at her home Thursday morning. "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." 

It reminded Dixie of the local legend of the "Lizard Man" that stretches back for decades. Now some are wondering if the Lizard Man is back. 

The legend blows in with a brisk winter wind, sending chills through neighbors in Lee County. 

"I couldn't believe it, I just couldn't believe it," says Bob Rawson. He looks down at the blood and claw marks on his van. "He literally bit, you can feel where he bit straight through here." 

Who is "he"? It's a point of renewed debate in the area. Some are sure they know the only creature capable of this kind of damage is the Lizard Man. 

If it is the Lizard Man, he's back nearly two decades after first being spotted near Scape Ore swamp. 

No one's ever been able to confirm the account of the seven-foot monster with green skin, three toes and a three clawed fingers. 

In addition to the car damage, the Rawsons didn't find their cats in the boxes where they usually sleep. They did find the towels inside shredded, and the same story with the morning paper. Whatever did this, the Rawsons aren't taking any chances.

His Glock loaded, Mr. Rawson is ready to shoot what he feels is most likely a bear. Lee County Sheriff E.J. Melvin says it could be a coyote, but then again, "All the scratch marks, people are saying, 'Sheriff, it's Lizard Man.' Don't know. It's hard to say." 

Several of the Rawsons' 20 plus cats have also disappeared. They're hoping they were just scared away.

Alert WIS News 10 viewers asked about the blood found on the Rawson's van. Authorities tell us they've extracted a sample - sending it off for DNA analysis. It could be a month before those results come back.

Reported by Dan Tordjman
Posted by Chantelle Janelle


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