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Lizard Man: the Living Dr. Connors

In the Spiderman franchise, Doctor Curtis Connors injects himself with a formula of lizard DNA to regenerate his left arm, only to mutate in to one of Spiderman’s villains: ‘the Lizard’. The idea of such a creature existing today is anything but settling. However, reports from South Carolina say that something like Spiderman’s Lizard is prowling through Scape Ore Swamp. 

The Bishopville Lizard Man, also known as the Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp, is a reptilian humanoid witnessed around the swamplands of Lee County, South Carolina. It is described as being seven feet tall, bipedal, and very muscular, with disputed reports concerning the presence of a tail. Though many reports describe ‘the lizard’ as a reptile, some reports say it is covered in dark hair, with a face covered in green scaly skin. The beast is described as having red glowing eyes and hands and feet with three black-clawed digits. Unfortunately, this creature is also notorious for its aggre ssion towards humans.

In one case on June 29th, 1988, Christopher Davis, a 17-year-old local, was driving home from work at 2 AM and stopped on a road close to Scape Ore Swamp to change a tire. As he was close to finishing up, he heard a thumping noise behind him and turned to see the creature 25 yards away, running towards him. Davis ran into the car and the creature grabbed the door handle as Davis was locking it. Davis sped off in the car and was successfully able to shake the creature off.  Coming back traumatized with fear, Davis discovered his side-view mirror damaged and scratch marks on the roof of his car. His father took him to the Lee County sheriff’s office on July 16th, 1988, where he told his story to sheriff Liston Truesdale.

Before Christopher came forward with his encounter, the Lee County sheriff’s office was called on the morning of July 4th, 1988 to a residence in a small rural community called Browntown, on the outskirts of Bishopville. Upon arriving, residents Tom and Mary Waye showed policemen their car, which had its chrome molding torn right off the fenders, its sidewalls scratched and dented, and some wires from the motor ripped out. When the police looked closer, they saw that parts of the molding were chewed, clumps of reddish hair lined the car, and muddy footprints covered the car.

After Davis’ sighting, more reports followed about the Lizard man, all of which involved damaged cars.

So what is the Lizard Man? Theories suggest that it could be a hoax to encourage tourism, a misidentified Bigfoot covered in algae, or an intelligent descendent of a dinosaur. We may never know what the Lizard Man is. But if you intend to drive near Scape Ore Swamp, be careful.

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