Lizard Man – What (Or Who) Is It?

There are reports of a scaly being in some parts of the USA. More specifically in Ohio and South Carolina. This creature is usually described as being 7-8 foot tall with scales and red eyes and it resembles a bipedal Lizard, or Lizardman.

Lets look at the alleged evidence and witness testimony of this creature.

The First Sighting of The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp:

George Holliman Jr was thirsty that early fall morning in 1987. It takes a very parched throat to stop and get off your bicycle at just after midnight to take a quenching sip of water from a flowing stream- however clean it may be.. Of course anyone whose ever had an exertion that’s caused dehydration long enough might understand, you get relief where you can find it. After George enjoyed his liquid repast, a cigarette was in order. He’d no sooner started puffing away when something caught his eye from across the road. It appeared to Holliman that a dead tree hit by lightning was standing in an odd place across the way; when suddenly, the tree stood up just like a man would! His mind had no more processed this thing up-righting its self than a car went by causing the 7 or 8 foot entity’s eyes to glow red. The creature immediately moved back into the swamp after the car had passed. According to the sheriff whom George told this to the following August, “He thought it was a hant” or haint. Southern vernacular words sometimes used for haunt, like in, “It’s so ugly it could haint a house.” This was to be the first sighting of what came to be called “The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp.” For many years previous, however, there had been reports of a “Wild Man” or Bigfoot like entity in the area of what was known back in those days as “Scape Whore Swamp,” near the small town of Bishopville, S.C.

Christopher Davis has an Encounter:
Seventeen year old Christopher Davis was driving home from work in the early morning hours of June 29th, 1988 when without that plop plop warning one will often get, a rear tire blew out on his 1976 Toyota Celica. Chris immediately pulled over on a road next to the Scape Ore Swamp. After replacing the flat with the spare, he began putting the jack and other tire changing tools back into the trunk when he heard an unusual pounding sound come from behind him. Perhaps its best left to Christopher- who passed a lie detector test the following Sept.- to describe what happened next: “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.” Trembling and frightened, Davis made it home where his parents calmed him down enough so he could tell them what had happened. Chris’s father went outside to have a look-see at the Toyota. What he found nearly stunned him. The driver’s side mirror had been twisted around violently several times, and deep claw-like scratches were on the roof. Christopher and his family kept this to themselves for a couple of weeks until the sheriff of Lee County requested any information about a bizarre act of apparent vandalism on a Tom and Mary Ware’s vehicle.

The Wares Find a Problem:
The night of July 14th, 1988 was like any other for the Wares. What they were to find the next morning was anything but. Their car, which had been parked on one of Lee County’s numerous back roads, had been attacked- for that is the only word to use- with the hood ornament crushed like an aluminum beer can. The entire electrical works had been ripped out from under the car along with deep claw-like scratches found all over the body of the vehicle. The police were amazed and a bit bewildered with what they discovered at the scene. The car damage was almost nothing in comparison with what must of been the power and size of what ever assaulted the car, not to mention the deeply impressed tracks; and to be absolutely frank about it, those monstrously eerie looking foot prints the creature had left behind. The sheriff’s department made plaster casts of the three-toed tracks- some of which measured 14 inches in length. The South Carolina Department of Marine sources were adamant in that not only could there be no mistake in the identification, they weren’t from any known animal, and that included any possibility of them being a damaged or mutated foot as well. A bit bizarrely, for some unknown reason, later on the S. C. Fish & Wildlife were to contradict the S.C.D.M. by saying they looked phony.

Sightings and Some Evidence:
Twelve more people claimed to have seen the Lizard Man during the summer of 1988, with many reporting having a sense of being followed before spotting the creature, while others were actually chased for short distances. Further car attacks were also reported. A major break came on July the 24th when four teenagers out on a double date spotted a massive looking “Thing” dart across the road not 20 feet in front of them. The young men apparently took the girlfriends home and then went straight to the police office reporting on what they’d all seen. Following right behind this were calls about ungodly howls or screeches from the same area, so a Lee County deputy and state trooper took off to investigate. The two officers discovered three 40 gallon cardboard drums smashed and scattered all over the road. Also uncovered were small trees with their tops torn off about eight feet from the ground. In addition three-toed foot-prints measuring 14 inches long by 7 inches wide were followed almost 900 feet into the Scrape Ore Swamp its self. As the summer ended, so did the reports

Lizard Man Redux?
In 2008, Bob and Dixie Rawson of Bishopville greeted the morning by finding their minivan had been attacked during the night. Heavy damage around the base of the van, including long gashes to the grill and tire wells. In addition to their cats missing, the fresh carcasses of a cow and coyote were found by the Lee County Sheriff in an adjoining field. The History channels Monster Quest later estimated at least three hundred pounds of torque would have been required to do the damage on the Rawson car fender. The minivan wasn’t the only vehicle reported attacked either. Perhaps we haven’t heard the last from Lizard Man.


About Andrew

Co-founder & lead investigator of Paranormal Encounters. I've experienced the paranormal all my life, having encountered ghosts, angels and demons. I live in a haunted house and when not exploring and researching the unknown, I enjoy single malt Scotch whisky & potato chips (though not necessarily at the same time).