Then there is the Goatman who allegedly lives in and around Lake Worth near Fort Worth, Texas, who is also known as the Lake Worth Monster. In the summer of 1969 several sightings were reported of the half-man, half-goat creature with both fur and scales like a fish. Terry Deckard, a local reporter, decided to cover it for his paper. The resulting story "Fishy Man-Goat Terrifies Couples Parked at Lake Worth" made the front page. Less than a week later the creature allegedly jumped from a tree onto a man's car. A few days later 10 eyewitnesses claim they saw the monster hurling tires at them from a gorge with inhuman strength as they gaped on in horror at its hideous appearance. A picture surfaced of the monstrosity captured by Allen Plaster in October of that same year. The police were called in to investigate and the local television news ran in the field interviews with eye witnesses as fear gripped the residents that something evil and unnatural and, worst of all, violent was living among them. KDFW later aired them together for an in-depth special report about the Lake Worth Monster. The legend continues to this day, with high school kids paying tribute by donning gorilla costumes and parading around the lake in celebration of the legendary creature.
There are several other versions of the origin of the Goatman just floating around the web these days, each of them adding their own fuel to the folklore fire. Some people believe that the Goatman is an old hermit who is simply trying to scare away humans from his camp like something out of an old Scooby-Doo cartoon. Others suggest that the Goatman was once an angry goat herder who lost his sanity after a group of teens caused the death of several of his beloved flock and is still seeking revenge for his loss. A fair number of fanatics have suggested that the modern day Goatman is none other than a mythical Satyr of olden times, or perhaps even the misunderstood ne'er-do-well Pan himself. With the impending release of the new Krampus movie a few people have even started to suggest the Goatman could be the nefarious counterpart to Saint Nick. Then there is a whole contingent of fans who believe the Goatman is a magical creature, not unlike Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster or the Chupacabra. From this last group there are those who insist that the Goatman is part of a larger group of shapeshifters and can take the form of anyone from the sad, homeless drunk begging for change at the store to your parents and teachers!
Last but far from least are those who believe the Goatman represents something far more sinister and may in fact be the devil himself or one of his powerful minions let loose on Earth to torment mankind in our final days. These religiously inclined individuals note the similarity between the Goatman and the terrifying Baphomet, a figure often aligned with Satanism or dark occult practices. For them the Goatman is a sign of the impending battle of Armageddon, that he may be the Antichrist himself, and that his unholy existence is proof that the end of the world is already upon us since the one with cloven feet and devil's horns already walks among us.
Since Thanksgiving more and more stories of the mythical creature have been circulating but so far there is still no tangible proof that the Goatman is real, just the stories that may or may not have actually happened, which is all detailed in that Strange Mysteries clip. Still all these new sightings being reported in the beasts old stomping grounds have some people downright alarmed, and with good reason. One of the more terrifying stories passed down about the Goatman since 1962 alleges that he brutally dismembered 14 hikers who wandered too close to his actual home, chopping them to pieces and strewing the parts across the forest. The murders were never solved and so the legend continues to this day.
With the sudden resurgence of interest in this mythical creature it's no surprise to hear that a Goatman movie is already in the works. I don't know about you but all this talk of a goat-man hybrid with superhuman strength and possible psychic powers just leaves me with one burning unanswered question: Who would win in a fight between the Chupacabra and the Goatman? For now all we can do is dream that we will one day know the answer and avoid running on trestles, wandering off in the forest, and hanging out in lake beds in Texas.
For more on the Goatman check out J. Nathan Couch's book, Goatman: Flesh or Folklore? It's available on Amazon and seeing a surge in new sales.
Until next time, stay scared!