Rumors of the legendary Bishopville, South Carolina, Lizard Man have recently crawled back out of the swamp.
When a local woman leaving church last Sunday saw what she believes was the human-like reptile, she couldn’t believe her eyes, reports the Daily Mail. She immediately took a picture of the clawed monster with red eyes, a long tail, and bulging muscles that suspiciously resemble a person wearing a rubber suit.
“My hand to God, I am not making this up,” Sarah Berra wrote in an email to ABC. “So excited!”
The day after Berra’s sighting, another resident came forward and released a short video from a few months ago, in which a creature with a long tail runs through the trees, according to ABC.
“I saw your lizard man story and it’s given me the courage to send you a video I took in early May,” the anonymous man wrote. “Though my wife believes me that it’s real, she said she would be embarrassed that everyone would think I was a loon so I kept it a secret.”
Resident Jim Wilson said he spotted on Monday a tall, dark figure that looked "almost like an alligator with a short nose and long legs," he told Fox Carolina, according to the Daily Mail.
The Lizard Man legend dates back to 1988, ABC reports. A 17-year-old boy claimed that the monster charged at him while he changed a flat tire one night. As he tried to drive away, the creature jumped on the roof, he said.
Since then, locals report Lizard Man sightings every so often.
Scott Poole, a history professor at the College of Charleston, doesn’t believe that the recent footage proves that Lizard Man is real, although he does see it as evidence of the “cyclical appeal” of folk legend.
“Once a monster narrative is born, it re-emerges every few years when people need to tell the story again,” Poole told the Daily Mail in an email.
Over the years, Poole has noticed that Lizard Man stories usually surface during hard times.
“South Carolina has had a horrific summer with the terrorist act at Emmanuel AME,” he added. “It’s not too surprising that a tale of wonder, an effort to make the world seem like an enchanted place, would emerge at this time.”