Has Lizardman Returned?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 7th, 2011

People in Lee County, South Carolina are asking the question, “Has the Lizardman returned?”

Remember what happened in July 1988?

Lizard Man

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Lizard Man

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It appears a new incident occurred on July 4th, 2011:

On Ida Lane in rural Lee County, they’re struggling to explain what took place Monday morning.

“I ran into the house and told my wife to call the police because something happened to the car,” explained Leon Marshall.

“The tooth marks went completely through the fender,” added his wife Ada.

Early that morning the Marshall’s woke up to find their car mauled by something.

“That’s metal! And it just bent it up. Like it was a piece of tissue paper,” said Ada.

The question is by what?

“We have no idea. No idea. No idea what-so-ever.”

To former Lee County Sheriff Liston Truesdale, this sounds all too familiar.

“This part here is how it all started in 1988,” explained Truesdale. “We got a call to come and look at something that had mauled a car. I went out there and looked at that damaged car, and I haven’t seen anything like that before.”

About that same time there were bizarre calls coming in.

“They had been seeing a large creature about 7 feet tall, with big red eyes, with three pointed fingers.”

So he started asking residents, “have you seen anything like a big tall creature round there? And the guys said, ‘what you mean that lizard man?’ That’s how it started and you got it from the horse’s mouth.”

Back then, there was a media frenzy.

“Everyone thought they were going to get a glimpse of the Lizard Man but he didn’t appear.”

The damage on the Marshall’s car is almost identical to the damage on the two cars from back then.

Was it the Lizard man?

“I’m skeptical about that. I’m not gonna go that far. I’ll believe it when I see it,” said the Marshalls.

“Everything it laid off on the poor lizard man,” jokes Truesdale. “But at this point, he must have grandchildren!”

Whether you believe in the Lizard Man or not, he certainly did generate a lot of buzz. In 1988 it’s estimated that about 50,000 visitors came to Lee County in hopes of spotting the creature. Credit WLTX

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

14 Responses to “Has Lizardman Returned?”

  1. Cryptoz responds:

    Really interesting. There were sightings back in 2008 too, right? Could be some type of prank. Like they said, everything gets blamed on the Lizardman. Could just be hysteria.

  2. shill responds:

    From the pictures I had seen of the chewed up fender, I might look closer at the idea that a cat (perhaps) may have been running away from a dog who was REALLY eager to get at it. It hid on the wheel under the fender and the dog made a valid attempt to extract it. Seems a lot more plausible than a lizard man trying to snack on a car.

  3. Know it all responds:

    No eyewitnesses.. could be anything from hubby not reporting a his fault fender bender on wifey’s car or vis versa, to a feral pit bull, escaped alligator/caiman, large cat exotic, or a Cryptid going after a rodent that ran up the wheelwell or a racoon or cat sleeping in the engine bay, or a poachers stray shot, or juvenile delinquent’s buckshot, steel waterfowl shot, tungsten shot “test”.

  4. Victor VonDoom via Facebook responds:

    Fear not these lizard-men..DOOM protects his servants, VOTE DOOM for AMERICAN RULER in 2012!

  5. RaceBannon responds:

    My vote would be an alligator. Wasn’t there a news item a few months ago about an alligator bitting into a bumper? The story may have not been posted here, but I did see the news on a web site.

  6. BUKWASBOO responds:

    Things are tough all over , the last monster craze brought 50 thousand people into town ! i know several busness’s there still sell tshirts ! like i said,… things are tough all over,…
    SHOW ME THE SLEESTACK !!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Jack Thompson via Facebook responds:

    Hey, we can only hope he’s back. Been a quiet summer after all.

  8. Massachusetts responds:

    Lizard man or over zealous bear or canine, it’s scary to leave your house in the morning knowing that a nocturnal visitor strong enough to chew through your car’s metal work is prowling the neighborhood! Yikes!

    It does seem though that lots of critters would have the ability to damage a car. Even small dogs with attitude problems can tear apart your house or apartment, after all. We should always remember Occam’s razor and look for the simplest and most direct explanation that fits the data at hand. Known animals are likely the culprit. If they had DNA evidence and photos to go with it, that would be food for thought…

  9. Know it all responds:

    You know, getting back to the original root of all this, and having been a resident of the Carolinas myself – the type of hardwood/conifer forest with high water table swampishness that characterizes much of the lowland Carolinas is rather reminiscent of Cretaceous/Jurassic land plant flora.

    The Carolinas is also the periphery of Cherokee & other Southern Amerindian tribes who had a long standing legend of a dangerous animal known locally as the (great) anole. A giant lizard with glittering scales that could run as fast as a man, climb into trees, prey upon Indian children and dogs, but only cougars were the only animal capable of killing it. Being a former herper as other members here and having kept anole lizards, the ambiguous original modern sightings report(actually 2nd) where the green scales and 3 toes and 3 fingered hands with long claws are the only parts clearly seen, get even more interesting with a Colonel in the Army Corps of Engineers. Having reported seeing a half-dinosaur, half-man running alongside his car late one night after having spent years at the Pentagon, about to be promoted to General, Robert Cooper saw a death sentence to his military career. Google Robert Coopers police sketch of lizard man.

    As engineers are accomplished technical draftsmen with moderated artistic talents, the Colonel’s sketch of the entire creature seen partially in the car attack sighting looks alarmingly like a bipedal anole lizard 7 feet tall with therapod 3 fingered digits & alligator belly, in contrast to the Western Collard Lizard which does indeed look more “Allosaurus” but with 5 toed typical lizard digits or it’s possible Western giant morphs, The Mountain Boomer & dangerous to humans “Hide Behind” the lizard as big as a bull with hind legs 10X larger than the forelegs of the Ozarks & South West.

    As Iguanodons were thought quadrapeds by British Crystal Palace exhibit scientists during the American Civil War days & bipedal therapod carnivorous dinosaurs were not scientifically classified in the Western Hemisphere until the Cowboy Days… if the data on bipedal large North American reptiles existed prior to the later 19th Century….. Are OceanicsSharks much different than Devonian shark fossils?

  10. Redrose999 responds:

    Dang feral dogs can’t seem to keep their teeth away from those car bumpers….

  11. zigoapex responds:

    @Know it all

    They had a show on monsterquest where they did some test to see how much force(psi) it would take to puncture the fender, and it was much higher than any known animal bite’s psi.

    It probably wasn’t a known animal, I’m guessing it was a hoaxer.

  12. Cryptoz responds:

    I would imagine the lizardman could have a powerful bite force, just as some crocodiles have. could have been just that, an alligator of some kind. but again, why would it randomly take a taste out of someone’s car? Hoax?

  13. Tyler Stone via Facebook responds:

    Oh boy, the feral dog is back!

  14. glendoor42 responds:

    I don’t know what bit that fender, but I’ll bet whatever did thought it tasted like chicken.

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