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Goatman is Back or Maybe He Just Hired a New Publicist

The buzzers are buzzing with news about Goatman – that creepy cryptid who is half-goat, half-human and all over the Internet. A video about Goatman uploaded last year on the Strange Mysteries Channel on YouTube is currently getting another 15 minutes of flame. Were there some recent Goatman sightings or did Goatman hire a publicist to get him mentioned more than Mothman and Slenderman?

The video shows a map of U.S. Goatman sightings and many reports on the current surge in popularity claim there have been recent sightings in Kentucky, Texas and Wisconsin, although there seem to be no records of these by witnesses nor any justifications why they’re referred to as “Goatman hotspots.”

While the scarcity of recent information – re-release of the video notwithstanding – the story of Goatman is still an interesting one and worth retelling. First reports of a hairy goat-like man date back to 1957 in Prince George’s County, Maryland. These were followed by the tragic – albeit unsubstantiated – accounts in 1962 of 14 people being murdered by an ax-wielding Goatman. The best origin story of Goatman starts with a Dr. Stephen Fletcher, an employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture laboratory in Beltsville, MAryland, who allegedly put the DNA of a goat in his assistant and created the goat-human hybrid.

Like Bigfoot, Goatman variations with their own unique names pop up all over the country. In two of the so-called Goatman hotspots, there’s the Pope Lick Monster of Kentucky and the Lake Worth Monster of Texas. PLM allegedly lures victims onto a Pope Lick railroad bridge and holds them there until a train runs over them. LWM may also be part fish because witnesses report seeing scales as well as fur. Other variations and locations include the Goatman of Nags Head Woods in North Carolina and Sheepsquatch in West Virginia.

Are these creatures all descendants or relatives of the original Maryland Goatman? Probably not. Is the resurgence of interest part of a scheme to increase sales of the 2014 book, “Goatman: Flesh or Folklore?” by J. Nathan Couch? That’s plausible. Is the real Goatman behind this as a way to get a show on Netflix? Why not?

Boatman may want to get a new makeup artist

Goatman may want to consider getting a better makeup artist

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  • comewhatmay927

    I wish bizarre Internet trends increased book sales. The mainstream aren’t interested in buying weird Fortean books, they’re more into making snarky comments ridiculing witnesses.

  • H.V. Geobbels

    I still think that Goatman and his ilk are more closely related to the phenomenon of the tulpa, a thought form given existence by a dedicated person or, possibly in this case, a group of people where the tulpa manifests from the collective thoughts of those involved. As tulpas can come and go, that would explain why they vanish so quickly as well as appear differently to different people.

    I posit an experiment albeit an unethical one. Take a group of people that have been proven to be imaginative and suggestible and place them in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, but a place that has never had any record of high strangeness. Convince them through doctored evidence of a goatman that is shy, but highly curious of people, and their job is to watch for it for seven consecutive nights.

    My suspicions are before the week is out, the local woods will be hopping with more goatmen than Hershey’s Chocolate has Kisses.