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?