Bishopville, South Carolina is the home to the legendary Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp, also known as the Lizard Man of Lee County. Classified as a reptilian humanoid, the history of the Lizard Man goes back centuries. The Native Americans around the Scape Ore Swamp called the monster “Inziganin”, and greatly feared the beast.
The first modern encounter with the Lizard Man occurred in the Fall of 1987. A man named George Holliman Jr. was riding his bicycle near the Scape Ore Swamp when he stopped at a small creek to get a drink of water. As Holliman refreshed himself he noticed something strange across the street. It appeared to be a dead tree, or what was left of it, which he thought had been hit by lightning. As Holliman watched, the “tree” stood up. Holliman stared at the bizarre creature for a few seconds then a car drove past, and the Lizard man disappeared into the swamp.
The most famous Lizard man sighting however was reported on June 29, 1988. 17-year-old Christopher Davis was driving home after work at about 2 am. As he drove near the Scape Ore Swamp a tire on his car blew out. Davis stopped and changed the tire, but just as he was about to get back in the car, he heard some movement in the nearby brush. As he Turned to look what was causing the noise, he saw a huge bizarre creature, and it was running straight towards him. He quickly got back into his car and started to drive away only to discover that the creature was now on the roof of his vehicle. Davis swerved his car from side to side and eventually the Lizard Man is thrown off the roof of the car. When he got home Davis checked the car, only to find a broken side mirror and scratches on the trunk and roof.
Davis said “I looked back and saw something running across the field towards me. It was about 25 yards away and I saw red eyes glowing. I ran into the car and as I locked it, the thing grabbed the door handle. I could see him from the neck down; it had three big fingers, long black nails and green rough skin. It was strong and angry. I looked in my mirror and saw a blur of green running. I could see his toes and then he jumped on the roof of my car. I thought I heard a grunt and then I could see his fingers through the front windshield, where they curled around on the roof. I sped up and swerved to shake the creature off.”
Davis immediately contacted local law enforcement. Lee County Sheriff Liston Truesdale investigated the case. Sheriff Truesdale gave Davis a lie detector test which he passed, and as hard as the story was to believe, Sheriff Truesdale would say years later that Davis had told the Lizard Man story many times and it was always exactly the same. While Truesdale never said he believed that there was a Lizard Man in the Scrape Ore Swamp he did believe that Davis was telling the truth as he experienced it.
Two weeks after the Davis report of the Lizard Man, law enforcement made several plaster casts of some very strange footprints. They show 3 toes and are 14 inches long. There were several more encounters with Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp all within 3 miles of the Davis sighting, with people reporting the same creature as Davis and damage to their cars. The most recent report of the Lizard Man was in 2011.
In June of 2009, Christopher Davis, the man who made the Lizard Man of Scrape Ore Swamp famous, was murdered at his home in Sumter, South Carolina. He was 37 years old.