The internet is losing its mind over alleged sightings of the legendary “Goatman,” a mythical half-man, half-goat hybrid, according to Uproxx.com.
Goatman has recently been featured on various blogs and was even trending on Facebook last week. But who is Goatman? And are the sightings real?
A YouTube video produced last year by the Strange Mysteries channel explains the Goatman legend in more detail.
The first reported sighting of the beast was in Maryland in 1957, according to the video. The video’s host then explained that the creature was accused of killing about 14 hikers in the early 1960s.
“The legend has it that Goatman came from a DNA experiment done at the nearby U.S. agricultural facility by a man by the name of Stephen Fletcher, whom mixed the DNA of his assistant with that of a goat,” according to the video. “Others say the beast is purely a production of the devil.”
The video shows a map of all the places in the country where Goatman has allegedly been reported, including Wilmington, N.C., Charleston, S.C. and Williamsburg, Va.
“Hotspots” are said to be in Kentucky, Texas and Wisconsin, according to Movie Pilot.
The Cult of Weird blog described the monster as a “large humanoid creature with furry, goat-like legs, alabaster skin, wide-set eyes, and horns that protrude from greasy fur.”
The host of the YouTube video also noted a similarity between Goatman and the Greek legend of a “Satyr.”