|Mock up Photo by *viergacht|
The Goatman of Maryland is a legendary half-human, half-goat creature that carries an ax.
According to legend, Goatman is an axe-wielding, half-man, half-animal creature that was once a scientist who worked in the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. The tale holds that he was experimenting on goats, the experiment went awry, and he began attacking cars with an axe, roaming the back roads of Beltsville, Maryland. A variation of the legend tells of Goatman as an old hermit who lives in the woods, seen walking alone at night along Fletchertown Road.
Folklorist at the University of Maryland Barry Lee Pearson said modern examples of folk legends like Goatman are most commonly generated by teenagers, and the stories end up stirring interest in sites like Fletchertown Road
The Goatman has been described as being between 6 and 7 feet tall. The first reports of Goatman date to around 1957 but sighting have continued over the years. The Goatman also gets around some with numerous sightings from various places, including Texas, California, Indiana and Canada. Lets just say he hoofs it. (Sorry bad pun)
In Prince George's County, Maryland there is a bridge called "Crybaby bridge" and it is told that if you go there in the dead of night you will hear the sounds of a goat braying. In my online research, I found more than one bridge that carried the name "Crybaby bridge" but I think the photo below is of the actual "Crybaby bridge" but I can't be 100 percent certain.
Some people attempt to tie the Goatman to Greek Mythology and as being Pan. Pan in mythology was the god of the wild, a half human half goat type of creature, While others tie Goatman to the devil himself. Another interesting fact about Prince George's County is that it is home of the demon possessed boy in which the hit movie The Exorcist was based on.
The Goatman is an interesting legend for many reasons, from ties with the Devil, to stalking lovers in parked cars, to killing your family pets. Goatman continues to strike fear in some people and it appears the legend is here to stay. It is also worth noting that having a insane asylum near by only adds to the terror mystic.
So when driving or visiting Maryland keep your ears sharp for the sound of a braying goat and your eyes peeled for the glimmering of an ax, because you never know when the Goatman will strike next.
[Photo credit: viergacht]
[Sources: Strangenewsdaily, Google Maps, Wikipedia]
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