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South of Spooky: The Lizard Man of Bishopville

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Katelyn Shire
SCETV/South Carolina Public Radio
South of Spooky host A.T. Shire poses with a cutout of the Lizard Man at the 2022 Lizard Man Stomp, a yearly event celebrating the folklore of Lee County, SC.

Lee County, SC has a mixed history of fearing and celebrating its famed “Lizard Man.”

Over 30 years ago, a young man got a flat tire while driving near Scape Ore Swamp. A large, green, lizard-like creature emerged from the shadows and viciously attacked his car as he drove away. Many others have claimed encounters with the legendary Lizard Man, leaving a mark on the small, agricultural town of Bishopville.

On this episode of "South of Spooky," join hosts Gavin Jackson and A.T. Shire as they explore this local legend and try to track down the Lizard Man.

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Leslie Leonard
SCETV/South Carolina Public Radio
A.T. Shire and Gavin Jackson look for Lee County's famed Lizard Man.

Gavin Jackson graduated with a visual journalism degree from Kent State University in 2008 and has been in the news industry ever since. He has worked at newspapers in Ohio, Louisiana and most recently in South Carolina at the Florence Morning News and Charleston Post and Courier.
AT Shire studied guitar performance at Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania. He received his Audio Engineering degree from the Institute of Audio Research in New York City, then worked in many Jazz Clubs and music studios in Manhattan, including the famed Birdland Jazz Club where he worked with names such as Michael Feinstein, Arturo O’Farrill, and Wynton Marsalis.