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“L” is for Lizard Man

“L” is for Lizard Man. In midsummer 1988 a Lee County teenager spotted the Lizard Man. The monster was seven feet tall with green, scaly skin, red eyes, and three toes on each foot. Then he slipped away, as lizards do. Two men described the creature chasing them away from a spring when they attempted to draw water. Lizard Man attacked a couple driving through the swamp and nearly chewed up their car before they escaped. By August the Lizard Man was a national celebrity, having been described on the CBS Evening News on television. Hundreds of telephone calls came from around the world. A local Columbia radio station offered a $1 million reward for the illusive beast’s capture. But, the Lizard Man, remained as the state’s governor reported “a very illusive sort of fellow.”

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.