Western Kentucky Urban Legend Part II: The Goatman of Pope Lick
Suddenly, urban legends of western Kentucky are popping up all over the place. I just happened upon that feature about the Sheepsquatch on Sunday afternoon, and now the Goatman is rearing ITS literally ugly head.
Also known as the Pope Lick Monster, this man-goat hybrid haunts the 100-foot-high train trestle that spans Pope Lick Creek in Jefferson County. He (I’m assuming it’s a “he”) wields an axe and lures unsuspecting teenagers up onto the trestle to their doom. Since the axe is bloody, I’m guessing that’s how he gets some of his victims. But others perish because of oncoming trains and they have nowhere to run.
Me? I have no worries. If I hear the alleged strange noise that’s supposed to stop passersby, I might pull over to investigate. But I’m not climbing that trestle. That’s part of the legend, too. Whatever that eerie sound is, it’s supposed to mesmerize teens into a trance and then they scale the legs of the trestle. But it’s 100 feet tall, so that lets me out.
I saw a headline about the Goatman on MSN.com recently but now I can’t find it. Hmmm, maybe it climbed the trestle and now it’s gone…
Anyway, I now have two urban legends to investigate that aren’t that far apart. Road trip!!