Goatman (Maryland)

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First reported 1950's
Country United States
Region Beltsville, Maryland

The Goatman of Maryland refers to a legendary half-goat half-human cryptid that has the head and hindquarters of a goat and the body of a human.


According to urban legend, the Goatman is an axe-wielding half-animal, half-man 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.[1]

The story seems to originate with an alleged sighting in 1957. The Goatman is also said to have murdered a number of hikers in 1962.

One version has it that the Goatman was the result of a (very early) DNA experiment conducted by a scientist called Stephen Fletcher, though other versions suggest a more supernatural origin involving the Devil.[2]

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.[3]

The Maryland goatman has many similarities to the goatman of Oregon, the only difference being that the goatman of Oregon has significantly smaller horns, such of that of a baby goat, though the Oregon goatman is fully-grown,

Popular culture[edit]

The Goatman legend was featured on an episode of Creepy Canada entitled "Goatman: Prince George's County, Maryland" in 2006.[4]