In a secluded part of Fort Worth, TX near Greer Island local residents tell stories of a seven foot tall monster known as the Lake Worth Monster. Descriptions of the monster vary, but it is said to either have fur-like hair or scales, and it is a man-goat-beast variant that emerged roughly 40 years ago.
In July 1969, six residents of Tarrant County claimed they were attacked by this cryptid variant. During the confrontation, the beast was said to have jumped down at the six witnesses from a tree and slashed at the car they were riding in. John, Reichart, one of the six, claimed that an 18 inch gash in the side of his vehicle as proof of the attack that occurred near Greer Island.
Traveling back to town, the six witnesses immediately contacted local authorities, and a wide search was conducted for the beast. At the time of the incident, the police searched vigorously for the creature in part because of the scared condition of the six, but also because of previous reports of a monster in the area which were not taken seriously at the time. While the initial searches did not recover or reveal anything about the creature, the creature did not waste any time making more attacks in the area.
The very next July evening, several dozen witnesses reported seeing the creature near Greer Island once again. This time, like a cornered animal, the creature became belligerent once more. According to witnesses, the creature let loose a mournful cry and threw a tire at some witnesses to either scare or attempt to harm. As a result of these interactions with the monster, amateur monster hunters armed with rifles and shotguns descended on the area, which prompted local law enforcement to halt all local attempts to find the creature.
The search for the monster did garner a level of notoriety for Greer Island as Sallie Ann Clarke published the book, The Lake Worth Monster of Greer Island. In this book, she interviewed many potential witnesses who claimed to have seen the monster, tracks of the monster, and dead livestock attributed to monster attack. After publishing her book, Clarke admitted to having seen the monster on three occasions.
After the summer of 1969 concluded, sightings of the monster also tailed off which led to speculation that the monster was the prank played by local high school students. Several anonymous letters were received claiming responsibility for the monster as an effort to scare girls in the area as well as being part of the tire throwing episode.
To this day, witnesses of the Lake Worth Monster stand by their belief of seeing something that cannot be readily cataloged by science. However, speculation has to be accepted as material continues to surface debunking the beast’s reality. The only true way to know is to spend a summer night in the area of Lake Worth and see.