On July 10, 1969 a carload of people visited Lake Worth (just west of Dallas), near Greer Island. They all saw something terrifying, something that attacked them.
Within a few hours a local radio broadcast their story. Carloads of people headed out there to see if they could catch a glimpse of what was described as a mythic being known as a satyr; a half-man, half-goat creature.
The newspapers dubbed it the "Lake Worth Monster", and only a day later another sighting was reported to the police. They believed it was a prank, but were worried since others trekked out there, but toting guns. The police admitted they had received prior reports but laughed them off.
A witness said,
We were driving around trying to find it , when we heard it squalling. We heard it before we saw it. I saw it come across the road and I tried to take a picture of it but the flash didn't go off. I took another picture but I don't know if I got anything because I was too busy rolling up my window. We watched him run up and down a bluff for a while and other cars arrived. There must be been 30 or 40 people watching him. Well, some of them thought they would get mean with the thing but about that time, it got hold of a spare tire that had rim in it and threw it at our cars. He threw it more than 500 feet and it was coming so fast that everybody took off. Everybody jumped back in their cars. Earlier there were some sheriffs deputies there asking us about it an done of them was sorta laughing like he didn't believe it. But then that thing howled and I think it stood his hair on end. He decided it wasn't so funny anymore. Those sheriff's men weren't any braver than we were, they ran to get in their car.
All those who saw it said it was "big, hairy and white looking." It looked like a man, but didn't walk like a man.
Helmuth Naumer of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History believed what they had seen was a bobcat, which was quite a stretch considering what had been seen.
A few days later a Fort Worth resident said he and others had seen ghosts on Greer Island. Man-shaped figures that drifted through a bank of mist. The man described where he'd been visiting the island for the past 18 months to see the ghosts, and had occasion to see the goatman as well.
On July 17, Joe Pack, a sculptor, inspired by conversations he'd had with 100 witnesses who saw the goatman decided to carve the creature into a 2-foot replica.
Sallie Ann Clarke (1929-2009) wrote a book about the encounter in 1969. She held a lifelong interest in the creature until her death, and she offered a $5000 reward for any person who could pass a polygraph test proving they were the monster. No one ever took her up on the offer.
She said there were rumors stretching back at least 20 years of reports of some type of creature eating fish, killing sheep and scaring fishermen
Thurman Rench (1911-1986) was the marina manager of the Lake Worth Boat Works, and he claimed he devised the Lake Worth Monster in 1947 to scare away three, older women who fished at marina everyday and blocked boats from docking. He said he used a tire and two large, green buttons.
Newspapers reported in December, 1947, that the "monster" was 150 feet long, and Dutch Carroll a lake officer was the first to observe the creature's behavior. It was compared to the Lock Ness monster. Many thought it was a hoax, but were still cautious about going out on the docks behind their homes.
How this morphed from a dinosaur type thing to a goatman remains unexplained, however there are still those that believe Greer Island is haunted by something, but they're not sure what.
Source - Ft. Worth Star Telegram
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by M.P. Pellicer