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The Legend of the Goatman

If you are reading this, it is because you are seeking the truth behind one of the oldest folktales of Prince George's County. It concerns a creature so vile, so black and foul that to this day its name is invoked by the parents of Bowie, Maryland as a means of silencing naughty children. It is then whispered by those same wicked boys and girls around the campfire to frighten their friends. Though most consider it nothing more than an urban legend, a boogeyman intended to terrorize and stir the imagination, there are those of us that know better. I survived this horror, but I did not come out unscathed. And as much as it pains me to admit it, there were those close to me that fared far worse than I...

So, with a mind muddled in conflicting emotions, I share with you some of my diary with the hope of educating you and, perhaps, saving a life or two. The year was 1978, and I was fifteen-years-old when I first saw the Goatman.  

  

-Christopher Brennan Dwyer

"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn coming before the rest of the world."

- Oscar Wilde

The Story of the Goatman as told by Christopher Dwyer
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