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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

SUMMER 1975, MILTON, KENTUCKY, USA, CLARENCE CABLE, GARRETT CABLE:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Cryptozoologist, mystery mongers, Fortean researchers, and even ufologist, report that in October 1975, in Milton, Kentucky, on October 1975, witnesses reported seeing a giant biped lizard man roaming the woods near an automobile junkyard.

It was described as having, a foot long forked tongue, and big eyes that bulged something like a frog's. It was dull white with black and white stripes across its body with quarter size speckles over it.

The real story, reported in the local newspaper, is rather different and bears no relation to UFOs or "lizard-men" at all. It took place in the summer, not October, and involved two brothers, Clarence and Garrett Cable, junkyard workers, who on several occasions glimpsed at a big lizard; they tried to shoot it, but the beast was never found. One of the brother suspected it was a monitor lizard born from eggs that were possibly forgotten in one of the damaged cars they stored.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-000242
Date of event: Summer 1975
Earliest report of event: July 31, 1975
Delay of report: Days, weeks.
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Local newspaper.
First certain record by: Cryptozoology book.
First alleged record type: Local newspaper.
First certain record type: Cryptozoology book.
This file created on: July 12, 2007
This file last updated on: July 12, 2007
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Kentucky
Type of location: Car junkyard.
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1, 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported. Adults.
Witnesses types: Men. Co-manager of junkyard.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1 or more
Type of entities: Reptilian
Entities height: Not reported, or 15 feet.
Entities outfit type: None
Entities outfit color: N/A.
Entities skin color: Black and white stripes and speckles.
Entities body: Lizard body.
Entities head: White beneath the mouth.
Entities eyes: Large, similar to a frog's eyes.
Entities mouth: Yes.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: Hissed.
Entities actions: Was in junkyard.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, shot at it, search party.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened, curious.
Witness(es) interpretation: Monitor lizard.
Explanation category: Reptile.
Explanation certainty: High.

Narratives:

[Ref. lc1:] LOREN COLEMAN:

The cryptozoologist indicates that in October 1975, near Milton, Kentucky, Clarence Cable reported that a "giant lizard" was roaming in the forests near his junkyard.

Author Peter Guttilla described the creature surprised by Cable as about 15 feet long, with a foot-long forked tongue, and big eyes that bulged something like a frog's. It was dull-white with black-and-white stripes across its body with quarter-size speckles over it.

[Ref. mh1:] MARK A. HALL:

Mark A. Hall indicated that in Trimble County, Kentucky, an area that has certainly had its share of mysteries over the years, and in 1975, Carl Abbott heard something making grunts and groans as it passed through his field near Milton in the night. He managed to photograph a track he found, 5 inches long, with deeply imbedded claws, in the word of the Trimble County Banner-Democrat.

A short time later, a local dog was attacked by an unseen assailant and was inflicted slash wounds. The creature was finally seen in July by Clarence "Toughy" Cable near the Blue Grass Body Shop: as he was walking through the junkyard, he saw a huge lizard emerged from behind the trashed cars. It hissed at him times. Cable told it had "big eyes similar to frog's ... Beneath its mouth was an off-white color, and there were black and white stripes cross ways of its body, with quarter-size orange speckles over it." Cable said that the cars were being removed, and that may have brought the lizard out of hiding.

The lizard wasn't seen again until July 27, when Cable's brother Garrett saw the head and shoulders of a lizard emerge from beneath some discarded car hoods. He went to get his brother, and when they returned, the lizard was gone.

The next day the was seen lizard again, although Cable later said that this one appeared to be larger than the first: while looking for a stick with which to prop up a car hood, he encountered a lizard some 15 feet in length. He threw a rock at it and came back later with a rifle, which he fired into the brush.

Mark Hall adds that the Milton Lizard has not appeared since, so the mystery of exactly what it was that was seen that month may never be fully solved.

[Ref. jc1:] JEROME CLARK:

Jerome Clark indicates that in October 1975, residents of the tiny town of Milton on the Ohio River in Kentucky reported seeing a giant, bipedal "lizard."

[Ref. ar1:] ALBERT ROSALES:

Albert Rosales indicates in his catalogue that in Milton, Kentucky, on October 1975, at an unknown time, witnesses reported seeing a giant lizard man type humanoid roaming the woods near an automobile junkyard.

It was described as having, a foot long forked tongue, and big eyes that bulged something like a frog's. It was dull white with black and white stripes across its body with quarter size speckles over it. The creature was reported to have run bipedal.

Albert Rosales indicates that the source is Mark Opsasnick and Mark Chorvinsky, Strange Magazine #3.

[Ref. jr1:] JUSTIN RATPICK MOORE:

A web page by "Justin Ratpick Moore" indicates that in October 1975, residents of Milton, Kentucky, along the Ohio River, reported the sighting of an upright walking "Giant Lizard." Clarence Cable said that this creature was roaming the forests near his junkyard. Described by author Peter Guttilla as "about fifteen feet long, had a foot long forked tongue, and big eyes that bulged something like a frog's. It was dull white with black and white stripes across its body with quarter sized speckles over it."

Mark A. Hall, an on site investigator, pointed out that this "Giant Lizard" only ran in an upright fashion according to other Trimble County witnesses whom he had questioned.

Justin Ratpick Moore then proposes that such creatures could have been one of the extraterrestrials called "Nommos" by the Dogon tribe in Africa.

[Ref. wi1:] WIKIPEDIA:

Milton lizard

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Milton Lizard is a cryptid described as resembling a 15-foot monitor lizard that was sighted at Canip Creek, near the town of Milton, in Trimble County, Kentucky, in the summer of 1975. It is one of the lesser-known mystery animals in the field of cryptozoology.

The creature was first seen in July by Clarence "Toughy" Cable, co-manager of the Blue Grass Body Shop, a junk and wrecking yard located north of Milton. As Cable was walking through the junkyard, he saw the lizard emerge from behind the wrecked vehicles and it hissed at him several times. He said it had "big eyes similar to a frog's... Beneath its mouth was an off-white color and there were black and white stripes cross ways of its body with quarter-sized speckles over it."

Cable's brother Garrett was the next to see the creature on July 27. While working in the junkyard, he saw a pile of old car hoods begin to vibrate and move as the lizard's head and shoulders emerged from underneath the debris. Frightened, he left to get his brother, but when they returned to the area, guns in hand, the creature was gone.

The next day, Cable saw the lizard (or one similar to it) again, except this time it appeared to be larger--nearly 15 feet in length. After throwing a rock at it, the lizard hissed at him and fled into some brush. Cable retrieved a rifle from his house and fired into the brush, but couldn't be certain he killed the creature.

In early August, a search party scoured the area surrounding the Blue Grass Body Shop for any sign of the lizard, but no evidence was found.

During the Trimble Banner's investigation into the sightings, Clarence Cable said the creature looked similar to, but not exactly like, a monitor lizard. He theorized that one of the wrecked vehicles they had acquired in the past from one of the western states contained eggs that hatched in the heat of the junkyard. When wreckage began to be removed in the spring, fewer places existed where the lizard (or lizards) could hide, resulting in the sightings.

Sources

  • "Canip Monster Is Sighted Again." The Trimble County Banner. 31 July 1975.
  • Hall, Mark A. Natural Mysteries: Monster Lizards, English Dragons, and Other Puzzling Animals (2nd ed.). Minneapolis, MN: self-published, 1991.
  • "Monster Still Sought." The Trimble County Banner. 7 August 1975.
  • Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_lizard"

Points to consider:

As noted by Jerome Clark, this is one of the rare stories of "lizard-man" sighting reported. There seems no be, however, no notion of bipedy in the primary sources. And as the very informative article on Wikipedia indicates, the sighting has not much to do with lizard-men, aliens, reptoids, reptilians, swamp-monster, not even with the Creature from the Black Lagoon of the 1954 movie...

Picture of Varanus varius

The monitor lizard, Varanus varius. Not "15 feet long", not usually walking uptight... but the skin is an exact match of the description:

"...an off-white color and there were black and white stripes cross ways of its body with quarter-sized orange speckles over it."

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Medium July 12, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Missing the newspaper articles in The Trimble County Banner-Democrat, July 31 and August 7, 1975. Help needed. Opened.

Evaluation:

Big lizard. Had nothing to do with the UFO topic.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross July 12, 2007 Creation, [lc1], [jc1], [ar1], [jr1], [wi1].
1.0 Patrick Gross July 12, 2007 First published.

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