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Tex Files: Lake Worth Monster

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Original Air Date: November 29, 1999

It’s a classic mystery close to home. In the late 1960s North Texas was talking about a monster in a local lake.

The summer of 1969 was a remarkable time -- psychedelic sights and sounds from a place called Woodstock -- the stark reality of an increasingly bloody war in Vietnam and the universal triumph of the Apollo Moon Mission.

But in Fort Worth, the summer of 1969 will long be remembered as the summer of the L ake Worth Monster.

Robert Hornsby was a 9-year-old boy at the time when he remembered reading a newspaper article about a monster seen on Greer Island.

Hornsby said the story recounted the tale of about six people who told police they had been attacked by a half-man, half-goat covered with fur and scales on the Island.

Jim Marrs was one of the reporters on the scene investigating the so-called monster. He interviewed the witnesses at the police station. Marrs said the six were quite shaken up.

“I talked to them and it was obvious that something had just scared the devil out of them,” he said.

Hornsby recalled that each day more stories came out about the monster.

“Day by day there were more stories, then the next day there was a monster hunt, then the next thing you know there's a picture from in the newspaper showing where the people had seen the monster and it had thrown a spare tire 500 feet through the air, dispersing the crowd. It was incredibly dramatic.”

The monster hunt got out of hand with carloads of people coming in to try and kill it.

Sallie Ann Clarke was one of the people who claimed to have seen the monster.

She described it as 7 feet tall, with a flat-looking hairy face. Clarke, who claimed to have seen the animal four times in three years, wrote a book and sold thousands of copies on the so-called Lake Worth Monster.

Was it all an urban legend? Years after the first sighting, Marrs said police sources told him that some children from Brewer High School confessed and admitted they had paraded around in a gorilla costume and mask.

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