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The Pope Lick Monster is a half-man and half-goat (or half-sheep) cryptid reported to live beneath a Norfolk Southern Railway trestle over Pope Lick Creek, in the Fisherville area of Louisville, Kentucky.


Numerous urban legends exist about the creature's origins and the methods it employs to claim its victims. According to some accounts, the creature uses either hypnosis[2] or voice mimicry[1] to lure trespassers onto the trestle to meet their death before an oncoming train. Other stories claim the monster jumps down from the trestle onto the roofs of cars passing beneath it.[4] Yet other legends tell that it attacks its victims with a blood-stained axe.[1] It has also been said that the very sight of the creature is so unsettling that those who see it while walking across the trestle are driven to leap off.[5]

Other legends explain the creature's origins, including that it is a human goat hybrid, and that it was a circus freak who vowed revenge after being mistreated. In one version, the creature escaped after a train derailed on the trestle.[5] Another version claims that the monster is really the twisted reincarnated form of a farmer who sacrificed goats in exchange for Satanic powers.[5]

The legends have turned the area into a site for legend tripping. There have been a number of deaths and accidents at the trestle since its construction, despite the presence of an 8 foot (2.4 m) fence to keep thrill-seekers out.[3]


The monster was the subject of a 1988 film by Ron Schildknecht called The Legend of the Pope Lick Monster.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "The Pope Lick Monster". Retrieved on 2008-07-18.
  2. ^ a b c Kleber, John E (2000). "Pope Lick Monster". The Encyclopedia of Louisville (1). University Press of Kentucky.
  3. ^ a b c Tangonan, Shannon (2000-11-07). "Man, 19, dies after falling from trestle", The Courier-Journal. Retrieved on 2007-01-20.
  4. ^ Moore, Roger E. (September 1987). "Myths". Dragon XXI, No. 4 (#125): 3, 72. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: TSR, Inc.. Retrieved on 2008-07-18.
  5. ^ a b c "Louisville Ghost Hunters Expores "The Legend of Pope Lick!"". Retrieved on 2008-07-18.