I got an email yesterday from someone who had recently listened to DHF Episode 9 -- Southern Specters II. The sender had some comments about the veracity of the Goat Man Bridge story. See the excerpt posted below (with the sender’s permission):
“I have to say Goat Man, in my opinion, did live and die as your story told the tale. If Denton TX could be investigated in depth Goat Man would not be a folk tale... Every myth has a true event at its core.“
In Episode 9 I discarded the Goat Man Bridge story as being apocryphal, however this listener thinks the gruesome demise of Oscar "The Goat Man" Washburn and his family really did happen the way the legends claim.
Unfortunately, with the lack of hard evidence verifying the existence of Oscar “The Goat Man” Washburn, let alone his violent murder and the brutal slaying of his family, I don’t think we’ll ever know the authenticity of the story for sure.
With older stories – especially lesser-known local legends – it can be tough to separate fact from fiction. If Oscar “The Goat Man” Washburn really did exist, I hope his soul rests in peace.
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