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Monday, June 14, 2010

Good Old Knobby

Bigfoot afoot? Local legend resurfaces after reported sighting near Casar
Monday, Jun 14 2010, 10:00 am
David Allen

Legend speaks of an ape-like creature who called Upper Cleveland County home in the late 1970s.

Robert Williams, then covering the news for Charlotte media outlets, named him “Knobby,” a towering beast many considered as the resident Bigfoot.

Williams never saw Knobby — “I only wrote what I was told.”

Knobby stories flew overseas, Williams said, drawing interest from New Zealand and beyond. Newspaper articles from 1979 detail more than a dozen Knobby sightings and investigations by the North American Research Association and researchers from a university in Massachusetts. But the rumors and sightings near Carpenter’s Knob — hence the creature’s name — mysteriously stopped decades ago.

Then, Timothy Peeler called 911.

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1 comment:

  1. From Dwayne P.:

    Hi Sharon,

    Hope that you are doing well! I happened to see the article on your bigfoot reporter webpage regarding the alleged sighting of "Knobby" in Cleveland Co. NC. That's not very far from where I grew up (Chesnee/Gaffney, SC). When I worked in Shelby, NC (1979 to 1981), I can remember hearing the stories told by co-workers who lived in Casar, Lawndale, and Lattimore. Supposedly several hunters/trappers had seen this creature over the years and described it as being a huge, hair-covered upright creature that was killing their chickens and stealing animals from their traps! Back then I thought it must be the local's urban legend, not realizing that bigfoot was also inhabiting the east coast states too! Hope that the NC Paranormal Research Group from Asheville, NC is investigating this recent report! We also had two other legends in the Carolinas back then; the Lizard Man sightings around Columbia, SC and Dog-boy in Marion, NC (Buncombe County). I lived in Columbia (1984 to 1988) and spent many weekends hiking in the backwoods of Sumter National Forest and swamps around Lake Wateree, hoping to find tracks....but never did. I was also looking to find footprints of the creature my middle brother's father-in-law had an encounter with in 1983 (see story below). Like I've said, I've been searching for bigfoot for a very long time:-) Maybe one of these days I'll hit the jackpot and have a story of my own to share!

    BTW, there really was a Dog-boy in NC! Several people claimed to have seen this person walking along the side of the back roads late at night, including one of my cousins. Years later it was revealed to be a boy who suffered with hypertrichosis. Because his family were true backwoods mountain hillbillies, they thought the kid was cursed and wouldn't let him go out in the public except at night...and so the legends began!

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