Sign in. The star of The Art of Racing in the Rain and " This is Us " shows the love for his animal co-stars and was caught off guard by his latest nomination. Watch now. The Pope Lick Monster is a local folk legend once only kept alive only by word of mouth, confirmed by the excitable and credulous minds of adolescents, and emphasized by the ominous presence of a foot high railroad trestle in Louisville, Kentucky. One crisp, October evening of long ago finds three teenagers on a quest for beer, romance, danger, and a rendezvous with
Keep up with all the exciting news and events at The Parklands by signing up for our e-newsletter. Something there is — the poet Robert Frost once almost said — that loves an urban myth, and in the case of the Pope Lick Monster that now faded love has lead to a minute independent movie, a well-received play, thousands of teenaged memories and at least three deaths. Several people have been killed either on the trestle, or by falling from it, and many more have been injured. Either way the creature is also said to be able to mimic familiar voices — luring people up onto the tracks — and if all else fails he dispatches his victims with a rusty, blood-stained axe. The supposed origins of the beast include a local farmer becoming much too familiar with his goat, and a circus sideshow freak being freed when lightning struck the circus train.
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This story begins with a man who called himself Colonel Beauregard Schildknecht, although there is no record of evidence that he ever served in any regiment of the armed services or militia. His crew of carnies and circus clowns were more of a gang of cutthroats and pirates than sideshow entertainers, and every town they visited left behind a series of unsolved thefts, missing persons and grizzly accidental deaths. The child was severely malformed with stubs protruding from its forehead and misshapen legs that ended in what looked more like cloven hooves than human feet.