by Dave Clarke of the Star Courier has revived interest in the legend of the Deerman. The legend is local to Kewanee, Illinois. It tells of a creature, with the upper body of a deer and the lower body of a man, that lurks in the woods, occasionally popping up to scare lovers parked on moonlit nights or people wandering around alone. Supposedly if you see Deerman three times you die.
Clarke credits Jerry Moriarity, the editor and publisher of the Star Courier during the '50s and '60s, with popularizing the legend of the Deerman in his column "Mostly Malarkey."
Half-human/half-animal creatures are a staple of local legends. Some of the other famous ones that I know about are Mothman
of West Virginia, the Owlman
of Cornwall, the Goatman
of Maryland, and the Lizard Man
of South Carolina. I'm sure there must be many others. (Thanks, Joe)