The Serpent King
Roy is a small town in Pierce County, Washington. A half hour away from Tacoma on the 507, you’ll find it nestled in dense forests, surrounded by feeder creeks and muck lake. It’s current population sits at just over 800, but at the time when Dawayne and his family were frequenting the area, it would have been smaller, circa 400. Now, Dawayne never lived in Roy himself, he’s from Kent. But in the mid-70s when he was just a kid, he often visited a friend that moved to the area. On one such occasion, Dawayne came face to face with what he can only describe as Sasquatch.
Spotting a Sasquatch
Dawayne’s friend wasn’t home when he arrived with his mom, so he wandered to the end of the drive where there was a pond. While he was playing in the pond a snake swam up to him. A few moments later there was a splash and a second snake came slithering through the water. Another few moments, a splash, then another slithering creature. Being a boy of eight or nine, Dawayne was ecstatic. He ran back to the house to retrieve a can from his mom so he could catch them. It wasn’t that long later when his friend arrived home. Dawayne’s can was full and the two poked around a bit before dumping the snakes out and wandering off.
It was that night when Dawayne and his friend were running out the back door and down the stairs of the deck, out of the corner of his eye he caught a quick glimpse of two red lights a distance away by the creek. Up and down the stairs again, and out of the corner his eyes the red lights were back. Dawayne stopped, pausing to look at the red lights. They appeared to be swaying slightly in the dark night, resting by a tree across the creek about 100 feet away from him.
He could hear a low rumble coming from the direction of the lights and Dawayne started to wander towards the fence. Moment’s later his friend joined him. He wanted to know what he was looking at. As the two boys wandered within 50 feet of the creature in the distance and their eyes adjusted to the light, they could make out the outline of a larger creature with glowing red eyes.
Was it a bear or a cow? No, his friend assured him. It couldn’t be. One more loud rumble from the creature was all it took for Dawayne’s friend to bolt towards the house. While he wasn’t scared before, as soon as his buddy took off he followed shortly after. They ran through the house trying to get someone to listen to them. There was something in the yard. But no one was interested in their shenanigans. Sent back out to the deck, the boys were met with two frightened horses that typically wandered the acre behind the house up on the deck, cowering against the house.
But the creature itself was gone. And the boys were left with nothing but what he describes as a thick wall of something you’d smell at a dump that dissipated moments later.
Dawayne thinks back on that day, wondering about those snakes. Why were there so many? Why were they splashing into the water? He wonders to himself if snakes are a delicacy to the Sasquatch. Was his new smelly friend trying to hand him a snack? He keeps going back to that moment and wondering what it was all about. But you know what I do know about snakes? They often retreat to the water when they’re frightened because they’re excellent swimmers. Dawayne’s story is compelling to say the least and you can listen to it in his own words on the podcast: The Serpent King
By Tae Haahr
Research Writer, Sasquatch Syndicate Inc.