Denton, Texas is home to this urban legend that dates back to the ’50s. According to the story, young greasers at the time would park with their dates in the secluded farming country of West Denton, home to several bridges. Terrified teens began coming back with stories of a grotesque pig man throwing rocks at their cars. Other teens told a tale of a humanoid creature with glowing red eyes who traveled the area with a pack of aggressive, grunting boars. Many have suggested that the stories began with pranks being played by classmates or even as a ploy on the part of parents who weren’t keen on their children’s amorous activities. But there is another more disturbing explanation.
During the ’60s and ’70s, some of these remote areas near Denton were used by Rex Caubles “Cowboy Mafia” for illicit activities, including drug smuggling. There were reports at the time that a greaser was caught by the gang and had his nose cut off and a Joker-like Glasgow smile cut into his face. This was the gangland sign that someone had been “squealing” to police. The story goes that the disfigured “pig man” remained on the outskirts of town taking shelter in sheds and under bridges. Regardless of whether or not this part of the story is true, it is possible that the story of the Pig Man of Bonnie Brae Bridge reflected real anxieties at the time about the no-good shenanigans going on in the countryside.