You’d be forgiven for thinking the world of UK celebrity Gemma Collins was consumed with champagne, shopping sprees and trips to Marbella, but it appears she is also consumed by conspiracy theories. Particularly reptilian ones. Gemma confessed on her podcast recently that she’s a firm believer in the dark, long-running theory that Lizard People live among us. Admitting it was a ‘little weird’, Gemma said she is fascinated by the idea that shape-shifters really do exist – and she even added her own spin on the conspiracy. She thinks the Lizard People have gone undetected for so long because they’ve been using a secret network of underground tunnels- also allegedly used by Queen Elizabeth – to scurry about. Theorists say pop superstar Madonna could be one of them as well, along with Katy Perry and Angelina Jolie. Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and the late Michael Jackson have also been accused of having a scaly under-skin. The concept of half-reptile/half-human people even existing is rather bizarre, and in most ways flies right into the face of what we know about science and biology – so why do, by some estimates, up to 12 million people worldwide believe lizard people are among us? Where did this conspiracy theory even begin?
The story of Bonnie Leigh Scott is a forgotten Chicago tragedy. Bonnie vanished on September 22, 1956. That evening, around 6:30 p.m., she left the home where she lived in Addison, Illinois, and told her grandmother that she was going out to look for a blouse. Bonnie lived with her aunt and uncle, Mrs. Robert Schwolow; their daughter, Sue, 15; and Bonnie’s maternal grandmother, Mrs. Doris Hitchins. Her parents were separated and in the midst of a divorce. Bonnie was an ordinary girl, a sophomore at York Community High School and a babysitter for many of the young children who lived in the quiet suburban community. The five-room, newly built ranch house where she lived was virtually identical to all the others on the street. Before the night of September 22, Bonnie never caused a problem, never drew much attention, and seemed like every other girl her age. But that night, she became a mystery. As the police began tracing her steps, assuming that she was a runaway, they managed to find four teenagers who saw her at a diner in Addison around 7:30 p.m. that night. She was also seen at a surplus store, located next door to the town’s police station. After that, she had apparently vanished into thin air.