The Bull Demon of Lumberton


This 11 ft tall, 2000 lb stone bull demon/god lived in Delaware for 20 years before a local tree removal expert saw it and decided it was the perfect thing for the backyard of his Lumberton, NJ home. It was a prop in the 1955 movie “The Prodigal”, and alledgedly was also in a Tarzan film. The statue cost him $4,000 and another $2,000 to transport, and he’s spent at least that much again in legal fees both before and after acquiring it. The owner of Big Timber Tree Removal has had numerous run-ins with the local zoning board and town council over such things as having too many dogs (5 bloodhounds), parking his pickup truck in his driveway (which he uses both for personal and business use) as well as parking his vintage 1969 fire engine behind his home (which he purchased not just for the coolness factor, but because it had a 100 ft boom lift, far exceeding your average boom lift capabilities. This truck allowed him to tackle more difficult tree removal projects, but the town objected to it being in his backyard).

Suspecting the town might have a problem with his putting a 2,000 lb movie prop in his yard, he sought and obtained a variance to allow it to be displayed with the only requirements being that it be in his backyard and be at least 10 ft from the property line. In late 2004 he had it transported to his home by flatbed truck and the very next day a member of the zoning board said “that’s bigger then you told us it was…” and promptly began proceedings to force him to remove it. After much public outcry, the town council voted unanimously to force him to move it somewhere on his property that was not visible from the roadway. They tried to argue that the statue was actually a structure, like a garage or dog house, to which the owner snorted,”It’s not a structure, it’s a statue. You can’t go inside it, you can’t put anything in it. It’s ridiculous really.”

Court proceedings continue as of July 2005, and it is unclear what the outcome will be, though his lawyer assures him that the as long as he is in compliance with the original variance given him, he is safe, and so is the statue. He and his statue have been the subject of numerous newspaper articles and tv news reports, and the coverage reflects the sentiment of most neighbors and townsfolk which is “If you told him he could have it, and he put it where you asked him to, how can the town say he’s not in compliance?”



6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by قصي طارق on May 9, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    Why does such a statue in a public square, that this wonderful statue, has a history in the film. Possible to be like Tower of Pisa or the pyramids in the future.


  2. Posted by mike on October 13, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    me and denny were at a nascar race in delaware where he spotted this thing on the way (maybe 10 minutes from the track). he said i want that. we watched the race and then on the way home the next morning, he stopped and asked about buying it. the woman said it was famous and not for sale. he offered 4 or 5 thousand in cash, and he owned it. it wasnt until about 3 weeks later he got the crew to move it to new jersey. if you read this denny…remember…”SHUT THE F**K UP I’M TRYING TO SLEEP!”


  3. Posted by Pete on July 16, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Rather have that at my neighbours house than his 3 broken down cars. It is not offensive, it is not religious (in most people’s view I would think that they would not know enough to figure out what it represents) and it is not broken down and junk like. It likely does not give off sound or smell, and it will not ever fall down and damage someone else’s property, so ?

    Funny how people are so concerned about what others are doing in their own yard.


  4. Posted by Miranda on March 22, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    I live down the street off Main and I love the statue! don’t want to buy and bamboo though! haha


  5. Posted by john botsford on October 8, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    i really like the demon statue would like to get pictures of it when restored, new lana turner book has picture colored of it in book! would like to her from new owner about it! would look good restored! real piece of hollywood history! please reply!


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