Mothman

The Mothman, a huge black, birdlike thing that has been sighted around the world often. The Mothman is best known for its constant appearance around a small West Virginian town known as Point Pleasant. This lasted from November 1966 to December 1967.

The first encounter in Point Pleasant happened on November 15, 1966. Two couples, Steve & Mary Mallette and Roger & Linda Scarberry, were driving around a local abandoned munitions dump, dubbed the “TNT Area” by locals and was turned into a lover’s lane of sorts by local young couples. As they drove around, the group spotted two large, red eyes staring at them from a distance. They then noticed that the eyes were attached to a large, grey creature that Roger described as “shaped like a man, but bigger. Maybe six or seven feet tall. And it had big wings on its back.” They said it seemed to be waddling toward the door to the weapons plant, which was 10 feet or so away from the creature. They then drove as fast as they could away, but before they made it far, they saw either the same creature, or a different one but looked similar, was following the car and was keeping up with them. Mary also reported the creature making a sound similar to a “record played at high speed or the squeak of a mouse.”

The most popular idea as to the origin of the Mothman is that it’s extraterrestrial in origin. This idea was based off of the wealth of UFO sightings that accompanied the Mothman on its visit to Point Pleasant. Another popular idea was proposed by cryptozoologist Mark A. Hall. Hall suggested that the Mothman was a giant species of owl, unknown to science. He cleverly dubbed this owl as Bighoot. The creature has also been explained as a misidentification of the sand-hill crane, a six foot bird with a reddish head, a long neck, and scrawny body. Researchers have often shown witnesses pictures of the crane and none of the witnesses said that they could have mistaken the crane as the creature.

Sources

Encounters With Flying Humanoids by Ken Gerhard

The Mothman Prophecies by John Keel

Strange Creatures from Space and Time by John Keel