Coming from the great state of West Virginia I have grown up always hearing about the strange paranormal phenomena that occurs around the counties. These events have been happening for decades before I was born and has birthed movies, books, and TV shows. From ghosts, to the Spade Alien, and the Wetzel County Bigfoot I’ve always had a large amount of interest in the paranormal and cryptozoology around my state. One of the most interesting tales is of course the Mothman and the havoc that followed his appearances. Here’s what started the legend of the West Virginia Mothman.
The Mothman, often referred to as the Omen of Doom, is a large winged creature with many human-like features who is often seen right before the event of a large disaster. The strange events surrounding the Mothman started on November 12, 1966 near Clendenin, West Virginia. While five men were attempting a burial they spotted a brown human like shape lift from the nearby trees and ascend into the sky. Their report that it had wings but was not a bird, it appeared to be more human than anything. More reports of this mysterious creature would follow charging the entire area with an electric curiosity.
Just three days later in the early night of November 15th, two young married couples we’re driving home from a dance and were passing an abandoned TNT plant near Point Pleasant, West Virginia, when they had their sighting. While driving the couples saw two large red eyes that appeared to glow attached to something that resembled a man but larger. They told authorities that it appeared to be seven feet tall or more and had wings folded on its back. When the creature moved toward the abandoned plant’s door they panicked and sped away. A short time later they spotted the creature on a hillside. As they passed it spread it’s wings and rose into the air, following their car which was approaching 100 miles per hour at the time. Strangely enough they were not the only ones to see the creature on this particular night. A separate group of four individuals reported seeing the same creature more than three times.
Another sighting from Newell Patridge was an even more horrifying experience. At around 10:30 P.M. on the same evening his television screen suddenly went dark and as the screen filled with odd patterns he heard an odd whining noise that would raise and lover in intensity. When his dog on the porch started to howl he went outside to see what was happening. As he stepped outside he saw the dog was facing the barn and turning his flashlight in that direction he saw two large red eyes. He went back inside for his gun but then was too terrified to go back outside again. The dog was to never be seen again and two days later Partridge read about the other experiences in the local newspaper. The most chilling thing he read was that one of the couples stated that they had passed a large dead dog entering the town that was later gone on their return trip out of Point Pleasant.
The abandoned TNT plant became known as the lair and hideout of the Mothman in the following months. The surrounding area was comprised of hundreds of acres of woods and had tunnels with large concrete bunkers where explosives were stored during World War II. The tunnels were laid along such a huge area that the Mothman could have easily moved large distances with no danger of being seen. Along with this man made labyrinth, the surrounding area was a wildlife preserve and mostly inaccessible to most people.
Another strange aspect of the case was the arrival of men the locals dubbed the Men In Black. A reporter named Mary Hyre, a correspondent for an Ohio newspaper, had a strange experience with one of these men after compiling information on the sightings and receiving over 500 phone calls about the Mothman and strange lights in the sky. She said the man entered her office and asked for directions to Welsh, a nearby city, while continually getting closer and closer to her. At one point when she answered the phone she saw the man pick up a pen from her desk and look at it like he had never seen one before. Later when she spotted him on the street he appeared alarmed at being recognized and ran to a large black car which quickly drove away.
Shortly following this encounter a disaster struck the town of Point Pleasant as the Silver Bridge collapsed while filled with rush hour traffic. Dozens of cars were dropped to the river below and 46 people we’re killed with two never being found. Throughout the years following some photographs surfaced of a man like bird creature near the date and area of disasters across the world. Some people have even claimed sightings during the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers and soon after the catastrophe. We will never know if the Mothman is linked to these disasters but his odd appearances and story will keep him alive for generations to come.
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