The Strange Case of the Point Pleasant Mothman

Dr. Fong Says:
Besides John Keel, are there other any other books examining what really went on here?

The Mothman is one of the strangest and most terrifying of anomalous creatures ever to be recorded in America.

Between November 12, 1966 and December 15, 1967, it terrorized citizens in the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia. It was said to have been encountered by at least 100 people over the course of that year.

The Mothman, as the newspapers called it, stood 10' high, had no neck, had mottled-black wings and glowing red eyes.

strange creature harassed motorists by screeching after their fleeing cars at upwards of 80 mph and shining them with lights from his "terrible red eyes."

During the same time, UFOs were being spotted in abundance. People even began coming in from other states to see the strange glowing objects move through the skies and forests near Point Pleasant.

Truely Strange things were going on all over the area. Men in Black showed up in the middle of the night demanding glasses of water. The phone lines were plagued with phantom phone calls and persistent hang-ups. One man even had a long conversation with alien beings and was taken to visit their planet. It all came to a horrible finale as Christmas neared in 1967.

At 5:00 PM on December 15, 1967, the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant collapsed claiming 46 lives and injuring 9. The Christmas rush applied an extra load to the 39 year old bridge and it was unable to support the weight. The south side support chain snapped. The structure only took about 1 minute to completely fall into the icy river below.

John Keel's personal recollection of these events are told in The Mothman Prophecies

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Osiris said...

FINALLY! A Mothman blog!

JaneDoughnut said...

It's strange how a story can be so tragic and so exciting at the same time.

B. Kitty said...

I love the Mothman stories. The movie scared the hell out of me. I didn't sleep for days.

Milo said...

I wonder if Men in Black are aliens in disguise?

I personally think Mothman is my favorite Cryptid

Dr. Fong said...

Recently it strikes me how much the Mothman story has many of the same elements as a Lovecraft story.

Strange otherworldly monsters

Something that pretends to be human but cant quite get it right.

The buzzing voices.. where they Shuggoths?