The Mothman of Point PleasantCryptozoology
When the most accepted reason for a tragedy turns out to be a 7 foot, red eyed harbinger of doom, you have the beginnings of a great mystery. Or maybe a great mascot for tourism? Let’s take a look.
Clendenin, West Virginia November 12th 1966.
Five gravediggers are busy at work at a local cemetery when one of the men catches sight of a ‘brown human being’ flying above the trees nearby and so begins the legend of the Mothman. Shortly after, on the 15th November at a local make out spot in Point Pleasant known as the ‘TNT area’ due to its function during World War 2, two couples, Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette, report seeing ‘glowing red eyes’ and a ‘large flying man with ten-foot wings’ in their car headlights, the creature reportedly followed the car at speeds of up to 100mph as the couples fled. Following the initial chase, the couples returned to ensure what they saw was indeed, real. They once again came across the being and so, went to the local authorities.
Following a set of separate interrogations, the police were stumped. No drug use and 4 sets of identical interviews. Roger Scarberry actually stated in a local paper following the incident, “If I had seen it while by myself I wouldn’t have said anything, but there were four of us who saw it.”
Over the next few days, more reports came in, one of which was by two volunteer firemen who saw ‘a large bird with red eyes’, this was assumed to be an unusually large Heron that had wandered out of its migration path. Another, more sinister, sighting was made by a local Contractor named Newell Partridge who reported ‘buzzing noises’ and a ‘weird pattern’ on his TV which scared Bandit, his German Shepherd dog leading it to flee the room. While looking for him, Newell explored a nearby barn where the dog was cowering, on the way back to his digs he stumbled across a figure, when he shined his flashlight at the creature and having huge red eyes ‘like bicycle reflectors’ glowing back at him. The next morning Newell discovered Bandit had disappeared, never to be seen again.
Over the next 13 Months there were as many as 100 sightings, with some being followed up, allegedly, by the infamous Men In Black – doing what they seem to do best by threatening anyone willing to openly discuss the possibility of a huge flying Humanoid.
On December 15th 1967, the worst bridge collapse in US history occurred, the Silver Bridge collapsed killing 46 people due to a manufacturing flaw. The Mothman reports stopped when the collapse occurred, leading people to believe that the Mothman was either a warning or was responsible for the collapse.
Effects of the MothMan
Linda Scarberry actually reported psychological distress, confusion and extreme fear following the sights leading people to believe that the Mothman is a interdimentional being.
The Usual Suspects
Mothman has been reported in America, Germany, Ukraine… basically anywhere where a disaster has occurred including Chernobyl and 9/11. Now this might be hysteria, scapegoating or just a case of misidentification but nether the less, there have been reports.
Birds Barred or Albino Owls have been blamed due to the reflective nature of their large eyes. As mentioned before, even Herons have had their time in the spotlight for the sightings.
UFOs To be honest, this kind of makes sense as we don’t have any Human sized flying animals in Nature and short of someone in the sixties perfecting a giant pair of artificial wings, this does seem feasible. Of course, there were the reports of the Men In Black and that seems like a giant red flag when it comes to UFOs or Government Conspiracies.
Pranks There have also been reports of Hoaxes, one of which was a group of construction workers tying Torches to Helium Balloons.
Finally, my absolute favourite, possible mutations. Due to spillages of the chemicals used in the TNT area both during WW2 and since, local flora and fauna may have mutated into what has since become Mothman. Lovely.