The Mothman Legend

Mothman is a legendary creature seen in the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia from November 15, 1966 to December 15, 1967. The first newspaper report was published in the Point Pleasant Register dated November 16, 1966, entitled “Couples See Man-Sized Bird…Creature…Something”.

In the 1975 a book titled The Mothman Prophecies by John Keel popularised Mothman and the book claiming that Mothman was related to a wide array of supernatural events in Point Pleasant and the collapse of the Silver Bridge. The 2002 film The Mothman Prophecies, starring Richard Gere, was based on Keel’s book.

The Mothman terrorized a town in West Virginia in 1966 and 1967, staring at locals with glowing red eyes, flying over their cars and causing radiation burns and even the collapse of the Silver bridge over the Ohio River.

The legend begins simply enough: a pair of young couples were driving around on November 15, 1966 near Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Their spot of choice was a former TNT factory, vacant since World War II.  There they saw the figure of a large winged man with glowing red eyes. Fleeing in fear, the couples reported that the being took flight and shadowed their route home. They reported the sighting to police, and news spread.

Over the next few weeks, Mothman Mania took over Point Pleasant. Armed search parties scoured the TNT facility while numerous sightings poured in to  the police and newspapers, each one describing a creature that was humanoid in shape, but grey or brown, with huge glowing red eyes and massive wings that unfurled from his back.

There’s been plenty of speculation about what was seen on November 15. One local Joe Nickell argued that they saw a barred owl. It’s native to West Virginia, has an unusual shape with large legs, is nocturnal and not commonly seen, has large eyes that can reflect light with a distinct red glow due to blood-rich vascular tissues within the eye, and has startlingly large wings. A lot of the witness drawings of Mothman do bear a remarkable resemblance to what a large barn owl might look like at night to observers who are already freaked out by being in a creepy abandoned TNT factory.

What followed that initial sighting was practically a textbook case of mass hysteria. A rash of sightings, only about a half dozen of which were well-documented in local newspapers. Many of the sightings bear little resemblance to the original Mothman description, involving men in black, strange lights and even poltergeists. Incidents ranged 50 or more miles from Point Pleasant. National tragedy the collapse of the Silver Bridge cause the Mothman stories and sightings to stop.

The Silver Bridge crossed the Ohio River, connecting Point Pleasant, West Virginia to Kanauga, Ohio. It was built in 1928 using a steel eye-bar design, innovative at the time. On the evening of December 15, 1967, one of the eye-bar connections failed due to a minute manufacturing defect exacerbated by stress and corrosion. The resulting bridge collapse killed 46 people. Suddenly, the people of Point Pleasant had far more important matters to deal with than Mothman sightings. Interest Mothman vanished almost instantly. The craze had passed.

It wasn’t till several years later that the collapse of the Silver Bridge and the sightings of the Mothman were connected by paranormal experts. The Movie the Mothman Prophecies suggests that The Mothman has been around for a long time and makes claims that the Mothman sightings were first recorded on cave walls and that Mothman has been sighted in areas around the world, just before major tragedy strikes.

The Silverbridge collapse

What ever really happened in Point Pleasant will remain a true mystery, the sightings, the radiation burns, the collapse of the Silver bridge.

Look for the Mothman to point to major tragedy and you just might find it!

Mothman 9/11/01

Mothman 9/11/01 World Trade Center

The Mothman Statue

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4 Responses to The Mothman Legend

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  2. Holly Day says:

    Do I belive in the mothman? Yes! I have been Studying about the mothman every since i was 10 years old My mother told me the story’s about mothman. I will say that the mothman is very problematic . I think he is a demon, He has been sited everywhere in the would in New York at 9/11 to his homestead in Ohio. He always where death is at. He is a Omen that is the best way I can put it. I have seen very many odd things in the 21 years I have been alive but All I can say is that if I every saw him, I will be prepared for the worst. I do not think he causes the bad things that happen where he is seen . I think he already know, He knows whats going to happen and when, where. Demons feed off fear,sadness, being scared. That is what attracks him. This is what I think about the mothman is about.

    Thank you.
    Holly Day :)

    • Neko Carrey says:

      Seriously? Mothman, a demon? No way. Mothman is a genetically mutated homosapien, with moth DNA in the mix. He knows whats going to happen because he has the sixth sense that all bugs have. Demons, however, do not have mixed DNA because they have no DNA. Demons are ruthless, powerful, and attracted to lost souls, who no longer know who they are. And assuming a Demon doesn’t consume them on the spot, the soul will be taken to the gate of Hell, and thrown in, to eternally suffer in the ninth circle. The frozen circle.
      Well, I’ve got to go, so later, y’all.
      Neko ^o^

  3. Patricia Sullivan says:

    My daughter called me last night, told me that she was driving somewhere in Vermont on a highway doing 60mph and something came right up to their fan flying along side her. She said that it’s wings were as long as the van and longer. Chris, my daughter said that she was so shaken up and scared that she had to pull over. By the the time she did the creature was gone. When she called me the day after, you could still here the fear in her voice. She is going to get on a web sight to learn more, and to see if she can find a picture of it. Thanks for listening.

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