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Most observers describe the Mothman as a man-sized creature with large reflective red eyes and large wings. What is he? Where is he? Are people still seeing this odd creature flying about?
The odd events connected to the Mothman began on November 12 , 1966 near Clendenin, West Virginia. Five men were in the cemetery that day, preparing a grave for a burial. Something that looked like a “brown human being” lifted off from some trees and flew right over their heads. The men were surprised as it did not appear to be a bird, but more like a man with huge wings. This was just the beginning of the Mothman saga, West Virginia’s oddest and most documented creature sighting!
The following week, on November 15th, 1966, two young couples in the Mason county town of Point Pleasant West Virginia, were out for a car ride late at night. The Scarberry's and the Mallette's, were traveling in Scarberrys' car and were driving through an abandoned World War II TNT factory area. This area is about seven miles north of Point Pleasant. They noticed two red lights in the shadows as they stopped the car. They reportedly discovered that the lights were the glowing red eyes of a large animal, "shaped like a man, but bigger, maybe six and a half or seven feet tall, with big wings folded against its back," according to Roger Scarberry. In terror they drove toward Route 62, where the creature supposedly chased them at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. Over the next 13 months, hundreds of Mothman sightings came forth. Reported sightings were made by teachers, law enforcement, housewives and pilots. It seemed everyone in the Mountain State and even in Ohio and Kentucky, were looking anxiously to the woods and fields for Mothman to appear again.
Many would come to believe that the sightings of Mothman, as well as UFO sightings and encounters with “men in black” in the area, were all related. Some spoke of a government cover up .Researchers, and “monster hunters” descended on the area but none were as famous as author John Keel, who wrote the book “Mothman Prophecies” which was the basis for a movie. UFO sightings continued in the area, people gathered along the Ohio River to look at the “lights” and sat in the woods to watch for the Mothman. Many say the grim conclusion of the Mothman tale ended in disaster.
On December 15, 1967, the Silver Bridge that spans the Ohio River from Point Pleasant West Virginia to Ohio collapsed. It was full of traffic and the accident resulted in the deaths of 46 people. Investigation of the wreckage pointed to the cause of the collapse being the failure of an eye bar on the bridge but there were rumors that the Mothman had been seen flying near the bridge before it fell into the icy Ohio River.
Many say that the Mothman's appearance was an omen of death and bad luck. Point Pleasant has had more than its fair share of fires, floods and accidents. Some point their fingers at Chief Cornstalk and his alleged cursing of the area…and some claim it’s the Mothman’s fault. It is interesting to note that some people still claim to see the Mothman while others say he disappeared after the bridge collapse.
The Mothman is truly one of West Virginia’s bizarre and mysterious tales and will continue to be for many more generations. To visit the area for yourself, stop by The Mothman Museum in Point Pleasant, www.mothmanlives.com, or hang out at the annual Mothman Festival on September 18-19th. Bring a camera and some binoculars…just in case!
A 12-foot-tall, stainless-steelsculpture of the Mothman by artist Robert Roach, located in Point Pleasant
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Built on the site of a Civil War camp ravaged by disease, the Ohio State Reformatory first opened in 1896 to reform young offenders but eventually grew to house the most dangerous criminals. By the time the Mansfield institution closed, the prison was hosting one thousand more prisoners than it was designed to hold in "brutalizing and inhumane conditions." Within the dark corridors made famous as the backdrop for The Shawshank Redemption, ghostly presences linger, from the dungeons of solitary confinement to the West Wing showers, where a bent pipe marks the place where a prisoner hanged himself. Venture behind the walls of this notorious prison with ghost tour guide Sherri Brake to discover the history and spirits that forever haunt these halls' if you dare.
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Sherri Brake is an author, paranormal investigator, lecturer, instructor, Civil War reenactor and tour guide. She has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of the paranormal and is a lover of history and folklore. Her company, Haunted Heartland Tours, has been voted into the nation's top ten best ghost tours for the last five years. She continues to seek out new haunted locations to explore and enjoys sharing those places with others. Sherri is the author of Haunted Stark County, Ohio and writes a monthly column entitled "Fireside Folklore" for Two-Lane Livin'. She is a member of various historical societies and heritage organizations and is the mother of two children, Sage and Mason Recco.
Mothman was the name given to a strange creature reported in the Charleston and Point Pleasant areas of West Virginia between November 1966 and December 1967. The creature was sporadically reported to be seen before and after those dates, with some sightings as recent as 2005. And a Mothman "SIGHTING" on video from BeiJing China Aug 20 2006
Most observers describe the Mothman as a winged man-sized creature with large reflective red eyes. It often appeared to have no head, with its eyes set into its chest. A number of hypotheses have been presented to explain eyewitness accounts, ranging from misidentification and coincidence to paranormal phenomena and conspiracy theories.
The Mothman was reportedly first sighted on November 12, 1966. A group of five men were preparing a grave in a cemetery near Clendenin, West Virginia when they reportedly saw a "brown human shape with wings" soaring from behind trees and flying over their heads. The sighting was not made public until later, and the first sighting reported in the media occurred three days later.
On November 15, two young married couples from Point Pleasant, Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette, were on a late night drive in the Scarberrys' car. They were passing the West Virginia Ordnance Works, an abandoned World War II TNT factory, about seven miles north of Point Pleasant, in the 2500 acre (10 km²) McClintic Wildlife Station, when they noticed two red lights in the shadows by an old generator plant near the factory gate. They stopped the car, and were startled to discover that the lights were actually the glowing red eyes of a large animal, "shaped like a man, but bigger, maybe six and a half or seven feet tall, with big wings folded against its back," according to Roger Scarberry. Terrified, they drove toward Route 62.
A plaque on the Roach statue gives a version of the original legend: "On a chilly fall night in November 1966, two young couples drove into the TNT area north of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, when they realized they were not alone."Going down the exit road, they saw the creature standing on a nearby ridge. It spread its wings and flew alongside their car to the city limits. They drove to the Mason County courthouse to alert Deputy Millard Halstead, who later said "I've known these kids all their lives. They'd never been in any trouble and they were really scared that night. I took them seriously." He followed Roger Scarberry's car back to the TNT factory, but found no sign of the strange creature. According to the book Alien Animals, by Janet and Colin Bord, a poltergeist attack on the Scarberry home occurred later that night, during which the creature was seen several times.
The following night, on November 16, several armed townspeople combed the area around the TNT plant for signs of Mothman. Mr and Mrs Raymond Wamsley and Mrs Marcella Bennett with baby daughter Teena in tow were in a car enroute to visit friends, Mr and Mrs Ralph Thomas, who lived in a bungalow among the "igloos" (concrete dome-shaped dynamite storage structures erected during WWII) near the TNT plant. The igloos were now empty, some owned by the county, some by companies intending to use them for storage. They were headed back to their car when a figure appeared behind their parked car. Mrs Bennett said it seemed like it had been lying down, slowly rising up from the ground, large and gray, with glowing red eyes. While Wamsley phoned the police, the creature walked onto the porch and peered in at them through the window.
An eyewitness's sketch of the Mothman.On November 24, four people saw the creature flying over the TNT area. On the morning of November 25, Thomas Ury, who was driving along Route 62, just north of the TNT, claimed to have seen the creature standing in a field, and then spread its wings and flew alongside his car as he sped toward the Point Pleasant sheriff's office.
On November 26, Mrs Ruth Foster of Charleston, West Virginia reportedly saw Mothman standing on her front lawn, but the creature was gone by the time her brother-in-law went out to look. On the morning of November 27, it apparently pursued a young woman near Mason, West Virginia, and was reported again in St. Albans the same night, by two children.
A Mothman sighting was again reported on January 11, 1967, and several other times that same year. Fewer sightings of the Mothman were reported after the collapse of the Silver Bridge, when 46 people died. The Silver Bridge, so named for its aluminum paint, was an eyebar chain suspension bridge that connected the cities of Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Gallipolis, Ohio over the Ohio River. It was built in 1928 and collapsed on December 15, 1967; investigation of the wreckage pointed to the failure of a single eye-bar in a suspension chain due to a small manufacturing flaw.
In the wake of Mothman and Other Curious Encounters (ISBN 1-931044-34-1), author Loren Coleman was contacted by those linked to the events issuing from Point Pleasant, and he began a study of the so-called "Mothman Curse, adding more to the list in April 2007.
Reports of sightings similar to the Mothman occasionally appear in different parts of the world. Most recently in the small town of Kerrville, Texas at a local university located next to a cemetery. Many locals refer to the monster as Tooden which is the pet name of James Earlson, a mass murderer who slaughtered 36 men on July 25th of 1902. Witnesses of Tooden have developed a very strong fear of weather, particularly of rain and thunder However, alleged sightings from the area of Chernobyl before the nuclear accident in 1986 seem to spring from a fictional reference - the Mothman Prophecies film.
Mothman has been described as a man sized or large then a human. Often eyewitnesses account the creature having two large glowing red eyes the size of soccer balls and wings of a moth. Others have described it with no visible neck or head and his eyes set in his chest cavity. People who have openly admitted that they have seen the mothman have described him as a seven- 10 foot foot tall creature, with long broad wings and huge red eyes. It has an unusual shriek that can be heard from a mile away. It may have gray or light-blue colored skin under its feathers, which also vary in color. It is not known if it has skin like a human or very fine fur on its body. It has great strength as it has been seen lifting an object as heavy as a car.
The Mothman Festival is a weekend long event held in Point Pleasant, West Virginia occurring on the 3rd weekend every September. There is a variety of events that go on during the festival such as guest speakers, vendor exhibits, and hayride tours focusing on the notable areas of Point Pleasant. www.mothmanfestival.com
Mothman: Behind the Red Eyes by Jeff Wamsley
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