02 November 2017 | Your Stories
This November we are going to bring you some of the most interesting #true paranormal cases we can find. You can discover more true, terrifying accounts of the paranormal right here.
One of the most fascinating paranormal mysteries of recent years is… the Mothman. This month we will be featuring stories about the legendary Mothman. If you have had any encounters… share them with us. We need all the help we can get with this incredibly complex entity…
But first a little bit of background information. The first Mothman sighting occurred on November 12, 1966, in Clendenin, West Virginia, when five gravediggers claimed to see a human-like figure soaring just above them in the autumn trees. Days later on November 15, in nearby Point Pleasant, West Virginia, a small city located at the meeting place of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers, two couples both spotted a white-winged, human-sized creature with fiery eyes standing in front of their car headlights.
Steve Mallette was one of those witnesses. “It was like a man with wings,” he recounted to the Point Pleasant Register. “It wasn’t anything like you’d seen on TV or in a monster movie.”
Another witness, Roger Scarberry, described the creature as having red eyes about two inches in diameter and six inches apart. Scarberry said that had he seen the creature by himself, he wouldn’t have said anything, “but there were four of us who saw it.”
The sightings continued for months throughout the Point Pleasant area. The mystery and fear surrounding the strange bird-like monster came to a head on December 15, 1967, with the tragic collapse of the Silver Bridge. Forty-six people died when the bridge, which connected the city with Gallipolis, Ohio, collapsed during rush hour. The destruction was blamed on a dysfunctional eyebar in the suspension chain, but some locals felt that something more sinister was at play and that it might be connected to the recent reports of the eerie creature.
Theories arose that Pleasure Point might have been a portal to an alternate realm—and that the Mothman creature, coupled with reports of UFOs, poltergeists, and bizarre light phenomenons in the area, was somehow connected to the Silver Bridge tragedy. Some wondered if the Mothman was responsible for the Silver Bridge destruction. Others hypothesized that, despite the Mothman’s frightening appearance, he might have been sent to warn the town of impending tragedy. As the legend grew, the question surrounding Mothman’s intentions remained—and so has public fascination with the mysterious creature.
The Point Pleasant incidents have been recounted in various media, including the 1975 book The Mothman Prophecies, written by John Keel, who was on assignment in West Virginia during the height of the Mothman phenomenon; the 2002 movie adaptation of the same name; and the 2002 book by cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, Mothman and Other Curious Encounters. As the Mothman story gained notoriety in pop culture, rumors of other times when the beast appeared prior to tragedy striking began to swirl. Now lets take a look at some stories…
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