The Entity Paranormal Encounters #4: Lifting The Veil On The Mothman

08 November 2017 | Your Stories

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We’ve looked at some Mothman cases… strange stuff, eh? But what are the possibilities? Let’s take a look at some of the explanations people have used to try and figure out the truth behind the legend…

Just Natural?

One explanation often used is that the Mothman is nothing that can’t be found in the natural world; in particular, a barn owl. This particular owl does, after all, fit all the Mothman criteria: their wingspan, when fully extended, makes the bird seem larger than it actually is; their eyes (which also appear to be mounted on headless torsos) reflect a distinctly eery red when flashlights or headlights glow upon them; and they emit a kind of screeching sound for which the Mothman is also known.

Could It Be Alien?

About the time the Mothman sightings were being reported in such high volumes (beginning in 1966 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia), also being reported – and as sorted through and cataloged by paranormal researcher John Keel in his book the Mothman Prophecies – were mysterious energy fields, glowing orbs, weird animal behaviors/disappearances technology failures, loss of time, and the “men in black” who would visit the town and make threatening inquisitions, assuming generic pseudonyms like John Brown or Bob Smith. These things are also true of UFO folklore, which led to the connection – at least in people’s minds – that the Mothman may be a kind of alien. But the fault there lies in the lack of a necessary relationship between cause and correlation.

Of Native American Origin?

The Native Americans from the area surrounding Point Pleasant had stories of giant terrible birds called Thunderbirds that could easily swoop down and carry away a man. In their depictions and representative artifacts, the images resembled the Mothman, and thus they were lumped in to the mix, as some kind of continuing story, which opens itself up to claims that sightings of the Mothman may go as far back as the early 1600s.


While the Mothman was visiting Point Pleasant, a series of disasters also (coincidentally?) took place – including the collapse of the Silver Bridge, which resulted in a number of deaths. Also, there were phone-calls author John Keel was receiving in which a mysterious person named Indrid Cold seemed capable of telepathy, and various others which carried premonitions that ended up coming true (a plane crash with the correct number dead). These were invariably grouped in with the Mothman’s stay, and the speculation was that this figure was either predicting these events, or perhaps causing them. After the collapse of the Silver Bridge, the Mothman remained silent, as did reports of strange activity.


The man who pushed the Mothman into wide public attention in 1970 was named Gray Barker. He wrote on paranormal matters and UFO culture. He was also known to exploit these matters for financial gain – given their massive cult appeal – and to plant hoaxes to screw around with those who took UFO research seriously. John Keel, who wrote the comprehensive book on the Mothman in 1975, was known to associate with Keel, and thus could have been misled in a similar manner.

But what do you think?

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