Don’t let the name fool you, for this is no super hero. Super, maybe. Hero, definitely not. The Mothman is a legendary creature reportedly seen in the Point Pleasant area of West Virginia. Many have reported sightings and encounters. This is it’s story…
Mothman was first reported on November 12 1966, by five men who were digging a grave at a cemetery near Clendenin, West Virginia. The men claimed to have seen a man-like figure fly low from the trees over their heads. Four days later a local news paper printed a story titled “Couples See Man-Sized Bird … Creature … Something”. The story was a report on an incident that had occurred the previous day where two young couples from Point Pleasant, Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette, told police they saw a large black creature whose eyes “glowed red” when the car headlights picked it up. They described it as a “large flying man with ten-foot wings”, following their car while they were driving in an area outside of town known as “the TNT area”, the site of a former World War II munitions plant.
The couples claimed to have seen a man-like figure with wings go around the corner at the old power house. It appeared to have its wing caught in a guide wire near the road. The creature then managed to free its wing. It didn’t run, but wobbled like it couldn’t keep its balance. Linda described the creature as having circular fiery red eyes and a body just like a man but with wings. They said the creature was about 6 or 7 feet tall with wings folded against its back. Half Man, Half Monster. She said “You could see muscles in its legs”.
They quickly drove off to the main highway, on Route 62. Linda yelled for Roger to hurry. The couples saw the creature sitting on a hill by a large billboard as they went around a curve. It spread its wings and went straight up into the air. They were all terrified and kept yelling for the driver to go faster. The Mothman began gliding back and forth over their car. “We didn’t know what it was. I don’t think we’ve ever been so scared” said Linda.
As they went along a straight stretch of road, they were going anywhere from a hundred to a hundred twenty miles an hour but the creature was still able to follow them with ease. They saw it in the back window and saw the shadow go across the car as it flew, they couldn’t get away from it. They could also hear the wings hitting the top of the car as they drove. It’s even said to have left scratch marks on Roger’s ’57 Chevy. “It squeaked like a big mouse” said Mary Mallette. They were only able to get away from the Mothman when they reached the edge of point pleasant. The creature disappeared, veering off into a field, as they went into town.
The couples continued going downtown and stopped at Tiny’s Diner to figure out what to do next. Linda suggested to go to the police but the Mallettes thought they’d just laugh at them. They eventually decided to drive to the Mason county courthouse.
As they were driving, they saw a large dead dog laying along the road. The dog was gone when they drove by again later. They went to the sheriff’s office and reported to Sheriff George Johnson and Deputy Miller Hallsted what they had just encountered.
Unlike The Slender Man this strange creature’s origins do not come from the internet but like The Pilliga Princess it has been spotted multiple times by different people. Although the two couple’s story was pretty unbelievable, the officers knew they were decent people and decided to at least investigate the area. Accompanied by the two officers the group returned to where they had last seen the creature.
As they reached where the dogs body was found in the road, the winged creature jumped out, flying over the top of the car, and went through the field on the other side. Although the police found no sign of the creature, the deputy is said to have seen “shadows circling” the old power plant and also heard strange static disturbances coming from his radio that he couldn’t explain. Deputy Halsted admitted that he saw a cloud of dust kick up from an adjacent coal yard that may have been the creature’s doing.
Many people have reported their own sightings of the creature and have been hunting it ever since. What do you think it is? Comment below…