31 Days of Ghosts presents another story of the strange and mysterious. Is it truth, urban legend, or completely fabricated? You decide.
For a period of 13 months from late 1966 to late 1967, the area of Point Pleasant, West Virginia began reporting the strangest activity of something completely unknown.
Beginning November 12, 1966, five men who were digging a grave at a cemetery near Clendenin, West Virginia reported a large flying creature that swooped out of the trees and flew over their heads. Three nights later, two young couples reported seeing a large white creature who’s eyes glowed red when car headlights hit them. They described it as a large flying man with ten foot wings that followed the cars down the highway past an area called the TNT Area, the site of a former World War II munitions factory.
Over the next few nights, several more reports came in with two volunteer firemen describing it as a large bird with red eyes. Mason County Sheriff George Johnson believed the sightings were thanks to an unusually large heron he termed a shitepoke. Contractor Newell Partridge told Johnson that he had shone a light on a creature in a nearby field and it’s eyes glowed like bicycle reflectors, blamed a buzzing noise that affected his television and the disappearance of his German Sheppard on the creature.
The sightings continued over the next year, ending on December 15, 1967. Many have tried to explain just what it was that they had seen, but while there were many theories no one could come up with a logical explanation. Ufologists believed Mothman to be an alien. Paranormal experts thought it to be a supernatural creation or even some other kind of unknown cryptid.
There was skeptics as people tried to explain it. Some suggested the Mothman was mistaken for a snowy owl, which is common in the area. Those unfamiliar with an owl of that size might misinterpret what they saw. Others suggested that the reports were mixed with local folklore. And many others said that any actual data came only from children’s story books.
Whatever the actual creature is, for the better part of a year, Mothman made his mark on Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
For more details on Mothman, here is the wiki entry.