The Mothman Sightings

The Mothman sightings began to be reported in 1966. The red-eyed winged creature was dubbed “Mothman” by a newspaper reporter, since the “Batman” TV series was at the height of its popularity.

Sightings continued and fervor escalated over the following months, coinciding with a bewildering array of strange activity – including precognition, odd prophecies, UFO sightings and encounters with bizarre “Men in Black.” It’s one of the most puzzling and fascinating periods on record of paranormal activity focused in one geographic area. The creature itself has never been explained.

Description of the Mothman

Approximately seven feet tall; has a wingspan over 10 feet wide; gray, scaly skin; large, red, glowing, and hypnotic eyes; able to take off straight up in flight without flapping its wings; travels up to 100 miles an hour; likes to mutilate or eat large dogs; screeches or squeals like a rodent or electric motor; likes to chase cars; likes to “nest” in remote, unpopulated areas; causes radio and television interference; drawn to, and protective of, small children; has some mind control powers.

Eye Witness Encounter with the Mothman:

“It was shaped like a man, but bigger, said witness Roger Scarberry. “Maybe six and a half or seven feet tall. And it had big wings folded against its back. But it was those eyes that got us. It had two big eyes like automobile reflectors. They were hypnotic. For a minute, we could only stare at it. I couldn’t take my eyes off it.”

Much of what we know of the phenomena comes from the research of paranormal investigator and author John A. Keel, who was in Point Pleasant when many of the strange events were going on. His findings and his experiences were chronicled in his classic non-fiction book, The Mothman Prophecies, published in 1975.

By Keel’s account, 100 or more people actually saw the Mothman creature. It was described as being between five and seven feet tall; apparently headless, but with two large, hypnotic, glowing red eyes in the shoulder area; a shuffling walk on human-like legs; large bat-like wings that spread but did not flap as the Mothman ascended into the air. Yes, the Mothman was reported to fly, some say with a mechanical humming noise.

The strange Mothman creature wasn’t the only weird sighting

As strange as this creature sounds, it was often background to other weird events affecting dozens of people in the area. Some of the strange events reported included:

  • Sightings of the Mothman Creature
  • UFO sightings.
  • Men-in-black appearances.
  • Phantom phone calls.
  • Electrical disturbances to such devices as TVs, telephones and a police radio.
  • Eerie predictions and spontaneous prophecies.
  • Missing time.
  • Animal mutilations.
  • Mental telepathy.
  • Strange coincidences and repeating numbers.