Getting closer to Halloween and tales from the dark side are coming forth. For almost 50 years, the residents in Port Pleasant, West Virginia claim they have seen a large flying creature they have named “Mothman.” The citizens of the West Virginia area state they are haunted by this creature.
For those who have witnessed the scary figure, the eyes glow red and the animal is over six-feet tall. The wingspan on the bird-like creature is about 15-feet across.
The Science Channel’s “The Unexplained Files” covered the creature in one of the latest episodes. Witnesses came forward to share their sighting experiences on the September 18 episode.
One witness, Fay DeWitt, states:
This thing jumped right on the hood of the car and it just looked at my brother. We were wondering what it was going to do next. I was just petrified for a few minutes…then it just got up on top of this 5-story building and just went off the top of it.
DeWitt’s sighting was in 1966. About a year after DeWitt saw the Mothman, one of the bridges of Port Pleasant collapsed, killing 46 people. A new legend began after the tragic event – people began believing the Mothman appeared right before tragic events were about to happen.
West Virginia residents are not the only people who have witnessed the appearance of the Mothman. Russian witnesses have claimed to have seen the Mothman as well. Witnesses state they saw the creature in 1986, right before the Chernobyl nuclear disaster became news.
Port Pleasant is hoping the Mothman will bring tourism to the area. The 12th annual Mothman Festival will occur on the upcoming weekend.
There are skeptics that feel the Mothman is either a hoax or is the outcome of a mass hysteria after an animal sighting has been blown out of proportion.
Joe Nickell, a researcher and author of “The Mystery Chronicles: More Real Life X-Files,” writes that after the first sightings, there were reports of construction workers who had tied flashlights with red lights to helium balloons to start the hysteria.
Pranks, planes that were misidentified and other mistaken items had been reduced to the Mothman’s red “glowing eyes.” Nickell suggests that they are merely reflections of light from flashlights or light sources that may have been connected to the Mothman’s appearance.