Mothman: A Menacing Mystery Too Scary To Solve? Part One

Heated debates about Mothman have caused controversy since the sixties. If you haven’t already been disturbed by horrifying Mothman eyewitness reports then you might be picturing:

  • A cute miniature man with wings.
  • The superhero in the nineties Nickelodeon show, Kenan and Kel (although this Mothman’s outfit is clearly a butterfly, not a moth).
  • DC Comic characters such as Killer Moth or Mothman—who protected New York City before being forced into retirement and going insane. 

If you envisioned a terrifying gigantic moth with a man’s body, a behemoth, then you’re correct! Anyone else hate insect puns? They really bug me.

But, Mothman isn’t famous for flying repeatedly into lights or tempting passers-by to tickle his mothballs. Legend has it that Mothman maniacally soars around horror-stricken spectators and mysteriously appears before impending disasters—drawn to them like a moth to a flame.

Coincidence? Is the legendary Mothman an evil sky scrote or a misjudged guardian angel trying to save people from certain doom? After all, some protest that Mothman warns people about the tragedies he seemingly predicts… or causes?! For answers, we must look into these questions as intensely as a moth looks into a lamp, so don’t grab the insecticide just yet.

‘Couples See Man-Sized Bird… Creature… Something!’
This fitting commentary was Mothman’s first newspaper appearance, a headline on 16th November, 1966, in the Point Pleasant Register. Two married couples, Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette, reported being chased by the hair-raising beast. They said it glided above and behind Roger’s 1957 Chevy while they fled at speeds up to 100 miles per hour.

It sounds traumatising, as does the blood-curdling noise the couples heard Mothman make:
‘It emitted a sound similar to a record played at a high speed or squeak of a mouse.’
Awww, how adorable. Surely this could prove they’re telling the truth? Who would make up something so delightful while trying to convince people they’d been terrorised?! Naturally, the couples were reluctant to report this bizarre encounter to the police in case they weren’t taken seriously. They were probably right to think that.

Witnesses describe Mothman as—you guessed it—a man with wings! A man-sized bird, moth-type monster who is some sort of brown or grey… brey colour. Reputedly, a colossal 7-feet tall with a 10 to 15-foot wingspan and large round eyes. No, not like Bambi but fiery burning coals that glow redder than red, two inches in diameter and six inches apart. And, that Mothman ‘wasn’t anything like you’d seen on TV or in a monster movie…’
Oh no, Mothman is way more badass!

You might be thinking, this sounds like the handiwork of a rapscallion prancing about in his best furries costume. But, costumes don’t have the strings or mechanics to propel a demonic beast—or lovable scallywag—to great heights with the grace and accuracy of a ballerina… if ballerinas could fly.

This was the first of many sightings between November 15, 1966, and December 15, 1967, in the area of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, USA. And, since then, Mothman has gone global. Perhaps there is more than one humanoid insect-being or maybe Mothman is a keen air-mile collector…while ironically flying to disastrous destinations with his mystifying intentions. There are also chilling accounts of Mothman eerily hovering around bridge collapses, nuclear disasters and even 9/11.

If you want to see Mothman, simply visit his hometown! He comes in many forms: coffee, pizza, even a glistening adonis-esque statue. Today, Point Pleasant celebrates their infamous resident and mothmania. There is the Mothman Museum and Research Centre and, believe it or not, an annual Mothman Festival. But, as a headline read in 1966, this ‘monster is no joke for those who saw it’.

If you think Mothman is a myth then you might just change your mind after hearing these creepy facts and testimonies, which allegedly triggered threats from the men in black. The “US government agents” not Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Frank the Pug.

During World War II, 8000 acres of forest on the fringe of Point Pleasant were used to produce and store TNT. After the war, this area was partially converted into a wildlife preserve. Alas, it transpired that by-products from these explosives had critically contaminated the land, yet the concrete storage bunkers and some hazardous material they contained still remain. Remember how Peter Parker became Spider-Man… 

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