By: Rod Washington
Back when I was around nine years old, with my impressionable mind, I became interested in the subject of the unknown, like ghost stories, monsters like bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster, and, oh yes, UFOs.
My elementary school in Lynwood, California had a library and I started checking out books from there as well as the local library branch. I was reading them in my free time, that parent appropriated time between doing my homework and bedtime. One of those books that I tried to sneak in a read before my 10:00 bedtime was brand new and had just arrived at my town’s main library, “The Mothman Prophecies by John Keel, 1975.”
The idea of a man-sized flying creature that resembled a weird giant black bat, mixed with a man and a moth, with glowing red eyes kind of freaked me out and made me rethink my nighttime excursions into the backyard.
A Part of West Virginia Folklore
Mothman was a humanoid creature reportedly seen in the Point Pleasant area from November 15, 1966, to December 15, 1967. The first newspaper report was published in the Point Pleasant Register, dated November 16, 1966, titled “Couples See Man-Sized Bird … Creature … Something”. The national press soon picked up the reports and helped spread the story across the United States.
The first known incident, as noted in Keel’s book, happened on November 15, 1966, when two young couples from Point Pleasant—Roger and Linda Scarberry, and Steve and Mary Mallette—told police they saw a large grey creature whose eyes “glowed red” when the car’s headlights picked it up. They described it as a “large flying man with a ten-foot wingspan.”
As I read further into the book, Keel speculated a supernatural connection due to events leading up to the tragic collapse of the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant.
There were many television shows that touch on the subject of the unknown over the decades presented episodes about the creature.
Point Pleasant hosts an annual festival devoted to the Mothman legend.
Mothman and the Mind of an Impressionable Youngster
Rod is a blogger, writer, filmmaker, photographer, daydreamer who likes to cook. Rod produces and directs the web series, CUPIC: Diary of an Investigator. He is also the editor, producer and administrator of TNC Network.