Monsters, Myths and other Legends

Does your town have a legend or a tale of a mysterious creature? I became intrigued when I heard about the Mothman, the closest monster legend to my geographic area.. I began searching for legends and monsters in other parts of the country. I thought perhaps I would run across many "bigfoot" stories. Surprisingly there are many legends about local creatures. The Oklahoma Octopus, Chupacabra and the Dover Demon are amoung them. If you are curious read on, perhaps you may have a local legend of your own to share!

Mothman statue in Pt Pleasant WV
Mothman statue in Pt Pleasant WV
Depiction of the Mothman
Depiction of the Mothman

The Moth Man

One of the more famous of these legends is the Moth man! No not the one from the animated series the Tick.. A real Moth Man that terrorized Point Pleasant West Virginia.. There was even a movie, The Mothman Prophecies made about it. Legend has it that two young married couples were traveling in their car late at night. The spotted two red glowing lights by an abandoned TNT plant and stopped to investigate. They reported that the two red lights wer in fact red eyes of a Man like figure that stood at least seven feet tall and had wings folded against its back. They fled in their vehicle and reported that the creature kept up with them at an excess of 100 miles per hour. This incident occur ed on November 15, 1966. The following night a couple was in their home near the same TNT plant.. they witnessed a figure that looked liked it had been laying on the ground rise from behind their car. It walked up to the porch and peered in at them. On November 24, 1966 people stated they had thought they had seen the figure flying over the TNT area. On November 25, 1966 another person claimed to have say it standing in a field as he was driving his car. He stated it flew alongside of him as he drove.

On November 26 it was reported to have been standing in the lawn of lady in Charleston, WV and then pursued a young woman in the town of St. Albans His last known sighting was in January onf 1967 when he was standing on the Silver Bridge. In December of of 1967 this bridge collapsed due to a manufacturing flaw. The Mothman has been associated with pending disasters because of this.

The Mothman has been tried to be dismissed as alarge owl or albino owl. The term Mothman was given to the creature as an inspiration from a villan from the Batman comic books

The Chupacabra

The Chupacabra has been reported to be seen world wide. It is a dog like creature that has no hair and is said to suck the blood out of it's victims. It has spines along the it's spine and is said to be the shape of a bear. Its name literally means goat-sucker.  It's victims are primarily livestock, including goats and chickens.  It and has been seen in Puerto Rico and Russia. most recently there have been sightings in the US. No one has ben able to catch the creature however it has managed to catch our imagination!  The Chupacabra is one of the most studied animals in cryptology.  (Cryptology is the study of animals that may or may not be real)  Their is a lady in Texas who took a picture of the Chapacabra  after she killed it.  The article, linked below does not make any reference to what happened to the bodies of the supposed creatures.  Sources say several UFO enthusiast in Chile found Chupacabra bodies and eggs and have turned them into NASA.  No one has heard anything since

Chupacabra, Do you believe?

The Monster of Monterey

Some believe that there is a Plieosuar lurking in the depths of Monterrey Bay in Monterrey California. yes a dinosaur is thought to live there! In 1925 a creature with neck 20 foot long washed up on the beach. The carcass was dismissed by Marine biologists as a basking shark.  in 1977 another carcass was pulled up from the depths by Japanese fishermen.  It was also believed to be the carnivorous dinosaur.  However the remains smelled so bad the fisherman returned the carcass to the sea.  Scientists never got the chance to examine it.

The Jersey Devil

The Jersey Devil
The Jersey Devil
Jersey Devil on Film?
Jersey Devil on Film?

The Jersey Devil

 The Jersey Devil was born as the 13th child a of Mother Leeds, a well known witch in 1735.  The father was was stated to be the devil himself.  Legend has it that the Devil was born and immediately flew up the chimney.  It has had many sightings.  In 1909 there were several sightings in January.  People claimed to see th Devil fly over the towns and many found strange tracks they could not comprehend. On January 21, 1909 the creature was reported to have attacked trolley cars.  From there on guards were placed in the Trolleys. People were panic stricken as it had reportedly bit the neck of a dog.  The Philadelphia Zoo offered reward for the creature but all they got was a kangaroo with fake wings!  In 1951 school children believed to have seen the beast.  In 1957 a rotting corpse was discovered, and was believed to be the beast. in 1991 a pizza driver stated he had an encounter with a large horse like creature.  In 2002 The show "The Scariest Places on Earth" did an investiagtion stated the lead investigator sighted the animal.  In 2007 there were two different sightings of a creature with bat like wings and a gargoyle face.   In 2008 there was a witness who stated he saw the creature come flying off the roof of his barn. 

The Dover Demon

Dover Demon Drawing
Dover Demon Drawing
Do you believe?
Do you believe?

The Dover Demon

The Dover Demon first had it's sightings in 1977. It was first discovered by teenagers driving home. His head lights illuminated it as it was crawling on a stone wall. It was described to have a watermelon shaped head and two large glass eyes. An hour later another teenager walking home at night saw the creature scurry to a tree and then to a gully. ( Don't they have a curfew in Dover?) The next night more teenagers say the creature and commented on it's green eyes. Several hypothesis for the creature include being a newborn Moose, it being a hominid or it is just your every day run of the mill alien. An interview in 2006 with the teenager, now man, who originally saw the creature still swears he saw something he could not explain. The writer could not finds any more evidence of any sightings since 1977. ( But I be the town now has a curfew for teens)

Oklahoma Octopus illustration
Oklahoma Octopus illustration

The Oklahoma Octopus

The Oklahoma Octopus is said to inhabit three lakes in Oklahoma. Lake Tenkiller, Lake Ohlaga and Lake Thunderbird. There seems to b no actual evidence of the Octopus, there is speculation that accounts for several unexplained drownings. A creature the size of a horse with long tentacle and reddish skin is said to be culprit for the drownings.. Although it is not known how the Octopus would survive in freshwater it is noted that other creatures such as jellyfish are able to survive in the fresh water lakes of Oklahoma

What you have witnessed here are only a few of the unexplained phenomenon that occurs in the Untied States. What legends to you have in your part of the world? Do you believe in these monsters, myths, and legends or not believe? Whether these creatures exist or not they sure have captured our imaginations!

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Does Your Hometown have a Monster Legend? Do Share! 11 comments

xrae 3 years ago

I wish they had a video of a chubacabra


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Ms Chievous 7 years ago from Wv Author

Dohn,

I am so glad you liked the hub! Now you are going to have to do hub on the Dragons of Laos so that I can read it!( and include that video!) Isn't it fascinating how every place has their own legend??


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

This was really fun to read, Ms Chievous! Yes, my father told me about the legend of a mermaid that seduced men to her lair underwater in Laos...I'll have to find more info on it, but a couple of others have told me about the very same thing...

Also, in Thailand and Laos, sea serpents and dragons swim through the Mekong and once every 100 years or so, you can watch a thousands of them swimming! Again, my dad told me about this and has actual footage. I did see it, but can't quite see it clearly--they just look like snakes or eels. Hmmm...It was interesting to see in either case.

Thanks.


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Ms Chievous 7 years ago from Wv Author

Elayne Sorry I scared you but thanks for stopping by!

Paradise I am glad you enjoyed them!

Shamelaboush, That was the fun of doing this hub! So many things out there ARE unexplained. and it is so fun to beleive!


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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

Interesting. Monster stories! I love 'em!


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shamelabboush 7 years ago

Those creatures aren't far from the truth! Science and knowledge haven't answered all the questions about the unseen world! There are even many secrets lying in the depths of the seas that remain mysteries so I almost believe anything now. Well written hub...


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elayne001 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Thanks for the timely scary hub - I have chicken skin now (that is goose bumps in hawaii)!


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Ms Chievous 7 years ago from Wv Author

Rehma I thought the Dover Demon was scariest!

Earner, I really enjoyed making this hub. Thanks for stopping by!


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earner 7 years ago from United Kingdom

A brilliant hub, I think we all love a good real monster story. I wrote about the Cornish Loch Ness Monster, Morgawr, at http://hubpages.com/travel/Cornith-History--Myths-...

My favourite on your list was the Monster of Monterey.

Good luck with your writing!


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Rehma Jamshed 7 years ago

Fantastic!! Oklahoma Octopus is the best!


creativeone59 7 years ago

Wow, what a monstrous hub, thank you for sharing it. have a blessed day. creativeone59

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