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Does The Mothman Exist
100+ witnesses report sightings
From November 1966 to Dec. 1967 at least 100 people witnessed the Mothman in and near Point Pleasant, WV. The first reported sighting was when five men were in a cemetary, preparing for a burial. Suddenly a strange and frightening creature flew off of nearby trees and flew right over their heads. They reported that it looked like a brown human with huge wings, that glided, not flapped. The creature was about 7 feet tall and had huge red eyes. The men's stories all matched each other's and they were all freaked out. I know I would have been. The following year was full of reported sightings. One night two married couples drove past an old abandoned TNT plant near Point Pleasant, WV, when they noticed something shaped like a man, but with wings. It stood about seven feet tall. It had it's wings folded against it's back. They sped away. A few moments later, they saw it again on a hillside along the road. They were panicking. It spread it's wings and rose into the air, following their car. It followed them to Point Pleasant. Four more witnesses claimed to see the creature three different times that same evening.
The news of this creature spread all over the world very quickly, and the creepy man-bird was dubbed the Mothman.
John Keel, a paranormal investigator spent most of that year seeking out the Mothman. He wrote a book, The Mothman Prophesies, which was later adapted into a movie.
In Dec. 1967 the Silver Bridge collapsed killing forty-seven people. Keel stated he had been recieving mysterious and eerie phone calls, and had been warned about the bridge, but not knowing the truth behind it, he hadn't wanted to start a panic. He was no where near the bridge when the tragedy happened. Many people blame the collapse on the strange sightings of that year. There is no real proof on this.
While researching the Mothman, I could only find sketches of him. The photos I did see looked fake. I would like to see a photo of this creature. With so many reports and sightings, you would think someone could've taken a photo. However, I guess, there were also a lot of strange things which happened with equipment. Equipment such as, televisions, radios, lights, even automobiles when the creature was seen in the area. Possibly cameras had problems, also.
After the collapse of the bridge the Mothman sightings ceased.