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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Mothman

On November 12, 1966, a group of workers digging a grave in a cemetery near Clendenin, West Virginia spotted something flying overhead. The men described what they saw as a "brown human being" with wings.

Three days later, two married couples drove past an abandon building in Point Pleasant, West Virginia and saw a winged man. They described the man-like creature as having big eyes and standing 6 to 7 feet tall. The couples became frightened and quickly sped off, only to see the creature moments later on a hillside. The creature lifted up into the air and began following their car. It followed them all the way to the city limits of Point Pleasant.

That same night a group of four witnesses went to the authorities with their encounters with the creature. Reports of electrical anomalies and strange sounds accompanied the sightings. That evening, the towns deputy held a press conference and asked the couples come forward with their experiences. Reporters came from all over and dubbed the creature The Mothman.

The sightings continued for 13 months. John Keel, a New York writer, came to Point Pleasant to document what was happening. He interviewed over 100 eye witnesses over those 13 months. People also came forward and told Keel of seeing strange lights in the sky and visits with "Men in Black". John Keels book, The Mothman Prophecies, talks of the strange events that took place from November 1966 to December 1967.

Several people came forward claiming to have had psychic visions of tragic events. One such vision came true.

One December 15, the 700 foot bridge between Ohio and West Virginia in Point Pleasant collapsed. Dozens of vehicles plunged into the waters of the Ohio River, killing 46 people that evening. A number of those that died that evening were first-hand witnesses of The Mothman.

What happened in the town of Point Pleasant? Is The Mothman real? Skeptics say it could have been a large bird. What do you think?

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