Monday, October 22, 2012

Mothman


Author: Ashley Garrett

On the evening of November 15, two young married couples had a strange encounter as they drove past an abandoned TNT plant near Point Pleasant, West Virginia. The couples spotted, what appeared to be two large eyes that were attached to something that was "shaped like a man, but bigger, maybe six or seven feet tall. When the creature moved toward the plant door, the couples panicked and sped away. Moments later, they saw the same creature on a hillside near the road. It spread its wings and rose into the air, following with their car, which by now was traveling at over 100 miles per hour. They told Deputy Sheriff Millard Halstead that it followed them down Highway 62 and right to the Point Pleasant city limits. And they would not be the only ones to report the creature that night.
            Also, on December 15, 1967, the Silver Bridge, which connected Point Pleasant to neighboring Kanauga, Ohio, suddenly collapsed into the Ohio River, killing 46 people trapped in rush-hour traffic. There is evidence and pictures on the Mothman being there the day it happened. In 2002, Point Pleasant held its first Mothman Festival. In 2003, Gunn Park was renamed Mothman Park, and a 12-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture of Mothman was placed there. In 2005 the Mothman Museum and Research Center opened across the street from the statue, run by monster booster Jeff Wamsley.
            Finally in 2002, The Mothman Prophecies was released. It is based on the events and sightings of the Mothman in the West Virginia area. There were not too many sightings of this creature but many believe he is real and is out there watching.

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Credits, Media, Licensing Inquiries
© Copyright 1996-2012 Doug Kirby, Ken Smith, Mike Wilkins. All rights reserved. This article of information gives information on West Virginia and the stories behind Mothman. There are many pictures and details about the sightings of the Mothman and how he became famous.  It gives details on the Mothman festival that takes place in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
  
“Mothman” http://www.prairieghosts.com/moth.html © Copyright 2001 by Troy Taylor. All Rights Reserved. This page of information and resources give history on the Mothman and his sightings. It gives information about each sighting in West Virginia. It also gives a description of the Mothman and history behind it.

Links for Further Research:
 IO9
The  IO9 website gives back ground information about where the Mothman came from.

Mothman Festival
The Mothman festival website shows you pictures and gives information on the festival that takes place in honor of the Mothman.

The Committee of Skeptical Inquiry
The Committee of Skeptical Inquiry gives you information about how some people do not believe the Mothman is real.