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The man told me that he was driving down the road when from about a ¼ mile away, he observed something on the right side in a grassy area. His first thought was that it was a deer. The driver stepped on the gas to move closer to get a better view. From about 50 yards away, he observed something that appeared to be hunched down, and then stood up. The driver then observed a very tall muscular creature. At this point, the driver had his high beams on and watched as the creature walked in front of a yellow reflective road sign, then crossed the two lane road in three long steps and continued into a wooded area. What he saw was a humanoid figure that stood at least 8 feet tall that appeared to have smooth leather-like skin that was of either a darker tan or light brown color.
The witness also saw what appeared to be wings on its back which were tucked into its body, with the wing tips extending toward the side of its head.
The time was 1966 in Point Pleasant, W.Va., and something very strange was happening. More than 100 people reported seeing a 9-foot-tall, black, winged creature with glowing red eyes. Some said it spoke to them and forewarned of an impending disaster in their town, a small farming community at the intersection of the Ohio and Kanawha rivers. One year later, their worst fears were realized when the bridge over the Ohio River, connecting Point Pleasant to Ohio, collapsed and 47 people died.
"Mothman"--as the beast was known by locals--was never seen or heard from again.
"There are a lot of people who just don't want to talk about it anymore, either because they are traumatized or they don't want the press attention," said Jeff Wamsley, a Point Pleasant native and author of "Mothman: The Facts Behind the Legend." "People were pretty much scared out of their wits."
The story of this strange season in Point Pleasant was chronicled by journalist John A. Keel in his 1975 book "The Mothman Prophecies."
The book is now a movie.
"The Mothman Prophecies," a $42-million Sony Screen Gems release that opens Friday, stars Richard Gere as a crusading Washington Post journalist named John Klein who, through a personal tragedy, finds himself in Point Pleasant. He gradually becomes embroiled in the town's strange sightings until he reaches a point of obsession and near lunacy. Although the real story occurred in the 1960s, the movie is set in contemporary times. The film also stars Laura Linney (who was paired with Gere in the 1996 thriller "Primal Fear") and "Will & Grace's" Debra Messing.
Originally posted by TheEnlightenedOne
I can't remember if it was in here or on tv that I saw an individual who in daylight saw what appeared to be a "prehistoric long-winged" bird...it sort of resambles the image on the OP.
I'll do up a search see if I can find it!
Here it is Thunderbird in South Greensburg PA - 8/26/10edit on 18-1-2012 by TheEnlightenedOne because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by freakjive
reply to post by angrywhitechick
It's a very neat story, but that's a terrific drawing that the witness came up with. Almost as if he's had a lot of practice drawing creatures such as this.
I'm going to err on the side of an over-active imagination and great illustration skills...someone might just notice his work now. ::wink::
But, I really like thinking about all the other theories!
edit on 1/18/2012 by freakjive because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by redoubt
reply to post by this_is_who_we_are
The Mothman Prophesies is one of my favorite movies... though it does skip a lot of details in reference to aerial phenomena before and after the Point Pleasant event.
The stories of this creature continue to surface and circulate, but they don't get as much web coverage as things like UFOs and hauntings, etc.
Originally posted by DAZ21
Jersey devil. Must be.
Oh and I would have kept it quiet, unless I had concrete evidence.edit on 18-1-2012 by DAZ21 because: (no reason given)