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The Mothman Prophecies
The Mothman is described as a man sized, or larger, creature with glowing red eyes and wings of a moth. It may have eyes set in his chest. It is described as a 7-foot-tall (2.1 m) creature, with long wings and huge red eyes and possesses an unusual shriek.
The events of 1966 in Point Pleasant, Ohio not only inspired author John Keel to head down there and write a book about all the events, but subsequently become a major movie in 2002 – both loosely on the events that unfolded.
The Mothman himself (last spotted in 2016) is said to appear before major disasters or events, and usually to those who will be party to such. Often seen in relation to death (as with the collapse of the town’s bridge, the Silver Bridge, when 46 people died), has much mystery and urban myths surrounding still to this day.
The beginning of the Mothman Prophecies
On November 15, 1966, two young couples from Point Pleasant, Roger and Linda Scarberry, and Steve and Mary Mallette, along with their young cousin, Lonnie Button, were traveling late at night in the Scarberrys’ car.
They were passing the West Virginia Ordnance Works, an abandoned World War II TNT factory, about seven miles north of Point Pleasant, in the McClintic Wildlife Management Area, when they noticed two red lights in the shadows by an old generator plant near the factory gate.
They stopped the car, and reportedly discovered that the lights were the glowing red eyes of a large animal, “shaped like a man, but bigger, maybe six and a half or seven feet tall, with big win gs folded against its back,” according to Roger Scarberry.
Terrified, they drove toward Route 62, where the creature supposedly chased them at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.Is recent sightings of the Mothman really new evidence of this urban legend? Click To Tweet
Mothman prophecies & Prediction of disaster.
A Mothman sighting was again reported on January 11, 1967, hovering over the town’s bridge, and several other times that same year.
The bridge was built in 1928, and it collapsed on December 15, 1967. Investigation of the bridge wreckage pointed to the failure of a single eye-bar in a suspension chain due to a small manufacturing flaw – the collapse resulting in the deaths of 46 people, many of whom had claimed to witness the Mothman before the tragedy itself.
Whatever your belief in the Mothman, the legend is still depicted in the town to this day with a life sized sculpture and plenty of “hunters” searching for answers.