My husband’s favourite movie is The Mothman Prophecies and in this post, we are going to learn about Mothman. The Mothman is described by witnesses across the world as a man-like figure with eyes that glow red, the skin is light grey in colour, and it has large black wings that have a span of ten feet.
The Mothman Prophecies movie was “based” on the book of the same title written by John Keel. John Keel was born on March 25, 1930, and found himself in Point Pleasant, West Virginia in 1966 to write an article about UFOs for Playboy Magazine. Keel began to hear stories about this strange creature around the area and began to investigate those stories as well.
The first witnesses that reported seeing the creature near Point Pleasant were two married couples named Steve and Mary Mallette who were travelling in a car driven by Roger Scarberry along with his wife Linda. They gave a description of a man-like creature with large black wings that was clumsy when it walked but could fly quickly at what they estimated was 100 mph. They saw what became known as the Mothman on November 15, 1966. As John Keel continued to research the sightings he learned of more. Many of the sightings occurred about six miles north of Point Pleasant in the McClintic Wildlife Management Area as known as the TNT area. It earned this nickname because it was used in WWII to store dynamite in concrete igloo shaped mounds. John Keel worked alongside a journalist named Mary Hyre who worked for The Athens Messenger in 1966. In the movie, her character was played by Laura Linney and they gave her the job of Sherriff.
Mothman Prophecies Around the World
As was portrayed in the movie, John Keel has said that the creature or entity did predict aeroplane crashes with astonishing accuracy. Sightings of the Mothman continued near Point Pleasant until the Silver Bridge collapsed into the Ohio River on December 15, 1967. That tragedy took the lives of 46 people. The collapse occurred during rush hour and may have taken more people to their graves because the traffic lights had been malfunctioning all day. After an investigation into the collapse, it was reported that it occurred due to a defective eyebar that had corroded and worn out over the years the bridge had been in use. (USA Today)
There were reports of a Mothman like creature being sighted around Chernobyl, Ukraine prior to the Nuclear Plant Meltdown that occurred on April 26, 1986. That meltdown and explosions have caused that area of the world to be an abandoned wasteland. (chasingthefrog.com)
On September 10, 1978, miners that worked in Freiburg, Germany came face to face with what they initially thought was a man in a trench coat. It turned out that the trench coat was actually large black wings. The Mothman would not move and the men stood there staring at it as “it” was blocking the entryway to the mine. The Mothman let out a blood-curdling scream that made the miner’s run away. An hour later the mine collapsed and it would most certainly have killed the men if they had been working at the time.
The Mothman was seen and heard soaring above the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant prior to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that caused the nuclear reactors to meltdown on March 11, 2011.
It has been reported that the Mothman was sighted by many flying near the World Trade Centre’s twin towers during the week before 9/11 occurred. Some people claim that they were told by “men in black” to forget what they saw and do not speak of it.
Sightings of the Mothman began to be reported on June 27, 2007 and continued for a month near Minneapolis, Minnesota. On August 1, 2007, the I-35W bridge collapsed killing 13 people and injuring 145 in Minneapolis.
In 2009 there was an outbreak of Swine-Flu in Mexico. It was preceded by reports of Mothman sightings. (ranker.com)
In 1926 people in southeast China began to report seeing a large flying dragon man in the skies above the Xiaon Te Dam. The Dam later collapsed killing 15,000 people as the water flooded the farmlands.
Reports of the Mothman go as far back as the 1800s in places like New York, Kentucky, Illinois, Nebraska, and Washington State. (2008, Oliver Ho, Mutants and Monsters)
Mothman Museum and Festival
If you loved the movie, The Mothman Prophecies, or the legend of the Mothman you may want to travel to Point Pleasant, WV to visit The Mothman Museum. Outside the museum, they have a statue of the Mothman. It’s a great tourist attraction and I definitely want my picture taken beside it one day. Maybe that could happen if we attended the Mothman Festival there that will take place on September 15 and 16th, 2018. See you there for all things Mothman!
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