First Encounter: Clendenin, West Virginia November 12, 1966. five men digging a grave in a cemetery claimed to have seen a flying, man-like, figure flying low from the trees.
Second Encounter: Point Pleasant, West Virginia, November 15 1966. Two Couples, Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette, saw, while driving, a “large flying man with ten-foot wings” and eyes that “glowed red” when the car headlights hit them. This happened in the area outside of town known as the TNT area, a former WWII munitions plant. Upon its appearance, it followed the couples’ vehicle.
Description: Large, red, glowing eyes. Large wingspan, 10 feet or so. Man shaped.
Theories: Sandhill Crane or Shitepoke or large owl; extraterrestrial
Folklore: Mothman is connected to disasters– an omen– presenting itself before disasters. In Point Pleasant, it was the collapse of the Silver Bridge on December 15 1967. Afterwards, the sightings stopped.
In Moscow, sightings were reported in 1999 before what is known as the Russian Apartment Bombings.
Several Sightings were reported in Chicago Illinois in the summer of 2017, but there does not seem to be a disaster linked to it.
Pop Culture: The Mothman Prophecies by John Keel (movie and book), The Mothman Reborn by Howlietzer
Images: top: King328; Statue: Katherine Bowman; Shitepoke: Falk; Sandhill Crane: Sam Greenwood