Research Data

Post Type: Urban Legend

Type: Cryptid

Location: Clendenin

Date of sighting: 1967

Persons of interest: None

Results: Unsolved

Mothman – A man-like figure

Urban Legends –

Mothman – Urban legend

November 12 year 1966. Clendenin, West Virginia. Five men are digging a grave. As they heard a sound just above there heads and look up, they saw a man-like figure flying law around the trees. Some believe this is the first sighting of what later known as the Mothman.

Three days later, two young couples from pint Pleasant, are driving in an area around a town locals call the “TNT area. Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette, on a call to the police told that they saw a large, gray in color, creature. Eyes glowing red from the headlights of the car. During the next few days, many people reported similar descriptions. Among them 2 firemen.  Newell Partridge, a contractor, told the Sheriff, after hearing sounds in a field nearby his house, he saw the creature and it’s eyes glow red like bicycle reflectors. Buzzing noises from his television and the disappearance of his German Shepherd dog. For that, he blamed the creature.

December 15 the year 1967

The Silver Bridge collapses killing 46 people, an incident similar to the Black Bird of Chernobyl, rising the Tale of the Mothman.

A movie was made about the story called The Mothman Prophecies loosely based on the 1975 book of the same name by John Keel.

In 2016, WCHS-TV published a photo of Mothman taken by an anonymous man on Route 2.

mothman Pic

A man driving along State Route 2 in Point Pleasant said he snapped these pictures of a creature jumping from tree to tree.

Sheriff of Clendenin, George Johnson believed that the sightings were due to a large amount of heron in the area. A similar explanation gives Dr.Robert L. Smith, a wildlife biologist, claiming that the description matches the sandhill crane, a large American crane.