The Curse Behind the Mothman
Winged Man-Sized Creature

The Curse Behind the Mothman
Winged Man-Sized Creature

What is the Mothman? Some people believe that it is a supernatural being while others believe it is mass hysteria. There are theories that UFOs play a role in the mothman since there where many UFO sightings reported around that area. Other theories state that the mothman may be related to the owlman and possibly the grim reaper. What are people seeing or is it just folklore?

The 'Mothman' is a creature reportedly seen in the Charleston and Point Pleasant areas of West Virginia from November 12th, 1966, to December 1967.

Most observers describe the Mothman as a winged man-sized creature with very large reflective red eyes and large wings.

The creature was sometimes reported as having no head, with its eyes set directly into its chest. 

Even a movie based upon these events was created called: 'The Mothman Prophecies' starring Richard Gere.

The word "Mothman" was an invention by an Ohio newspaper copyeditor, after the first news stories of the "Big Bird" sightings appeared.

A large collection of first-hand material about the Mothman is found in John Keel's 1975 book The Mothman Prophecies, in which Keel lays out the chronology of the Mothman and what he claims to be related parapsychological events in the area, including precognitions by witnesses, and the December 15 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge spanning the Ohio River.
Keel's first book was the basis of a 2002 film, The Mothman Prophecies, starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Debra Messing, and Will Patton, directed by Mark Pellington.

A companion book called The Eighth Tower, also released in 1975, was derived from material edited from The Mothman Prophecies by the publishers.

In the May-June 2002 issue of the Skeptical Inquirer, journalist John C. Sherwood, a former business associate of UFO hoaxer Gray Barker, published an analysis of private letters between Keel and Barker during the period of Keel's investigation.

In the article, "Gray Barker's Book of Bunk", Sherwood documented significant differences between what Keel wrote at the time of his investigation and what Keel wrote in his first book about the Mothman reports, raising questions about the book's accuracy.

Sherwood also revealed his participation in a hoax by Barker, having posed as "Richard Pratt" for some of Barker's hoaxes.

Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, in conjunction with Sony/Screen Gems studio and as noted in the documentary film by David Grabias, "In Search of the Mothman", served as one of the fictional movie's two publicity spokespersons (Keel being the other, although Keel's involvement was limited by health concerns).

Andy Colvin, a photographer and documentary filmmaker who claims to have seen the Mothman, has produced two books and a reality series on Mothman called The Mothman's Photographer, featuring John Keel and almost 50 witnesses. Colvin's sister took a snapshot of him in 1973 that allegedly shows a Garuda in the background.

The Mothman is described as being gray in color, with large red eyes that glow like lights, it also has wings folded against its back.

The eyes are located or set into what should be the upper chest or shoulder area, as though it has no neck or head. The creatures height averages 6 feet tall, and it is wider than a man.

Mothman - Unsolved Mysteries

A bizarre creature plagues a town in West Virginia with multiple witnesses who testify its existence.

On November 15th, 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 2,500 acre 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 wings 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.

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

The Mothman Prophecies is a movie which
came out in 2002 that was based upon the events that happened at Point Pleasant.

When John Klein, a Washington Post journalist, and his wife Mary finally find the house of their dreams, they just can't believe their luck.

On the way back from the bargain, Mary nearly runs over a caped, winged figure, jerks the wheel and skids into the sidewalk.

She hits her head badly, and dies in the hospital a little later.

John, completely devastated, soon finds some sketches his wife made after the accident. They all show a winged creature, yet there is no angel resemblance at all.

Two years later, John all of a sudden finds himself one night in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

He has no idea how he has journeyed the 400 miles in less than two hours. In the small town, local cop Connie struggles with many sightings of a mothlike creature taller than a man being reported, while John believes that an explanation for his wife's fate can be found.

The deeper John digs, the clearer the mothman's purpose arises - only to leave his life in immediate danger, as it seems.


Animal X Natural Mystery Unit

The Animal X - Natural Mystery Unit travels to Point Pleasant in the USA, where residents are still haunted by unexplained sightings of a mysterious winged creature they've called the Mothman.

In the 1960s they watched in disbelief as this beast chased speeding cars and leapt onto the roofs of tall buildings. Is there really a Mothman conspiracy?

The Mothman is a creature reportedly seen in the Charleston and Point Pleasant areas of West Virginia from November 12, 1966, to December 1967.

Most observers describe the Mothman as a winged man-sized creature with large reflective red eyes and large wings.

The Mothman was described by several eye witnesses as a human sized man with large red eyes that were reflective in nature and moved about with the use of moth like wings.

Many said that the Mothman didn’t appear to have a head and it looked like the large eyes may be set into the upper chest region.

Reports from eye witnesses said that the Mothman was able to fly next to their car when they were driving in excess of 100 miles per hour.

There are several theories concerning the Mothman phenomenon. It should be noted that Mothman eyewitnesses were generally believed to have been sincere; there was at the time no suggestion they were perpetrating a hoax or prank.

The following are theories which may explain the sightings of the Mothman:

Supernatural Theories

John Keel claimed that Mothman was related to parapsychological events in the area, including precognitions by witnesses, and the December 15th, 1967 collapse of the Silver Bridge spanning the Ohio River.

Misidentified Bird

One of the early theories is that the Mothman was a misidentified Sandhill Crane, which, in the late 1960s had been a problem in surrounding regions.

Sandhill cranes have an average wingspan of 5.3 feet (up to 7 feet), average overall length of 39 inches and have the general appearance described, glide for long distances without flapping, and have an unusual shriek.

Other theories suggest the possibility of the Mothman being a Barn Owl, an albino owl, or perhaps a large Snowy Owl (based on artists' impressions). Skeptics suggest that the Mothman's glowing eyes are actually red-eye caused from the reflection of light, from flashlights, or other light sources that witnesses may have had with them.


In Episode 2 of the short-lived TV series X-Testers, the researchers on the show attempted various ways to duplicate various photographs of what is said to be Mothman on bridges.

The researchers concluded that a recent photo of an unidentified object on the bridge is possibly just a black garbage bag, and earlier photos are possibly just camera tricks.


Folklorist Jan Harold Brunvand  cited elements in common between many Mothman reports and much older folk tales, and noted: "Something real may have triggered the Mothman scares, but the stories-whatever their sources-also incorporated existing folklore."

  The Mothman is roughly 6 to 7 feet tall with a wingspan of 7 to 8 feet. It is described with either black or gray skin. It has bird or moth-like wings. It is roughly humanoid, often said to have glowing red eyes.

He can easily chase/follow a car going sixty when flying. When Mothman takes flight, he doesn't flap his wings. He is sometimes depicted with claws and sometimes even fangs. Said to have been seen around disaster sites. Some think he is related to the Owlman.