Mothman
Man, Myth or Monster?



Mothman
Man, Myth or Monster?


Face to face with mothman? Eyewitness Marcella Bennet describes her encounter with mothman in 1966 (excerpt). This is a clip from the forthcoming documentary entitled, Monsters of the UFO: Mothman, man, myth or monster? (Directed by Barry Conrad)


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

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


On November 16th 1966, several armed townspeople combed the area around the TNT plant (about seven miles north of Point Pleasant, West Virginia) for signs of Mothman.

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Wamsley, and Mrs. Marcella Bennett, with her infant daughter Teena, were in a car en-route to visit their friends, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Thomas, who lived in a small house near the igloos (concrete dome-shaped dynamite storage structures erected during WW-II) near the TNT plant.

The igloos were now empty, some owned by the county, others by companies intending to use them for storage. They were heading back to their car when a figure appeared behind their parked vehicle.

Mrs. Bennett said that it seemed like it had been lying down, slowly rising up from the ground, large and gray, with glowing red eyes. While Wamsley phoned the police, the creature walked onto the porch and peered in at them through the window.

Mothman Prophecies

The word "Mothman" was an invention by an Ohio newspaper copyeditor, after a character in the Batman television series at the time.

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.

 
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 its chest. It is described as a 7-foot-tall (2.1 m) creature, with long wings and huge red eyes. It possesses an unusual shriek.