Features: Human sized moth, feathered wings and red glowing eyes
Source: American Folklore
Habitat: Town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia USA
This creepy mythical beast was a human-sized moth-like creature with wings that were feathered and more like those of a bird. Its wing span is said to have been ten feet wide and that it stood around seven feet tall.
Its eyes were the most dominant feature – large and glowing like a sinister red or orange light. This is the one feature that all witnesses could or would remember from their encounter with this flying mythical beast.
It is also said it could float straight up into the air and fly with its wings open but without moving them to stay above ground. Many times it was said to hover behind or around witnesses, closing in on them from nowhere – but for what reason?
From 1966 to 1967 this moth-like mythical creature terrorized the small town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Witnesses claim the beast was more like an owl than a moth and was also about the size of a human.
On November 12th, 1966 five men were digging a grave and said to have seen a large sized shadow flying from the trees and then around them and over their heads.
The second sighting was by a young couple who were driving past an old factory – an old World War II munitions plant. They saw two red lights unnaturally floating about in the dark and sped away. The large shadow-like creature with glowing red eyes chased them and kept pace even though the young couple claimed to be driving up to 100 miles per hour.
Many more sightings were reported after - sightings of a human-sized shadow flying above and about. Random red glowing eyes in the dark were sighted instilling fear among the residents of Point Pleasant.
On December 15th, 1967 – exactly thirteen months from the first sighting, the Silver Bridge near Point Pleasant suddenly collapsed, killing 46 people. Some survivors claim to have seen two red glowing eyes hovering up above the tragedy.
This led them to believe that this human-sized moth was the cause of this unfortunate deadly tragedy.
In 1975, John Keel popularized this phenomenon in his book “The Mothman Prophecies”.