Friday, April 15, 2016

M Is for Mothman

This month I'm participating in the A to Z ChallengeMy theme this year is Unsolved Mysteries. Today's letter is:



On November 12, 1966, five men in a West Virginia cemetery saw a man-like figure emerge from nearby trees and fly over their heads. This was the first known sighting of the figure that became known as "the Mothman."



Three days later, two married couples were out for a drive in Point Pleasant, West Virginia when they spotted a strange figure. They described it as "shaped like a man, but bigger, maybe six or seven feet tall. And it had big wings folded against its back."



A series of sightings followed, all in the same area of West Virginia and all describing the same figure. More than 100 sightings occurred between November 1966 and December 1967, with the sightings gradually dwindling by mid-December, 1967. 

Then tragedy struck.



On December 15, 1967 in the middle of rush-hour traffic, commuters reported hearing a loud bang that sounded like a gunshot. In less than 20 seconds, the entire suspension part of the Silver Bridge folded "like a deck of cards."



The collapse dropped 32 vehicles into the water, killing 46 people. Two of the bodies were never found. Following the bridge collapse, there was not another sighting of the Mothman.

Well...unless you include the statue and museum Point Pleasant has to honor the creature.



Do you think the Mothman was real or imagined? Was his visit an attempt to warn the town about the bridge collapse somehow?

⬅️ L Is for Leah Roberts

66 comments:

  1. Wow, this sure is an unsolved mystery. Very intriguing post but I'm still not sure the two were connected. Who knows! :)
    Sudha from
    Everyday Muse

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    1. Probably not...still spooky that the sightings stopped right before, but with the tragedy, would the town have even noticed if he was still around after that?

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  2. That's a well-known incident that appeared in the X-Files and its own movie. Was it a real creature or and omen of death? Or a demon? We'll never know.

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    1. Yep, interesting movie. I haven't seen it in years, but I always found the bridge collapse the most interesting/haunting part of the story, to be honest. That's the part I spent a great deal of time researching (although there's not much out there about it because it was way pre-Internet).

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  3. Not sure about the two being related. Perhaps Mothman was a large rare bat. Or perhaps the Tic's sidekick got lost for a few days. This is a puzzler to be sure. As for the bridge. Somehow, the design was faulty. I do have a fear of driving on bridges, this reaffirms it.

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    1. I have to say, this is one of my favorite comments in a while: "Perhaps Mothman was a large rare bat." That's one big bat, right?! It stuck in my head after I read it.

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    2. Sometimes I like to bring a touch of levity to the group.

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  4. Very strange. The movie with Richard Gere was very good.

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    1. It was...and Laura Linney. I've always liked her!

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  5. Hmm...I'd say it was imagined. Then word spread and whenever someone saw something they concluded it was a mothman siting.Mass hysteria. The bridge collapsing was a coincidence.

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    1. That sort of thing can be contagious after a while. The power of suggestion is pretty strong.

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  6. I never really knew what to think of this story. Overactive imagination or supernatural warnings?

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    1. I like to believe supernatural warnings, although the more realistic part of me knows that's unlikely. It's just a little more fun to believe in those things we don't know for sure...

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  7. I've read the book on this and seen the movie. Fascinating tale. I don't know how a scary moth-creature is supposed to clue people in to a bridge collapse though. Not seeing the connection.

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    1. I watched the movie...didn't read the book. Seemed like it would have been 200 pages of "we saw this creature..."

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  8. Maybe he did appear as a warning. It could be strange but true.
    Mary at Play off the Page

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    1. It's interesting to imagine he might have been.

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  9. Because I love conspiracies: Why assume Mothman was an omen of the bridge collapse? Maybe the bridge collapse was someone/thing trying to kill Mothman.

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    1. I like the way you think! That's actually an interesting twist on it...

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  10. It could be real- there are all mind of severe deformities- I doubt the bridge had anything to do with the man

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    1. A large rare bat, as Jeffrey suggested? Can you imagine if we had bats that looked like that, just roaming the woods everywhere?!

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  11. Strange. I don't think they're connected but it's certainly a bizarre mystery.

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  12. I've heard the tie-in about the bridge tragedy, but I've not really ever thought it was more than a coincidence.

    But the Mothman part is hard to push away when there were so many sightings. Like Bigfoot.

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    1. I know! And I've never really been fascinated with Big Foot. Although I'm more fascinated with the bridge collapse in this case than the creature...not sure why. I like the idea that he was somehow trying to warn them...seems spooky. Otherwise, it's just a weird creature running around town for a year.

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  13. I've not heard of this before. Who knows. Strange things have happened that have never been explained. I can't see how this would have anything to do with the bridge though.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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    1. They've always been linked. Not sure where it started--soon after the collapse, I'm sure, since the Mothman had been in the news in the year leading up to it. I believe the author of the book "The Mothman Prophecies," which became a movie, could be the one responsible for linking them to this day in stories because both the book and movie featured the bridge collapse linked the two.

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  14. Now this is intriguing. I'd never heard this one either. It's hard to tell if it was in fact real.

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    1. With so much time having passed, it would be hard to say, but it was covered in legit newspapers at the time.

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  15. Very eerie. Our local news has recently shared a picture of a possible apparition sighting at the renown Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. So creepy.

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    1. Oh girl, I LOVE ghosts. I'm going to have to check it out. I covered the Stanley Hotel in my Scary October posts back in 2014. Still today when you type "Jim Carrey Stanley Hotel" into Google, mine comes up toward the top of results.

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  16. Super spooky. Not sure what else I can say.

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    1. I was just glad for this one. I think my "missing girls" ones were bumming some people out. There are a few of those left, though, but I have some supernatural ones, too!

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  17. very weird but coincidence and myth I think

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  18. I think it's another myth like the Loch Ness Monster and/or Bigfoot. But I don't put two and two together, omen and bridge collapse.

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    1. People do love to talk about their strange creatures, don't they? Experts say we've only discovered something like 14 percent of species on the planet...maybe there are some forest creatures we don't know about.

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  19. Wow! How spooky!!! I always want to say these things are made up, but when so many different accounts happen, one starts to wonder O_O lol

    (So I'm trying to catch up again with blogging, and I may not have thought this through by picking A-Z April to do this lol Anyway, I'm also up to 25 Roses in my "to-read" list, so I'll be getting lost in your world in the next few days!!!!)

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  20. Was he ever actually seen on the bridge? Don't see how he could be an warning if he was never in the exact place. Could have been a hoax and after the tragedy someone thought better of it.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. Yes, he was spotted on the bridge before that, supposedly. Which is a spooky part of the story. I wish there was more room to go into details...I already stretched some of these beyond the word limit A to Z is supposed to have. There were some short ones (like yesterday's) that adhere to the rules, but now those seem abnormally short!

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  21. I see it as a myth and coincidence.

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  22. I think the Mothman was a dude in a costume that eyewitnesses blew out of proportion and then he either died in the accident or just didn't find it fun anymore.

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    1. I believe it really could have been someone in a costume. That could have totally been a year-long prank and when the bridge collapsed, the prankster could have decided not so funny and stopped, too!

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  23. This is a really fun story, though I do think it's a bit of a stretch to connect the two :)

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    1. Yes, but the most interesting stories are...

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  24. I'd want to know what caused the bridge-collapse. If it was planned the Mothman could have been a decoy while plans were being carried out.

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    1. It was a structural problem. I watched a video explaining it but yikes...way complicated! It does make me think when I'm driving over bridges. I know they're designed with much more expertise now, but back then they thought they knew everything, too...

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  25. All your stories are so fascinating!

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  26. Coincidence? I know not. Which I have to say often, about so many things.

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  27. I read a book about mothman when I was in elem school. Funny how nobody has caught the guy on camera since the age of smartphones. Weird huh?

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  28. Yes!!! I remember this! I also remember watching the movie, The Mithman Prophecies with Richard Gere. So freaky!

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    1. Mothman, sorry. Hard to get it right on my phone. :(

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  29. Interesting. When I saw the post title it made me think of Jeepers Creepers, but it's more like the opposite.

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  30. Ohhh intriguing about the Mothman, Stephanie! I'm not sure of the reality... but I am certainly intrigued!

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  31. That is weird...and crazy that they have a commemorative statue!

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  32. I remember seeing the movie, The Mothman Prophecies, years ago. I wonder if an alleged sighting of something unusual might influence others to be paranoid, and therefore, cause them to see something that might not be there.

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  33. Yikes. How come I didn't know Mothman? Oh, well. Thanks for this interesting info.Sounds like a myth but you know what they say. Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction.

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  34. It does sound weird that the sightings and the bridge collapsing were so close together. I wonder what actually happened to make the bridge collapse
    Debbie

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  35. Strange. It might have been a warning or coincidence. So many things that happed have no explanation. Another of those unsolved mysteries. I hadn't heard of this before.

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  36. This is a strange mystery that I had head about through the film starring Richard Gere. I don't think there have been any more sightings since then either.

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  37. There was a movie about this, right? I have a vague recollection...

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  38. There was a movie about this, right? I have a vague recollection...

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  39. I wonder what the name of the movie
    was. This is really strange. Definitely something if that many saw. The bridge was a coincidence?

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