Uncovering The West Virginia Mothman And The Events That Actually Happened There In The ’60s
Just A Normal Night
Four gravediggers were hard at work one November night in Clendenin, West Virginia when things got… a little weird.
Overhead, they saw what they later claimed to be a brown man with massive wings hopping from treetop to treetop. It was the 1960s in West Virginia. That night, a legend was born.
Only The Beginning
The gravediggers’ massive humanoid monster (that definitely wasn’t a substance-induced hallucination) was the first of many sightings. The creature was given the name “Mothman.”
Despite its incredibly lame name, the creature went on to cause mass hysteria over the next couple of years, with sightings popping up as far west as Chicago. We think the mass proliferation of LSD had something to do with it but we’ll probably never find out.
The next report of this Mothman came from nearby Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Four people were sitting in their car when a large white-winged man flew into the beams of their headlights.
As you may have noted, this Mothman is a different color from the first one. Maybe it was the light or maybe it was because the story is like one big game of telephone. We’ll never know.
That's Not How Moths Work
Next, the four witnesses went on to claim that the seven- to eight-foot tall Mothman had large glowing red eyes that were about six inches apart and a wingspan nearing 10 feet. Either the witness was a great guesser or they got out and measured the creature.
They also claimed that it seemed keen on avoiding the bright headlights, likening it to a moth, even though that’s the opposite of what moths do.
In addition to oddly specific measurements, the witnesses were also able to offer information on how Mothman moved. They said they drove away from the scene, but the monster chased them, flying at speeds over 100 miles per hour.
West Virginia law enforcement apparently saw no need to ask the followup questions that are no doubt screaming in your head. But the report included other key details, like how the Mothman was apparently a clumsy runner, according to witnesses.
With A Little Help From His Friends
Realizing how stupid the story probably sounded to sane people, the man from the second encounter admitted: “If I had seen it while by myself I wouldn’t have said anything, but there were four of us who saw it.”
Hiding behind his buddies as an alibi for his sanity, the man had nothing more to say about Mothman or his misconceptions about moths.
Over the next few days, a growing number of reports rolled in to various publications. People all over the Point Pleasant area claimed to have seen large birdlike creatures with red eyes, including a couple of first responders.
Spreading as all mass hysterias do, the number of accounts of this mythical terror grew.
A Monstrous Reputation
The one story about Mothman that likely gave the beast its fearsome reputation involved a Salem, West Virginia resident and his dog. Newell Partridge had no idea what kind of legendary excitement he was in for that evening. No amount of mind-altering substances could have made his experiences any more bizarre.
Your Average Evening
Partridge’s evening started out presumably like any other. Get home, have a beer, eat a microwave dinner or something, and then sit down in front of the TV. He would soon realize that something wasn’t right.
The first thing that tipped him off was when his TV started making weird noises.
Just Hit It A Few Times
Anyone who remembers TV sets from before the digital takeover knows just how unreliable those things can be. Presumably, giving the set a few good whacks didn’t fix it. Next, he heard a strange sound outside.
He grabbed a flashlight (and possibly a shotgun, we don’t know) and took a look out the window.