A man driving along State Route 2 in West Virginia near Point Pleasant, legendary home of the bad omen, Mothman, says he captured pictures of the creature. The local news covered the story.
He said he stopped when he saw something jumping from tree to tree and was able to snap a few pictures in the dusk.
The man declined an on-camera interview, but was adamant the pictures had not been doctored. He said he recently moved to Point Pleasant for work and didn’t even know about the legend.
Really? He stopped to photograph this, called it into the news station and wasn’t aware of the most famous thing about Point Pleasant? The Mothman festival took place in September and November 12th was the 50th anniversary of the first sighting in 1966 when some men digging a grave saw a figure overhead. Then, the huge story erupted when several people claimed to have had a face to face encounter with the creature while in their car. There is a Mothman museum and a garish, hard to miss statue in the town. Let’s just say I’m doubtful of his story that he knew nothing of the legend.
There are no other details of the picture other than it was taken with a cell phone. Though he reported he took the picture on the evening of the 20th, the trees look a bit full for this time of year – a location and exact time of the event are necessary to make any judgements about his story. But that doesn’t matter to some people around town. As seen in the news clip, people are more than happy to assume the absurd tale of a man-sized flying creature is genuine with the most meager of evidence – eyewitnesses saying so.
Many more natural explanations have been proposed for this latest shadowy sighting which resembles this terrible hoax of the “Jersey Devil”. However, this one could very well be a real animal – a bird, perhaps an owl, carrying a frog or snake away.
It obviously looks nowhere near man-sized. It could be that the photographer took lucky shots of a bird and passed it off as the Mothman to see how gullible the news media would be. Many people do this for a laugh, they don’t need their names associated with it. Or it is a completely hoaxed setup, always plausible. People do weird things for kicks.
We can’t tell for sure what it is, but there is zero reason to suspect it is the Mothman as described in legend. There are too many far more reasonable explanations.
There is no good written history of the story of the Mothman. Two sources, Wamsley and Coleman, repeat the stories but don’t investigate the context, leaving just an urban legend that made the town infamous. John Keel in his book, The Mothman Prophecies, enhanced the aspect of the sightings being harbingers of doom.