I grew up in rural NWPA, surrounded in forest. I took an early interest in cryprozoology and sharks and have read many books on various crypto subjects such as Bigfoot and Megalodon over the years. I am not a professional writer or a journalist, but I do the best I can. I have a quirky, obscurely dry and sometimes sarcastic sense of humor than can get me in trouble. Some love me and some hate me, but I am who I am.

It’s been many years since the Silver bridge collapsed, claiming 46 lives during a busy Friday evening rush hour. It is said that an omen to the incident appeared in the form of an odd looking creature later named Mothman by an Ohio copy editor who had a fascination with the old Batman TV series with a similar looking villain.

As time passed I developed a fascination with the monster of Point Pleasant. I spent more time than you can imagine researching the subject over the years, but the stories and sightings were few and far between. In fact, incidents involving the winged creature with no head have become downright rare.

I often wondered why a fairly famous entity would be so lacking in coverage? Similar beasts such as Bigfoot are still going strong. Even Chupacabra gets more play than the Mothman and in my mind, that defies logic. You’d think there would at least be a steady stream of hoaxes for such an eerie specter who’s appearance is said to be a warning of coming disaster.

As I pondered this lack of coverage, it occurred to me, if something had a chance of being real, would sightings and associated stories lack attention, or is there just not enough interest? Even a feature motion picture wasn’t enough to push this cryptid into the forefront for very long.

I for one get very excited when I see a story involving a creature that can be mistaken for nothing but Mothman. I’ve seen incidents describing large winged entities and I’ve even posted on them here, but it wasn’t until today that I knew I had a bona-fide Mothman encounter….that is, if we are to believe the incident.

This story comes to us from Lon over at Phantoms & Monsters where a skittish woman who goes only by the initials EW, tells of a terrifying run in with what in my mind can only be Mothman:

The North Georgia Mothman Encounter (as told to Lon Strickler)

Last December I received an email from a woman (who I will refer to as ‘EW’) from north Georgia who thought she had encountered a Mothman. After many months of correspondence, the witness has agreed to allow me to post the event but only under strict circumstances. She has reviewed this post and has agreed to the following content being published:

Hello – I am hoping you can shed some light on an incident I had a few years ago. I was twenty-five at the time and was driving to my friend CW’s house. It was quiet at 11:30 pm as I drove south on an old country road off of (redacted) highway near (redacted) in north Georgia. Very few people pass this way because it leads to nothing but a small group of houses. I turned on the radio but nothing came on. I figured it was a blown fuse but then I started to heard weird scratching sounds coming through the speakers. It sounded like a distant voice but I couldn’t understand what it was saying.

Suddenly, something flew in front of the car and hit the windshield with enough size and force that it totally mangled the grill and hood. I immediately stopped the car. I heard what sounded like wings flapping on the roof, but then something rolled down the back window onto the trunk then eventually on to the road. I thought I killed whatever it was. A woman in a truck had pulled up from behind and said she saw the thing hit the road. She said that it’s eyes were glaring bright red. As we looked more closely at this thing it resembled a man with large bat-like wings. The woman walked back to her truck and pulled a shotgun from the back and pointed it at this bat-like creature.

Illistration of creature "EW" encountered

It was starting to move and we backed off. It slowly stood up on two large raptor-like claws, turned and stared directly at us with those terrible bright red eyes. The woman pumped the shotgun. It slowly levitated off the ground with wings spread until it was about 10 foot up then instantly, it let out a deafening screech as it just disappeared with a loud ‘swoosh’. The woman (who I found out later was CW’s aunt) and I just looked at each other.

This thing had the body of a well-built man. It had no feathers but charcoal gray skin like that of a bat with some hair on the shoulders and around the eyes and legs. When it spread it’s wings, it had the span of 12 foot or more. I estimate it was about 8 foot tall. It had no head however, just the eyes embedded on the shoulders that had brows. I didn’t noticed a mouth or nose. There is no way I was going to report this and CW’s aunt totally agreed. We both drove off to CW’s house. I was so shook up I stayed the night.

The next morning, I went outside to inspect the car. There was a huge crack in the windshield and the grill was mangled beyond repair. The hood also had a deep 25 inch dent. I started to walk back to the house when I noticed something laying in the grass beside the garage. It was CW’s Golden Retriever lying dead from massive lacerations up and down it’s back. I just knew that thing did it.

That was 3 years ago and I constantly dream of this creature. I was told by a friend that I had encountered a Mothman. It looked more like a Batman to be honest. I decided to look up a few of the sightings by others and saw your name and blog. Many of the images on Google were very similar to what I saw. I wrote to someone else about a year ago but they never got back to me. I have included 2 of the images I think look the most like the creature I hit with my car that night. Could you contact me at this email? Thank you for your time. EW

For more on this subject, including Lon’s comments, head over to Phantoms & Monsters

Is this story authentic? It’s seems to hold many similarities to other winged creature encounters, such as the body slamming into the windshield and rolling off the back. Also, I was almost wondering why the other woman didn’t shoot the thing. At one point it lets out a hair raising screech and I fully expected the next sentence to describe the deafening sound of the shotgun muzzle! Yet, both women stand and watch as it floats up into the air.

Another problem that challenges the authenticity is at no time does either women scream, run or lock themselves in their vehicles. In fact, their reaction seems lacking in emotion or animation. However, those who know the Mothman story well will tell you that there are associated reports of emotional and mental manipulation. Could these ladies have been in some sort of semi-trance state?

I could just dismiss this as a hoax, but that wouldn’t be much fun, especially for someone as addicted to the Mothman saga as I am.

I’d like to give a big shout out to Lon as I enjoyed this one thoroughly.

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  • Batman aint’ scared of no shotgun.

  • HaywoodZarathustra

    Since the passing of John Keel, the greatest living expert on Mothman has been Andy Colvin of Seattle. Seriously…

  • JohnP

    that pic reminded me of this video…happy halloween.


  • dippy kid

    they could have been in a trance!! i probably would have been frozen if i saw something like that lol

  • Arcturus

    To me it has the ring of a “story” concocted to sound like the Mothman… feigned ignorance of the original story, etc. And as for just standing and watching an 8 foot tall “bat” with a 12-foot wingspan stand up in front of you?! No way. Their reactions, unless not described fully, just don’t ring true.

  • thatguyfromsyracuse

    It has wings AND it can levitate? Amazing! lol Sorry. Sounds like nothing but a story to me.

  • Lon Strickler

    Google ‘Conewago Phantom’ – a series of sightings that have been occurring the past 20+ years. I was part of a group who documented the original encounter…there have been several credible sightings since.

  • The Oshmar

    How would it generate enough lift to get off the ground? 8 Foot tall well-built creatures with obvious high density (otherwise you’d be cleaning it off your car with a hose) must weigh a lot, more than the wings could lift no doubt.

    Sorry but I can’t see how it could exist.

  • Jon

    This is a great post. I think It might be a Tulpa. Hence why it is able to levitate and do other things that seem to defy physics. I love the Mothman stories as well and always thought it might be a semi-real creature generated from a bunch of human minds subconsciously, perhaps as an outward manifestation of something like a group-mind ability to foretell upcoming disastrous events.

  • prkjava

    I wonder about other “events” occurring in the area. Usually, mothman reports also occur with other paranormal events as well. A cluster effect if you will. So I would be looking for Bigfoot, MIB, UFO other odd occurences happening in the area. Mothman, though, seems to be a harbinger of cataclysmic events. Which will probably happen at the peak of all sorts of weird reports.

  • PeterL

    Something of that size would have to be very thin and gaunt in order to generate the lift required to get off the ground, plus it would require quite a bit of time and flapping to even start to attain that lift from a standing position. Her account is interesting but unfeasible.

  • Well, I’ll definitely be curious if another Indrid Cold appearance or phone call is in the offing.

  • rick equinox

    A 12 foot wing span to carry a well built 8 foot man, dont think so some how, would have to be more like 40 feet!