Creature Sighting: Possibly Mothman

Posted by Scott McMan | June 19, 2013 17

As I’ve exclaimed in previous articles, The legend of Mothman is something that mesmerizes me. Why? I have no idea, but when something peaks my interest, I have to investigate any new information that comes along.

This latest foray into the Mothman enigma comes from my friend Mike Perry over at 67 Not Out. Mike is famous for his stories associated with synchronicity, but today he’s on the trail of Mothman.

Mike received a letter from a woman identified only as Shiela. From what I can gather, Sheila’s experience has impacted her to the point of never again walking in the woods:

Was This A Mothman Sighting?

“I was walking in the woods near to where I live with my friend James. This is something we often do.

“We came to a clearing when we saw a dead animal, which we took to be a horse. It was in a terrible mutilated state with it’s head almost severed from it’s body. We went closer and saw that the animals eyes were gone and two of the legs had been torn off.

“It was upsetting to see this but we kept on with our walk. A few moments later I saw something move to one side of me but as I turned to look whatever it was had disappeared.

“After a few minutes I heard a shrieking noise but James didn’t hear anything. I looked behind me where the noise was coming from and I saw the scariest creature I have ever seen or want to see again. It was very tall, maybe 10 feet tall and was completely black other than for two eyes which were red and very large.

“I know that this may appear unbelievable but the creature had two black wings like those of an angel. It said something I didn’t understand which was like a different language and then flew away.

“I saw this as clearly as I could see James but he says he saw and heard nothing and that I must have watched too many vampire films. But I did see it and I was shaking with fear. All I wanted to do was to go home. I know I will never walk in the woods again.”

~ Shiela

As I have read hundreds and hundreds of these type stories, I have developed a nose for BS. I can say with confidence that this in my opinion is a true event. Do I think Sheila encountered Mothman or some other crypto-creature? That I can’t say, but with so much unknown to us, sometimes you have to just give in and accept what a person tells you.

Many believe that Mothman is a direct result of the Cornstalk curse. While there are several theories about the origin of the creature, the Cornstalk curse is one that seems to be overlooked more often than not.

Getting to the core of the story, there was a battle between Colonials and a multi tribe contingent where the white settlers overpowered the Indians with their superior fire-power. This battle took place in the area of the now Mothman associated Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

After the battle, the Indians were driven west into Ohio. However, the Shawnee Chief Cornstalk made peace with the Colonials who had since built a fort to stave off future attacks. In 1777, the British began inciting the previously conquered tribes to attack the fort. Cornstalk alerted the settlers to the plan and told them his tribe preferred to avoid involvement. However, he couldn’t guarantee that some Shawnee braves wouldn’t fight as he was not going to stop those who chose to join in the assault.

Garrison Commander, Captain Arbuckle, who had been Cornstalk’s ally up to that point took the Shawnee Chief hostage in hopes that it would stop the attack, which it did. Unfortunately, things got messy as a Colonial was attacked and killed while hunting, prompting some vigilante soldiers to execute Cornstalk as retribution. Not only did they kill the Chief, but they also murdered his son who was visiting at the time.

As Chief Cornstalk lay dying he put a curse on the land:

I was the friend of the borderman. Many times I have saved him and his people from harm. I never warred with you, but only to protect our lands I refused to join your enemies in the red coats. I came to the fort as your friend and you murdered me and have murdered by my side, my young son. For this, may the curse of the Great Spirit rest upon this land. May it be blighted by nature, may it be blighted in its hopes. May the strength of it’s people be paralyzed by the stain of our blood

Chief Cornstalk was buried near the (Point Pleasant) fort.

Some believe that Mothman is a type of Thunderbird spirit which have been associated with indian folklore for hundreds of years. There are those convinced that the Cornstalk curse is responsible for the following disasters:

1907-The worst coal mine disaster in american history took place in Monongah, west Virginia on December 6, when 310 miners were killed.

1944-In June, 150 people were killed when a tornado through the tri-state area.

1967-On December 15, the Silver Bridge collapsed killing 46 people and injuring 9.

1968-A piedmont Airlines plane crashed near Kanawha Airport, killing 35 people.

1970-On November 14, a Southern Airways DC-10 crashed into a mountain near Huntington, West Virginia killing 75 people.

1976-In March there was an explosion at the Mason County Jail in Point pleasant. Harriet Sisk was under arrest for the murder of her infant daughter. On March 02, her husband came into the jail with a suitcase full of explosives. Both the Sisk’s were killed, along with three law enforcement staff.

1978-In January, a freight train derailed at Point Pleasant, dumping thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals. The chemicals contaminated the towns water supply and the wells had to be abandoned.

1978-In April of the same year, the town of St. Mary’s was struck with tragedy when 51 men who were working on the Willow Island Power Plant were killed when their construction scaffolding collapsed.

Could the Mothman be appearing in other areas of the world based on various curses laid upon the land?

Many will tell you that the Mothman is a harbinger or warning of impending disaster. If that were the case then it would go against any line of thought associated with a curse.

The mystery of Mothman lives on and I don’t see it being solved any time in the near future….if there is a Mothman at all, that is.

Special thanks go out to Mike Perry at 67 Not Out and Exploring The Unexplained for providing content for this article.

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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.

17 Responses

  • rick

    should have used moth balls!

  • Joseph Kool

    One mocks what one doesn’t understand.

  • mike

    It was 2007 in that summer. We had the ac on where I was living in my a 1 bedroom apartment that I shared with my parents because they were visiting from overseas. As a devout muslim, I try to always awake before the sunrise and pray the morning prayer as part of my everyday routine.

    That day was a little different as I awoke a little after the dawn had appeared. So I hurried up and cleansed myself and took out my rug and prayed. Something, however, was not right this time around. I felt that something wrong was about to happen. Minutes later, while I tried to go back to sleep, an excoriating pain attacked my stomach. I became full of fear and pain within seconds. I was thinking, I didn’t want to call 911 this early and scare my elderly parents at this time of the day.

    I opened the curtains to our living room window where I slept on the sofa. I tried to distract myself by looking at the sunrise and at the cars of the early birds workers passing by. That, however, did not work– I have to run now, but will be back later to tell you about my encounter with the exact details of what I saw and the truth about the so called the mothman!

  • Dung Shooken

    “After a few minutes I heard a shrieking noise but James didn’t hear anything.”

    Well THAT’S plausible.

  • You are Very Funny, as well as a good Writer :)

  • Scott_McMan

    Lacy, I appreciate that vote of confidence and I’m glad you like my more comedic offerings. However, I don’t really consider myself a writer….but if you say so, how can I resist? LOL!

  • Abby

    I really think that the “tale” of the mothman-cant tell if its really fiction-is totally fascinating but I’m unsure if I believe Shiela. Why could she see the mothman and james couldn’t`? Of course there are people who can “see” better than others and sense paranormal things around them but because of the many eye witnesses, who saw the mothman, only a minority was into the paranormal stuff.
    In my opinion the mothman is something paranormal, but I imagine that he is visible for everyone, no matter if they are into the paranormal or not.

    So in conclusion, I don’t believe this “eye-witness” it just doesnt seem realistic but I do believe that the mothman could exist.

  • Its True

    I hesitate to tell this story, but my family and close friends know it, and have known it since I was a teenager. People look at you strange when you tell them you saw something that looked like others describe as the mothman. When I was a teen, in about 1977, me and one of my friends were floating on a rubber raft in the middle of Coal River in Saint Albans, WV. I was kicked back, eyes closed trying to get a suntan. A huge shadow came over us that made me open my eyes. It was fairly close and it flew following the water line. I had never heard of the mothman at the time but I can tell you it looked like what other people have since described him like. Scared the crap out of both of us even though it kept flying. I told my family who kind of dismissed it. Owls are big they said. Maybe it was a hawk… they told me. I know what I saw.

  • Sai

    Oh wow, this sounds so much like my story. I was a kid when I saw it, probably around the same time as you, 1977, but a lot younger. I wasn’t in school yet so I was pretty small, and no one believed me when I told them. Me and my mom, a couple of aunts, my grandma, a few cousins, my brother and sister were out late one night. Me, my mom, my aunts and grandma were on our car looking up at the stars and they were talking, I was just laying there looking up because I don’t understand Spanish. Anyway, I noticed a large whitish looking thing with wings flying over us which looked to have a massive wing span. Not fast, just kind of casually flying along. At that age, I hadn’t seen any scary movies, heard of any scary monsters, anything of persuasion at all. But the thing that I saw that night scared me so bad that I had nightmares afterwards for a long time. I told them and they dismissed it also as being some bird, or owl, or hawk. It wasn’t even the same shape as any of those things. I tried to explain how big it was, and that it wasn’t any bird that I’ve ever seen, but of course people never believe what kids tell them, so they dismissed it. This was in South Texas near Carrizo Springs. I can never find a good explanation to what I saw, but this is the closest thing to it that I’ve come across. And to this day I remember it very well. It really sucks when no one believes you but you know what you saw and know that it wasn’t just something ordinary, you can feel it, even as a kid I felt it. I will never forget that night. And whether anyone believes me or not, I don’t care. I’m just a perfectly normal everyday person with a normal life, I have no reason to make this crap up. I hate even telling anyone about this, but this is such a strange coincidence I had to say something.

  • When and where did Shiela take her walk in the woods. Has any tragedy befallen that area (town? state?). More details, please. Thank you.

  • Scott_McMan

    Unfortunately, that’s something you’d have to ask Shelia. Contact Mike over at If there is any other information, he’s the man to talk to.

  • Thanks Scott. As I hinted at, the interesting part of mothman is the great tragedy that cannot be challenged, which happens later on. Below, readers share their mothman sightings, but unless they are the victim of an unnatural weather, terrorist event, or mass tragedy, it’s just another 2nd-hand story about some dumb girl getting her period unexpectantly.

  • Emily Jane

    Hey guys, I live in Australia and had my own experience with a mothman-type creature in 1997. I was 17 years old and my friend had just gotten her driver’s license, so we decided to drive to Gosford, NSW a coastal area north of Sydney. We drove to a national park that bordered on the ocean and met some people having a BBQ, so hung out with them till dusk. I needed to go to the toilet and it was a dark creepy night, so I asked my friend Tara to walk with me to the toilet block. We walked about 500 metres away from the group through a densely wooded area, when we heard a loud noise high above us – like a large animal crashing through the tree tops. It landed several hundred metres in front of us, and it looked like a dark bundle of rags sitting on the grass. To our horror it rose to its feet, and Tara and I just stood frozen to the spot, staring in disbelief. It was the height of an extremely tall human. It had its back to us, and it suddenly turned to face our direction and I saw what looked like wings where its arms should have been and red eyes. We could only see its silhouette, as the forest was dark and moonlight was the only light source in the undergrowth. Without a word, Tara and I ran back to the car, got in and drove away. We have never ever mentioned it in conversation and it is something that scares me to this day to think about.

  • Charlene

    I need to tell this to someone other than my sister…for the past three + weeks I have experienced a number of strange events which my sister researched and found connected to Mothman sightings. I have heard something walking a very strange; kind of walk in the hall of my home. I have had lost time. Nothing huge just minutes. I have had theses blisters in my ears come and go and a loud buzzing noise from time to time. The lights in our home have gone dim and our TV has gone dead for no known reason ( my husband took time of from work to check all the electical wiring (he is an electical engineer) I have had an impending sense of doom unlike anything I have ever experienced in my life.
    I am frightened as I understand this creature comes forth before disasters.

  • JamesB

    Me my mom and 2 brothers where walking in the woods near Lansdale, PA we came around a tree and what looked like a very tall old man in black cloak was standing there then it turned looked at us and flew strait up in the sky very fast the cloak appeared to be wings of some kind looked like a vampire or fallen angel type of being, I think it is mothman and he maybe sometimes wears a helmet with horns and red eyes but it wasn’t wearing that when we seen it, It was just standing in the woods next to one of them green box ground transformers it was about 7ft tall pale skin and had wings and flew strait up in the sky very fast I don’t know exactly what it was but others have seen it from PA- NJ- VA and WV so I think was Mothman whatever it is, I have also seen some strange caves in PA that have no trespassing signs all over I think they possible hide in the caves who knows.

  • Hollywood

    Why would’nt the town just build a giant bug zapper to take care of the mothman?

  • obejon

    In the northern south America, it is said that the negative energy of a bad event attracts moths. The more the collection of moths including hornets, the greater the bad which will happen. The mothman is thought a fallen angel whose eternal penance is to send messages warning danger to avoid or mitigate the event.

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