For the final installment of “What Does Rachel Consider Spooky”, we’re talking about the Mothman, who harassed the town of Point Pleasant, WV from November 12, 1966 to December 15, 1967.
It is unknown how many people actually saw the Mothman, but the reports began when five gravediggers in Clendenin, WV claimed to see a “‘brown human being’ that flew over their heads, gliding from tree to tree”*. Three days later, two couples reported that they saw a white-winged creature in front of the car they were sitting in. It stood around six to seven feet tall, had a wingspan of ten feet, and had glowing red eyes. They claimed that it moved faster than 100 miles per hour, chasing their car as they raced out of town.
The Gettysburg Times ran stories on eight sightings in the three days that followed the first two. That’s ten supposed Mothman sightings in a week, all that matched the same criteria: a huge, winged beast with glowing red eyes.
Newell Patridge from Salem, WV claims he saw weird patterns appearing and disappearing on his TV one night, followed by a strange noise outside his house. When he went to investigate the sound with his flashlight, he saw two red eyes staring back at him that resembled reflectors on a bicycle.
Though sightings are something it’s well known for, the Mothman’s “claim to fame” in West Virginia is its “link” to the Silver Bridge collapse.
On December 15, 1967, 46 people were killed on the Silver Bridge that connected Point Pleasant, WV to Kanauga, OH. People claimed to have seen the Mothman hovering over the bridge as it collapsed, plunging cars into the icy water below. It is said that the Mothman has been linked to other tragedies in history, being spotted before incidents such as 9/11 and the Swine Flu Outbreak in Mexico. The official cause of collapse for the Silver Bridge was failed welding to the eye-bar joint, but some locals were, and are still, dead-set that the Mothman caused this horrible accident.
That’s all I have for this final “scary post” of Spooktober, and I really hope you guys enjoyed! If you did, smash that like button and let me know what you think of the Mothman legend in the comments! Also, we have four more days of Spooktober left, so why not follow Rachel.WTF so you can be notified when I post?
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