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New documentary to uncover Mothman mystery

By T.K. Randall
February 7, 2020 · Comment icon 15 comments

Who or what is Mothman ? Image Credit: Small Town Monsters
'The Mothman Legacy' will explore the stories behind various sightings of the enigmatic winged humanoid.
Described as a human-like entity with wings and glowing red eyes, Mothman gained prominence after it was sighted multiple times in and around Point Pleasant, West Virginia from 1966 to 1967.

The first reported sighting occurred in November 1966 when five men who were digging a grave in a local cemetery described seeing a strange figure swooping over the trees overhead.

The creature was seen again only a few days later when two couples driving through the area picked up the terrifying sight of a human-like shape with glowing red eyes illuminated by their headlights.

As time went on, more and more people reporting seeing the creature. When 46 people died in the collapse of the Silver Bridge in December 1967, Mothman came to be associated with the disaster.

The phenomenon was later described by John Keel in his 1975 book The Mothman Prophecies.
Now a new documentary directed by Seth Breedlove aims to shed new light on the enigma.

"The final chapter in [Seth] Breedlove's Mothman trilogy, The Mothman Legacy will tell the story of dozens of sightings of a folk legend of dubious origin, who allegedly continues to be seen throughout the area today," the press release reads.

"With a dozen eyewitness interviews, the film promises to offer some of the most intense and terrifying encounters ever recorded."

"Many believe the Mothman to be a 1960's phenomenon, an omen only appearing before tragedy, and disappearing after a flap of sightings and the subsequent Silver Bridge collapse in 1967. But what if there's more? What if the origins of this omen trace back much further and go much deeper than anyone realized? And what if...the sightings never ended ?"

The Mothman Legacy will debut at the annual Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant in September.

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Comment icon #6 Posted by stereologist 4 years ago
No one reports arms so saying "wings and arms" is not what was reported. None of the reports say panic or suggest the state of mind of the witnesses. We need to be careful not to transfer our own experiences into the reports. For example, I've seen lots of things at night from bears to coyotes and foxes and bats and none of them has panicked me. But my experiences should not be transferred onto the reports of other people. I think people saw something but what they saw is probably not what they imagined it was. There is something called priming. It is where you are given a hint or a suggestio... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by stereologist 4 years ago
Here you see the red eyes of the barred owl as reported by many witnesses.   The embellishment of the witness reports is obvious when you see that the mothman today has arms and the original reports do NOT mention arms.
Comment icon #8 Posted by geraldnewfie 4 years ago
its just like religion, ghosts and monsters, if there was never any talk about it then nobody would mention it. imagine a world where they didnt talk about god for say, there wouldnt be nutcases saying they hear god or see god or some bright tunnel before they die. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by Manwon Lender 4 years ago
It appears that some of the siting were attributed to the following:   Wildlife biologist Dr. Robert L. Smith at West Virginia University told reporters that deions and sightings of Mothman all fit the sandhill crane, a large American crane almost as high as a man with a seven-foot wingspan featuring circles of reddish coloring around the eyes, and that the bird may have wandered out of its migration route. This particular crane was unrecognized at first because it was not native to this region. Peace
Comment icon #10 Posted by Carnoferox 4 years ago
Fixed the title: "New documentary about a few guys mucking around in the woods and finding nothing"
Comment icon #11 Posted by Ultimatium 4 years ago
It seems like one of the better documentaries about mothman, im definitely going to check it out.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Varelse 4 years ago
"New video evidence found on youtube!"
Comment icon #13 Posted by Matt221 4 years ago
"Mothman"or" Bloody great Owl" as some of us like to call him
Comment icon #14 Posted by Jetstream587 4 years ago
Is it only spotted around Virginia? I've heard reports of it being spotted as far as California.
Comment icon #15 Posted by stereologist 4 years ago
It was originally spotted in West Virginia. That was Mothman 1.  Lately there has been Mothman 2 in the Chicago area.

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