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Background: As recorded in John Keel’s seminal book ,The Mothman Prophecies The Mothman sightings began to be reported in 1966. The red-eyed winged creature was dubbed “Mothman” by a newspaper reported, since the “Batman” TV series was at the height of its popularity. Sightings continued and fervor escalated over the following months, coinciding with a bewildering array of strange activity -  including precognition, odd prophecies, UFO sightings and encounters with bizarre “Men in Black.” It’s one of the most puzzling and fascinating periods on record of paranormal activity focused in one geographic area. The creature itself has never been explained, although skeptics laughably suggested that it was a mis-sighting of a sand crane.

Description: Approximately seven feet tall; has a wingspan over 10 feet wide; gray, scaly skin; large, red, glowing, and hypnotic eyes; able to take off straight up in flight without flapping its wings; travels up to 100 miles an hour; likes to mutilate or eat large dogs; screeches or squeals like a rodent or electric motor; likes to chase cars; likes to “nest” in remote, unpopulated areas; causes radio and television interference; drawn to, and protective of, small children; has some mind control powers.

Encounter: ”It was shaped like a man, but bigger, said witness Roger Scarberry. “Maybe six and a half or seven feet tall. And it had big wings folded against its back. But it was those eyes that got us. It had two big eyes like automobile reflectors. They were hypnotic. For a minute, we could only stare at it. I couldn’t take my eyes off it.”