The Search for the Mysterious Mothman
So, we're on our way to Point Pleasant West Virginia home, of the Mothman I think you're gonna really like this town we're. The moth nests and we're gonna find a Mothman it's gonna be out here. Goes. Beyond belief are you scared. Man. This. Week on BuzzFeed and saw if we travel to Point Pleasant West Virginia as we dip our toes back into the cryptid pool again to search for the famed creature, the. Mothman oh very. Impressive you see that that's good you'll see firsthand when we travel to West Virginia which. We're gonna we're gonna do soon after ice, what. Do you mean these will. Assist these my Mothman gloves I use. These to catch it look at the grip a gripping. By the talons evils to read them yeah, let's. Get into it the, Mothman is, a crypto zoological, creature that, is thought to have made its first appearance in. 1966. Witnesses. Have described, the creature to be man-like, in stature often, seen walking on its two hind legs the. Mothman is, spotted, primarily, at night and its color is tough to discern, sometimes. It's described, as gray other, times as brown however. The, gigantic. Frame of the Mothman is, largely, undisputed. Across. All accounts. The Mothman is a physically. Imposing specimen. Ranging, from six to eight feet tall as its, name would suggest the. Mothman is, capable. Of flight sporting. To enormous. Wings with, a monstrous. Eight to 15, foot wingspan. One. Chilling detail, that is reported, in many sightings, is the, moth man's unforgettable. And haunting. Red eyes a red. Described, by one woman as, quote red, like you never saw red. Wot's, aren't even scary, people say Mothman, and I don't I don't shiver. I think, he's called Mothman, not, because he looks like a giant moth a giant moth would have like almost butterfly, you wings right if he doesn't have butter fuel it's kind of more like like. Like Batman's, wings well they shouldn't, call them off my it we'll take it up with whoever, made it up the sky beast sky beast you just literally put together the two things at its moon monster, it's, pretty dumb the, cloud fiend. No. As he said what let's go through some other ones what did you wanna see money what are the other ones you got the evil eagle. Dr.. Sky shadow, mr. wind biter. Mr. wind biter oh you, know he's flying through the air you. Said it out loud you're still gonna stand by it teeth gnashing. That's. Good what about like uh no. It's bad what do you got no no it. Was really a was I was gonna say wing a Tron waiting up truck that's that sounds that sounds like a robot is like a robot yeah it was in Point Pleasant West Virginia where. The Mothman became, famous hence, our presence, in the town now in fact, a statue, of the famed creature sits in the center of town for those seeking a face-to-face, encounter. Stop number one Mothman. Statue, it looks very ornate, you'll be able to stare at it right I. What's, that supposed to it means you're eight feet tall - tall Chuck get, it. Look. At its eyes the. Other a beautiful, amber, or something, I was gonna say they're pure terror, I could feel it coursing through my veins oh my god he's got a full six-pack look at that this guy definitely p90. Accent he's like a George Clooney Batman. Hopefully, this isn't our only face-to-face. Encounter with the Mothman maybe we'll find one. In the woods and he'll look nothing like this and we'll have to contact. The board of West Virginia and say you need to change your statute because the boys have solved it yeah I certainly don't think he's gonna have GI Joe, Armour on. These, guys ass by the way oh my, god the. Purpose of our pilgrimage, to Point Pleasant is to catch a glimpse of the Mothman but, if that effort proves to be fruitless we, can still enjoy the influence.
Of Moth mania, that is ever-present, across, town for. Starters, there's, an annual Mothman. Festival every, September, and Mothman. Souvenirs, it's docked on shelves, ready for eager tourists, year-round at, the, coffee grinder, you can order various, Mothman, treats, including, chocolate Mothman, droppings, Mothman. Coffee as, well as a delightful. Mothman, cookie, complete. With, red eyes this. Is a coffee grinder this is one of the many locations, around town where you could pick up some Mothman, treats you. Excited yeah they got a little moth man lives here he. Dies he's. Sort of like the funny little mascot, of history. Good, mascot. Man. This. Is a nice and cozy and look at that. Yeah. Feels, right, do you think he'll look this friendly when we see it probably, I don't know if it will be smiling like that like yeah. That's better cool stop. That do you think it's boys it sound like so. What me the moms man no it's probably it's, me there you go man judge yeah. Mostly you boys from out of town. Shall. We eat some droppings mm-hmm. Look. It it feels weird I don't it feels. Right. Mmm. Sweet, starter, and, a nutty the. Crunchy finish let's we have the adult here and. Then, the baby yeah, I'm, greatly enjoying this moment there's nice really soft this is good. Mmm. Now. Let me take a sip. This. Is good is this what those worth it boys feel like. No. No gold. Finally. At village, pizza you, can order it the delectable namesake. Mothman, pizza, oh you're going through that door I was gonna open the door alright. This. Is Christ this. Mothman, pizza, honors, pedestrian. Toppings, with, the responsibility. Of mimicking. The look of the famed creature the, clever arrangement enlists. Blood red cherry tomatoes, for eyes bell. Peppers for feet and spooky. Mushrooms, for wings so this is very fun for them he is without, a doubt a big part of their Commerce in terms, of tourism huh, if, I'm going to Point Pleasant West Virginia I would go there for the Mothman yeah, and these people are onboard I just like that the town can rally around it some people have a positive, that the people of this town have made Mothman, up as a, beacon. Of tourism, oh right. Impossible. I don't buy for a second, no, nice. Knit for, foolproof, past, their garrison, ill test I don't trust that test one bit I do. All. Right there it is. Thank. You he's, looking at me right now it. Was a little eyes look. At me now she what. Do you think of me I like this guy I like his vibe oh thanks. We got the wings right here the, torso it's, a little bell pepper Fein legs that's amazing if I saw this in the woods I wouldn't necessarily be. All that scared actually the eyes would be pretty terrifying yeah those are actually pretty creepy oh I, like it I dig it I can't wait to eat his body I call one of the eye pieces there's, only two of us here so I'm gonna obviously get the other one. That's. Good. While. At village pizza, the manager sat with us to share a story of a Mothman sighting, what's the scariest tale you've heard from someone in terms of sighting the Mothman, Danny. Strawberry's mother. She. Said, that one, night she had to fight him off cause he come in to get Danny. She. Was like six months old was in her bed and she, had to fight, the Mothman off because he was trying to grab the baby he was trying to steal her yeah I mean. That that was her story but I mean she very she was very convincing and it's sad to say she's dead and done now but that. Was a very scary she fought them off man oh my. God oh. She. Didn't actually fight him but I mean she wrestled and, does her baby from him oh yeah that's her story. Well. That was educational good, got my souvenirs, it, was good. It's. Time. These. Two weirdly, optimistic, pilgrims, are ready to embark on our menacing. Mothman, mission, let's, begin at the main sighting, that started, moth mania, as we know it all right so this is the McClintock, wildlife management area this, is the area of the main sighting, looks. Like the kind of area you'd see a Mothman, the Mothman exactly, right sparse, no. A lot of people out here yet, there's parts that are densely wooded. Seems. Like a good road to be terrified, on during, World War two 8,000. Acres of a wooded area near, Point, Pleasant West Virginia are, employed, to manufacture. And house explosives. The explosives. Were, housed in concrete, igloos, dispersed, across the, land after.
The War the, effort was abandoned, and the area. Was, partially, converted into, a wildlife, preserve that, is now known today as the McClintock, Wildlife, Management Area in the 80s, it was uncovered, that byproducts. Of the explosives, had critically, contaminated. The land and yet, to, this day the igloos. And some of their hazardous, materials, remained, some, speculate, that this contamination. Mutated. Local birds into, what would eventually become the, Mothman. But, that's. Purely speculation, I don't think that's how that stuff, works I, think usually if you come into contact with maybe something radioactive or, something you. Die or you, turn into the Mothman I mean what, are the odds of it they in zero. Will. Park here and then we'll make, our way out into the wildlife preserve. It's. Daytime right now but, whatever. We're doing nightfall, is gonna come soon yeah, and. You know I always come prepared. Yeah. I mean there's hunters around here I want to get shot no, I know we don't want you to get shot so I'm, breaking out Old Faithful. No, helmet this time no I don't, have any reports of Mothman hitting people over they have it rock so I don't think it's necessary, this time around I guess, you know in some, sense you may be making yourself a better target for Mothman to just well, maybe grab. You by his talons, maybe he'll be a lot like Bigfoot and be like oh what a colorful vest you think we should try and bro down a little off man - oh yeah, I didn't, bring a beer frame he doesn't strike me as a beer type he strikes me more as a wine guy I he, struck me as like a like, a field. Mice kind, of guy despite. The dangerous, materials. There in years past in, 1966. This, area, often called. The TNT, area was. A popular, destination for, local, youth as such. On November, 15th. 1966. Steve, and Mary mallet and Roger, and Linda Scarberry were. Enjoying, a leisurely drive, through the TNT, area. Unfortunately. Their, amusement, would come to a screeching, halt, when, the two woman Lynda, and Mary spotted. A figure, near the TNT, plant the, figure, began, to move towards the building's, entrance in a shuffling, manner and providing, them a fine, opportunity, to observe the creature while. They initially, thought it looked a lot like a man it, clearly, did not have arms or a head. It. Had massive folded, wings high on the back and perhaps, most, noteworthy to, beaming. Red eyes so. My guess the couples were, somewhere. Around here maybe on that road over there yeah and. I'm not sure of the exact location, but, this. Is where they saw him stumbling around, they. Just saw him. Kind of shambling, yeah, the sampling man. Kind of I don't. Know maybe he was just taking a walk I mean what's, it to you why. Would you take a walk okay working creature he could do what he wants after being spellbound, momentarily. By the creature the, couples came to their senses and took, off in their car, terrified. Any, any thoughts on that so far nope. Well years at, 6666. A few, teens out there probably smoking, a few funny, cigarettes. You could say wait it's 2018. Some, grass as they, made their way towards highway 62, in, Rogers car Berry's, 1957. Chevy they, saw the being, appear. In front of them and rise directly up into, the sky the. Creature had a gargantuan, ten-foot. Wingspan and, the couples noted that it did not need to flap its wings as, it chased the car at speeds, of up to 100.
Miles Per hour quote, gliding. Above and behind the vehicle, end quote, the. Creature made a noise similar to a quote record. Played at a high speed or squeak, of a mouse end quote. Not. Exactly the most terrorizing. Sound and this is why I think maybe these people aren't lying because if they were lying that, seems like a weird detail to make up you, would say it, opened, its mouth and the mountains, moved, with the force. Of the roar yeah, and they went no it's it's squeak like a little baby mouse. That's. What happened I was terrified it, was easy to do the Bigfoot call it a very loud volume but it's gonna be hard out there to give me your best Mothman squeak. If. You were this is the the noise you're gonna make to try and attract another. Moth. Person. I'm, gonna try two different approaches to this okay I can't wait to and it's gonna be an exhale, and then. One's gonna be an inhale, so my first one is. That's. One my. Other one is gonna be a little more high-pitched because it's gonna be the inhale. The. First one was alright I'll give you that the second one kind of sounded like you were smothering a dolphin, also your eyes kind of rolled back hill it's just a weird performance, all around it's a gift I guess, I could try one yeah, just try and inhale it. Sounded, like a pig giving birth I thought, mine was rather good sound, off in the comments who's who screech I'm off let us know fortunately. The, creature stopped, chasing the couples and disappeared. As the couples, near the populated, area of town Linda. Scarberry wanted. To report it to the police but, they were concerned, that they would not be taken, seriously, as a result. In an audacious move, they, decided, to return to the place of the sighting, to confirm, what they had seen to. Their affirmation. / terror they, once again saw the creature, this time stumbling, around in, a dark pasture. This. Spurred the couples to head straight for the Mason County courthouse, to, file a report first, off by the way most, of the time people, naturally will just run away and then tell the story very, few times have I seen a case where the people would then return to the site and try and confirm that they weren't going crazy and that they actually saw what they saw and that's what these four, people did yeah that's very noble yeah, and they did that they saw it they're like okay we confirmed now let's go to the police, deputy, Millard Halstead, was on hand to take the report due, to the size of the town, deputy, Halstead knew the couples and believed, their claims to be sincere, the handwritten, eyewitness, police reports, from the mallets and the scar berries is actually, on display at the Mothman museum the.
Couple's Claimed that the police put all four of them in separate, rooms and asked them each to write down what happened, nice all, of the accounts, match, I mean, they're gonna write you. Know, okay. I'm, gonna ask. You to possibly, incriminate, yourself a little bit yeah that's fine think of any time you've had partaken. In the smoking of the ganja, yeah, yeah don't, do drugs don't do drugs first off whatever legalizing. Not sleeveless how you do it. California's, least anyways, think, of you are smoking, it with three, of your buddies yeah. And now, imagine, that you were so out of it that you imagined, a giant, moth creature and, then, after that you, go to the police one of the worst things you could possibly do when you're high and then, you all tell the same details. Of a story the only way I feel like you could tell something with, concrete details that match everybody else's story is if it in, fact happened, at least when you're under the influence that's true okay. I'll give it to you this is a point for Mothman understand, I want, to believe in Mothman, so is this the part where when I made a good argument you're just gonna go well I believed in anything I said at the top of the show you say that yeah. Watch. Yourself you watch, yourself why don't you write about some point mentions the. Gliding. Just. Cut it off why battle. Through Pleasant eventually. The couple's and deputy Millard Halstead, made their way back to the sighting area where, they heard strange noises saw. Strange shadows. And an. Unexplained. Dust cloud a hoof. Like footprint. Was also, found in the sand around the area Linda. Scarberry was, treated for shock following, the events, and reportedly. Experienced. Some, unnerving, phone calls as well as visits, by the men in black who, would intimidate her, mmm. Not like those guys yeah. Our old pals, Will Smith the Tommy Lee are back what. Are you doing there hear that yeah, you made a cameo on this one nothing, to say about about this one huh it's, weird he only moves when he wants to.
The. Morning after the Mothman sighting. The Mason County Sheriff, George Johnson, held a press conference and from, there the story started, trending in local, and national news eventually. The, creature was dubbed Mothman. By the press, inspired, by the Batman, series people. Actually got, he looked very much like Batman, I read a report where a guy said there's Batman on my neighbors roof he flew up into the sky yeah the, utility, belt I don't know if he had a utility dad but I will say if I was a kid and I saw what I thought was Batman on my neighbor's roof I wouldn't, be scared I would try and go get an autograph yeah you'd be like Batman. You're my favorite. Superhero. And he go. Never. Mind, looking, at this is actually pretty serene and beautiful in the daytime but nightfall. Is almost upon us and then that's when a it's. One of the boys come out that's when the Mothman will come out and. Then we'll have them. Sightings. Of the Mothman began, to pile up police, estimated. That over 1,000. People were looking for the Mothman each night, until, midnight and tonight. History. As it, so often does will. Repeat itself as we, attempt, to find, the creature ourselves. You. Genuinely believe that there's a Mothman, out here I'm not so sure I'm sold on the Mothman and here we are but I will, say we're in the area where the main sighting happened where a lot of the sightings happened if, we're gonna find a Mothman it's gonna be out here after. The Scarberry slash Mallett sightings, a Point, Pleasant woman, named Marcella, Bennett, her three year old daughter her, brother Raymond, and her brother's wife encountered. The Mothman while, visiting, family friends, Marcella. Explained, in an interview with researcher, and author Andy, Calvin. He was shaped like a male, the huge wings the, way he was standing, the head like a bird I'll never forget the way he was standing, it was like he was just relaxing. Like he was just waiting for that moment for me to walk up the. Neck look, like it went down in like, a bird, way, down in the neck to, me it wasn't of this world end quote. Like, Linda Scarberry Marcella. Suffered side effects after the incident, including. Anxiety. Paranoia, and. Nightmares. If, I'm the Mothman and I am NOT I don't. Think anyone was saying I'm not going to make people feel paranoid. And afraid I'm, gonna make them, think. Yeah, love that Mothman, I'm gonna walk out into the woods naked, and serve. Myself up to the Mothman so he can have a little feast assuming. The Mothman eats people I mean I don't know if that's what his game is but, all I'm saying is that what you need to gather from this is that he has an effect, on people's psyche this Mothman, is a complicated. Character what does he sound like what is he sounds like the blood bird. Flappy. Spook stirrer that's. Come on, the. Wing a trench, tire. Say that mister says fright terror. No. Just. Calm a bat man why is that hard after, encountering. The Mothman Marcella. Bennett, also said that she could often feel mothman's unnerving, presence, and like other witnesses, developed. The ability to have premonitions and, psychic, visions, this, is vaguely what I remember about that stupid. Richard Gere movie forget about the Richard Gere movie for a second I will never just think about this the, Mothman is apparently, able he, affects people's. Psyche. In a way where they start to they start to wig out a bit and paranormal. Events follow this thing so it makes you start to wonder what the hell this thing actually is it may not be a cryptid it may, you know they may be an. Alien Linda. Scarberry. The witness from the first Mothman, encounter, claimed, to hear disembodied. Noises, and see items, moving by themselves which. He attributed to, a poltergeist. Simultaneously. Other strange, phenomena, occurred, around the time of the sightings, interrupted. Police dispatches. Malfunctioning. Electrical, appliances, doors, mysteriously. Opening, and shutting an increase. In UFO sightings, and malfunctioning. Cars with, no apparent, explanation. Seems. Like they're just kind of lumping it all in though right or if he isn't an interdimensional. Being he would obviously bring with them maybe chaos if, you're an interdimensional. Being are you gonna make a scene like this if you could jump between dimensions, why not, around a little bit oh he can jump back and forth yeah kind of like a Cheshire Cat or Q from Star Trek or Rick, and Morty if you could jump between dimensions, why wouldn't you have a little fun it's not gonna have any effect on your dimension, coming, around to this guy now this guy's kind of cracks me up he's in the cave somewhere he has like a local, antenna set up he's watching the news doors, open and closed in the neighborhood UFO, sightings.
I. Thought. I've got to give me the Heimlich okay. So. Right now I think we're about to come up on one of those hidden igloos, the. Ones that would hold explosives, back in the day what. Kind of explosives, that they hold new TNT, aren't. You excited to go into one of these little bunkers it's a world war two bunk it is pretty neat how much action. Did Ohio see in World War two, dome. I. Okay. Well. Is. It alternately, an. Echo. Is it. Oh it's, very icy yeah. Hello. Oh. It's. Temporary. I. Could. See losing your mind in here. What's. This string right here I. Don't. Know pull it no, I'm not gonna pull it you pull it what. If it's a trap. Would, like a mod with the Mothman saying of our gorgeous, revenues, palms together hoping, that we spools a little straight I was thinking like a grocery. Bag full of, like, he's Kevin McCallister, from ha Milania. Hold. Something. I'll hold your flashlight I haven't won one hand pretty, confident, there's no heat signatures in here oh. God. I'm after scared. It's. Just a. Skipping. Forward to modern times in, 2016. A man, who would not provide, his name claimed, to have taken a photo of Mothman in West Virginia, the photo shows a two-legged, winged creature, flying, over the trees however. Most. Did not believe, this is Mothman. I'm. Not terribly impressed, that could just as easily be like, a hawk, I don't think it's a hawk I don't think it's now I do think it's a hoax what year was it 2016. Chopped I. Gotta. Hand it to you this. Is these are some woods yeah. Look. At this you. Know this is this, is a giant nest I. Think. We're in the moth nest man. If we just saw a silhouette fly over our heads right now I'd, be thoroughly, all. Right I'm scanning the trees right now I guess that's what you would do right. That. Mothman hospitality. Huh I mean, to has it responded, to calls yeah, well we know what it sounds like you would think logic, would say if you make the noise maybe he'll be deceived, let's, go deeper into the woods okay strangely. An outbreak, of sightings, occurred, in 2017. In Chicago. According. To the Chicago Tribune, there. Were over 20 reports of a quote winged, humanoid, end quote between, April 7th, 2017. And July, 29th. 2017. Alone, the Tribune reports, that the sightings are almost always at night and near a body of water. For. Those who don't believe some, have offered, alternative, explanations. For Mothman sightings, some, believe that Mothman, witnesses, had seen sandhill. Cranes a species. Of bird, that can have a wingspan of 10 feet though. A sandhill. Crane had never been officially spotted, in West Virginia, at the time although. Some. Unofficial reports had, been made I see. Those a lot sandhill. Cranes was, a lot in Illinois did they sound like a little little mousy it sounds kind of like oh. Maybe. Sandhill cranes were with the people in Chicago saw, but there is none of those in West Virginia officials sandhill, cranes look them up a fascinating, bird I'm gonna own one someday a taxidermied. One and it will be in my room some. Had pointed out that some birds eye's such. As owls appear. Red when hit with light from a flashlight or. Car at night the. McClintock Wildlife, Management Area which, surrounds, the TNT, area is a bird, sanctuary that, contains, owls owls, aren't. That big no I can see someone may, be mistaking, an owl for something else they're seeing an owl and being confused, by it one, thing I will point out and I don't know if this is confirmed but I've seen it in a couple sources, that Linda Scarberry when she saw the the Mothman she, did claim that the eyes were only red when she shined a light at it it, would make sense either, way she also did say this thing chased them in their car so, pretty. Sure it's not an owl we should bring a gun. It's. Not joke you, know what this is a perfect time for us to cut back to us investigating. Let's. See where we are I.
Thought. I was getting carried up into the trees. As. Predicted. This is. Horrifying at nighttime. Mothman. I guess, he wouldn't respond to that would he he. Doesn't even know his name is Mothman yeah I mean I don't know how intelligent, is if it can communicate things, to people oh yeah maybe all, right are you gonna do your I do you're a little uh well, that's not a bad idea you go, first I'll go second how about that okay, yeah I got you here. Start. Again. That's. Record, being played quickly I guess here here we go you. Look like a nun. Do. I a little bit in this of you yeah. Yeah. You, look like a rave nuts. What the, well those are coyotes. Or. Dogs, or. A, large pack of something. Holy. Coyotes. Are you know you know armed right now are, you scared. This. Goes beyond belief that was a pack of whatever. The, that was it was coyotes, is that our cue to leave I think maybe I'm we've been out here for quite a bit yeah I don't know if we're gonna find anything today I don't want to be in the mouth of some coyote leader that's not how I want the picture wrap an old Vergara to be all. Right well another good cryptid hunt where, we roll for two but I think next time the. Odds were stacked against, us on this one there's no way to catch this thing we're. Giving up. Your. Win this time Mothman but, I'll be back okay you know what's funny though yeah, is our, Mothman, call actually, attracted, the coyote so it worked for something you think that was us I think the call will it proved it really it wasn't all for show we it. Had value both of us are masters, of the Mothman call, oh yeah, we're basically we should be Animal Planet whoo, I'm, just gonna pause here for a second yeah, give, it one last go how about that. Last, chance, I think. You've offended the Mothman in the end nobody, truly knows what, the Mothman is let, alone if he actually exists. Some, have suggested that, Mothman, could be of demonic, or angelic, origin, others. Believe that Mothman. Could actually be an extraterrestrial. Connecting. Mothman, with bright lights seen, in the sky some. Even believe Mothman, could be an ultra. Terrestrial. A creature, from, another dimension as for. Me I'm, not quite sure what, I believe but. I do find the voluminous docket, of sightings, to be curious for something that is not real nonetheless. As. Our efforts have proved today the. Existence, of Mothman. Continues. To elude us and will, remain for. Now. Unsolved.