Anomalous Apparitions


Ogua 1700s (WV & OH)

Date: The late 1700s

Location: Along the Monongahela River in West Virginia and Ohio

AKA: Agua, Agou

Investigator(s): Historian Glenn D. Lough

Story: The story of Ouga was a tale reportedly told by indigenous people along the Monogahela river to frighten European settlers such as soldiers, traders, and early visitors to the region. The story was then passed along by miners and factory workers who settled along the river in places like Fairmont and Morgantown West Virginia as well as Marietta Ohio.

In the late 1700s a young man at Fort Harmer, in what is present-day Ohio, wrote a letter to his parents who lived in Connecticut. In the letter he describes the Ouga as an amphibious creature resembling a turtle that comes upon land at night to lie in deer paths and behind old stumps in wait for passing deer to prey on. He writes that the creature has a 15ft long tail and pulls deer to the muddy water to devour them. He reports that they had killed one of the creatures and that it weighed 444 pounds. He adds that natives also call it “Agua” or “Agou”.

Description: An over 440 pound creature resembling a turtle with a 15ft tail which stays in the water during daytime and goes on land to prey on deer at night.

Source(s): Microfilm letter from Fort Harmer in the Draper collection at West Virginia University Library (Late 1700s), Now and Long Ago (1969) by Glenn D. Lough, “Monongahela River boasts three monster legends” WVExplorer article (2019) by David Sibray


White Thing 1929 (WV)

Witness(es): Frank Kozul

Date: A night on July 1929

Location: Morgan’s Ridge near Rivesville, West Virginia

AKA: The Morgan’s Ridge Monster

Investigator(s): Ruth Ann Musick, Kurt McCoy

Story: On a late night in July of 1929, Frank Kozul took a short cut through the woods along Morgan’s ridge near Rivesville WV. He was walking home from his coal mining job at the 93 mine to his home in Fairmont WV. He supposedly saw a large white dog-like creature about 2ft tall which was covered in shaggy hair. It had a large head and a bushy tail. The beast reportedly jumped up and attacked him by biting and scratching at him. He tried fighting off the creature by hitting it with his lunch pail, kicking at it and pushing it away but it kept jumping up at him. It was like he was swinging at the air, it’s body reportedly had no substance and couldn’t be hit.

The white thing never made a noise during the attack and it disappeared when they neared a graveyard. Kozul returned home only to find that there were no scratch marks or wounds on him despite having felt the creature attacking him. Frank was left very frightened by the experience and never took the short cut again. The tale of his encounter was relayed to his daughter Katherine Kozul of Fairmont who told the story in 1963. It was then printed by Ruth Ann Musick.

Description: Large white dog-like creature about 2ft tall which was covered in shaggy hair, had a large head and bushy tail. It was aggressive, noiseless and unable to be hit.

Source(s): The Telltale Lilac Bush (1965) by Ruth Ann Musick Pg148 #94 Told by Katherine Kozul in 1963, White Things: West Virginia’s Weird White Monster (2008) by Kurt McCoy (Frank Kozul)


⦁ Pt Pleasant’s Phantom Blimp Crash 1931 (WV)

Witness(es): Over 30 people – Harold Mackenzie, Robert P. Henke, Mrs. Henke, Dr. Claude Parker, Mrs. Parker and several others near the Ohio river including people in the town Pt Pleasant WV and at Raccoon Island as well as workers along the state highway and witnesses in Huntington WV.

Date: Saturday, October 10th 1931 at around 2:50PM

Location: The Point Pleasant West Virginia and Gallipolis Ohio area

AKA: Pt Pleasant’s Unidentified Dirigible Crash

Investigator(s): Gary S. Mangiacopra and Carl J. Pabst

Story: On Saturday, October 10th 1931, Harold Mackenzie was at the Ohio River front and reportedly saw a mysterious airship flying above Gallipolis Ohio. He called his friends at the Foster Dairy plant to come and see it as well. Robert P. Henke and his wife along with Dr. Claude Parker and his wife went to First Avenue to view the ship through Mrs. Parker’s field glasses. Several other people soon joined them and reportedly saw the dirigible fly over the Ohio River.

Looking through the field glasses, Henke estimated the blimp to be 100 to 150 feet long and about 300 feet high. In the nearby town of Point Pleasant WV, residents also reportedly saw the blimp as well as workers along the state highway, people at Raccoon Island and witnesses in Huntington WV.

At about 2:50PM, according to the witnesses, the blimp seemed to buckle and break apart into two pieces. Smoke filled the air as the ship went down in flames toward the hills near Gallipolis Ferry WV. Several witnesses saw four people in parachutes jumping from the downed vessel.

Lt D. Eckford Hodgson, was later contacted by author and anomalous researcher Charles Fort. Hodgson told Fort that at 3PM while he was checking plane engines at the Gallipolis Airway Company, one man drove up and asked if he’d seen the blimp overhead though Eckford had neither seen nor heard such a vessel. He claimed that later he talked with 20 to 30 people who said they had seen the airship which stayed in approximately the same location for about an hour before suddenly crashing. These witnesses reportedly said that the craft had no markings or cabin.

Many observers reported the dirigible crash to Dr. Charles E. Holzer, owner of the Gallipolis airport. West Virginia Sherriff H. E. Burdette of Mason County led a search party on foot. They searched the wooded area around midnight but by dawn had found nothing. The following day, October 11th 1931, WV state trooper H. E. Pomroy made a ground search and Dr. Holzer issued an air search as well to look for the wreckage, debris and possible survivors. Nothing was reported found and by night the teams had given up and abandoned their efforts.

Akron Airfield denied that any airships were missing and all Goodyear Zeppelin Company blimps were accounted for. WV Senator H.D. Hatfield revealed that he had requested for the new U.S.S. Akron dirigible to fly over the Fairfield Stadium in Huntington WV but the navy had denied his request and the ship did not fly over. There were no blimps that were supposed to be in that air space at that time. The craft was never identified. Debris and wreckage from the mystery aircraft was never found nor were the supposed parachute jumpers. For all intents and purposes, the blimp did not exist; yet dozens of people reportedly saw the phantom craft.

Description: A mysterious unidentified blimp with no markings or cabin flying overhead for about an hour before seeming to buckle and break apart into two pieces, smoke filled the air as the ship went down in flames toward the hills, four people in parachutes were seen jumping from the downed vessel, the wreckage was never found.

Source(s): “Unidentified Dirigible Reported Down In Blaze In West Virginia” Evening Star Newspaper 10/11/1931, “The Blimp That Wasn’t There” FATE Magazine (1979) by Gary S. Mangiacopra and Carl J. Pabst, The World’s Strangest Stories (1983) by the editors of FATE Pg91-95 Ch5.1


The Flatwoods Monster 1952 (WV)

Witness(es): Eddie May, Freddie May, A. Kathleen May, Neil Nunley, Ronnie Shaver and Eugene Lemon

Date: Friday, September 12th 1952

Location: Flatwoods, West Virginia

AKA: The Braxton County Monster, The Green Monster, Baxxie

Investigator(s): Ivan Sanderson, Gray Barker

Story: On Friday, September 12th 1952 at about 7PM, two young brothers by the names of Eddie May (Age 13) and Freddie May (Age 12) were playing football with their friend Tommy Hyer (Age 10) when they witnessed a bright object cross the sky. The object appeared to come to rest on land belonging to local farmer George Bailey Fisher. Upon witnessing the object, the boys told their mother, A. Kathleen May (Age 32), who was a former school teacher that operated a local beauty parlor. She was visiting her parents, the Lemons, at the time.

From there, Mrs. May was accompanied by the three boys along with West Virginia National Guardsman Eugene Lemon (Age 17) and local children including Neil Nunley (Age 14) and Ronnie Shaver (Age 10). This search party of sorts traveled to the Fisher farm in an effort to locate whatever it was that the boys had seen. There was allegedly a foul odor in the air, though this detail seems to have been exaggerated over time by those retelling the story. The team brought with them on this trip a local dog which, contrary to popular rumor, lived for many years after this with no sickness.

By view of flashlight, they are said to have seen something strange and glowing which stood 10 to 12ft tall. The witnesses disagreed on whether it was green or a shiny metallic that reflected the nearby foliage. It’s ambiguous if the figure was animate or not. Mrs. May reportedly saw claw-like arms though the others all dispute this detail. The figure had a bright red pointed cowling in the shape of the ace of spades with two circular light sources. The group fled in panic.

A call was then made by Mrs. May to the Braxton County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Robert L. Carr and Deputy J. Burnell Long were at the time investigating a mysterious report of a crashed airplane near Gassaway along the Elk River near Sugar Creek which turned up nothing. Meanwhile curious locals explored the Fisher farm, including Max Junior Lockard (Age 25) and his friends who drove to the sighting location in his 1942 Chevrolet truck. Mr. Asa Lee Stewart Jr of the Braxton Democrat newspaper conducted interviews with the witnesses and checked out the site as well.

Sheriff Carr and Deputy Long later arrived on the scene to investigated the farm area. Nothing noteworthy was reportedly found other than oil and tire tracks from Lockard’s vehicle. They were able to determine the figure’s height by measuring a branch on the tree it stood near. Local news media reported on the story with several newspaper articles, many of which embellished and exaggerated the details of the case.

In September 1952, a week after the encounter, Braxton county local Gray Barker arrived in the area to investigate alongside Fortean researcher Ivan Sanderson. Barker then wrote an article about the case for FATE magazine.

On Friday, September 19th 1952 at 8:30PM, Kathleen May, Eugene Lemon and Lee Stewart Jr appeared on the New York TV show “We The People” hosted on WNBW to talk about the sighting. During this TV appearance the famous sketch was drawn by a sketch artist based on Kathleen’s description and the name “The Green Monster” was given to what they saw.

Description: 10-12ft tall glowing figure, either green in coloration or a shiny metallic reflecting nearby foliage, unsure if animate or not, possible claw-like according to one witness and a bright red pointed cowling in the shape of an ace of spades with two circular light sources.

Source(s): “Baxton Co. Residents Faint, Become Ill After Run-In With Weird 10-Foot Monster” Charleston Daily Mail 9/14/1952, “‘Monster’ Held Illusion Created By Meteor’s Gas” Charleston Gazette 9/23/1952, “The Monster And The Saucer” FATE Magazine (1953) by Gray Barker, They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers (1956) by Gray Barker, Mothman and other curious encounters (2002) by Loren Coleman Ch1, The Flatwoods Monster (2013) by George Dudding, Flatwoods Monster: Legacy of Fear (2018) Documentary by Small Town Monsters


⦁ White Thing (Told in 1954) (WV)

Witness(es): Woman

Location: Kanawha County, West Virginia

Investigator(s): Ruth Ann Musick, Kurt McCoy

Story: A woman in Kanawha County WV, was riding home from church on her horse when she heard a strange scream which sounded like a woman in agony. The sound caused her horse to thrash about. She then saw a white four-legged creature which was larger than a dog but smaller than a horse. The white thing was covered in hair and had a large mouth with razor sharp teeth jutting out. The woman rode off and the creature disappeared into the darkness.

The next day, she and her father planned to look for the creature’s tracks but instead they found their horse had been killed with flesh torn from it’s bone. Thomas A. Burford of Charleston WV told the story in 1954 which was printed by Ruth Ann Musick. Burford said the “White Thing” was a common tale in Kanawha County WV.

Description: A white four-legged creature covered in hair with a large mouth of razor sharp teeth jutting out which was larger than a dog but smaller than a horse.

Note: In another story printed by Ruth Ann Musick, Michael O’Dell of Rivesville WV told in 1958 of his uncle’s monster encounter. One rainy night, Will O’Dell and his family heard shill screams and went outside to see a strange creature on their family farm in Rivesville WV. Will, his son and his son-in-law grabbed their rifles. Will’s older son who lived nearby quickly joined as well. The four men shot at the figure and heard it cry out but when they got to the spot where the creature stood they found nothing.

The next day their sheep were mauled with slit throats but with no blood anywhere. Weeks later, they hear the cries again and rushed outside to see the same bulky figure had returned. They couldn’t tell if it was on four feet or two. The men shot at the unaware figure, making sure they hit their mark. An unearthly scream rang out but once again when they got there they found nothing other than another mutilated sheep.

Source(s): The Telltale Lilac Bush (1965) by Ruth Ann Musick Pg145-147 #92 Told by Thomas A. Burford in 1954 & Pg147-148 #93 Told by Michael O’Dell in 1958, White Things: West Virginia’s Weird White Monster (2008) by Kurt McCoy (Will O’Dell)


⦁ Loveland Frogmen 1955 (OH)

Witness(es): Carlos Flannigan, Robert Hunnicutt

Date: 1955 (C.F.) and March 1955 at about 4AM (R.H.)

Location: Loveland, Ohio

AKA: Gnomen, Loveland Frogs

Investigator(s): Leonard H. Stringfield

– C.F. Sighting (1955) –

In 1955, Carlos Flannigan reportedly witnessed four small man-shaped figures about 3ft tall standing under a bridge in Loveland Ohio. He told this to police and an armed guard was stationed under the bridge.

– R.H. Sighting (March 1955) –

On a night in March 1955, at about 4AM, Robert Hunnicutt was driving through Branch Hill towards Loveland Ohio. He saw what looked like three men kneeling at the right side of the road by the light of his vehicle’s headlights. He stopped his car and got out to get a better look. The 3ft tall bipedal figures he saw had frog-like faces, lopsided chests, long slender arms and were standing about 4ft apart. They were grey in coloration including tight garments stretched over their bodies which bulged out at the shoulder area. The legs and feet were obscured by foliage. Their faces were smooth with long thin frog-like lips, no eyebrows and an indistinct nose. The tops of their heads had horizontal row-like rolls that seemed painted on like a plastic doll’s hair.

The figure in the center was standing closest to the witness and had it’s arms upraised about a foot above it’s head. The being was holding what appeared to be a dark chain or stick which emitted white and blue sparks that jumped from one hand to the other. The small man-like figures motioned towards him as if to tell him not to come closer. Robert stood there for about three minutes before heading off to the office of Police Chief John Fritz. John Fritz drove to the area and investigated, armed with a gun and a camera. He made about five passes but saw nothing. The sightings were then investigated by UFO researcher Leonard Stringfield who released details on the case overtime in his printed works.

Source(s): Inside Saucer Post 3-0 Blue (1957) by Leonard Stringfield Pg66, Situation Red: The UFO Siege (1977) by Leonard Stringfield, Gray Barker’s Book of Monsters Vol 1 (2020) by Tony Breeden (Names of witnesses)


⦁ Kentucky Goblins 1955 (KY)

Witness(es): Eight adults and three children – The Lankford Family, The Sutton Family, Billy Ray Taylor and his wife.

Date: Sunday, August 21st 1955

Location: Sutton Farm between Kelly and Hopkinsville, Kentucky

AKA: The Kelly-Hopkinsville Goblins, The Hopkinsville Goblins, The Little Green Men, The Kelly Green Men

Investigators: Isabel Davis & Ted Bloecher of CUFOS

Story: On the night of Sunday August 21st 1955, Billy Ray Taylor and his wife were staying with the Sutton and Lankford family at the Sutton’s farmhouse. Billy Ray went to the backyard to get a drink from the well of water when he saw a silver flying saucer shooting flames of every color which then went down into a ravine.

He went back into the house and told the Sutton and Lankford family including his friend Elmer “Lucky” Sutton. An hour later at about 8PM, Elmer and Billy reportedly saw something which appeared to be a 3-and-a-half ft tall glowing man with large pupil-less eyes moving along the shadows towards the farmhouse. The creature was a silver and metallic in coloration had large pointed ears, no noses and long thin arms with talon-like claws which it held over it’s head.

Billy went for his .22 rifle and Elmer grabbed his 20 gauge shotgun. They fired at the creatures from a distance of about 20ft. When hit, one of the small creatures flipped over and ran away into the darkness. The two men then went inside, only for one of the little men to appear in the window. They shot at the entity through the window screen and it once again disappeared into the shadows. By this time the rest of the house was alerted to the commotion.

When Billy Ray exited through the screen door into the backyard, a clawed hand on the roofing above grabbed him by the hair. Alene Sutton pulled Billy away and back inside the farmhouse. Elmer rushed into the backyard and shot at the creatures that were on the roof causing them to strangely float off onto the ground. Another little man then appeared in a tree near the house and another ran out in front of Elmer. The creatures reportedly seemed to glow brighter when shot or yelled at. The families continued shooting at the advancing creatures for several hours before eventually abandoning the farmhouse at 11PM and driving to the police station in Hopkinsville.

Police and reporters investigated the Sutton farm at around 11:30PM without finding anything. After the crowd of people had the left, at about 2:30AM the Sutton, Lankford and Taylor families were once again frightened by a glowing claw-like hand outside their window. Elmer once again shot at the creatures which finally disappeared around dawn.
Description: Several 3.5ft tall glowing creatures with large pupil-less eyes, large pointy ears, no noses, long thin arms, talon-like claws and immunity to gunshots.

Source(s): Close Encounters At Kelly And Others (1978) by Isabel Davis & Ted Bloecher of the Center for UFO Studies, Mysterious America (1983) by Loren Coleman Pg185-190 Ch17


⦁ Apple Devils 1960 (WV)

Witness(es)/Dates: Local farmers & orchard owners (1960), a group of campers (Summer 1960), Doc Priestly (October 1960), Charles Stover (Friday, December 30th 1960)

Location: Around the Monongahela Forest WV (Marlinton WV, near Davis WV, and Hickory Flats WV)

AKA: Apple Pickers, The Apple Devil

Investigator(s): John Lutz & Lou Corbin, John Keel, Loren Coleman

– Apple Devils 1960 –

In 1960, upright walking creatures covered in dark hair were reportedly seen by local farmers and orchard owners in the town of Marlinton, West Virginia. The hairy humanoids became known as “Apple Devils” or “Apple Pickers”.

They supposedly ran very fast, had a foul odor and left behind torn down fences, broken branches and the apple trees stripped of fruit. John Lutz of WFBR Radio and his boss Lou Corbin reportedly investigated the creatures in 1960.

– Davis WV Sighting (Summer 1960) –

In summer 1960, a group of young men were camping near Davis WV, at the edge of the Monongahela Forest when they saw an 8ft tall monster covered in long shaggy hair with large far apart eyes like balls of fire. The creature poked one of the campers in the ribs and then just stared at them before shuffling away into the forest.

The next morning, the men left early. They found footprints which they were too afraid to follow. The story was sent to author John Keel by one of the supposed witnesses in a letter dated January 7th 1961. Others supposedly had seen the same fiery eyed creature around Parson WV that same summer in 1960.

– Doc Priestly Sighting (October 1960) –

In October 1960, W. C. “Doc” Priestly was driving along through the Monongahela forest near Marlinton West Virginia when suddenly his vehicle stalled. Beside the road he saw a large humanoid monster with long hair standing up on end. When the bus ahead of Priestly backed up, the creature’s hair dropped down and it ran off into the forest. Doc’s car then started back up and he drove away. Priestly later told his story to the Charleston WV Daily Mail on January 5th 1961.

– Charles Stover Sighting (December 30th 1960) –

On Friday December 30th 1960 at around 11PM, Charles Stover was driving a bakery truck near Hickory Flats West Virginia when he saw a 6ft tall hair covered monster standing by the road which he almost hit. Stover stopped his truck to see the large creature staring at him.

He quickly drove away to a nearby truck stop and told his story to a group of men there who armed themselves and went back with him to the location. They discovered unusual markings on a ground and saw that large rocks had been turned over. Strange cries from the wilderness had supposedly been heard by locals in the area for weeks.

Source(s): Strange Creatures From Time And Space (1970) by John Keel Pg120-122 #60-62, Mothman and other curious encounters (2002) by Loren Coleman Pg21 Ch1


⦁ The Grafton Monster 1964 (WV)

Witness(es): Robert Cockrell

Date: Tuesday, June 16th 1964 at about 11PM

Location: Grafton, West Virginia

AKA: The Headless Horror

Investigator(s): Gray Barker

Story: On Tuesday June 16th 1964 at around 11PM, a young journalist named Robert Cockrell was driving home at about 50MPH on Riverside Drive along the Tygart river. When he reportedly saw a huge white thing standing on the right side of road in a cleared off section of grass near the river bank. He said the creature seemed to have seal-like skin and no discernible head. It was 7 to 9ft tall and 4ft wide.

Robert got two of his friends to accompany him back to the sighting location. They searched along the riverbank for over an hour but found nothing. The grass where the creature had been seen was supposedly mashed down. They then heard a strange low whistling noise coming from the direction of the river, which seemed to follow them, though they couldn’t see what was making the sound.

Word soon spread and it became a Monster-Hunting sensation. Robert told his news editor and a small story was released in The Grafton Sentinel on June 18th. Crowds of people went to the sighting area with weaponry and searched everywhere for The Grafton Monster. Over 20 of these searchers said they saw the creature, including at the nearby stone quarry.

Each of these supposed witnesses was questioned individually by Robert Crockrell. One teen even suggested that the monster might be an escaped polar bear. Police Officers also searched the area but found nothing.

The newspaper then put out a second article on June 19th in which they dismissed the creature as a wildly imaginative story or a trick of the eye. They suggested that it could have been something else that took on a weird shape in the darkness.

The excitement eventually died down but Cockrell continued his investigation. He allegedly found other sightings along the Tygart River and into Morgantown which matched the creature’s description and took place before his encounter. However he never published the details of his research.

He contacted Clarksburg researcher Gray Barker and exchanged correspondence with him about the case. Barker wrote up a rough draft article about the monster which was later rediscovered in 1995 by Mark Hall in The Gray Barker Archive.

Description: White seal-skinned creature with no discernible head, 7-9ft tall, 4ft wide standing near the riverbank. Low whistling sound heard in the area afterwards.

Source(s): “Teen-Age Monster Hunting Parties Latest Activity On Grafton Scene” The Grafton Sentinel June 18th 1964, “‘Monster’ Result of Spring Fever, Wild Imagination” The Grafton Sentinel June 19th 1964, Robert Cockrell and Gray Barker’s July 1964 Letters from the Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library, Monsters of West Virginia (2012) by Rosemary Ellen Guiley Ch1, The Grafton Monster (2019) by George Dudding


⦁ Indrid Cold 1966 (WV)

Witness(es): Woodrow Derenberger

Date: Wednesday, November 2nd 1966, about 7:25PM

Location: Intersection of Interstate 77 and Route 47 in Parkersburg, West Virginia

AKA: Cold

Investigator(s): John Keel, Gray Barker

Story: On Wednesday November 2nd 1966, Woodrow Derenberger, a salesman for a sewing machine company, was driving from Marietta Ohio in a red panel truck to his home in Mineral Wells WV. He claimed that at about 7:25PM, on the intersection of Interstate 77 and Route 47, a strange dark gray 30 to 35ft long craft hovering about 8 to 10 inches off the ground passed him and swerved in front of his truck, blocking the road and forcing him to a stop. The craft reportedly had no windows or lights in it, was charcoal in coloration and glistened when hit by Derenberger’s headlights.

A figure, appearing to be a normal human being, is said to have then stepped out of a door on the side of the craft and approached the right hand side of his truck. Derenberger claimed that the unknown man telepathically told him to roll down his rain streaked window and had a conversation with him without ever speaking aloud. The craft reportedly lifted up into the air and hovered about 50 to 75ft over the road during this conversation.

Woodrow said that this man smiled politely and asked him many questions such as who he was and where he lived. Woodrow said that he was frightened but answered the questions verbally. The man is said to have told Mr. Derenberger not to be afraid and that he was a “searcher” named “Cold”. The man also said that cities, like Parkersburg, are called “gatherings” where he comes from.

Cold was wearing a dark blue zippered overcoat made of a glossy or shiny reflective material with a darker blue buttoned shirt underneath and navy blue pants. He had a full head of dark brown hair which was combed back. His skin was deeply tanned and he looked to be about 35 to 40 years of age. He stood with his arms crossed for the entire conversation.

Cold supposedly uttered the phrase “we will be seeing you again” before leaving. Woodrow reported that the craft came back down and that Cold stepped inside. The hand of someone already inside then supposedly closed the side hinged door and the craft took off.


Object: Dark gray and black charcoal coloration, 30-35ft long, glistened in the light, no lights or windows, blocked the road, side hinged door, hovered at all times at varying heights, 8-10in off the ground at first, then 50-75ft during conversation.

Figure: Appeared to be a normal looking person, full head of dark brown hair combed back, deeply tanned skin, looked about age 35-40, wore dark blue zippered overcoat made of glossy or shiny reflective material with a darker blue buttoned shirt underneath and navy blue pants, stood with his arms crossed, smiled politely, spoke only telepathically.

Source(s): WTAP-TV Interview broadcast November 3rd 1966, Strange Creatures From Time And Space (1970) by John Keel Ch14, Visitors From Lanulos (1971) By Woodrow Derenberger, The Mothman Prophecies (1975) by John Keel Ch5


⦁ The Mothman 1966-67 (WV)

See The Mothman Archive (1966-67) – A List of Mothman Sightings!

Sighting(s): Over 40 known sightings

Date: November 1st 1966 – December 1967 (13 Months)

Location: West Virginia (Centered in Pt Pleasant/Mason County)

AKA: The Bird (local name), The UFO Bird (A newspaper name), The American Garuda (Keel’s term), The Angel of Pt Pleasant (MH)

Investigator(s): John Keel & Mary Hyre

Story: On November 15th 1966, two teenage couples reportedly saw a man-sized bird-like creature in The TNT Area near Pt Pleasant WV, they reported this to police, it was printed in the local papers and even became an international story. The sightings continued in the months that followed and prior sightings in the area also came to light which dated back to at least November 1st 1966. On December 1966 Fortean author John Keel came to the town of Pt Pleasant and began his work investigating with the help of local reporter Mary Hyre of The Athens Messenger.

Together they documented stories of the bird-like creature which came to be known as “Mothman” by the newspapers as well as sightings of UFOs and encounters with Men In Black. The strange events continued until December of 1967 when the town’s Silver Bridge tragically collapsed, from there the legend went mostly silent for a while. Keel published a chapter on the Mothman in his book Strange Creatures From Time And Space in 1970 and released his famous book The Mothman Prophecies in 1975.

Source(s): Where The Waters Mingle; News Column (1966-67) by Mary Hyre, Strange Creatures From Time And Space (1970) by John Keel, The Mothman Prophecies (1975) by John Keel


⦁ Vegetable Man 1968 (WV)

Witness(es): Jennings H. Frederick

Date: July 1968

Location: North of Fairmont near Grant Town, West Virginia

AKA: Veggieman

Investigator(s): Gray Barker

Story: Before entering the Air Force, a man by the name of Jennings H. Frederick supposedly had a strange encounter with a green stalk-like creature in the woods north of Fairmont, West Virginia. He was returning to his home in Grant Town after hunting woodchuck with a bow and arrow when he suddenly heard a high pitched sound like that of a sped-up recording. A voice reportedly said to him “You need not fear me. I wish to communicate. I come as a friend. We know of you all. I come in peace. I wish medical assistance. I need your help.”

The thin green creature resembled a plant stalk but had human-like facial features, long ears, yellow slanted eyes and arms no wider than a quarter with 7-inch-long fingers which had needle-like ends and suction cups.

The unknown entity then reportedly grabbed Jennings by the hand and put him into a trance-like paralysis state. The creature’s eyes turned from yellow to red to orange and began rotating hypnotically. The being then drew blood from Fredrick’s arm which took about a minute. The entity ran away up a hill and the witness heard a strange humming noise which he thought might be some sort of craft taking off.

Jennings recovered from his trance-like frozen state and returned home but did not tell his family what he saw, instead saying that he’d been scratched by a briar bush. Months later, he told the story to UFO researcher Gray Barker of WV who dubbed the creature “Vegetable Man”.

Description: Stalk-like creature, green in coloration.

Note 1: When Jennings was still in school, his mother reportedly witnessed a strange devil-like monster which supposedly came from a flying saucer that landed in a field near her home. She was washing dishes one morning when she saw the small black or dark-green creature from her kitchen window. The being had pointed ears, a tail, no clothing and was reportedly filling a bag with grass and dirt.

Just beyond the humanoid figure was a 5ft tall, 10ft wide dome-shaped craft with an extended elevator. The creature appeared to be attached to the ship by a cable. The craft was silver and cream in coloration, had a row of windows and rotated counterclockwise while producing a humming noise. Mrs. Frederick ran from the window only to return a few minutes later and see the “satanic looking” being taking off in the saucer which lifted lightly off the ground while humming slightly louder than before.

Mrs. Frederick told her son Frederick when he returned from school, Jennings reportedly found depressions in the ground and clawed tracks which convinced Jennings of his mother’s claims.

Note 2: After his discharge from the Air Force, Jennings had a strange Men In Black encounter. Between 1AM and 4AM, Jennings was awoken by a red flashing light. He grabbed his .38 revolver from under his pillow and investigated the living room where he found a small gas canister. A hand grabbed him and put a needle in his left arm. He then saw three men in black turtlenecks, slacks and ski masks. One of them said “The dogs have been darted and everyone gassed.” They reportedly put a gas mask over Jennings’ face and questioned him about UFOs, what he thought they were and what he thought of the future.

Source(s): Gray Barker’s Newsletter (March 1976), Alien Meetings (1978) by Brad Steiger Pg57-60, Men In Black: The Secret Terror (1983) by Gray Barker Pg133, Passport To Magonia (1969) by Jacques Vallee Pg310 #644 (Mother story)


⦁ The Winged Woman of Vietnam 1969 (Vietnam)

Witness(es): Earl Morrison and two other men

Date: August 1969, evening time

Location: Da Nang, Vietnam

Investigator(s): Don Worley

Story: One evening in August of 1969, U.S. Marine, Earl Morrison and two other men were sitting on top of a bunker near Da Nang when they reportedly saw a glowing humanoid figure flying slowly towards them. The figure looked like a naked woman with giant bat-like wings. The being was entirely black in coloration and was glowing a eerie greenish glow.

Her arms appeared boneless and were fused with the wings, similar to a bat. The winged woman flew overhead, about 6 or 7 ft above the men, before flying away into the distance. They reportedly heard the large wings flapping and watched as the entity flew off out of sight. Earl Morrison told the story to his Uncle Don Worley and it was published in a FATE magazine article by Jerome Clark and Loren Coleman in 1972.

Description: A naked woman with bat-like wings, entirely black in coloration and glowing a greenish cast, flew overhead, flapped wings in flight and flew off.

Source(s): “Winged Weirdies” FATE Magazine (1972) by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark Pg80, The Mothman Prophecies (1975) by John Keel Pg49-50 Ch3, Mothman and other curious encounters (2002) by Loren Coleman Pg32-33 Ch2


⦁ Hockomock Swamp Flyer 1971 (MA)

Witness(es): Thomas Downy

Date: Late summer night 1971, at about 2AM

Location: Bird Hill near the Hockomock Swamp in Easton, Massacusetts

Investigator(s): Loren Coleman

Story: On a late summer night in 1971, at about 2AM, Police Sergeant Thomas Downy was driving home near Bird Hill in Easton, Massacusetts at the edge of the Hockomock Swamp. As he came to an intersection, he reportedly witnessed a 6ft tall winged creature with a wingspan of 8-12ft fly straight upward, flap it’s wings and disappear into the nearby trees of the swamp. Downy told his sighting to the Easton Massacusetts Police, who searched the area but found nothing.

Description: 6ft tall winged creature with a wingspan of 8-12ft, flew straight up, flapped it’s wings and disappeared into nearby trees.

Source(s): Mothman and other curious encounters (2002) by Loren Coleman Pg34 Ch2


⦁ Loveland Frogman 1972 (OH)

Witness(es): Ray Schockey, Mark Matthews

Date: Friday, March 3rd 1972 at about 1AM (R.S.) and Friday, March 17th 1972 (M.M.)

Location: Loveland, Ohio

AKA: Loveland Frog 1972

Investigator(s): Ron Schaffner and Richard Mackey

– Ray Schockey Sighting (March 3rd) –

On Friday March 3rd 1972 at about 1AM, Police Officer Ray Shockey was driving towards Loveland Ohio on the Riverside Road. He saw something in a field beside the road which then reportedly stood up revealing itself to be a 3 to 4 foot tall creature with leathery skin and a frog or lizard-like face.

It’s eye lit up in Ray’s headlights. It then turned and jumped over a guardrail and ran down a small embankment into the Little Miami River. Ray Shockey told Officer Mark Matthew who looked for the creature but found only markings leading to the river

– Mark Matthews Sighting (March 17th) –

On Friday, March 17th 1972, Officer Mark Matthews was driving near Loveland Ohio when he reportedly saw a small animal in the center of the road. When he stopped his car, the creature supposedly got up and climbed over the guardrail. Matthews decided to shoot at the being but he reportedly missed.

– Retraction of Loveland Frogman 1972 Sightings –

Later in 1999, Mark Matthews retracted his sighting by saying that what he saw was actually an iguana. However, in their earlier alleged statements it seemed that they had seen an upright standing creature. Before the retraction, Officer Shockey’s sister drew a sketch based on the experiences which resembled a large bipedal frog.

Source(s): Ron Schaffner and Richard Mackey, Mysterious America (1983) by Loren Coleman Pg63, Mothman and other curious encounters (2002) by Loren Coleman Pg96-97 Ch5


⦁ Dover Demon 1977 (MA)

Witness(es): Bill Barlet, John Baxter, Abby Brabham and Will Taintor

Date: Thursday, April 21st 1977 at about 10:30PM, Friday, April 22nd 1977 at about 12:30AM and Friday, April 22nd 1977 at late night.

Location: Dover, Massachusetts

Investigator(s): Loren Coleman

– Bill Barlett Sighting (April 21st 1977) –

On Thursday April 21st 1977, at about 10:30PM, three 17 year olds by the names of Bill Bartlett, Mike Mazzocca and Andy Brodie were driving along Farm Street in Dover Massachusetts. They reportedly saw a bizarre thin creature with a large head which was crawling along a wall of stones on the left side of the road. The entity turned its head and stared at vehicle with brightly glowing orange marble-like eyes as the headlights hit it. The being was 3.5 to 4 feet tall, hairless and peach-colored with a rough sandpaper-like texture. It had long and thin arms and legs with large hands and feet.

Bill Bartlett was driving and neither of his friends saw the creature which was on his side of the road. Bartlett frantically drove away and explained to them what he had just seen. His friends convinced him to turn around to see if the being was still there but as they approached the spot again, the creature was gone. Bill then drew a sketch of the creature. He was soon interviewed by author and researcher Loren Coleman who happened to learn of the case from a Dover County Store employee.

– John Baxter Sighting (April 22nd 1977) –

On Friday, April 22nd 1977 at about 12:30AM, 15 year old John Baxter was walking home from his girlfriend’s house on Millers High Road in Dover, Massachuttes. He then reportedly saw a short shadowy form with a large head. John walked forward and the figure ran off down a slope into a wooded area. He followed the creature and stared at it from across a gulley. The being stood about 30 feet away, leaning towards a tree with it’s long fingers around the trunk which was about eight inches in diameter. John then backed up the hill and ran down the road to Farm Street where he hitchhiked his way home. In the morning, he told his story to his freind Will Taintor.

– Abby Brabham and Will Taintor Sighting (April 22nd 1977) –

On the late night of Friday April 22nd 1977, 18 year old Will Taintor was driving fifteen year old Abby Abrabham home along Springdale Avenue when they reportedly saw a thin creature on the left side of the road. The being was hairless with tan or beige skin, a large oblong head and green glowing eyes. Abby got a better look at the creature than Will did. They quickly drove off. Will reportedly only remembered the John Baxter well after his own sighting.

Source(s): “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” FATE Magazine (1978) by Ted Bloecher, Creatures of The Outer Edge (1978) by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark (Epilouge)