I spoke earlier this week about Mothman and that he is not native to Point Pleasant, nor is that the only place he’s been seen. He appeared off and on to residents of Point Pleasant, WV in the year preceding the collapse of the Silver Bridge. The Silver Bridge had passed its last inspection when it suffered a structural failure in December 1967 , killing 46 people. I also mentioned that as of 2017, there have been more than 100 sightings of him in Chicago, many coming in 2018. Finally, I mentioned he is thought to foretell disasters and that there were reports of him around Pripyat, Ukraine in 1985, the year before the meltdown at Chernobyl. Here’s some other post 1968 sightings of Mothman.
Between September 6 and 10, 2001, there were two dozen reports of Mothman being seen around the campus of the World Trade Center in New York City. At least seven of those reports exist within the files of the NYPD, proving two things; they truly did exist before the attacks on September 11, 2001 and that at least some people who saw the creature were concerned enough to alert the New York City Police Department.
For a month in 2007, a Mothman like creature was reported to be hanging out near 1-35 in Minneapolis. Reports were prolific enough that it made the news in late July. As a matter of fact, there were so many reports, that the Minnesota Conservation department put out a reward for a crane or heron of abnormally large size, deciding that the creature had to be a heron or a crane that was being misidentified possibly due to a deformity. On August 1, 2007 a bridge on I-35 collapsed killing 13 and injuring more than 130 others.
Now, for the largest mass sighting. In August 1985, in a single day, more than 50 citizens of Pripyat, Ukraine reported to their Soviet leaders in Pripyat that a large bat like creature had been seen near Chernobyl, a nuclear power plant run by the Soviet Union. The group made up of both private citizens and members of the Soviet government had been attending some sort of event near Chernobyl although the Russian and Ukrainian governments did not say what sort of event when they released the papers. Less than a year later, on April 16, 1986 reactor 4 at the nuclear power plant would suffer a catastrophic failure during a safety test that would lead to one of the worst nuclear disasters ever.
Finally, in April 2009 multiple people reported seeing Mothman in Mexico. He was witnessed by nearly every resident of a village in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. And by the end of 2009, La Junta was a terribly hard hit village by the Swine Flu Pandemic of 2009. The first cases of the highly virulent and mutated strain of H1N1 flu virus were found in Veracruz, Mexico. There is 900 miles between Veracruz a wealthy state in the Southern Gulf Region of Mexico and the state of Chihuahua which borders the US. When the first sightings of Mothman came in, Swine Flu had not yet reached Chihuahua. Perhaps it is telling however, that his first appearance was in a cemetery in La Junta, Mexico.
A bonus piece of information, in 1931 a human-batlike creature (this predates tales of Batman, just FYI) was seen in Oświęcim, Poland. Sightings were infrequent and only a few accounts still exist. Loren Coleman who has extensively researched the subject believes sightings ended in March 1939, after the start of WWII. In the last months of 1939, construction would begin on the most diabolical concentration camp built by the Nazis – Auschwitz-Birkenau. The location is just south of the Polish city of Oświęcim.
And now, he’s been reported by 100s of people in Chicago, IL since 2017. As a harbinger of doom, it makes one wonder about traveling to Chicago anytime soon. I will report on the first apparent sighting. In July 2017, a bouncer working a club reported that he stepped away from the buildings because a large plane was going overhead at what he thought was a considerably low altitude. He said that underneath it, he saw a winged batlike human flying. It startled him so much that he reported it to the security guard on duty, who was an off duty Chicago police officer and the security guard managed to come out in time to corroborate his story. Most reports seem to come from the areas around Lake Michigan and Navy Pier, although some have come in from downtown and a few neighborhoods located in downtown Chicago.
Skeptics are blaming the film industry, as the Dark Knight trilogy sets Gotham in Chicago, not New York as traditionally portrayed (although Gotham is a fictional place created by DC comics that was an amalgam of New York, Chicago, and Pittsburgh).
Another source says he’s been chronicling flying mothman like hominids in Chicago for more than a decade and they don’t mean anything except there is something weird going on in Chicago.