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Origins of the Mothman Myths

From Audio: #168: The Mothman Chronicles Part 1: The Bird

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The hosts of the Cryptonauts podcast recite the earliest known sightings of one of the most rumored-to-exist creatures in modern folklore, the Mothman.
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The hosts of the Cryptonauts podcast recite the earliest known sightings of one of the most rumored-to-exist creatures in modern folklore, the Mothman.
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nor the fact that this is the single most celebrated paranormal event in American history. But let's all try for a moment to just look at the facts as they have been passed down with fresh eyes and just maybe dispel a few of the more entrenched myths along the way. I'm gonna buy. We all have this whole oracle of doom and fucking and this whole patina. What? We can't get rid of it all. But let's just do our damnedest. Okay, let's let's fucking do it. I'm cracking open mode. Ellos for everybody here, everyone. That's why you're the producer ever. 10 Jumping jacks. Let's go warm up, Warm down. Enjoy Your model is now on the moth, man, get a massage. There you go. So, as always, let's set the scene settled by Europeans, much to the understandable chagrin of the indigenous population who allegedly placed a two century curse on the land. That's good old corn stock for, like how this is starting Indian curse. Years before the start of the Revolutionary War, the city of Point pleasant existed, or at least the fort that would become it okay. Nestled in the rich farmland of Mason County and sitting at the convergence of the Kana wanna and the infamously monster riddle Ohio rivers, our favorite. So this beautiful little parcel of land that is point pleasant. In the in the 19 sixties, it had about 6000 people living there, give or take. Now it has about 4000 give or take. So it's actually gone down. It was a little more industrial, uh, and a little more active, but not much. Still a very tiny place. Um, very beautiful. And, uh, and and And as people know, I'm no expert on this, But, like, where rivers converge, a lot of indigenous people, a lot of a bridge. Aboriginal people, Um, a lot of people that study folk lord know that those are places where weird shit happens. I don't know if it creates, like a weird electrical thing that river ghosts helps open windows, you know? And we're talking a full on window area here. We're not talking about the thinning of the veil, that Chris fucking lows so much. We're talking about a full on. Throw that fucking window open. Non stop traffic back at all those river ghosts in your house. All right, we're not talking about fucking river goes. What the fuck is starting? How long is it? And you're already starting. It's a river. Go calm down. So, yeah, that's River goes I didn't say that has set the river goes anyway. Always a tiny town Point Pleasant supported a population of 5000 to 6000 during the 19 sixties and, like so many small Southern cities, prided itself on a sense of community. They wallowed as Berkeley breath had once said in the blessed waters of normalcy, and they liked it that way. Nice. And you gotta love Berkley breath. If anyone doesn't love, Bloom County can come talk to me. You're making a mistake with their life. Most books and documentaries claimed that the events that would forever mark Mason County and its residents began on the evening of November 15th, 1966. But in fact, the strange occurrences began earlier in one case much earlier, according to author James Gay Jones in his 1979 book Haunted Valley and more folk tales of the Appalachia, sightings of a strange bird with reddish feathers and notably the head of a human being, were reported throughout the area in 1914 Birdman. So fucking weird, man. Dude. Weird Birdman Harvey Birdman Bird person These things Oh, it could be a Santa team. I'm not sure could have boobs 1914 way back, Super early. Dubbed the Birdman. Shockingly similar sightings were said to have been reported by motorists driving along the Ohio River in the 19 forties. And like the flying themes that would eventually usurped the Birdman's feathery thrown, the arrival of this inhuman beast was also said to be a predictor of oncoming disaster. Okay, so history Proto Ohman a Birdman, proto human and Mothman being Oracle's Yeah, which is an odd thing They show up in Beijing, and I I mean, you know, I mean, I feel like he goes. I mean, tribes and stuff have, like, I feel like the indicators of celestial things, whether it's living or not, are so anything I think, Chris, you might be onto something there. I say it's weird because from my perspective is weird. But anything anomalous, especially something that this weird I would get the patina would get that that effect of people saying, Oh, shit, That's a sign something fucked up unless it brings good shit, but they don't ever seem to do that once that ever happened. What has that ever happened? Like a bird pot of gold? See your pizza? Strippers? Amazing real leopard con stories never end up with Happy. Now someone always steals a baby. The corn beef is gone. It's never good. Hospitals, lava. Leave the baby, Take the take the corn to beef. But who else enjoyed feathery throne is, I appreciate that These encounters, however, were long forgotten by most locals, and we're absolutely unknown to the unnamed National Guardsmen who had been posted near the Clifton McClintock Wildlife Management Area, known locally as the TNT area. We all know that on November 1st 1966 the date which, at least for the time being until a new account comes forward officially marks the beginning of modern Mothman lore. The TNT area, which was located approximately five miles north of Point Pleasant, had been so christened by locals due to the fact that the wood shrouded labyrinth was dotted with scores of concrete igloos that had been used to store the explosives that were once manufactured within the secretive site, then known as the West Virginia ordinance works during the height of the Second World War, following the global conflagration. The military least the igloos to various industrial firms who repurposed the eerie domed edifice is to the storage of dangerous chemicals and toxic waste going to good news from dynamite to, you know, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It's fine to use part to. Not surprisingly, this resulted in a devastating amount of pollution seeping into the combined 7310 acres of wetlands, brush farmland, ponds and mixed hardwood forest that surrounded, said Igloos. Can't explain. It is post not having. Ironically, before the extent of this environmental degradation had been established, the property had been designated as he protected wildlife area. You know Oh my God, nice for the kids, for the otters And next to this contaminated refuge was where the anonymous National Guardsmen was on century duty. During the course of his duties, the citizen soldier claimed to have seen what he described as a brownish half man, half bird like figure perched in a nearby tree. That, unfortunately, seems to be the extent of the testimony. I don't know shit. I don't know if flew away. I don't know if anything. Cool Bird Birdman Tree. Very cool. Although this was the first report to specifically refer to a bird man, it was preceded by a few other accounts that may have been of something similar, including a boy who told his mother about the quote angel he had seen in his Mason County Yard in November of 1965 or the wife of a local physician who claimed to have seen a going to see Excuse me, a winged apparition in the summer of 19 sixties. No Angel, that's a bird person. Hard to tell. There you go. So she won half a dozen of the other. Shoot first. Confirm Angel later. Wow! Can you imagine? Yeah, Angels Real will not be thrilled. I just can't right now. But the eccentric eyewitness accounts coming out of the area where by no means limited to living organisms. In the summer of 1966 patrons of Tiny is Restaurant, and you know he's a big guy. He's just fucking Come on now. He's wearing a filthy apron. He's got a shitty five day beard and he's fucking and he's cooking some good grub, right? There's definitely a cigarette, and he's ripping missiles and cooking grubs. He's like Cookie from Beetle Bailey. Dirtier. Yeah, tiny. Or he's just a regular looking dude named Tiny Could be Thai Chinese Restaurant, a popular diner located on the outskirts of Point. Pleasant claimed to have seen a circular UFO hovering above the eatery. Their report was corroborated by the wife of a local police officer. Impeachable. I'm sorry. Unimpeachable UFOs, angels and people and cop wives. Yeah, that same summer, Mary Higher, the much loved local correspondent for the Athens Messenger newspaper, also claimed to have seen an oddly brown UFO while driving along the Ohio River. Although there is no way she could have known it at the time, Higher was destined to become one of the major players and Mothman mythology. Well, foreshadowing. I like it in terms of sheer weirdness. The most striking pre Mothman UFO report came from a quote unquote shapely housewife man Oh, books written in the seventies, identified only as Mrs Kelly while waiting for her Children outside of the unique to Building Point Pleasant Elementary School. Sometime in March of 1966 Mrs Kelly just happened to glance skyward, whereupon she got the surprise of her life, according to a report hovering directly above the school's playground, was a quote glistening metal disc unquote a door like aperture hung open on the side of the saucer. And just beyond the rim of the craft floated a man clad in a shimmering silver suit with a long shock of equally silver hair. Do the hot moms. He's an alien at school. I like Silver Fox, Bobby. Oh, yeah, she was that gorgeous. He's like your shape. Very interestingly. Hot Mom. And then he shows up. Wow, that's a great alien. Come on. You like that shape? Very interestingly. Hot, hot, Mom. Well done. No, I think you nailed it.
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