Everyone in the Paranormal World knows all about the legendary Mothmad sightings that occured in West Virginia in the 1960’s. My team and I have spent several nights out there in the old TNT Area in search of anything Mothman. There are a lot of rumors and theories as to what the creature might have been. Ive been in this field a long time and believe me Ive heard them all. A quick walk through town and you will find out that The Mothman is central to the atmosphere and culture of the town.
Theory 1: Misidentification
This seems to be the go to explaination when people are initially confronted with the Mothman tale. From Owls, Cranes and Herons onwards there never seems to be a lack of natural wildlife people go to for a quick fix. In reality there really is nothing native to those woodlands that even comes close to resembling the creature witnessed in the area.
Theory 2: Toxic Waste/Mutation
Another theory comes from the horrible enviornmental damage the military inflicted in the area when they had a secret facility in the woods for the purpose of manufacturing and housing explosives during wartime. The base was also said to have been used for other more mysterious and sinister purposes as well. Many in the town will tell you that biohazardous materials were designed and tested on site as well as top secret weaponry being developed with reports also claiming an Extraterrestrial presence which they believe the Mothman originated. All speculation aside the whole are had been declared an ecological disaster and some believe these chemicals have mutated the wildlife in the area causing severe deformities and thus explaining the strange creature sightings. Ive been to the area and the chemical waste does seem to have an effect on atleast the local plant life and swamp land ecology. Perhaps this could be true.
Theory 3: Native American Connection
Another claim suggests that the Mothman isnt a creature of flesh and blood at all but a protector spirit of the native tribes that once flourished in the area. Chief Cornstalk was said to have put a curse on the town and that the Mothman was the climax and flfillment of that curse. The TNT area also sits on Native American burial sites which were disturbed in many ways over the decades. I dont doubt at all that there is some spiritual element at work in the area but I cant be sure that the Mothman is part of it.
Theory 4: Alien Connection
Reports have risen about supposed Men In Black agents in the area questioning witnesses at the time of the sightings. Rumors say that a military experiment or an escaped Alien being was the cause of the creature sightings. This is an exciting theory and with any secret military opperations the conspiracy theories fly so I can understand the jump to this explaination.
Theory 5: Harbingers
All over the world and throughout history there have been reports of spiritual beings coming to warn people of impending disater and doom and to most residence that can remember the horrors of the Silver Bridge Collapse this theory rings true. They either believe the Mothman was sent to warn the people or they believe he caused the accident directly but either way he is fully suspected to have some involvement in the matter. The Mothman was spotted on the Silver Bridge the night of the collapse and the days leading up to it. Also the creature wasnt seen in the area again after the collapse. This could also be explained by the sudden jump in attention and emotion from one viral story to another. Add in some PK manifestations and the story takes a strange turn and explains the sudden disappearence of the being and the more strange encounters like home visitations and its apparent ability of aportation. Similar beings were also seen in China before the big earthquake, before the nuclear disaster in Ukraine, Hurricanes in Texas, Septmber 11th and various other disasters. Perhaps this theory is correct.
In the end what you believe is yours to decide. The facts are that something was seen by countless wintnesses over the course of weeks and months. Lives were lost and changed forever and the whole ordeal went on to become a legend of international fame. I look forward to heading back to the area this new season and seeing what new data we can come up with.