Flatwoods_MonsterTwo brothers, Eddie and Freddie, along with their friend Tommy, were outside on September 12, 1952, a typical Flatwoods, West Virginia, evening when they witnessed something that was not typical — a bright object streaked across the sky and came to rest on a neighbor’s farm. The young teens ran to the brothers’ home and reported their sighting to the brothers’mother, Kathleen May. Mrs. May accompanied the boys back to the farm, along with a few extra hangers-on they picked up along the way.

As they approached the site, they saw something staring at them from a distance. They all pretty much agreed that the something that would become known as the Flatwoods Monster was about seven feet tall with a black body and a dark glowing face and evil eyes or eight feet tall with a face shaped like a sideways diamond with non-human eyes: its body did not have the shape of a human or it had the shape of a monk wearing a hood: it had no arms or it had long, stringy arms with long claws.

It hissed at them.

Upon returning home, Mrs. May contacted the local sheriff and the local newspaper. Investigators visiting the site saw no sign of the monster, but a nasty burnt, metallic odor remained. The following morning, they found elongated tracks in the mud and traces of a gummy black liquid.

Other reports began to trickle in. A mother and her 21-year-old-daughter encountered a creature with the same appearance and odor, upsetting the daughter so much she was hospitalized for three weeks. Another woman’s house had been shaken violently and her radio cut off for 45 minutes. The director of the local Board of Education claimed to have seen a flying saucer taking off the morning after the creature sighting.

Years later, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, a paranormal investigation group, concluded that the bright light in the sky that September 12 was most likely a meteor, that those muddy tracks were made by a 1942 Chevy pickup, and that the alien creature was an owl. Spoil sports.

off the morning after the creature sighting.

Years later, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, a paranormal investigation group, concluded that the bright light in the sky that September 12 was most likely a meteor, that those muddy tracks were made by a 1942 Chevy pickup, and that the alien creature was an owl. Spoil sports.

 

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