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The first sighting came in the early 1960s. A woman was driving along Route 2, near the Ohio River, with her father. As she neared the Chief Cornstalk Hunting Grounds, a large man-shaped figure walked out onto the road. As the woman slowed her car, the figure spread two large wings and took off.
On November 12 1966, five gravediggers saw something which looked like a "brown human being" fly out of the trees near Clendenin.
On the 14th of the month, Salem resident Newell Partridge saw two red objects hovering above a field. His German Shepherd, Bandit, took off into the field and was never seen by Partridge again.
The next night, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Scarberry and Mr. and Mrs. Steve Mallette were driving near the "TNT Area", near the town of Point Pleasant. A tall figure stood by the side of the road. It was shaped like a man, but bigger, maybe six and a half or seven feet tall, it had big wings folded against its back, and had huge red eyes. They took off in his car at about a hundred miles per hour, the figure spread its wings and flew after the car. They also noted that a dead dog had been lying by the side of the road, but was gone when they returned.
One of the families living in the area, on the 16th, at about 9:00 pm were visiting the Thomases. On the way there, they watched a red light which circled the TNT Area. When the car pulled up in front of the Thomas', it disturbed something. It was lying down and it rose up from the ground. The witnesses ran to the Thomas home, where they were let in by the three children. The figure shuffled along behind them, coming onto the porch and looking through the window. Mr. Wamsley called the police, but the thing had, of course, vanished by the time they arrived. Mrs. Bennett, who lives at the edge of Point Pleasant, says she has heard the creature on other occasions. She describes the sound it makes as "like a woman screaming."
On the evening of December 15, 1967, the Silver Bridge, which crossed the Ohio River at Point Pleasant, collapsed in rush-hour traffic. Over forty-six cars fell into the river. It was the biggest disaster ever to hit Point Pleasant. Of course, it was only a matter of time before people began to connect this disaster with Mothman sightings around the area. Was Mothman some sort of warning sign of the impending disaster?
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