The Mothman (Part 1)


All legends are local in a way, and when one local person tells a tale of a strange encounter, it can be a cause for skeptical snickers from the townsfolk. When more than a hundred people from the same region all see the same thing, it can lead to books, a major Motion Picture and even an annual festival. Such is the case with Point Pleasant, West Virginia and the Ohio River Valley's own "Mothman" — whose local sightings turned into national legend. There are several elements that contribute to the intense curiosity that still surrounds the stories of the Mothman, himself described as a winged, humanoid creature with glowing red eyes and a sympathetic, if mysterious nature. One of them is the sudden appearance of a friendly, inter-dimensional road tripper named Indrid Cold who just wants to get to know you better and may be searching for a cryptid on the loose . Another is the unsettling thought that these encounters may have portended a disaster that took the lives of 46 people exactly 13 months later.

Tonight's Quote:

“Human beings are under the control of a strange force that bends them in absurd ways, forcing them to play a role in a bizarre game of deception.” -

— Jacques Vallée, Computer Scientist, Venture Capitalist and noted Ufologist

Show Links:

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The Mothman Prophecies - A True Story by John A. Keel

The Mothman Prophecies - The Movie

The Woodrow Derenberger interview with Ronald Maines, Gen. Mgr. of WTAP

Point Pleasant, West Virginia

Gallipolis, Ohio basecamp for John Keel and the Mothman Prophecies movie crew

Visit the Mothman Museum!

Attend the Mothman Festival in beautiful Point Pleasant, WV!

Scott always stays at the Lowe Hotel when searching for Mothman!

Point Pleasant's "TNT Area" where the Mothman dwells

Explosion and munitions risk at the "TNT Area"

Inside the Eerie TNT Storage Bunkers of West Virginia on Wired

The Mothman and Indrid Cold story on

Mothman on Wikipedia

1st sighting of the Mothman according to the WV Dept. of Commerce

The Grinning Man on

The Case of Indrid Cold on Forteania

Assessing Wikipedia's Accuracy on NPR

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Episode 050 - "Mothman" Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Edited by Sarah Vorhees, Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a,k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Special thanks to Jordan Pickering, Rey Castañeda and Sarah Cozzemero. Copyright 2016 Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess. All Rights Reserved.

Oct 20, 2016, 05:52 AM
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mwright12 - 10 months ago

I hate how these guys just abbandon there dogs