The Mothman (Part 3)


At 5:00 p.m. on December 15, 1967, the Silver Bridge which connected Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Gallipolis, Ohio, collapsed. Being rush hour in mid-December, the bridge was full of commuters on their way home from work and holiday shopping trips. The collapse sent 32 vehicles into the frigid waters of the Ohio river and 46 people lost their lives, with 2 bodies never to be found. The cause was as prosaic and understandable as it was tragic - a minute defect causing stress corrosion in a suspension eye-bar. However, what we may never understand is a connection some claim between the collapse and the first sightings of the Mothman, widely thought to be 13 months previously, to the day. Was there a warning that no one could comprehend? Even if a warning could be interpreted by someone who was starting to put all these strange puzzle pieces together, would their findings even be believed? Could this tragedy have been prevented, or was it inevitable? It might behoove us all to start taking notice, as correlations to sightings of bizarre creatures and catastrophes around the world continue to this day.

Tonight's Quote:

They’ve done it again. Those lousy bastards have done it again. They knew this was going to happen...and when. And they gave me all that bilge about a power failure. They knew. They just didn’t want me to be able to warn anyone.

— John A. Keel, The Mothman Prophecies

Show Links:

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Ben Folds - Rockin' the Suburbs

Search for the Mothman documentary

Aperture hatch on the Millennium Falcon

NBC News article on Infrasound

Vic Tandy and infrasound on Wikipedia

Vladimir Gavreau and his infrasound experiments

The Haunted Hum (infrasound) on Mythbusters

Adam Savage's Indiana Jones Sankara Stone stolen!

NICAP's The 1967 UFO Chronology - The Mother of All Sighting Waves

The Silver Bridge disaster - the collapse rendered in computer animation

Report on the Silver Bridge collapse by the West Virginia DOT

Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse

Colorized footage of the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse

Radiolab episode on Dreams

Wake Up and Dream on Radiolab - confronting your fears with Lucid Dreaming

Project MKUltra

Could a sonic weapon make your head explode?

"Gaslighting" on Wikipedia

Gaslight the movie (1944)

Origin of the "Time exists" quote

Weather report for the day of Mrs. Roy Grose’s 4:45 a.m. UFO sighting

Linda Scarberry's obituary on Cryptomundo, one of the 4 original teenagers to see Mothman

Silver Bridge

Riverside Golf Club where Connie Carpenter saw the Mothman, formerly the Mason Co. Golf Course

I Love Lucy entertains the cosmos

How far have human radio broadcasts reached into our galaxy?

Can our TV signals be picked up by other planets?

Actinic Conjunctivitis

Defense Logistics Agency website

Defense Logistics Agency on Wikipedia

Chief Cornstalk

Chief Cornstalk's curse

Lord Dunmore's War

Fort Randolph, West Virginia

The late Beau Shertzer, whose Bloodmobile was almost carried off

Men In Black in a Niagra Falls hotel lobby?

The 1966 Cadillac De Ville

Gallipolis Ferry, West Virginia

Gallipolis, Ohio

Morse Code, for when you want to communicate with a UFO using your flashlight

Mothman and Other Curious Encounters by Loren Coleman

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 052 - "Mothman Part 3" 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 Adam McCutcheon, Jess Corbin, and Chris Saunders. Copyright 2016 Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess. All Rights Reserved.

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