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Mothman was first seen on November 15, 1966, near an old munitions dump called the "TNT Area" outside of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Two young couples were driving by, when they stopped to investigate two glowing red lights. To their horror, they found the lights were coming from the eyes of a humanoid creature, six and a half to seven feet tall, covered in fur, with no apparent head, and large wings in place of arms. They sped off, but the creature chased them, flying alongside their car. They reached speeds of up to 100 miles an hour in an effort to lose the beast, but it was able to keep pace with little effort.

More and more sightings of the creature began to pop up, right up until Point Pleasant's main bridge, Silver Bridge, collapsed on December 15, 1967, killing 46 people. With this disaster, the sightings stopped...at least in West Virginia. More Mothman sightings have been reported all over the world, usually in connection with major disasters, leading some to believe that the creature is a herald of doom.

It has been claimed that Mothman was seen before the meltdown of Chernobyl in Ukraine and the collapse of the I-35 bridge in Texas.

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