The 'Mothman' is a local legend in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, that has gained worldwide fame. There weren't any sightings of the creature until this past Sunday. A man says he was driving along State Route 2 and saw something jump from tree to tree. He pulled off the road to take some pictures.
The man declined to be interviewed, but was adamant the pictures had not been doctored. In the pictures, the creature appears to have wings with pointed tips and long legs bent at an awkward angle.
I definitely know the Mothman is real.
Point Pleasant locals such as Carolin Harris believe the pictures could be real because there have been so many other sighting over the years.
Harris has owned The Mothman Diner in Point Pleasant for 48 years. She says there have been too many sightings of the Mothman for her not to believe. "First responders and the sheriff's department that I talked to definitely made a believer out of me."
Some believe the Mothman is a bad omen, only appearing when a catastrophe is about to strike.
There have been many claims the winged, red-eyed creature was seen right before the Point Pleasant Silver Bridge collapsed in 1967.
It's a good thing. It brings lots of people to the area. He's here to stay.
Jeff Wamsley is the local Mothman expert and owner of the Mothman Museum.
Wamsley said with modern technology, it's almost impossible to know for sure if the pictures are real. Whether the pictures are real or not, the benefits the legend of the Mothman brings to the town of Point Pleasant are very real.