2023 Author: Adelina Croftoon | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-07-30 23:26
The only evidence that the eyewitnesses saw something strange was the unusual symptoms that they started shortly after they returned home. Everyone experienced severe nausea, laryngeal edema, and some developed seizures
At night September 12, 1952 years something terrifying struck a small town Flatwoods in West Virginia.
What exactly it was remains a mystery to this day. All that can really be said for sure is that it instilled intense fear in everyone who saw it. It later received the nickname "Flatwood Monster".
Flatwoods, located in Braxton County and surrounded by a picturesque forest landscape, is a very small town - today its population is less than four hundred, and in 1952 it was even less. And this event became the brightest in the history of the city.
It all began on a quiet September evening, when the sun began to tilt towards the horizon. A group of teenage boys were playing football in the schoolyard when one of them suddenly noticed a bright object in the sky.
The boys could not understand what it was, since the object was clearly not a crashed plane or a falling meteorite, and resembled an egg or an uneven ball in shape. The object was rapidly descending, as if it were landing.
He landed on one of the hills surrounding the town and the boys ran in that direction. On the way, they were joined by a woman named Kathleen May and a young soldier, Eugene Lemon. The whole group reached the top of the hill when the sun had set and darkness fell. Together with them there was also a dog that belonged to one of the guys.
Climbing the hill, they saw something shining among the bushes and trees that did not look like the headlights of a car. And then the air filled with a disgusting smell, like the stench of rotten eggs or sulfur.
To the credit of the children and adults, I must say that this did not scare them away and they nevertheless went in that direction to figure out what they were dealing with. The dog began to bark loudly in that direction and before they had time to reach the bushes, a very loud hiss was heard from there, and then everyone saw brightly shining red eyes approaching in their direction.
Kathleen May had a flashlight with her, and when she turned it on, the light fell on a bizarre and frightening creature like no other in the group had ever seen.
The creature hovered low above the ground and reached a height of more than three meters, it had the shape of a humanoid with a distinct body and a round head, but the body was hidden by a black cape with a hood. At the same time, the lower part of the body had the shape of a cone and wires and cables stretched somewhere from it.
When the first fear passed, the eyewitnesses thought that in front of them was a living creature that was moving on a platform with wires connected, like in a wheelchair. And then the creature's red eyes shone even brighter and "laser" beams suddenly flew out of the eyes.
This was enough to finally scare the people and everyone screamed as one and ran off the hill. Kathleen May shouted to the boys to follow her, and then began to lead them to her house.
When they were at her house, Kathleen called the police, after which it turned out that many residents of the city by that time had already pestered the police with reports of a crashed "plane" or an unknown flying object that landed on a hill outside the city. That is, this object was actually seen by many people.
The next morning, the town woke up famous, all the newspapers in the country wrote about the Flatwood monster, calling the strange creature a ghost, an alien from Mars or a robot. Attempts to search the hill did not find any material evidence of what they saw, no traces on the grass, or even a terrible smell.
The only evidence that the boys and two adults saw anything strange was the unusual symptoms that began shortly after they returned to their homes from Kathleen May's home. Everyone experienced severe nausea, laryngeal edema, and some even had seizures.
The people were taken to the hospital, where they were examined with the suspicion that they had become victims of the spraying of mustard gas (mustard gas), but these symptoms soon disappeared (one of the doctors, by the way, also "contracted" it for a while).
When a journalist named Lee Stewart Jr. came to the hill a little later, he found strange pieces of burnt plastic in the grass, as well as "landing marks" and "strange sticky deposits." After his reports, newspapers began to increasingly inflate the version of the UFO landing.
Then it turned out that some local residents saw unusual phenomena - one woman said that her house was shaken by an incomprehensible force, and the spouses, who were driving on the highway a few hours after observing the "Flatwood Monster", suddenly felt a strong metallic smell, and then they a huge "lightning" struck, after which they saw a creature that looked like a reptile hovering over the road.
Kathleen May claimed that the day after the incident, two mysterious men came to her house, who said they were reporters, and asked to show them the place on the hill where she saw the monster. She brought them there and both men climbed into the bushes, and then crawled out with strange oil stains on their clothes.
In the years that followed, even stranger tales would surface, such as that of a West Virginia National Guard commander named Captain Dale Leavitt, who in the 1990s would say he surveyed an area with 50 Air Force personnel after the "crash" and found an oily substance and a mysterious "6-meter circle of depressed grass".
It also turned out that on the night of September 12, 1952, numerous UFO sightings were recorded in several states. A 2004 report by ufologist Frank Feschino Jr. cited hundreds of reports of unidentified flying objects and landings on the same night as the Flatwoods incident.
Added to all this was the strange death of the dog that was with them, which allegedly began to vomit uncontrollably and soon dropped dead for no apparent reason.
To these bizarre facts, another one can be added. Not far from Flatwoods, just 125 miles from it, is the town of Point Pleasant, where from 1966 to 1967 many people saw another strange red-eyed creature - Moth Man.
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