The very first sighting of the Mothman was supposedly on the night of November 15, 1966, near the town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Two married couples, Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette were driving past a closed down World War II ammunitions plant that was commonly called the "TNT AREA" by locals. They were only about six miles north of the city proper, in an area set aside by the city as a wildlife preserve for birds, called the McClintic Wildlife Preserve. The area had many underground tunnels and caves; an easy hiding or nesting place. The first thing that caught their attention was the glow of two large red eyes peering through the darkness. They could soon make out the shape of a creature six to seven foot tall, with the basic shape of a human with what appeared to be wings folded around his sides and back.
The glowing red eyes were also identified with another mysterious creature, oddly enough, in Flatwoods, West Virginia. The being is commonly referred to as the Flatwoods monster. The Flatwoods event occurred in September of 1952. A bright, burning UFO that was seen crashing to the ground heralded the subsequent sighting of two large red eyes about a foot apart which glowed in the night. The initial assumption was that an airplane had crashed.. that is until the reports began to come in of sightings of the monster. Eye witness testimony still exists, part of which I will quote from here:
"It stood taller and broader than a man, walked in sort of a halting shuffle on humanlike legs, and emitted a squeaking sound."
"The red, glowing eyes, set into the shoulders, seem to have been more terrifying than either the size of the creature or span of its batlike wings."
The eyes were said to have an "hypnotizing" effect.
He was the result of some type of demonic or cult ritual
He was a type of secret government experiment
An American Indian CurseWas he the manifestation of a 200 year old Shawnee Indian curse put on the area of Point Pleasant?
Mothman and Other Curious Encounters by Loren Coleman
Mothman: Behind the Red Eyes by Jeff Wamsley