Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 12th, 2013
Today is the 51st anniversary of the sighting of the Flatwoods Monster in West Virginia.
What was this thing?
Artwork: Eric Kowalick
The Flatwoods monster is claimed to be an unidentified species of either a terrestrial cryptid or an extraterrestrial being. It was reported being seen in the town of Flatwoods, West Virginia, on September 12, 1952 on some land owned by a local farmer, G. Bailey Fisher. The witnesses include two brothers, Edward and Fred May, their mother Kathleen, a friend of the boys, Tommy Hyer, along with Neil Nunley, Ronnie Shaver, and national guardsman Eugene Lemon.
It was described as being ten feet tall with a red glowing face and a green, man-shaped body. The eyes were described as bulging and heart shaped. Various descriptions have arose with some stating the creature having no arms, while others claim it to have short stubby arms with long claw-like fingers.
Another unusual sight that accompanied the monster was a large, pulsating red ball of light and a pungent mist that burnt their eyes and nose. Two other small lights were seen to the left under an oak tree. Lemon shined his flashlight toward them. The creature was revealed, made a loud hiss and came toward them, then in panic the group fled.
The local authorities were informed and later that evening, Sheriff Robert Carr and co-owner of the local newspaper, A. Lee Stewart, conducted interviews and returned to the site with Lemon. An extensive search was conducted but no evidence was found.
The next day, Stewart returned to the site and discovered tracks, but was later revealed as tire marks from Max Lockard’s Chevy truck, who was at the site only hours before.
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.