Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Flatwoods Monster

The Flatwoods Monster
Flatwoods Monster Newspaper Clipping

The Flatwoods Monster - is known as the Braxton County Monster or the Phantom of Flatwoods.
It is an alleged unidentified extraterrestrial or cryptid reported to have been sighted in the town of  Flatwoods in Braxton County, West Virginia on September 12, 1952.
Here is a map of the town of  Flatwoods
Town of Flatwoods
town of Flatwoods
On an episode of MonsterQuest the Flatwoods monster was referred to as Lizard Monster.

The description of the unknown creature varies a little. Most agree that it was at least 10 feet (3 m) tall and that it had a red face which appeared to glow from within, and a green body. The creature's body was described as being man-shaped and clad in a dark pleated skirt; later described as being green. Some accounts record that the creature had no visible arms, while others describe it as having short, stubby arms; ending in long, claw-like fingers, which protruded from the front of its body.
There was also a large, pulsating, red ball of light that hovered above or rested upon the ground associated with the Flatwoods monster, that has led many to believe it is UFO related.


Here is the Sept. 12, 1952 account of this event. (Wikipedia)
-Start-
At 7:15 PM on September 12, 1952, two brothers, Edward and Fred May, and their friend Tommy Hyer (ages 13, 12, and 10 respectively) witnessed a bright object cross the sky. The object appeared to come to rest on land belonging to local farmer G. Bailey Fisher.
Upon witnessing the object, the boys went to the home of the May brothers' mother, Kathleen May, where they reported seeing a UFO crash land in the hills. From there, Mrs. May accompanied by the three boys, local children Neil Nunley (14) and Ronnie Shaver (10), and 17-year-old West Virginia National Guardsman Eugene 'Gene' Lemon, traveled to the Fisher farm in an effort to locate whatever it was that the boys had seen.

Lemon's dog ran ahead out of sight and suddenly began barking, and moments later ran back to the group with its tail between its legs. After traveling about ¼ of a mile (400 m) the group reached the top of a hill, where they reportedly saw a large pulsating "ball of fire" about 50 feet (15 m) to their right. They also detected a pungent mist that made their eyes and noses burn. Lemon then noticed two small lights over to the left of the object, underneath a nearby oak tree and directed his flashlight towards them, revealing the creature, which was reported to have emitted a shrill hissing noise before gliding towards them, changing direction and then heading off towards the red light. At this point the group fled in panic.

Upon returning home Mrs. May contacted local Sheriff Robert Carr, and Mr. A. Lee Stewert, co-owner of the Braxton Democrat, a local newspaper. Stewert conducted a number of interviews and returned to the site with Lemon later that night where he reported that "there was a sickening, burnt, metallic odor still prevailing". Sheriff Carr and his deputy Burnell Long searched the area separately, but reported finding no trace of the encounter.
Early the next morning; on Saturday September 13, Mr. A Lee Stewart visited the site of the encounter for a second time and discovered two elongated tracks in the mud, as well as traces of a thick black liquid. He immediately reported them as being possible signs of a saucer landing based on the premise that the area had not been subjected to vehicle traffic for at least a year. It was later revealed that the tracks were likely to have been those of a 1942 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by local Max Lockard, who had gone to the site to look for the creature some hours prior to Stewert's discovery.

After the event, Mr. William and Donna Smith, investigators associated with Civilian Saucer Investigation, LA, obtained a number of accounts from witnesses who claimed to have experienced a similar or related phenomena. These accounts included the story of a mother and her 21 year-old-daughter, who claimed to have encountered a creature with the same appearance and odor a week prior to the September 12 incident; the encounter reportedly affected the daughter so badly that she was confined to Clarksburg Hospital for three weeks. They also gathered a statement from the mother of Eugene Lemon, in which she said that, at the approximate time of the crash, her house had been violently shaken and her radio had cut out for 45 minutes, and a report from the director of the local Board of Education in which he claimed to have seen a flying saucer taking off at 6:30 on the morning of September 13 (the morning after the creature was sighted).

After encountering the creature, several members of the September 12 group reported being overcome with similar symptoms which persisted for some time, which they attributed to having been exposed to the mist emitted by the creature. The symptoms included irritation of the nose and swelling of the throat. Lemon suffered from vomiting and convulsions throughout the night, and had difficulties with his throat for several weeks afterward.
A doctor who treated several of the witnesses is reported to have described their symptoms as being similar to victims of mustard gas, though such symptoms are also commonly found in sufferers of  hysteria, which can be brought on by exposure to a traumatic or shocking event.
 - End-

This event made Newspapers

Much like the Mothman, the Flatwoods Monster is dismissed by many as just being an Owl. The description of  the two creatures are similar but are they truly connected?


Here is a photo of the witnesses
The Monster Stood right on the spot where Mrs. Kathleen May and these six boys pose for the photographer, according to their stories. Shown are Mrs. May, her two sons, Edward and Theodore, and Eugene Lemon, Ronald Shaver, Theodore Neal and Neal Nunley, all of Flatwoods. They're standing pat on their story that they saw a huge, green monster on this spot Friday night following the flight of a meteorite through West Virginia skies. 

It's been 60 years after this event and it is still being talked about. The town of Flatwoods proudly displays "Home of the Green Monster" on it's welcome sign, not shying away from the story. They even have a 3 day festival, it is a 3 day festival starting on a Friday and ending Sunday afternoon, a weekend of live music, the Green Monster museum and trips to the site. There is also a Facebook page, find it HERE.


This case was also investigated by famous cryptozoologist Ivan Sanderson, which was made into a free documentary movie on Youtube.



There is a lot of information out there about The Flatwoods Monster and it has been investigated by many different people over the years and at the time right after the event. No clear cut explanation has come out to totally debunk the story.

I find the story interesting and think the witnesses had something out of the ordinary happen that evening.

Thanks
~Tom~


[sources: ufocasebook, Wikipedia, noufors,]



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