November 14, 2019: The Mothman Sighted
Today is Thursday November fourteenth two thousand nineteen on this day in nineteen sixty six. Fix The Mothman of point. Pleasant West Virginia was cited in the neighboring town of Salem by contractor. Merle partridge while a sighting. Think of this mysterious red eyed for covered winged Predator was not a crime in and of itself. The disappearance of Merle's dog is. There's another story welcome to today in true Crime Apar- cast original today. We're covering Merle partridges moth man citing and the subsequent disappearance of his dog. Bandit let's go back to the evening of November Fourteenth Nineteen Sixty six around ten thirty PM. Merle partridge and his wife. Were watching TV when something strange began to happen. They frowned as the shapes of the nightly news. Warped and gave way to a herringbone pattern. Tiny lines filled the screen just as Merle was getting up to adjust the set a sharp wine from the TV forced him back down to the couch. In shock he thought to himself what in the world and had no idea how apt that sentiment was for outside something thing. Extra terrestrial was stalking his home. The sound from the TV was increasing in volume and pitch. Merle would later describe it as sounding like a hand crank emergency radio. It continued to raise in volume until finally fill the Screen exploded sending glass shards across the living room carpet. Merle's wife immediately jumped up and went to get a Dustpan. Meanwhile a new sound came from the front porch. It was banned it. The family German shepherd. He was barking at something outside. Merle shook his head exasperated. He yelled out to his wife. Something screw is going on getting up from the couch coach. He moved across the room and to the hall closet. He collected a flashlight and his trusty eight millimeter shotgun. Whatever ever was out there? Merle wasn't going to let it get the better of him. He turned on the flashlight. Readied his weapon and headed out into the night eight. It was cold outside. Fog Hung Thick in the air. Merle could hardly see out into the yard but there on the porch was banned it. He was barking endlessly in the direction of the pump shed. The dog's hair was standing on an end. This spooked Merle bandit was a large three hundred fifty dollar killing machine if he was scared then then something truly dangerous lurked in the woods beyond the shed. Merle walked to the edge of the porch and pointed his light toward the shed for a minute. All he could see was darkness but then large brilliant red lights appeared. In the distance they were rotating twirling as if on some sort of aircraft but moral spent three years in the air force and he knew planes. These lights were like nothing he had ever seen before for one. They were big they must have been at least one hundred fifty yards yards away and yet merle could see them as clearly as if they were right in front of him. This ruled out the possibility that they could be. Animal is even with the reflection of the flashlight hitting them the eyes of a bird or rodent wouldn't be that bright and the glow was somehow deeper deeper more fiery than anything you would see on the tail or wing of a plane. The Red Hue sent a chill down Merle spine spine suddenly banned it rush toward the Red Lights. Merle cried out after him saying come back but the dog doug was well on his way his owner could only watch as the powerful creature disappeared into the glow. As soon as bandit reached the lights they disappeared returning the yard and forest to darkness and sealing. The dog's fate and for there was now only silence. A wave of fear gripped Merle. He couldn't even bring himself to call out for his animal companion something other worldly was taking place and he knew he needed to get back inside. Merle stumbled back into his living room locking the door behind him. His wife fast. What had happened but he could only tell her that bandit ran off and they would look for him in the morning? That wave of fear was still overwhelming him. The stark fluorescent lights of the house contrasted sharply sharply with the pitch black of the outside looking out the window. He could only imagine what might be staring back at him from the darkness. He ushered his wife upstairs trying to turn his thoughts to bed but he knew something was wrong. Even if he couldn't replace it as he turned in for the night he surprised himself he still had his loaded shotgun in his hand the next next morning Merle awoke early and took the shot gun from his nightstand. He got dressed heading back out onto the porch. It was a completely different atmosphere. Now he could see across his entire yard could see the pump shed in full detail in fact he could see so so well that he could follow bandits tracks from the night before they lead to just past the shed. Right where the red lights had been in the pawprints went around and around in a circle and then they disappeared. It was as if bandit it had vanished into the night sky. Next will explore the moth man's legacy and and find out what may have become of bandit. Hey I want to tell you about the new three dollar little John from Jimmy Johns a skinny mini version of any original sandwich for only three bucks. It's littler than a regular sandwich which is perfect if you're not super hungry or if you WANNA try a couple of different sandwiches or if you like bragging that your lunch only cost three dollars or three dollar Littlejohn at Jimmy. John's DOT COM Or with the Jimmy. John's APP participating locations taxes and delivery fees extra now back to the story on the night of November fourteenth nineteen sixty six. Merle partridge of Salem West. Virginia lost his dog bandit to a strange strange red light in the woods. What became of bandit? No one will ever know for sure but this would not be the last anyone anyone saw of the mysterious red lights far from it just a day. Later on November fifteenth. Linda and Roger Scarberry Lar- Berry along with their friends. Marian Steve Millette were driving around abandoned wooded area outside of point pleasant when they saw something thing truly shocking standing off to the side of the road was a six foot tall for covered winged man with no neck back weirdest of all were his eyes. They glowed bright red seemingly hypnotize ing the two couples but they quickly quickly snapped out of it and took off back into town. Unfortunately the winged creature followed them from the skies as the car tried to outpace Pace. The Monster Linden noticed something else. Strange lying in a nearby ditch was the body of a dog. She had no time to examine it. Further as the car sped on back into town finally losing the creature. They reported their story story to the police and a search party was immediately sent back into the woods. Neither beast nor dead dog were found but in the days that followed more sightings would occur before long local papers had a name for the monster. The moth man many would tried attract the elusive figure down but none would succeed most famously honestly paranormal investigator. John Keel visited point pleasant and claim to have many supernatural encounters. While there he claimed he met met multiple men in black and saw plethora of UFO's and other apparitions his book. The Mothman Prophecies provides perhaps perhaps the most complete account of all the strange happenings in West Virginia from nineteen sixty six to nineteen sixty seven however his lack of skepticism skepticism and tendency to make unverifiable claims throw his work into question. But what is certain. Is that Merle. Partridge lost lost his dog bandit on November fourteenth. Just as the mystery was beginning was the dead dog seen by Linda. scarberry the remains of poor. Bandit were the red lights in. Merle's yard the eyes of the Mothman. Perhaps the creatures simply needed a snack while it waited to return to wherever it came from. Of course it's equally possible that the residents made all of this up one story building offer the other in a case of mass hysteria band. It may have been stolen by greedy neighbour. Hit by a car or attacked by any number of terrestrial beasts in the woods regardless in the following decades their stories became legend and to this day Point Pleasant holds an Annual Mothman festival to drive tourism. There's even a large metal moth man statue that you erected in the centre of the town and so while the Mothman remains one of America's most endearing paranormal icons. Today's crime. Primetime is potentially no crime at all that being said if your TV explodes in the middle of the night and your dog starts barking working from the front porch. Maybe go bring him inside Thanks for listening today and true crime to learn more about the moth man. Check out our episode of extra terrestrial covering the full story. I'm Vanessa Richardson today. In true crime is a podcast original. You can find more episodes of today in true crime and all other other podcast originals for free on spotify. Not only does spotify already. Have all of your favorite music but now spotify is making it easy for you to enjoy all of your favorite favorite podcast originals. Like today true crime for free from your phone desktop or smart speaker to stream today in true crime on spotify just opened the APP and type today. True crime in the search bar at par cast grateful for you our listeners. You allow us to do what we love. 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