I want to believe.
I find myself fascinated by the ideas of life on other planets, cryptozoology, hauntings, other states of being.
I’m not saying I believe in the name, I say I want to believe. I try to keep an open mind when I approach these subjects.
What can I say? I like a sense of mystery in the world. And, it’s not like I haven’t had my own share of odd occurrences and encounters, ranging from just oddly coincidental to downright spooky.
So, as I lay in my bed, suffering through whatever bug found its way into my system on this gorgeous spring day, forcing me to actually use half a sick day for being sick (I would prefer to save them for when I feel much better), I found myself watching a fairly lengthy documentary on the events of Point Pleasant, Virginia in the years 1966 and 1967.
Eyes of the Mothman.
Now just check out this coverage of topics, it’s a virtual cornucopia of the paranormal, all we’re missing is an exorcism and poltergeist activity. In the 13 months of the Mothman events we had MiBs, mothmen, UFOs and their inhabitants, natural disasters, Native American curses, odd phone calls and a strange being named Indrid Cole.
The documentary clocks in at 2 1/2 hours, so it’s rather involved, and while it’s not always objective, it does try to put a balanced view on the events leading up to the collapse of the Silver Bridge on December 15, 1967.
The first half hour alone deals with the fall and ‘curse’ of Chief Cornstalk in 1777, on the grounds that would eventually become the small town of Point Pleasant.
Then, we leap ahead to the 1940s and the discussion of the TNT factories, and igloos that sprang up around to house the supplies and contaminants, which later leaked into the soil and water sources, offering a potential explanation for the rash of things that started happening in 1966.
On the wildlife preserve that sprang up on the ruins of the TNT factor and outpost, the locals began to see, encounter, and in fact be chased by a strange, massive, winged being with red eyes, that defied common place appearance. The Mothman.
At the same time, an increasing rash of UFO sightings, and sometimes even their occupants, began to plague the area.
Apparently, there was enough of both of these occurrences that the locals would spend a lot of their free time looking for either, or both of these things.
Then according to the story, legends, history of the town – strange men in black started to appear in the town warning witnesses to keep quiet and not talk about their experiences. These men were supposed to act and talk strangely, with a sense of menace seeming to permeate the very air around them.
Meanwhile in a nearby town a man named Woodrow Derenberger encounters an odd grinning man, who supposedly speaks to him telepathically, calling himself Indrid Cold, revealing he’s a visitor from another planet. He pays semi-regular visits to Derenberger, which according to the mythology springing up around the tale provoked a visit from the MiBs. Woodrow even wrote a book about his experiences with Indrid called Visitors From Lanulos.
These events continued to occur, until the disastrous collapse of the Silver Bridge on December 15, 1967 claiming the lives of 46 people.
After the event, all of these strange events seemed to stop completely…
But the myth, the legend, the reality (?) of the mothman continues.
Now, I’m certainly not buying all of the thing that this film puts forward, I will say, I believe that something happened in Point Pleasant before the bridge collapse. The point is, I did enjoy watching the it, and if a documentary is supposed to make you think, then it did its job.
But the film doesn’t give any answers, because there are none to give.
We don’t know what really happened, or what the mothman, MiBs, UFOs or Indrid Cole were or are, we may never know.
But isn’t that what I said at the beginning of the post?
I like a little mystery, something outside of the ‘ordinary’ that causes you to think and posit a what-if.
I think it’s much more fascinating to look up at the night sky and wonder about what is going on out there, and on our own planet, when will they come see us, and are they already here?
Not to mention what was, and is, the mothman?