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The West Virginia Flatwoods Monster of 1952

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The West Virginia Flatwoods Monster of 1952
On September 12, 1952, a small town named Flatwoods in West Virginia became the subject of an eternal mystery after a group of Flatwoods residents had a strange encounter with an unidentified creature. The creature of the alleged encounter is now known as the Flatwoods Monster.

The story goes that during the evening of September 12, 1952, three boys aged 10, 12 and 13, were playing football on a field in the village when they saw a bright object in the sky. The object looked like it had landed on nearby land. The boys, two of whom were brothers, went to get their mother, Kathleen May.

Mrs. May gathered the three boys and three older boys, including 17-year-old Eugene Lemon, a West Virginia National Guardsman, together with Lemon’s dog, and walked to the spot where they had seen the object land.

According to a video about the case, the group saw a large ball of glowing light that was over six meters wide (1). After spotting the object, the friends also noticed a pungent mist in the air, which burned their eyes and noses.

The story goes that Lemon noticed a pair of eyes staring at them in the distance. When the group shone a torch in the direction of the eyes, they claim to have seen a ten foot ‘monster’ with a red face and large glowing eyes. The head was heart-shaped.

Mrs. May said the entity was covered in a cloth-like material that fell onto the ground like a skirt. It was reported that the mystery creature had short, skinny arms with claws on the ends of its fingers.

What Was the Flatwoods Monster?

According to reports, the creature began to glide in the group’s direction and a thumping sound could be heard from inside its body. As the entity began to glow, a hissing noise could be heard, accompanied with a more potent version of the stinging mist they had encountered earlier. The creature then turned and went in the direction of the ball of light.

Hysterical, the group ran back to the village, where Mrs. May contacted the town’s sheriff and the local newspaper. Despite investigations, police could find no evidence of the strange creature and the ball of light. However, a reporter from a local newspaper said he could smell a foul odor at the scene of the alleged sighting. The reporter also acquired drawings that depicted what the witnesses claimed to have encountered that night, which all bared a remarkably similar resemblance.

The report also notes how each member of the group that had witnessed the ‘monster’ had experienced swelling in the throat and vomiting. Lemon’s dog also died shortly after the encounter. The doctor who examined the group said the symptoms were similar to those experienced by muster gas victims.

Debunkers of UFO stories have dismissed the Flatwoods Monster case as “an unlikely confluence of misidentified and unrelated natural stimuli.” They claim the ‘monster’ was a barn owl sitting on the branch of a tree. There had been a thick fog at the scene. According to story debunkers, the witnesses believed the fog was a poisonous gas.

Despite the ‘logical’ explanations about the Flatwoods Monster, those who encountered the mystery on the night of September 12, 1952 insist they saw something truly spectacular that day.

Giant Aliens

As Top Secret Writers wrote in an earlier report about the Flatwoods Monster of West Virginia, UFO researcher Frank Freschino says he has spent 20 years investigating the incident (2). Frank Freschino wrote a book about the incident, which reconstructs the timeline of events that took place in what he refers to as being an “invasion of gigantic aliens over America on September 12, 1952.”

The ‘invasion’ Freshino talks about includes the Flatwoods Monster as well as the Frametown Monster and a wave of UFO sightings and crashes, including the so-called cover-up of a USAF jet fighter that disappeared that night. A video related to the incident and Feschino’s book, titled ‘The Flatwood Monster: Book by Feschino’ is available to watch.

According to Feschino’s book, the two incidents were covered up by the Air Force, which took them much more seriously then they led the public to believe and the two incidents were connected. According to a description about Feschino’s book:

“The Flatwoods Monster is one of the most significant alien contact incidents in history and Feschino proves the case beyond any reasonable argument.”

What are your thoughts on the Flatwoods Monster? We’d love to hear our readers’ views on this controversial UFO case.

References & Image Credits:
(1) YouTube
(2) TSW: What Was the Flatwoods Monster of West Virginia?
(3) YouTube

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