Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Flatwoods Monster

The Flatwoods Monster is a reported alien that was sighted on the night of September 12, 1952, in Flatwoods, WV. The sighting achieved widespread media coverage.

Appearance: A 10-12ft tall being with green skin, a red face with blue-glowing eyes, and a large head shaped like an ace of spades or an upside-down heart. You can view drawings of the Flatwoods Monster, HERE, HERE, and HERE. There is some confusion on whether the Flatwoods Monster was a robot or a creature in some form of protective or robotic suit.

Lore: Shortly after 7pm on the night of September 12, 1952, three boys witnessed a shooting star land on a nearby hill. The boys returned to the home of two of the boys and informed the mother, Kathleen May, of what they had seen. Kathleen May suggested that she, the boys, as well as two other boys and 17-year old National Guardsman named Eugene Lemnon, should go investigate. There was a total of 7 people in the group. Lemnon also decided to bring his dog.

As the group neared the top of the hill the dog began to act strange, as if frightened. There was a pungent, sulfur-like smell in the air that burned the witnesses eyes and noses. Near where the shooting star or meteor was believed to have landed, the group reported seeing a large UFO that appeared as a pulsating ball of light

Eugene Lemnon turned on his flashlight and shown it in the direction only to uncover a horrible site. At a nearby tree stood a monster. The creature was described as being around 10ft tall, having a green body, a red face, and a head shaped like an ace of spades. The creature made hissing noises like an animal and glided toward them. It was then that the group fled in terror. Upon arriving home the police were called and the experience would later achieve widespread media coverage.

In honor of the sighting, the town of Flatwoods, WV, hosts an annual "Flatwoods Days Green Monster Festival" each year in September.

Flatwoods Monster Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Stanton Friedman on the Flatwoods Monster

The Flatwoods, Braxton County Monster, 1952

The Flatwoods Monster Decoded

Flatwoods Monster

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