Mothmen & Men in Black
What may well have been the most notorious of all
"scares" involving reptilian beings, involved a combined
"invasion" of pterodactylin-hominoid "Mothmen" and "Men
In Black". These creatures have been referred to as Mothmen, Winged Dracos,
and Winged Serpents, depending on the source involved. They reportedly
terrorized a particular area in West Virginia, according to John A. Keel, in the
mid-1960's. Keel is convinced that these malevolent entities were
involved in the tragic "silver bridge" disaster in which several UFO
witnesses perished, based on certain strange circumstances surrounding the
event. In his book 'THE MOTHMEN PROPHECIES' (Signet Books., N.Y.) Keel
reveals the following:
"The moment I met Mrs. Hyre's niece Connie
Carpenter in 1966, I knew she was telling the truth because her eyes were
reddened, watery, and almost swollen shut. I had seen these symptoms many times
in my treks around the country investigating UFO reports. Witnesses who were
unlucky enough to have a close encounter with an unidentified flying object,
usually a dazzlingly brilliant aerial light, are exposed to actinic
rays...ultraviolet rays...which can cause 'eyeburn,' medically known as KLIEG
CONJUNCTIVITIS. These are the same kind of rays that tan your hide at the beach.
If you lie in the bright sun without protecting your eyes you can get
conjunctivitis. Whatever they are, UFOs radiate intense actinic rays. There are
now thousands of cases in which witnesses suffered eye-burns and temporary eye
damage...even temporary blindness ... after viewing a strange flying light in
the night sky.
"...What puzzled me about Connie's case,
however, was that she had not seen a splendid luminous flying saucer. She had
seen a giant 'winged man' in broad daylight.
"According to her story, Connie, a shy,
sensitive eighteen- year-old, was driving home from church at 10:30 A.M. on
Sunday, November 27, 1966, when, as she passed the deserted greens of Mason
County Golf Course outside New Haven, West Virginia, she suddenly saw a huge
gray figure. It was shaped like a man, she said, but much larger. It was at
least SEVEN FEET TALL and very broad. The thing that attracted her attention was
not its size but its eyes. IT HAD, SHE SAID, LARGE, ROUND, FIERCELY GLOWING RED
EYES THAT FOCUSED ON HER WITH HYPNOTIC EFFECT.
"`It's a wonder I didn't run off the road
and have a wreck,' she commented later.
"As she slowed, her eyes fixed on the
apparition, a pair of wings unfolded from its back. They seemed to have a span
of about ten feet. It was definitely not an ordinary bird but a MAN-SHAPED THING
which rose slowly off the ground, straight up like a helicopter, silently. Its
wings did not flap in flight. It headed straight toward Connie's car, its
horrible eyes fixed to her face, then it swooped low over her head as she shoved
the accelerator to the floor-boards in utter hysteria.
"OVER ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE WOULD SEE THIS
BIZARRE CREATURE THAT WINTER.
"Connie's conjunctivitis lasted over two
weeks, apparently caused by those glowing red eyes. At the time of my first
visit to Point Pleasant in 1966 I did not relate the winged weirdo to flying
saucers. Later events not only proved that a relationship existed, but that
relationship also is a vital clue to the whole mystery.
"Max's Kansas City is a famous watering hole
for New York's hip crowd. In the summer of 1967 an oddball character wandered
into that restaurant noted for its oddball clientele. He was tall and awkward,
dressed in an ill-fitting black suit that seemed out of style. His chin came to
a sharp point and his eyes bulged slightly like 'thyroid eyes.' He sat down in a
booth and gestured to the waitress with his long, tapering fingers.
"`Something to eat,' he mumbled. The
waitress handed him a menu. He stared at it uncomprehendingly, apparently unable
to read. 'Food,' he said almost pleadingly.
"`How about a steak?' she offered.
"She brought him a steak with all the
trimmings. He stared at it for a long moment and then picked up his knife and
fork, glancing around at the other diners. It was obvious he did not know how to
handle the implements! The waitress watched him as he fumbled helplessly.
Finally she showed him how to cut the steak and spear it with the fork. He sawed
away at the meat. Clearly he really was hungry.
"`Where are you from?' she asked gently.
"`Not from here.'