Make mention of Point Pleasant, West Virginia to people with an interest in the paranormal and the field of cryptozoology, and it will almost certainly provoke images and tales of the legendary Mothman. It was a red-eyed, winged beast that haunted the town and its people from late 1966 to December 1967. But, did you know that there are other, equally monstrous things in Point Pleasant’s history? Just a few days ago, I wrote an article here at Mysterious Universe on the matter of giant eels allegedly dwelling in the dark waters of the canals of Birmingham, England – which is near to where I grew up.
The article specifically prompted a guy – Jim Nelson – to contact me with a story of the giant eel variety. Back in the late 1970s, Nelson briefly lived in the Point Pleasant area. He distinctly recalls one summer day in 1979 taking a walk with his girlfriend by the Ohio River (which plays a deep and tragic part in the saga of Mothman). Nelson told me that he and his girl, Jane, saw what he is sure was a huge eel very near to the edge of the water – a creature he estimated to have been around fifteen-feet in length. This is – for those who may not know – far longer than the typical eel. The monster-eel wasn’t in view for long – but certainly long enough for Nelson to get a good view of the beast and figure out what it was. Moving on…
Anna is a twenty-nine-year-old resident of Point Pleasant. As Anna revealed to me when I was at Point Pleasant in 2014 – to speak at the annual Mothman Festival – back in October 2012 she had a strange and frightening encounter with a pair of Black-Eyed Children, late one Saturday night. Anna, a shift-worker, was spending her night relaxing and watching television, after a hard day of work. Sometime around 11:10 p.m., there was a knock at the door. Do I need to tell you who had just arrived?
Anna warily went to the door, and peered through the spyhole. She couldn’t fail to see the two boys, standing next to each other, and both wearing the familiar black hoodies. She shouted through the door, asking what they wanted. When she got no answer, Anna put the chain on the door and opened it. When Anna saw the boys, she was frozen with terror: both had solid black eyes, and both had skin the color of milk. “We need food,” said one, in an almost robotic fashion, while looking at his feet. Oddly, his companion was also steadfastly looking down. With hindsight, Anna felt that their stances reflected their attempts to try and prevent her from seeing their strange eyes. If so, it was an attempt that failed spectacularly.
Anna slammed the door, shaking with fear as she did so. For a few minutes she retreated to the furthest part of the living room. When, however, there was no further knock at the door, she made a tentative move. Plucking up all her courage, Anna peered once again through the spyhole: the two boys were still there. Most disturbing of all, although Anna practically tiptoed towards the door and did not touch it as she reached it, she said that the BECs clearly reacted as she looked at them, as if they were able to sense she was just behind the other side of the door.
As Anna continued to stare at them – locked into a state of terror – something almost unimaginable happened: an eerie green glow surrounded the boys and, in seconds, they were replaced by a pair of what Anna described as large, upright lizards. The monstrous pair stood around eight feet tall, were completely naked, and had long, protruding jaws filled with razor-sharp teeth. They did nothing but stand there, for around twenty seconds or so, after which, Anna explained, the outside porch was enveloped in blackness and they vanished from view. Her first thought was to call the local police. But, she felt – almost certainly correctly – that filing such an incident with law-enforcement officials would very likely cause her even more problems. Instead, she quickly packed a bag, carefully opened the door, raced to her car, and spent the next three days staying at her mother’s place, just over the Ohio River. It was the end of a shocking and unforgettable incident.
Mothman, a giant eel, a pair of Black-Eyed Children that morphed into humanoid lizards, and all in one town: What next?!