Move over, Hawkins, Indiana. Stranger things are happening in Chicago, Illinois. According to a January 16th Vice article, 55 sightings of a dark, humanoid creature flying in the skies above Chicago were reported in 2017. Several witnesses liken it to an oversized bat with red eyes. Others say it resembles a “Gothic gargoyle.” And some are calling the creature “Mothman.” Whatever it is, it has Chicago’s full attention as residents aim to figure out what is lurking in the skies above them.
Vice talked to one witness who saw the winged beast late one night after finishing his shift at a local bar. John Amitrano recalled how he saw a plane in the night sky with something “moving really awkwardly under it.”
He noted it looked less bat-like and more similar to a pterodactyl. It was flying like nothing he’d never seen before in a “strange swooping motion, undulating up and down.”
This Mothman creature has supposedly stalked the skies above the Midwest and Appalachian region of the U.S. since the 1960s. Lon Strickler, a paranormal researcher who has been keeping track of the Chicago Mothman sightings via his website, PhantomsAndMonsters.com, told Vice that Mothman was heavily sighted in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in 1966.
Between 1966 and 1967, several people in Point Pleasant reported seeing a “large, man-like bird with glowing red eyes,” Vice explains. These sightings soon made their way into pop culture. In 1975, novelist John Keel published The Mothman Prophecies, which was later adapted into a 2002 film with the same name starring Richard Gere and Laura Linney.
Strickler, who also authored Mothman Dynasty: Chicago’s Winged Humanoids, is truly baffled by the amount of recent sightings in Chicago. He told Vice that due to the varied locations of the sightings and witness descriptions, he believes there are at least three of these creatures.
Okay, cool. We’re moving out of the country.
Before you nonbelievers cross your arms and say, “Sounds like a bunch of hoopla to me” — yes, we agree that these Mothman sightings do sound like something out of a Marvel movie in which the Avengers are going to have to save Chicago before Mothman drags the entire city to the underworld. We get it.
But knowing that 55 people have seen something unexplainable piques our interest. There must be some weight behind these numerous claims. Unfortunately, until we have more evidence (or until Mothman drags Chicago to the underworld) the mystery will go unsolved.