september 1952

The Flatwoods Monster

The Flatwoods Monster is a cryptid that made it’s appearance in Flatwoods, West Virginia, in 1952.
It was reported to be 10 ft tall and 4 ft wide. It appeared to be wearing a metal suit instead of being organic. Witnesses also claim that it had a cowl, similiar in shape to an ace of spades, that sat behind a round red head with two eyes, often descibed as portholes, that glowed green and orange. There’s a bit of discussion on whether the ‘suit’ was black and white or green, alongside if the being had arms or not.

At 7:15pm on September 12th, 1952, three boys witnessed a bright light dart across the sky. The object came to land on a farm, and once the boys saw it land, they ran back home to tell one of their mothers. The boys returned with a group of locals, to try and find whatever had landed there.
A dog, that was with the group, ran ahead out of sight, only to run back to the group with it’s tail between it’s legs.
The group reached the top of a hill, where the saw a pulsating ‘ball of fire’ about 50 ft away, and reported a strange mist that made their eyes and noses burn. One member of the group shone a flashlight near the object, revealing the Flatwoods Monster.
The monster emitted a loud, shrill hissing noise, befor hovering towards the group.
At this point, the group panicked and fled.
Once they had returned home, the mother contacted the local sheriff and a news reporter. The reporter collected a number of interviews and returned to the site with the farmer later that night, where they reported that “there was a sickening, burnt, metallic odor still prevailing”. The sheriff and his deputy searched the area, but found no trace of the monster.

On September 12th, 1952, these boys (Left to right: Tommy Hyer, Freddie May, Edison May (front), and Neil Nunley (rear).) witnessed a strange object fall from the sky. The boys went home and told Mrs. May of the event, they later went with her, a few other children and 17 year old West Virginia National Guardsman Eugene Lemon to examine the object. They came upon a hill and saw a “ball of fire” a ways to their right and there was a strange mist in the area that made their eyes and noses irritated. Upon seeing two odd lights, Lemon aimed his flashlight under a large oak tree and there it was, the creature that would soon be known as the Flatwoods Monster. This Monster was said to have let out a shrill hissing sound and came at the group before quickly turning and heading toward a red light. The group quickly fled the area.

Shortly after these people came across the monster, they came down with an illness that is said to be attributed to the mist they had encountered. Several of them had irritation of their noses and swelling of the throat for several days after the encounter. Lemon suffered from convulsions and vomiting throughout the night and had issues with his throat for several weeks afterwards. A doctor that treated a few of the witnesses claimed that the symptoms were similar to those that appeared with victims of mustard gas.

This original drawing of what the Flatwoods Monster supposedly looked like was drawn by an unnamed New York artist off of Kathleen May and Gene Lemon’s descriptions of what they saw. Lemon and May agreed that the end drawing was “quite accurate” to what they had seen on September 12th, 1952.

(original OP is anti-native)



For me, this is one of the creepier cryptids. The Flatwoods monster is said to be dwelling in the town of Flatwoods, Braxton County, West Virginia. The creature has more of a extraterrestrial type description than many other unexplained beings. 

Eyewitnesses have described the monster as having long spindly arms, red eyes and a large cowling around the back of it’s head. 

The first sighting was in September, 1952 when two young brothers and a friend witnesses a UFO crashing in the woods. They ran home to tell their mother who went with the boys and a few more friends to check it out. This is when they supposedly encountered the Flatwoods Monster.  The boys mother reported the creature ‘bounding towards them’ shrieking. A thick mist also covered the ground they walked on and got into their noses causing irritation and burning. 

There is no evidence to suggest that this cryptid has any desire to harm people however some witnesses have returned home with sickness after breathing in the mist. 

Strange Mysteries: The Flatwoods Monster

Friday, September 12th, 1952 - Flatwoods, West Virginia

It is 7:15pm on Friday, September 12th when two brothers, Edward and Fred May, and their friend Tommy Hyer see what appears to be a meteor streaking across the night sky. As they watch, the meteor comes to ground near the farm of local farmer G. Bailey Fisher. Excited at what they will find, they make the trek to Fisher’s farm along with Mrs May and a few other local boys: Neil Nunley (14), Ronnie Shaver (10), and Gene Lemon (17).

When they get there, they notice a strange mist that is described as giving off a “sickening, burnt, metallic odor”. They also notice two strange lights coming from what appears to be a nearby tree. Thinking them to be nothing more than the eyes of some nocturnal animal, Gene turns his flashlight in their direction. It is then that they see the creature that would forever haunt their nightmares: the Flatwoods Monster.

Scared out of their wits, they immediately run back to safety and into the annals of strange mysteries.

So what was the Flatwoods Monster? Unfortunately, we may never know.

“The Southwestern Command, Japan Logistical Command, Football Season Gets Underway with Pvt. Cecile Brothers of Hocombe, Missouri, a Member of the Camp Saki WAC Detachment, Flipping the Coin to See who Kicks Off, 9/13/1952″

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Most recent pictures of Serial Killer Patrick Mackay that exist.

Patrick Mackay (born September 25, 1952) is a serial killer who confessed to murdering eleven people in England in the mid 1970s.

Early life

As a child, Mackay was frequently a victim of physical abuse at the hands of his violent, alcoholic father Harold. When Mackay was ten, Harold died from complications of alcoholism and a weak heart. His final words to his son were ‘remember to be good’.

Patrick was said to be unable to come to terms with the loss, telling people Harold was still alive and keeping a photograph of his father on his person.

Later in his youth, he suffered from extreme tantrums and fits of anger, indulged in animal cruelty and arson (at one point setting the pet tortoise on fire), bullied younger children, stole from elderly women’s homes and people in the street, and even attempted to kill his mother and aunt.

He also attempted to kill a younger boy, and later said he’d have succeeded had he not been restrained, and attempted to set fire to a Catholic church. Because of such incidents, he spent his teenage years in and out of mental homes and institutions. At 15, he was diagnosed as a psychopath by a psychiatrist, Dr. Leonard Carr. Carr predicted Mackay would grow up into a ‘cold, psychopathic killer’.

Adulthood and murders

As he entered adulthood, Mackay developed a fascination with Nazism, calling himself “Franklin Bollvolt The First” and filling his flat with Nazi memorabilia. He lived in London and was frequently drunk or on drugs. In 1973, near his mother’s home in Kent, he met and was befriended by Father Anthony Crean, a priest. Regardless, Mackay broke into Crean’s home and stole a check for £30. Arrested and prosecuted by the police, he was ordered to pay the fine back but never did. The incident caused a rift between the two and Mackay returned to London. It was around this time that Mackay said that he had drowned a tramp in the River Thames.

On March 21 1975, then aged 22, Mackay used an axe to kill Father Crean, hacking through the victim’s skull and watching him bleed to death. He was swiftly arrested and was soon considered by police to be a suspect in at least a dozen other killings over the previous two years, most victims being elderly women who had been stabbed or strangled during robberies. Mackay bragged that he had murdered eleven people.

Mackay was charged with five murders, but two charges were dropped through lack of evidence. In November 1975 he was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. He is reported to be among the 50 or so prisoners in the United Kingdom who have been issued with a whole life tariff and are unlikely ever to be released from prison.


Flatwoods monster

In West Virginia folklore, the Flatwoods Monster, also known as the Braxton County Monster or the Phantom of Flatwoods, is an entity reported to have been sighted in the town of Flatwoods in Braxton County, West Virginia, United States, on September 12, 1952. Stories of the creature are an example of a purported close encounter of the third kind.

Flatwoods Monster

Sub grouping: unidentified extraterrestrial

Other name(s):
Braxton County Monster
Phantom of Flatwoods

Country: United States

Region: Flatwoods, West Virginia


Location of Flatwoods, West Virginia

Various descriptions of the entity exist. Most describe it as being at least 7 feet (2.1 m) tall, with a black body and a dark, glowing face. Witnesses described the creature’s head as elongated, shaped like a sideways diamond, and as having non-human eyes; a large, circular cowling appeared behind the head. The creature’s body was described as “inhumanly-shaped” and clad in a dark, pleated skirt-like exoskeleton, later described as a shadow.

Some accounts record that the creature appeared to have “no visible arms” due to its incredible speed, while others reported long, stringy arms, protruding from the front of its body, with long, claw-like fingers.The creature is referred to as the “Lizard Monster” on the March 10, 2010, episode of MonsterQuest. Some witnesses reported seeing a large, pulsating red ball of light that hovered above or rested on the ground. Ufologists believe that it may have been a powered craft that the entity had piloted.


A newspaper clipping of the story of the Flatwoods Monster

At 7:15 p.m. on September 12, 1952, two brothers, Edward and Fred May, and their friend Tommy Hyer (ages 13, 12, and 10 respectively) witnessed a bright object cross the sky, coming to rest on land belonging to local farmer G. Bailey Fisher. Upon witnessing the object, the boys went to the home of the May brothers’ mother, Kathleen May, where they told the story of having seen a UFO crash land in the hills. From there, Mrs. May, accompanied by the three boys, local children Neil Nunley and Ronnie Shaver , and 17-year-old West Virginia National Guardsman Eugene Lemon, traveled to the Fisher farm in an effort to locate whatever it was that the boys had seen.

Lemon’s dog ran ahead out of sight and suddenly began barking, and moments later ran back to the group with its tail between its legs. After traveling about 0.25 miles (402 m) the group reached the top of a hill, where they reportedly saw a large pulsating “ball of fire” about 50 feet (15 m) to their right. They also detected a pungent mist that made their eyes and noses burn. Lemon then noticed two small lights over to the left of the object, underneath a nearby oaktree and directed his flashlight towards them, revealing the creature, which May reported as bounding towards them. Other sources[which?]describe it as emitting a shrill hissing noise before gliding towards them, changing direction and then heading off towards the red light. At this point the group fled in panic.

Upon returning home, Mrs. May contacted local Sheriff Robert Carr and Mr. A. Lee Stewert, co-owner of the Braxton Democrat, a local newspaper. Stewert conducted a number of interviews and returned to the site with Lemon later that night, where he reported that “there was a sickening, burnt, metallic odor still prevailing”. Sheriff Carr and his deputy Burnell Long searched the area separately, but reported finding no trace of the encounter other than the smell. Early the next morning, Stewert visited the site of the encounter for a second time and discovered two elongated tracks in the mud, as well as traces of a thick black liquid. He immediately reported them as being possible signs of a saucerlanding, based on the premise that the area had not been subjected to vehicle traffic for at least a year. It was later revealed that the tracks were likely to have been those of a 1942 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by local Max Lockard, who had gone to the site to look for the creature some hours prior to Stewert’s discovery.

After the event, Mr. William and Donna Smith, investigators associated with Civilian Saucer Investigation, LA, obtained a number of accounts from witnesses who claimed to have experienced a similar or related phenomena. These accounts included the story of a mother and her 21-year-old-daughter, who claimed to have encountered a creature with the same appearance and odor a week prior to the September 12 incident. The encounter reportedly affected the daughter so badly that she was confined to Clarksburg Hospital for three weeks. They also gathered a statement from the mother of Eugene Lemon, in which she said that, at the approximate time of the crash, her house had been violently shaken and her radio had cut out for 45 minutes, and a report from the director of the local Board of Education in which he claimed to have seen a flying saucer taking off at 6:30 a.m. on September 13 (the morning after the creature was sighted).


After encountering the creature, several members of the September 12 group reported suffering from similar symptoms, which persisted for some time and which they attributed to having been exposed to the mist emitted by the creature. The symptoms included irritation of the nose and swelling of the throat. Lemon suffered from vomiting and convulsions throughout the night, and had difficulties with his throat for several weeks afterward. A doctor who treated several of the witnesses is reported to have described their symptoms as being similar to victims of mustard gas, though such symptoms are also commonly found in sufferers of hysteria, which can be brought on by exposure to a traumatic or shocking event.

Conventional explanations

After examining the case 48 years after the event, Joe Nickell of the paranormal investigation group Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), then known as CSICOP, concluded in 2000 that the bright light in the sky reported by the witnesses on September 12 was most likely a meteor, that the pulsating red light was likely an aircraft navigation/hazard beacon, and that the creature described by witnesses closely resembled an owl. Nickell claimed that the latter two of which were distorted by the heightened state of anxiety felt by the witnesses after having observed the former. Nickell’s conclusions are shared by a number of other investigators, including those of the Air Force. Skeptics have also proposed misidentified owl sightings as explanations for the Mothman and the Kelly-Hopkinsville encounter .

The night of the September 12 sighting, a meteor had been observed across three states—Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia—and had been mistakenly reported as a flaming aircraft crashing into the side of a hill at Elk River, approximately 11 miles (18 km) southwest of the location of the Flatwoods sighting.[citation needed] Three flashing red aircraft beacons were also visible from the area of the sightings,[citation needed] possibly accounting for the pulsating red light seen by the witnesses and for the red tint on the face of the creature.

A barn owl, seen with “claw-like hands” and a face shaped “like the Ace of Spades”

Nickell concluded that the shape, movement, and sounds reported by witnesses were also consistent with the silhouette, flight pattern, and call of a startled barn owl perched on a tree limb, leading researchers to conclude that foliage beneath the owl may have created the illusion of the lower portions of the creature (described as being a pleated green skirt). Researchers also concluded that the witnesses’ inability to agree on whether the creature had arms, combined with Kathleen May’s report of it having “small, claw-like hands” which “extended in front of it”, also matched the description of a barn owl with its talons gripping a tree branch.

Alternative explanations included those put forward by the local media: that the September 12 group had witnessed the impact of a meteor which resulted in a man-shaped cloud of vapor, and those of Kathleen May and her sons (recorded some time after the incident); that they had seen some kind of covert government aircraft.

References in popular culture

Flatwoods held an annual festival to celebrate the “Green Monster”. The three-day festival included a weekend of live music, the Green Monster museum and trips to the site of the original sighting. The last year the festival took place was in 2006.

The final boss at the end of the videogame Amagon

A creature resembling the description of the Flatwoods monster appears as the final boss of the 1988 NES videogame Amagon and as the stage 02 boss of the videogame Space Harrier II. Other videogame aliens with a similar appearance are “Gimme” in the Wii U game The Wonderful 101, the aliens referred to as “Them” in The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, the Space World boss in Tumblepop, the Hayokonton in Wild Arms, enemies in the Las Vegas level of Ninja Baseball Batman. The player is capable of conjuring a version of the monster in the Scribblenauts game series.

The Flatwoods Monster appears in the “Mystery” apartment look in Tomodachi Life. The monster is shown in chapter 218 of the anime Shinryaku! Ika Musume, where one character uses its picture to scare another.

The Flatwoods Monster is the subject of Argyle Goolsby and the Roving Midnight’s song “The Being”.

The monster inspired the Braxton County CVB to create a series of oversized chairs in the likeness of the monster placed in Braxton County. The Braxton County Monster Chair project started in 2014.


Illness by The Flatwoods Monster

On September 12, 1952, the Flatwoods Monster was first sighted in Braxton County, West Virginia. After the sighting, all involved individuals reported having swelling and irritation of the nose and throat. The gentleman who was the head of the group also suffered from convulsions and vomiting. When examined by a doctor, the doctor said they shared symptoms with individuals who had inhaled mustard gas. The individuals reported that the creature released a mist of sorts.