The Flatwoods Monster – Myth Or Reality?


This creature was sighthed by numerous people, and was reported to be nearly 10 feet tall.  It appeard non-human, lilke some kind of robot or alien.  It had a large round face with two large round eyes, the face was reddish in color.  The face and head area was covered with a pointed hood or covering, almost like an upturned funnel.  The creatures body was a very dark green or almost colorless.  The lower half of the creatures body was fanned out, like a dress.

During the summer of 1952, Americans reported a record amount of UFO sightings to Project Blue Book.  Press stories at the time stated that jet interceptors had been placed on a 24-hour nationwide “alert against the flying saucers” with orders to “shoot them down” if they didn’t land.  Why?

Late in his career, General Douglas MacArthur stated that the next American war would be waged against aliens from another world.  How so?  While chasing after something an Airforce F-86 Fighter Jet crashed and burned under mysterious circumstances in South Glastonbury Connecticut.  What was it?

The Flatwoods Monster

September 12, 2002, marked the 50th anniversary of the reported sighting of an alien creature in the hills of Braxton County.  Some dismissed it as a hoax, but those who were actually there at the time have a different perspective.  The event has had a profound impact.  As a result of it, Flatwoods would earn the nickname “Home of the Green Monster.”  The frightening tale would be told time and again by those who witnessed the event, and friends and neighbors would speak of it in whispers.  The story would live on, passed down through the generations and becoming part of the oral folklore that is so unique to our mountain culture and heritage.

The story unfolds on September 12, when Sheriff Robert Carr and his Deputy Burnell Long received a call from witnesses who had seen a fiery object as it crashed into the earth.  The natural assumption was that an airplane had crashed.  Not long afterward, a second unusual sighting was made by some school kids at the Flatwoods School.  They decided to investigate.  Over a hill, they could see a “glowing, hissing” object about 10 feet in diameter, about 100 yards away.  Now completely dark, the night was shattered by two lights, about a foot apart.  One of the boys had a flashlight, and when he turned it on the two distant lights, a creature ten foot tall appeared..””¦ a bright red face, bright green clothing, a head which resembled the ace of spades, and clothing which, from the waist down, hung in great folds”.  Suddenly, the creature began to “float” toward them, sending the group running back down the hill to the May house, where they quickly called the Sheriff.

Early the next morning; on Saturday September 13, A Mr. Lee Stewart 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 saucer landing based on the premise that the area had not been subjected to vehicle traffic for at least a year. 

After the event, William and Donna Smith both investigators associated with Civilian Saucer Investigation,  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.

Whatever it was, it was alive and it was a giant by human standards.  The flashlight showed the head and shoulders of a creature slightly less than ten feet tall.  It appeared to be wearing a helmet of some sort, projecting from a dark blue-green or greenish-gray body which reflected the flashlight beams like rubberized silk.   Later a group of men armed with shotguns searched the area, but they found no sign of the creature.

Soon after the sightings, the area was cordoned off by members of the US Military.  One man who was there and spoke a little about the incident years later was COLONEL DALE LEAVITT of the WV National Guard.  Dale Leavitt was ordered to the flatwoods crash site by USAF Officials.  Mr. Leavitt in an interview later said, “There was something here that could fly backwards or anywhere they wanted to go.  It definately wasn’t a meteor, the officals don’t dispatch troops to a meteor crash site, this was some kind of coverup”

Could this story be another Roswell?