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Did Mothman Cause the Silver Bridge Disaster?

On November 15, 1966, Mothman was spotted by two couples, Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette, in the TNT Area of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. That sighting sparked media interest in the thing (even though it wasn't the first), and sightings continued for the rest of 1966 and into 1967, culminating with the Silver Bridge collapse on the Ohio River on December 15, 1967, exactly 1 year and 1 month after the famous Nov. 15 sighting.
Mothman statue in Pt. Pleasant, WV

Many people say Mothman was a heir bring of doom and caused the Silver Bridge collapse. But, is it really to blame? The answer to that question may actually be no.

During the time Mothman was seen in Point Pleasant, there were also sightings of UFOs, weird telephone and TV interferences, and encounters with the sinister Men in Black. The latter of these other  occurrences may actually be to blame for the Silver Bridge collapse.

Here's the official story about the Silver Bridge collapse.

It all happened on December 15, 1967. It was 5:04 p.m., and the bridge, which connected Point Pleasant with Ohio, collapsed in the middle of rush hour, while it was completely packed with cars. Forty-six people died in the collapse, and two bodies were never recovered.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said the bridge had collapsed because the number 13 eyebar had failed. But, some people think it was because of something else. And most people think that something else was Mothman.

Some people reported seeing Mothman near the bridge before it fell. This has led them to think that Mothman itself caused the disaster. I, however, do not think this.

Some people may be surprised by this. "The Mothman was an omen of doom," they'll say. "It caused the disaster."

Was Mothman an omen of doom? Probably, yes. But did it cause the disaster? I don't think so - I think it was only trying to warn the people of what was coming.

As I mentioned above, there were encounters with UFOs, Men in Black, and other weird things in Point Pleasant while Mothman was there. One of the original Mothman eyewitnesses, Linda Scarberry, thought that the creature was there to distract people from what the MIB were doing. She felt that they were the cause of the Silver Bridge collapse. 

What do you think caused the Silver Bridge collapse? Did it have something to do with Mothman? Was it really just a bad eye bar? Or did the Men in Black have something to do with it?


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