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The Bizarre True Story Of The Flatwoods Monster

The Bizarre True Story Of The Flatwoods Monster

According to History, it was at dusk on September 12, 1952, that six boys, one mom, and a dog allegedly witnessed the strange arrival of the Green Monster in the tiny town of Flatwoods, which at the time had a population of less than 300. Two brothers — Ed and Freddie May, age 13 and 12, respectively — were playing in the schoolyard with their 10-year-old friend Tommy Hyer when they witnessed a strange streak of red light careen across the sky and land with a crash nearby. The Mays went to get their mother to go check it out, at which point they were accompanied by a few more boys, one of whom brought his dog. As Roadside America explains, the locals soon found themselves face to face with a 10-foot-tall monster that let out a shrill hiss and started to float above the ground towards them through a shroud of mist. The oldest boy among the group, 17-year-old Gene Lemon, was a National Guard member who claimed to have seen a pair of bright eyes in a tree, followed by the emergence of the red-faced, green-bodied, claw-handed, pointy-headed monster we all know and love today.

The seven witnesses and the dog all fled in terror — one contemporary of the boys claiming that one of them wet his pants — and were soon violently ill, which they claimed was due to a poison gas shot at them by the monster. Later visitors to the site found no sign of the monster or UFO, but smelled an unexplained "sickening, burnt, metallic odor."