The story of the Flatwoods Monster begins on September 12 of 1952, with brothers Edward and Fred May, along with their friend Tommy Hyer. At about 7:15pm, right around dusk, they claimed to see a large bright object fly across the sky and land on the property of a local farmer by the name of G. Bailey Fisher. As any kid would do, they ran home and told their mother, who recruited a small crew of locals and a West Virginia Guardsman to go investigate the Fisher farm.
This is when things get really exciting.
According to Eugene Lemon, the WV Guardsman that accompanied them, the crew saw a pulsing, red light at the top of a hill. History.com has a recap of the account:
Lemon screamed and fell backward, the news account said, “when he saw a 10-foot monster with a blood-red body and a green face that seemed to glow.” It may have had claws for hands. It was hard to tell because of the dense mist.
The boys’ mother, Kathleen May, had her own version and described the figure as having “small, claw-like hands,” clothing-like folds, and a “heads that reenbled the ace of spades.”