20 Things You Never Knew About The Alien Entity West Virginians Call The Flatwoods Monster

By Sarah Norman | October 12, 2023

Could The Monster Be An Elaborate Hoax?

Welcome to West Virginia, cryptid lovers and UFO enthusiasts! Today we're traveling to the once-sleepy town of Flatwoods for a look into the lore of its resident otherworldly beast. Described as an alien creature with glowing eyes, metallic garb, and a penchant for lurking in the shadows, the Flatwoods Monster has inspired countless tales and investigations. So, buckle up as we journey into the mystifying realm of the unknown, where the lines between fact and folklore blur, and we explore the eerie legacy of the Flatwoods Monster together!

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(Gray Barker UFO Collection)

Seen here is a mock-up of a possible way the Flatwoods Monster could have been puppeteered by a "bad kid", as conceived by writer and UFO investigator Gray Barker. Gray Barker was a native of Braxton County, a paranormal skeptic, and known for his career in UFOlogy and creation of the concept of "Men In Black". In the 1950's, he started collecting accounts and reports of the Flatwoods Monster, and wrote many articles about the cryptid. Gray Barker did a huge amount to publicize The Monster, and his work surrounding the Monster is what jumpstarted his career in UFO investigation. Regardless, if Braxxie was a hoax, we doubt it was perpetrated by a child.

It prompted a U.S. Air Force UFO inquiry

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(National Archives)

While the primary goal of Project Blue Book was to study UFO sightings, its investigators also ventured into the territory of alleged extraterrestrial encounters, seeking to identify credible cases and debunk hoaxes. Astrophysicist Dr. J Allen Hynek and his fellow investigators delved into the chilling case, analyzing witness accounts and piecing together the evidence surrounding the Flatwoods incident.