Flatwoods Monster ParaTopiary


Monday, September 19, 2016



SEPTEMBER 19, 1952 - SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

On Thursday, September 18, 1952, "Flatwoods Monster" witnesses Kathleen May and Eugene Lemon were accompanied to New York City by Braxton Democrat newspaperman, A. Lee Stewart, Jr. after being asked to appear on the very highly popular television talk show, We The People. The far-reaching Flatwoods incident, which Stewart broke to the news media, had peaked the interest of NBC television executives and they wanted the Braxton County residents on their television program.

The Braxton County trio was flown into New York late Thursday afternoon and stayed at the Belmont Hotel... scheduled to appear on the show the following night, September 19, 1952. On Friday afternoon, May, Lemon, and Stewart were driven to the TV studio and were greeted by the host of the show, Mr. Daniel Seymour. Off set, the "Flatwoods Monster" witnesses explained the "Flatwoods Monster" encounter to Seymour, while a sketch artist sat nearby and drew a sketch of the "Monster." 

May and Lemon explained some of the details to the sketch artist, who questioned them as he continued to sketch the figure during the interview. After the illustration was finished, the large drawing was handed off to a crew member to be used for the opening of the live TV broadcast show.

Mr. Seymour then finished talking with May, Lemon and Stewart off camera, and the crew prepped them for their imminent interviews. Cue the music, folks! 

Mr. Seymour strode out onto the set and took his place at center stage while the three Braxton County residents took their seats on set to begin their presentation. The live show began moments later when the camera focused on the master of ceremonies, Mr. Daniel Seymour. There was an eerie silence in the studio and the broadcast went live.

The show opened by setting the scenario with a soft narration while the nearby orchestra simultaneously performed soothing background music to set the atmosphere of a fall day in West Virginia. Mr. Seymour calmly began to tell the story, stating:
"Imagine a scene in the autumn dusk, in a lonely secluded spot, which you reach right after viewing a fiery meteor in the sky. This was easy to imagine. THIS WAS NOT SO EASY."

Suddenly, another camera cut to the big drawing of the "monster," which was flashed on the screen of unsuspecting American viewers as the orchestra music turned eerie and crescendoed to a feverish pitch. At that moment, history was made as a shocked American public gasped at the sight of the "Braxton County Monster" on their nascent television sets for the first time! Verily reader, the illustration of the "Flatwoods Monster" was "a lie telling a truth," but real tragedy on further investigation... enduring cheap-shots for the effect even in the beginning... 

Chief among them are regretted memories of the unreturned and long forgotten fighter pilots lost engaging those UFOs...through the wounded pride and sensibilities of the betrayed persons involved with the Flatwoods event, to the ongoing disgrace of a media continuing to misinform us today!  Such remains to be so.

See, the realistic portrayal of the Flatwoods figure was correctly described to Frank Feschino, Jr. by Mrs. May during his many interviews with her and was also described to reporter Stewart as well by May; it was as a hovering mechanical device! It was not a "Monster" wearing a dress. Feschino, a college-trained illustrator, worked closely with Mrs. May and her son Freddie and did police-style renderings of the figure to ensure it's accuracy. 

For example reader, in reference to the incorrect portrayal of the figure that was drawn by the 1952 TV artist, Mrs. May explained the following about the "monster's" arms and claws during an interview with Frank, "It looked something like antennae sticking out from it, between the body and head." During another interview, the following transpired when Feschino and May discussed the incorrect 1952 TV show drawing: 

Mrs. May: "They just told me they'd like to draw a sketch of it, and Gene and I together had told him what we'd seen, and he [artist] drew the sketch."

Feschino: "Why did he draw arms on it then, because you told me it had antennae?

Mrs. May: "I told him that too! But that's what he drew on it. To make it look more like a 'monster' I guess."

The disgrace of the media led to the incorrect portrayal of the mechanical figure and the folklore of the "Flatwoods Monster" was born! But wait, reader! There's more, much more.

On Monday, September 15, 1952, and, as pointed out above, and preceding the We the People interview (so they should have known), The Charleston Gazette newspaper posted an article containing this information about the accurate description of the so-called "monster." This information was actually obtained by A. Lee Stewart, Jr. during his interviews with the witnesses back in Flatwoods, immediately after the encounter happened. You see, Stewart was at the May home shortly after the encounter, then led a posse of armed men onto the farm where the encounter occurred, talked to the witnesses that night and later interviewed them in the following days.

The newspaper article of evidence explained, "Braxton Monster Left Skid Tracks Where He Landed—(Special to The Gazette)," actually precedes the incorrect portrayal of the TV show "Monster" drawing... by five days! Yes reader, five days! The witnesses gave the actual description regarding the "monster," at the start! The staff of the We the People program really can't claim an ignorance when it was this initial report crossing their interest threshold initially.

It "Wore a suit of green armor. Looked like a mechanical man. It had a blood-red face. It sported a black, spade-like cowl which extended a foot or more above its head." Yes, reporter Stewart got it right in his reportage.

Five days later in New York, Kathleen May was trying to describe the pipes to the artist and likened them to the rolling pleats of drapes! The artist drew... drapes. C'mon! Given the artist must have been provided Stewart's report... the artist could have just phoned that in! Eyewitness Freddie May told Feschino, "What mother described as the pleats of hanging drapes, were actually tubes running vertically." 

Freddie May added, "They were metal, they were actually metal pipes" and compared them to the thickness of a "fireman's hose." Freddie also told Frank, "I think those tubes were some sort of propulsion system. It was hovering about one-foot off the ground." May also said this of the figure, "It was mechanical; it was not alive. Maybe inside of the thing—there could have been something alive." May added, "what I saw was either a small spaceship or suit of some kind. ...Something it was wearing. It was mechanical." Feschino also queried Mrs. May the following about the body of the "Flatwoods Monster" and asked, "Did it look cloth-like or metallic?" She replied, "No! It looked more metallic." May added, 

"It was just kind of floating. It was about a foot to a foot and a half off the ground."

1952 was a Summer of Saucers followed by Presidential orders to the military to shoot those UFOs down.  Should we be surprised that one was shot down on the old Fisher farm, with others in a very turbulent West Virgina, right about now 64 years ago?

Something else, too.  We the people was a hugely successful program and sold a lot of "soap."  There would be just one more program after Flatwoods and then it went out like a candle.  Make of that what you will.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

"BASHFUL BILLY" Another Downed ET Pilot?

The Stranded Alien of WheelingWV
64th Anniversary Incident of 
September 12, 1952 UFO Events

Shortly after the "Flatwoods Monster" and "Frametown Monster" crash occupant episodes occurred in Braxton County, WV on September 12th and 13th in 1952, another huge alien "Monster" was reportedly sighted in another region of West Virginia that terrified some local witnesses. That day shrouded in mystery was Monday, September 15, 1952. This incident occurred in the northern panhandle of the state near Wheeling in the Vineyard Hills Housing Development, an area approximately five miles from Oglebay Park, a huge sprawling 1,650-acre public resort.


Vineyard Hills

Flashback three days earlier to the September 12, 1952 UFO flap. Three mid-Atlantic damaged UFOs proceeded west and went down in the United States.  They were; 1) Arcadia, Tennessee 2) Wheeling, West Virginia and 3) Flatwoods, West Virginia

Here, reader, was the second damaged UFO that went down in the Oglebay Park area near Wheeling that involving an occupant later sighted by the locals in Vineyard Hills. This crash occupant episode wasn't nearly as well-known as the two previous Braxton County close encounters - but this so-called "Monster" incident also reflects the incidence of being quickly covered up by officials. In this case it was local officials, more specifically, the Wheeling Police Department.


On September 16, 1952, an article on the front page of the 
Wheeling Intelligencer newspaper reported the following headline:
                 Powered by Suggestion?

 'Monster' From Outer Space 
Arrives Here Via 'Saucer' 
The opening of this article stated, "Bashful Billy," the monster from outer space and southern West Virginia, arrived in Wheeling by flying saucer yesterday and promptly set tongues wagging and telephones burning."

Here, reader, take note of the reflex ridicule in this statement. Curiously, the article also stated, "One call to the Intelligencer office asked if it was true that the horribly burned body of a woman was found at Vineyard Hills and that a policeman was burned mysteriously about the arm." What?! 

Now, reader, especially those who are familiar with the Braxton County incidents, read this additional reportage, "Callers also reported that an unpleasant odor was produced by the monster." 

Notice reader, the familiar bells decidedly rung between this incident and the previous two close encounters at the aforementioned Flatwoods and Frametown involving "monsters."

An officer from the Wheeling Police Department was interviewed about the incident, "Lieutenant Murphy said undoubtedly the rumors were caused by over-active imagination following yesterday's Intelligencer story of an outer-world monster, reportedly spotted in the woods near Sutton, W.Va."

This article also reported, "The Wheeling monster must have been a 'Bashful Billy,' however, as, none of the people who called the Intelligence or police had actually seen the fugitive from fairyland, but were merely passing on reports from people who had talked to people who heard about the Vineyard Hill Frankenstein."

Once again reader, the witness "over-active imagination" factor came into play here as it did in the "Flatwoods Monster" case; in 1953, Albert Chop, public liasion for the USAF told Major Donald Keyhoe the following about the witnesses involved in the "Flatwoods Monster" encounter: "The group did see two glowing eyes, probably those of a large owl perched on a limb. Underbrush below may have given the impression of a giant figure. IN THEIR EXCITEMENT THEY IMAGINED THE REST." I ask, did the Wheeling Police Department contact the government about this "monster" incident and get briefed as to how to handle this situation?

The Fairmont Times newspaper article of September 16, 1952 printed the following headline:

         Green-Eyed Monster Again 
    Reported on Loose in State 


The article reported that, "Bashful Billy" was a "10-foot tall monster from another world" and was said to be "gas-breathing." Once again reader, notice similar bells rung between this incident and the Flatwoods and Frametown cases involving "monsters." Here, the referenced "gas breathing" statement was actually the exhaust of the propulsion system, which was part of the lower system of the hovercraft. It seems these devices carried and propelled these aliens... it was their mode of transportation. 

Additionally, this seems to have been the same gas that caused an, "unpleasant odor" as noted by the other previous witnesses, Mrs. May, the boys and then George Snitowsky! 

Now reader, was the "body of a horribly burned woman" really found by the Vineyard Hills locals on that Monday? At this time, there seems to be no evidence of any such horrific incident or accident during that time in the Wheeling area. 

But read between the lines here, reader, because there is usually some sort of truth contained within the context of a complex cover story. 

Was the "Bashful Billy" monster incident just a rumor caused by over-imaginative people who had read about the Flatwoods case? On the other hand, was this the cover story to hide the truth of a horribly burned alien body found there after being dropped off from a damaged UFO in Oglebay Park three days earlier during the September 12 flap?  Curious and more curious, still, reader. 

I ask, did a Wheeling Police officer actually respond to the scene at Vineyard Hills and approach a dead or dying extraterrestrial being and get burned upon making contact with it. Remember what happened to the hood of George Snitowsky's car! 

The Wheeling Intelligencer continued to follow this mysterious "Monster" story. On September 17, 1952, it reported two more sightings of another monster that was called a "roving monster." These sightings occurred on Tuesday, September 16, 1952 in nearby Ohio. One caller had contacted the Intelligencer and reported, "his grandchildren were 'almost scared to death' by something they had seen."

Another Ohio caller reported, "It was 10-15 feet tall and had a green body and red head."  More familiar bells reader! Was this "roving monster" actually another alien looking for the ostensibly stranded alien found dead already by the Wheeling locals the day before?  What was happening "really," in the West Virginia area of Wheeling. 

Read the entire story about the failed TWO-HOUR search and rescue mission for this stranded alien, which occurred over the West Virginia panhandle, western Pennsylvania, and eastern Ohio on September 12 that was explained as a non-existent meteor shower. The Intelligencer had reported this headline earlier on Saturday, September 13, 1952 regarding the objects seen around the Wheeling area during the September 12 UFO flap: 

 Mystery Lights Zip 
Through Skies Here 
Causing Mild Furor

Flashing Light Believed Caused 
By 'Low' Meteors Night Sky Watchers 
Swamp Phone Circuits in Reporting Event

Well reader, this is only the tip of the iceberg here and if you want to read all the accompanying articles regarding these UFO incidents, and other documented incidents involving the September 12, 1952 UFO flap...read on, in Frank Feschino's groundbreaking book, "The Braxton County Monster-UPDATED AND REVISED EDITION-The Cover-up of the Flatwoods Monster Revealed."  Oh and yes reader, this is all, and very much, too real!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

On The Subject Of ET Crashlanders...

Today is the 64th Anniversary of the 
"Frametown Monster" Incident

The "Flatwoods Monster" Returns?

Not Flatwoods!  Frametown, eh?  This is a whole other fish kettle and downed alien aviator incident, a result of the war declared upon them, perhaps.  No smiles here.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the woods of Braxton County, eh?

See, on the night following the "Flatwoods Monster" incident, another terrifying alien close encounter occurred in Braxton County, about 17-miles away in the Frametown area. It was September 13, 1952, about 8:00 pm in the same Indian summer when George Snitowsky, his wife Edith and 18-month baby were driving through Braxton County, on their way back home to New York from a short vacation stay in Cincinnati, Ohio.  

The young couple had decided to take secondary roads on their trip back home and enjoy the great mountain scenery on their journey through West Virginia, visiting many small towns along the way. Upon driving into the area of Frametown, they had no idea that they were about to encounter something that would be more frightening than their worst nightmare and change their lives forever

It was dusk, the sun had set.  As George Snitowsky drove along the darkening and secluded road, the car suddenly stalled for no apparent reason. Snitowsky coasted his vehicle towards the side of the road and then put it in park. The car was completely dead, which baffled him because the battery was relatively new and there was no indication it was draining during their trip.

Snitowsky attempted to start the car but it failed to turn over after several attempts. George was getting frustrated. He jumped out of the car, inspected the engine and battery cables but found nothing wrong with the car, which puzzled him. Moments later, the fresh mountain air around them suddenly became engulfed with a noxious fog and terrible odor that Snitowski likened to a mixture of ether and burnt sulfur!  He thought there must be a nearby business or factory  that was on fire to justify this chemical stench, only that would account for the toxic fire odor spreading throughout the area around them. He could see no evidence of a fire! What the hell, he began to wonder.

Snitowsky got back into his car and rolled all the windows up. It was quiet, then shockingly, a dazzling beam of deep purple light flashed across the hood of the car from the nearby woods! George rolled the window down to get a better look. The sickening odor of the strange fog entered the car. The interior filled with the cloudy haze surrounding it and they began to gag from the stench. The baby began to wail uncontrollably. The situation was getting worse by the second.

As everyone gagged, heaving from the nasty odor, George got out of the car hell-bent on doing something...  perhaps get some answers from the brilliant light in the woods. He walked gagging towards it and as he got closer he was dumbfounded, a dear in strange headlights, to clearly see a glowing UFO hovering behind some nearby trees!  It was ovoid in shape and gently rocking back and forth. 

Nearing the object, George was at once surrounded by electrical charges filling the air around him and penetrating his body. He compared it to a low-grade electrical shock. Stunned a little, he  backed away, turned and quickly headed back towards the comparative safety of the car parked at the roadside

As George neared his car, he staggered and repeatedly fell down. His legs had become rubbery from the electrical shocks he'd received upon nearing the floating object. He continued on; however, staggered against a tree attempting to regain his balance to catch his breath, and then he vomited.   A blood-curdling scream rang out, filling the air, as Edith shrieked warnings from the car of the impending danger approaching him from behind! Terrified, George stumbled on!

Edith, now in a wholly hysterical state, was screaming at George and pointing excitedly to his rear at... a huge 9-foot tall alien hovering in place about 30-feet away to his right! George, clueless as yet to what was now behind him, yelled to Edith to see what she was screaming about. As he approached her, he saw a paralyzed look on her face with wide-open eyes as she continuously screamed trying to warn him inarticulately, blubbering as if at looming demons!  

George Snitowsky turned and looked behind him. Startled, his knees buckled at the sight of the huge reptilian-looking being peering at him menacingly from such a short distance away! He froze in fear at the horrific sight presented as, for a moment, they stared each other down. George was able to describe the alien as at least nine-feet tall, having a bloated body with long spindly anthropoid arms forking into only two long fingers, no thumbs Snitowsky saw . 

Without any warning, then the hovering being moved towards George.  He said the alien figure seemed to glide across the surface of the road at him. Snitowsky  further described the lower torso of the being as a solid mass, a conveyance. A construct. A craft.

Additionally, the lower torso of the figure was the source of the sickening sulfur gas that had tainted the air throughout the area. This being was described as inside of a craft, some kind of a hovercraft, which acted as a mode of transportation for it.

The huge alien quickly hovered towards a terrified Snitowsky and followed him back to the car. Upon reaching it, George fumbled with the door handle, hurriedly got in, pushed his wife onto the floor as she clutched the screaming baby, and then grabbed a big knife from the glove box as their only protection. Shielding his family and huddled on the floor, he hardly dared to look up!  He just stayed on the floor for several minutes hoping it would go away. 

The huge figure then circled their automobile and seemed to stalk them as it lingered in the vicinity of the car. Unbeknownst to the Snitowsky's, the huge alien had stopped and positioned itself in front of the car. When George, thinking perhaps all was clear, looked up across the dashboard, he saw the being gazing down upon him through the windshield like the aforementioned demon! 

That's enough... Much more about this terrifying incident and other spectacular UFO events can be read in Feschino's book. Read on, and don't be afraid to go into the woods in Braxton County...just don't take my word it's safe... read on!


Monday, September 12, 2016

SEPTEMBER 12, 1952... WAR?

SEPTEMBER 12, 1952

"Seven Chased by Saucer    
Monster Scared To Death"

The Statesville Record and Landmark: 15 September 1952


Midnight In The Desert with Heather Wade presents:

The "Flatwoods 

...64-Year Anniversary Show

With Special Guests:

Frank C. Feschino, Jr. 
and Stanton T. Friedman


Tonight, September 12, 2016, 
Author/Illustrator Frank C. Feschino, Jr. 
and Author/ Nuclear Physicist Stanton T. Friedman 
will be the Guests of host Heather Wade 
for a Special Edition of Midnight In The Desert 
to Commemorate the 64th Anniversary of the 
"Flatwoods Monster" Incident.

9:00 pm. - 1:00 am. PDT/ Midnight - 4:00 am. EDT


The Braxton County Monster
The Cover-up of the Flatwoods Monster 

Updated & Revised Edition
by Frank C. Feschino, Jr.

Book Review by Frank Thayer, Ph.D.
Department of Journalism 
New Mexico State University

"I bought your book and have now read it thoroughly with an admiration for your massive research. There is no doubt that you have produced the ultimate work on a most important incident in the history of flying saucers. It is unquestionable that the Flatwoods Monster has been reconstructed by you to an understanding beyond a reasonable doubt...Your work is unlikely to be surpassed."

"Thank you for your work. You set a standard for investigation that most of us can only marvel at."

Frank Thayer, Ph.D. 
Author and Photographer

The Website Links for Stanton Friedman