On the 12th of September 1952, an apparent extraterrestrial being was sighted in the town of Flatwoods in Braxton County, West Virginia. This unidentified entity is now popularly known as the Flatwoods Monster or also known as the Braxton County Monster. Some preferred to call it the Phantom of Flatwoods. Stories about the alleged alien are example of the close encounter of the third kind.
Various descriptions of the entity surfaced. Most of the alleged witnesses say it was at least 10 feet tall with a green body and glowing red face. The head formed a heart with bulging eyes (non-human eyes). The body was human-like that was clad in a dark pleated skirt, which later described as green. Some reports reveal that the mysterious entity had no visible arms while others say it had short, stubby arms with long claw-like fingers. These fingers extended from the front of its body.
A large, pulsating red ball of light was associated with the Flatwoods Monster. It hovered over or rested upon the ground. UFOlogists believe that the mysterious hovering craft may have been piloted by the alleged alien being.
After the encounter of the strange creature, the September 12 group reported having experienced sickness and similar symptoms, including swelling of the throat and irritation of the nose. They suffered from convulsions and vomiting throughout the night, which they attributed to having been exposed to the mist from the creature.
The symptoms being experienced by the witnesses were described by a doctor who treated them as being the same to victims of mustard gas. The same symptoms also associated with people who suffer from hysteria due to a traumatic event.