I recently received the following account:
I've been meaning to reach out for some time now and finally am. I became aware of you from a Chicago Mothman video on YouTube around a year and half ago. I have occasionally shared my story through the years, which isn't a whole lot with others, when paranormal topics arise. My wife recently purchased 'Mothman Dynasty' as a gift and I did feel it was very thoughtful. I'm roughly halfway through it. I also listened to a podcast by members of your team while extensively traveling last month.
The slight difference between my story and many of the others in your book is the time frame. My sighting was December 2007. It occurred about a mile or two past the Illinois state line from Wisconsin on I-90 southbound around 4 or 5am. I was very tired while making an attempt to travel from Northern Minnesota to Western NY with my son who I picked up for the holidays. I basically wasn't trying to pay for a hotel and did eventually stop at a rest area a couple hours later I believe.
I saw a dark silhouette on my front left side in the darkness ahead and didn't really think anything of it until it came into my headlights. What I saw flew straight across the road (like a cross street) at a decent speed but not in a flash. From what I recall it was dark brown and it was possibly the length (top to bottom) as the width of my car. I don't recall a body but may I may be intentionally blanking it out. I saw a leather like wing flapping down for sure. It seemed oval. I don't recall a tail or head.
The one picture behind the big Indian in Chicago may be the closest thing to what I recall. Most descriptions in your book don't seem to represent what I saw. I say this because what I saw didn't fly fluidly or smoothly. It was awkward and far from the flap of an eagle. When it left my headlights view I could see the same silhouette on my right in the dark.
My first impression was something prehistoric but not the wing of what I believe a Pteranodon would look like. Another first impression that was immediate was the hair on the back of neck my standing up realizing I saw something unexplained. I was scared but not terrified and can't recall how long I stayed on the road after but do recall as long as I could. I did try an internet search a couple months later that had an interactive map and the closest thing I found was a sighting probably 20 miles south from mine. Someone described an awkward flying creature flying away from them during dusk and that's about the closest description to my sighting I heard. ST
NOTE: the photos referenced by the witness - 8/22/2011 - 63rd and Pulaski Rd in Chicago, IL (below)
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