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Monday, May 16, 2022

'Praying Mantis' Humanoid Physical Contact in Greenville, South Carolina

A grandmother recalls her encounter with a 'praying mantis humanoid' when she was a child in a Greenville, South Carolina trailer park. She experienced possibly reproductive intrusion.

This is a review of an account I received several years ago:

"Hi, I'm a 42 year old female, married with grown kids and five grandchildren. First of all, since this encounter, I have never forgotten it. Although exactly what happened is a mystery to me.

I was young, and we lived in a trailer park in Greenville, South Carolina in Mr. Hicums Trailer Park. This would have been in the mid-1970s. All this information has been confirmed by my Mom.

It was a warm and sunny day. I was playing outside with my two older brothers. I was the youngest of three. It was a day like all the others. We were playing tag or hide and go seek. I went to hide. I ran around the back of our home, and suddenly I almost ran into a humanoid praying mantis. At the time I thought it was a giant insect, I could not really comprehend what I was seeing. I felt like all the breath was taken from me. It was taller than my dad and it was standing next to our propane tank. Years later when I thought about it I told my self that maybe there was a gas leak.

Anyway, back to the mantis. I stood there frozen in broad daylight and the creature was just staring back at me. And then everything is blank, until I come running back into our trailer screaming that I'm in pain between my legs. My mother is so concerned that she pulled down my shorts and underwear to inspect. She says nothing is wrong, and I go to sleep crying. This has always been with me. It and this praying mantis stays in the back of my mind.

Then a few years ago I hear about this UFO sighting reported by Highland, Illinois police department. Weird I thought, we moved up there when I was 7 and moved back to SC when I was 10-years-old. I was telling my husband about this thing that happens when I was a kid, we both laughed as I swore it really did happen. So I got curious and Googled the praying mantis aliens. I remember it felt like I was punched in the stomach as I sat there looking at an imagery exactly how I saw it over 30 years ago. I showed it to my husband and he was in shock.

I don't know what happened to me between my encounter and when I came running in screaming about burning down there. I had a real fear of monsters after that and a great deal of nightmares, but nothing like what I saw. It was all about bloody baby dolls inside plastic bags, scooting their plastic bodies around and down the hallways trying to get me. Also another reoccurring dream was a farmer-type man in overalls with a pitch fork walking by all my family members just to get to me. At the end of the dream he would stab me in the chest. This dream started when I lived in Highland, Illinois.

I never was able to give birth naturally either. I had to have C-sections. My father passed away at the age of 38 from lung cancer, I was only 15. It has not been an easy life for me, but I'm a Christian and find comfort in God's word. I have tried to read more about this mantis humanoid creature and have not got a lot of info. Usually when I'm reading about it, right before bed, I fall asleep very quickly and get nowhere. I'm reaching out because I feel like this is really happening, and not just to me. It doesn't matter to me to get attention, via printing a story. I just want to know if you have heard of others like me?


NOTE: CMB contacted me as a result of the Hackettstown, NJ encounters and investigation. As for possible physical contact, this report was a first for me at the time. I have since been involved with several physical contact cases with mantis beings. Most people that have encountered these beings experience severe headaches and mental distress. I mentioned to CMB to feel free to contact me if she wished to disclose further information. Lon

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Mothman / Winged Humanoids Roundtable - Investigators & Researchers - PM Radio

Phantoms & Monsters Radio welcomes Mothman / winged humanoids investigators & researchers Tobias Wayland, Manuel Navarette, & Travis Shortt.

Tobias Wayland is a passionate fortean who has been actively investigating the unusual for over a decade; the first several years of his investigative career were spent as a MUFON field investigator, and following that he investigated independently prior to becoming the head writer and editor for the Singular Fortean Society. Tobias is a frequent guest on various podcasts and radio shows, has contributed to several books on the paranormal, and is often invited to speak at paranormal conferences and events. He was also featured in the Small Town Monsters documentary 'Terror in the Skies' and the series premiere of Expedition X for his work investigating Mothman sightings around Lake Michigan. He and his wife Emily have been involved with the Lake Michigan Mothman investigation since its advent in the spring of 2017, and recently published a book chronicling the experience, 'The Lake Michigan Mothman: High Strangeness in the Midwest.'

His years as an investigator have served him best by illustrating that when it comes to the anomalous, the preternatural, and the paranormal, any answers he's found are still hopelessly outnumbered by questions.

The Singular Fortean Society - www.singularfortean.com


Manuel Navarette is the founder and curator of UFO Clearinghouse and an active paranormal investigator. He is currently one of the chief investigators of the Chicago / Lake Michigan Mothman phenomenon (along with Lon Strickler and Tobias Wayland) and a member of the Phantom and Monsters Fortean Research Team. Manuel has been interested in the paranormal since the age of 17 and has had multiple sightings of UFO’s and recently of a winged humanoid at Chicago O’Hare Airport. The website he founded, UFO Clearinghouse is a website dedicated and committed to providing the most up to date information on recent UFO sightings, reported alien abductions, and cryptid sightings. It is designed as a place where information can be freely exchanged and accessed by paranormal researchers and investigators for the reason of furthering the search for the truth.

UFO Clearinghouse - ufoclearinghouse.wordpress.com


Travis Shortt is a native of Virginia.  He trained and served earlier in life as an ordained minister before pursuing a career in broadcasting and eventually media relations.  He developed an early interest in the paranormal and supernatural with a zeal for UFO’s, hauntings, and the occult.  He became interested in the events around the Mothman sightings after reading about the original events in a book by Jerome Clark. He, Charlie McCracken, and Matthew Fleming began an in depth investigation in 2003 that culminated in 2009 with the first feature documentary on the topic 'Dark Wings: The Mothman Chronicle.' 

He holds a degree in Communication from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and pursued a Master’s Degree in Theology from Master’s International School of Divinity. He currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer for Vectors Partners, LLC a technology firm in Tennessee and is the founder of Phoenix Publicity, and along with Matthew Fleming, is one of the producers and researchers for 'Dark Wings: The Mothman Chronicle.' From 2006-2009 he served as featured speaker at the Mothman Festival addressing the spiritual and religious implications of the Mothman sightings.

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Have you had a sighting of a winged humanoid or huge bat-like creature in the Chicago, Illinois metro area / Lake Michigan region? The entity has also been referred to as the 'Chicago Mothman', 'Chicago Owlman' & 'O'Hare Mothman.' - Chicago / Lake Michigan Winged Humanoid Regional Interactive Map - Please feel free to contact me at lonstrickler@phantomsandmonsters.com - your anonymity is guaranteed. Our investigative group is conducting a serious examination of his phenomenon. We are merely seeking the truth and wish to determine what eyewitnesses have been encountering. Your cooperation is truly appreciated.



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