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Episode Notes for
Bringing Light to a Moth


In this episode, Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (formerly CSICOP) investigator Joe Nickell joins the MonsterTalk crew for a look into the West Virginian legend of Mothman — allegedly a human-sized creature with wings and glowing red eyes. Nickell discusses the ways monsters evolve following a community’s initial reports, and the cyclical nature of spates of sightings.

About this episode

Joe Nickell is the senior investigator for the Center for Inquiry (CFI) and is the author of many books that will be of interest to MonsterTalk listeners. His most recent book is Real or Fake: Studies in Authentication.

Of special interest to MonsterTalk listeners will be Adventures in Paranormal Investigation and Real Life X-Files: Investigating the Paranormal and of course he is the co-author of Lake Monster Mysteries, along with Ben Radford.

Loren Coleman’s “Mothman Death List” can be found here.

Ben Radford’s new book Scientific Paranormal Investigation: How to Solve Unexplained Mysteries is now on sale!

The alien timeline graphic that Joe Nickell mentions in this episode can be found here.


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