One such entity, or entities, has connections with another famous cryptid, the Mothman.
Who / what is the Grinning Man?
A Maniacal Grin
In the last 60 years a small number of stories have been reported of encounters with a strange humanoid creature, that many perceive as "malevolent", and has become linked with the enigmatic world of UFO folklore. It is called The Grinning Man, for in all of the encounters had with this being, one element stands out as most memorable - the maniacal grin this being has on its face when seen.
The being was behind them, and was wearing a green one-peice suit that reflected the streetlights nearby. It noticed the boys looking at him, turned and began to smile - a grin that stretched from ear to ear. Having elongated eyes, the boys could not make out whether the creature had ears, a nose or hair.
That same night, miles away, reports of a "bright-white" UFO began filtering in to the police, and several officers reportedly saw the object themsleves hovering near a local reservior.
Many began to claim the encounters were linked, perhaps correctly assuming the being was an alien stranded or was being sought after by the UFO.
This first encounter took place in or near Point Pleasant, the area that a couple of weeks later would begin reporting sightings of Mothman, a famous cryptid said to be responsible for deaths in a bridge collapse.
The salesman, Woodrow Derenberger, would go on to claim that Indrid Cold would visit him, and would reveal that he was an alien from a planet called Lanulos, situated in another galaxy. Derenberger claimed to have visited Cold on his homeworld,and met many other beings like Indrid Cold in his travels. He would write a book about his experiences, but would lose his job, his wife and some say his sanity in the years after., dying in 1990, some saying his obsession with his grinning friend cost him his life.
Sceptics argue that an interview Derenberger agreed to with a local TV station shortly after his first encounter shows elements of fabrication, and point to perhaps Derenberger coming up with the more fantastical claims later, perhaps after reading Keels' books.
What is 'He'?
It has been speculated that these creatures (if its more than one being) are bizarre alien-human hybrids, aliens themselves, or a class of M.I.B.'s (Men In Black).
Sceptics have argued that Keel may have invented the entity and original stories regarding it, or embellished the original tale from New Jersey to make it sound more stranger than it was in reality. Many of the sightings of this being are said to have occurred around the same time as UFO sightings, and its that supposed fact, plus the Indrid Cold stories, that have linked the Grinning Man phenomenon and UFOlogy.
Put together by Ashley Hall 2014