Also known as the “Grinning Man”, Indrid Cold was made famous by the 2002 movie, “The Mothman Prophesies.” In the movie, John Klein, a Washington news reporter, leaves his job after his wife dies to investigate some strange claims of psychic visions and sightings of winged creatures called mothmen, in a small West Virginia town that could be the signs of an alien invasion of Earth.
Ingird Cold has been linked to a real phenomenon and many people have claimed to have encountered him. No one knows if there is just one Grinning Man or many, or even if he is just an urban legend, but all eyewitnesses agree on one thing. He is creepy.
Eyewitnesses believe that Indrid Cold is either an alien or some other unknown creature. Whenever Indrid Cold has been seen, there have been either UFO sightings or crypto sightings, such as mothman.
One famous sighting of Indrid Cold happened in October 1966. Two boys in New Jersey were walking along Fourth Street and when they reached a corner parallel to the New Jersey Turnpike, one of them, James Yanchitis, could see a strange figure on the other side of the fence. He nudged his friend, Marvin Munoz, who then noticed the figure as well. They described the man as “a really big man with a big old grin”. Allegedly, another resident had been chased down the street by a “tall green man”.
John A. Keel, a renowned paranormal investigator, interviewed the boys separately. They gave the exact same story. Both claim the man was more than six feet tall and dressed in a green costume that seemed to be shimmering in the street lights. He had a black belt around his waist. Neither boy noticed any hair, ears, or nose on the man, just two beady eyes and a really big grin.
In Parkersburg, West Virginia, in November of the same year, there was another sighting. Woodrow Derenberger was driving home when he heard a crash. Out of nowhere, another vehicle flew up and passed him. Woodrow described the vehicle as the strangest thing he’d ever seen and said it resembled a “kerosene lamp chimney”.
A “really tall and tanned” man stepped out of the vehicle. Like the boys in New Jersey, Derenberger claimed the man wore a “gleaming green outfit”. The Grinning Man communicated telepathically with Derenberger and asked about UFO sightings in the area. Then the figure telepathically revealed his name to be “Indrid Cold.”
There have been other reports of this strange, grinning man including in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, here the Mothman sightings took place. There have not been any recent sightings of the grinning man.
Whether a real phenomenon or an urban legend, Indrid Cold is a part of UFO mythology.