- INDRID COLD (THE GRINNING MAN) -
The story of Indrid Cold (also known as the "Grinning Man") is a very interesting one indeed. I absolutely love it and I am very fascinated by it! If you have heard of the Mothman or the MIB (Men in Black), you've probably seen or heard the name, Indrid Cold, as well. Here is some information about him below...It can be hard to find information specifically about Indrid Cold online but below are the best sources I could find on the subject. Feel free to search for other sources online. Enjoy!
"Several Grinning Man reports were made in 1966, during the same period as the Point Pleasant, West Virginia, Mothman sightings. These reports were recorded by John A. Keel in chapters 5 and 10 of his book The Mothman Prophecies ."
"The second encounter happened on November 2, 1966. A man named Woodrow Derenberger was driving home in his panel truck after a hard day of work. As he drove up a hill outside of Parkersburg on Interstate 77, he heard a sudden crash. A vehicle was speeding behind him, and it suddenly cut in front of him and slowed down. Derenberger looked in amazement as the vehicle that passed him looked like "an old fashioned kerosene lamp chimney, flaring at both ends, narrowing down to a small neck and then enlarging in a great bulge in the center." The "thing" blocked the road, and a door slid open on the side of it. Then a man stepped out, described as around 6 feet tall, with long dark hair combed straight back. His skin was heavily tanned. He wore an outfit that was made out of some sort of "glistening green material," similar to the outfit worn by the other Grinning Man that was encountered in Elizabeth, New Jersey by the two boys. He was grinning broadly. Derenberger said that the figure spoke to him telepathically and said his name was "Cold" and went off asking him strange questions. Then the strange entity said that he would visit Derenberger again, and he got back in the craft and left."
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"Indrid Cold, also known as The Grinning Man, is possibly the most famous of all the Men in Black and was present during much of the Mothman activity in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, before and after the collapse of the Silver Bridge that killed 46 people in 1967. He confronted numerous Mothman and UFO witnesses, always with an unnerving and unnatural smile on his face and the trademark discolored skin of the MiB. Chillingly enough, people unfortunate enough to draw his attention have reported that, although he was speaking to them, his mouth never moved, leading investigators to suspect that he was talking through telepathy which would point towards the MiB/alien theory. There are numerous cases of “grinning men” that appear at UFO hot spots around the world that may in fact be Indrid Cold."
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"Derenberger then claimed that this Grinning Man telepathically communicate with him, asking him a series of odd questions. Following this abnormal interlude, the entity simply stated that: “My name is Cold… I will be visiting you again.”
"Cold then returned to his unusual vehicle, which — as incomprehensibly as it arrived — launched from the interstate and soared up into the sky. Following this wild encounter, both Derenberger and several other Point Pleasant residents would claim to have additional run-ins with the infamous Indrid Cold."
"Eventually Derenberger would reveal that Cold informed him that he was an alien from the planet Lanulos, which was nestled in the galaxy of Genemedes. He would further claim that Cold had taken him to his home planet where he saw people wearing “colorful shorts” and all the words on the signs appeared to be in a “squiggly, oriental-like writing.”"
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"If you have seen "The Mothman Prophecies" then you should know the name Indrid Cold. A lot of people believe Indrid Cold is the name of Mothman or Indrid Cold was involved and he was a eyewitness or he was a Man in Black up in Point Pleastant,WV."
"WRONG! The Indrid Cold story happened in ower town, Parkersburg,WV. He was a strange man that came out of nowhere, I think he was a alien man in black but he wasn't in Point Pleasant cause he seemed nicer then the others that were described. Well anyway we were at Susan Sheppard's house and she showed us the original Mr.Derenberger interview audio film, she said she had them all this time. She made a copy of it and she said we can put it on Weird Tales:The Paranormal Hunters. She owns the copyrights to the interview so we have the only website in the world that has the interview!"Quote:
"So for the first time on the Internet, and for the frist time released out to the public since 1966. The audio of the original interview with Mr.Derenberger, on Indrid Cold."
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(Make sure you check out the videos about him on this web site)
You can also find out some excellent information about Indrid Cold in the Documentary I spoke of before in my Mothman entry. It's called "Eyes of the Mothman" Directed by: Matthew J. Pellowski. You can find it on Amazon.com. They also have it on Netflix if you search it. Or at least Netflix had it last time I checked. In the documentary, "Eyes of the Mothman", it not only talks about the Mothman, it talks about so much more! It goes into GREAT detail about what went on and the history behind the sightings and strange experiences the people had when this phenomena went on. Again I HIGHLY recommended this documentary. It's about two to three hours long but it is definitely worth the watch! I know you will find it interesting and I know that you will LOVE it. Especially if you are a fan of the Paranormal and the Supernatural. If you do watch if make sure you sit through the whole thing. Like I said, it's long but worth it!
Indrid Cold is one of the most interesting and my favorite phenomena I have ever come across. (Besides the Mothman, lol) I hope you will look more into him. It is worth it. Trust me.