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I RECEIVED an email on evening of Sunday May 28, 2017, from another flying humanoid witness in Chicago. His name is Billy Bantz, and he wanted to talk to me. His sighting, at this time, is the earliest in 2017. The following account was his initial contact by email:


My name is Billy Bantz. I drive a semi with a large carrier company in Chicago. On March 22, I was at a delivery location at Cicero Ave. and 290 Expressway in Chicago. I was picking up a load of bread there. I noticed a flying object at around noon in the airspace to the south coming from Midway Airport. The object looked like a man with wings; like Batman. I thought it was an experimental drone or secret government military test. After seeing the picture by the Indian statue (8/22/2011, 63rd and Pulaski Rd in Chicago, IL sighting), I am convinced it was the thing these other folks have seen.


I have three witnesses for that day and the text to prove it happened. I absolutely swear it was this Mothman. The object was gliding over me and disappeared in the clouds. It is very loud by the expressway and I have had no recollection of screaming. Shortly after I saw this thing, I had a litany of strange health problems that are documented. My eyes are even messed up, like the movie and other claims. I have all the documentation to prove my story.


I hope I am not considered a freak after this but this sighting can be proven well before the other sightings were reported. I have nothing to gain by reporting this, so call me if you have questions. The health issues are very odd and serious. I have had several MRI tests and a lumbar puncture due to the pressure behind my eyes.

I called Billy as soon as I received the email. He explained that this figure was the size of a large automobile, and looked exactly like the 8/22/2011 sighting photo. He also mentioned that it was in Midway International Airport airspace.


Billy also forwarded documentation proving the bizarre medical problems he has endured since the sighting; eventually traced to an extremely rare condition in his eyes. As well, he forwarded documentation on his mother’s death, which occurred unexpectedly approximately three weeks ago. I have no proof that these incidents are related to the sighting, but it is noteworthy nonetheless and part of the record.


Billy was very forthcoming and answered all my questions without embellishment. I truly believe he witnessed what he described, which he believes was a winged living being. Over the months, Billy has kept in touch with me and has also made himself willingly available to colleagues who are interested in the Chicago Phantom sightings. His contribution to our investigation has been noteworthy and appreciated.

I RECEIVED a telephone call at 12:04 AM ET (Sunday, June 4, 2017) from a witness who stated that her and her boyfriend saw a “large man with bat wings” in the 400 block of N. Arlington Place (between N. Clark St. and N. Lakeview Ave.) in the Lincoln Park community of Chicago.


The couple called me from the location after the encounter. It took them about an hour to search Google for similar sightings and to and my telephone number. The sighting was on Saturday 6/3/2017 at approximately 10PM CT local time. Both witnesses talked to me. They were both shook up and assured me that neither of them drink alcohol or take drugs.

Both are professionals and business owners in the Chicago area. They had just finished a late dinner at a local restaurant and noticed the flying anomaly as they were walking on the 400 block of N. Arlington Place. The street lights illuminated the figure enough to startle them, so it could not have been very high above the street.


They both described it as a seven to eight foot solid black humanoid with wide membrane wings that resembled those of a huge bat. The wing span was at least twelve feet The head was prominent, and thinner than a human head. The back end of the body tampered to a point. No legs were noticed, but could have been tucked up under the body. The figure was gliding quickly along the length of the street heading east, then suddenly ascended into the night sky. Neither heard any sound. Both witnesses told me that they felt a sense of foreboding and were still terrified almost an hour after the encounter." 


The fear in their voices was palpable. I actually felt sorry that they had witnessed something that scared them so badly.

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero

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