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The Strange And Twisted Tale Of Bat Boy, America’s Most Infamous 'Real' Monster 

Matthew Lavelle
Updated October 4, 2019 234.3k views 10 items

In the early '90s, the World Wide Web hadn't yet swept the world up in an Internet frenzy. People didn't have smartphones, and they didn't have Netflix. What they did have, though, was the checkout aisle at the grocery store. And it was in this aisle that young kids forced to grocery shop with their parents sat in their shopping carts and starred longingly at the bubble gum, tic-tacs, and - of course - the face of Bat Boy, the Weekly World News phenomenon. It was the check out aisle where people learned all they needed to know about nutrition, celebrity, and important scientific discoveries like the Bat Boy of West Virginia.

However, many of us may not have realized that the terrifying face of Bat Boy would follow us throughout the rest of our lives - that Bat Boy would live a defiant but accomplished life that many millennials would not even dream to be possible for a sharp-toothed, pointy-eared, inbred bat creation, and maybe, that was the point.

Bat Boy Was Discovered In A Hellhole Cave In Pendleton County, West Virginia
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Pendleton County, West Virginia, isn't known for much - when a person visits Pendleton County, they can visit parts of national forests and some towns with names like Big Run, Brushy Run, Dry Run, Deer Run, and Monkeytown. However, Pendleton County is best known as the place where Dr. Ron Dillon discovered the creature that would become known as Bat Boy living in a cave.

Weekly World News covered the discovery, and reported that Dr. Ron Dillon found Bat Boy in a "hellhole cave in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia."

Weekly World News Was The First Publication To Break The Bat Boy Discovery Story
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Weekly World News, which from 1979 to 2007 graced the shelves of grocery store checkout aisles all across America, was the first publication to break the story of Bat Boy. In 1992, Weekly World News published its first story about Bat Boy, the headline reading, "Bat Child Found In Cave."

Explorers had captured Bat Boy after they discovered him living almost two-miles underground. The Weekly World News Bat Boy story went as viral as any news story could in the days before social media was a thing.

Weekly World News Gained Exclusive Access To Bat Boy

After his discovery, scientists and reporters alike quickly learned that Bat Boy is an elusive creature who is frequently on the run. And because of his hybrid nature, Bat Boy's human morals are reportedly non-existent. In fact, Bat Boy has been known to be quite tricky and even managed to steal a vehicle once. And though he will often disappear for extended periods of time, he always resurfaces and even likes to provide his opinion on a range of social issues and political discussions.

Aside from being a blog editorial, which muses about Bat Boy, Weekly World News also appears to have exclusive access to Bat Boy, as Weekly World News appears to be the only publication Bat Boy trusts enough to publish his photos and news stories.

Scientist Dr. Ron Dillon's Called Bat Boy A Human-Bat Hybrid
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When explorers discovered Bat Boy in Hellhole Cave, they estimated his age to be around ten-years-old. Dr. Ron Dillon, the scientist credited with the discovery of Bat Boy, went on to describe Bat Boy as being a human-bat hybrid creature. While Bat Boy's father was likely to be a bat, or a creature heavily dominated by bat genomes, his mother, Susan Boy, was a human being.

Explorers also noted that Bat Boy had giant eyes and could see remarkably well in the dark.