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

Updated July 22, 2021 240.8k views10 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 stared longingly at bubble gum, Tic Tacs, and - of course - the face of Bat Boy, the Weekly World News phenomenon.

Weekly World News was a tabloid full of fake stories presented as real, often specializing in the supernatural. Dick Kulpa, a Weekly World News editor, created Bat Boy in 1992. 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 fictional 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

    Pendleton County, West Virginia, isn't known for much - when a person visits, they can go to parts of national forests or to some towns with names like Big Run, Brushy Run, Dry Run, Deer Run, and Monkeytown. However, according to Weekly World News, 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, published its first story about Bat Boy in 1992. The headline read, "Bat Child Found In Cave."

    According to the article, 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

    According to Weekly World News, 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. 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.

  • Scientist Dr. Ron Dillon's Called Bat Boy A Human-Bat Hybrid

    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.