The Dover Demon is one of the most unusual cryptozoological creatures ever described. The Dover Demon has only four known sightings, all teenagers, and only on the nights of April 21 and 22, 1977. The Dover Demon has only been spotted in Dover, Massachusetts, an affluent suburb of Boston.
At 10:30 p.m. on April 21, three 17-year-olds were driving when one of them, Bill Bartlett, spotted something moving around the west side of the street. Bartlett saw two large, shiny eyes that looked like “orange marbles”. It had an oval head as big as the rest of its body. The body was thin and long limbed with big hands and feet. The flesh-colored skin was hairless and rough. The creature was plain as it had no nose or ears and no mouth was seen. Less than four feet tall, the creature was only in sight for a few seconds. None of the others in the car saw the strange beast.
The other teens in the car did not see what caught Bartlett’s attention, but they did later say that he seemed agitated by something.
At 12:30 a.m. that same night, fifteen-year-old John Baxter was walking home from his girlfriend’s house when he noticed a short figure approaching him. He thought it was a friend and called out, but received no response. As Baxter approached, the creature stopped and so did he. Baxter decided to get a better look and crept toward the animal. The creature ran down a shallow gully and up the opposite bank. Baxter saw the creature sitting in the shadows about thirty feet away. Its feet were “molded” to some rocks and its hands were wrapped around the trunk of the tree with long fingers. Baxter left the scene after that, but the rest of his description matched Bartlett’s.
The following evening, eighteen-year-old Will Taintor was driving fifteen-year-old Abby Brabham home. Brabham said she saw something in the headlights. On the left side of the road, was a hairless creature down on all fours. Its body resembled that of a monkey and it also had a large oversized head. Brabham reported glowing green eyes.
All four teens drew pictures of what they saw. Paranormal investigator Loren Colemen, as well as ufologist Walter Webb and Ed Fong interviewed the witnesses. They also interview parents, teachers, friends, school officials, and police. They found nothing to make them suspect the sighting was a hoax. In fact, everything pointed to the teens as credible witnesses. A local newspaper gave the creature its name, The Dover Demon.
There are several possible explanations as to what the creature could be. Some people believe the creature was some kind of mutant or hybrid, escaped from a research facility. Others theorize it came from another dimension. Ufologists said the creature resembled a Grey, due its similar appearance. One skeptic claimed the head sketches resembled that of a baby moose, but this idea was thrown out as all of the witnesses mentioned fingers and moose only have hooves.
The description of the Dover Demon matches the Cree legend of the mannegishi. It is a semi-humanoid with long and lanky arms and legs. It has a big head with no nose or mouth. The Crees claim this creature does not have gills or lungs, but take oxygen directly from the air through its skin.
Whatever the four teens spotted in the dark on those two nights has not been seen since. Whatever it was remains a mystery.
The Dover Demon