The Dover Demon
An Alleged Cryptozoological Creature
An Alleged Cryptozoological Creature
The Dover Demon, sighted only three times over the course
of 25 hours before disappearing entirely, is still a terrifying legend
in Massachusetts. What was it?
Some people believe that it was a creature from another dimension which was caught in some time warp, while others believe the creature appears to be similar to that of the Greys which is a well known alien for abducting people.
Skeptics believe that it was a known creature within the area that was misidentified or possibly was sick or mutated from some type of genetic birth defect. Others believe it was just a hoax.
Demon is an alleged cryptozoological creature sighted on three separate
occasions in the town of Dover, Massachusetts on April 21st and April
It has remained a subject of interest for
cryptozoologists ever since then. Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman was the
initial investigator and the individual who named the creature the
Dover Demon; it was disseminated by the press, and the name stuck.
Coleman quickly assembled and brought into the inquiry three other
investigators: Joseph Nyman, Ed Fogg, and Walter Webb.
All were well-known ufological researchers in eastern Massachusetts,
with Webb being the assistant director of the Hayden Planetarium at
Boston's Science Museum.
Coleman did not feel he was necessarily dealing with a ufological
phenomenon, but he wanted to have seasoned investigators with good
interviewing skills to do a comprehensive examination of the
eyewitnesses and their families, as well as law enforcement,
educational, and community members.
The Dover Demon was first
sighted at night by three seventeen-year olds who were driving through
the Vermont area when the car's headlights illuminated it.
Bill Bartlett, the driver, reported that he saw what he thought at first
was a dog or a cat, but upon closer inspection realized that it was a
bizarre, unearthly-looking creature crawling along a stone wall on Farm
Bartlett continued to watch the creature, and he reported it to have a
disproportionately large, watermelon-shaped head and illuminated orange
eyes, like glass marbles.
It had long, thin arms and legs with slender
fingers, which it used to grasp onto the pavement. It was hairless and
had rough, flesh-toned skin, described as tan and sandpaper-like.
The Dover Demon is currently a classic cryptid, with a variety of theories abounding as to what it was or is.
Early ufologists first promoted speculation that the creature was an
alien or some sort of mutant hybrid, perhaps one created as a result of a
human experiment and escaped.
Others theorize that it is really a being from another dimension,
accidentally transferred into our world through a dimensional warp.
When the Dover Demon was the subject of a Lost Tapes episode, Loren
Coleman said "this is one of those situations where I'm most definitely
secure in saying I don't know what this is" and "It's almost as if the
Dover Demon popped in to our reality and popped out". The creature has been speculated by various ufologists that the Dover Demon was a Grey, due to its similar appearance.
Witnesses say it had no ears, mouth, nose, or
known sex. Witnesses also agree that it stalks in the trees and waits to
scare its next victim.
The creature was sighted again an hour later, by John Baxter, 15, and Pete Mitchell, 13, as they were walking home.
He said it was bipedal and ended up running into a gully and standing next to a tree.
The next day, Abby Brabham, 15, and Will Traintor, 18, claimed to have seen a similar-looking creature from Traintor's car, on the side of the road.
Brabham's description matched Bartlett's and Baxter's descriptions, except this time the cryptid had illuminated green eyes. She approximated its height as "about the size of a goat".
Investigators attempted to shake up Ms. Brabham by noting she said it had green eyes reflected by car headlights, while Bartlett mentioned orange eyes were reflected back to him by his automobile's lights. Ms. Brabham was steadfast in her description.
Bartlett, Baxter, Brabham, and Traintor all drew sketches of the monstrous sight shortly after their sightings. On the piece of paper that includes Bartlett's sketch, he wrote "I, Bill Bartlett, swear on a stack of Bibles that I saw this creature."
The widespread interest in the Dover Demon has resulted in it being an oft-discussed cryptid in popular culture, and having Japanese figurines of the creature being developed for cryptobuffs in Japan and North America.