Dover Demon

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William Bartlett's original sketch of the Dover Demon.

The Dover Demon is a creature reportedly sighted in the town of Dover, Massachusetts on April 21 and April 22, 1977. [1]

History[edit]

Seventeen-year-old William Bartlett claimed that while driving on April 21, 1977, he saw a large-eyed creature "with tendril-like fingers" and glowing eyes on top of a broken stone wall on Farm Street in Dover, Massachusetts. Fifteen-year-old John Baxter reported seeing a similar creature on Miller Hill Road the same evening. Another 15-year-old, Abby Brabham, claimed to have seen the creature the following night on Springdale Avenue.[1]

The teenagers all drew sketches of the alleged creature. Bartlett wrote on his sketch, "I, Bill Bartlett, swear on a stack of Bibles that I saw this creature." According to the Boston Globe, "the locations of the sightings, plotted on a map, lay in a straight line over 2 miles".[1]

The Dover Demon went on to gain worldwide attention, and drew comparison to stories such as that of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster.[2]

Some suggested that the creature may have been a foal or a moose calf.[1] Police told the Associated Press that creatures reported by the teenagers "were probably nothing more than a school vacation hoax."[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sullivan, Mark (October 29, 2006). "Decades later, the Dover Demon still haunts". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dover Demon". Animal Planet. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  3. ^ "Teeners report 'creature'". Bangor Daily News. May 16, 1977. Retrieved 10 March 2014.