The so called Dover Demon encounters began at 10:30 p.m. on April 21, 1977, in
Then at approximately 12:30 a.m. John Baxter, aged fifteen, was walking home from his girlfriends house when he noticed a short figure walking toward him. Baxter thought it was a small friend of his, and called out this friends name, but he received no answer. As they neared one another the creature stopped, and so did Baxter, who then decided to get a better look and began once again to approach the creature. This sent the being running down a shallow gully and up the opposite bank. At the bottom of the slope he looked more closely at it. It looked unlike anything he had ever seen or heard of before in his young life. It stood in shadows about thirty feet away, its feet "molded" around some rocks upon which it was perched, a few feet from a tree. Both hands were wrapped around the trunk of the tree with very long fingers. He left the scene after that, and his description of the entity was exactly the same as
The following evening, eighteen year old Will Taintor was driving fifteen year old Abby Brabham home, when Brabham said she spotted something in the vehicles headlights. On the left side of the roadway was a creature, with no hair and down on all fours, facing the vehicle. Its body was thin and monkeylike, and she also described a large, oversized oval head. She did say the eyes glowed green, and stuck to that point even when she was informed that
Bartlett, Baxter, Brabham, and Traintor all drew sketches of the monstrous sight shortly after their sightings. On the piece of paper that includes
The witnesses have stood by their testimony ever since. "It's a thing that's been following me for years,"
It should be noted that for centuries the Cree tribe of the indigenous people of the area talked about a race of creatures called: 'Mannegishi'. They describe the mannegishi as semi-humanoid, with very thin and lanky arms and legs and big heads minus a nose and mouth, similar to the description of the 'Dover Demon'.
There is an interesting article here about the sightings written long after :
There is a blog here with links to the photos of what is claimed to be a similar creature seen more recently.
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread121391/pg1 picture of similar creature 2004
And then I came across this posting in a forum:
I grew up in
Evan Walsh July 30th.
So what did they see? There have been suggestions from a baby moose to a calf , but what ever it was has stayed a part of the areas folklore now for over 30 years.