Possible Sightings of Demons Here on Earth

Are stories of demons drawn from sightings of real-life creatures, or are these strange beasts proof of demons here on Earth?
Are stories of demons drawn from sightings of real-life creatures, or are these strange beasts proof of demons here on Earth? | Source

What are Demons?

Are there real demons here on Earth, and do sporadic sightings of strange and elusive creatures provide the proof? Speaking in a religious sense, demons are usually depicted as agents of evil. They’re supernatural beings that come from the spirit realm, forms of darkness that lurk in the shadows. Some say they’re fallen angels, banished forever from God’s light.

These are demons in the traditional Judeo/Christian model, and there are plenty of alleged accounts of such creatures throughout history. Sometimes they are said to haunt homes, intending suffering for the people who reside there. Other times they may actually possess a person.

We are all familiar with these stories. Whether you believe them or not is, of course, a matter of personal opinion. But let’s consider another theory: Is it possible there are strange creatures here on Earth, rarely seen and undocumented by modern science, which have inspired mankind’s fear of demons?

Perhaps they are entities from another dimension, visitors from a spiritual plane or real flesh-and-blood animals. They’re appearance is terrifying, nearly as much so as their behavior. Possibly they simply wish to exist on their own terms, and mean us no harm. Or maybe they are messengers, who appear only to pass on important information. Maybe, they are really evil after all.

In this article we’ll take a look at three mysterious creatures that have baffled the public, the authorities and the academics for decades: The Mothman, the Jersey Devil, and El Chupacabra. We’ll examine the stories behind the sightings of each, and see what similarities exist. In the end we’ll try to answer the question: Are they real-life demons here on Earth?

Demonic Traits and Behavior

When we look at these monsters we can see they have a lot in common. They also have a lot in common with the stereotypical description of demons. Here are a few of the shared traits:

  • Bipedal: All three of the creatures are said to walk upright like a person. Demons, of course, generally take some sort of humanoid form. The Jersey Devil is said to have cloven hooves, an attribute often linked to the Devil and demons.
  • Wings, and/or the Ability to Fly: Demons are often depicted with wings, a characteristic of at least two of our monsters. There are some reports of El Chupacabra being capable of flight, though reports of wings are rare.
  • Sharp Claws: Another stereotypical demon attribute, two of our creatures are said to have sharp claws. Little mention is made in reports of the Mothman’s hands or claws, other than that it takes a humanoid form.
  • Glowing eyes: Witnesses of all three of these beasts report glowing eyes that struck terror into them. Of course we’d expect nothing less from a demon!

Looking beyond the physical traits, they also exhibited similar behaviors, such as:

  • Attacks on pets and livestock, sometimes for food and sometimes simply out of aggression
  • Revealing themselves to humans in plain sight before flying or running off without a trace.
  • Appearing to many people over a relatively short period of time of weeks or months, then vanishing.

Looking at these facts, we seem to have three very similar creatures here in both appearance and behavior. What does this tell us?

Perhaps they are real, flesh and blood animals that are rarely seen by people and gave rise to the legend of demons.

Maybe they are visitors from some other universe or dimension who only appear for brief periods of time.

Maybe, they are real demons, fallen angels from Hell itself.

The Mothman Encounters

Of all the cryptids alleged to exist in this world, the Mothman is one of the few that some say has been responsible for real human suffering. This is a winged creature with all the hallmarks of a what might be typically called a Devil. With a humanoid form and an apparent ability to either foretell or cause disaster, the Mothman may well be a demon here on Earth.

The events that occurred in a West Virginia town back 1966-1967 have cemented the Mothman's reputation as a terrifying supernatural being. But what is this creature really, and what role did it play in those events nearly half a century ago?

The story of the Mothman started on November 15th, 1966, when two couples in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, reported seeing a man-like creature with huge wings and glowing red eyes near an abandoned World War II munitions factory. The beast chased them home, and the couples reported the encounter to the police.

That same evening, a man nearly 90 miles away was rustled out of his house by a strange whining noise. In his backyard he discovered a large, terrifying creature with glowing red eyes.

The man went inside and found his rifle, but hadn’t the courage to go out and confront the beast. In the morning he discovered his hunting dog had gone missing.

Local authorities united and scoured the land in a search for the creature, particularly the vicinity of the abandoned TNT factory where it had been first sighted. As they searched, many more people had their own sightings of the bizarre and frightening creature. Each told the same story: A large, flying man-like entity, with big, glowing eyes was reported in each case.

The Mothman began to appear in nearby towns, and then around the state. The creature seemed to be everywhere. Reports of attacks on pets and domestic livestock skyrocketed, and many attributed these attacks to the Mothman.

Sightings only subsided with the tragic collapse of the Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant, which occurred on December 15th, 1967. Some believe the Mothman had come to warn the town of the imminent disaster, but was unable to communicate its intentions. Others believe it may have caused the destruction of the bridge.

Occasional encounters with the Mothman continue, and today the beast is celebrated with the annual Mothman Festival. But sightings never again reached the level they had back in the late 1960s.

The Mothman seemed to appear for only a short time, then vanish. Why was it here? What did it want? Will it ever return on the scale of the 1960s encounters?

More to the point, is the Mothman truly evil, a demon here on Earth?

The Legend of the Jersey Devil

The Jersey Devil is a horrifying supernatural entity that came to the public's attention during a brief period of mayhem in the early part of the 20th century. But it has been around much longer, and its presence has spawned numerous origin myths to explain what it is, and where it came from.

People are seeing something strange in the Pine Barrens. Is the Jersey Devil some kind of unknown or misidentified creature, or is it really a demon here on Earth?

Below is an artist's rendition drawn from eyewitness accounts back in the early 1900s. What is this thing?

Do sightings of the Jersey Devil prove demons are real?
Do sightings of the Jersey Devil prove demons are real? | Source

The Jersey Devil may have the most direct claim to demonship by name alone, but there are also those who think it could also be a real flesh-and-blood animal. It has haunted the Pine Barrens of New Jersey for hundreds of years, and is said to be a bipedal creature with the head of a horse, bat-like wings, cloven hooves and sharp claws. Some cryptozoologists believe it may be rare animal that resides in the dense woods of New Jersey, but legend says it is something far worse.

Stories that attempt to explain the Jersey Devil vary, but most of them revolve around the pregnancy of a women who curses her child, which then turns out to be demon. It’s likely these tales were fabricated to explain a creature that was already well established in the Pine Barrens before Europeans began to populate the area. Native American tribes referred to the Barrens as the Place of the Dragon, and dragon is certainly a fitting description for the Jersey Devil.

The Devil most notoriously made its presence known during an outbreak of sightings back in 1909 when over fifty separate incidents were reported during a one-week period. In several cases the Devil was seen by law enforcement officers, government officials and large groups of people. The Devil was said to attack livestock, and even exhibited aggression toward people. In one story it was shot, and proved impervious to the bullets.

For a week the Jersey Devil terrorized small towns in New Jersey, and was even spotted as far west as Philadelphia. Just as suddenly as the beast appeared, the sightings stopped. The Devil is still seen on occasion today, but for one week in 1909 it seemed to be on a mission of some sort.

Like the Mothman, was the Jersey Devil attempting to communicate with humans for some reason? Did it have an agenda, good or evil?

Origins of the Jersey Devil

El Chupacabra: Intruder in the Night

Alien. Demon. Genetics experiment gone wrong. There seems to be nothing that can truly explain the terrifying Chupacabra. This is a monster that defies science and logic, with a winged, humanoid build that makes it reminiscent of cultural depictions of a devil.

But accounts of this creature vary, depending on who saw it and where. Does that mean witness accounts are unreliable? Or, could it mean El Chupacabra is some kind of shape-shifter with supernatural abilities?

Does the presence of this being and others like it explain alleged sightings of demons around the world?

Is El Chupacabra a real demon?
Is El Chupacabra a real demon? | Source

In Puerto Rico, back in 1995, something began preying on local livestock in strange ways. It came in the night, terrorized local villages, and left without a sound. Like a vampire, this creature appeared only to be interested in the blood of its victims, and would leave the rest of the animal behind.

Farmers and ranchers were dumbfounded, and could do nothing to stop it. Then one night the terrifying culprit was finally spotted, and it was like nothing anyone had ever seen before.

Now known as El Chupacabra, the Goat Sucker, the monster is described as short and bipedal, with large eyes, sharp claws and a line of spikes running down its back. Soon El Chupacabra was spotted all around Puerto Rico, and then other Latin American countries.

Everywhere it went there were tales of frightened people, and exsanguinated livestock. Speculations of its origin ranged from top-secret government projects, to alien involvement, to some bizarre and unknown animal just now seen for the first time.

The initial sightings eventually died down. There were more reports of El Chupacabra in America and Mexico, but these seemed to be of a strange canine creature unrelated to the original sightings. Whatever El Chupacabra was, it took its secrets with it

Today El Chupcacra is sighted infrequently. Some cryptozoologists believe it may be an unusual species of bat, rarely seen and undocumented by modern biology. But witnesses know what they had seen was no bat.

What was this unusual being, and where did it come from? Stories of similar creatures on the island of Puerto Rico could be traced back some 20 years prior, to 1975 when a similar rash of livestock attacks occurred. Are these outbreaks cyclical, and if so will the Chupacabra return in 2015?

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Is this Proof of Demons here on Earth?

Taken as a whole, what do we make of the sightings and evidence behind the Jersey Devil, El Chupacabra, and Mothman? Some would say they are legends built on the power of mass hysteria and suggestion. It has been speculated that the story of the Mothman began with the sighting of a large, white owl. Many say the Jersey Devil may be misidentified Sandhill Cranes. Certainly humans are fallible when it comes to our senses, and many a rumor has begun based on half-truths.

Then again, stories of demons here on Earth have been with us for thousands of years. Who is to say what form they may take, and how they may appear to us. All three of these creatures have done their share to torment and terrify people. Would this not be on the agenda of the average demon?

Until we have better knowledge for why they are here and what they want, El Chupacabra, the Mothman and the Jersey Devil can be explained as real demon sightings just as well as anything else.

Are Demons Real?

Do You Believe in Demons?

  • Yes. They are fallen angels.
  • Yes, but I don't know what they are.
  • Maybe. Anything is possible.
  • I'm thinking these things might be demons!
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anonymous 3 years ago

Mothman the Jersey Devil and the Chupacabra may be what we call demons. There are other entities that can be loosely called demonic and they are called It Boneless and Devil Tiger and they reside in the British Isles China and Australia. Author Karl Shuker mention them in his book Mysteries of Planet Earth. These are fog like entities which seem to have consciousness and intelligence and which attack and chase people outdoors and have an unknown ability to injure and kill. They could be elemental life forms or atmospheric life forms or theycould be demons in disguise or mdemons using fog to terrify injure and kill. Either the fog itself is ka demon or the fog is a vehicle used by a demon to do its evil work. These entities shun the light. These entities exude pure evil and malevolence. One woman in China was attacked and killed by these entities and her remains were never found. It's a frightening world out there.

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cryptid 3 years ago from Earth Author

Wow! Those are some other great examples of possible demons here on earth. Thanks for adding that, and you're right: It can indeed be a frightening world.

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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

These have to be demons, the angels that were thrown out of Heaven. They are evil and all they do is harm. There are many of them and they can take on a number of forms.

Great hub!

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cryptid 3 years ago from Earth Author

Thanks Michele!

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Petroley 3 years ago from Zenica, Bosnia

Very interesting hub, thank you!

Matthew518 3 years ago

Our current view on demons comes from Christianity. Like your hub points out, there are a variety of beliefs regarding these beings, and many don't look at them as evil in any way. Dark, yes, but not evil. Some even give them credit for helping mankind build modern civilizations, and teaching them "forbidden" arts, such as magick. I don't think most demons have a truly negative view on humans, but humans can do things that anger them.

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Ceegen 2 years ago from Maine, USA

Fallen angels do nothing but get people to doubt God, so these things are either elaborate hoaxes or real.

But look up the link between "aliens/UFOs" and demons. Way more evidence that these things are not what they claim to be!

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cryptid 2 years ago from Earth Author

Interesting thoughts, Ceegan!

bshirley 2 years ago

A year or so ago there was a 'chupacabra' found near my hometown. Turns out it was a severely beaten raccoon with mange.

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cryptid 2 years ago from Earth Author

Interesting, Shirley. I'd imagine many such reports are similar mistaken identity.

Deborah Sexton 2 years ago

Interesting hub. According to scripture, demons are fallen angels and very evil. I'd hate to meet any of them but supposedly they are on earth, so it could happen. People all over the world don't just make this stuff up, especially the sightings of the same beasts around the same time by trustworthy people.

BrendaJames2 2 years ago

I've encountered a demon and they are very real. Nice hub that is well written

Matthew518 2 years ago

Deborah, according to scripture, angels are "inherently good" even though I could have sworn they are credited with destroying a couple cities and everyone in it all because "God" asked them to. Keep in mind, the bible is one of a large variety of views on demons and angels, and no more accurate than the rest. If a being lives on Earth, it's not a demon. Demon's don't live here, they exist on another plane, and can influence life here, for good or bad, but they don't actually live here.

Brenda, what was it you encountered, and how do you know it was a demon? Christians are totally ignorant on what a demon is, and there are a large variety of spirits who are labelled "demons", but clearly aren't, such as the djinn and the succubus, among others.

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cryptid 2 years ago from Earth Author

Matthew: Thanks for your input, and I agree that there may be several types of spirits misidentified as demons, or, as the subject of this Hub discusses, even real-world creatures that may have led to demon legends. Just out of curiosity, I too would be interested in hearing more from Brenda and Deborah on the their experiences, but only if they'd wish to elaborate. However, this Hub isn't going to devolve into a religious argument, so please let's refrain from criticizing anyone's religious views too harshly.

Matthew518 2 years ago

Cryptid, if the Christians didn't come on these articles and insult demons according to "scripture", I wouldn't say a word. The problem with demons, we always look at them from a Christian perspective. 99.9 % of Christians have never had an encounter with demons, they just hate them based on what they read and hear. Many of the ancient civilizations, such as the Greeks, looked to them as a combination of good and bad, some could actually be beneficial. Demons vary as much as humans do. And I've studied spirit keeping for a couple years now, people have had very positive experiences with them. We need to stop being so judgmental.

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cryptid 2 years ago from Earth Author

Matthew: I see where you are coming from. All I can say is I have an open mind about these things, as I hope you can see from this article, and I welcome the opinions of others, Christian and otherwise. I do think people naturally have different definitions of "demon" depending on their religious and cultural perspective. I also think you are correct that the Christian view tends to dominate, but there is always room for other opinions and ideas. You may not convince people who are truly firm in their opinions, but your thoughts can certainly provide great food for thought for those of us who are still exploring and looking for answers.

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sparkster 2 years ago from United Kingdom

In response to the UFO/alien comment by Ceegen, you may be interested in 1996 Varginha, Brazil UFO incident during which hundreds of people testified to seeing El Chupacabra-like creatures which came from a crashed UFO that was tracked on radar coming into Earth's atmosphere from outer space. One of the soldier's who accompanied one of the alien entities to hospital died from 8% unknown toxic substances.

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cryptid 2 years ago from Earth Author

Interesting indeed.

Matthew518 2 years ago

I also study a bit on UFO's and aliens. I know El Chupacabra is generally considered an alien. I doubt it's a demon, there's a big difference between them.

wyndi 2 years ago

If you are looking for demons, take a closer look at your fellow man. I have had encounters with people I know to be demonic and it is far scarier than any of these creatures you are all talking about.

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cryptid 2 years ago from Earth Author

Chilling, wyndi, but I think you could be right!

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sparkster 2 years ago from United Kingdom

Haha, I think I agree with wyndi. People have hurt me much more than any demonic entity ever has!

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cryptid 2 years ago from Earth Author

We sure do cause a lot of pain for each other on this little planet. Perhaps demons aren't necessary.

Bob 2 years ago

Why would something that was an angel be pure evil

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cryptid 2 years ago from Earth Author

Good question Bob. I assume you are referring to the Judeo-Christian explanation for demons. The more I think about stuff like that the more questions I have.

Amy Delong 2 years ago

This stuff is spectacular just the way you make it all seem real... VERY, cool!!

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cryptid 2 years ago from Earth Author

Thanks Amy!

Wvgirl 2 years ago

Point Pleasant is in WV not Virginia and the original sighting occurred in Clendenin WV. Nothing tragic happened there so it is never mentioned.

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cryptid 2 years ago from Earth Author

Thanks for catching the typo, WVgirl. Fixed.

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cryptid 2 years ago from Earth Author

Josh: Apparently you haven't seen my other posts on Bigfoot and Mermaids. Lost City of Atlantis, though? Come on, man, that's crazy talk!

Christopher 2 years ago

All right, here's the deal.

I can't say if Demons are real, but for people who "Encounter" them, those people will most likely want to pretend that the whole thing was nothing more than some acid-induced hallucinatory trip. In other words... like it never happened. I mean such ugly, nasty things... disrupts your happiness and gets you Thinkin' too much. :)

I mean, if Demons are real, than all that stuff from the Bible would also have to be legit.

But it's better to distance yourself from the Supernatural. The more you are in ignorance of it, the less likely you'll be burdened with such... unpleasant little truths. Things you have NO business messing around with.

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cryptid 2 years ago from Earth Author

Interesting thoughts, Christopher. Thanks for sharing!

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Adam Lee Andersen 23 months ago from Overland Park, Kansas

I guess I'll chime in on the subject. I was raised and taught in a Christian home. I've done quite a bit of research through the years off and on. I often flip flop in my head whether ghosts are just demons or if they are spirits of the dead. Most of my studies surround the book of Enoch and the parallels with Ancient mythologies from Sumer to Ancient rome. It's possible that many of the entities we see today are remnants of the grand deception created by the fallen angels mentioned enoch, which also carries through ancient mythologies. Have you Ever wondered why mythology was so chuck full off supernatural beings? My theory about mythology, is that there is it derived from something that happened in the past

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cryptid 23 months ago from Earth Author

Food for thought, Adam. I think what you're saying makes a lot of sense.

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dugger62 21 months ago from Colorado

What did Jesus do when he was on earth ? He cast them out of people

they are in Millions and Millions of people

Revelations 12:9 among many other verses

Phoenix 19 months ago

cryptid my brother my friend

sorry for being so late in

reading this article

i don't know wether any one of u will ever read my comment..

well that doesn't matter as someone someday will read it..& give a reply..

that's what we call Hope,Faith & Belief

History Channel tells us all Gods Angels Demons Bigfoot Yeti Dragons has something or the other to do with UFO's..& Aliens..

if u go by christainity..

Then The creators of History Chanel's show Ancient Aliens are Followers of Devil as Christanity who manipulates people & make them think that God doesn't exist is a Devil


If we say That everything we know about God is false & he is just an alien then What is that we feel when we hurt someone why that Feeling of Guilt takes birth..

what is the feeling of love

what is happiness..

what is hate

may be everything is related to harmones & brain & yes Genes..

& may be those creators of ours too feel the same things..

whoever they are..

Aliens Gods Demons Angels

The thing is They are There..


We Humans are not alone..

Being Alone is scary all the time..

some times Kids who live alone Develop an Imaginary Friend or an imaginary Guardian

This can also be a reason behind God & Angels

They are human's Imaginary friends

Just like imaginary friend there can be imaginary Enemies..

Or say Devil & Demons

We always wanna know who are our creators..

as humans can create.they think they too can be created or say they believe they were created by someone God/Alien

but birds n animals too can create


what i know Nature itself is a creator

N a destroyer too..

I don't what's behind this Nature

science or God

There are many possibilities

I have read Hindu mythology..

Most of the stories or say historical events in Hinduism gives indication of many Alien Lives..planets having life..

use of science & technology in Wars

Aero planes


Bio weapon

Nuclear weapon

Clones mutation

Alien help

everything if u are a student of science specially the science which creators of Ancient Aliens use.

All religions say

we have God in Us..

It might mean we all have the dna n genes of Our Creator an Alien race..

Sooner or later

Truth will be found

till then

Do something Good for your planet

as both will please ur creator whoever he is..God/Alien

n u might get a chance to visit his place Heaven/Planet

or it can be all about us

timetravelling in the past

n getting misjudged as Aliens Gods demons Aliens..

That will be humourous for our Grand grand kids :-P

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cryptid 19 months ago from Earth Author

Wow! That is definitely one of the best comments anyone has ever left on one of my articles. Thanks Phoenix. Very insightful.

DemonologyRocks 17 months ago

ok so if ANYBODY has seen a fallen angel!!!!!!! Plz tell me cuz I've seen a fallen angel before on YouTube . And demons ARE real!!!!!! This might surprise most Christians but, i KNOW demons are out there SOMEWHERE in conflict with God. And if so , why hasn't there been recent sightings of demons in the news?????? I MEAN COME ON U GUYS!!!!!! Why hasn't ANYONE seen demons lately?!?!?!?!?! Well , sorry Christainity I don't mean to rain on ur parade but I ACTUALLY know and believe demons are real!!!! ( Sorry Christainity and Christians but people have seen AND hunted down demons like on Supernatural or something like that...... So uhhhh yeah I bet I'm probably an " nerd who studies demons"

Samuel graves 8 days ago

Supernatural is a fictional show and I don't understand what I am supposed to be surprised about. Also Matthew 518 what,s the deal? I've seen demons with my own eyes and in visions and they come in various forms not just one. Demons are evil . Some might live on earth you don't truly know if they don't.

Luke 10 :18 " I say satan fall from heaven like lightning ". And revelation 12: 7 " then a war broke out in heaven . Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he were not strong enough , and they lost their place in heaven . The great dragon was hurled down the serpent , the devil or Satan who leads the world astray. He was hurled to the earth and his angels with him.

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